Grade

Moderate

Category

Semi Escorted

Group Size

up to 16 ppl

Departures

Sun, Tue & Thu

Accommodation

First Class

Season

April > October

 2,595

Sicilian Trilogy Tour …
… the Real Experience of Sicily!

Small Group Tour of Sicily – 8 days – up to 16 people – Semi Independent-Escorted

 Sicily is one of the Mediterranean’s greatest pleasures. Lying off the coast of southwestern Italy, this captivating island offers stunning sea views, quaint medieval hill towns, rustic cuisine and fine wine.

There are lot of options for tours in Sicily, where you can relish great wines looking at breathtaking surroundings such as the Etna Volcano, endless wineries, street food meals, archaeological sites and lovely coastal towns.

We have assembled top activities, top sights and especially top rated services and we have designed this tour for total 8 days.

TOUR RECAP

Season: April-October
7 nights/8 days

Palermo (3 night) Syracusa (2 nights) Taormina (2 night)
Accommodation: First Class
Airline Tickets: not purchased by us

Sicilian Trilogy Tour Starts on: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Palermo

Land: Palermo airport – West Side
Leave: Catania airport – East Side

1° day – Palermo airport > Independent Transfer to Palermo City Centre
2° day – Palermo Street Food Walking Tour and Monreale
3° day – Palermo > Marsala, Winery, Olive Oil and Erice > Palermo
4° day – Palermo > Agrigento and lunch in a farmhouse > Syracusa
5° day – Syracusa Half Day
6° day – Syracusa > Ragusa Ibla, Tasting-Lunch and Modica > Taormina
7° day – Relax in Taormina or Optional Day Tours
8° day – Taormina > Independent Transfer to Catania airport

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Palermo Street Food Experience
  • Dome in Monreale with 6.340 square meters gold mosaics
  • Marsala Saltpans and delicious Wine
  • Erice Medieval village, lunch in an olive oil farmhouse and Marzipan pastry
  • Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and delicious lunch in a lovely farmhouse
  • Syracusa and the lovely Ortigia
  • Modica baroque village and Aztec’s Chocolate tastings
  • Ragusa, the hilltown Ibla and tasting of Stuffed Ravioli Pasta with ricotta and tomato sauce
  • Taormina world famous resort town of Sicily

ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE

Monreale: to visit the Dome
Agrigento: to visit the Valley of the Kings
Syracusa: half day to visit Ortigia and the Archaeological Park
The Admission fees to visit the above sites are included in the tour costs.

PROPERTIES USED

Palermo: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Syracusa: Hotel Roma
Taormina: Hotel Villa Diodoro, superior room sea view
Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.

ROOMS STYLE

Single Room: room with a single bed for 1 person only
Double for Single use: double/twin room for 1 person only
Twin Room: room with a pair of single beds for 2 persons
Double Room: room with a large/double bed ideally for a couple
Triple Room: double with extra small single bed ideally for a couple with kid

IMPORTANT:
We do accommodate solo-travelers in Single Room
DUS –double for single use– surcharge is available ON REQUEST

PRE-POST NIGHTS: ON REQUEST

Whenever possible, lodging will be in the same hotel used during the tour.
Pre-nights: Palermo
Post-nights: Taormina

TOUR CODE: TRILOGYPMO

Day 1
Arrival Palermo airport
Our Staff Disposal: no

Welcome to Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo airport  please proceed through Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then independent transfer to Palermo and accommodation at hotel (hotel check-in could be done from 2PM)

Optional Arrival Transfers 
-Private Car (up to 2 people) Eur 70
-Private Van (up to 7 people) Eur 95
The above rates are VAT included and are valid for the group above mentioned sharing the same vehicle.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: For those who will land in Palermo in the morning we do recommend to have a first approch with the island of Sicily attending an Optional Social Cooking Class with dinner. Indulging your senses in the real Palermo life. Live a unique experience by eating at home restaurant, tasting genuine meals at miles zero. READ MORE>
Day 2
Palermo Street Food Walking Tour and Monreale
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 10:30AM

Breakfast at hotel. A walking tour into a lively open air market, a place with strong Arab influences, resembling a souk, with picturesque stands of fresh fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.

During the tour you will have the opportunity to observe local people in their dailly activities and to savor foods that a real Sicilian people love to eat! Tasting of typical street food is included. The walking tour through the ancient center of Palermo is around 3-4 hours and you will visit several monuments including Piazza Pretoria and the Cathedral.

At the end of the walking tour we join Monreale by taxi for a guided visit to the Dome, a wonderful example of the Arab-Norman art and architecture. Launched in 1174 by William II, the Dome represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics.

Later back to Palermo. The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB S)
Day 3
Palermo > Marsala, Wine, Saltpans, Olive Oil and Erice > Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 8:30AM
Information: walking tour of Erice for around 2 hours up-and-down to explore the Medieval town

Breakfast at hotel. Today departure for Marsala, the Arab “Marsa Allah” –Harbour of God–, is known in the whole world for one thing: Wine! The Marsala Wine comes from the western lands of Sicily and its name derives from the homonymous town. The Marsala is the oldest Italian DOC wine, with an average alcohol content of about 18 degrees. The aromatic and sugary richness of the grapes of Marsala is born from the method of growing them in a ‘sapling’ style, a very ancient method, dating back to the culture of vine itself.Visit a local winery and enjoy the delicious wines. Later a stort drive takes us to the Saltpans. Dating back as far as the reign of the Phoenicians some 2700 years ago, the ancient salt pans of western Sicily between Trapani and Marsala have played a hugely important role in the daily life of thousands of Mediterranean and European people for generations.

We then proceed to have a light-lunch in a local farmhouse-Olive oil producer including tasting of mixed local product

This afternoon we then continue onto Erice uptown. The Elymians settled the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. At arrival, friendly walk along the city centre with stop at local pastry shop to taste some Sicilian local sweet. Later we return to Palermo. (BB L)
Day 4
Palermo > Agrigento and Country Meals > Syracusa
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 9AM

Following breakfast, we drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Agrigento to see the Valley of the Kings: two hours guided walking tour on the Valley of the Temples, an important Unesco World Heritage site. Covers the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus. Agrigento, according to legend, was founded by Daedalus and his son Icarus after they had fled from Crete “by air”. Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by Rhodian-cretan colonist from the neighbouring Gela who named their city Akragas after the nearby river of that name. It rapidly increased in size, importance and military strength under Phalarides, the first tyrant, and later under Theron, who extended his sway over northern Sicily as far as Himera.Agrigento was a city of artists and illustrious personages, amongst whom the philosopher Empedocles. Pindar defines it as “the most beautiful of mortal cities” and, in fact, in the Vth century B.C., those famous temples, whose beauty we still admire today, were built.

Then to a local farmhouse to taste delicious local dishes.

This afternoon we then continue to Syracusa. (BB L)
Day 5
Syracusa and Ortigia Half Day Walking Tour
Our Staff Disposal: half day from h 9AM

Breakfast at hotel.Today is dedicated to Syracusa. Our first stop today is the visit to the Archaeological Area of the Neapolis and get a glimpse of Siracusa as it was in ancient times with its Greek theater, the remains of Roman Amphitheater, and the "Ear of Dionysius," an awe-inspiring artificial limestone cave renowned for its outstanding acoustics. Then onto the "Old City-Città Vecchia”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the island of Ortigia, the historical heart of Siracusa. There are fewer archaeological sites exposed to view here --the island has been heavily built-up ever since the time of the Greeks--, but this is the part of Siracusa you're likely to be wandering around after you've 'done' the mainland points of interest. The tight-knit lanes are pleasant for strolling, and much of the island's charm lies in wandering down narrow medieval lanes, past romantically-crumbling - or lovingly-restored - Baroque palaces and churches

The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB)
Day 6
Syracusa > Ragusa, Ravioli, Modica and Aztec's Chocolate > Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 08:30AM

Breakfast at hotel. Today departure for Ragusa to visit one of the most fascinating towns in Sicily, Ragusa has caused many a visitor’s jaw to drop as they first set eyes on the lower part of the town. Essentially Baroque, the Ragusa you will see today dates almost entirely from 1693. Indeed, it was in this year that Ragusa, along with its neighbours, Noto, Modica, Scicli and Catania, was razed to the ground by a terrible earthquake that hit most of the eastern side of Sicily. Public opinion on where to rebuild the town was divided, and so a compromise was made. The wealthier, more aristocratic citizens built a new town in a different site, now Ragusa “Superiore”, while the other half of the population decided to rebuild on the original site, on a ridge at the bottom of a gorge, now Ragusa Ibla. The two towns remained separated until 1926 when they were merged to become the chief town of the province, taking the place of Modica. While the upper part has its fair share of architectural delights, it is the smaller Ragusa Ibla down below that really draws visitors. Whether you approach it from Modica to the south or from Ragusa Superiore, the sight of the jumble of houses, churches and civic palazzi piled on top of each other, clinging to the walls of the gorge, is really quite breathtaking. Although seemingly Mediaeval from a distance, once you enter the town’s heart, the Baroque logic of its plan becomes more obvious.

Lunch in a rustic trattoria to taste the famous Stuffed Ravioli con ricotta cheese and fresh tomato sauce.

This afternoon a short drive takes us to Modica. Like the other towns in the Val di Noto, was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. It is divided into two parts, “higher” Modica and “lower” Modica, which are connected by numerous flights of steps. Palazzi and houses rise from the bottom of the gorge seemingly stacked one on top of the other. Magnificent churches, with their inspiring domes, bell towers and intricate facades, punctuate the red-tiled roofs and one is struck by the uniform beauty of the whole. Modica has a long and varied history, complete with the usual toing and froing of successions of invaders. It came to real prominence in 1296, when Frederick II of Aragon (not to be confused with Frederick II “Stupor Mundi”) formed the “County of Modica”, a kind of “state within a state” that was initially governed by Mandfredi I Chiaramonte. Modica is custodian of a 400 year tradition of Sicilian chocolate-making. Being part of the Spanish kingdom for so many years meant that Sicily was often one of the first recipients of the new foodstuffs being brought back from South America. Cacao was one of these and today Modica still specialises in making granulous chocolate, often flavoured with chilli pepper, cinnamon or vanilla, that is based on Aztec methods and recipes. Chocolate shops abound and, for the real chocoholic, it is sometimes possible to watch the “chocolatiers” at work. Tasting of Modica chocolate is a must.

Later we then continue onto Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. (BB L)
Day 7
Relax in Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: no

Breakfast at hotel.
Today is at leisure to explore the town on your own or, if you agree, you could attend one of our lovely Optional Day Tour (BB)

Featured Optional Day Tours:
#1 - Taormina Citysightseeing, half day
Enjoy with us a half day guided walking tour of Taormina to visit the lovely Greek Roman Theatre (admission fee: not included), Corso umberto Street and the Corvaja Palace. READ MORE>

#2 - Etna Jeep Tour with lunch, full day
Travel on off-roads on the slopes of Mount Etna. Do some trekking and have a great lunch experience based on local food & wine.
READ MORE>

#3 - Godfather villages, half day
Half day Excursion to discover and enjoy the scenes of the Godfather movies in Savoca and Forza d'Agrò.
READ MORE>

#4 - Taormina Boat Tour, half day
A relaxing half day private tour to visit the bays of Taormina and the coast of the pearl of the Ionian from the most privileged point of view: the sea!
READ MORE>


#5 - Etna Ascent to the summit
Discover Mount Etna, an active volcano located on the east cost of Sicily. Is the largest volcano in Europe - with different way to ascent to the top from the north and south gate. READ MORE>
Day 8
Departure Catania airport
Our Staff Disposal: no

Breakfats at hotel. Today independent departure for Catania airport. Arrivederci! (BB)

Optional Departure Transfers 
-Private Car (up to 2 people) Eur 100
-Private Van (up to 7 people) Eur 150
The above rates are VAT included and are valid for the group above mentioned sharing the same vehicle.
Included
  • Admission fees as per itinerary
  • All sightseeing & visits as per itinerary
  • All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • English speaking Tour Director/Driver (as per program)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Licensed Local Guide as per program
  • Meal as per Description
  • Tastings of street food
  • VAT
  • Vehicle/coach with air conditioning  - no toilet
Not Included
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverage and meal not specified
  • City taxes
  • Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Intercontinental/Local Flights
  • Licensed Tourist Guide if not specified
  • Optional Excursions
  • Porterage at airport
  • Travel Insurance

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