Trekked by more than half of humankinds ancient world, modern day Sicily still offers off-the-beaten-path discoveries that reveal an undiscovered side of Italy. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British have left an impression on this gorgeous island, and it shows in its diverse architecture, unique culture, and multinational cuisine. As you trace the sparkling coast from the flamboyant capital city of Palermo to the ultra-chic Taormina Riviera, you can expect stunning archaeological treasures, ancient works of art, and a warm welcome at every turn, and a cool gelato on every corner. Traditional granita, cannoli, Marsala wine, and a tasting at Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicilys oldest chocolate factory, only sweeten the experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Sicily.
ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY
WELCOME TO PALERMO!
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca dOro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. Enjoy lunch with Sicilian specialties panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese).
PALERMO – ERICE – MARSALA – MAZARA DEL VALLO
SWEET & SALTY SICILY
Visit the hilltop town and sample almond biscuits and Marsala wine at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico.
MAZARA DEL VALLO – SCIACCA – AGRIGENTO
MAZARA DEL VALLO Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral and a walk in the Old Town.
SCIACCA Photo stop at the panoramic viewpoint.
AGRIGENTO Take a guided walking tour at the Valley of Temples.
ANCIENT ARTISTRY IN SICILY
PIAZZA ARMERINA Take a guided visit to the Villa Romana del Casale with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
CALTAGIRONE Orientation and free time to see the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte en route to Ragusa.
RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA
HISTORIC STREETS & SWEETS
RAGUSA Guided walking tour includes the citys oldest district, the Ibla, the 19th-century gardens of Giardini Iblei, and St. George Cathedral. Free time.
MODICA Enjoy an orientation walk with achocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicilys oldest chocolate factory. Dinner at a local restaurant.
NOTO Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire San Nicol Cathedral.
SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheatre.
CATANIA Take an orientation walk with free time to browse in Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. Take a scenic drive en route to Taormina Riviera with free time this afternoon and evening.
TAORMINA RIVIERA EXCURSION TO SAVOCA
FROZEN IN TIME
SAVOCA Orientation walk followed by a Granita (semi-frozen drink), and brioche tasting at Bar Vitelli.
TAORMINA RIVIERA Orientation walk and free time for lunch. Visit the Greek Theatre, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Catania.