Are you looking for a guided tour in Sicily starting in Catania and including great attractions, UNESCO sites, Sicilian typical food and much more? This is the right tour for you! During the 8-day Sicily group tour starting and finishing in Catania you will visit the main UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Syracuse, Noto, Etna, Catania old town and Cefalù, Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa. You just need to relax and enjoy this amazing journey! The best seasons for this tour are spring and summer. The minimum number of persons for this tour is 2. The entrance fees at the attractions and city taxes are not included in the price. Closing date for receipt of group travel requests for this tour is two weeks before the travel date. Departures organized every Saturday from March 23, 2019 to November 9, 2019.Group travel request form Join a group tour
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On the day of your arrival, you will arrange your own transfer to the hotel in the charming town of Catania in Sicily (optional private transfer available upon request).
In the evening, the group will meet the tour leader and enjoy a welcome dinner. This is the perfect occasion to get acquainted with your fellow travel companions for the next days.
Accommodation at the hotel in Catania.
Discovery of the ancient history in Syracuse and the finest buildings of Sicilian baroque in NotoDiscovery of the ancient history in Syracuse and the finest buildings of Sicilian baroque in Noto
This day, starting in Catania, will continue with a visit to Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO! The guided tour begins with the visit of the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysus. The city is also the birthplace of Archimedes, a leading mathematician and engineer. Syracuse was one of the Mediterranean's major powers in ancient times.
You will continue the tour by visiting the beautiful Ortigia, a small island that is Syracuse's historical centre. In Ortigia, you will admire the beautiful Cathedral that dominates the square with its authoritative presence. Its facade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition, but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple!
In the afternoon, you will have some free time for lunch. more
After lunch, you will travel to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, famous for its fine early 18th century buildings and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inspired by the Baroque ideals of "open city", Noto is famous for its fine early 18th century buildings, which are considered some of the finest examples of Sicilian Baroque style. In fact, Noto's Baroque is a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, palaces and gardens, capitals and decorations adorning the facades of churches and monasteries.You will visit Nicolaci Villadorata Palace, a beautiful Baroque noble residence, once the residence of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a patron of the arts.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Catania.
Hiking up Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano and visit of TaorminaCatania - Etna - Taormina - Catania
After breakfast, you will visit Etna, the highest volcano in Europe (about 3350 m) and one of the largest and most active in the world, between the cities of Messina and Catania, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient flows of lava. You will visit a beekeeping company later this day, where you will see the honey extraction lab, taste homemade honey and typical local products.
You will then proceed to Taormina, a charming town on the east coast of the island of Sicily, renowned for its magnificent location above the sea with an amazing view of Etna. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant where you will attend a show - cooking lesson of some typical Sicilian dishes. In the afternoon, you will visit the fascinating Greek theater of Taormina and then you will have free time to walk through the more picturesque medieval narrow streets, go shopping and see the local crafts (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more).
The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera of the Cyclops (Riviera dei Ciclopi), a mythical and legendary stretch of coastline north of Catania leading from Aci Castello to Acireale. The bizarre Cyclops islands in front of Aci Trezza have one of the most well known mythical stories, that comes from Homer’s book ‘Odyssey’ and tells the story of Ulysses and the one eyed Cyclops, Polyphemus.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Catania.
In the morning, you will visit Catania, the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo, the old town of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The guided tour starts from the "pescheria" (the ancient fish market) to reach the picturesque Duomo square with its magnificent cathedral and the famous statue of "Liotru," antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here, you will reach University Square and you will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, where you will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. Before continuing along the precious city center, you will make a stop at a historic bar in the city in order to taste the typical “granita and brioche”.
In the afternoon, you will have some free time for lunch.
After lunch, you will be more transferred to Cefalù, charming medieval town situated on the northern coast of Sicily. You will visit the amazing Norman Dome and have free time to walk through the city or visit the famous Mandralisca Museum. You will proceed to Palermo for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation at the hotel in Palermo.
Discovery of Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo Cathedral, Martorana Church and Palatine Chapel included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site ListPalermo - Monreale - Palermo - Marsala
After breakfast, you will spend the morning in Monreale. Here, you will see the huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the 8th Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry. It is one of the nine structures included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.
Then, you will have a stop in Palermo, that is the cultural, economic and tourism capital of Sicily. While the Baroque predominates in Palermo, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, 17th century squares, including an elegant opera house. You will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Palatine Chapel included in the more UNESCO World Heritage Site mentioned above. In Palermo, you will also enjoy tasting local Sicilian street food. Next, you will stop for a food surprise at the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco and will have free time for lunch. The walk will continue after lunch, and you will have the opportunity to admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square.
After the walk in Palermo, you will travel to Marsala where you will visit a prestigious wine cellar and enjoy a wine tasting.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Marsala.
Visit of Selinunte and Agrigento – important Greek colonies with remarkable Doric templesMarsala - Selinunte - Agrigento
In the morning, you will continue the tour along the charming and well-known Salt Road: Sicily's west coast with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the world's oldest salt extraction industries. They are now protected between Trapani and Marsala, partly because of their interesting birdlife, and as important sites of industrial archaeology.
Next, you'll leave for Selinunte, that was one of the most important of the Greek colonies in Sicily. You will set off on a time travel in the largest Archaeological Park in Europe. The Park of Selinunte is more than just myth, legend, history and culture, it is 270 hectares of treasures still alive of one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The archaeological site contains 7 temples, some in good condition, built according to a strict Doric order, the oldest Greek architectural style. Sanctuaries, more necropolis, the caves of Cusa and other places of interest are still found here.
In the afternoon, you will have free time for lunch.
After lunch, you will be transferred to Agrigento where you will visit the Valley of the Temples, one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and one of Sicily’s main attractions, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Agrigento presents a remarkable series of 5th century Doric Temples, where you will see the “Temple of Heracles” and the “Temple of Concordia”.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Agrigento.
This day you will reach Piazza Armerina where you will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known, for which it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After having free time for lunch in the afternoon, you will depart to Ragusa Ibla and visit its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral. Ragusa, used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, is today stated among the 44 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures. After tasting local cheese in Ragusa, you will proceed to Catania where this guided tour will finish.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Catania. You will gather with the group for more one last dinner and will have the chance to share your favourite memories from your Sicily tour.
|Travel dates||Accommodation||Price per person in €|
|2 Pers.||4 Pers.||6 Pers.|
|4* Hotels (March, April, June, July, August, October, November)||865€||865€||865€|
|4* Hotels (May, September)||895€||895€||895€|
- 7 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at 4-star hotels;
- Breakfast at the hotel;
- Lunch on day 3 of the itinerary (beverages are not included);
- Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of the itinerary (beverages are not included);
- Excursions on the entire itinerary;
- Honey tasting in Etna area;
- Tasting of Sicilian “granita and brioche”;
- Tasting of local street food in Palermo;
- Wine tasting at the wine cellar in Marsala;
- Tasting of local cheeses in Ragusa;
- Transportation according to the entire itinerary;
- Multilingual tour leader;
- English speaking guide.