Day 1 - Arrival Day/ Benvenuti!
Welcome to Sicily! After arriving to the Palermo Airport (PMO), the group will be met for a private transfer to our accommodations in the historical center of Palermo.
Your accommodations for the next three (3) nights are in 5-star luxury hotel with old-world charm, set in the heart of Palermo and close to restaurants, shops and important sites.
The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax after your overseas travel. In the evening, the group will gather for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Monreale & Palermo Highlights
After breakfast at your hotel we'll meet up with our local guide for a private visit to Monreale Cathedral, as well, the group will enjoy a Palermo Streetfood & Highlights Walking Tour
Day 3 - Cefalu
After breakfast, our private driver will transfer the group to Cefalu. We'll enjoy a private guided visit of town and lunch in small family restaurant.
Day 4 - Agrigento and Valley of the Temples
This morning we will check out of our Palermo hotel and transfer to Agrigento.
We'll enjoy a private guided tour of the Valley of the Temples. Valle dei Templi or Valley of the Temples is an archaeological site in Agrigento. It is one of the most outstanding examples of ancient Greek art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily. It comprises the temples of the gods, as well as the necropolis area and the extra-moenia sanctuaries.
After our tour, the group will have lunch in a boutique restaurant.
Then, in the afternoon, we'll transfer to check-in to transfer to our countryside hotel just outside of Agrigento (1 night).
Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or exploring the grounds until the evening when the group meets up for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Piazza Armerina & Villa del Casale
Today we'll check out of our Agrigento accommodations and head off to Piazza Armerina. and Villa Del Casale.
The Villa Romana del Casale is a large and elaborate Roman villa located about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina. Excavations have revealed one of the richest, largest, and varied collections of Roman mosaics in the world for which the site has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villa and artwork contained within date to the early 4th century AD.
The mosaic and opus sectile floors cover some 3,500 square meters and are almost unique in their excellent state of preservation due to the flooding and landslides that covered the remains. Although less well-known, an extraordinary collection of frescoes covered not only the interior rooms, but also the exterior walls.
Here we'll have a private tour with with our expert local guide to view these stunning mosaics.
After, we have lunch reservations at a local trattoria.
In the afternoon, we'll transfer to Syracuse and check into our boutique hotel with sea views (3 nights).
Day 6 - Syracuse & Ortigia
After breakfast, we'll meet up with our private guide for a morning Walking Tour of Ortigia.
This will be followed by a Syracuse Food Market tour with a local chef and a home cooking class. After the cooking class, we'll enjoy all the Sicilian dishes that we have created.
Day 7 - Ragusa & Modica
After breakfast we will depart for a full-day guided tour of of Ragusa and Modica, two charming Baroque towns located in the heart of the Val di Noto.
An ancient historical center of the city of Ragusa, Ragusa Ibla is famous for its more than 50 Baroque churches, including the lavish Duomo of San Giorgio. Perched on a hill, it dominates the valley and enjoys increased notoriety thanks to the TV series Inspector Montalbano.
Modica is a charming town located in the province of Ragusa, famous for its artistic treasures and Baroque architecture, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. However, Modica is known around the world for its ancient tradition of confectionery, chocolate.
This famous chocolate of Modica is an extraordinary and unique product that is produced with an ancient and original Aztec recipe. It originates from the Spanish domination of the island when the invaders introduced its manufacture to the "County of Modica", once the largest in the Kingdom of Sicily. Unlike in the rest of the world, this chocolate has never become an industrialized product, therefore preserving an authentic flavor based on the purity of its ingredients and craftsmanship throughout the centuries, deserving of the PGI name (Protected Geographical Indication).
In Ragusa we'll have a cheese tasting, while in Modica, the group will enjoy a chocolate tour & tasting. Lunch will be in an authentic family-run restaurant.
Day 8 - Noto, Olive oil , and Wine
Today we'll visit one more of the famous Baroque gems of the Val di Noto - Noto itself.
We'll have a private guided tour of this town followed by a visit to an olive farm with olive oil tasting. The group will also visit a local winery with a wine tasting and lunch.
Later in the afternoon, we'll transfer to Taormina, our last stop on this tour. Check in to your hotel with sea views set in the historical center of Taormina (3 nights).
Day 9 - Taormina
We’ll begin the day with a guided walking tour of Taormina's Greek Theater.
The afternoon is free for you to rest or take in some more sites. You can shop for those souvenirs or just grab a gelato and people watch.
A special dinner with local family (B, D)
Day 10 - Mt. Etna with Food and Wine
Today the group will head to Mt. Etna - the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Standing at 3327 meters tall, Mt. Etna dominates the entire island with its size.
Along the way, we'll visit a winery for a tour and tasting.
We'll enjoy a farm lunch at a local agriturismo.
Day 11 - Departure Day
Breakfast is provided depending on our time of departure. We'll say our goodbyes to our new friends in the group.
Private transfer to Catania Airport (CTA).
Bid "Arrivederci" to Italy! Or...you could add days on to your tour.
Key: B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner, included
*Itineraries are subject to change. Vitalia Tours and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Vitalia Tours reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.
Dates: April 13-23, 2023
11 Days/10 Nights
Where: Palermo, Agrigento, Syracuse, and Taormina
Group size: 12 Guests Maximum
Tour Cost: $5,795 USD per person/double occupancy
Single Supplement: $850 USD
Deposit: $2000.00 USD at time of booking to reserve your spot
Balance due: February 13, 2023
All tours are quoted in U.S. Dollars
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