9 Day Affordable Sicily

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9 Day Affordable Sicily
Mercure Palermo Centro Palermo
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace Agrigento
UNA Hotel Palace Catania

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1869* $1319
$2149* $1269
2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1919* $1369
$1939* $1209
$2069* $1369

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This comprehensive, fast-paced trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Palermo
Benvenuti! Arrive to the island of Sicily, rich in history, culture and tradition. Transfer to your hotel in Palermo; remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring this energetic city. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and a briefing on the exciting tour that awaits you, followed by Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Monreale Cathedral & Palermo Old City Tour
Travel to the hilltop town of Monreale to visit the Norman Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece, with its interior of glittering 12th century Byzantine mosaics. Return to Palermo for a tour of the ancient Old City with its incredible mix of architectural styles, including its magnificent Cathedral. In the afternoon, discover Palermo on your own with its bustling street markets, winding alleyways and colorful back streets or, join the optional tour to the charming seaside town of Cefalu, distinguished by its medieval settings. Here, see the magnificent Piazza del Duomo and the delightful Fisherman's Village nestled on one of Sicily's most beautiful sand beaches. Stroll the picturesque lanes in the historical center before returning to Palermo
Optional: Cefalu Tour (PM)
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Farm Lunch, Arrive in Agrigento
Morning drive through western Sicily where you view the famous Doric Temple of Segesta rising high on a hill, one of the greatest examples of this style of architecture, constructed in the 5th century B.C. Savor the island's landmark windmills and salt mines on your way to a local farm for lunch. Your lunch will feature some of the area's local delicacies, including wines. Arrive in Agrigento and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, dinner together in Agrigento
Overnight: Agrigento
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Valley of the Temples, Mount Etna, Arrive in Catania
This morning visit the impressive Valley of the Temples, a splendid archaeological park consisting of eight different temples, representing some of the most beautiful Classic architecture outside of mainland Greece. Continue, to the magnificent Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, dominating the landscape. Explore the foothills around the base station and ascend to reach the two impressive Silvestri Craters; walk along the varied layers of lava which have solidified over the centuries. Weather permitting, see breathtaking views of the Parco dell' Etna and the Ionic Sea. Then, on to Catania, one of Sicily's most important cities for more than three millennia. This lively town with its Baroque-style charm is known as the "black-city" from the dark color of the façades created by the lava stone from Mount Etna
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Catania City Tour
Begin the day with a stroll in Catania, a wonderful combination of ancient and modern, under the shadow of Mt. Etna. After the town was destroyed, the entire old part of the city was rebuilt in Baroque style with large wide open squares. Walk the piazzas and the streets and visit its colorful open-air markets. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Or, take the optional tour to the old-world resort city of Taormina, also known as the "Jewel of the Ionic". The tour is highlighted by the city's most famous archaeological monuments, the Greek Theatre, one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily
Optional: Taormina Tour (PM)
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Catania
Full day at leisure to discover Catania on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Siracusa, where you can step back in time to the glorious days of Greek Sicily, and explore the birthplace of Archimedes. Visit the archaeological park, the Roman amphitheater, and the "Ear of Dionysius", an awe-inspiring artificial limestone cave renowned for its outstanding acoustics
Optional: Siracusa Tour (AM)
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Visit Piazza Armerina en route to Palermo
Departing Catania, travel to Piazza Armerina to view the intricate examples of Roman mosaics at the famous Roman Villa del Casale, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These extraordinarily vivid mosaics, deal with numerous subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life. The Villa itself was rediscovered in the 19th century after being almost completely covered by a landslide. After lunch, continue to Palermo, where you bid farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends, on your last night in Sicily
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Arrivederci! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Cefalù is first mentioned in 396 BC by the Scholar Diodoro Siculo and today the town distinguishes itself by its medieval settings. Starting from Piazza Garibaldi, following Corso Ruggero until reaching the magnificent Piazza del Duomo, where you will experience the splendidly intact atmosphere of this pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The beautiful Norman/Byzantine cathedral dates to the 12th century, when King Roger II of Sicily had it built to make Cefalù the center of the Norman power together with Palermo. Of particular charm is the Fisherman Village with its ancient houses facing the sea on one of Sicily's most beautiful sand beaches. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Day #3 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $59.00
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Enjoy an afternoon tour of Taormina, one of Sicily's most prominent attractions, also known as the Jewel of the Ionic. Start off with a walking tour including the city's most famous archaeological monuments and medieval homes. Continue with a visit of the Greek Theater, one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily, from which you can enjoy magnificent views of the coastline and countryside. Pick up details to be advised locally.

Day #6 01 May 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $99.00
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Step back in time to the glorious days of Greek Sicily, and explore the birthplace of Archimedes. Get a glimpse of Siracusa as it was in ancient times with a visit to the archaeological park, with its Greek theatre, the remains of Roman Amphitheater, and the "Ear of Dionysius," an awe-inspiring artificial limestone cave renowned for its outstanding acoustics. Then, admire its old quarter, also known as Città Vecchia or "Old City" a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the island of Ortygia. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $99.00
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