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2022010 Splendid Sicilia

2022010 Splendid Sicilia

Discover the true essence of the Mediterranean as you delve into the fascinating mosaic of Sicily

02/27/2022-03/08/2022- Sun-Tue   Trip# 2022010

 

Splendid Sicilia

 

Discover the true essence of the Mediterranean as you delve into the fascinating mosaic of Sicily. Get acquainted with Palermo’s colorful markets and the city’s famous "street food." Meet a countess in her medieval palace and visit a family-owned farm where you’ll hear Sicilian folk music and learn how they make ricotta cheese. Stand in awe at Agrigento’s spectacular Valley of the Temples (UNESCO). Spend 4 nights in Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greek influence during an included excursion to historical sites in Siracusa (UNESCO), whose archaeological treasures rival those in Athens. On a journey along the Ionian coast, discover the everlasting influences left by ancient Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans. Also includes complimentary round trip sedan service to and from the Philadelphia Airport. Price is Land only!

Day 1

You are on your way to Sicily. Allow yourself to take in the immersive culture, the layers of ancient history, and the incomparable beauty of this sparkling Mediterranean island.

Day 2

Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, this island’s history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner.

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Day 3

Make the most of Palermo this morning because it’s your choice! Choose to set out on a panoramic coach tour of Palermo, including views of the Politeama Concert Hall, the Massimo Opera House, the ruins of Palermo's medieval seaside fortifications and Spanish-era City Walls and the imposing exterior of the Palace of the Normans. Your tour includes a visit to the dazzling Monreale Cathedral -OR- stroll the streets of Palermo with a local guide, feeling as if you’ve stepped back in time as you pass by medieval remnants, picturesque piazzas, and ornate fountains. Make your way inside St. Catherine of Alexandria, a Baroque church where you can sample local pastries baked with the nuns’ secret recipe. After your tour, wander through an open-air market displaying traditional Sicilian "street food" before getting a taste of these classics at a local restaurant. Later, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home, joining you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palace's stunning chambers.

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DAy 4

Journey to the countryside with a local guide and stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù (UNESCO), a seaside town that’s home to one of Sicily’s most magnificent cathedrals. Embrace Italian country life as you set off to experience a day on a family farm where Sicilian folk music greets you upon arrival. Get a glimpse of the delectable products they make on the farm and observe how they create a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese!* Watch a chef prepare local specialties before getting a taste of the farm’s own products with a hearty lunch made from family recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure.

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Day 5

Today’s journey brings you to Agrigento, a coastal hub of preserved Greek temples. Along the way, meander through the town of Erice and roam the streets. Admire the town from an awe-inspiring lookout point at Venus Castle, built upon an ancient Roman temple. Continue on to Agrigento, where you’ll have some free time to explore the resort’s amenities.

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Day 6

Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this once-prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights.

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Day 7

Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this once-prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights.

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Day 8

The entire day is yours to explore! With free time, you can choose to relax on the coast, dig in to Taormina’s mouthwatering cuisine, or even take an optional tour to Europe’s largest active volcano – Mt. Etna.

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Day 9

Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa (UNESCO). An expert shares stories of Siracusa’s creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast Sicilian culture as you’re serenaded by local musicians during dinner.

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DAy 10

Your journey through Sicily comes to a close today. Return home with cherished memories of an unforgettable adventure.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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10 Days

9 Nights

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Meals

14 Meals

8 Breakfasts

2 Lunches

4 Dinners

 

Activity Level--4

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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