Join me in Sicily!

Is Sicily on your bucket list? I am heading there with a group in 2023, and would love to have you join us! See details below, and e-mail me or message me (using the chat feature at the bottom right of this page) for more information.

The Sicilian

10 days (April 8-April 17, 2023) from Palermo to Taormina Riviera, starting at $2330.10 per person, excluding air (based on double occupancy)

 

VACATION OVERVIEW

Crossed over by half of the ancient civilized world, modern-day Sicily ironically presents an off-the-beaten-path vacation for those eager to discover a completely different 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, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory, only sweeten the experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Sicily.

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1   ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2   PALERMO

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 d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral.  Lunch with Sicilian specialties panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese).

 

Day 3   PALERMO–ERICE–MARSALA–MAZARA DEL VALLO

ERICE Visit the hilltop town and sample almond biscuits and Marsala wine at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico.
MARSALA Visit a salt mill en route to Mazara del Vallo.
99 mi / 160 km

 

Day 4   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 Guided walking tour at the Valley of Temples.
93 mi / 150 km

 

Day 5   AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA

PIAZZA ARMERINA 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.
130 mi / 210 km

 

Day 6   RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA

RAGUSA Guided walking tour includes the city’s oldest district, the Ibla, the 19th-century gardens of Giardini Iblei, and St. George Cathedral. Free time.
MODICA Orientation walk in the center and a  chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory.
RAGUSA Dinner at a local restaurant.
68 mi / 110 km

Day 7   RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE

NOTO Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire San Nicolò Cathedral.
SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheater.
93 mi / 150 km
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Syracuse with an excursion to the island of Ortigia. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

 

Day 8   SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA

CATANIA Orientation walk and free time to browse in Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea.
Scenic drive en route to Taormina Riviera and free time this afternoon and evening.
75 mi / 120 km

 

Day 9   TAORMINA RIVIERA EXCURSION TO SAVOCA

SAVOCA Orientation walk followed by a  Granita (semi-frozen drink) tasting, and brioche tasting at Bar Vitelli.
TAORMINA RIVIERA Orientation walk and free time for lunch. Visit the Greek Theater. Farewell dinner at Villa Antonio restaurant.
43 mi / 70 km

 

Day 10   TAORMINA RIVIERA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

 

Included Meals:

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 6 three-course dinners

Palermo

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