Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Sicilian Ancestry Tour

Oct 25-Nov 4, 2018 / 11 DAYS

Find your family roots under the bright Sicilian sun.

Spectacular landscapes, enduring culture, mouthwatering flavors—experience the best of Sicily on this one-of-a-kind trip, created with Ancestry. You’l…

Your package includes

  • AncestryDNA kit
  • Pre-trip family history review with AncestryProGenealogists
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Ancestry Genealogist
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Special AncestryProGenealogists sessions, Palermo Cathedral, Agrigento’s Greek ruins, Piazza Armerina, Syracuse Cathedral, Sicilian cooking lesson, vi…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads, with some hills and…

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Oct 25: Travel to Sicily

Board your overnight flight to Palermo today.

Palermo / 3 NIGHTS

Oct 26: Arrival in Palermo

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in, then meet your Tour Director, Ancestry Genealogist, and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Oct 27: Guided tour of Palermo & Monreale

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, get an introduction to Sicilian genealogy and the ways you will be tracing your heritage with your Ancestry Genealogist. Then, embark on a guided tour of bayside Palermo, situated at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. • Visit the architecturally diverse Palermo Cathedral and see the stunning artwork of the Cappella Palatina  • Continue on to nearby Monreale, where you’ll pay a visit to one of the town’s magnificent cathedrals

Oct 28: Free day in Palermo

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Palermo or add an excursion.

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Tracing Heritage: The Trapani Region
8 hours
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Venture to the coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo, known for its deep Sicilian-American ties. Pay a visit to the Ethno-Anthropological Museum, where you’ll delve into the agricultural history of the region. End your day in the region’s capital of Trapani, where many Sicilian-Americans emigrated from. After enjoying free time to explore the city center, return to Palermo for the evening.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Agrigento / 1 NIGHT

Oct 29: Guided tour of Agrigento

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south through the Sicilian countryside to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the city’s fascinating Greek ruins.

Syracuse / 3 NIGHTS

Oct 30: Syracuse via Piazza Armerina

Included meals: Breakfast

On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Armerina and view the stunning mosaics in Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Oct 31: Guided tour of Syracuse

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a city known for its rich Greek history. • Enter the ancient Greek theater, the most complete of its kind still in existence • Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that artist Caravaggio dubbed “The Ear of Dionysius” for its unique acoustics • Visit the Roman amphitheater, then cross a bridge to the Island of Ortygia to see the Temple of Apollo and Syracuse Cathedral Tonight, taste the recipes of past generations as you learn to craft traditional Sicilian dishes like a local during a cooking lesson. Then, savor the meal with your fellow travelers-turned-chefs.

Nov 01: Free day in Syracuse

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Syracuse or add an excursion.

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Traditions of Sicily: Villa Lunch & Noto Village
8 hours
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Start off the day in Noto, a quaint city at the foot of the Hyblaean Mountains. A local guide gives you the lay of the land, highlighting the UNESCO-recognized cathedral and the city's Baroque-style architecture. Next, travel to a rustic villa, Casa Bianca, owned and run by a Sicilian contessa. With its warm climate, open fields and fertile soil, Sicily is home to some of Italy’s finest foods, and today’s authentic family-style meal showcases many of the region’s delicious and varied flavors.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Taormina Region / 2 NIGHTS

Nov 02: Guided tour of Taormina

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Taormina, where a local guide introduces you to this scenic town perched high above the sea. • Enjoy views of Mount Etna, Taormina Cathedral, and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament  • Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater This evening, venture into the foothills surrounding Mount Etna for a traditional Sicilian dinner and wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Nov 03: Free day in the Taormina Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion.   Tonight, your Ancestry Genealogist shares a summary of all you’ve learned about Sicilian heritage. Then, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

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Mount Etna: Sicily's Volcanic Landscapes
7 hours
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Travel from Taormina to the base of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and highest active volcano. Here, a local guide will board your bus and you’ll ascend up to 5,000 feet, stopping at a scenic vantage point to snap photos and learn about the mountain’s long history of eruptions, as well as its native flora and fauna. Continue up to 6,600 feet, where you’ll have free time to walk among the volcanic craters and peruse the mountainside shops before sampling local delicacies at an included three-course lunch. Please note: Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are recommended. Temperatures on the mountain are cool in the summer and can be quite chilly the rest of the year.7 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Nov 04: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Catania for your flight home or extend your stay in the Taormina region.

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