Sicily: A Cultural Journey with ME International Travel

with Taormina Region extension
Mar 14-24, 2019 / 11 DAYS

The Sicilian sun shines light on a different side of Italy.

In the midst of the Mediterranean, discover an island with personality all its own—full of flavor and teeming with one-of-a-kind art and architecture.…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Palermo Cathedral, Agrigento's Greek ruins, Piazza Amerina, Syracuse Cathedral, views of Mount Etna, Taormina's Greek theater

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads, at high altitudes.

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Mar 14: Travel to Sicily

Board your overnight flight to Palermo today.

Palermo / 3 NIGHTS

Mar 15: Arrival in Palermo

Included meals: Dinner

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

Mar 16: Guided tour of Palermo & Monreale

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, 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 one of the town’s magnificent cathedrals

Mar 17: Free time in Palermo

Included meals: Breakfast

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

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Ancient Ruins: Segesta & Erice
8 hours
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Journey to western Sicily to visit the ancient ruins of Segesta. Here, you’ll view a magnificent Doric temple and an ancient Greek theater. Next, visit the well-preserved village of Erice, perched on the summit of Monte San Giuliano. The relics within Erice are fascinating, from its Phoenician walls to its Norman castles. Your guided tour of the town will take you past the town's churches, and will touch upon the role they played in Erice's history.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Agrigento Region / 1 NIGHT

Mar 18: 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

Mar 19: Travel to Syracuse via Piazza Amerina

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Mar 20: Guided tour of Syracuse

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a historic city known for its rich Greek history. • Visit the Greek theater, the most complete ancient Greek theater still in existence • Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that 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

Mar 21: Free time 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

Mar 22: Guided tour of Taormina

Included meals: Breakfast

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 Enjoy a free evening in the Taormina region or add an excursion.

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Traditional Sicilian Dinner & Wine Tasting
4 hours
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Venture into the foothills surrounding Mt. Etna for dinner and a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Like Sicily itself, Sicilian cuisine has been profoundly influenced by the myriad cultures that have made this island their home.4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 23: Free time in the Taormina Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion. This evening, say goodbye to your group 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.

Mar 24: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension / Starting from $349 pp

Taormina Region / 2 NIGHTS

Extend your stay in Taormina and see for yourself why expatriate artists, writers and intellectuals were so inspired during the early 20th century when they came to call it home. Spend your time exploring its tiny villages, old churches, lively bars, fine restaurants and antique shops.

Mar 24: Free time in the Taormina Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another full free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion.

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Museo Storico dello Sbarco & Historic Catania
6 hours
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Explore Sicily’s World War II history on a visit to the Museo Storico dello Sbarco, an interactive museum featuring striking photographs and a life-size model of a war-era bunker. Then, stroll past the Baroque architecture of Catania’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll see the bustling shops and cafes of Via Etnea and Via dei Crociferi, the grand Teatro Massimo Bellini and the historic Palazzo Biscari. End your tour at the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, home of the famous elephant statue, where you’ll have free time for lunch.6 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 25: Free time in the Taormina Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another full free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Hidden Sicily: Medieval Savoca & Forza d’Agrò
4 hours
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Delve into the traditional Sicilian villages that served as sets for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” First, visit Savoca and tour the Church of St. Lucia and the Bar Vitelli. Walk through this medieval village and marvel at its 15th-century buildings and panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea. Continue on to Forza d’Agrò, another “hidden” Sicilian village, where you’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation. Please note: The order of villages visited is subject to change. In the event that the Church of the Annunciation is closed, it may only be viewed from the outside.4 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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