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Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano.
- Experience a local cheese tasting in Sant’Angelo Muraxo with panoramic views
- Hear about the rise of the mafia in Corleone, the town made famous from The Godfather film
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- 8 nights in boutique accommodation
Day 1: Palermo - Monreale - Selinunte
Today we’ll meet in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its streets for a mafia themed tour. Then, it’s onwards to Monreale, where we’ll pay a visit to the impressive cathedral. Tonight, a welcome dinner awaits at our idyllic farm stay in Selinunte.
Day 2: Selinunte - Mazara del Vallo - Sciacca - Favara
This morning, we’re in for a culinary treat. Prepare to sample some of the farm’s tasty olives, award-winning olive oil, breads and more! En route to Favara, we’ll stop by the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Back in the times of Ancient Greece, its natural thermal springs were a great attraction. There’s plenty of time to explore before we move on to our hotel.
Day 3: Favara - Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Ragusa
After breakfast, we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples for an exploration of this brilliant example of Greater Greece architecture. A local guide will reveal the history of the archaeological site as we look around. En route to Ragusa, we’ll make a stop at Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world.
Day 4: Ragusa - Modica - Ragusa
We’ll have one thing on our minds today: delicious food. This morning we’ll be treated to chocolate and cheese tastings, as well as a cheese workshop. Next, our trail will take us back to Ragusa, where we’ll have the rest of the day to stroll around the town.
Day 5: Ragusa - Noto - Syracuse
Sicily is famous for its sweets, many of which are made from almonds grown on the island. Today you’ll have a chance to enjoy this centuries-old tradition as we pay a visit to an almond farm and enjoy a light lunch. Afterwards, we’ll depart for beautiful Syracuse.
Day 6: Syracuse
Seaside Syracuse, which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece, awaits on your free day. Take the time to wander the temples and sacred caves, and lose yourself in the city’s winding streets, which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views.
Day 7: Syracuse - Mount Etna - Carruba
Today, it’s time to take a closer look at Mount Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape. Then, we’ll move on to a local farm for a local lunch and wine tasting before journeying to Carruba, where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Day 8: Carruba - Taormina - Carruba
This morning we’ll make tracks to Taormina, where you’ll have a free day to take in the 13th-century Cathedral of San Nicola and the splendid Greek Theatre. After a day of exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well-deserved.
Day 9: Catania - Mount Etna - Taormina - Catania
Today, our tour will end in Catania – but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to a local market, you can stock up on foodie souvenirs to bring home including favourites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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