12 Days Small Group Tour Sicily

12 Days Small Group Tour Sicily:
Experience the Sicilian lifestyle with a small group of 6/14 travelers only! We are thrilled to introduce a wonderful journey to discover beautiful Sicilia travelling from west to east, through the magical interior of this paradise island.

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 - 12 Days Small Group Tour Sicily
Experience the Sicilian lifestyle with a small group of 6/14 travelers only! We are thrilled to introduce a wonderful journey to discover beautiful Sicilia travelling from west to east, through the magical interior of this paradise island.
Travel to Sicily with its idyllic climate, its archaeology treasures, dramatic vistas and hearty cuisine that embodies all things Sicilian. Extravagant scenic beauty, a multicultural crossroads with a history that dates back to 3,000 years, an exuberant and richly layered culture and a tradition of food and wine that is celebrated the world over…all converge here in sunny Sicily! On this small group journey, you’ll delve into one of the most fascinating and coveted regions in Italy.
Stare face to face with some of the world’s best Byzantine mosaics in the cathedral of Monreale, a literal Bible in gold. Sit in Taormina’s Greek theatre looking out at still-smouldering Mt.Etna and you can’t help but feel goosebumps. Marvel at the rich archaeological ruins of Siracusa dating to the 5Th century BC. Explore the brilliant Roman floor mosaics in the Villa del Casale. Enjoy an Italian evening Opera in Taormina or a pizza evening in one of the best trattorias. The Greek influence is particularly strong in the south of Italy, we’ll see better preserved temples here than in Greece itself!
Sicily has some of Italy’s best beaches and on this tour we make sure that you’ll have time to enjoy them. The cuisine of Sicily varies from one province to the next as do the wines. Sicily is a world apart, an island separated from the rest of Italy not only by the sea but also by centuries of history and cultural experience.
The land of the “Mezzogiorno” is a land of surprises and we are excited to discover this gem of an island with you all.
We have a real passion for Sicily and look forward to sharing it with you !

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 - 12 Days Small Group Tour Sicily
A LAND OF CONTRASTS TRAVEL ITINERARY
TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS: FROM PALERMO TO CATANIA

DAY 1 : WELCOME TO SPICY PALERMO
Arrive in Palermo International Airport and travel to the city centre for a three nights stay in our central hotel ” CENTRALE PALACE” (or similar), close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.15 pm meet your Sicilian tour manager for a welcome drink followed by a feast at a lively local restaurant. Overnight in PALERMO

DAY 2 : HIGHLIGHTS OF PALERMO & MONREALE
Breakfast in hotel. Start your discovery of Sicily with a guided walking tour of Palermo, the Sicilian capital. A crossroads of history, Palermo holds the distinction of being the world’s most conquered city and a melting pot of civilizations ranging from the Phoenicians, Romans and Byzantines to the Arabs and Normans. We have included today a visit to the Byzantine Martorana church, famous for its impressive Norman mosaics, the striking, evocative Palatine Chapel, dating back to the 12th century featuring amazing mosaics and some of the rooms of the Royal Palace . After a visit at Ballaro‘ market located in the ancient Arabic quarter of the city , you’ll attend a guided tour of the Opera Massimo Theater , the biggest one in Italy and one of the largest of Europe. Lunch with local antipasti is included in the best Palermitan trattoria followed by a panoramic drive in the hills south of Palermo to the town of Monreale, known for one of Sicily’s great sites, the stunning 12th century Norman cathedral literally wallpapered with golden mosaics that tell the stories of the bible. Evening is on your own to enjoy Palermo by night. Overnight in PALERMO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 3 : SEGESTA, ERICE & TRAPANI SALT PANS EXPERIENCE
Breakfast in hotel. Western Sicily has always been more African than European and the first known settlers were the Elymians, probably Trojan refugees, about whom little is known. This morning we take a panoramic drive to Segesta, a unique archaeological site famous for its magnificent 5th century Doric temple. Though never completed it is one of the best preserved examples of a Greek temple. We continue our adventure travelling along the Salt Road, passing Salt Pans and Windmills and learning about the history and process of salt harvesting at the Museum of the Salt.Afterwards, we’ll be reaching the hill-top town of Erice by a 10 mins panoramic cableway ride from Trapani a town which lies below the headland of Mount Erice and covers a land of gear natural beauty, including a coastline that has many long beaches of white sand.
Erice boasts a breathtaking setting high above the Tyrrhenian Sea, a perfectly preserved medieval treasure. Its roots date as far back as the Carthaginian empire. It also boasts an impressive Castle with views over the Egadi Islands. Enjoy an included lunch at the best typical tavern. Rest of the evening is on your own. Overnight stay in PALERMO. Walking: Light/Moderate

DAY 4 : DISCOVER VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES IN AGRIGENTO: “LAND OF GODS”
After breakfast, this morning’s drive takes you south from Palermo to the ancient city of Agrigento, a Unesco World heritage site. The first highlight of the day will be a visit to the small town of Corleone, located in the province of Palermo, well-known as the birthplace of several Mafia bosses. Here you’ll learn about the Mafia, during an informative discussion with the son of a Corleone couple.After some time on your own for lunch, we’ll visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, an incredible concentration of Greek temples in varying states of ruin and reconstruction. We’ll explore the major temples with a local expert who will shed light on these monuments to the Golden age of Tyranny. This historic site was the heart of one of the most important cities in the ancient world and is the prime example of the magnificence of Magna Grecia. Tonight you’ll be staying at the lovely hotel “BAGLIO DELLA LUNA” located a short drive from the Temples where to enjoy a candlelight dinner .Overnight stay in AGRIGENTO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 5 : ROMAN VILLA MOSAICS & SIRACUSA’S ELEGANCE
Your transfer to Siracusa features a stop to the Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina built in the first quarter of the 4th century. It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. It is one of the 44 Unesco World Heritage sites in Italy. The villa was a luxurious hunting lodge used (some believe) by the Roman emperor Maximian. After being abandoned in the 1200s, the villa was covered by a mudslide that protected the mosaics until systematic excavation in 1880s. Following an included street food with local pizza or arancino, your journey continues to the city of Siracusa.Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to make your own discoveries, maybe viewing the Greek Temple of Apollo, the legendary Fountain of Arethusa or simply wandering the colourful winding streets and alleys of elegant Ortigia. You’ll be spending the next three nights at the beautiful 19th century “ROYAL MANIACE HOTEL“ (or similar) in the heart of island. Dinner is included in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in SIRACUSA. Walking: Moderate

DAY 6 : DISCOVER SIRACUSA ” TOWN OF TYRANTS”
In the morning, you’ll explore Siracusa, a major outpost of the Greek empire with a local expert. The city boasts an incredible historical heritage, starting from the Archaeological Park, featuring the ancient Greek Theater now used for classical performances, the Latomie del Paradiso, the largest quarry in the ancient urban settlement and the Ear Of Dionysius, a subterranean artificial cave quarry used as a prison. After an included street food experience at the lively market, you’ll see numerous elegant Baroque town houses, rebuilt after the earthquake that severely damaged the city in 1693, the elegant Piazza Duomo, dominated by the cathedral’s baroque facade that is subdivided by columns and the Temple of Athena from the 5th century BC lying behind it.After lunch on your own, you’ll be sailing around the fascinating island of Ortigia and its prehistoric caves(weather permitting). Rest of the day is on your own.Overnight in SIRACUSA. Walking: Moderate

DAY 7 : SICILIAN BAROQUE: RAGUSA & MODICA
A full day’s journey today takes you south-east to witness splendours of the Sicilian Baroque architecture, part of a Unesco World Heritage Site.In 1693, in the wake of a mighty eruption of Etna, this corner of Sicily was devastated by an earthquake. Towns were rapidly rebuilt out of the glowing local limestone. We’ll visit first the splendid “one hundred churches town” where you’ll attend a demonstration of how the well known Cioccolato Modicano is made. The day continues with a short drive to ancient Ragusa Ibla, one of the most charming and picturesque hill towns in Sicily, famous for its labyrinth of crooked lanes, tiny squares and noble Palazzos . You’ll have time to visit the main church of San Giorgio, with its imposing facade and flight of steps, an exceptional example of the Baroque style in Sicily and the neoclassical Palazzo Arezzo, rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake that destroyed the city. Rest of the day is free. Overnight stay in SIRACUSA. Walking: Light

DAY 8 : CATANIA, CYCLOPS RIVIERA & GIARDINI NAXOS
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Taormina, one of the island’s most ancient towns and most beautiful destinations. On the way you’ll discover Catania, a city which owes its homogeneous Baroque architecture in gloomy black lava to the last quake of 1693. You may consider to visit the Cathedral Of St. Agatha, where the reliquary of the patron saint is housed ,Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square), the Bellini theater, the Villa Gardens and the lively Fish Market. We’ll then travel along the panoramic Cyclops Riviera to reach the charming fishing village of Giardini Naxos,the site of the first Greek settlement in Sicily. After an included lunch on the beautiful sandy beach, you’ll arrive in Taormina for your last 4 nights at the central “HOTEL VILLA PARADISO“ with breakfast included.This evening dinner is on your own.Overnight stay in TAORMINA. Walking: Light

DAY 9 : TAORMINA, CASTELMOLA & HOME HOSTED FAMILY LUNCH
Clamped to a rocky bluff planted with cypresses, pines and lush subtropical vegetation, the exquisitely maintained medieval town of Taormina is Sicily’s glitziest and most dramatically situated resort. It remained an important city during the Greek and Roman periods and the Theatre and Odeon still survive as reminders of those times. Taormina boasts a number of elegant mansions and palaces dating back from the Middle Ages, and several interesting churches including the 15th century fortified Cathedral and St Pancras’, which incorporates part of a Greek temple. It is also a wonderful setting in which to practice the “Dolce far niente”(the sweetness of doing nothing) while strolling the charming medieval city center and enjoy the stupendous views. Just outside Taormina is the hill town of Castelmola, an enchanting hamlet where to enjoy fabulous views and sampling the local specialty, almond wine, served ice cold. At 12.30 our coach will take you to a quaint village at the foot of the volcano where a Sicilian family will celebrate you with an included lunch. Rest of the day and evening is on your own. Overnight stay in TAORMINA.Walking: Light/Moderate

DAY 10 : MAJESTIC MOUNT ETNA & WINERY VISIT
Explore majestic Mount Etna , known to the Greeks as the “column that holds up the sky”- Mt Etna is the highest and largest volcano in Europe and one of the world’s most active.The peak changes in size over the years. It currently rises at 11,000 feet above sea level and literally towers above Sicily’s Ionian coast and since 1987. Its slopes have been part of the Etna Parkland, an area that encompasses both alpine forests and the forbiddingly black summit.You’ll ascend to 7,000 ft.and take a walk to visit the Silvestri Craters and new lava flow from recent eruptions (further ascend to highest levels to be paid locally). Afterwards, you’ll descend to the village of Linguaglossa to visit a well-known Sicilian winery where to taste some local wine and enjoy a light lunch. In the evening Secret Italia Tours is thrilled to invite you for a magical Italian Opera evening. Overnight stay in TAORMINA.Walking: Light

DAY 11 : DISCOVER UNKNOWN SICILY
We’ll begin our day with a short morning drive to the picturesque mountain village of Savoca. Surrounded by encroaching green peaks, the village seems unchanged since medieval times, with its gated walls, rustic stone cottages and haunting churches. It even has its own Catacombs, beneath a Cappucini monastery,where the macabre bodies of a few mummified bigwigs stand in a series of wall niches.The village’s main claim to fame is its association with the Godfather film- Michael Corleone’s marriage to Apollonia was filmed here. One of the location used was the Bar Vitelli, a rustic bar located by the village entrance and a lovely spot for a cool lemon granita (crushed-ice drink).Afterwards, we continue to Forza d’Agro’, another charming Sicilian village boasting amazing views over the Ionian coast. Enjoy an included street food with Sicilian granita on your return to Taormina. Tonight we’ll celebrate you with an “Arrivederci dinner” in a local restaurant, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Salute! Overnight stay in TAORMINA.Walking: Light

DAY 12 : ARRIVEDERCI SICILIA
Morning transfers to Catania airport for your flight home or join us on a discovery of the beautiful island of MALTA. Arrivederci from all of us…and thanks for travelling Secret Italia Tours!!!

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