The discoveries of Sicily are endless on an island bursting with ancient wonders and vivacious culture, stunning landscape and iridescent beaches. Medieval towns crown towering mountains offering unparalleled views. Breathtaking Doric temples rise from valleys overlooking wild olive groves. Celebrated chocolate shops share with you their recipes passed down for hundreds of years. Cobblestone paths wind through antique buildings and into open elegant piazzas adorned with graceful churches. Your...
Palermo - A King’s Capital
Palermo is a city of kings from around the world, having been ruled by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Arab caliphates and Spanish empires. The streets brim with excitement teeming along the golden hued buildings. The old city bursts with architecture filled with details showcasing the preferred styles of invaders who once claimed the city as their own. The vibrant markets burst with jovial calls from vendors trying to grab the attention of passersby. Bright produce highlights the Mediterranean topography and climate. Stalls fill with pomegranates and oranges, figs and apricots. Your private transfer meets you at Falcone-Borsellino Airport.
Once in the city, the Norman Palace adorns the historic center. The structure was rebuilt in the Norman style in the 11th century after the Normans overtook the Arabs. Elements of the original structure are visible in the foundation. The Astronomical Observatory is a Pisan tower that houses 19th-century telescopes and astronomical instruments. In the 1800s, observers in the tower discovered the first dwarf planet of Ceres. The unique history of Palermo is captivating, and the culture of the city is illuminating. Consider reading some of our travelers' Sicily vacation reviews to gain additional ideas to further complement and perfect your own itinerary.
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Agrigento - Final Days of Sicily
- Discover the rich history of Sicily, ranging from ancient Greek temples to Baroque cities
- Indulge in a day at the beach on the resplendent sandy shores beneath the stunning medieval hilltop town of Taormina
- Enjoy the countryside of Sicily like a local venturing to Lake Avola in the Cavagrande del Cassibile Nature Reserve
- Relish the variety of chocolates in a centuries-old dolceria (confectioner’s shop) in Modica where you can tour the history of the treat in Sicily
- Traverse the charming hilltop streets of Enna, known for its medieval architecture and exquisite views
- Embrace the enchanting waters and relaxing pace of the seaside town of Cefalu, located on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea
- Explore the ancient and medieval remains of the historic city of Syracuse, including touring the vast network of catacombs
- Delight in the fabulous markets across Sicily that exude culture and charm, from seafood to produce, antiques to vintage Italian goods
The island of Sicily is captivating, encompassing cultures from across the Mediterranean and brimming with artifacts from ancient civilizations present alongside the active phenomena of contemporary life. Your 14-day discover Sicily tour immerses you in the wonders of Sicily, from the beachside to the countryside, hilltops to hidden lakes. You can indulge in the local charm and regional cuisine, vibrant markets and exceptional history. You arrive in Palermo, where your private transfer greets you at the airport. You make your way into the city and settle in your luxurious accommodation near the heart of the historic old town.
The following day takes you on an extravagant journey through the city streets, visiting the living history of the markets and surrounding architecture of Palermo. Your private guide whisks you away to the magnificent hillside town of Taormina, which overlooks the Bay of Naxos. Your guide leads you on a tour of the cityscape, filled with medieval luster and Baroque facades. The next day is at your leisure to enjoy the surroundings as you please. You can trek up Mount Etna on a guided tour or bask in the sunlight on the sandy shores by the city.
Next, you make your way to the ancient city of Syracuse where your guide leads you on a private tour of the captivating streets to see medieval architecture and the magnificent catacombs, larger than even those of Rome. Then you explore the sensational Baroque streets of Noto. The city has an elegant charm. Outside of Noto, you can trek to the pristine Lake Avola for a sense of local life hidden in the nearby gorge. Tour the marvelous city of Catania, filled with vibrant life and a celebrated seafood market before continuing to the tranquil hilltop town of Enna.
Your guide meets you the following morning and escorts you to Ragusa, a city divided by its old and new town borders. Follow your guide on a tour of the narrow streets and Baroque structures; traverse the cobbled pathways of the alluring city of Modica. Enjoy an in-depth demonstration of a famous local dolceria (confectioner’s shop) known for its history of chocolate making. Travel to edges of Agrigento to witness the fantastic ruins of the Valley of the Temples. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the contemporary city and its historic neighborhoods.
Enjoy one of the finest Sicily getaways in the seaside town of Cefalu, where you can take your time relaxing on the shore or traversing the tranquil streets. Travel to Erice and visit Trapani en route. The city is known for its remarkable harbor. Erice stands atop a hillside and maintains rich medieval architecture. You can relax on the shores of San Vito Lo Capo and discover the ancient marvels of Segesta. On your final morning, your private transfer escorts you to Falcone-Borsellino Airport in Palermo for your flight home.
$5,007 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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