Greek temple ruins in Sicily, Italy

Highlights of Sicily Itinerary: Palermo to Catania

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Palermo, Cefalù, Monreale, Syracuse...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Embrace picturesque Italy as it is embodied in sapphire waters, rich sunsets, ancient ruins, and mouthwatering cuisine during your custom-tailored, highlights tour of Sicily. Experience the true beauty of the Mediterranean with succulent flavors from treasured wines that have been produced on Mount Etna and the bold history that combines Norman and Arab cultures. The remarkable treasures of Greek temples continue to rise from the arid landscape while Baroque palaces decorate elegant boulevards...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating treasures of Arab-Norman architecture in Palermo inside the Cappella Palatina while viewing illustrious mosaics
  • Witness one of the largest, preserved Greek temples in the world at Segesta, bringing the history of Magna Grecia to life
  • Indulge in the vibrant warmth of the Mediterranean climate and Baroque architecture of seaside Taormina along Umberto Corso and Isola Bella
  • Sample the majestic aromas and diverse tastes of the wines that have been produced on vineyards that adorn the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna
  • Experience the opulence of history and faith on a private tour of Monreale Cathedral outside of Palermo, which possesses captivating golden mosaics
  • Embrace the prestige of Roman aristocracy when discovering the preserved architecture and mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale
  • Venture to the heights of Europe’s most active volcano on Mount Etna for a private excursion onto a magnificent lava field
  • Delight in the sensational flavors of Sicilian cuisine during a private cooking class taught by a celebrated chef in Catania, offering insight into local tastes

Detailed Description

The majesty of the Sicilian landscape is surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which demonstrates the essence of the island’s remarkable history as the crossroads of the Mediterranean is revealed during your 10-day, highlights tour of Sicily. The opulent architecture spans millennia, and the traditions encapsulate the customs of diverse cultures, displaying the cultural treasures that are accentuated by the dazzling architecture and impressive natural scenery. You will indulge in authentic Mediterranean flavor during your best of Sicily tour as you discover the cuisine, art, and daily lives of the locals.

Your best of Sicily tour will begin with your arrival in Palermo, where you will have three nights of indulging in the vibrant Mediterranean ambiance. Celebrate the splendor of the island’s capital with private tours that are led by specialist guides who will showcase the grandeur of history that is exemplified by the Arab-Norman architecture and the relaxed lifestyle of seaside villages such as Cefalù. You will explore the depths of art, architecture, and preserved heritage at Monreale Cathedral and venture into the stunning depths of civilized society in Sicily while viewing the Greek temple at Segesta. The medieval town of Erice will captivate you with both impressive architecture and breathtaking panoramas.

You will continue to Syracuse for three nights of stopping in the celebrated archeological parks of the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale, unveiling the splendor of Greek life and extravagance of Roman aristocracy in Sicily. Exploring Syracuse with a specialist guide will highlight the fascinating evolution of one of the world’s longest inhabited cities that hosts a magnificent Greek theater and dramatic churches. You will also traverse the splendid Baroque towns of Noto, Modica, and Ragusa, each revealing a distinct perspective of design that enhances the enchanting local ambiance and derives from the welcoming locals.

Two nights in Taormina will emphasize a different perspective of Sicily, taking you to the top of Mount Etna for a unique view of the active volcanic summit before sampling the dynamic flavors of a vineyard that is supported by the rich minerals in the volcanic soil. When touring Taormina with your local guide, you will find a combination of an illustrious resort town with preserved history and charismatic cafes before transferring to Catania for a night. Visiting Sicily’s second largest city will immerse you in the life of the locals that can be seen in the island’s largest market and fascinating cuisine, which will be unveiled during your private cooking class. Your class will be guided by a professional chef who will be eager to introduce you to the traditional flavors that are specific to Sicily and Catania.

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Starting Price

$2,745 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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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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