Spirit of Sicily
September 23 - October 2, 2019
|Immerse yourself in all the glory of Sicily including its mouth-watering cuisine, crumbling Greek and Roman ruins in the charming seaside town of Taormina. Taste tradition in the famous chocolate of Modica, made from a centuries-old secret recipe. Learn about ancient civilizations, prehistoric caves, Byzantine churches, Baroque buildings and majestic landscape – the island of Sicily has it all!
Overnight flight to Palermo.
||Welcomg to Sicily
Arrive in Sicily, where you’ll be escorted to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Sicily’s capital where the architecture reflects the cities many conquerors including the Normans, Arabs, Asians, and Greeks with distinct styles ranging from Arabic to Baroque, and from Norman to Art Nouveau. This evening enjoy an orientation tour followed by a welcome dinner.
||Palermo to Monreale to Palermo
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Palermo’s city center where you’ll explore old avenues, Arabic neighborhoods and iconic Cathedrals. You’ll see the Teatro Massimo, Palermo’s Opera House and visit the Palatine Chapel inside the Norman Palace. Continue to Monreale a small hill town where you’ll visit the “Royal Mountain” a mighty Norman Cathedral hidden further in among the houses with a beautiful panoramic view. Afternoon there is free time to explore on your own.
Palermo to Cefalu
Today we explore Cefalu founded on a hillside facing the sea with a medieval appearance, and Castelbuono, an ancient village in the Madonie Park rich in historical and artistic attractions.
||Palermo to Erice to Salt Road to Agrigento
After breakfast we depart for Agrigento. Along the way, explore the hilltop town of Erice, a medieval town built atop Monte San Guiliano. It was once an ancient settlement predating the Middle Ages. Continue on the drive along Salt Pans and Sicilian windmills which form and unreal scenario an immense chessboard that ranges in color off green to pink. Arrive in Agrigento check into hotel.
||Agrigento to Taormina
Today we explore Agrigento and see the ruins of the Valley of the Temples, where the city’s ancient architects erected most of their sacred buildings during the 5th century BC. The four major Temples are stunning and reflect the wealth and luxury of ancient Agrigento. Next we visit Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina, A Roman Villa known for its beautiful well-preserved Roman mosaics. Continue on to Taormina
||Taormina Area to Etna to Taormina Area
Following breakfast, depart for the Etna Volcano. Drive along the coastline, renowned for its beautiful scenery, stopping to ascend the slopes of massive Mount Etna with a gentle walk. Some villages and roads are built from lava. The views are impressive as we reach the Taormina center for a guided walking tour of Taormina including Via piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Roman Forum; the Palazzo Corvaja, the recently unearthed remains of an imperial Roman bath; the magnificent Teatro Greco, a Roman reconstruction of an earlier Greek theatre; and the gate of the Torre dell’ Orologio which leads to the medieval part of town where many houses still maintain their ancient portals and Roman-Gothic windows. Enjoy some free time to explore and discover the area on your own. Later return to the hotel.
Today is at leisure to enjoy Taormina on your own. You might consider an optional tour to Siracusa, an ancient city founded by the Greeks from Corinth, and Noto, the epitome of a baroque town.
||Taormina Area to Catania to Riviera Ciclopi to Acireale to Taormina Area
After breakfast, discover Catania, called the black baroque town because it is made of lava from the neighboring Etna Volcano. Afterwards enjoy a scenic drive along the Riciera dei Ciclopi for stunning views of the coast. Admire pretty fishing villages such as Acitrezza and Acicastello and take a walk to admire Acireale and its historical center. Afterwards return to Taormina where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel
||Taormina Area to USA
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Catania airport for your return flight to the US. Taking home many memories of Spectacular Sicily!
|$4259 per person
||$4799 per person
Deposit: $800 per person + travel insurance (recommended), due at time of booking
Final Payment Due: June 10, 2019
Round-Trip Airfare; Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation; Professional Yankee Trails Professional Tour Manager; Accommodations at first class hotels; Guided Tours; Admission fees; 11 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
Interested? Contact Karyn Maviano at (800) 822.2400 ext 225 or email@example.com