DAY 01 PALERMO
Arrive in Palermo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel located in the city’s historic center. Later, join your fellow guests for welcome drinks and dinner.
DAY 02 PALERMO
Explore Palermo, Sicily’s chief port, to see its Cathedral, Pretoria Fountain and Norman Royal Palace. After lunch visit the Cathedral of Monreale, lavishly decorated with mosaics depicting Biblical events. Continue to the cloistered gardens decorated with mosaics.
DAY 03 SEGESTA / ERICE / MARSALA / SCIACCA
Drive to Segesta to see its beautifully preserved fifth century BC temple. Continue to Erice, for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Travel along the Via del Sale toward Marsala, stopping to admire the windmills and learn about salt production. In Marsala, visit a local wine cellar to learn the history of making Marsala fortified wine and enjoy a tasting.
DAY 04 SCIACCA / SELINUTE
From Sciacca, continue to Selinute. Walk around this vast archaeological site that displays the remains of eight temples set against the blue Mediterranean sea. After lunch, the afternoon is a leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities at your resort.
DAY 05 AGRIGENTO / PIAZZA ARMERINA
Drive to Agrigento to view the Ancient Valley of Temples that includes the famous Temple of Concord, a superb example of sacred classical architecture. Continue to Piazza Armerina a graceful old countryside town, to explore Villa Romana del Casale. Its mosaics are unparalleled, beautiful depicting hunting and domestic life.
DAY 06 RAGUSA/ MODICA
The entire Val di Noto region, is seven towns influenced by Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, Romans, Normans, and Spaniards. Explore Ragusa, an explosion of Sicilian Baroque architecture. Continue to the village of Modica, known for its chocolate. Enjoy a private chocolate making demonstration and a tasting in the laboratory of an artisan chocolate maker.
DAY 07 SYRACUSE / ORTIGIA
Visit the Greek Theater in Syracuse, an important example of theater architecture, and Dionysius’ Ear, a nearby carved-stone cave with amazing acoustic qualities. Travel to the charming neighborhood of Syracuse known as Ortigia. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the town before returning to your hotel.
DAY 08 CATANIA AND TAORMINA
Travel to Taormina, stopping en route in Catania, where you visit a maker of traditional Sicilian puppets. Next, visit Catania’s colorful fish market and enjoy a lunch of fresh fish. Continue to glamorous Taormina. Stroll its colorful main street, Umberto Corso, and then visit the Greek Theater for incredible views of Mt. Etna.
DAY 09 MOUNT ETNA
Head into the fertile lava flow country of Europe’s largest active volcano. Ascend to 6,000 feet and admire the stunning views as lunar-like. Return to Taormina and later gather for a farewell dinner.
DAY 10 DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.