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Spirit of Sicily

PALERMO, AGRIGENTO, TAORMINA AND OPTIONAL LIPARI & AEOLIAN ISLANDS EXTENSION

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  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $2,799
 

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Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple when you book this tour to Sicily. Reserve by August 31, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on these tours so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour to Sicily includes
  • Overnight flight
  • 3 nights in Palermo
  • 1 night in Agrigento
  • 4 nights in Taormina Area

 

Lipari & Aeolian Islands Extension:

  • 3 nights in Lipari
  • Norman Cathedral in Monreale
  • Hilltop Village of Erice
  • Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Ascend the Slopes of Mt. Etna
  • Visit Fishing Villages of Acitrezza and Acicastello

 

Lipari & Aeolian Islands Extension Highlights:

  • Lipari’s Old Town
  • “Faraglioni”
  • Stromboli by Night & “Sciara del Fuoco”
  • Prehistoric Village of Capo Graziano
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via scheduled flight on Alitalia
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Italy transportation via air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), and 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

 

Your Lipari & the Aeolian Islands Extension includes:

  • Three nights at the beautiful Hotel Carasco
  • 4 Additional Meals: 3 breakfasts (B) and 1 dinner
  • A glass of wine with included dinner
  • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Sep 3

Sep 12

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3399

Sep 24*

Oct 3

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3399

Oct 8*

Oct 17

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3299

2019

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Apr 30*

May 9

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3299

May 14*

May 23

$ 2949

$ 3049

$ 3449

Jun 11*

Jun 20

$ 3149

$ 3249

$ 3649

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $349.
3-Night Lipari & the Aeolian Islands Extension:
Add $1149 double occupancy / $1349 single occupancy
* Sep 24, Oct 8, Apr 30, May 14 & Jun 11 Departures: Extension not available for these departure dates
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
USA to Palermo
Your unforgettable trip to Sicily begins as you depart New York (JFK) today.
Day 2
Arrive in Palermo
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Palermo, where you’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Sicily’s capital where the architecture reflects the city’s 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. Cristal Palace Hotel or Hotel NH Palermo or similar (D)
Day 3
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 exterior of Teatro Massimo, Palermo’s elegant Opera House, and visit the Palatine Chapel inside the Norman Palace. Afterwards, continue to Monreale, a small hill town. Here, you’ll visit the “royal mountain,” a mighty Norman cathedral hidden further in among the houses with a beautiful panoramic view, and the distinguished and beautiful Cloisters. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 4
Palermo
Today is at your leisure. You might consider an optional tour visiting 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. (B)
Day 5
Palermo to Erice to Salt Road to Agrigento
After breakfast, check-out from your Palermo hotel and depart for Agrigento. Along the way, explore the hilltop town of Erice, a medieval town built atop Monte San Giuliano. It was once an ancient settlement predating the Middle Ages, but little remains from this period. Today it has incredible city walls, fine paved streets, stone houses with decorated doorways, and open spaces with churches all dating from the Middle Ages.

After lunch on your own, continue on the drive along salt pans and Sicilian windmills, it is possible to see numerous dazzlingly white mountains shimmering in the sun. These are not snow-capped mountains but hills of salt, an unreal scenario created by the salt flats, which form a sort of immense chessboard that ranges in color from off-green to pink. Later, arrive in Agrigento where you’ll check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. Hotel Baia di Ulisse or Colleverde Park Hotel or similar (B,D)

Day 6
Agrigento to Piazza Armerina to the Taormina Area
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then explore Agrigento. See the ruins of the Valley of the Temples, where the city’s ancient architects erected most of their sacred buildings during the fifth century BC. The four major temples were – and still are – stunning and reflect the wealth and luxury of ancient Agrigento. Next, visit Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina, a Roman Villa known for its beautiful, well-preserved Roman mosaics which was only excavated in the 20th century. It was part of a late third and early fourth century AD Roman estate and is one of the most important archaeological sites in Sicily because of its unusually beautiful and detailed mosaics which luckily have weathered floods and other natural calamities which affected the estate over the years. Continue on to the Taormina area. Standing high on Monte Tauro and dominating the two grand and sweeping bays below, Taormina is Sicily’s best-known resort and is a strong contender for the title of most beautiful place on earth! Taormina forms a balcony overlooking the sea, facing Mount Etna. This climactic resort of worldwide reput has a peaceful atmosphere, beautiful monuments, spectacular views and lovely gardens which invite exploration on foot. Atahotel Naxos Beach Resort or Sant Alphio Garden Hotel or similar (B)
Day 7
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. The volcano totally dominates the life and landscape of eastern Sicily. Some villages and roads are built from lava and the flows have cut great swaths through the valley that have ultimately provided the extremely fertile soil of the island. The views are impressive as we ascend the snow-capped mountain. Reach the Taormina center for a guided walking tour of Taormina including Via piazza Vittorio Emanuele, which is on the site of the 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. On the Piazza del Duomo is the 13th century Norman cathedral, the Duomo, with splendid triptychs by painters of the Messina school. Enjoy some free time to explore and discover the area on your own. Later return to the hotel. (B)
Day 8
Taormina Area
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. (B)
Day 9
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. (B,D)
Day 10
Taormina Area to USA
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Catania airport for your return flight to the US or continue on the Aeolian Islands extension! (B)

Extension Itinerary

Why not extend your trip with a spectacular three-night Lipari & Aeolian Islands extension?

Day 10
Taormina Area to Aeolian Islands
This morning, travel by boat to the island of Lipari, the largest island of the Aeolian pearls. After arriving in Lipari, enjoy some free time to explore the old town, see the beautiful Marina, the castle and the beautiful Norman Cathedral. Later, depart to Vulcano island. While sailing towards Vulcano, you’ll have the chance to see the “Faraglioni”, “Lo Scoglio di Papa Giovanni”, and “La Grotta degli Angeli”. During your sailing, you will also see the beautiful “Piscina di Venere”, “La Grotta del Cavallo”, and “Lo Scoglio del Leone” before reaching Vulcano where you can choose to take a bath in the hot springs or enjoy the beautiful black sand beach. Later, return to Lipari by boat where you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel. Lipari Hotel (B,D)
Day 11
Panarea & Stromboli Excursion
Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon, sail along Baia Calajunco and the small Zimmari’s beach. After you arrive in Panarea, enjoy time to visit the village or a swim. You might consider a visit to the small prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, dated 1400 BC. Later, depart for Stromboli enjoying views of picturesque Ginostra along the way. Dock in Stromboli Scari’s port and visit the island until sunset. Afterwards depart and admire Stromboli by night, seeing the “Sciara del Fuoco” or “Stream of Fire” where active lava flows. Return to Lipari later this evening. (B)
Day 12
Filicudi & Alicudi Excursion
After breakfast, travel to the harbor where you’ll disembark for Alicudi. In Alicudi enjoy some free time to explore before leaving for Filicudi where you can enjoy a view of the spectacular Scoglio della Canna, Grotta del Bue Marino and Scoglio Giafante. Tour the island of Filicudi and stop to visit the town and small prehistorical village of Capo Graziano. Visit Filicudi Pecorini or alternatively enjoy a swim from the boat (weather and sea conditions permitting). (B)
Day 13
Depart Lipari
After breakfast, travel by bus to the Lipari port where you’ll take a boat or ferry to Milazzo. Transfer by bus to Catania airport for your departure flight and arrive home later today filled with spectacular memories of your Sicilian adventure! (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your experience when you visit Italy more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in local currency by cash, or major credit card (additional service fee may apply). Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants, payable in cash (Euro) or credit cards and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Optional tours are non-refundable.

Day 4
Cefalu & Castelbuono (Approx. $89 per person including lunch)
On this optional tour, visit Cefalu which was founded on a hillside facing the sea near Palermo. Cefalu has retained its medieval appearance with the center of the town located around a Norman cathedral built in the 12th century. Enjoy lunch on a terrace overlooking the blue sea before proceeding inland to discover the small and ancient village of Castelbuono in the Madonie Park, rich in historical and artistic attractions. This internal region between the Northern Coast and Central Sicily has a wealth of ancient small villages where many people still live according to Sicilian traditions. Return Palermo in the afternoon.
Day 8
Siracusa & Noto (Approx. $105 per person)
On this optional tour, travel to Siracusa. This ancient city was founded by the Greeks from Corinth, and was once the most important city in the Western world. Siracusa reached its zenith in the 5th century BC when it ruled all of Sicily. In the unique Parco Archeologico, the impressive ruins include the magnificent Greek Theatre, one of the biggest and best preserved int he entire Mediterranean, situated adjacent to a large Roman Coliseum and an ancient quarry possessing such remarkable acoustics that Caravaggio called it “Orecchio de Dionisiso” or “the Ear of Dionysius”. Next, visit the beautiful island of Ortygia. Here, amid the artistic vestiges of the Piazza Archimede, the legendary Fonte Aretusa or Fountain of Arethusa, and Siracusa’s historically unique Duomo, a building that has been a Greek Temple, a Muslim mosque, and a Christian church at various times during its long history, which is clearly visible in the architecture of the building. Later, reach Noto the apotheosis of a baroque town, famous for its magnificent church.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York to Italy and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Departure Date

Airline Depart Return(Main Tour)

Return
(Main Tour + Lipari & Aeolian Islands Extension)

2018: Sep. 3, Sep. 24, Oct. 8 Alitalia Airlines 5:30PM 2:30PM 6:30PM
2019: Apr. 30, May 14, Jun. 11 Alitalia Airlines 9:30PM 2:30PM N/A

 
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change. 

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions. 

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging in the 50’s and 70’s. 

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.  

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdrawal local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. 

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) and one carry-on piece. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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