Selected departures on Thursdays, from April to November
Upon your arrival in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, one of our vehicles will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you comfortably and quickly to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and begin enjoying Palermo at your own pace. Dinner is included at your hotel.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you will join the morning excursion to Monreale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monreale is famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, not to mention its Norman architecture. Visit the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style.
You will then return back to Palermo to enjoy a walking tour around the Old Town and it’s Cathedral.
Late in the afternoon you will enjoy some free time and then return back to your hotel for a delicious dinner and a rejuvenating sleep.
Early breakfast and departure to Erice, a medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its labyrinth-like twist of lanes is perfect for a cool and pleasant morning amble. Continue to visit the Saline, an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature, archeology find a perfect synthesis and allow the visitor to try different, unique and charming experiences. Afterwards, we’ll set off to Marsala, whose lands are known for its Marsala wine. You’ll take part in a sensorial experience, for you will visit a traditional tavern and taste regional products during a light but unforgettable lunch. Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, your final destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and learn about archaeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord the Temple of Hercules; the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest Doric-style buildings. Check in to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight
After enjoying breakfast, you will head to Piazza Armerina, one of Sicily’s most frequented tourist spots, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale. It was built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician and home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics. It was almost completely covered by a landslide in the 12th Century and its magnificence partly rediscovered in the 19th century. It is now a UNESCO Heritage site, thanks to its well-preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes.
You will then depart for Ragusa, and visit the historical center “Ibla” full with baroque palaces and churches, also listed among the UNSECO World Heritage Sites. You will visit the old gate of San Giorgio, the Giardini Iblei and then you will walk to Piazza Pola to visit the church of San Giuseppe, considered the gem of the area. You will also have the chance to admire the Church of the Souls in Purgatory and the magnificent Cosentini Palace.
You will arrive at your hotel in Ragusa for an overnight stay and enjoy a delicious meal.
After breakfast you will head to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for it’s Baroque architecture. You will visit the Cathedral of San Nicolo and then walk around the center.
You will then continue to Syracuse, and visit the famous “Parco Archeologico della Neapolis”, where you have the opportunity to admire a huge collection of Geek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Also you will visit the Greek Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial cave. After this tour you will visit the island of Ortygia – home to Baroque churches and medieval palaces.
Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at your hotel in Taormina, enjoy a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. The beauty of this place, an icon of Sicily, is based on the fact that for centuries the volcano has created a place where nature, culture and history have come together to give rise to a unique place in the world. Weather permitting, you will have the chance to climb at 1,800m.
After the tour is over, you will return to Taormina and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will enjoy a lovely dinner at your hotel.
After a delicious breakfast we will be transfer to Catania airport.
After spending some fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory.
Have a good trip! Or as you say: “Buon Viaggio!”