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8 DAYS SICILY – STORIES OF UNESCO MARVELS

PALERMO, AGRIGENTO, SYRACUSE, TAORMINA

Gourmet & Wine, History & Culture, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Visit 6 of Sicily’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Soft adventure in Mount Etna with wine tasting
  • Unlock optional access to ancient palaces guided by the owner or a Sicilian countess
  • Consider extending your day for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Islands by sailing or helicopter

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean basin, a fascinating wealth of flamboyant Arabo-Norman cathedrals, stunning galleries and the best collection of Greek temples outside Greece, complemented with gorgeous natural landscapes such as the mighty Mount Etna volcano and pristine beaches and coves against the backdrop of pretty villages and mountains. It’s no wonder that it has seven UNESCO Heritage sites!

We start in the provincial capital Palermo, with its wealth of historical landmarks in the region from Byzantine churches, ancient theatres, and the fascinating salt pans. Then move inland to the impressive Valley of the Temples, and then to the east coast to explore the Greek ruins of Syracuse, and marvel at the gorgeous Baroque architecture of the southeast. End the trip in Taormina to pay homage to Mount Etna, with an exciting 4×4 jeep ascend to Europe’s greatest volcano.

From

HKD 49,280 Per Person

8 Days 7 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY OF XINJIANG

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PALERMO

Palermo
N.A.

Transfer: Airport to hotel

You would be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Optional Activities

  • Ancient Palace Private Visit with a Sicilian Countess
  • Pupi Making with a Local Artisan

Day 02 PALERMO

Palermo
Breakfast included

Monreale Highlights

In Monreale, you will visit the Norman Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the greatest existent example of Norman architecture and houses the world’s largest Byzantine mosaic. You will also visit Cloister of Santa Maria Nuova, a focal point of the abbey complex and an extraordinary example of medieval architecture.

A Walk in Palermo

Enjoy a walking orientation of Palermo, the regional and provincial capital of Sicily. It is one of the World’s most splendid cities with its unique and charming Afro, Arab and Italian blend of architecture.

Discover its striking Cathedral, where elements of Gothic, Baroque and Norman architecture show the influence of the region’s diverse culture. Visit Piazza Pretoria and its fountain, a Renaissance marble masterpiece.

Day 03 PALERMO / SEGESTA / ERICE / TRAPANI / PALERMO

Palermo
Breakfast included

Drive to Segesta to admire its temple and theatre. Afterwards, arrive to the medieval village of Erice perched on the top of a hill, and walk along the tiny and characteristic streets. Your last stop of the day is Trapani to visit the working salt windmills before returning to Palermo in evening.

Day 04 PALERMO / AGRIGENTO

Agrigento
Breakfast included

Transfer: Road Transfer

Transfer to Agrigento via Cefalu.

A Walk in Cefalu

Enjoy a walking tour of Cefalu, an ancient seaside town with cozy beaches. Visit the picturesque harbor, the amazing Cathedral and take some time to stroll through its charming alleys. Delve into life of one of the most beautiful Sicilian coastal towns.

Explore the Valley of the Temples

Explore the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in 582 BC by Greek settlers, the town was described by the Greek poet Pindar as “the most beautiful of those inhabited by mortals”. Key temples in this area include Temple of Hercules, Zeus, Hera, Concordia, Dioscuri and more.

Optional Activities

  • Valley of the Temples by Night

Day 05 AGRIGENTO / PIAZZA ARMERINA / SYRACUSE

Taormina
Breakfast included

Transfer: Road Transfer

Transfer to Agrigento with a visit to Villa Romana Del Casale en-route.

Visit the Villa Romana in Piazza Armerina

Leave Agrigento today for the interior of Sicily to Villa Romana in Piazza Armerina. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is well known for its 63 room-villa built in Roman times in splendid mosaics.

Ortigia Island

One of the great ancient capital of Western civilization, Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of its most stunning sites is the island of Ortigia. Venture down the winding streets of splendid Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Visit the massive Cathedral and be enchanted by its beauty.

Day 06 SYRACUSE / NOTO / RAGUSA / TAORMINA

Taormina
Breakfast included

Transfer: Road Transfer

Transfer to Taormina with sightseeing in Noto and Ragusa.

Tour of Noto

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Noto is located at the foot of the Iblean Mountains. As you walk through the charming alleys, you will admire by the marvelous Baroque architectures such as Palazzo Comunale, the Church of the Holy Savior, the Palazzo Vescovile, and the breathtaking Duomo di San Nicolò, dominating above a spectacular staircase.

Ragusa Highlights

Take a stroll through Ragusa Ibla. See the Duomo of San Giorgio, the symbol of the town’s rebirth and discover the Giardino Ibleo (Ibleo garden), the oldest of the four main parks in Ragusa, which offers great views of the surrounding countryside.

Optional Activities

  • Private Visit to Palazzo Arezzo with the Owner

Day 07 TAORMINA / ETNA / TAORMINA

Taormina
Breakfast included

Mount Etna with Alpine Guide

Today’s excursion brings us into the majestic Mount Etna. Known as Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna has also been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.

Throughout the fun excursion, you will alternate between 4WD and walks escorted by an alpine guide. Our itinerary will be customized to bring you the best possible scenery depending on your physical conditions and volcano’s activity.

Etna Wine Tasting

Reach a winery at the base of Mount Etna for lunch and wine tasting. Discover how volcanic soils contribute to the production of amazing wines.

Free Afternoon at Leisure

The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure for you to enjoy your accommodation or explore Taormina at your own pace.

Optional Activities

  • Taormina City Tour
  • Sicilian Cooking Class in a Private Villa

Day 08 TAORMINA / DEPARTURE FROM CATANIA

N.A.
Breakfast included

Transfer: Hotel to Airport

You would be met and transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Optional Activities

  • Full Day Sailing in the Aeolian Islands
  • Wings Over Aeolian Islands

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per person

Minimum 2 Pax HKD 64,680
Minimum 4 Pax HKD 49,280

Grand Hotel et des Palmes • Villa Athena • Algila Hotel • Hotel Villa Corlotta

Palermo

Palermo

Grand Hotel et des Palmes

Take a step back in time at this prestigious hotel that has been recently restored to its former glorious days, an icon of the Liberty style and romanticism using rich fabrics paired with elegant clean lines and classy furniture. The F&B establishments pay tribute to Sicilian gastronomic tradition, with a gourmet restaurant and chic mixology bar. (Renovated: 2020; Rooms: 98)

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Agrigento

Agrigento

Villa Athena

In an astounding position within a stone’s throw of the Temple of Concordia (which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Valley of Temples), this 300-year-old villa has a delightful collection of rooms and suites tastefully decorated in designer fabrics and furnishings, set in landscaped gardens with a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and wellness centre.

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Syracuse

Syracuse

Algila Hotel

Take refuge in this boutique hotel which is housed in two former historic palaces, proudly displaying its historic arches and carved keystones that has been restored to their former glory while being furnished with a blend of traditional and contemporary furnishings to create cozy and elegant spaces. (Opened: 2007; Rooms: 54)

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Taormina

Taormina

Hotel Villa Carlotta

A small family-run hotel where yuo can feel at home in the historic Taormina. Just a stone throw away from Corso Umberto, this hotel also offers a rooftop Sicilian restaurant overlooking the Ionian sea.

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Category 2

Indicative cost per person

Minimum 2 Pax HKD 107,390
Minimum 4 Pax HKD 91,990

Villa Igiea • Villa Athena • Ortea Palace • Grand Hotel Timeo

Palermo

Palermo

Villa Igiea

Discover history, majesty and serenity at this restored Art Nouvea villa of a noble family. The newest property of the luxurious Rocco Forte hotel group, this Palermo landmark features elegant guestrooms that has welcomed royalty, dignitaries and Hollywood luminaries - trace their paths through meticulously kept gardens with a year round display of fragrant Mediterranean flora. (Renovated: 2005; Rooms: 121)

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Agrigento

Agrigento

Villa Athena

In an astounding position within a stone’s throw of the Temple of Concordia (which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Valley of Temples), this 300-year-old villa has a delightful collection of rooms and suites tastefully decorated in designer fabrics and furnishings, set in landscaped gardens with a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and wellness centre.

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Syracuse

Syracuse

Ortea Palace

Once a Mussolini-era post office, today, this impressive grand building has been converted into an opulent hotel with light-filled rooms. It’s just steps to the trendy bars and restaurants of Ortiga as well as the bustling Ortiga market. (Renovated: 2018; Rooms: 75)

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Taormina

Taormina

Grand Hotel Timeo

Formerly a magnificent patrician residence house, this legendary hotel occupies an unbeatable position in the city's historic centre directly opposite Taormina's legendary Greek Theater. Each of the beautifully appointed bedroom opens out on to its own private terrace. (Renovated: 2012; Rooms: 70)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as stated on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as stated
  • Tours and transfers as stated with a private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guides during tours
  • Entrance fees as stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Optional experiences
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Personal expenses such as spa, laundry, bar bills, phone and internet charges
  • Gratuities
  • City tax at hotels, to be paid directly at check-out

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