Day 1: Arrival in Palermo
Welcome to Palermo - the stunning capital of Sicily. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 2: Arts and Workshops of Palermo & Monreale
After breakfast, you meet with your private guide and driver to enjoy a comprehensive and exciting full day tour of Palermo and Monreale.
The capital of Sicily - Palermo - has been at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia, and you start the exploration of its rich heritage with a visit to the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, adorned by extraordinary Byzantine mosaics. You continue with a walk along the oldest street in Palermo and reach the imposing Four Corners, the central point of the old town. You then proceed to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.
After a short drive you arrive in Monreale and along with a visit to Monreale Cathedral, with its outstanding mosaics and Benedictine Closter, with 228 columns and Romanesque sculptures, you enter one of the workshops that still produces mosaic artworks. Then you step inside the oldest bakery in Monreale where bread is still baked in a wood-fired oven, and here you have a chance to taste the Sicilian "pane cunzato".
Upon your return to Palermo, you have one more visit to a workshop of artistic terracotta creations and visit a house museum with the biggest private Majolica collection.
After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the evening at leisure.
Day 3: Architectural & Culinary Traditions of Segesta and Erice
Following breakfast, you meet with your private guide and driver and embark on a day tour to the Segesta, with its best-preserved Doric Temple, and the unforgettable medieval hilltop town of Erice.
Segesta once has been the most important regional town and trading center, and now it treasures two Classical monuments which you visit: the Temple of Segesta and the Greek theatre.
Then you proceed to Erice, a wonderfully preserved town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Together with your guide, you discover the city's treasures. Erice boasts 60 churches, some dating back to the early 1300's, and two incredible castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle.
One more highlight today is a visit to the local pasticceria for a cooking demonstration and tasting of the famous cannoli, Sicilian cassata, almond pastries and other delicious culinary masterpieces. This unique pasticceria is famous for its traditions and amazing taste of its sweets all around Italy and even beyond.
After the tour, you return to your hotel in Palermo and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4: Departure to Agrigento
In the morning you have a check-out from the hotel. Meet your private driver and continue the trip.
Day 4: Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
You tour begins with one of the two highlights of the region - the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rising 50 meters above sea level. This natural phenomenon so-called "Stairs of the Turks" allows for easy walking. Its gleaming color is eye-catching enough, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it looks like a staircase carved by man even though its shape is entirely natural.
In the second part of the day you explore the splendid Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You also visit the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the World and one of the symbols of Sicily.
After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel in Agrigento.
Day 5: Departure to Ragusa
Following breakfast at your hotel, you check-out and meet your private driver to continue the trip.
Day 5: Arrival in Ragusa
Upon arrival to Ragusa you have a check in at the hotel.
Day 6: Discovering Ragusa and & Cioccolato di Modica Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet with a local guide and private driver to explore the best of Ragusa Ibla, which is one of the most enchanting and picturesque hill towns in Sicily.
The historical center is a labyrinth of crooked medieval lanes and offers its visitors a dive into the past. The city symbol is St. George's Gate, a lovely Gothic gate which survived the 1693 earthquake. The new baroque St. George's Basilica and its square are the highlights of the town. The beautiful Ibleo garden is a corner of peace and a wonderful green oasis ideal to relax and sit on one of the many benches for a while. Great views over the valleys around Ibla.
After a lunch break you head to Modica, which is one of the most charming Unesco towns in the south east of the island. Once called the Venice of the south, it was rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake. The stunning baroque St. George's Basilica at the top of a long flight of steps is the highlight of the town. Besides marvelous architecture, this town is famous for its delicious Chocolate, whose routes can be traced back to Mexican traditions brought to Sicily via the Spaniards, and today you taste this very special chocolate.
After the tour you are taken back to the hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Day 7: Departure to Syracuse and Taormina
Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your private guide-driver takes you on a journey towards Syracuse.
Along the way, you have a quick stop at the Baroque town of Noto. Then continue straight to the important archeological site - the Neapolis Park of Syracuse. You start your sightseeing program by visiting the archeological area of Syracuse and exploring the still-working Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and the Roman Amphitheater. Together with your guide-driver you proceed to the delightful Ortygia Island and have time to lunch at one of the many eateries that surround the splendid Piazza Duomo. You also have an inside visit to the Duomo where a Greek Doric temple remains to be a part of it, and for this reason, it is included in the UNESCO list. After the tour, you continue to Taormina.
Day 7: Arrival to Taormina
Upon arrival at your hotel in Taormina, you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Sightseeing of Taormina & Cooking Class
In the morning after breakfast, you have a private cooking class in a fine restaurant specializing in Sicilian cuisine. Once you arrive at the restaurant, you have coffee, discuss the menu and head to the local market, together with the owner of the restaurant or the chef you buy fresh local produce. During the class, you prepare traditional dishes and afterward enjoy the meal you have cooked.
Following the cooking class, your guide meets you at the restaurant to start a city tour of Taormina. You stroll along the main street, Corso Umberto I, and visit the Greco-Roman Theater that has Etna as its backdrop.
After touring the old town of Taormina you take a cable car down to the beach for your private boat ride. During the boat tour of the Mazzaro Bay and the Ionian Coast, you discover the beautiful caves including the Grotta Azzurra and the nature reserve Isola Bella. You also have a chance to bathe in the clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea.
After the tour, you return to the hotel.
Day 9: Departure
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the departure transfer.
*Note: Departure transfer is included to Catania airport. Should you require a departure transfer to Palermo airport, this service could be provided for an additional fee.
Not included:international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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