The Splendors of Sicily 2020

Small Group Tour with Back-Roads Touring Co.

Palermo, Ragusa, Syracuse, Taormina

Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Embark on a Mafia-themed walking tour of Palermo
  • Indulge in a delicious chocolate tasting session amidst the magnificent Baroque architecture of Modica
  • Visit an organic farm and taste award-winning olive oil

 

Map

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 PALERMO – MONREALE – SELINUNTE

Today we’ll meet in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its streets for a Mafia-themed tour. Then: it’s onwards to Monreale. We’ll pay a visit to the impressive cathedral before moving on to our idyllic farm stay in Selinunte – where a welcome dinner awaits us. (D)

 Accommodation: Agriturismo Case di Latomie (or similar)

DAY 2 SELINUNTE – MAZARA DEL VALLO – SCIACCA – FAVARA

This morning, we're in for a culinary treat: prepare to sample some of the farm’s tasty olives, award-winning olive oil, fresh breads and more! Then: en route to Favara, we’ll stop by the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Back in the times of Ancient Greece, its natural thermal springs were a great attraction – and we’ll have plenty of time to explore them before we move on to our hotel. (B,L)

Accommodation: The Alba Palace Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3 FAVARA – AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – RAGUSA

After breakfast we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples – where a local guide will reveal the history of the archaeological site. En route to Ragusa, we’ll make a stop at Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Antico Convento dei Cappuccini (or similar)

DAY 4 RAGUSA – MODICA – RAGUSA

We’ll start our day in indulgent style: with a chocolate tasting session in Modica. And then? The gastronomic theme will continue as we come together for a ricotta tasting session and included lunch in Sant’Angelo Muxaro. Appetites satisfied, we’ll return to Ragusa – where we’ll have the rest of the day to wander the town at our leisure. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Antico Convento dei Cappuccini (or similar)

DAY 5 RAGUSA – NOTO – SYRACUSE

On today’s agenda: a visit to the city of Noto, where we’ll learn more about almond cultivation with a local expert. After an included lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll press on to lovely Syracuse – where we’ll take some time to orient ourselves on a walking tour. (B,L)

Accommodation: Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel (or similar)

DAY 6 SYRACUSE

Seaside Syracuse – which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece – is yours for the taking today. We recommend taking some time to wander the temples and sacred caves before losing yourself in the city’s winding streets – which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views. (B)

Accommodation: Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7 SYRACUSE – MT ETNA – CARRUBA

Today we head towards Mt Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape, with the option to take a closer look at its smouldering craters. Then: we’ll move on to a local farm for lunch (complete with wine tasting) before journeying onwards to Carruba, where we’ll spend the next two nights. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Donna Carmela Boutique Resort (or similar)

DAY 8 CARRUBA – TAORMINA – CARRUBA

We’ll make a pit stop in the town of Savoca (where The Godfather was famously filmed) before moving on to Taormina for a walking tour. After a day spent exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well-deserved. (B,D)

Accommodation: Donna Carmela Boutique Resort (or similar)

DAY 9 CARRUBA – CATANIA

Today, our tour will end in Catania – but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to a local market, you can stock up on foodie souvenirs to take home (including favourites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine). We’ll even pass by Catania’s oldest cannolo shop, where we’ll have the chance to fill our own cannoli with ricotta cheese. What a way to round off the trip! (B)

Please note: Prices shown are based on low season travel. Seasonal surcharges apply.

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

9 days from

$4,409*

Includes

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Cheese tasting session in Sant’Angelo Muxaro
  • Wine tasting session at a farm near Mt Etna
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 5 light lunches (L), 3 dinners (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Monreale Cathedral and Cloister, the Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Mt Etna, the Salt Museum

Bonus

Earlybird offer - Save 10%. Was from $4899 pp. Book by 30 September 2019

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