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  • Explore Baroque heritage in Noto and Ragusa Ibla
  • Visit archaeological sites in Siracusa, Agrigento and Selinunte 
  • Cover the island's highlights and best heritage sites in nine days
The Treasures of Sicily tour starts and ends in Aci Trezza. The Treasures of Sicily is a Cultural, Religious And Historic Sites tour that takes 9 days taking you through Aci Trezza, Italy and other destinations in Italy.

Sicily is one of the most fascinating islands in Europe, thanks to the indelible marks left by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish civilisations. This comprehensive tour explores its sophisticated cities, picturesque villages, well-preserved archaeological sites and splendid scenery. It starts with an excursion on Mt Etna, continuing to the towns of Syracuse, Agrigento and Selinunte - all listed as UNESCO heritage sites. There is also a day in Zingaro National Reserve with magnificent views of the Mediterranean.
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4.6 - Excellent Based on 11 reviews
Exodus - Treasures of Sicily Tour
Nerida Woodcock From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“The trip was great - got to see many areas of Sicily that are not necessarily on everyone's list of places to go. Our tour guide Martina was excellent and very passionate and knowledgeable about Sicily and it's history. She also made sure we had a great time and things ran to schedule.”
Treasures of Sicily
4 - Very Good
“This was an excellent trip. It was busy, but not too tiring even though it was very hot.”
A whirl wind tour of Sicily
4 - Very Good
“This trip was wonderful but not quite sure where the 'leisurely' rating comes from. It is very full on and really offers a tantalising taste of what Sicily has to offer. Days are jam packed and you often find yourself wishing you could spend more time in certain places. I had no idea it was such a beautiful island and would definitely like to return to do it more slowly.”
S+J in Sicily
5 - Excellent
“Everything we could have wished for and more. A good mix of history and landscape.”
Our tour starts in Aci Trezza, a small charming fishing village just 10km north of Catania and a short drive from Taormina. The symbol of Aci Trezza and its crystal clear sea are the Faraglioni dei Ciclopi, eight rock stacks that legend has it have been there, just off the town's beach, since the giant Cyclops Polyphemus hurled them against Ulysses as he escaped by ship. The village is also celebrated as the setting of I Malavoglia, Giovanni Verga's 19th-century literary masterpiece of life in a poor, isolated fishing community. Today it boasts a lively seafront and a number of good restaurants. 

 
After breakfast we enjoy a spectacular guided walk on Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano. We hike up past several old lava flows to be rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the volcanic landscape and old craters (1 to 2 hours walking, 5 km). You are strongly advised to take a waterproof/windproof jacket, a warm top and to wear long trousers. In the afternoon we enjoy a delicious wine & cheese tasting in one of the famous wine cellars of the area. Transfer back to Aci Trezza.
This morning we drive to Syracuse (approx. 1h 20 mins drive), the most powerful city-state in the Greek world and briefly capital of the Byzantine Empire. Here we visit the superb Neapolis Archaelological Park with its spectacular Greek theatre and well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, accompanied by a local guide. In the afternoon we drive to our next destination, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Noto (approx. 45 mins). This is an absolute gem: a beautiful town built in the unique Sicilian baroque style using beautiful honey-coloured stone.**
After breakfast we drive to the hilltop town of Ragusa Ibla (approx. 1hr 30 mins), a fascinating maze of winding streets dotted with remarkable baroque churches, and continue on to Agrigento (2hrs 30 mins). Here we enjoy a guided visit of its magnificent Valley of the Temples: the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde, one of the most well-preserved Doric temples in all the Greek world, the Temple of Ercules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. We then overnight in Agrigento.
Our day starts with a transfer to Selinunte (1hr 30 mins) to explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, set high overlooking the sea. We then move on to the mountaintop village of Erice (1hr 30 mins) , and stop en route for a view of the famous salt flats of Mozia, dotted with characteristic wind mills (time permitting). Once in Erice, we have time for a stroll through its narrow streets and will try the best almond cakes (cassata) on the island. Overnight near San Vito Lo Capo.
This morning we take a break from the cultural highlights of the island and head to the coast to explore one of the best examples of idyllic Mediterranean landscape on foot. Stretching along the coast for 7km between the lovely village of Scopello in the east to San Vito Lo Capo in the west, the Zingaro Nature Reserve boasts some stunning walking trails with views out to the cliffs and the glistening sea, hidden coves and pristine beaches. We take a leisurely walk for up to 3 hours (including stops) along beautiful coastal trails with the opportunity of a quick swim before returning to the bus. In the afternoon we make our way to Palermo (approx. 2hrs) where we can enjoy some time at leisure to discover the vibrant historic centre and lively streets filled with restaurants and bars. We then overnight in Palermo.
After a short transfer to Monreale (approx. 1 hr), we visit its extraordinary cathedral, considered the greatest example of Norman architecture in the world. We then head to Palermo (approx. 1 hr) and our local guide will show us the most important sites of this beautiful city, including Quattro Canti, Pretoria Square, the Cathedral and Marina Square. In the afternoon we have some free time in Palermo to enjoy this eclectic city at our own pace. We overnight in Palermo.
This morning we drive to the fishing village of Cefalu (approx. 1 hr 15 mins), where we visit the impressive cathedral, home to elaborate Byzantine mosaics, and the lovely historic centre with its winding mediaeval streets. Our tour ends in one of the most renowned treasures of Sicily: the charming town of Taormina (approx. 2hrs 40 mins drive). We have time to visit its Greek theatre and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt Etna and the sea. We overnight in Taormina.
Our tour ends in Taormina in the morning of day 9. 
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night agriturismo, all en suite , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts and 1 wine tasting
Transport
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus 
  • London flights
  • Airport transfers for group flights
Others
  • Sightseeing on foot and 2 daywalks
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Trasport by private air-conditioned bus throughout the trip
  • Special guided tours in main UNESCO sites and cities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Aci Trezza are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Treasures of Sicily tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Aci Trezza, Italy/ Aci Trezza, Italy
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A deposit of 180 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 21 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Treasures of Sicily tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Treasures of Sicily tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Treasures of Sicily tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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