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Ancient Sicily

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5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • minimum participants 9
  • age requirement 16- yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-17391
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Syracuse, Italy
  • Ends Giardini Naxos, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Experience Greek, Roman, Norman and Baroque architecture
  • A leisurely twoweek trip to explore each place in depth
  • Sicily's history is brought to life by a specialist lecturer Antonio Marretta
Starting in Syracuse and ending in Giardini Naxos, the "Ancient Sicily" trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 15 days. You will travel through Syracuse, Mozia Island, Piazza Armerina and 7 other destinations in Italy. "Ancient Sicily" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Sicily is an ideal destination for anyone interested in ancient history, as there are so many sites to see within such close proximity. Our experiences will be brought to life by local expert Antonio Marretta.



Agrigento - Visit Sicily's most famous Classical remains in the Valley of the Temples with its remarkable Doric architecture

Syracusa - Discover the ancient ruins in the Neapolis Archaeological Park and the attractive lanes and piazza's of Ortygia Island

Villa Romana del Casale - See some of the best preserved and most extensive mosaics left in Europe at this Roman villa.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Join trip in Syracusa
  • Day 2 : See Syracusa's historic Neapolis and Ortygia Island
  • Day 3 : Drive via the Baroque city of Noto to Piazza Armerina
  • Day 4 : Visit Villa Romana del Casale and the excavations at Morgantina
  • Day 5 : Drive via Enna to Agrigento and visit the Valley of the Temples
  • Day 6 : Visit historic Heraclea Minoa and drive via Selinute to Marsala
  • Day 7 : Ferry to Mozia Island; free afternoon
  • Day 8 : Explore beautiful Erice and Segesta en route to Palermo
  • Day 9 : Excursion to the ruins at Solunto; afternoon free in Palermo
  • Day 10 : Walking tour of Palermo and visit to Monreale Cathedral
  • Day 11 : Free day in Palermo with the chance to visit Zisa Palace
  • Day 12 : Drive via the pretty fishing town of Cefalu to Giardini Naxos
  • Day 13 : Option to go up Mount Etna; explore Taormina and its Greek theatre
  • Day 14 : Free day in Giardini Naxos to relax on the coast
  • Day 15 : Trip ends in Giardini Naxos
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Meals
  • 14 Breakfasts
Accommodation
  • Aretusa Palace Hotel (2 nights)
  • Hotel Villa Romana (2 nights)
  • Hotel Akrabello (1 night)
  • Hotel President Marsala (2 nights)
  • Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal (4 nights)
  • Hotel la Riva (3 nights)
Transport
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Ferry
Guide
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
Others
  • Guest Lecturer
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Syracuse and from Giardini Naxos are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Ancient Sicily tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Lysbeth
  • On Nov 11 2020
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Love, love, love the extra lectures.
  • Stephen
  • On Aug 10 2020
5 - Excellent
Excellent
I'm very grateful for the hard work and planning that everyone at the tour operator, especially the office, put into making this trip possible with all the ever changing rules around COVID. Congratulations to all involved.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
  • Protected Travel within your own bubble.
  • Professional Access our Travel Specialists' insider knowledge.
  • Privacy Enjoy a tour focused solely on you or your travel group.
Request a private and/or personalized departure To design a private tour, we'll ask you some more information in the following steps.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient Sicily tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 25 November 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 November 2022, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ancient 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.

Visa

For this Ancient 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best month to visit Italy?

    The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and June as well as from September to October. The weather on the Italian Peninsula during these months is ideal for going out on sightseeing tours, hiking, and exploring treasures stretching from Palermo to the lagoons of Venice. Traveling to Italy during July and August is avoided by many because of the summer heat and crowds, while the period between November to March sees the fewest visitors in big cities. However, these months coincide with the prime skiing season in the Alps, while southern parts of Italy, such as Sicily, remain relatively warm during this time of year. Find more information here.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Is Italy expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work? What currency do they use?

    While it is true that Italy is not an expensive destination, it is not exactly a budget destination either. Your vacation funds will go much further in Italy than they would in Scandinavia or the UK, with daily budgets of around USD150 per person sufficient for mid-range travelers who do not want to miss out on any of the country’s most important sights. Most banks have ATM machines (called bancomat) with English language options. All you need to do is look for the US or the UK flag. Plus, most machines accept both Visa and Mastercard. Please keep in mind that you will withdraw your cash in euros, with EUR1 slightly more than its USD equivalent.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

    Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Japan can visit Italy (along with the free-movement zone of Schengen in the EU) for 90 days as tourists without requiring a visa.

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