Sicily, Circling the Island

Sicily, Circling the Island

Sicily is an island rich with history, natural beauty, delicious food and wine and kind warm people. The island is the largest in the Mediterranean Sea, but we will see some of the high points of culture and a marvelously varied landscape: in the mountains, by the sea, though vineyards, olive and citrus groves, and the slopes of a volcano! The tour has been designed with many visits to small towns and archeological sites, and some great hiking.

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Tour Overview

Day 1-3

We meet in Palermo for a guided tour of the city and the hilltop cathedral of Monreale. The next day we head west, have a hike to the Greek temple of Segesta and then hike more along the magnificent seacoast. We continue on to Marsala for two nights from where we visit colorful salt flats, the Phoenician island of Mozia, and the winding stone streets of Erice.

Day 4-5

As we drive east we’ll stop to visit the famous Greek “Valley of the Temples” in Agrigento,(Doric temples dating to 500 BC!) and weather permitting, enjoy a picnic in the ancient gardens of Kolymbetra before continuing on to the quiet baroque town of Ragusa Ibla for two nights. From here we’ll also visit Modica and taste their famous chocolate.

Day 6-7

Two wonderful nights in the little port of Ortigia, connected to Siracusa. We’ll visit the interesting town, the vibrant market, the Greek archeological area, and hike in the national park of Vendicari.

Day 8-10

Our last two nights are in the elegant town of Taormina. As we travel north we’ll hike through the huge ancient necropolis of Pantalica, which dates to 1000 BC. We’ll visit the town and archeological site, and have a wonderful full day hike on the volcanic slopes and lava hills of majestic, and very alive, Mt. Etna.  Drop off at airport in Catania.

Dates and Prices

Trip Cost$5600 (6-14 members)

Single supplement: $700

*Smaller groups and fewer days option are available upon request

DeparturesSpring: April

Autumn: October

Trip Payment ScheduleAt time of reservation: $500

60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation  Fee ScheduleUp to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!

61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost

46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Price IncludesExpert leadership of a Journey Through Italy Trip Leader and local guides;

Accommodations in comfortable inns, hotels, homes, castles, mountain huts;

All meals included (breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners);

Wine with meals;

All transportation during the tour (van, bus, boat, ferries, cable car or funicular);

All entry fees to: museums, historic sites and parks;

Trip Price Does Not Include 

Air and land transportation to and from the trip, and individual arrival or departure transfers;

Personal expenses, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff;

Additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors;

Travel insurance or passports;

Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages and non outside of group meals, snacks, room service, laundry, etc.);

Clothing and EquipmentYou will receive a detailed list of suggestions for packing upon tour reservation.

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