Day 1 - Depart the U.S. on October 5, 2021, overnight flight to Palermo, Italy.
You’re on your way to Sicily, an island paradise nestled amongst the deep blue waves of the Mediterranean. Look past the Italy you think you know and see how this coastal farmland balances ancient traditions and modern comforts.
Day 2 - Palermo, Italy
Start your journey in Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s welcoming capital city. Uncover the island’s deeply rooted heritage, teeming with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces and delicate classical designs. Come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 - Palermo
Decide how you explore because it’s your choice! Tour Palermo and head to Monreale Cathedral, ascending on foot to see the gold Byzantine mosaics OR descend into a WWII air raid shelter before exploring the historic city center with a guide. No matter how you spend your morning, you’ll spend your afternoon tasting your way through Ballarò Market’s olives, spices, and other local produce. End your day at a medieval palace, where a countess guides you through her family’s home, joining you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres. (B)
Day 4 - Palermo, Trapani
Begin the day at Addiopizzo, an anti-Mafia nonprofit that supports locals who refuse to pay the Mafia’s protection fees. Visit Capaci and Cinisi, the site of two terrorist acts led by the Mafia and pay tribute to fallen activists. Chat with locals for a personal perspective and learn how they overcame the Mafia’s reign. As the day draws to a close, settle in to Trapani for two nights and watch the sunset fade against the crashing waves and whirling windmills. (B/D)
Day 5 - Trapani, Isle of Mozia, Marsala
Venture to the Isle of Mozia, once a great trading port for the Phoenician, Greek and Roman civilizations. On the way, sail next to a submerged Roman road, once traversed on foot. Explore Mozia with a guide, visiting the ruins of its ancient port, and a museum featuring impressive Greek statuary. Then continue to Marsala, heading down into a cellar for a taste of its renowned wine. The remainder of the day is yours. (B)
Day 6 - Trapani, Gibellina, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
Begin in Gibellina, a humble countryside village. See how this town rebuilt itself after an earthquake, transforming ruins into a sprawling piece of contemporary art. Head to an award-winning olive grove and learn about the Slow Food movement, which supports local cultures and preserves traditions. Try their unique olive oil at lunch before departing for Agrigento, where ancient roots and medieval buildings blend into modernity. Wander through the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO) with a guide at dusk. (B/L/D)
Day 7 - Agrigento, Ragusa
Make your way to Ragusa (UNESCO), an ancient city perched upon a hill. Meander through its Baroque neighborhood with an expert guide, passing by winding lanes, cobblestone streets, and wrought iron balconies. Make the most of a free afternoon to explore on your own. As the sun sets, retreat to your countryside resort just outside the city. (B/D)
Day 8 - Ragusa
The entire day is yours. With free time, you might choose to relax in the countryside and enjoy the resort’s amenities. (B/D)
Day 9 - Ragusa, Milazzo, Ferry to Aeolian Islands, Isle of Salina, Lingua
Grab your bags and hop on a ferry in Milazzo. Sail by Vulcano and Lipari on your way to Salina a far-flung isle surrounded by vibrant blue waters and dark volcanic rock. Somewhat off the beaten path, Salina is one of the less-traveled Aeolian Islands, preserved as a vacation getaway for Italians. Settle into the hamlet of Lingua for a 2-night stay. Get your bearings on a brief tour and visit a local winery for a tasting of Malvasia, a locally produced wine. (B)
Day 10 - Salina, Caper Farm
Dramatic landscapes of rocky cliffs and vibrant vineyards pass by on your way to nearby Pollara, famous for its traditional caper cultivation. Wander through the fields, tasting the salted flower buds. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Relax and watch for the signature glow of the island’s active volcano. (B)
Day 11 - Salina, Ferry to Milazzo, Taormina
After a relaxing morning, ferry back to mainland Sicilia. Journey along the Ionian Coast to Taormina, a seaside hub of ancient Greek theaters and hilly walkways. Settle into your new home for the next three nights and enjoy a free evening to explore on your own. (B)
Day 12 - Taormina
Discover Taormina with a local guide, leading you to the city’s Duomo, public gardens, and the well-preserved Greek theater. Walk in the footsteps of ancient attendees and take in an unparalleled viewpoint of the adjacent ocean. Spend the afternoon on your own; grab a bite to eat at a sidewalk café or peruse the local boutiques for handcrafted souvenirs. (B)
Day 13 - Taormina, Mount Etna, Taormina
See Sicily’s wilder side on an off-road adventure to Mount Etna. Stare up at the iconic peak as your vehicle climbs along the sides of Europe’s largest active volcano. Spend the day exploring this legendary giant, passing by lava formations and basalt rocks. This evening, toast to your Sicilian sojourn at dinner, surrounded by local musicians. (B/D)
Day 14 - Taormina
Return home today with memories of Italy’s most beautiful island. (B)
A nonrefundable deposit of $2,000.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $329.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.
Hotels (subject to change):
Palermo - Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa - 2 nights
Trapani - I Mulini Resort - 2 nights
Agrigento - Baia di Ulisse - 1 night
Sicily - Poggio del Sole Hotel - 2 nights
Salina - Hotel La Salina Borgo Di Mare - 2 nights
Taormina - Hotel Villa Diodoro - 3 nights
July 26, 2021
$2,000.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after July 26, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($329.00 per person).
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.
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