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The Sicilian Road

7 Days / 6 Nights — Around Sicily

Ancient ruined temples and seething volcanoes. Roman ruins at each turn and Europe's only active volcano, Mt. Etna — this Mediterranean island has it all.

Hotel Villa Igiea

Hotel Villa Igiea

DAY 1 — Palermo

Transfer on arrival to the most famous hotel in the country, the Villa Igiea. This former 19th century palace is set on lush grounds with beautiful views from the guest rooms and terraces overlooking the harbor. Founded by the Phoenicians, conquered by the Romans and later ruled by the Byzantines, Palermo boosts a rich history reflected in its varied architecture. Lodging: Hotel Villa Igiea

DAY 2 — Palermo

Set out the next morning for a half-day city tour by private car. Visit the Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, and the Churches of San Giovanni, San Cataldo, Martorana and the National Museum. Just south of the city is the Montreale Cathedral, one of the most outstanding Norman structures in the world. Lodging: Hotel Villa Igiea

Our driver asked us if we wanted to attend an Italian wedding. We said, ‘why not?’ His cousin was getting married; it was like something out of the movies. I gained at least 10 pounds that night.

DAY 3 — Agrigento

Take the open road by way of Segesta to Agrigento. Beautifully situated on a hill, Agrigento is renowned for its ancient section where impressive Greek ruins are scattered among the Valley of the Temples. There is a medieval quarter of steep narrow alleys lying behind the Piazza Roma. If possible, tour the temples at sunset or in the morning when the sunlight turns the stones a honey color. Lodging: Hotel Baglio della Luna

Grand Hotel Siracusa 2

Grand Hotel Siracusa

DAY 4 — Siracusa

Depart Agrigento the next day, driving via Caltanissetta and Piazza Armenrina to Siracusa. Piazza Armerina is an interesting archaeological town that is noted for its Roman ruins and grandiose 17th century cathedral. The ancient seaport of Siracusa is an archeological dream. From the Old Town on the peninsula, to the archeological zone to the north, ancient treasures can be found around each corner. Lodging: Grand Hotel

DAY 5 — Taormina

Depart Siracusa in the morning, driving via Adrano and the scenic road that encircles Mt. Etna to Taormina. Mt. Etna is Europe's largest active volcano and, after the Alpine peaks, the highest mountain in Italy. The crater is constantly changing its form and on a clear day the view can extend as far as Malta, 210 kms (130 miles) away. Lodging: San Domenico Palace

grand hotel siracusa 1

DAY 6 — Taormina

Today is a full day of leisure in Taormina. The town commands a wonderful site at an altitude of 675 ft. and forms a balcony overlooking the sea and facing Mt. Etna. The Greek Theater is one of Sicily's most impressive and well-preserved archaeological sites. Also of interest are the Corvaia Palace, the Church of St. Catherine, the Medieval Township (preserving many architectural details of the Middle Ages), the Cathedral, and the Public Garden with splendid views and subtropical vegetation. Lodging: San Domenico Palace

DAY 7 — Catania

Depart Taormina on the final day, driving to the Catania airport, where you reflect on the wonders and adventures encountered on your journey through Sicily.

Land Costs Per Person

Private Car & Chauffeur/Guide Tour RatesSelf Drive Tour Rates
Starting from $6,350 per person Starting from $3,320 per person

Prices are per person, based on 2 passengers sharing a double. For larger parties and additional pricing contact us at 1-800-426-7502. Single Room Supplement: On Request