7 Night Sicilian Escape
CruisePlus Land Offer
Palermo to Taormina Riviera
November 18, 2018
Globus Land Tour
Escape to Sicily for seven days of beauty, cuisine, and history—without the crowds you’d find in the high-season. Begin in Palermo to meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a sumptuous Italian welcome dinner. Spend the following day on a guided sightseeing tour of Palermo’s ornate Piazza Bellini and Capo Market. See the stunning baroque features of the Church of the Immacolata, and visit the historic Palermo Cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro in Monreale, and visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral with its treasured byzantine mosaics, plus much much more…
What we are Including
- 7-day motorcoach tour with multiple excursions
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- Admission fees to sights
- Welcome dinner in Palermo
- Farewell dinner in Taormina
- Taxes and much more!
Palermo to Taormina RivieraInside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALYWelcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
DAY 2: PALERMOGuided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of the Immacolata, and a visit to the CATHEDRAL. In Monreale, enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics.
DAY 3: PALERMO–AGRIGENTOArrive in Agrigento, where your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.
DAY 4: AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–SYRACUSEDrive to Piazza Armerina and visit the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous “bikini girls.” Stay overnight in Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes.
DAY 5: SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERAEnter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Continue to Catania and enjoy some free time in its historic center. You will be treated to an ARANCINO TASTING. An arancino is a fried stuffed rice ball, one of Sicily’s most famous street foods. Spend the next two nights on the Taormina Riviera.
DAY 6: TAORMINA RIVIERAIn the morning enjoy an included excursion to MOUNT ETNA, the largest active volcano in Europe, followed by an orientation of hill-top Taormina. In the evening, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant, the proper way to say, “Arrivederci, Sicilia!”
DAY 7: TAORMINA RIVIERAYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Catania.)