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Two Weeks in Sicily

Two Weeks in Sicily

ITINERARY (Proposed)

NOTE:   While the tour is organized by a local tour operator, Tommaso Pantè will be the Tour Director. For additional information about this tour, do not hesitate to Contact Me.

DAY 1
Morning: Arrival at Rome/Milan airport.
Connecting flight to Palermo.
Afternoon: Arrival at Palermo airport.
Hello to your Tour Director (Tommaso Pantè, cell phone 347-185-6950).
Transfer to Palermo city.
Arrival at the selected hotel (3 nights).
Visit to Mondello for lunch and a stroll.
Free time to relax.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 2
Morning: Walking tour of Palermo Center with local guide: Palatine Chapel; San Giovanni degli Eremiti; Cathedral of Palermo; Oratorio San Salvatore; Oratorio Santa Cita; Quattro Canti.
Afternoon: Visit to the Capo Market.
Suggested lunch in Vucciria’s area.
Walking tour of Palermo Center with local guide:  Piazza Pretoria, La MartoranaSan Cataldo Back streets of the Medieval Center (La Kalsa) including La Cuba
Late afternoon return to hotel.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 3
Morning: Visit to Monreale with local guide: Cathedral of Monreale (many steps to the roof!); Cloister; Town. Departure for Segesta.
Afternoon: Arrival at Segesta.
Light lunch and wine tasting.
Tour of the Doric Temple and Amphitheater with local guide.
Continue to Erice for a stroll.
Late afternoon return to Palermo.
Free time to relax.
Evening: Private dinner (appropriate dress) at the residence of a Baron.
Visit to Spasimo after dinner.
DAY 4
Morning: Transfer from Palermo to Gangi with visit to Cefalù in route.
Walking tour of Cefalù with your Tour Director:  Historic Center; Temple of Diana (many steps but a great view!); Cathedral of Cefalù. Free time to shop or relax.
Afternoon: Lunch in Cefalù on the waterfront.
Departure for Gangi after lunch.
Scenic drive through the Madonie Region.
Arrival in Gangi at the selected hotel (2 nights).
Free time to relax.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 5
Morning: Visit to Gangi Center.
Walking tour of the town with your Tour Director.
Departure for Valledolmo.
Afternoon: Arrival in Valledolmo for a Winery Tour and light lunch with wine tasting.
Return to Gangi with visits to Petralia Sottana and Petralia Soprana.
Late afternoon return to the hotel.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 6
Morning: Visit to a local farm to taste freshly made ricotta cheese.
Late morning return to the hotel.
Transfer from Gangi to Agrigento with visit to Piazza Armerina in route.
Afternoon: Arrival at the Roman Villa of Casale near Piazza Armerina.
Lunch in a local trattoria next to the site.
Tour of the Villa with local guide.
Late afternoon departure for Agrigento.
Arrival in Agrigento at the selected hotel.
Free time to relax.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 7
Morning: Walking tour of the Valley of the Temples with local guide.
Return to the hotel or optional visit to Agrigento city center.
Afternoon: Free time for lunch.
Free time to relax or optional visit to Sciacca and the Archaeological Site of Eraclea Minoa.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 8
Morning: Transfer from Agrigento to Siracusa through the Allied Landing Beach (July 1942, World War II).
Visit to Caltagirone in route: Ceramics Museum; stairs of Santa Maria del Monte and visit to the church; stroll through the Historic Center.
Afternoon: Free time for lunch.
Departure for Siracusa after lunch.
Arrival on Siracusa’s Ortigia Island at the selected hotel (2 nights).
Free time to relax.
Evening: Private dinner (appropriate dress) at the residence of a Baron.
DAY 9
Morning: Tour of Siracusa's Greek sites with local guide.
Afternoon: Private lunch (informal) at the residence of a local family, friends of your Tour Director.
Return to Ortigia after lunch.
Walking tour of Siracusa Ortigia with local guide:  Castello Maniace; Palazzo Bellomo; Tempio Ionico.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 10
Morning: Transfer from Siracusa to Taormina with visit to the Archaeological Museum of Siracusa with local guide. Departure for lunch in the countryside.
Afternoon: Private lunch on a farm in the countryside.
Arrival in Taormina at the selected hotel (3 nights).
Free time to relax.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 11
Morning: Walking tour of Taormina with local guide:  Greek Amphitheatre; Odeon; Palazzo CorvajaCathedralVilla Comunale (public gardens).
Afternoon: Free time for lunch.
Free time for shopping or sightseeing.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 12
Morning: Departure for Mt. Etna (optional) to visit the summit of Mt. Etna (11,000 feet) with local guide. (Note: Mt. Etna is subject to variable weather conditions; in the case of bad weather, we will visit the city of Messina, considered The Gate of Sicily.)
Afternoon: Return to Taormina.
Free time for lunch.
Free time for shopping or sightseeing.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 13
Morning: Departure for the Aeolian Islands by ferry or hydrofoil.
Afternoon: Arrival in Lipari at the selected hotel (2 nights).
Free time for lunch.
Free time for shopping or sightseeing.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 14
Morning: Visit to Lipari with local guide:  Archaeological Museum; Cathedral; Back streets of the Medieval Center.
Afternoon: Private Lunch on a local farm with the typical food of the Aeolian Islands.
Tour of Lipari by bus.
Evening: Dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 15
Morning: Departure for Milazzo by ferry or hydrofoil.
Arrival at the selected hotel (1 night).
Afternoon: Private lunch (informal) at the countryside residence of your Tour Director and his family.
Visit to Milazzo with local guide:  City Hall; XII Century Castle; Borgo Antico; Capo Milazzo and the Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua.
Evening: Farewell dinner at the selected ristorante.
DAY 16
Transfer from Milazzo to Catania airport.
Goodbye to Tommaso!
Connecting flights and return home.