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Splendid Sicilia

10-day escorted tour with Collette

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Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Embark on an exploration of the sparkling Mediterranean island of Sicily. Discover its rich blend of culture, its flavorful cuisine and its immeasurable beauty.
 
Day 2 Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins
Your exploration opens in Palermo - Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (Dinner)
 
Day 3 Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
This morning depart for the nearby town of Monreale where you will visit the 12th-century cathedral which dazzles from the moment you step inside. Return to Palermo and set out on a comprehensive panoramic tour featuring the historic squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Discover the city’s exotic blend of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles. Be awed by the Palace of the Normans and La Martorana Church, and visit the Cathedral which houses the impressive Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. Then, immerse yourself in the culture when exploring one of Palermo’s colorful markets and sampling its famous “street food.” (Breakfast)
 
Day 4 Palermo
Spend a morning at leisure savoring your stay in this fascinating city. Take time to visit one of the city’s great museums or stroll its streets lined with fancy boutiques and inviting cafés. Or you may choose to partake in an optional excursion to the medieval town of Erice. This afternoon, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home. Experience the life of the nobility as you join her for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palaces’ historic chambers. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Palermo restaurants. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 5 Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo
Journey to the seaside town of Cefalù, home to one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Sicily. After strolling through its medieval streets, proceed to a family farm in the countryside. Learn about a day on a Sicilian farm and the typical products created there. A farmer demonstrates* how to make a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese! Watch a chef prepare local specialties and enjoy a hearty lunch featuring the farm’s own products and recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast & Lunch)
 
Day 6 Palermo - Agrigento - Catania
Depart Sicily’s capital for Agrigento. Start your day at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the rich history as you walk around the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Journey through the beautiful Erei Mountains to Sicily’s Ionian Coast. Spend the next four nights in Catania, a coastal city at the foot of Mount Etna, an active volcano. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 7 Catania
This morning a local guide shares Catania’s history. Explore the city’s stunning cathedral and get acquainted with the various sites throughout the city. Witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce when you visit the local market. Enjoy free time in Catania’s elegant center. Afterwards you may wish to sign up for an optional excursion to Mount Etna. (Breakfast)
 
Day 8 Catania - Siracusa - Catania
Depart Catania and venture further south to Siracusa. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece during an included excursion to the historical sites in Siracusa, boasting archaeological treasures rivaling those in Athens. A local expert guides you through Archaeological Park which features an impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. Afterwards, make a stop in Lentini for a visit to the Il Giardino del Biviere**. Feel like you have stepped back in time at this stunning estate with its renowned Mediterranean garden. Reflect and explore this horticultural oasis while enjoying a regional treat. (Breakfast)
 
Day 9 Catania - Taormina - Catania
Explore Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. During a guided tour you will be amazed by the Greek Theatre, the Duomo and the spectacular public gardens. Spend the afternoon dining at a sidewalk café or shopping in the town’s boutiques. On your return to Catania, travel along the Cyclops Coast, passing vineyards, citrus groves and charming fishing villages. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in one of Catania’s charming trattorie. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 10 Catania - Tour Ends
Your tour of Sicily comes to a close as you return home with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Spend 4 nights in both of Sicily’s most vibrant cities, Palermo and Catania, and explore the island’s most impressive sights.
  • Visit a working farm in the mountains near Palermo to learn about some of the island’s main products.
  • Spend a day exploring the jewel of Sicily, the historic hilltop town of Taormina.
  • Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.
  • Enjoy regional wines with every included lunch and dinner.
All This Included
Delve into the fascinating mosaic that is Sicily. Explore this beautiful Mediterranean island on this grand tour and discover the influences left by ancient Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans. Get acquainted with Palermo’s colorful markets and the city’s famous “street food.” Spend time at Monreale’s 12th-century cathedral and come to know Catania. Enjoy the glorious Villa Roma del Casale in Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece during an included excursion to the historical sites in Siracusa, another UNESCO World Heritage site, whose archaeological treasures rival those in Athens. Discover one of the most charming gardens in Sicily. Meet a countess in her beautiful palace and visit a family-operated farm to learn about ricotta cheese. Explore Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea.
  • Accommodations for 8 nights.
  • 13 meals. Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip. 
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
Accommodations on this Tour
Palermo: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Catania: UNA Hotel Palace
Notes
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.
  • Average 3.5 Miles of walking per day, some inclines.
  • Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • The ricotta demonstration may not be available while sheep nurse their young.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.


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