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Splendid Sicilia 2018-2019
10 days with Collette  |  See Prices

  • Explore Corleone to learn about its anti-Mafia movement.
  • Visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you.

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Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Palermo, Italy.

Day 2 Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins
Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO) — Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, its history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Set out on a comprehensive panoramic tour of Palermo. See the historic squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini with their exotic blend of Moorish, Norman and Baroque styles. After being introduced to the Palace of the Normans and La Martorana Church, explore the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. Then, it’s off to the nearby town of Monreale. Its 12th-century cathedral dazzles from the moment you step inside. Return to Palermo for a stop at an open-air market to taste traditional Sicilian “street food.” Later today you are invited to a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home and joins you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palace's chambers. (B)

Day 4 Palermo - Corleone - Palermo
Head to the heart of Sicily. Find a warm welcome in the village of Corleone, the namesake of the family from the movie The Godfather. For decades the villagers have struggled with the connection to the Mafia and are fighting back. Join a local resident who will guide you through the CIDMA (International Documentary Center of the Mafia and the Anti-Mafia Movement). Hear tales of the Mafia’s brutal past, the plight of the Sicilian people and the struggle to eradicate the Mafia. Make your way back to Palermo for the evening. (B,D)

Day 5 Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo
Journey into the countryside. Stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù, a seaside town and home to one of Sicily’s most magnificent cathedrals. Then we are off to experience a day on a family farm. Learn about the variety of products they create and observe how they make a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese!* Watch a chef prepare other local specialties before sitting down for a hearty lunch featuring family recipes made from their products. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina
Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert for a guided tour as you explore this once prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights. (B,D)

Day 7 Taormina
Today explore Taormina, “the jewel of Sicily.” A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city. See the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own getting to know this city perched high above the sea. Dine at a sidewalk café, shop in the town’s boutiques, or you may choose to partake in an optional excursion that gets up-close to majestic Mount Etna. (B)

Day 8 Taormina
The choice is yours! You may choose to visit the hilltop village of Savoca, one of the settings for the classic film The Godfather. This settlement (founded in 1134) remains remarkably well preserved; follow its quaint alleyways to the historic Bar Vitelli and the Chiesa di Santa Lucia, a 14th-century church; film buffs are sure to recognize these two landmarks. Or, you may prefer visiting beautiful Castelmola. Resting on a mountaintop above the community of Taormina, this quaint village offers unparalleled views of Mount Etna, Taormina, the Bay of Giardini Naxos, and the Strait of Messina. (B)

Day 9 Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina
Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa. An expert shares stories of its creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis which features an impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast to Sicilian culture during your farewell dinner while serenaded by music from local musicians. (B,D)

Day 10 Taormina - Tour Ends
Your journey through Sicily comes to a close as you return home with many cherished memories. (B)
Palermo: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Taormina: Hotel Villa Diodoro 
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. Meet a countess in her beautiful palace and visit a family-owned farm to learn how they make ricotta cheese. Travel to Corleone and learn about the anti-mafia movement. Enjoy Agrigento’s spectacular Valley of the Temples (UNESCO). Spend 4 nights in Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. Choose to visit Savoca, one of the film locations for “The Godfather,” or visit the beautiful medieval mountaintop village of Castelmola. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece during an included excursion to the historical sites in Siracusa (UNESCO), whose archaeological treasures rival those in Athens.
  • 13 meals
  • 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)
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
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