Inclusive Trip to Sicily
September 2 - 9, 2017
$1500 double/$1700 single SOLD OUT
What does inclusive mean?
Included in the price are:
- Bus tours
- Tour leader
- Local guides
- Accommodation in 4 star hotels (To be announced 1 week prior to departure)
- Transportation to and from the Palermo Airport
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and wine with meals included
- Vineyard tasting
- Use of audio receivers
- Italian Language Class at the AICC (Traveller’s Class Summer 2017)
- You will meet your fellow travellers, develop friendships, and learn Italian! Included: special Italian phrasebook created by the AICC specifically for the 2017 Sicily travelers.
What is not included?
- Airfare is NOT included in the tour price. This allows you to use airline miles or plan side trips to other cities in Italy without any airfare restrictions! The flight will cost about $1000 from New Orleans, LA to Palermo, IT round trip.
- The AICC can book flights for you at a convenient rate. Interested in arriving in Italy early or staying longer to see more of the country? The AICC can help arrange your travels!
- Tickets to local attractions as well as local and touristic taxes (about $100 pp).
- Travel insurance can be purchased if wanted. Contact the AICC for recommendations.
Trip to Sicily Itinerary
Saturday, September 2, 2017: Western Sicily
- Arrive in Palermo
- Receive a welcome cocktail upon arrival
- You will meet the Sicilian tour guide and learn more about the tour.
Sunday, September 3, 2017: Erice, Marsala, and Selinunte
- Erice is at the top of Mount Erice and overlooks the Province of Trapani, Punta del Saraceno, Capo San Vito, and the Aegadian Islands. It offers spectacular views!
- The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Arabs, and Normans all ruled over the city.
- Notable sites include the remains of ancient Elymian and Phoenician walls, Pepoli Castle, and Venus Castle built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus which legend has it was founded by Aeneas.
- Marsala (Morning and lunch)
- Marsala is the most populous city in the Trapani Province.
- It is famous for the docking of Garibaldi in May 1860 and its wine.
- While visiting Marsala, you will get to visit a wine cellar and attend a tasting of Marsala vino.
- Selinunte was an ancient Greek city between the valleys of the Belice and Modione rivers.
- The archaeological site has 5 temples centered on an acropolis divided into the following areas: The Acropolis, Gaggera Hill, Mannuzza Hill, East Hill, and the necropoleis
After visiting Selinunte, we will travel to Agrigento where we will have dinner and spend the night. *If the roads to Erice are closed, we will travel to Trapani.
Monday, September 4, 2017: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina
- Agrigento (Morning and lunch)
- Visit the Valley of the Temples
- This is a stunning example of Greek art and architecture and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
- The valley contains 7 temples all in Doric style
- Piazza Armerina (Afternoon)
- Piazza Armerina is an Italian comune in the province of Enna. The city has existed since prehistoric times and really developed during the 11th century under Norman rule.
- Visit the Villa Romana del Casale
- Piazza Armerina also flourished under Roman rule which is exemplified by Villa Romana del Casale.
- This UNESCO world heritage site contains some of the richest, largest, and most complex Roman mosaics in the world.
After this excursion, you will go on towards the eastern area. Accommodation in hotel and dinner.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017: Mount Etna and Taormina
- Mount Etna (Morning and lunch)
- Visit this active stratovolcano on Sicily’s eastern coast.
- The group will travel as far as 1900 meters. Those interested may, for an additional charge, ascend higher by 4x4 minibuses and an authorized guide in order to visit the main craters.
- Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and the tallest point in Sicily south of the Alps. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Taormina (Afternoon and evening)
- Taormina is a small city with gorgeous beaches located in the province of Messina.
- Ancient Theater of Taormina
- This ancient Greek theater was built in the 3rd century BC. It is built using bricks which suggest Roman influence, but the plan and arrangement follow Greek tradition.
- It is still used frequently for operatic and theatrical performances.
- Free time to explore the city!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017: Syracuse and Noto
- Syracuse (Morning and lunch)
- This city is known for its ts rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, and architecture. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. While in Syracuse, you will visit the following sites:
- Ortygia: This small island is the historical city center.
- Fountain of Arethusa: Located on Ortygia, this fresh water fountain is where the nymph Arethusa, the patron of ancient Syracuse, returned to land after escaping from her undersea home in Arcadia. It is mentioned in numerous literary works.
- Temple of Athena (or Minerva): Doric temple built in the 5th century BC.
- Greek Theater: One of the largest Greek theaters, it is the likely setting for the works of Aeschylus and other Ancient Greek tragedies.
- Ear of Dionysus: Large limestone cave carved out of the Temenites hill. It is named for its shape which is similar to an ear because of this the cave has very good acoustics which make even small sounds resonate.
- Located Southwest of Syracuse at the foot of the Iblean Mountains, Noto is a UNESCO world heritage site. The city is known for its cathedral constructed in the early 18th century and known for its Sicilian Baroque style. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra.
Thursday, September 7, 2016: Catania and Cefalu
- Catania is an ancient port city which sits at the foot of Mt. Etna. The city's Piazza del Duomo includes the Fontana dell'Elefante statue and Catania Cathedral.
- Cefalù (Lunch and afternoon)
- Cefalù is a stunning port city. It is a small city with an historic town, rocky headland, and a picturesque beach. The city is home to a large Cathedral built by the Normans in the early 12th century.
Friday, September 8, 2016: Monreale and Palermo
- This city in the province of Palermo overlooks La Conca d'oro or the Golden Shell, a very fertile valley known for its almond, olive, and orange trees.
- While in Monreale we will visit the Cathedral and Cloister of Monreale. The cathedral is known for its beautiful mosaics.
- This is the capital of Sicily and is home to many wonderful sites which we will visit on our tour of the city center.
Saturday, September 9, 2016: Palermo
- Breakfast in hotel and end of trip.
- At this time, travellers may return to the U.S. or visit other cities within Italy. The AICC is glad to assist in booking flights.
If you have any questions, please call the AICC: 504-522-7294 or email Alessandro: firstname.lastname@example.org