Palermo, Marsala, Agrigento, Siracusa, Taormina.
Our tour begins with the arrival in the Sicilian capital Palermo, with its most important monuments such as the Palatine Chapel, the Noman Palace and all the other exceptional buildings and pieces of art that witness it glorious past, continuing up to the hills to Monreale to see its breath-taking Norman cathedral. We are going to discover Cefalù, a charming little fishermen’s town with narrow winding alleys, a romantic little harbour and an impressing medieval cathedral. Afterwards the journey continues to the rural areas and vineyards of western Sicily. Already from far away you will see the magnificent temple of Segesta and enjoy the view from the medieval hill-top town Erice. Then Marsala famous for its amber-coloured wines and lovely sunsets over the salt pans. The next day is dedicated to Archaeology, two of the major colonies of “Greater Greece”: Selinunte, in a beautiful position on the seaside, and the famous Valley of the Temples of Agrigento (UNESCO Heritage site). On our way through the mountainous centre of the island we get an impression of the luxury and life-style of the Roman Empire at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, an excavation of a Roman Villa decorated with very well-maintained mosaic pavements. Back to the seaside, Syracuse is a fascinating town with its mixture of ancient Greek ruins, baroque churches and palaces, lively alleys, all surrounded by the blue Mediterranean Sea. We conclude our tour with a spectacular drive through the lava fields of Europe’s biggest active volcano, Mt. Etna, and some time at leisure in Sicily’s most well-known holiday resort Taormina for a stroll along the Corso, some shopping or a wonderful Gelato. Departure from the airport of Catania.