Easter in Sicily 2019 - April 18-28, 2019 Holy Thursday through Sunday after Easter

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Easter in Sicily 2019 - April 18-28, 2019 Holy Thursday through Sunday after Easter

from 4,249.00

10 Days / 9 Nights / 5 Meals

Price Includes:

  • Round Trip Airfare from Newark Liberty Airport

  • 9 Nights Handpicked Hotel Accommodations

  • Breakfast Daily

  • Some Lunches and Dinners

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Deluxe Motor Coach

  • Guided Sightseeing

  • This Tour UPGRADED to include

    • Ancient Ruins: Segesta & Erice

    • Traditions of Sicily: Villa Lunch and Noto Village

    • Traditional Sicilian Dinner and Wine Tasting

    • Mount Etna; Sicily's Volcanic Landscapes

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April 18-28, 2019

Tour of Sicily

10 DAYS | April 18, 2-10

Price: $4,249 per person double; Add $350 for single.  Sorry no triples or quads
To avoid disappointment please register early for this trip. Final payment due December 15, 2018.

Highlights: 

  • Palermo Cathedral, 
  • Agrigento's Greek ruins, 
  • Piazza Amerina,
  • Syracuse Cathedral, 
  • Segesta & Erice Ancient Ruins, 
  • Taormina's Greek theater
  • Traditional Sicilian Dinner and Wine Tasting
  • Noto Village
  • Mt. Etna and Volcanic Landscape

Expectation: On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads, at high altitudes.

The Sicilian sun shines light on a different side of Italy.  This is not your usual tourist view of Italy.

In the midst of the Mediterranean, discover an island with personality all its own—full of flavor and teeming with one-of-a-kind art and architecture. From multicultural Palermo to breathtaking Taormina, each stop on this tour of Sicily reveals unexpected treasures.

Planned Itinerary

*Please note itinerary may change without notice

Day 1  Thursday April 18, 2019
Board your overnight flight to Palermo, Sicily

Day 2 Friday April 19, 2019
Today we arrive in Palermo, the capital of Sicily.  We will be transferred to our hotel to settle in and meet our multilingual tour director who will be our host for the remainder of the tour and get ready for a Welcome Dinner

Dinner Included

Day 3  Saturday April 20, 2019   PALERMO AND MONREALE
This morning, embark on a guided tour of bayside Palermo, situated at the foot of Mount Pellegrino.

• Visit the architecturally diverse Palermo Cathedral and see the stunning artwork of the Cappella Palatina

• Continue on to nearby Monreale where you’ll pay a visit one of the town’s magnificent cathedrals
Breakfast Included

Day 4 Easter Sunday April 21, 2019   SEGESTA & ERICE

Journey to western Sicily to visit the ancient ruins of Segesta. Here, you’ll view a magnificent Doric temple and an ancient Greek theater. Next, visit the well-preserved village of Erice, perched on the summit of Monte San Giuiliano. The relics within Erice are fascinating, from its Phoenician walls to its Norman castles. Your guided tour of the town will take you past the town's churches, and will touch upon the role they played in Erice's history.

Breakfast  Included

Day 5  Monday April 22, 2019  AGRIGENTO REGION

Travel south through the Sicilian countryside to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the city’s fascinating Greek ruins.  Remember Sicily is not far from Greece on the Mediterranean and many Greek Ruins can be found in this region.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 6  Tuesday April 23, 2019  SYRACUSE VIA PIAZZA AMERINA

On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Amerina and view the stunning mosaics in Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

DAY 7 Wednesday April 24, 2019  SYRACUSE GUIDED TOUR

Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a historic city known for its rich Greek history.

• Visit the Greek theater, the most complete ancient Greek theater still in existence

• Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that Caravaggio dubbed “The Ear of Dionysius” for its unique acoustics

• Visit the Roman amphitheater, then cross a bridge to the Island of Ortygia to see the Temple of Apollo and Syracuse Cathedral

Breakfast Included

DAY 7  Thursday April 25, 2019  VILLA LUNCH AND NOTO VILLAGE

Start off the day in Noto, a quaint city at the foot of the Hyblaean Mountains. A local guide gives you the lay of the land, highlighting the UNESCO-recognized cathedral and the city's Baroque-style architecture. Next, travel to a rustic villa, Casa Bianca, owned and run by a Sicilian Contessa. With its warm climate, open fields and fertile soil, Sicily is home to some of Italy’s finest foods, and today’s authentic family-style meal showcases many of the region’s delicious and varied flavors.

Breakfast and Lunch Included

DAY 8  Friday April 26, 2019 TAORMINA REGION

Transfer to Taormina, where a local guide introduces you to this scenic town perched high above the sea.

• Enjoy views of Mount Etna, Taormina Cathedral and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament

• Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater

Then we venture into the foothills surrounding Mt. Etna for dinner and a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Like Sicily itself, Sicilian cuisine has been profoundly influenced by the myriad cultures that have made this island their home.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

DAY 9  Saturday April 27, 2019   MT. ETNA, SICILY'S VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE

Travel from Taormina to the base of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and highest active volcano. Here, a local guide will board your bus and you’ll ascend up to 5,000 feet, stopping at a scenic vantage point to snap photos and learn about the mountain’s long history of eruptions, as well as its native flora and fauna. Continue up to 6,600 feet, where you’ll have free time to walk among the volcanic craters and peruse the mountainside shops before sampling local delicacies at an included three-course lunch. Please note: Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are recommended. Temperatures on the mountain are cool in the summer and can be quite chilly the rest of the year.  Then we return to our hotel and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

DAY 10   Sunday April 28, 2019  

Board our Flight Back With Wonderful Memories of a Beautiful Island in the Mediterranean Sea!

Breakfast included unless early morning flights