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Sicily - An Enigmatic Island

Sicily 9 nights Price from £2,879 per person
Departs: 24 Apr 2022, 16 Oct 2022
Departs: 24 Apr 2022

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The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily’s strategic importance has given it a violent, eventful and colourful history. Doric temples, Roman mosaics, elegant and powerful Norman architecture and a wealth of Baroque and Renaissance palaces and churches are a reminder of its great past. Add to this the beautiful Sicilian landscape dotted with remote and traditional villages, the friendly people and an agreeable climate; few places can offer such an uplifting, cultural discovery.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Nine nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Seven dinners
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Syracuse

    On arrival we go to the 4 star Grand Hotel Ortigia in Syracuse where we stay for the first four nights of our tour.
  • Day 2 - Magna Graecia

    Syracuse is a charming town and once the most significant city in Magna Graecia. We visit the Greek theatre dedicated to Athena and the important archaeological museum with a superb collection from the Greek, Roman and Early Christian eras. Later we will visit the historic island of Ortigia with its maze of streets.
  • Day 3 - Taormina

    Today we drive to Taormina, which enjoys a glorious position between Mount Etna and the sea. We visit the Graeco-Roman theatre and the 13th century cathedral. In the afternoon there will be time for independent exploration. We visit a private palazzo in Catania before making our way back to Syracuse.
  • Day 4 - Modica and Noto

    Today we visit the Baroque buildings and churches of two of the island’s most charming and unspoilt towns – Modica and Noto. Modica became a UNESCO Site in 2002 and Noto is a place of great atmosphere with its grand palaces and crumbling façades.
  • Day 5 - Agrigento

    We leave Syracuse for Piazza Armerina to visit a villa from the late Roman Empire where the floors are paved with magnificent mosaics. We then drive to Agrigento where we spend one night at the 3 star Jolly della Valle, overlooking one of the most mystical sites of the ancient world – the Valley of the Temples.
  • Day 6 - Monreale

    We visit the museum in Agrigento and walk along the Sacred Way overshadowed by the Temples of Zeus and Concord. After an independent lunch we travel on to Monreale to visit the great Norman cathedral dating from 1172, its mosaics surviving intact from the Middle Ages. We continue to Palermo where we stay for four nights in the 4 star Hotel Centrale Palace.
  • Day 7 - Palermo

    TThe whole day is spent in Palermo. We start with a visit to the Oratorio di San Domenico and continue to the 13th century church of St. Francis of Assisi and the cathedral before enjoying a guided tour of Palazzo Conte Frederico. Later we go to the opulent Norman Royal Palace where we see the Chapel of the Kings, the Palatine Chapel and the Ermeti Chapel.
  • Day 8 - Segesta

    Our first visit today is to Segesta to see the glorious Doric temples and theatre, the best Greek site on the island, where we see thirty six temples which date from 430BC. Later we continue to the huge hillside site of Selinunte, which was founded in 650BC.
  • Day 9 - Cefalu

    This morning we travel to Cefalù to see the cathedral. In the afternoon we return to Palermo and visit two impressive Norman buildings, both of which have fine mosaics – the San Cataldo and the Martorana where we see a graceful Norman tower rising above the church, dating from 1153.  
  • Day 10 - Flight

    We drive to Palermo airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with Easyjet 
Depart London Gatwick 09.30 arrive Catania 13.40
Depart Palermo 10.15 arrive London Gatwick 12.15

 

 

 

Departure Dates and Prices

24 Apr 2022

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Price from£2879

Single Supp.£648

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16 Oct 2022

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Price from£2948

Single Supp.£498

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Grand Hotel Ortigia
Superior
Syracuse, Italy, Sicily, Europe

Located on Ortigia island, this traditional hotel has been extensively renovated and has an outstanding position overlooking the harbour. The rooftop restaurant offers guests panoramic views over the historical city centre across the Ionian Sea.

Hotel

Della Valle
Superior
Agrigento, Italy, Sicily, Europe

Within easy reach of Agrigento’s historic centre, the Della Valle offers the opportunity to explore the town as well as the Valley of the Temples below.

Hotel

Federico II
Superior
Palermo, Italy, Sicily, Europe

This classic early 20th century hotel in Palermo’s theatre district, well located for exploring the old and new attractions of the city, has recently been renovated in a style more fitting with the early 21st century.

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

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Alexander Koller

Dr Alex Koller

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Sicily - An Enigmatic Island

By Mr & Mrs B, Northumberland, 04 February 2019

Our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and he imparted this information in a gentle & informative manner. It was, however, his quiet professionalism that impressed us the most, ensuring that every member of the party was suitably safe and catered for - even to the last moment.

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