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Sicily - An Enigmatic Island

Sicily 9 nights Price from £2,698 per person
Departs: 20 Apr 2020
Departs: 20 Apr 2020

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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
  • All sightseeing, entrance 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 Christians eras. The museum is world-renowned for the beautiful and sensitive displays in a modern building. Later we will visit the historic area of Ortigia with its maze of streets.
  • Day 3 - Taormina

    Today we drive to Taormina, one of the loveliest resorts in the Mediterranean. Located on the slopes of Mount Etna, Taormina enjoys a glorious position between the volcano and the sea. We visit the Graeco-Roman theatre and the 13th century cathedral. In the afternoon there will be time for independent exploration. You may wish to take the funicular to the top of Taormina from which there are splendid views over the sea to Calabria. 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 and romance with its grand palaces and crumbling façades.
  • Day 5 - Agrigento

    We leave Syracuse today for the northern shore of Sicily stopping en route at the Piazza Armerina to visit a luxurious villa from the late Roman Empire where the floors are paved with the most magnificent mosaics. We then continue our journey to Agrigento where we spend one night at the 3 star Hotel Jolly delle Valle, overlooking one of the most mystical and atmospheric sites of the ancient world – the Valley of the Temples.
  • Day 6 - Monreale

    This morning we visit the museum in Argigento 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. Its elegant but unexceptional exterior does not prepare the visitor for the splendours within where dazzling mosaics depict scenes from both the Old and New Testaments. The portrait of St. Thomas á Becket is of special interest. We then continue on to Palermo where we stay for four nights in the 4 star Federico II.
  • Day 7 - Palermo

    The 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 Cefalu 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 (April):
Depart London Gatwick 11.45 arrive Catania 15.40
Depart Palermo 19.00 arrive London Gatwick 21:00

Easyjet flight schedule for Spring 2019 to be advised in September.

 

Departure Dates and Prices

2019

20 Oct 2019

Status Closed

Price from£2698

Single Supp.£456

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2020

20 Apr 2020

Status Available

Price from£2858

Single Supp.£598

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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.

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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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