Land Journey

A Sicilian Odyssey

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$5,990
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Apr - Jun, Aug - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Agrigento, Mt. Etna, Siracusa, Palermo, Temples of Agrigento, Madonie Mountains
Culture Through the Ages Escorted Sicily Tour
Sicily

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Tour Overview

Experience with tauck

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVES – Private lunch at a Baron’s palazzo in Siracusa with a wine tasting from the family vineyard and dinner and an art tour with the son of a baroness at their private villa in Palermo

 

Tauck Value Includes

 

Visit to Palermo's grand Teatro Massimo and Vittorio Emanuele, the largest opera house in Italy

 

Visits to the Sicilian Baroque UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Noto and Ragusa Ibla

 

A tour, lunch and tasting at a local winery

 

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Activity

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

Pace

3
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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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When you take our Sicily guided tour, you introduce yourself to a region filled with natural beauty and traditions passed down through generations.

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Discover cultural footprints forever present... Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans and assorted others before becoming part of Spain, then the Bourbon Kingdom, and finally part of Italy. And today...

Vestiges of the ancient Greeks and Romans entice in Agrigento and Taormina... the presence of the Normans lingers in Palermo... a distinctive style of Sicilian architecture began in the Baroque Valley centuries ago and flourishes today... Byzantine and Arab art mingle with Italian influences... taste impressive wines from grapes grown in volcanic soil... all for a taste of the authentic Sicily.  Join us for an odyssey through time as you discover a history book of experiences, authentically engaging and always enlightening, as you become a part of Sicily’s extended family. Read Less

Mt. Etna Winery Tour

Private tour of Palermo's Teatro Massimo

Day 7

Behind-the-scenes at Italy's largest opera house, Palermo's Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele

The largest theatre in Italy and Europe’s third-largest opera house, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele opened in 1897 – 22 years after construction began – with a production of Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Its neoclassical exterior was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architecture, while its auditorium reflects the style of the Renaissance and features excellent acoustics, as you’ll see (and hear) on your guided tour of this grand venue. Closed for 23 years starting in the 1970s, the Teatro Massimo – the location where the final scenes of “The Godfather, Part III” were filmed – was restored and reopened in time for its centennial in 1997.

Reception and dinner at a private villa

Day 7

An exclusive reception, dinner and art tour hosted by a family member at a private villa in Palermo

Built in the 18th century for the King of Naples, Ferdinand I and Queen Maria Carolina of Borbone (an older sister of Queen Marie Antoinette of France) during their exile in Sicily, Villa Chiaramonte Bordonaro is still home to the Barons Chiaramonte Bordonaro today, and its gardens rank among the most beautiful parks in Palermo. The villa’s current owners often open up their home for special events… like your exclusive private visit and gala dinner, to which you are welcomed by the son of the current Baroness, who hosts a tour of his family's villa and their private art collection housed in a building designed by Ernesto Basile, the architect of the Teatro Massimo.

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel

Nights 6 and 7

Five-star luxury in a restored villa overlooking the sea in Palermo...

Restored by renowned Art Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile at the end of the 19th century for the Florio family, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel still has its original frescoes, decoration and furniture from the period… combining the best of the past with modern-day comforts in each of its art-nouveau inspired guest rooms, amidst spectacular views of the sea, for a memorable stay in 5-star luxury…

Sicily is an island of wild beauty and history, with a culture that dates back to antiquity. The tour encapsulated the passion and pride of a Sicily one must experience.

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

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Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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