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10 Day Tour from Palermo to Taormina Riviera

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Your 10-day Italy tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches.

You’ll relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sites, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory.

As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina.

From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. You’ll visit the Valley of the Temples with its Greek structures that have endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the adorned tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone.

You’ll travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. You’ll also enjoy seeing the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather – then relaxing with a granita and brioche at a local bar.

Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch on your beautiful Italy tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PALERMO
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale, and the cathedral; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at Focacceria San Francesco
ERICE
Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine
MOTYA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Boat cruise; visit museum
MARSALA AREA
Visit a salt mill; dinner at a local restaurant
SCIACCA
Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint
AGRIGENTO
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
PIAZZA ARMERINA
Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale
CALTAGIRONE
See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
RAGUSA
Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral
MODICA
Chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant
NOTO
Guided walking tour, visit San Nicolò Cathedral
SYRACUSE
Guided visit of the archaeological site
CATANIA
See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via Etnea
SAVOCA
See the Church of Santa Lucia; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli
TAORMINA
Orientation, visit the Greek theater; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Archaeological area of Agrigento
  • Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: City of Noto
  • Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantica
  • Villa Romana del Casale
  • Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full breakfast daily; one special lunch in Palermo; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Palermo, special dinners in the Marsala area and Modica, and a farewell dinner in Taormina

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 PALERMO

Start your guided sightseeing with a drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Back in Palermo, see the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and visit the CATHEDRAL. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese) awaits at the Antica Focacceria San Francesco restaurant.

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Day 3 PALERMO–ERICE–MOTYA–MARSALA

Drive to Erice and follow your Tour Director for an orientation of this hilltop town, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to try out the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Visit a typical SALT MILL. Then, the highlight of the day: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a BOAT CRUISE to the island of Motya for a perfect view of the lagoon and visit to the MUSEUM. Later, dinner with local specialties and couscous is served.

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Day 4 MARSALA–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO

In Sciacca, take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint before continuing to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.

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Day 5 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA

Drive to Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of the VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous “Bikini Girls,” discovered in 1960. Before arriving in Ragusa, stop in Caltagirone to discover the imposing STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern.

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Day 6 RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA

Guided sightseeing features a walk through Ragusa's oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful palaces and churches. Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens laid out in the 19th century and then, visit the iconic baroque ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor café! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval center and spectacular baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto I and stop at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily's oldest chocolate factory, for a TASTING. End the day with a special dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 7 RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE

Arrive in the baroque town of Noto, renowned for its beautiful historic center that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Meet your Local Guide for a walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the magnificent architecture, and visit SAN NICOLÒ CATHEDRAL. Continue to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th century BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmakers’ Cave. Tonight, join an optional dinner in the enchanting Ortigia district.

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Day 8 SYRACUSE–CATANIA–SAVOCA–TAORMINA RIVIERA

In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. On to the traditional village of Savoca. See the Church of Santa Lucia, made famous as a location for Michael Corleone's wedding in the movie The Godfather. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Taormina Riviera.

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Day 9 TAORMINA RIVIERA

In the morning, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Later, in hilltop Taormina, visit the ancient GREEK THEATER, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and in the evening, a farewell dinner awaits at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent way to say arrivederci, Sicilia!

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Day 10 TAORMINA RIVIERA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Catania).

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 Accommodations

Palermo
Marsala
Agrigento
Ragusa Area
Syracuse
Taormina Riviera

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Palermo
Syracuse
Taormina Riviera

Palermo

Hidden Gems of Palermo

Hidden Gems of Palermo

Sightseeing along the sea, walk through the picturesque narrow streets. Finish your tour enjoying a visit in a private historical Palazzo and be welcomed by the owner.

Price Range: $$

Syracuse

Cruise & Foodie Tour Of Ortigia Island

Cruise & Foodie Tour Of Ortigia Island

Discover the historic and culinary heart of Syracuse on this enchanting boat cruise and foodie walking tour around legendary Ortigia Island.

Price Range: $$

Taormina Riviera

Sicilian Dinner

Sicilian Dinner

Why not enjoy a typical Sicilian gastronomic dinner in beautiful surroundings with spectacular views?

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Etna Volcano

Excursion to Etna Volcano

Enjoy a scenic drive with a Local Guide through orchards, vineyards, and forests up to the Europe's highest active volcano.

Price Range: $

 Private Touring

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For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,223*
12 guests in a party: $942*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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