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Splendours of Sicily (in Apr 2020 - Feb 2021)

Price: R 42,819.00

8 nights, from Palermo to Catania.

Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Embark on a Mafia-themed walking tour of Palermo.
  • Indulge in a delicious chocolate tasting session amidst the magnificent Baroque architecture of Modica.
  • Visit an organic farm and taste award-winning olive oil.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Specific departures: Prices per person sharing from:
  • Between 05 November 2020 - 15 February 2021 
R 42,819.00 pps
  • 22 April 2020
  • Between 26 June - 03 August 2020
  • Between 25 September - 19 October 2020 
R 44,719.00 pps
  • Between 04 May - 19 June 2020
  • Between 25 August - 22 September 2020 
R 45,959.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Palermo - Monreale - Selinunte

Today we’ll meet in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its streets for a Mafia-themed tour. Then: it’s onwards to Monreale. We’ll pay a visit to the impressive cathedral before moving on to our idyllic farm stay in Selinunte – where a welcome dinner awaits us.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Case di Latomie (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Selinunte - Mazara del Vallo - Sciacca - Favara

This morning, we're in for a culinary treat: prepare to sample some of the farm’s tasty olives, award-winning olive oil, fresh breads and more! Then: en route to Favara, we’ll stop by the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Back in the times of Ancient Greece, its natural thermal springs were a great attraction – and we’ll have plenty of time to explore them before we move on to our hotel.

Accommodation: The Alba Palace Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 - Favara - Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Ragusa

After breakfast we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples – where a local guide will reveal the history of the archaeological site. En route to Ragusa, we’ll make a stop at Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world.

Accommodation: Hotel Antico Convento dei Cappuccini (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 - Ragusa - Modica - Ragusa

We’ll start our day in indulgent style: with a chocolate tasting session in Modica. And then? The gastronomic theme will continue as we come together for a ricotta tasting session and included lunch in Sant’Angelo Muxaro. Appetites satisfied, we’ll return to Ragusa – where we’ll have the rest of the day to wander the town at our leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Antico Convento dei Cappuccini (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 - Ragusa - Noto - Syracuse

On today’s agenda: a visit to the city of Noto, where we’ll learn more about almond cultivation with a local expert. After an included lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll press on to lovely Syracuse – where we’ll take some time to orient ourselves on a walking tour.

Accommodation: Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6 - Syracuse

Seaside Syracuse – which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece – is yours for the taking today. We recommend taking some time to wander the temples and sacred caves before losing yourself in the city’s winding streets – which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views.

Accommodation: Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Syracuse - Mount Etna - Carruba

Today we head towards Mt Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape, with the option to take a closer look at its smouldering craters. Then: we’ll move on to a local farm for lunch (complete with wine tasting) before journeying onwards to Carruba, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Accommodation: Donna Carmela Boutique Resort (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 - Carruba - Taormina - Carruba

We’ll make a pit stop in the town of Savoca (where The Godfather was famously filmed) before moving on to Taormina for a walking tour. After a day spent exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well-deserved.

Accommodation: Donna Carmela Boutique Resort (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 - Carruba - Catania

Today, our tour will end in Catania – but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to a local market, you can stock up on foodie souvenirs to take home (including favourites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine). We’ll even pass by Catania’s oldest cannolo shop, where we’ll have the chance to fill our own cannoli with ricotta cheese. What a way to round off the trip!

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Specific departures between April 2020 - February 2021.
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Back-Roads Touring
Tour Identifier/s BEHSSPC-0
Inclusions • 8 Breakfasts, 5 lunches & 3 dinners.
• 8 nights in boutique accommodation.
• Premium mini-coach transportation.
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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