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Special Interest - Archaeology
History & Archaeology

Archaeology of Sicily

Sicily, Italy

from £1,799 per person 12 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Uncover the island's many ancient treasures…

Discover the legacies left behind by the Greeks and Romans, survey ancient Carhtaginian ruins and explore cities steeped in culture on this archaeology-themed tour of Sicily.



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Day 1 UK to Noto

UK to Noto

Fly to Catania and transfer to Noto in the province of Syracuse. You'll stay three nights on half-board basis at the at the locally rated 4-star Poggio Del Sole Resort.

Noto Syracuse Sicily Italy Europe

Day 2 Noto and Ragusa

Noto and Ragusa

Today's full-day included excursion reveals the stunning architecture of Noto and Ragusa. UNESCO-protected Noto was destroyed in the 1693 earthquake, and almost entirely rebuilt in the Sicilian baroque style you see today. You will also visit Ragusa and its archaeology muesum home to a fine collection of Bronze Age artefacts.

Ragusa Ragusa Sicily Italy Europe

Day 3 Syracuse

Syracuse

A full-day excursion transports you to Syracuse, a city which once rivalled Athens as the greatest city of the Greek world. Here Sicilian style meets Greek heritage, and you'll find an archaeological treasure trove of preserved Greek and Roman remains.

Syracuse Sicily Italy Europe

Day 4 Noto to Palermo

Noto to Palermo

You'll leave Noto today and head through the island's mountainous interior to Palermo on the northern coast. En route, you'll pause in Piazza Armerina to visit the UNESCO-protected Roman Villa del Casale before continuing to Palermo and spending the next three nights at the 4-star Hotel Garibaldi (4Q).

Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 5 Palermo

At leisure

Spend the day how you wish, either perhaps taking time out at your hotel, or joining a morning optional walking tour of Palermo, with a free afternoon. B

Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 6 Palermo and Monreale

Palermo and Monreale

Start your day with a visit to Palermo’s Archaeological Museum when you’ll be able to explore some the city’s 2,700 years of history, culture and heritage. After your visit, head to Monreale for a half-day guided tour. The town's breathtaking cathedral is a must-see highlight of your tour. Built in the 12th century, the cathedral's Norman-style exterior doesn’t hint at the glorious decoration you’ll find inside, where walls are bedecked with ornate mosaics and masterful frescoes in a myriad of colourful shades. Golden mosaics depicting biblical stories and Jesus and his disciples, are emblazoned on the walls of the nave, aisles, transept and apse – covering an area of over 68,000 square feet!

Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 7 Palermo to Mazara del Vallo

Palermo to Mazara del vallo

Leave Palermo for Mazara del Vallo on the west coast, travelling through olive groves and Sicily’s largest wine-growing region. En route you'll pause in Segesta, considered one of the best preserved Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Your hotel for the next three nights on a half-board is the 4-star Mahara Hotel. You may wish to join a local guide on an optional guided walking tour of Mazara del Vallo's old town.

Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 8 Mazara del Vallo

Mazzara del vallo

Spend the day at leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion to Selinunte.

Mazara del Vallo Trapani Sicily Italy Europe

Day 9 Marsala and Mozia

Marsala and Mozia

Set off for today's full-day included visit to Marsala and the island of Mozia this morning. After some time exploring Marsala, you'll hop aboard the ferry to Mozia, where you will be able to visit the ruins of the Phoenician city which stood here between 800 and 397BC. You'll also visit the island's archaeological museum, which has a fascinating collection of artefacts – amongst them, a marble statue named the 'Youth of Mozia' which dates from the 5th century BC.

Marsala Trapani Sicily Italy Europe

Day 10 Mazara del Vallo to Giardini Naxos

Acireale to Agregento

Today you leave Mazara del Vallo and head to Giardini Naxos, pausing en route at Agrigento – the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas. After two hours here, you continue to Giardini Naxos, a resort situated on the scenic eastern Ionian coast. The final three nights of your tour will be spent at the locally rated 4-star Hellenia Yachting Hotel (4Q).

Giardini Naxos Messina Sicily Italy Europe

Day 11 Giardini Naxos and Taormina

Giardinin Naxos and Taormina

Enjoy included visits to Giardini Naxos, which has been inhabited since the 4th century BC with archaeological finds on display in the Archaeological Museum of Naxos, and Taormina, one of the island’s most ancient towns, whose origins date back to the time of Dionysius around 400BC.

Taormina Messina Sicily Italy Europe

Day 12 Giardini Naxos

At leisure 1

Today you can relax at your hotel, explore the local area or join one of our optional trips.

Catania Catania Sicily Italy Europe

Day 13 Giardini Naxos to UK

Acireale to UK

Travel to Catania airport this morning for your return flight to the UK.



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