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Sicily in Depth

8 Days from $2,183 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Comfortable

Enjoy warm Mediterranean hospitality, as you journey from picture-perfect fishing villages to ancient Greek temples. Witness the rich legacies of the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Ottoman Turks and even uncover a few secrets about the local Mafia. Taste Sicilian wine, feast on delicious seasonal cuisine and meet passionate locals along the way.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Enjoy warm Mediterranean hospitality, as you journey from picture-perfect fishing villages to ancient Greek temples. Witness the rich legacies of the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Ottoman Turks and even uncover a few secrets about the local Mafia. Taste Sicilian wine, feast on delicious seasonal cuisine and meet passionate locals along the way.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. On arrival at Catania airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 10 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Relax and settle in to your seaside hotel. After time to relax, join your Travel Director at 5:30 pm for an exploration of this bustling port town. See the magnificent Duomo and Piazza and the elegant noble buildings of the Palazzo Senatorio. Get to know your fellow traveling companions during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Il Principe Hotel
  2. Sightseeing with your Local Expert takes you to Syracuse's Paradise Quarry with its unusual Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped grotto with an unusual echo. Continue to the superb Greek theater, carved out of solid rock, one of the largest of the ancient world. There is time to explore the atmospheric Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces, sprawling over the island of Ortygia. It was here that the famous geometrician Archimedes ran naked through the streets, crying ‘Eureka!' Continue around the southeastern corner of Sicily to Ragusa.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Mediterraneo Palace
  3. Journey along the southern coast of the island, past the oil-producing town of Gela to Agrigento. Join a Local Expert to explore the Valley of the Temples, Sicily's finest Greek sanctuary. Especially impressive is the massive Temple of Concordia and the clifftop Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Your travels continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Hotel Palazzo Sitano/Mercure Palermo Centro
  4. Your Local Expert shows you the highlights of the city. Pass through the Baroque Quattro Canti and admire the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Visit Palermo Cathedral which has been altered many times over the years and observe its unique blend of architectural styles. In Monreale, visit the finely-decorated cathedral and see its magnificent gold mosaics, a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art. Return to Palermo and enjoy a free afternoon exploring the rest of the city. For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, each with their own ambiance and cuisine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Palazzo Sitano/Mercure Palermo Centro
  5. Wind your way up to the charming hilltop walled town of Erice. Walk through the labyrinth of quiet alleyways, past medieval churches and enjoy sea views from the gardens next to the Castle of Venus! At a farm near Trapani, sample some of the freshest olive oil produced on the island and savor a tasting of Sicilian wine, followed by a light lunch of delicious local produce. Back in Palermo, the evening is at your leisure.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Palazzo Sitano/Mercure Palermo Centro
  6. Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. The town's imposing cathedral was erected to fulfill a vow made by the Norman King Roger II. Stroll down to the medieval stone fountain and seek out the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the little harbor. Maybe try the restaurants down by the beach, before continuing on to the Taormina Riviera.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Giardini Naxos
  7. Your hotel faces east, so early risers may experience why D.H. Lawrence christened this 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.' After breakfast, perhaps take an Optional Experience through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano. The excursion includes a stop in the typical hillside village of Savoca, chosen for the filming of The Godfather. Travel to the old town of Taormina, which clings to the side of Mount Tauro overlooking the Ionian Sea and the snowy peak of Mount Etna. With your Local Expert, visit the Greek theater set on a cliff and open to the sky. Take a moment to sit in this ancient theater and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building and further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. At a local restaurant, rejoice with your new-found friends over your Celebration Dinner of delicious, freshly prepared Farm-to-Table cuisine, accompanied by exquisite Italian wines.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hilton Giardini Naxos
  8. Appreciate the vistas of Mount Etna one last time on your departure transfer to Catania Airport. Transfers arrive at the airport at 6:30 am and 8:30 am.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $550 per person

Triple Room Discount: from $60 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $92 per person.

Airport Transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8 am and 11 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine, 4 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Catania: During an exploration with your Travel Director see the Duomo, Piazza and the noble buildings of Palazzo Senatorio.
  • Syracuse: Walk through the gardens of Paradise Quarry, listen to the acoustics in the mysterious Ear of Dionysius and visit the Greek theater.
  • Syracuse: Explore the ancient streets and delightful squares in the Old City of Ortygia.
  • Ragusa: During your orientation with your Travel Director see the famous Baroque buildings and churches.
  • Agrigento: A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.
  • Monreale: The somber exterior of the cathedral at Monreale gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the walls glitter with 12th-century mosaics, the best of their kind in the world.
  • Palermo: Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Expert. See Teatro Massimo, the Quattro Canti Square and the Fountain of Shame. View the composite architectural styles of the Palermo Cathedral and visit the Palatine Chapel, showcasing some of the finest examples of Norman art.
  • Erice: Led by your Travel Director, explore the quiet alleys of this ancient walled town, as if you've stepped into the Middle Ages. See the medieval churches and marvel at the sea views from the gardens of the Castle of Venus.
  • Cefalu: Your Travel Director will show you the cathedral, built to fulfill a vow. Walk to the medieval stone fountain in the old fishermen's quarter, find the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina and see the harbor.
  • Taormina Riviera: Should you awake early, you may see why this is known as 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.'
  • Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Amphitheater with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
  • Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
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Reviews

Friday, September 21, 2018
Maureen Moscatello
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Vacation:
Service rating : The restaurants we were take to the food was poor to just plain bad. Palermo was filthy which I know was not your fault. The hotels were just average except for the Hilton which was very nice. We were with GET two times before this and we had a great time. Beside the sites Italy is a place that you go for the food and this food just didn't make it. The last time went to Italy the restaurants we were taken to had music and some entertainment. This had nothing.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that the food and restaurants fell short of your expectations. We will be sure to share your comments with the Quality Control team at Insight Vacations and hope they can improve on this issue. We appreciate your feedback.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Vacation : The food just turned us off.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : You were able to switch people at almost the last minute. We had a group of 10 family members. Our grandson at Drexell University did not dare to sign up in the early Spring and the tour was full when he realized he could go. Meanwhile, his dad started a new job and really felt he needed to stay home. Your staff allowed the swap to happen and all went smoothly. We all had a great time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy to hear we could help make your travel experience go as smoothly as possible! We'll share your compliments with the team, they'll be glad to know you had such a great time in Sicily! Thank you for sharing.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Vacation : It was a lovely trip. I gave less stars since some of the meals and hotels were not that great.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Grace Beaman
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Service rating : Caitlyn Ryan, who explained everything to me and from whom I purchased the trip was wonderful to work with---very responsive and clear and up front with all explanations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Caitlyn is wonderful to work with and we'll be sure to pass along your lovely complement to her! So glad you enjoyed Sicily, what an amazing trip to take! Our Travel Directors and local specialist really do make a vacation, in such a beautiful place, that much more incredible. Happy to have you as part of our travel family!
Friday, June 1, 2018
Vacation : It was worth every penny. This was truly worry free travel. The tour director and guides were just wonderful. They were very knowledgeable and professional. They saw to every detail.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Rosemarie Greene
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Service rating : The tour director was exceptional and the local tour guides were quite knowledgeable and professional.
Vacation : Very reasonable price for total experience.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : We were very pleased with their service and attentiveness. They answered all questions without hesitation. Insight vacations proved to be one of the best tours we've ever taken.
Vacation : Our tour guide "Mitch" was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. He definitely made the trip most enjoyable,
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your trip to Sicily and hope to see you again soon.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
Linda Viverito
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Service rating : Their presentation of each location we visited was wonderful. The meals presented by them were good. Personally I would prefer an all inclusive type of package, makes traveling and planning easier. I would recommend them to others.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Sicily! If you are looking for an all-inclusive package, be sure to check out our boutique river cruises - they are a wonderful and relaxing way to explore Europe. 
Friday, October 20, 2017
Vacation : It truly met my expectations.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. While pizza and pasta are national favorites, few travelers understand just how varied Italy’s cuisine actually is. On your guided vacation, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a delicious array of cheeses, cured meats, seafood, rice dishes, breads, and marinated vegetables. And be sure to try Sicily’s decadent desserts, including the famous cannoli and cassata cake.

    Lunch (pranzo) is traditionally the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then fruit.  Finish with espresso and maybe a splash of liqueur. 

  • Sicily enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. F For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Ragusa

Dinner In Ragusa

Adult Price: € 54.00

Indulge in the varied and complex flavours of Sicily, at this evening's dinner. Sicillian shores are washed by three different seas, so fish is a must (meat alternative available). The large greenhouses around Ragusa also produce a wide range of fruit and vegetables to enjoy. Arabian settlers brought sugar with them and now the island's dolci are considered among the best in Italy. Of course any Italian meal wouldn't be complete without the wonderful local wine. Buon Appetito!

Ragusa

Guided Tour Of Ragusa Ibla

Adult Price: € 25.00

Join a local expert to explore the jumble of churches, houses, old squares and civic palazzi that make up Ragusa Ibla. Devastated by the earthquake of 1693, this part of town was rebuilt along the lines of the old medieval layout. With most of the nobility and wealthier citizens choosing to live in the new upper town, the fortunes of Ibla waned. Now you can step back three hundred years into the past, where every turn of the winding streets and stairways comes with the promise of another fantastic discovery.

Palermo

Hidden Palermo

Adult Price: € 46.00

Walk the ancient streets of the historical centre and learn, through the eyes of a local, how the Palermitani live. You’ll discover hidden treasures of this fascinating city that most visitors don't get to see, like a private visit to the palace of the family of the Counts of Palermo, whom we’ll meet and who will share their amazing experiences with us. This unique tour also includes a drink and light snacks.

Palermo

eatwith Experience

eatwith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand-selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture while meeting other travelers at your table and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience. €45 - €65

Palermo

Dinner in Palermo

Adult Price: € 60.00

Sicilian dining is one of life's true pleasures! We'll indulge in great food made from the freshest ingredients, accompanied by the island's delicious wines.

Taormina

Dinner in the Clouds

Adult Price: € 68.00

With one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive high above the sea, a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. You'll arrive in your terraced authentic local restaurant for a truly educational meal of delicious regional specialties, with accompanying local wines.

Taormina

Mt Etna & The Godfather

Adult Price: € 56.00

Join a local expert to experience the unhurried pace of life in this rustic village chosen by Frances Ford Coppola for scenes in his movie “The Godfather”. Amid stunning mountain views, visit the charming wedding church and Bar Vitelli, where Al Pacino fell in love (famous for its ice cold granita di limone!) Then continue to Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Ascend through the lush fertile foothills to the craters and barren lunar landscapes nearer the top. The views over the eastern Sicilian coast and Ionian Sea are spectacular.

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