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Sicily in Depth

Ragusa, Sicily
9 Days from $1,948 per person

Experience the unique legacy of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, crusading Knights of St. John, the Bourbons, Ottoman Turks and even the Mafia!

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Catania Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 10:00, 12:30 & 15:30. Relax and settle in to your hotel, located by the sea. After time to relax in your hotel, join your Tour Director for an orientation of this bustling port town. See the magnicient Duomo and Piazza and the elegant noble buildings of the Palazzo Senatorio. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.
    hotel:Il Principe Hotel, Catania.
  3. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to the Syracuse's Paradise Quarry and its unusual ‘Ear of Dionysius' - a grotto in the shape of an earlobe with an unusual echo. Next door stands the superb Greek theatre, carved out of solid rock, one of the largest of the ancient world. There is also 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.
    hotel:Mediterraneo Palace, Ragusa.
  4. 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. Continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo.
    hotel:Best Western Ai Cavalieri, Palermo (3 nights).
  5. In the morning there is the option to explore the bustling Ballaro market crammed in the narrow alleys of the Old Town, before a Local Expert shows you the highlights of the city. Pass through the baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the beauties of the 'Fountain of Shame'. Visit Palermo Cathedral, with a mixture of styles, having been altered many times over the years. In Monreale, visit the finely decorated cathedral - its magnificent gold mosaics are a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art. Return to Palermo and enjoy a free afternoon exploring the city futher. In the evening, for your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of local restaurants, each with their own ambience and cuisine.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Best Western Ai Cavalieri, Palermo.
  6. In the morning, 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 in Trapani, sample some of the freshest olive oil produced on the island and savour a tasting of Sicilian wine, followed by a light lunch of delicious local produce. Back in Palermo the evening is free.
    meal(s):BB, HL
    hotel:Best Western Ai Cavalieri, Palermo.
  7. After breakfast, drive to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. The town's imposing cathedral was erected to fulfil 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 harbour. Maybe try the restaurants down by the beach before continuing on, past the toe of Italy to the Taormina Riviera.
    hotel:Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera (2 nights).
  8. Your hotel faces east, so early risers may experience what D.H. Lawrence christened the ‘dawn coast of Europe'. After breakfast, perhaps take an optional drive through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano plus a stop in Savoca, a typical hill village, chosen for the filming of The Godfather. Later, transfer to the old town of Taormina that clings to the side of Mount Tauro, overlooking the Ionian Sea and the snowy peak of Mt. Etna. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek theatre, graced with the most spectacular of backdrops. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building. In the evening, rejoice with your friends at a finalé Celebration Dinner, complete with wine.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera.
  9. Take your final glimpse of Mount Etna on your morning departure transfer to Catania Airport arriving at 06:30 and 08:30. Those taking the Easy Pace Malta extension will be transferred to the airport for your included flight.


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Included Quality Dining

7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Walk through the Paradise Quarry gardens, listen to the acoustics in the mysterious Ear of Dionysius and visit the Greek amphitheatre.


  • Crowning a ridge at the Valley of the Temples are the magnificent remains of the Greek colony Akragas. Join your Local Expert for a walk to the Temples of Juno, Concorde and Hercules, some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world.


  • The sombre 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.


  • Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats in the ancient Greek theatre and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna with a Local Expert.

Optional Add-Ons

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.


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.

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.


Dinner in Palermo

Adult Price: € 60.00

We'll dine al fresco tonight in one of the narrow alleys of La Cala, the ancient port of Palermo. Adjacent to the sixteenth-century walls of the Royal Foundry and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, 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.

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.


Dinner In Ragusa

Adult Price: € 61.00

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!

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.

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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 $500 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

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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 48 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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Includes: Flight from Sicily to Malta and 3-nights accommodation.

Welcomed in Malta by a local host. Half-day guided "Southern Delights" sightseeing. Airport arrival and departure transfers.


Transfer to Catania Airport for your short flight to Malta. On arrival in Malta you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing with your local host.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception


Today is free to laze by the pool or stroll by Spinola Bay. Perhaps take a short journey to the capital, Valletta.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Drive south to visit the village of Marsaxlokk- its waterfront lined with "Luzzus," painted in traditional reds, blues and yellows. Take time to browse the local market stalls. There is also an optional visit to the Blue Grotto - a cathedral in stone, famous for its crystal clear water with beautiful colors passing through it, before returning to your hotel for a free afternoon.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Bid farewell to this exotic island as you transfer to Malta Airport.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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