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Sicily: Jewel of the Mediterranean

17 October 2021

8 days from £3,395pp

From stunningly well preserved Greek temples in Agrigento and Segesta, to the staggering late antique mosaics in Piazza Armerina and the unique Normano-Arabic architecture in Palermo, Sicily is a must for anyone interested in art and history.
Our Sicilian tour will begin in Palermo, once described by Oscar Wilde as ‘the most beautifully situated town in the world – it dreams away its life in the Conca d’Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas’.  Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th Century BC, called Panormus by the Greeks and known as Bal’harm under the Arabs, Palermo is an exciting and complex city with a rich cultural heritage. Sicily’s capital reflects the history and geography of the island, at the heart of the Mediterranean, a stepping stone between North Africa and Europe, where Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, French, Spanish and Italians have all passed through and left their mark.  As well as giving you a thorough introduction to Palermo, its Norman architecture and exquisite mosaics, oratories, palaces, art collections, and lively street markets, our tour will take you to some of the most beautiful sites in the west of Sicily.  The Greek temples of Selinunte and Segesta are among the grandest and best preserved anywhere and the mosaics of Piazza Armerina are magnificent testimony to Sicily’s classical past.
We finish our tour on the eastern end of the island, dominated in antiquity by Syracuse, founded as a Greek colony in 733 B.C. and which quickly expanded in both size and influence, its past glory now still visible in the majestic Greek theatre at the heart of the Neapolis archaeological site. 
 

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Grand Hotel Borsa, Palermo

★★★★

Grand Hotel Borsa is a 4-star hotel centrally located that blends an ancient architecture with all necessary comforts. The hotel has an on-site restaurant “Kemonia”.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa & Fitness centre 
 

Hotel de Charme Algilà, Syracuse

★★★★

Hotel Algilà, Syracuse stands on the ancient “Mastra Rua”, a Mediaeval street on the island of Ortygia. The refined historic building that houses the hotel is the result of the fusion of two buildings preserving the original structure and creating an intriguing distribution of the rooms. Breakfast is à la carte.

Finishing Touches
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning