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A Tour of Sicily 9 days

April 22-30, 2020  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. Small tour limited to 16.
8 nights in boutique accommodation
Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Premium mini-coach transportation
Daily European-style breakfast (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D)
Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Monreale Cathedral and Cloister, Valley of Temples in Agrigento, Villa Romana del Casale

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, where we’ll pay a visit to the impressive cathedral. Tonight, a welcome dinner awaits at our idyllic farm stay in Selinunte. (D)

DAY 2 SELINUNTE – 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, breads and more! 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. There’s plenty of time to explore before we move on to our hotel. (B,L)

DAY 3 FAVARA – RAGUSA After breakfast, we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples for an exploration of this brilliant example of Greater Greece architecture. A local guide will reveal the history of the archaeological site as we look around. 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. (B,L)

DAY 4 RAGUSA – MODICA We’ll have one thing on our minds today: delicious food. This morning we’ll be treated to chocolate and cheese tastings, as well as a cheese workshop. Next, our trail will take us back to Ragusa, where we’ll have the rest of the day to stroll around the town. Why not seek out a local trattoria to try some Sicilian specialties? (B,L)

DAY 5 MODICA – NOTO – SYRACUSE Sicily is famous for its sweets, many of which are made from almonds grown on the island. Today you’ll have a chance to enjoy this centuries-old tradition as we pay a visit to an almond farm and enjoy a light lunch. Afterwards, we’ll depart for beautiful Syracuse. (B,L)

DAY 6 SYRACUSE Seaside Syracuse, which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece, awaits on your free day. Take the time to wander the temples and sacred caves, and lose yourself in the city’s winding streets, which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views. (B)

DAY 7 SYRACUSE – MOUNT ETNA – CARRUBA Today, it’s time to take a closer look at Mount Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape. Then, we’ll move on to a local farm for a local lunch and wine tasting before journeying to Carruba, where we’ll spend the next two nights. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 CARRUBA – TAORMINA – CARRUBA This morning we’ll make tracks to Taormina, where you’ll have a free day to take in the 13th-century Cathedral of San Nicola and the splendid Greek Theatre. After a day of exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well-deserved. (B,D)

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 bring home including favorites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine. (B)

Our accommodation, whether old country estate, exotic hotel resort or traditional villa, is carefully selected to reflect the character and charm of each Back-Roads destination. Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage, while others may have been chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.

Character is not a substitute for quality, however, which is why all of our accommodation throughout Europe and Asia comes complete with private bath, comfortable furnishings and delicious food. We offer a choice of twin, double or single rooms – and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.


Case di Latomie


Alba Palace 


Hotel Antico Convento 


Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel


Donna Carmela

Per person twin $3379; Single $4548 Airfare estimate $950 from JFK. Travel Insurance $230. Deposit $500; Full payment June 30 for savings:  You may wish to add a day before/after to your program.  

Per person twin $3599; Single $4548 Airfare estimate $890 from JFK. Travel Insurance $315 sharing a twin, including approx airfare and pre and post; Insurance for a single about $390 . Deposit $500; Full payment June 30 for savings More info:



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