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Treasures of Sicily

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Treasures of Sicily - Exodus Travels
Treasures of Sicily - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Catania
+14 Destinations
Sicily
Ends
Catania
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Highlights

  • Indulge in a delicious wine and cheese tasting
  • Visit Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano
  • Fall in love with Sicilian baroque town Noto
  • Look upon fantastically preserved Grecian temples
  • See Cefalu Cathedral's beautiful Byzantine mosaics
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start and end in Catania! With the discovery tour Treasures of Sicily, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Catania, Italy and 13 other destinations in Italy. Treasures of Sicily includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • AS
    Written on September 20, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We had a fabulous time on this tour . Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable , spoke English well , and was also a kind and caring person. Our driver , Fillipo, was also excellent. Everything was well planned , and I felt we had just enough free time in all the places that we needed to have. Also , and I was not expecting this, at the end of each day Maria would recommend a local restaurant and make a booking for those of the group that wanted to attend for dinner. Most of us usually attended , at our own cost (well priced and local food). She joined us each night also and it was a nice way to finish each day with some nice Sicilian food , wine and company . Highly recommend. Also , unlike other tour companies , no activity was at an extra costs . All included (except the lunches and dinners of course ). Do this tour if you want to see Sicily .
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  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 2
    Written on September 10, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Maria was awesome,, she was so patient and so organised. Her meal suggestions were great. The extra guides were great except for Marina in Palermo. She was very unprofessional taking phone calls during the tour running off to greet someone. She certainly had the knowledge but her delivery was monotone and boring.
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  • MH
    Written on June 3, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Treasures of Sicily was an informative and interesting tour with a variety of experiences that enabled me to learn about Sicily, it’s history, culture, food and daily life. I liked the variety of places we visited , each with a different focus eg mountain hike, city tour, ancient temples. Our group leader Tiziano was charming, helpful, knew his facts, and made sure we were safe. His pleasant personalty brightened every day. Group size of 14 was perfect! Hotels were definitely three star. There always seemed to be a problem at each hotel we went to. Breakfasts were plentiful but more fruit would have been appreciated. Bus size worked well with the size of our group but the bus driver was very disappointing. He was a smoker and he definitely had a severe smoker’s cough which we heard throughout the journey especially in the morning. He did not wear his seatbelt and only pulled it over his shoulder when we passed any police at the side of the road.
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  • GD
    Written on June 3, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Two hotels had poor or no AC ! Made for very uncomfortable sleeping. One hotel did offer to move us but there was no improvement re Ac. The other hotel was not helpful! Bus was very rough riding over any type of bump. Bus driver was smoker and had aggravating cough for hours esp in mornings. Breakfasts were adequate but kind of monotonous. There was a lack of fresh fruit which seems strange since markets had lots of fruit available. I found your itinerary confusing as said started in Catania and ended in Catania Whem in fact it started in Aci Castello and ended in Taormina !! In fact our 1st info said it started in Acireale and gave name of hotel there. On the plus side our guide was good. A pleasant friendly young man. Also liked small group size and itinerary.
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  • MD
    Written on June 3, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    It was a good tour but there is room for improvements. The rooms were a bit tired, my last room did not have hot water and was very dark for overseeing the sea - no view only of hallway. The breakfasts were typical I suppose but there could have been more fruit offered as we passed many fruit stands on the streets. With regards to transportation the bus was very bumpy perhaps it needs new shocks? The bus driver unfortunately had a smoker's cough for hours on end in the mornings especially, it was quite disgusting at times .... The tour guide was quite delightful and helpful but needs more seasoning. The outside tour guides were very informative. I loved the size of the tour group - we built a nice rapport. The island of Sicily is beautiful and will tell all my friends to visit ...
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  • A
    Written on June 3, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Treasures of Sicily was an interesting and informative tour of Sicily with a variety of experiences that gave me a well rounded appreciation of its history, food and culture. The size of the group at 14 was perfect and we formed a very pleasant rapport. Our leader Tisiano was very upbeat and made everyone welcome and comfortable.
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  • RF
    Written on April 8, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The excellent rapour that Vanessa the tour leader had with the group
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  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 8
    Written on November 11, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An island with so much to offer the visitor, a sunny climate, natural beauty, ancient relics and tasty food! Our enjoyment was enhanced by an obliging tour leader.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were treats in store every day and even when the weather interfered with plans the alternatives were also enjoyable.What did you think of your group leader?Salvo worked hard to share his love of his country in a way that appealed to us all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Add a couple of days to the end of your trip to visit Piaza Almerina, the fantastic roman mosaics are inspirational, we are so glad that we went, I cannot think why such a splendid place is not on the tour, but as we went on our own it meant we could spend longer there which was a bonus.Is there anything else you would like to add?Our driver made the Sicilian roads and drivers safe; thank you!

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 9
    Written on November 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Extremely informative. A great way to see a truely beautiful island. In addition we had a great group leader and a wonderful driver who ensured we saw as much as possible in such a short time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Where do I start? There where so manyWhat did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Fabio knew the island inside out. The passion he had for his country shone through. He was keen to show the group addition places that was not on the official tour. The eating places that Fabio took us to were always superb.We also had a wonderful driver Maritsio, who himself was knowledgable and always keen to helpDo you have any advice for potential travellers?When the guide says to carry waterproofs do so. The weather in the month of October is  extremely changable.

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 10
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fascinating island and worth a second trip I think. History, togography, food and wine all so varied and enjoyable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The amazing classical ruins of course and the mosaics in the Byzantine churches. Blue skies over Taormina: what views! Grey skies lowering appropriately over the black lava of Etna. Short lived scirocco and cloud burst lent flavour and experiences with the oh so friendly locals: lashing down restaurant tables in Cefalu and having to take a leisurely lunch in a market bar in Palermo were the bonuses. Must admit that the Etna wine-tasting was a total revelation with antipasti overflowing and excellent local wines. What did you think of your group leader?Fabio was fab! Great local knowledge, especially of restaurants. he seemd to know the best and most varied menus for all parts of the island. Don't miss his steer to the Genovesi cakes in Erice.Fabio took us to two great places not on the itinerary, without skimping on anything else. I recommend Modica for the chocolate factory and shop [with samples to taste and buy] and lunch at a restaurant on the shore of the salt pans. Our driver,Maurizio, made up the great Sicilan team. He was kindness itself, steered the minbus round corners that seemed impossible and helped with local knowledge as well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?When it says take stout shoes for the Etna climb-- it means it: don't skimp. Good walking shoes are useful to the cliff-top walk at the Zingaro nature reserve too. Mosquitoes bit us in the daytime at Segesta! Take precautions.Is there anything else you would like to add?Loved it all and shall return one spring to see the citrus blossom and flowers on the classical sites.

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Start in Aci Trezza
  2. Day 2: Excursion on Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano; afternoon wine tasting.
  3. Day 3: Drive to Syracuse to visit its archaeological site; on to the UNESCO Baroque town of Noto.
  4. Day 4: Morning visit the hilltop town of Ragusa Ibla; transfer to Agrigento's Valley of the Temples.
  5. Day 5: Visit ruins of Selinunte, overlooking the Mediterranean; drive to the hilltop village of Erice.
  6. Day 6: Walk in the stunning Zingaro Nature Reserve; afternoon transfer to Palermo.
  7. Day 7: Morning visit to Monreale Cathedral; guided tour of Palermo and free time.
  8. Day 8: Drive to the fishing village of Cefalu to visit its Norman Cathedral; on to charming Taormina; free time to explore.
  9. Day 9: End in Taormina.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 720 km.
  • Catania (Italy)
  • 13 km
  • Acireale (Italy)
  • 24 km
  • Parco dell'Etna (Italy)
  • 81 km
  • Siracusa (Italy)
  • 28 km
  • Noto (Italy)
  • 31 km
  • Ragusa (Italy)
  • 110 km
  • Agrigento (Italy)
  • 73 km
  • Selinunte (Italy)
  • 55 km
  • Erice (Italy)
  • 18 km
  • Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (Italy)
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