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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

  • Visit Etna, Europe's most active volcano
  • Taste the Italian wine
  • Wander through the streets of Ragusa Ibla
  • See Palermo at night
  • Take a sit in the Greek theater of Taormina
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
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 and more.

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  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 1
    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 2
    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 3
    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.

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 4
    Written on October 13, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A comprehensive introduction to Sicily. I was left hungry for more.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were several highlights. The visit to Mount Etna was very interesting and the cheese and wine tasting later that day was most enjoyable! The Zingaro NP was lovely to walk in with some interesting museums in the park. The scenery was lovely and it was good to get some exercise and enjoy the countryside. The food and wine in Sicily is great and the people were very warm and friendly. Noto is beautiful and so is Erice. What did you think of your group leader?Salvo was an excellent leader , full of knowledge and enthusiasm for his Island and especially the Etna area. He was patient and organised. An added bonus was that he is very sociable in the evenings .I learnt a lot about Sicily and Sicilains from him and also learnt a bit more of the Italian language. The driver , Luca was also very good , very friendly and sociable. The local guides were also very good.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is very much a sightseeing trip. It covers a lot of the Island and therefore there isn't a lot of time spent soaking up the scenery and culture in any one place. It is listed as leisurely /moderate but compared with other trips I've been on this one was just leisurely . The walks on Etna and in the Zingaro Np are only very short. There are some steep bits , but mainly in the towns and villages due to them being built in hillsides or the tops of hills. Don't settle for a sandwich at lunchtime,instead find some local delicacies in the local pasticcerias. Great local food and quite cheap.Is there anything else you would like to add?The mozzies went on the rampage after a bit of rain and not just at dusk. Take repellent and bite cream. Leave room in your case for some excellent wine from the winery on day 2. And beware of Italian leather handbag shops in Palermo. Exodus -- a walking trip to the more rural parts of Sicily and the coast of the south west would be great!!

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 5
    Written on October 13, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A comprehensive introduction to Sicily. I was left hungry for more.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were several highlights. The visit to Mount Etna was very interesting and the cheese and wine tasting later that day was most enjoyable! The Zingaro NP was lovely to walk in with some interesting museums in the park. The scenery was lovely and it was good to get some exercise and enjoy the countryside. The food and wine in Sicily is great and the people were very warm and friendly. Noto is beautiful and so is Erice. What did you think of your group leader?Salvo was an excellent leader , full of knowledge and enthusiasm for his Island and especially the Etna area. He was patient and organised. An added bonus was that he is very sociable in the evenings .I learnt a lot about Sicily and Sicilains from him and also learnt a bit more of the Italian language. The driver , Luca was also very good , very friendly and sociable. The local guides were also very good.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is very much a sightseeing trip. It covers a lot of the Island and therefore there isn't a lot of time spent soaking up the scenery and culture in any one place. It is listed as leisurely /moderate but compared with other trips I've been on this one was just leisurely . The walks on Etna and in the Zingaro Np are only very short. There are some steep bits , but mainly in the towns and villages due to them being built in hillsides or the tops of hills. Don't settle for a sandwich at lunchtime,instead find some local delicacies in the local pasticcerias. Great local food and quite cheap.Is there anything else you would like to add?The mozzies went on the rampage after a bit of rain and not just at dusk. Take repellent and bite cream. Leave room in your case for some excellent wine from the winery on day 2. And beware of Italian leather handbag shops in Palermo. Exodus -- a walking trip to the more rural parts of Sicily and the coast of the south west would be great!!

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 6
    Written on October 11, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An eclectic mix of Spanish, Norman, Arab, Greek and Roman culture make up this sunshine island.  Italy at its best!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Exploring Mount Etna and having it brought to life (not literally!) by our naturalist guide.Tasting the delicious food and wine that Sicily has to offer and trying some new things.Wandering the streets of the delightful villages of Noto and Ragusa and discovering at my own pace.Finding out about Siracusa, Ortygia, Palermo and Agrigento through our enthusiastic and friendly local guides.What did you think of your group leader?Salvo was very friendly, helpful and informative about his home of Sicily.  Everything ran really smoothly and when there was an unexpected change of plan he coped admirably.  He was always willing to answer our endless questions with patience and attentiveness.I am most grateful to Salvo for taking the trouble to introduce us to some fabulous restaurants, which we surely would not have discovered otherwise (although I did put on about half a stone!). Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take your Italian phrasebook with you - they love you try the language.Is there anything else you would like to add?I must mention our driver Gianni who was brilliant.  It was his first time on this trip but he was very safe and drove smoothly.  He was also fun to be with and very helpful.Just go for it and enjoy the relaxed pace of life on this beautiful island.

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 7
    Written on October 11, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An eclectic mix of Spanish, Norman, Arab, Greek and Roman culture make up this sunshine island.  Italy at its best!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Exploring Mount Etna and having it brought to life (not literally!) by our naturalist guide.Tasting the delicious food and wine that Sicily has to offer and trying some new things.Wandering the streets of the delightful villages of Noto and Ragusa and discovering at my own pace.Finding out about Siracusa, Ortygia, Palermo and Agrigento through our enthusiastic and friendly local guides.What did you think of your group leader?Salvo was very friendly, helpful and informative about his home of Sicily.  Everything ran really smoothly and when there was an unexpected change of plan he coped admirably.  He was always willing to answer our endless questions with patience and attentiveness.I am most grateful to Salvo for taking the trouble to introduce us to some fabulous restaurants, which we surely would not have discovered otherwise (although I did put on about half a stone!). Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take your Italian phrasebook with you - they love you try the language.Is there anything else you would like to add?I must mention our driver Gianni who was brilliant.  It was his first time on this trip but he was very safe and drove smoothly.  He was also fun to be with and very helpful.Just go for it and enjoy the relaxed pace of life on this beautiful island.

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 8
    Written on October 8, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A good all round trip that took in most of the big 'must see' sites. The food was an unexpected bonus as I had no idea just how fresh and unique it could be. The guides were attentive problems solvers when needed and very knowledgeable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It was Monreale which left me overwhelmed. Also, coming in a close second the theatre at Taomina, not so much for its looks so much as the alignment with Etna as a backdrop. Having studied 5th century Athens/States I knew how much that would have influenced the plays. Monreale was something else. I only wish I had got to see the outside cloisters, but the gold mosaics, the marble floors and designs were outstanding. The whole trip managed to encompass so much I had read only about or learned about in one country. My imagination just soared. As a child I adored the Greek myths and legends, as an adult I studied Greece and Rome, here were examples of everything, what a place!What did you think of your group leader?I thought he was great. A man passionate about his country, food, its problems and his Etna. Now, I was not keen about Etna, but he coaxed me up in foul weather and actually made it very interesting.  He was also very kind about my lagging behind with a filthy cold and swollen ankles which lasted a few days. The driver was great too. Both were keen to promote Sicily and I was keen to absorb the information.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you dont like fish your diet is more restricted. There are some small cars to take you up to some sites if the heat or swollen ankles get you, which costs a few euros, same goes for Monreale steps. I took a taxi up and walked down. Its not easy getting tea. The beds were great for me, on the firm side. The hotels were fine, some were basic but clean. The only down side of Sicily are the stray dogs all over the place. They look well fed but thirsty and found on roads, sites etc. I did get bitten a few times by insects (late Sept) and our guide told us that Zingaro was bad in August. Wear a hat, take water, the tap water was fine. The heat was terrific. The mini bus just about coped with the heat. Bit of a hard ride but I didnt get backache as with my local buses. Be prepared for early starts 8 or 8.30am and they are an hour ahead too. This makes sense to help avoid some of the crowds (Monreale was packed by 10am) and the mid day heat. Take many paracetamols as they are 3 euros a small box!Is there anything else you would like to add?It was said that Sicily's weather pattern is changing and it was becoming more temperate, hence the monsoon that met us on arrival. Also, the wildflowers we were infomed, should not have been around but because of the rain they had not died off. Do not go up Etna in sandles or slippery trainers, the terrain is like coal dust in some parts, you can slip easily and it gets in your shoes. Its cold, wet and well.... I dont like that sort of terrain much anyway. A good place to film a horror movie! However, oddly interesting for me. Things I wish I had done? Seen a famous puppet show in Palermo, or the opera, seen more Roman sites and tried Montalbanos croquettes, somehow I missed that. Also, I wish I had managed more of Monreale. Nevermind, I am definately going back.

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 9
    Written on October 8, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A good all round trip that took in most of the big 'must see' sites. The food was an unexpected bonus as I had no idea just how fresh and unique it could be. The guides were attentive problems solvers when needed and very knowledgeable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It was Monreale which left me overwhelmed. Also, coming in a close second the theatre at Taomina, not so much for its looks so much as the alignment with Etna as a backdrop. Having studied 5th century Athens/States I knew how much that would have influenced the plays. Monreale was something else. I only wish I had got to see the outside cloisters, but the gold mosaics, the marble floors and designs were outstanding. The whole trip managed to encompass so much I had read only about or learned about in one country. My imagination just soared. As a child I adored the Greek myths and legends, as an adult I studied Greece and Rome, here were examples of everything, what a place!What did you think of your group leader?I thought he was great. A man passionate about his country, food, its problems and his Etna. Now, I was not keen about Etna, but he coaxed me up in foul weather and actually made it very interesting.  He was also very kind about my lagging behind with a filthy cold and swollen ankles which lasted a few days. The driver was great too. Both were keen to promote Sicily and I was keen to absorb the information.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you dont like fish your diet is more restricted. There are some small cars to take you up to some sites if the heat or swollen ankles get you, which costs a few euros, same goes for Monreale steps. I took a taxi up and walked down. Its not easy getting tea. The beds were great for me, on the firm side. The hotels were fine, some were basic but clean. The only down side of Sicily are the stray dogs all over the place. They look well fed but thirsty and found on roads, sites etc. I did get bitten a few times by insects (late Sept) and our guide told us that Zingaro was bad in August. Wear a hat, take water, the tap water was fine. The heat was terrific. The mini bus just about coped with the heat. Bit of a hard ride but I didnt get backache as with my local buses. Be prepared for early starts 8 or 8.30am and they are an hour ahead too. This makes sense to help avoid some of the crowds (Monreale was packed by 10am) and the mid day heat. Take many paracetamols as they are 3 euros a small box!Is there anything else you would like to add?It was said that Sicily's weather pattern is changing and it was becoming more temperate, hence the monsoon that met us on arrival. Also, the wildflowers we were infomed, should not have been around but because of the rain they had not died off. Do not go up Etna in sandles or slippery trainers, the terrain is like coal dust in some parts, you can slip easily and it gets in your shoes. Its cold, wet and well.... I dont like that sort of terrain much anyway. A good place to film a horror movie! However, oddly interesting for me. Things I wish I had done? Seen a famous puppet show in Palermo, or the opera, seen more Roman sites and tried Montalbanos croquettes, somehow I missed that. Also, I wish I had managed more of Monreale. Nevermind, I am definately going back.

  • Treasures of Sicily reviewer 10
    Written on September 20, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A really good mix of culture/history, landscape and adventure.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Mount Etna day was my favourite.   Trekking across the vast mountain in a selection of key spots that were picked for their natural beauty and interest.What did you think of your group leader?Dawn til disk accompaniment helped our enjoyment because Fabio also booked a table each evening, with the group's agreement, and chose different sorts of restaurant each time.   Helped to have a translator with us!   He was seemingly very laid back and relaxed, although he never missed a trick and was very dilligent of our safety.   Very informative without going into too much detail.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Temperature-wise, September is the perfect month to visit.Is there anything else you would like to add?The day spent in Palermo was a bit of a low-point frankly:  it's not the most beautiful, and I think we could have easily spent an extra day in one of the other locations en-route.  Others on the trip seemed to concur. The rest of the group were lovely people.

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  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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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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