Sicily off the Beaten Track

Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • 17 March–26 March 2020 – Just added
  • 03 November–12 November 2020 – Just added
10 days
from £1,799 pp
Tour code: AGT1018

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    Upcoming Tour Dates:

    • 17 March–26 March 2020 – Just added
    • 03 November–12 November 2020 – Just added
    10 days
    from £1,799 pp
    Tour code: AGT1018

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      Tour Code AGT1018
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £300
      Start/End Point Palermo / Catania
      Tour Manager Sharon Kivity (March) – Read Bio

      Paul Stratton (November) – Read Bio

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Sicily’s rich and colourful past has given rise to an incredible land of diversity and cultural treasures. Now in its sixth year, this is one of our flagship tours and is a fantastic way to discover Sicily for the first time.

      Sicily is a beguiling land of contrasts. A pleasant all-year round climate, friendly people, superb food and wine, stunning landscapes and a heady mix of cultural attractions — Sicily has it all! Upon arrival, although technically in Italy, your senses tell you otherwise. This beautiful island’s rich and colourful past, colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Normans, and Moors, has given rise to an incredible land of diversity, from the fascinating souks of Palermo to the majestic Greek temples of Agrigento and the Baroque treasures of the south east.

      During this ‘off the beaten track’ tour, we visit and experience a range of Greek, Roman and Norman attractions intermingled with local flavour and colour, staying in parts of the more ‘authentic’ Sicily, and dining out in local trattorie — meaning you will get a feel for the ‘real’ life on this bewitching island. Both the west and south/south-east areas of Sicily will be covered, avoiding the main tourist resorts on the island.

      Words from Your Tour Manager…

      “When I designed this tour, I wanted to give clients a truly authentic Sicilian experience. Travelling off season, whilst the weather is still lovely, staying in places/areas that live year round with local inhabitants (not just tourists!). Having Sicily to ourselves – not having to fight off the crowds at the historical sites – but enjoying what is more like a private visit! Basing ourselves in areas of Sicily which are slightly more ‘off the beaten track’. And most importantly… hardly ever eating in hotels but experiencing Sicilian cuisine, life and culture in a fabulous myriad and variety of local trattorias! I love accompanying this tour – firstly because I am hugely passionate about this amazing island, but secondly to be given the opportunity to share my love of Sicily with others… please do join me!”
      Paul will be escorting our 3 November 2020 departure.

      Paul Stratton

      Highlights

      • Experience an authentic Sicily and immerse yourself in its culture
      • Visit the unforgettable medieval Arabic hilltop town, Erice
      • Explore the Greek temple and amphitheatre of the ancient city, Segesta
      • View the Norman mosaics of Monreale
      • Visit the Greek sites of Selinunte and the Valley of the Temples

      What’s Included

      • Return EasyJet flights from London Gatwick to Palermo and inbound from Catania
      • 9 nights in 3* superior and 4* hotels
      • Daily breakfast, three lunches and seven evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      On arrival, transfer to Castellammare del Golfo (‘Sea Fortress on the Gulf’), a delightful seaside town with what has been described as the most beautiful peninsula in Sicily and noted for being the birthplace of many American Mafia figures. There will be a short coffee stop en route. Afternoon at leisure, reconvene for a light evening meal in a local trattoria.

      Overnight: Castellammare del Golfo

      Day 2 - Erice / Segesta (B, D)

      Visit the medieval Arabic hilltop town, Erice.

      This afternoon, explore the Greek temple and amphitheatre at Segesta. Dinner tonight is taken in an authentic local trattoria.

      Overnight: Castellammare del Golfo

      Day 3 - Monreale / Palermo (B, D)

      A full day encompassing Monreale and Palermo.
      Marvel at the gold leaf mosaics at Monreale, stroll through a typical Palermo street market, and visit the Palatine Chapel.

      This evening, enjoy a dinner at Baglio Fontana, including a wine tasting and traditional meal with an explanation of the tuna fishing industry in Sicily.

      Overnight: Castellammare del Golfo

      Day 4 - Selinunte / Agrigento (B, L)

      Visit Selinunte, one of the largest and most impressive Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

      Enjoy a long and leisurely seafood lunch at the fabulous Ristorante Da Vittorio, as seen on Sicily Unpacked and Rick Stein’s Great Mediterranean Escapes.

      This afternoon, take the coastal drive to Agrigento.

      Overnight: Agrigento

      Day 5 - Valley of the Temples / Naro (B, L, D)

      This morning, there is a walking tour of the Valley of the Temples before an afternoon visit to a working olive oil farm including a tasting and lunch. Continue to the hilltop town of Naro with its medieval castle and panoramic views.

      Overnight: Agrigento

      Day 6 - Villa del Casale / Modica (B, D)

      Guided tour of the Roman Villa del Casale.

      Continue to the Baroque south-east for an early evening arrival in Modica.

      Overnight: Modica

      Day 7 - Modica / Scicli (B, D)

      Leisurely guided walk around Modica. Free time for a snack lunch and perhaps even a chocolate tasting.

      Afternoon visit to Scicli, featured in popular scenes from the detective series Montalbano.

      Overnight: Modica

      Day 8 - Ibla di Ragusa (B, D)

      Depart to the nearby Baroque UNESCO town, Ibla di Ragusa, for a short guided tour.

      Dinner at the superb agriturismo, the Relais Torre Marabino, an ex-Norman fortress which produces its own organic fare and wines.

      Overnight: Modica

      Day 9 - Ortigia (B, L)

      Morning visit to the stunning Baroque peninsula of Ortigia for a guided walking tour.

      Afternoon at leisure.

      Overnight: Ortigia

      Day 10 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

      Testimonials

      Our tour manager and driver were great! Nothing was too much trouble.

      Mr & Mrs ChildsApril 2018

      The quality of food and accommodation exceeded our expectations.

      Mr Howell & Mrs TravisApril 2018

      A wonderful, superbly organised tour with an outstanding tour manager.

      Mr & Mrs DuffyNovember 2018

      The tour exceeded the expectations of both of us...Paul made the tour smooth, enjoyable, interesting and surprising.

      Mr & Mrs EvansNovember 2018

      Paul's profound knowledge of Sicily and the Sicilians and his love of the island and its people were evident from the start...The tour was extremely well thought out.

      Mr & Mrs LightfootNovember 2018

      Paul went beyond what would normally be expected and his knowledge and attention to detail made the whole trip amazing from start to finish...An excellent experience and will book with Prestige again.

      Mr LuceyNovember 2018

      This tour was made very special by our wonderful guide and her love and knowledge of Sicily...I never expected to see so much and to be so well looked after and fed!

      Ms NicholsonApril 2019

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