The Sicilian 2019

Overview

Countries and places

Italy

Tour Code

GL-LP2019

Operator

Duration

10 days

Brochure

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Your 10-day Italy tour of undiscovered Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You′ll begin your "off the beaten path" tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo′s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches.

You′ll relish the baroque style of the city′s historic sites, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli - to almond biscuits and Marsala wines - your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean′s dream when it comes to cuisine. You′ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily′s oldest chocolate factory.

As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, you′ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily′s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina.

From palaces to churches, you′ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. You′ll visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with its Greek structures that have miraculously endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the famous mosaic-tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone.

You′ll travel to Syracuse - birthplace of mathematician Archimedes - for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. You′ll also enjoy seeing the Church of Santa Lucia - filming location of Michael Corleone′s wedding scene in The Godfather movie- then relaxing with a granita and brioche at a local bar.

Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna - Europe′s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch on your beautiful tour of the ancient island of Sicily - with new memories to cherish for years to come.

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    Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale and the cathedral in Palermo; lunch of Sicilian specialties.

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    Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine.

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    Boat cruise; visit museum.

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    Visit a salt mill; couscous dinner with local specialties.

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    Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint.

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    Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples.

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    Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale.

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    See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte.

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    Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral.

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    Chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant.

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    Guided walking tour, visit San Nicolo Cathedral.

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    Guided visit of the archaeological site.

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    See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, and Via Etnea.

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    See the Church of Santa Lucia; taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli.

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    Orientation, visit the Greek theatre; farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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    Full breakfast (B) daily; 1 lunch (L) in Palermo; 6 threecourse dinners (D), including dinners at local restaurants in the Marsala area, Modica, and Taormina.

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    Motorcoach; boat ride.

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    Throughout the tour.

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    available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

About Globus Tours

Globus is one of the oldest and most reputable tour operators in the world today. With a Globus tour you wont spend hours online trying to figure out where to go, where to stay, what to see and how to get around. All the logistics are taken care of for you. Your Globus tour isn't just planned. Its expertly planned by travel experts with decades of industry experience. With more than 85 years of experience in the travel business, Globus is constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new ways to explore the them. It is an ongoing evolutionary process designed to deliver to you the very best of touring. Globus helps you get out there and really experience the destination. Showing you the obvious "must see" sights but also taking you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes your desination unique; and you wont have to stand on long lines to see them. With globus you go to the front of the que. Staying at superior, centrally located hotels. Travelling aboard safe, luxuriously appointed modern motor coaches with plenty of leg room. Escorted throughout the tour by a friendly and knowledgable Tour Director. Just kick back and enjoy.  

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Tour Type

Coach Tours

FAQs

  • How many people will be on the coach with me?
  • The average number of people on a Globus tour is 38, and we limit the number of tour members on our tours to a maximum of 44. This ensures smaller groups giving you more space, comfort and legroom.

  • What is the benefit of travelling on the Eurostar high speed train?
  • Globus uses the Eurostar for all channel crossing from London to Europe. The Eurostar takes you from the heart of London to the centre of Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes or Brussels in around 2 hours, while other operators will travel all day using coach, ferry and coach. With Globus you effectively get an extra half day to explore in each direction.

  • Whom will I be travelling with on my escorted tour?
  • International clientele of many ages all sharing the one passion - travel.

  • How much time will I spend on the coach?
  • Depending on the itinerary and your destinations this will vary. Longer trips may have breaks in between for passenger comfort and to view attractions in between Time on the coach gives you the opportunity to meet new friends

  • It is occasionally said that coach tours have too much routine, how can I add to my overall holiday experience?
  • Optional excursions can be purchased Independent free time to explore

  • How much time will I spend at each destination?
  • Depending on your tour, this will vary. At times you'll have the opportunity for a picture stop and talk by your tour director other times you'll have a number of hours to visit inside key attractions On some of our tours we'll have multiple night's stays in the one destination giving you ample time to explore in your own time

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  • What is the difference between a tour director and a local guide? What are they like?
  • Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you. If you chose to book either a "pre" or "post" - vacation extension, please note that your Tour Director may not escort you during this part of your vacation. However, in such cases, a Local Host will be available should you require any assistance.

  • Will the tour director speak English?
  • Yes, we operate only English speaking tours.

  • Do you accept travellers who need special assistance?
  • Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Globus by you or your travel agent at the time the reservation is made. Globus will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance.

  • Are prices based on double occupancy?
  • Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single room supplements and triple room reductions are listed where available.

  • Do I get discounts if I book multiple tours?
  • Save $150 per couple ($75 per person) for every second or subsequent tour booked in the same calendar year. The more tours you book the more you save!

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  • An adult must accompany travellers who are less than 18 years old on the tour departure date; the child receives a 10% discount on the land tour price. We do not accept children under the age of 8 on escorted tours, because we have found they are too young to enjoy these vacations. On our independent vacations, there is no minimum age requirement. Land arrangements for infants under two are free of charge, providing parents pay directly to the hotels for food, crib, etc. Infants sometimes fly free of charge if they do not occupy a seat, while some airlines charge 10%. An airline ticket is always required for the child. Please arrange for this ticket directly with the airline.

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  • The $75 SafetyNet Protection must be paid at the time of the tour deposit and is payable per person per booking (not per tour) and is non-refundable. The SafetyNet Transfer Protection and SafetyNet Cancellation Protection applies to the tour, associated pre/post accommodation and transfers booked directly with Globus Family of travel brands. The SafetyNet Protection does not apply to any airfares booked and ticketed via the Globus Family of travel brands, or any products purchased via another wholesale or retail supplier. Passengers can only use "one" of the two SafetyNet Protection Policies; choose either the SafetyNet Transfer Protection, or the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection, not both. For example: if a passenger uses the SafetyNet Transfer Protection to amend their 2014 tour (say 48 hours prior to the original tours departure date) to a later 2014 Globus Family of travel brands tour departure date, they then cannot use the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection to cancel their Globus Family of travel brands tour in full without incurring the applicable cancellation charges or penalties - as per the 2014 Globus Family of travel brands brochure terms and conditions. If the SafetyNet Transfer Protection is applied, and the booking is subsequently cancelled by the passenger the original booking and transfer date will be reviewed, the transfer date of the original booking will then be taken as the tour cancellation date. Cancellation penalties that apply to the original booking will be compared with the cancellation penalties to that of the tour transferred booking, the higher penalties will be applied.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive In Palermo, Italy.

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 - Palermo.

Discover the capital of Sicily with a Local Guide and enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d`Oro. Visit the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet (15240 square metres) of precious byzantine mosaics. Back in Palermo, see the major sites like the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and visit the magnificent CATHEDRAL. A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese) awaits. (B,L)

Day 3 - Palermo-erice-motya-marsala Area.

Join your Tour Director for an orientation of the hilltop town of Erice, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to savour the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Next, visit a traditional SALT MILL. Then, the highlight of the day: a relaxing BOAT RIDE to the island of Motya for a perfect view of the lagoon and visit to the MUSEUM. Later, dinner with local specialties and couscous will be served. (B,D)

Day 4 - Marsala Area-sciacca-agrigento.

In Sciacca, take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint before continuing to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES. Even travellers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. (B,D)

Day 5 - Agrigento-piazza Armerina-caltagirone-ragusa.

Drive to Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of the VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous "Bikini Girls," discovered in 1960. Before arriving in Ragusa, stop in Caltagirone and see the mosaic STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern. (B,D)

Day 6 - Ragusa. Excursion To Modica.

Guided sightseeing features a walk through Ragusa`s oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful palaces and churches. Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens laid out in the 19th century and then, visit the iconic baroque ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor cafe! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval centre and spectacular baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto I and stop at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily`s oldest chocolate factory, for a TASTING. End the day with a dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 - Ragusa-noto-syracuse.

The baroque town of Noto is renowned for its beautiful historic centre that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Meet your Local Guide for a walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the magnificent architecture, and visit SAN NICOLO CATHEDRAL. Continue to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th century BC sparkling-white Greek Theatre, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Cordmakers` Cave. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion. (B)

Day 8 - Syracuse-catania-savoca-taormina Riviera.

In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. In the village of Savoca, see the Church of Santa Lucia, made famous as a location for Michael Corleone`s wedding in the movie The Godfather. Enjoy a granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Taormina Riviera. (B)

Day 9 - Taormina Riviera.

In the morning, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Later, in hilltop Taormina, visit the ancient GREEK THEATRE, dating back to the 3rd century BC. This evening, a farewell dinner will be served at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent way to say arrivederci Sicilia! (B,D)

Day 10 - Taormina Riviera.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Catania). (B)

Prices/Dates

All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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31 Aug 2019 09 Sep 2019   AUD $4006 AUD $3349 AUD $3181
07 Sep 2019 16 Sep 2019   AUD $4006 AUD $3349 AUD $3181
09 Sep 2019 18 Sep 2019   AUD $4006 AUD $3349 AUD $3181
14 Sep 2019 23 Sep 2019   AUD $3966 AUD $3309 AUD $3143
21 Sep 2019 30 Sep 2019   AUD $3966 AUD $3309 AUD $3143
28 Sep 2019 07 Oct 2019   0 AUD $3309 AUD $3143
30 Sep 2019 09 Oct 2019   AUD $3966 AUD $3309 AUD $3143
05 Oct 2019 14 Oct 2019   AUD $3836 AUD $3179 AUD $3020
07 Oct 2019 16 Oct 2019   AUD $3836 AUD $3179 AUD $3020
12 Oct 2019 21 Oct 2019   AUD $3836 AUD $3179 AUD $3020
19 Oct 2019 28 Oct 2019   AUD $3836 AUD $3179 AUD $3020
26 Oct 2019 04 Nov 2019   0 AUD $3089 AUD $2934

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