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Ancient Sicily

14 May — 23 May 2018 | Tour Director: Philip Kenrick

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Philip Kenrick, MA, DPhil

classical archaeologist and author

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1145 on Easyjet, arriving Catania 1545. Transfer to Palermo for three nights at Centrale Palace Hotel.

Day

2

Introductory lecture. Morning visits on foot: churches of La Martorana and San Cataldo, Palermo Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni (Palatine Chapel, Punic defences). Afternoon: Monreale Cathedral (including cloister).

Day

3

Morning visits in Palermo: Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita, National Archaeological Museum. Afternoon excursion to towns of Bagheria and Palagonia followed by ancient site of Solunto.

Day

4

Morning: Segesta, including temple and theatre. Continue to Marinella for visit to Selinunte. Transfer to Agrigento for two nights at Colleverde Park Hotel.

Day

5

Morning lecture. Visits in Agrigento: Museo Archeologico, Hellenistic-Roman quarter followed by temple ridge.

Day

6

Transfer by coach to Piazza Armerina for Villa del Casale (famous for its remarkable mosaic floors depicting hunting scenes, mythological characters and sporting events) and Morgantina archaeological site. Continue to Syracuse for four nights at Grand Hotel Ortigia. Free evening.

Day

7

Syracuse: Catacombs of San Giovanni, Museo Archaeologico Paolo Orsi, Archaeological Park. Early evening walking tour of Ortygia including sacred spring of Arethusa and Piazza Duomo (Temple of Athena).

Day

8

Temple of Apollo followed by excursion to town of Noto (fine example of Sicilian Baroque architecture). Afternoon: Villa del Tellaro (4th century with fine mosaics). Free evening with optional visit to Sicilian puppet theatre.

Day

9

Whole day excursion by coach to ancient Naxos (early Greek colony) and Taormina (Greco-Roman theatre with superb coastal views).

Day

10

Depart Catania 1115, arriving Gatwick 1330.

Tour Dates

14 May — 23 May 2018

Days

10

Cost

Tour Code

ANS1-18

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Testimonial

What did you particularly enjoy?

"To be in the centre of Palermo and Syracuse was magical - it enabled us to wander around."

ACE particpant May 2016

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £525.

Practicalities:

Please note: This itinerary represents a guide to what we hope to offer. Details may be changed nearer the time.

 
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