• Step into the Villa del Casale to view its stunning Roman mosaics, widely regarded as one of the richest collections in the world
• Uncover remarkable architectural fusions, from William II’s Norman-Byzantine cathedral of Monreale to the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, resplendent with Byzantine mosaics
• On this special extended departure, enjoy a day spent at leisure on Ortygia
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Depart London Heathrow 0820 on British Airways, arriving Palermo 1215. Three nights at Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel, Palermo.
Morning introductory talk followed by Palermo Cathedral and Palazzo dei Normanni (Palatine Chapel). Continue to Monreale for visit to cathedral (including cloister).
Morning: churches of La Martorana and San Cataldo, Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita and National Archaeological Museum. Afternoon excursion to Solunto followed by Sicilian puppet show (recognised by UNESCO as part of World Intangible Cultural Heritage).
Morning: Segesta, including temple and theatre. Continue to Marinella for visit to Selinunte. Transfer to Agrigento for two nights at Colleverde Park Hotel.
Morning talk followed by visits in Agrigento: temple ridge, Museo Archaeologico and adjoining excavation areas.
Transfer 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 five nights at Hotel Livingston. Free evening.
Visit to 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). Early evening walking tour of Ortygia including sacred spring of Arethusa and Piazza Duomo (Temple of Athena).
Morning talk followed by Catacomb of San Giovanni, Museo Archaeologico Paolo Orsi, Archaeological Park and Castello Maniace.
Whole day excursion to ancient Naxos (early Greek colony) and Taormina (Greco-Roman theatre with superb coastal views). Free evening.
Free day on Ortygia for optional independent visits to Palazzo Bellomo, Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia (Burial of St Lucy by Caravaggio) or boat trip.
Depart Catania 1230 on British Airways, arriving Gatwick 1450.
8 Sep — 18 Sep 2020
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This tour requires a good level of fitness as it involves a significant amount of walking. Please note that many sites have uneven ground, or require walking through low-lying vegetation. The tour is taken at a pace that allows for breaks and reflection.
We will also be running a tour to Ancient Sicily with Philip Kenrick from May 13–22, 2020. For further details, including the itinerary and cost, please see the ACE website or call the office.
Own flight reduction: £175
Due to the early start we are now offering overnight accommodation on 7 September at the 3* Thistle Heathrow Terminal 5, on a complimentary basis. Please can you let us know by return if you would like to take up this offer.Learn More >>
Cost of £2995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, eight dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £545.