• 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
• Syracuse offers a wealth of cultural delights including the Archaeological Park with its Roman amphitheatre, Greek theatre and forbidding quarries
Flight from London to Sicily. Transfer to Palermo for three nights at Hotel Plaza Opera.
Morning: National Archaeological Museum, Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita, churches of La Martorana and San Cataldo and Phoenician wall. Afternoon excursion to ancient site of Solunto followed by Sicilian puppet show (recognised by UNESCO as part of World Intangible Cultural Heritage).
Short morning lecture followed by Palermo Cathedral (exterior) and Palazzo dei Normanni (Palatine Chapel). Continue to Monreale for visit to cathedral.
Morning: Segesta (including temple and theatre). Continue to Marinella for visit to Selinunte. Transfer to Agrigento for two nights at Colleverde Park Hotel.
Short morning talk followed by visits in Agrigento: Temple Ridge, Archaeological Museum 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 four nights at Grand Hotel Ortigia. Free evening.
Short morning talk followed by visits in Syracuse: Catacomb of San Giovanni, Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum and Archaeological Park. Early evening walking tour of Ortygia including sacred spring of Arethusa and Piazza Duomo (Temple of Athena).
Whole day excursion to ancient Naxos (early Greek colony) and Taormina (Greco-Roman theatre with superb coastal views). Free evening.
Morning: 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) and Castello Maniace.
Flight from Sicily to London.
3 Sep — 12 Sep 2021
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What did you particularly enjoy?
"To be in the centre of Palermo and Syracuse was magical - it enabled us to wander around"
ACE customer on a previous Ancient Sicily tour
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.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £200.
Cost of £2895 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 £315.