West Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, and it is officially referred to as Regione Siciliana

DEPARTURES

26 May to 6 June,2015

• Accommodation in double room with private facilities at Mahara Hotel 4 * (Mazara del Vallo)
• Breakfast and dinner at the hotel including ½ l water and ¼ l wine
• Private bus available for group transfers and excursions as per program*
• Boat for Mozia
• Local guide in Palermo, Agrigento and Selinunte
• Lunch and wine-tasting as per itinerary

Sicily

ITINERARY

Day 1: Toronto to Palermo (via Rome)

Day 2: Palermo – Mazara del Vallo
Arrival at Palermo airport and transfer to Mazara del Vallo in the province of Trapani. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Mahara.

Day 3: Visit of Mazara del Vallo_
This morning we visit “our” town of Mazara del Vallo where we enjoy a guided tour of the historical centre with its’ many Moorish/Norman churches, the beautiful cathedral and a stroll in the Kasbah. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at our hotel. (B-D)

Day 4: Visit to Selinunte
After breakfast we depart for Selinunte for a guided visit. Selinunte is considered the most important archaeological sites in Europe. There are three distinct areas: the Eastern Temples, the Acropolis, the remains of several residential buildings and the Shrine of Maloforos.
Lunch at the Azienda Planeta Winery in Sambuca including a wine-tasting.
We return to our hotel for dinner. (B-L-D)

Day 5: Visit to Erice
Today we depart for the historical town of Erice, located on top of Mount Erice at 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the city of Trapani.
Lunch stop to enjoy some typical Sicilian fare. Afternoon we return to our hotel where you will have leisure time before dinner. (B-L-D)

Day 6: Day at leisure
Day at leisure. Or enjoy an optional excursion (B-D)

Day 7: Visit to Monreale and Palermo
After breakfast we visit Monreale and Palermo. In Monreale we visit the famous Cathedral, covered in mosaics and dating back as far as 1194 A.D. We continue on to Palermo to visit the Duomo. We visit the old town with the Capo market selling fresh food and artisan products.
Lunch on own.
In the afternoon we drive to Mount Pellegrino to visit the Shrine of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. We will depart only after visiting Mondello, sea-side venue, to sample Sicilian pastries.
Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B-D)

Day 8: Visit to the Island of Mozia
We depart this morning, making our way by boat to the island of Mozia, just north of Marsala. Here we will visit what was once an ancient Phoenician city located on the island of San Pantaleo. The island belongs to the Whitaker Foundation. In our visit we will see the original landscape of the salt marshes, windmills and vineyards.
Lunch at the Biaglio Burgio Winery with wine-tasting.
We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)

Day 9: Visit to Agrigento
Today we will visit one of the most important sights in Sicily: the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, considered one of the world’s largest archaeological parks and one of the most impressive complexes of ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece.
Light lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B-L-D)

Day 10: Visit to the “Terme” Acqua Pia & Partanna Grife
We depart for a tour and visit to the wellness centre and hot springs of Terme Acqua Pia. Lunch on own. In the afternoon we visit the town of Partanna Grifeo where our visit will include the Castello (castle) Grifeo, one of the best preserved castles in Sicily. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B-D)

Day 11: Day at leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure for some last minute souvenir shopping, or sit by a local café’ for some people watching.
Farewell dinner at the Hotel Mahara – Sicilian buffet! (B-D)

Day 12:
Breakfast and then transfer to the Palermo airport for our return flight home.