Welcome to Sicily! On your arrival at Palermo Airport, our local English Speaking Representative will be waiting to welcome you and facilitate your Private Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. For overseas Flight arrivals, we suggest an early dinner with good night sleep. Overnight in Palermo.
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meeting with the guide at your hotel for a 3 hour guided tour of Palermo, you will visit the Cathedral, Palazzo Dei Normanni, Cappella Palatina, San Giovanni Degli Eremiti. Your guide will show you the highlights of historic Palermo, the capital of ancient Sicily. Colonized by the Phoenicians, Sicily boasts a rich 3,000 years of history, which particularly flourishing under the Arab and Norman rule. The many great empires that once ruled Sicily’s capital left behind wonderfully diverse architecture, from Roman to Byzantine to Arab-Norman, which we will view in the city’s palaces, churches and crypts. We will also visit the city’s eclectic cathedral originally Norman, then Catalan Gothic, and in the 18th-century, transformed by baroque and neoclassical styles. Lunch at a characteristic Sicilian restaurant. In the afternoon continue to Monreale, a small town 7 kilometers from Palermo. Here you can admire the Dome, architectural masterpiece which dates back to the Norman period. Its walls are almost completely covered by Byzantine mosaics and it covers a very large area, including a magnificent cloister, surrounded by 228 columns with inlaid capitals. Late afternoon return to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meet your driver at the Hotel lobby. View ancient Italian cities on a full-day tour of the Sicilian cities of Erice and Segesta. You will travel on to Segesta. Once in Segesta, you will learn how it was one of the major cities of the ancient indigenous Elymian people. Here, you may visit the unfinished Doric temple dating back to the late 5th century B.C. Built on a hilltop just outside of the ancient city; it has an impressive view of the surrounding area. After lunch in Wine Estate, you will drive to western Sicily to arrive in Erice. The Elymians settled in the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Continue to Trapani to embark on the ferry and arrive in Favignana. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Favignana.
Breakfast at the Hotel. At the indicated time, meet your driver and assistant and be transferred to the diving center where we will receive all the necessary equipment. Immersion to visit the Navy Carmelo Lo Porto Piroscafo sunk in 1971. Return back to the diving center and then on to the hotel. Overnight in Favignana.
Breakfast at the Hotel. At the indicated time, meet your driver who will bring you to Favignana port. Embark to Marettimo, one of the Egadi Islands. Meet your instructor at the diving center. Immersions in the area where we will admire the Marine reserve. Back to Favignana at the end of the immersion. Overnight in Favignana.
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at your hotel. Day at leisure or possibility to visit the Florio Tonnara, old tuna fish industry owned by the glorious Florio family. Visit the Florio family villa (nowadays the Council Building. Overnight in Favignana.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the Hotel lobby and Private transfer to your Hotel in Palermo. On route, you will travel to the beautiful countryside of the province of Palermo to visit a family-owned winery and farmhouse. There you will have a chance to visit the property together with the cellars and to try out some of the wines together with a Sicilian country-style meal. The view is amazing: Towering in the distance is a spectacular-looking mountain called Rocca Busambra, a nature sanctuary where eagles nest. After your Food and Wine Tour, you will move on to the famous town of Corleone. Founded in ancient times and then colonized first by Arabs and later by Lombards, this little town has maintained a medieval aspect within the surrounding green farmland. Although this town was home to several Mafia bosses in the past, you will be surprised to be greeted by its friendly citizens, an excellent example of the typical Sicilian hospitality that can still be found in the rural areas of this island. Late afternoon return to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meeting with the driver and guide at your hotel for a 3-hour guided tour of Palermo. Begin with a visit to the International Museum of Marionettes Antonio Pasqualino, featuring more than 3,000 pieces of puppetry from the acclaimed Italian designer. Learn about the history of the art form in Sicily, from vastate dialectical theater to the celebrated Opera Dei Pupi tradition, honored on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Continue on to the Oratory of San Lorenzo, known for its altarpieces designed by Giacomo Serpotta. This famed 18th-century Sicilian sculptor was also a central figure in the early puppetry, crafting elaborate teatrini stucco decorations and putti allegorical figurines. Finish your journey at the traditional puppetry workshop of Mimmo Cuticchio on the Via Bara all’Olivella, where you can assist in the production of a live marionette show. See finely crafted figurines seemingly come to life against styled scenery as you take part in a centuries-old Sicilian tradition. After the city tour, you will travel to Bagheria, city of actors, directors, poets and international painters, famous for the historic villas of the aristocratic residences of the “Gattopardi”. Renato Guttuso, painter and Oscar award-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, was born and lived here for a while. A journey to discover one of the hidden treasures of the island, far from the usual tourist destinations, but of significant importance since we are talking about the most beautiful historic villas of Sicily. Built between the late 17th century and the early 20th century, they are masterpieces built by talented architects and commissioned by the Sicilian nobility and upper class of the time, characters who became famous in the stories published in the book by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa “Il Gattopardo” which became a successful film in 1963 directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster. Possible Villas to be Visited: Villa Cattolica: Built-in 1736 by Francesco Bonanno. It is home to the Guttuso Museum, a theatrical workshop and several craft workshops of decoration and painting. Villa Palagonia: Built-in 1715 by the Prince of Palagonia, Francesco Ferdinando Gravina. Called “The villa of monsters”, it has grotesque statues and quirky interior furnishings. Late afternoon return to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at your hotel. At the indicated time depart to Palermo airport. End of our services. Arrivederci Sicilia!