A Sicilian Odyssey Tauck Tours

A Sicilian Odyssey

Explore a region with incredible history on A Sicilian Odyssey tour. This delightful vacation includes visits in Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Palermo and Taormina. Witness the Greek, Roman, Norman an Arab influences on art and architecture. Explore vineyards, museums and archaeological ruins. Taste delicious regional cuisine while dining in a private villa. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Italy's largest opera house.


10 Daysfr. $8,990

  • PRIVATE TOUR of Palermo's grand Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, the largest opera house in Italy
  • TOUR including lunch and tasting at a local winery
  • PRIVATE LUNCH at a Baron’s palazzo in Siracusa with a wine tasting from the family vineyard
  • ART TOUR and dinner with the son of a baroness at their private villa in Palermo
  • VISITS to the Sicilian Baroque UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Noto and Ragusa Ibla
  • LESSON in the art of chocolate-making in Modica, with centuries-old traditions
  • TOUR Mt. Etna Winery
  • EXPLORE Neapolis Archaeological Park in Siracusa
  • TOUR Ortigia and visit the Theatre of Apollo and Baroque Duomo
  • WALKING TOUR in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto, along the elegant Corso Vittorio Emmanuele promenade
  • TOUR tour of a local herb farm
  • MARVEL AT mosaics inside the Roman Villa del Casale, dating back to 320 to 350 BC in Piazza Armerina
  • GUIDED TOUR of archaeological treasures including the Temple of Juno at Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
  • GUIDED VISIT to the Palazzo dei Normanni, the main seat of power for Sicilian rulers for centuries
  • EXPLORE Cefalù enjoy a tour of its Norman cathedral, considered one of the jewels in Sicily’s Norman-Arab crown
  • VISIT Taormina traveling up hilly lanes to the Teatro Greco built in 3 BC by the Greeks
  • EXPLORE multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Grand Hotel Ortigia in Siracusa, Sicily, Italyl (2 nights)
  • Eremo della Giubiliana in Ragusa, Sicily, Italy (2 nights)
  • Hotel Villa Athena in Agrigento, Italy (1 night)
  • Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (2 nights)

ARRIVE CATANIA & ON TO SIRACUSA Location Information Description

Siracusa, Italy

A transfer is included from Catania – Fontanarossa Airport to the Grand Hotel Ortigia, a century-old landmark hotel ideally located in the historic heart of Siracusa on the island of Ortigia. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel tonight.

Dinner

Grand Hotel Ortigia

MYTHICAL SIRACUSA Location Information Description

Siracusa, Italy

Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greek explorers who settled on this historic island in 734 BC, building a city of archaeological splendors, economic prosperity and political power that rivaled Athens as the most important city in the world until it fell to the Romans in 212 BC. Your locally guided walking tour today reveals some of its treasured Greek and Roman sites as you explore Neapolis Archaeological Park, including the 16,000-seat Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco), the Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio de Dioniso), and the 3rd-century Roman amphitheatre.

Location Information Description

Ortigia, Italy

Back in Ortigia, visit the Theatre of Apollo, the Baroque Duomo and, schedule permitting, view the Caravaggio painting, The Burial of Saint Lucia, in the Basilica Santa Lucia al Sepolcro.

Lunch today is a noble affair when you dine at the family palazzo of the Barone Pietro di Beneventano, and taste wines from the family vineyard. Free time this afternoon offers you an opportunity to see more of the city or walk back to the hotel with your Tauck Director, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

Grand Hotel Ortigia

BAROQUE GEMS OF NOTO & MODICA Location Information Description

Noto, Italy

Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto this morning where a walking tour along the elegant Corso Vittorio Emmanuele promenade showcases the city’s Baroque buildings, golden-hued palazzi and churches among them, rebuilt after a devastating 17th-century earthquake. View from the outside the Basilica di San Salvatore and the Duomo di Noto as well as the ornate Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, before exploring on your own.

Location Information Description

Ragusa, Italy

A tour of a local herb farm later this afternoon introduces you to the freshly picked aromatic spices that add true regional flavor to today’s family-style tasting lunch. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eremo della Giubiliana

LOCAL FLAVORS OF RAGUSA Location Information Description

Ragusa, Italy

This morning, drive to Ragusa Ibla for a guided walking tour of its ancient labyrinthine lanes and a behind-the-scenes look at the private garden in an inside courtyard, century-old Circolo del Conversazione (Gentlemen’s Club) and intimate Il Piccolo theatre of the Arezzo family, who have lived in their 19th-century palazzo here for more than 200 years. Join us for a special dinner this evening in the hotel's wine cellars.

Breakfast, Dinner

Eremo della Giubiliana

MOSAIC MAGIC AT A ROMAN VILLA Location Information Description

Agrigento, Italy

The nearby town of Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been called an “art city” woven into the fabric of Sicily for good reason. The mosaics you will see here are considered among the most beautiful and best preserved of their kind anywhere in the world.

Your artful discoveries begin when you step inside the Roman Villa del Casale, dating back to 320 to 350 BC when it was built for a Roman official back in the day. Look down at the floors as you tour the villa; the mosaics, both figurative and geometric, cover the surfaces measuring some 37,674 square feet, telling eloquent tales of Homeric poems and myths, nature and scenes from aristocratic life. You will also discover mosaic murals on the walls and columns, and statues and coins that pay further homage to the glory days of the Roman Empire.

Drive back to your resort after lunch for an afternoon at leisure and join us for a private pizza party tonight!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Villa Athena

TEMPLES OF AGRIGENTO AND ON TO PALERMO Location Information Description

Agrigento, Italy

Drive to Agrigento today for a guided visit of its archaeological treasures at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on a hillside facing the sea with a history that dates back to 581 BC. Your exploration starts at the top of the Valley with a visit up a steep hill to see the Temple of Juno up close. From there it is a downhill walk along cobblestone roads to see columned temples and tombs impressively built and remarkably awe-inspiring today.

Location Information Description

Palermo, Italy

After lunch, drive to your Palermo hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy dinner at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofite

LIFE IN PALERMO, PAST AND PRESENT Location Information Description

Palermo, Italy

Start your day with a guided visit to the Palazzo dei Normanni, the seat of the kings of Sicily during the reign of the Normans and the main seat of power for Sicilian rulers for centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Palatine Chapel in the heart of the palace, the palazzo dates back to the 9th century and boasts multicultural touches that were added later. These include the spectacular mosaics of precious stones, many glittering in gold, you will see in the royal apartments and chapel, which also features inlaid carved marble floors and a painted wooden ceiling.

A walking tour of historic Palermo is followed by lunch and a guided visit to Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy and the setting where the final scenes of the movie, Godfather Part III, were filmed. After free time this afternoon, join the son of a baroness for an exclusive private dinner and tour of his family’s art collection in their historic city-center villa, designed by Ernesto Basile, the architect of Teatro Massimo.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofite

A CATHEDRAL, MOUNTAIN VISTAS AND TAORMINA Location Information Description

Cefalu, Italy

Journey to Cefalù for a guided tour of its Norman cathedral, considered one of the jewels in Sicily’s Norman-Arab crown that includes the magnificent cathedral of Monreale and Palermo’s Palatine Chapel. View its soaring twin pyramid towers outside and elaborate Byzantine mosaics inside before driving into the Madonie Mountains.

Location Information Description

Taormina, Italy

Then, it’s on to Taormina this afternoon on a scenic drive that offers picturesque views of the Aeolian Islands dotting the seascapes. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Breakfast

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

TAORMINA & AN OPTIONAL ADVENTURE TO MT. ETNA Location Information Description

Taormina, Italy

A guided walking tour of Taormina this morning takes you up hilly lanes to the Teatro Greco built in 3 BC by the Greeks and remodeled by the Romans. The views from here are worth the climb! Enjoy time to explore the sights on your own for the remainder of the day.

If you wish to experience an active adventure today, join us for a 4x4 Range Rover adventure up Mount Etna for a hike on its moon-like lava surfaces, followed by lunch and a tasting at a family-owned winery. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight at the hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

HOMEWARD BOUND Location Information Description

Taormina, Italy

Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo to Catania – Fontanarossa Airport (a 45-60 minute drive). Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Fri, Apr 19, 2024
$8,990.00
Mon, Apr 22, 2024 – Wait-list
$8,990.00
Fri, Apr 26, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,590.00
Mon, Apr 29, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,590.00
Fri, May 03, 2024
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Mon, May 06, 2024
$9,990.00
Fri, May 10, 2024
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Mon, May 13, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, May 24, 2024
$9,990.00
Mon, May 27, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, May 31, 2024
$9,990.00
Mon, Jun 03, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,590.00
Mon, Jun 10, 2024
$9,590.00
Mon, Sep 02, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Sep 09, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, Sep 13, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Sep 16, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, Sep 20, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Sep 23, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, Sep 27, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Sep 30, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, Oct 04, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Oct 07, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Fri, Oct 11, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Oct 14, 2024 – Wait-list
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Fri, Oct 18, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,990.00
Mon, Oct 21, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,590.00
Fri, Oct 25, 2024 – Wait-list
$9,590.00
Mon, Oct 28, 2024 – Wait-list
$8,990.00

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  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $350.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
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