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2020: 10 Day Amazing Sicily

To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything. —  Goethe

This "Special Touch" itinerary presents a unique approach to discovering the best Sicily has to offer the Story Way®.

10-day itinerary through the Sicilian landscape featuring Taormina, Syracuse (Siracusa), and Palermo

This tour is the perfect balance of inclusions and free time in magical Sicily.

If you've never been to Sicily, then you're in for a real treat. If you have previously visited, then you already know you want to go back and see more. Sitting at the tip of the boot of Italy, Sicily is a place like no other on Earth. The mild Mediterranean climate and the nostalgia are things that must be experienced in person...words cannot describe.

The island is filled with wonders from the old world and panoramas not-to-be-missed, to the world-famous volcano, Mount Etna, to exotic beaches, old ruins, and sweeping vineyards and farmlands. Sicily is truly a special destination, and is sure to delight. Come see it with us!

 

  • Sicily and Mt Etna
  • Noto, Sicily
  • Taormina, Sicily
  • Valley of the Temples
  • Sicilian Culinary Experience
Transatlantic Flight Departure Day

Day 1: Monday, October 17, 2019: Depart North America on Transatlantic flights. The flight is not included.

Can we help you with your Airfare? Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea® air service department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate. At the end of your Sicilian adventure, you should set your flight to return from Catania.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Palermo) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.
 

Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.




Palermo
 

Day 2: Palermo Arrival

WELCOME TO THE AMAZING SICILY TOUR

Arrival Transfer
Meet the Story representative upon clearing customs and enjoy a transfer to our amazing hotel in Palermo.

Palermo, Italy

Private Tour
After your bags are stored securely (rooms aren't ready until 3pm), you will have free time until we meet later today to begin our adventure through Italy with Story Tour Captain Jodie Hedrick and our Local Expert Guide. Along the way we will take time to visit the Palermo Cathedral. The Cathedral of Palermo is a treasure of the Norman architecture in Sicily. Enjoy our Unique Perspectives Experience and then return to the hotel to prepare for tonight's wonderful Dinner.

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included Welcome Dinner
The Story Land & Sea® Way of Dining debuts as you join your Story Local Host for the Welcome Dinner. Experience what can only be described as a night of the best cuisine and vino from the region.

About The Story® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. We call this 'speaking the language of your food.' From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic cuisine paired with wine. Your Story Local Host is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the 5 total included dinners, your Story Local Host will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region in which you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine does flow." It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience in the local culture.

Accommodation
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea - MGallery by Sofitel or similar 3 nights

The Grand Hotel Villa Igiea offers a 5-star experience in a stunning villa on the coast of Palermo. Restored at the end of the 19th century by famous architect Ernesto Basile, it still retains frescoes and original furniture and decor. We've complemented these with modern facilities and gastronomic restaurants. The hotel has classic, superior and deluxe rooms, and junior and grand suites, as well as a Ballroom, Lounge & Pool Bar, Conference Center, Meeting Rooms, Pool and Beauty Corner.

The sophisticated, 5-star Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel is a haven of peace on the coast of Palermo. The free shuttle service will get you to the city center in minutes for some shopping and sightseeing.

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Palermo

Day 3: Segesta & Erice Day Trip

Segesta Temple

Private Tour
This morning we drive about an hour to visit what is arguably "the best preserved Greek temple in the world" --- Segesta.

This large, magnificent Doric temple looks as if it were built just yesterday! Built before 430 B.C., the temple is about 200 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a total of 36 impressive Doric columns. Your guide will provide you all the fascinating history of this incredible well-preserved temple.

Next, we travel to the spectacular town of Erice, a spectacular, medieval city, with cobblestone streets and castles, located 2,400 feet high above sea level, in one of the most picturesque settings you can imagine. Erice overlooks the city of Trapani and the Aegadian Islands --- providing sweeping, spectacular, panoramic views from all around.

We shall make a visit to the Antique Convent Pastry Shop, in via Guarnotta, one of the most renowned Sicilian bakeries. There enjoy a taste of the fine Erician pastries first created within the convent walls, and as a special treat, sample some of the typical almond dough desserts filled with candied lemon. Afterwards, a guided walk through the quaint, narrow, cobblestone streets in this picturesque town, perched high above the Sea, with panoramic vistas everywhere.

After our guided tour of Erice, you will enjoy lunch on your own at one of the restaurants offering a breath-taking, panoramic view of the beautiful, blue Sea and the surrounding islands.

Palermo Return
Returning to Palermo you have the balance of the day as you wish.

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.

 
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Palermo

Day 4: Cooking Class

Cooking Class
Handmade Sicilian Pasta Cooking Class
Your cooking workshop will begin in central Palermo, where you'll join your instructor and fellow chefs. Enjoy a relaxed environment as you learn the traditional method of making pasta with a rolling pin and other traditional tools, before mastering the modern technique by machine. Blend eggs, flour and other essential ingredients, and try your hand crafting three types of Sicilian pasta and sauces, with help from your instructor as needed. To complete your culinary know-how, learn how to make an authentic Sicilian dessert. Afterward, take a seat at the table for lunch and enjoy the dishes you've prepared. Sip a glass of Tuscan wine and dig in with your newfound friends. When your pasta making class concludes, your instructor will leave you with Sicilian recipes to take home.



Palermo Leisure
After your amazing cooking class and lunch you have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy Palermo as you wish.

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.

 
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Agrigento
 

Day 5: To the Valley of the Temples

Segesta Temple

Sightseeing Immersion
We depart Palermo and drive two hours south to Agrigento, a city on the southern coast of Sicily, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Here at Agrigento you will take a guided tour of one of Sicily's most famous, historical sites --- the "Valley of the Temples" --- a "masterpiece" that stands testament to Greek art in Sicily. This archaeological park consists of not one, but eight temples (along with other remains), built between about 510 B.C. and 430 B.C.

Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Orientation Walkabout
Enjoy a walkabout with the Tour Captain

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation
Villa Athena Hotel or similar, 1 Night

 
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To Siracusa

Day 6: Piazza Armerina

Siracusa (Syracuse), Italy

To Piazza Armerina
This morning we're bound for Piazza Armerina. We shall tour the famous Villa Romana del Casale, built during the 4th Century. This villa contains the richest, largest, and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. In addition, this Villa is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. The precious and beautiful mosaics in this Villa constitute some of the best conserved anywhere in the world today.

We are then bound for the ancient city of Siracusa (Syracuse).

Siracusa is well known for its rich Greek history --- culture, amphitheaters, architecture, and birthplace of the famous mathematician and engineer, Archimedes. We begin our experience with a guided tour of the historic heart of Siracusa, the island of Ortigia. After the tour, enjoy time for lunch, exploring at your leisure. This 2,700-year-old city is right next to the Ionian Sea. Cicero once described Siracusa as "the greatest Greek city and most beautiful of them all." The Bible mentions that Paul, the apostle, stayed here in Siracusa. In 2005, the entire city of Siracusa was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Siracusa Orientation Walkabout
Arriving in the late afternoon we will check in, freshen up and then enjoy a short guided tour of Siracusa and then make our way to the reception.

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation
Hotel Grand Hotel Ortigia Siracusa or Ortea Palace Luxury Hotel, or similar, 2 Nights

 
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Siracusa

Day 7: More Siracusa

Sightseeing Immersion
Our sightseeing immersion includes the most-famous sites at the Neapolis Archaeological Zone in Siracusa, the historic section of Siracusa, including a visit to the 16,000 seat Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysius, and the Roman Amphitheatre.

We begin our experience with a guided tour of the historic heart of Siracusa, the island of Ortigia. After the tour, enjoy time for lunch, exploring at your leisure. Then we continue with our exploration of Siracusa. This 2,700-year-old city is right next to the Ionian Sea. Cicero once described Siracusa as "the greatest Greek city and most beautiful of them all." The Bible mentions that Paul, the apostle, stayed here in Siracusa. In 2005, the entire city of Siracusa was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Our sightseeing immersion includes the most-famous sites at the Neapolis Archaeological Zone in Siracusa, the historic section of Siracusa, including a visit to the 16,000 seat Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysius, and the Roman Amphitheatre.

Afternoon at Leisure
Enjoy this afternoon of leisure time on your own.

food icon   Optional Dining: Join the Tour Captain to an optional dinner or explore on your own.

 
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To Taormina
 

Day 8: Mount Etna Experience

Mount Etna

Story Exclusive®
Your private driving guide or driver amd guide will take you to Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.You will reach the 1800 meters level. The excursion will continue with the visit of some small villages such as Santa Venerina and Milo, where we will stop at Barone di Villagrande Winery, which has been in the Nicolosi family since ancient times. In 1727 a decree issued by Emperor Charles VI conferred privileges and the title of Barons of Villagrande to the Nicolosi family also as recognition of their skill in the production of their famous wines. The farm is set in the heart of the Etna D.O.C area.

Orientation Walkabout & Story Exclusive®
After a spectacular day out plan to enjoy a little downtime today before our walkabout to a Story Exclusive.

Accommodation: Hotel NH Collection Taormina or similar, 2 Nights
The 5-star hotel NH Collection Taormina is in the heart of beautiful Taormina, the famed city on Sicily's eastern coastline. The hotel building combines early 20th century features with modern touches to create a truly outstanding look. Just a few steps away is the city's most popular shopping street, Corso Umberto in central Taormina, the most famous seaside destination in Sicily right in the historic center, near shops, cafés and bars 5 minute walk to the PalaCongressi and iconic ancient Greek theatre.

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.


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Taormina

Day 9: Day at Leisure

Cooking ClassTaormina with Mt. Etna in background.
 

Enjoy today at leisure in Taormina.

Story Exclusive®: Farewell On The Sea
The coastline at the foot of Taormina conceals the jems of a nature still unspoiled that deserves to be fully experienced. Sail around Isola Bella – a luxuriant outrock once home to Florence Trevelyan, a British gardener and, most of all, the pioneer of bird habitat conservation in Italy – and along Sant'Alessio Cape to admire its fortified castle, defensive stronghold used from Roman Times to World War II. Stop for a swim in the clear waters of the Ionian Sea and discover the bays of Mazzarò, San Nicola and Spisone, where ancient people coming from all sides of the Mediterranean landed, spellbound by a land the essence of which has to be found in the sometimes harsh contrast between earth and sea.

 
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Arrivederci Sicily!

Day 10: Homeward Bound Or Extend Your Journey

This morning depending on your flight time consider an optional transfer to the Catania Airport for your flight back home or onward to the Aeolian Islands or perhaps the Amalfi Coast – see below!

Call today to place your reservation at 1 (877) 865-6711.

 
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EXTEND YOUR VACATION TO THE BEAUTIFUL AEOLIAN ISLANDS or ENCHANTED AMALFI COAST

 


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart-of-City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Our small group Italy tour hotels feature historical architecture with all the amenities you'd come to expect. The properties are located in the heart of the cities, towns and villages.

Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.

 

Palermo Hotels - 3 Nights

Agrigento Hotel - 1 Night

Siracusa Hotels - 2 Nights

Taormina Hotels - 2 Nights

Extension: Consider Amalfi Coast or Aeolian Islands Extension


What's Included in this Small Group Tour of Sicily?

  • Story Cares: Emergency support line during your tour. In addition to your Tour Captain, we have our in-Italy staff ready to support.
  • No Hidden Fees: Tourist fees & taxes, tourist city taxes all included.
  • PORTAGE One (1) piece of luggage up to 50 pounds is included. One (1) carry-on bag is included and must fit on your lap (no roller carry-ons). 
  • PROFESSIONAL STORY TOUR CAPTAIN®
    • The consummate host with you from the time the tour begins and until it ends. Our Tour Captains work hand-in-hand with our local Italian team of professionals.
  • LOCAL ITALIAN EXPERT GUIDE.
    • Our expert, local Italian guides in Venice, Florence and Rome speak English well, and possess a passion for sharing Italy with our guests.
    • Private, Expertly Guided Touring with an easy pace and perfect-balance
  • Go Inside with Story Admission and Entrance Fees per itinerary - No Long Lines.
  • Breakfast is included daily
  • Story Way® DINING INCLUDED —  5 Great Dinners ~ 5 incredibly unique dinners at authentic Italian restaurants (not tourist traps) are included with our Deluxe Tour, 3 are not. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to dinner at authentic restaurants each and every night, though you may choose to explore on your own.
  • We Stay in the Very Heart of Cities & Towns.
  • Comfortable Vehicles
    • Sightseeing per itinerary with professionally driven, air-conditioned motor-coach (half-motor-coach - 22 passenger vehicle or less based on tour group size)
  • Gratuities Included: Story Land & Sea® includes gratuities for Local Tour Guides, Drivers, Hotel and Restaurant Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included, and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your Italian land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

 

That's it ~ everything else, excluding personal item purchases, is included. Read on below for all of the inclusions to this tour through of Amazing Sicily.

Something for everyone…Whether you’re a “first-timer” to Sicily or have visited many times, we invite you to join us for this exciting tour program designed especially for Story adventurers.

 

Amazing Sicily:
STORY ADVENTURE

 
2020 Small Group Tour Prices
Published Date Deluxe
Price
Classic Budget
Price
Departures in April-May 2020
Apr 18
$6,579 $5,579
May 16
$6,579 $5,579
Departures in June-July 2020
June 13
$6,579 $5,579
Departures in September 2020
Sep 12
$6,579 $5,579
Departures in October 2020
Oct 3
$6,579 $5,579
   

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

Or do these dates not work for your schedule?

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