Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Mar 27 - Apr 12, 2020
17 days
£4,680 per person, twin share (land content only). £925 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Tour
Leader

Dr Jeni Ryde

Overview

From Greek temples to medieval mosaics, Sicily showcases more than 3,000 years of Mediterranean civilisation.

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands have a remarkable history and culture that is a blend of Mediterranean civilisations. From the well-preserved remains of Greek and Roman cities and temples, to Norman cathedrals with fine Byzantine mosaics and Arab-influenced cuisine, the island’s unique and varied history is tangible. This 17-day tour has been designed to give the first-time visitor an overview of Sicily’s diverse and fascinating past, its art and traditions, and shows how the extraordinary landscape – volcanoes, rugged coastlines and the jewellike sea – has shaped the island’s vibrant history and culture.

A five-day extension to Malta is also available as part of this tour.

Highlights

  • A scenic private boat trip of the Aeolian Islands, from Lipari to Stromboli and Panarea
  • Outstanding archaeological museums in Siracusa, Agrigento and Lipari
  • The Sicilian Baroque architecture of Noto and Ragusa that evolved in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • The exceptionally well-preserved 4th-century mosaics in the imperial Roman villa at Piazza Armerina
  • The UNESCO World Heritage-listed mosaics in the cathedral of Monreale and Palatine Chapel in Palermo, undertaken by Byzantine masters for their Norman rulers
  • An excursion to the summit of Mt Etna

Itinerary overview

Days 1–4: Group flight from Rome. Arrive in Siracusa, tour archaeological sites and the old town. Day trip to Noto and Ragusa.

Days 5–6: Travel to the Greek temples at Agrigento via the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina.

Days 7–10: Explore the capital Palermo, including Monreale, the Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel. Visit the tiny island of Mozia.

Days 11–13: Continue on to Cefalu en route to the Aeolian Islands. Take a private boat trip from Lipari to Stromboli and Panarea.

Days 14–17: From Taormina visit the Greco- Roman theatre and Mount Etna, before taking a group flight to Rome.

Optional pre-tour extension to Malta.

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