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 jewel-like ocean – has shaped the island’s vibrant history and culture.
A five-day extension to Malta is also available as part of this tour.
Days 1–4: Take a group flight from Rome. Arrive Siracusa, tour archaeological sites and the baroque old town.
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 Cefalù 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.