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

Oct 4 - 20, 2019
17 days
£4,610 per person, twin share (land content only). £875 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour
Leader

Gillian Hovell

Overview

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.

Experience

  • The thriving colonies of the ancient Greek world – wealthy, cultured centres of literature and art
  • Ancient Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman societies, and their struggle to control the Mediterranean
  • The lasting legacy of medieval Arab and Norman rule, expressed in the impressive mosaics and architecture of Palermo
  • The distinctive period of Sicilian Baroque architecture
  • Dramatic countryside, including active volcanoes and rugged limestone cliffs
  • The natural beauty and traditional lifestyle of the Aeolian Islands

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: 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.

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