Sicilian Sojourn: Palermo, Agrigento, Syracuse and Taormina (Two departures: June 25- July 5 and June 28 - July 8, 2015)

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Sicilian Sojourn: Palermo, Agrigento, Syracuse and Taormina (Two departures: June 25- July 5 and June 28 - July 8, 2015)


TOUR PRICE: The price for this comprehensive Sicilian package is only $2799.00 per person based on double occupancy and excluding Alitalia air taxes and surcharges of approximately $639.00 (subject to change until the time of ticketing) .  


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Sicily is not Italy.  

Yes, that's right, Sicily is not Italy.  It may be a part of the Italian nation-state, but it is a world unto itself, as anyone who has ever been to this fantastic island will attest.  Located in the heart of the western Mediterranean, Sicily has been at the crossroads of many great civilizations for thousands of years.  Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Phoenicians and Romans have all at one time or another called Sicily their home--and they have left us countless cultural, artistic and historical monuments to remind us of their presence.  Whether it be the Arab-Norman Cathedral of Monreale, or the Greek archaeological ruins of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, or the spectacular Roman mosaics in Piazza Armerina, or the visible combination of all of these influences in the picturesque cliff side town of Taormina overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, you will continually find yourself awestruck by the incredible beauty this "floating" museum.  

Fiercely independent, the Sicilians themselves are a tough, cautious and proud people, whose emphasis on tradition and family have been the glue that has cemented their culture for countless generations.  Although naturally somewhat suspicious of outsiders, a consequence in no small part of their turbulent past, Sicilians are famous for their hospitality and delicious cooking.  One meal at the table of a true Sicilian restaurateur (or, if you are lucky, in the home of a Sicilian grandmother) and you will quickly realize that there is no comparing food from the Italian mainland with the sustenance of Sicily. If you've been to Italy but not Sicily, then you simply must make it a point to visit this island;  or, if you've never been to Italy, then it is a wise decision to start with Sicily, for long before the Roman Empire, Sicily was colonized by a plethora of peoples who appreciated the natural beauty and strategic significance of this Mediterranean wonder. 

Back by popular demand, the Sicilian Sojourn Tour 2015 is the fourth trip to Sicily that ArawjoTours has operated in the last twelve years.  The itinerary has been tweaked in order to make the trip even more enjoyable than it was in the past.  To make your stays Palermo and in Agrigento less rushed, we have added an additional night in each city, and have also added on more night in the remarkable town of Taormina, which many ArawjoTours nomads (including myself) have found to be one of the prettiest resort settings on earth.  To find out more about what is included in this package, please read the tour features below.

TOUR FEATURES:   Round trip trans-Atlantic air transportation on Alitalia to Palermo, Sicily, with a return from Catania;  all motor coach transportation with driver throughout the tour as per the itinerary; two nights at the Grand Et Des Palmes Hotel in Palermo with breakfasts daily;  a full day guided sightseeing tour of Palermo, Monreale and the Archaeological Museum,  including a four course lunch; two nights at the Colleverde Park Hotel  in Agrigento with breakfasts daily;  a full day guided tour of the archaeological sites of Segesta and Selinunte en route to Agrigento; a half day guided sightseeing tour of Agrigento's  world-famous Valley of the Temples;  a guided tour of Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone with a special visit to the fabulous mosaics of the Roman Villa of Casale;  two nights in Syracuse at the Hotel Roma with breakfasts daily;  a half day guided sightseeing tour of Syracuse, including visits to the outdoor archaeological area and the Archaeological Museum;  three nights in the beautiful Excelsior Palace Hotel in Taormina with breakfasts daily;  a half day walking tour of Taormina with visit to the Garden of Villa Comunale and the Greek Theatre; a full day guided tour to  Mt. Etna and to a local olive, wine or honey factory;  an optional theatre performance at the Ditirammu Theater in Palermo;  a pre-departure orientation and dinner sponsored by Kevin Arawjo of ArawjoTours, LLC;  and the services of a full-time ArawjoTours Tour Manager (Lucy Rapoport for Group June 25 departure and Tina Dyer for June 28 departure).  Each group will also be accompanied by an ArawjoTours Tour Representative.