Ancient Wonders of SicilySicily’s historical wonderland – Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse and Palermo.
We begin at the isolated coastal site of the Greek city at Selinunte. Once a powerful metropolis, Selinus was destroyed in 409BC, leaving some of the Mediterranean’s best ruins.
We then move on to Agrigento, a fine example of medieval Sicily, to see the vast remains of ancient Akragas.
We continue via the medieval hilltop town of Enna and the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina to the renowned city of Syracuse. Founded in 733BC, the Corinthians ’grew’ the city around the old town of Ortygia, an offshore island. We’ll explore the archaeological delights of both.
Our final centre is Palermo, closer to Africa than Milan, with easily seen cultural influences. We explore Palermo and the local ancient wonders. Optional sightseeing may include Segesta, Monreale and Solunto (ruins of the ancient city on the slopes of Monte Catalfano).
The December departure includes a gala dinner on New Year’s Eve.
- The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
- The Norman-Arab Cathedral at Monreale.
- Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, dating from the third century.
- The vast historical remains of Syracuse.
Selinunte (2), Agrigento (3), Syracuse (3), Palermo (3).Holiday Information Sheet
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- Return flights and airport transfers.
- Coach transfers between centres.
- B&B en-suite accommodation.
- Dinners taken at hotels or local restaurants.
- Services of a dedicated leader.
- Arrival transfer by road (c2hrs).
- Flights Heathrow–Palermo via Rome or Milan (c3hrs 50mins + stop), Alitalia.
- UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
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