Short Tour of Western Sicily
4 days / 3 nights Short Tour of Western Sicily for pre-arranged groups.
Departure and arrival: Palermo
Day 1: Palermo – Monreale
Palermo, charming capital of Sicily will welcome you for the starting day of this unforgettable tour! Palermo was one of the richest cities in Europe from the 9th to the 12th centuries AD when Islamic culture, Byzantine magnificence and the vigorous world of medieval Europe were merging into a fascinating civilisation. Today, the city maintains a sense of cultural diversity and is famous for its art, music and food.
We will visit the Cathedral, “Palazzo dei Normanni” with its Palatine Chapel, the “Quattro Canti”, the Opera House, the Pretoria Square and the famous S. Giovanni degli Eremiti Church.
In the afternoon driving into the hills just a short distance out of the capital, we go on to visit the majestic Norman Cathedral of Monreale. Founded in 1174 by William the Good, the Cathedral is also famous for its splendid 12th century mosaics, as well as its beautiful cloister of the Benedectine monastery with Moorish architecture showing both Romanesque and Islamic influences. For this reason stated one ot the 8th wonders of the World.
Arrangement: Lunch and dinner and overnight stay in hotel near Palermo.
Day 2: Segesta – Erice – Trapani Salines
In the morning, the magnificent Segesta – one of the best-preserved ancient Greek sites in existence – will welcome you with its archaeological park and its famous “solitary” Temple in pure Doric style set in a stunning natural scenery!
We will be fascinated by Erice, a small medieval village with ancient Greek origins, situated on a little hill, where it is possible to enjoy a fantastic view on the Egadi Islands.
The visiting day will proceed with the whiteness of Trapani salt pans, whose Salt Museum set on in an antique mill, tells us the story of the ancient tradition of the harvest of this precious mineral.
Arrangement: Lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Marsala.
Day 3: Selinunte – Agrigento
Plunged in the suggestive Mediterranean landscape, Selinunte archaeological park will show us the glorious testimony of a mythical past, which will immerse you in the legendary Greek history.
The visiting day will proceed to Agrigento defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. In the Valley of the Temples we will admire the Concordia Temple, the Heracles Temple, the Juno Temple and Castor and Pollux Temples which represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily.
Arrangement: Lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Agrigento.
Day 4: Cefalù – Palermo
Last day of our tour and you can not leave Sicily without visiting the charming Cefalù, wonderful medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. We will visit the famous Norman Dome, one of the most beautiful churches in Sicily with the elegant annexed cloister and rich of precious Byzantine mosaics.
After lunch we will reach Palermo airport for the departure of the group.
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Arrangement: Lunch in a typical restaurant.
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