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Day 1: Welcome to Sicily
Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the hotel. Tonight we meet as a group for dinner and orientation.
Day 2: Walking Tour of Palermo
This morning we enjoy a street food tour on foot where we sample a variety of local specialities. We finish our gastronomic tour with delicious coffee and gelato at a local cafe.
Day 3: Monreale Cathedral, Cefalu
This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful examples of Norman architecture in Sicily. Taking only three short years for the work to be completed, the Cathedral houses over 68,000 square feet (6,000 square meters) of tiny golden mosaics, virtually covering the entire interior.
Day 4: Erice, Selinunte, and Agrigento
Today we visit the charming medieval hill town of Erice, which is crowned by a castle, surrounded by defensive town walls, and offers sweeping views of the coastline.
Day 5: Agrigento and Siracusa
This morning, we have a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples. This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples built between 510 BC and 430 BC. We have a picnic lunch in the Arabic garden of the Kolymbetra, which is part of the Italian Heritage Protected Sites.
Day 6: Ortigia and Catania
This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Ortigia, the old city center of Siracusa known for its narrow medieval lanes and Baroque palaces and churches.
Day 7: Mt Etna, Wine Tasting and Taormina
We begin today with a guided tour of Mt Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, currently standing at 10,922 ft (3,329m) high. Its fertile volcanic soils support nearby agriculture, vineyards, and orchards. It became a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
Day 8: Scicli, Modica, and Transfer to Malta
This morning, we will have a city tour of Scicli, a UNESCO listed Baroque town, situated in a basin between several hills with overhanging churches and monasteries on high peaks. Afterwards we travel to the tiny town of Modica, which is home to one of the best chocolate companies in Italy. During our visit, we will be able to sample the famed chocolate. Later, we will make our way to the port for our hydrofoil crossing to Malta.
Day 9: Valletta, Three Cities
For our first day in Malta, we begin with a guided tour of Valletta, the Maltese capital, which is also a designated UNESCO Heritage Site. One of our stops is St. John's Co-Cathedral, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and built by the Order of St. John between 1572 and 1577. We then enjoy a short film called "The Malta Experience" which gives a good overview of Malta's 7,000 year old history.
Day 10: Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto
This morning, we visit Hagar Qim, a megalithic temple complex dating from the Ggantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The temples, considered "unique architectural masterpieces" are among the most ancient religious sites in the world. We then make our way to the picturesuqe fisherman's village of Marsaxlokk, with its colorful fishing boats, tranquil harbor, and daily open air market. We will have lunch in a typical fish restaurant and later visit the Ghar Dalam Caves complex, a very important site for archaeology, palaeontology, and ecology.
Day 11: Mosta, Mdina, to Rabat
We begin today with a guided tour of Mosta Dome, one of the oldest churches in Europe, built by a Maltese architect and modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. We enjoy a walking tour of Mdina, an ancient walled city also known as the Silent City, as it is lit by candlelight each evening.
Day 12: Gozo Tour
Today we travel by ferry to the island of Gozo. We enjoy a tour of the island in 4x4 jeeps stopping at Ggigantija Temples, Inland Sea, and Ramla Bay. We stop at a local farmhouse where we enjoy a light lunch with local specialties.
Day 13: Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site discovered in 1902 during construction work. It is a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000 BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC.
Day 14: Depart Valletta
We bid a fond farewell to Sicily and Malta today as we head for the airport and our flight home.
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