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A Tale Of Two Islands: Sicily & Sardinia
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A Tale of Two Islands: Sicily & Sardinia

10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey

Taormina, Agrigento, Palermo, Cagliari & Orosei

Take the road less traveled on this innovative journey to Sicily and Sardinia, two islands often overlooked by travelers to Italy. Sicily and Sardinia both offer stunning scenery and fascinating history. However, these two islands could not be more different in character and culture. On this journey, experience the highlights of the islands, including the seaside city of Taormina, the volcano of Mount Etna, the Roman ruins of Nora and the mountains of Gennargentu National Park.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Taormina, Sicily

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel in Taormina.

    Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Taormina

    Visit the traditional Sicilian villages of Savoca and Forza D'Agro. In the afternoon, join your local guide for a walk through Taormina, and learn about the Greek Roman Theater, the lovely Palazzo Corvaja and the lively shopping street of Corso Umberto.

    Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo (B, L)
  • Day 3
    Taormina

    After breakfast, depart for Catania, which lies at the foot of Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. Explore the historic center of town, including Ursino Castle, the Roman theater and the Baroque churches of Via Crociferi. Then, ascend Mount Etna for incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean. Enjoy lunch and tasting of local wines before stopping in the small town of Zafferana Etnea, which is famous for its delicious honey.

    Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo (B, L)
  • Day 4
    To Agrigento

    Set off to explore central and southern Sicily. Drive to Piazza Armerina, and visit the 4th-century Roman Villa Casale, renowned for its perfectly preserved mosaics. Savor a delightful lunch at a local olive farm, before continuing to Agrigento and the Valley of Temples, which contains some of the best-preserved Greek ruins outside Greece.

    Villa Athena - 1 Night (B, L)
  • Day 5
    To Palermo

    En route to Palermo, discover Selinunte, an abandoned city that at its peak was home to more than 30,000 people. Then it's on to Segesta's ancient Greek temple, constructed by the Elymians, one of Sicily's three indigenous peoples.

    Villa Igiea - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 6
    Palermo

    Perched on a hilltop overlooking Conca d'Oro valley and the city of Palermo, the Cathedral of Monreale's true treasure lies in its interior, which boasts nearly 700,000 square feet of swirling golden mosaics. After lunch, see the incredible Palazzo Reale, and admire Norman-Byzantine mosaics at the Capella Palatina.

    Villa Igiea (B, L)
  • Day 7
    To Cagliari, Sardinia

    After a short flight to the Sardinian capital of Cagliari, visit the imposing Tower of San Pancrazio and the Tower of the Elephant, as well as the Santa Maria Cathedral. Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting before continuing to the ancient town of Nora, which boasts expansive Roman baths.

    Aquadulci Hotel - 1 Night (B, L)
  • Day 8
    To Orosei

    After breakfast this morning, travel to the mountains of Gennargentu National Park. With the lush forest, beautiful flowers and silvery peaks of the park as your backdrop, visit the little towns of Orgosolo, Fonni and Mamoiada to learn about rural life in Sardinia. Enjoy a special lunch with local shepherds, and then taste unique local wines in a traditional cellar in Orgosolo.

    Anticos Palathos Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 9
    Orosei

    In the Gulf of Orosei, visit the picturesque and photogenic callette (coves): Cala Luna, Cala Mariqlu, Cala Biriola, Cala Sisine and the enchanting Bue Marino grotto. The watery gallery is impressive, with shimmering light playing on the strange shapes and Neolithic petroglyphs within the cave.

    Anticos Palathos Hotel (B, L, D)
  • Day 10
    Depart Cagliari

    Bid farewell to Sardinia today and head to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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