A Tale of Two Islands: Sicily & Sardinia10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Taormina, Sicily
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel in Taormina.Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo - 3 Nights
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)
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 4To 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 5To 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)
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 7To 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 8To 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)
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 10Depart Cagliari
Bid farewell to Sardinia today and head to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
A Tale Of Two Islands: Sicily & Sardinia
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