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Treasures of Sicily

Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of Sicily as you learn about important archaeological sites, ancient towns, historic monuments and savor a meal on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
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Program No. 18212RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
5,099
Flights start at
825
Italy

Treasures of Sicily

Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of Sicily as you learn about important archaeological sites, ancient towns, historic monuments and savor a meal on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
Length
15 days
Starts at
5,099
Flights start at
825
Program No. 18212 RJ
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Aug 29 - Sep 12, 2021
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5,099
Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2021
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5,099
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For this departure, the hotel in Syracuse is the Grand Hotel Alfeo.

Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2021
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Oct 24 - Nov 7, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 29 - Sep 12, 2021
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6,059
Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2021
Starting at
6,059
Itinerary Note

For this departure, the hotel in Syracuse is the Grand Hotel Alfeo.

Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2021
Starting at
6,059
Oct 24 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
6,059

At a Glance

Experience the dizzyingly diverse cultural influences that combined to create something totally unique in Sicily. Examine the ruins left behind as evidence of Magna Graecia, “Greater Greece,” including some of the most beautiful structures ever built by the Ancient Greeks; learn about the surprising, sometimes spectacular results of the clash between Norman and Arab civilizations; meet the proud, friendly Sicilians who are eager to share their villages, their cuisine and the beauty of their land.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 4 miles a day; uneven and hilly terrain at historic sites. Extended periods of standing.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Norman Cathedral in Monreale; the Byzantine-style mosaics rival those of St. Mark's in Venice.
  • Explore 8th century B.C. Greek amphitheaters and temples.
  • Discover the diversity of Etna National Park from barren craters to orchards and terraced vineyards and enjoy a lunch of freshly prepared Sicilian dishes at an agriturismo.
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Enrico Nucci
Enrico Nucci has led Road Scholar programs in Italy and Sicily for many years. He very much enjoys sharing his knowledge of the country. Born and raised near Naples, he studied at the University of Maryland where he earned a BA in Psychology. He has worked at the Embassy of Italy, the World Bank and Auto Europe, spending several years in Maine. His interests include volcanoes (especially Vesuvius and Etna), books by the Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri, motorcycles and farm-to-table ingredients for healthy meals.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Angelo Fanara graduated from the Università degli Studi di Messina. A retired high school English teacher, he continues his love of teaching by leading groups on a freelance basis in the most important archaeological sites and museums in his native Sicily and southern Calabria.
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Laura Lanza View biography
Laura Lanza received her degree in literature and philosophy from the University of Palermo. She taught Italian, Latin and Greek in local high schools and enjoys her present role as an excursion leader in the province of Palermo. Laura enjoys traveling to European destinations as well as other continents with her family, and resides in the city of Palermo.
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Catherine Paige was born in England and received her MA in social work from the University of Sussex. After working as a social worker in Brighton, she transferred to Sicily where she is an English language assistant at the Università degli Studi di Palermo. Since moving to Sicily, Catherine has developed an interest in local literature that she will convey in her talk on Sicilian writers.
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Enrico Nucci has led Road Scholar programs in Italy and Sicily for many years. He very much enjoys sharing his knowledge of the country. Born and raised near Naples, he studied at the University of Maryland where he earned a BA in Psychology. He has worked at the Embassy of Italy, the World Bank and Auto Europe, spending several years in Maine. His interests include volcanoes (especially Vesuvius and Etna), books by the Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri, motorcycles and farm-to-table ingredients for healthy meals.
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Michele Gallo View biography
Michele Gallo, a licensed excursion leader in Sicily, shares his knowledge of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. He has contributed to BBC and TBS documentaries featuring UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Day of the Owl
by Leonardo Sciascia, Archibald Colquhoun (Translator), Arthur Oliver (Translator), George Scialabba (Translator)
A mesmerizing description of the Mafia at work, Sciascia's beautifully paced novella traces Captain Bellodi's investigation of a man shot dead as he runs to catch a bus in a small Sicilian town.
A House in Sicily
by Daphne Phelps
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean
by John Keahey
Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides.
Sicily, An Illustrated History
by Joseph Privitera
Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history.
Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy
by Tommaso Astarita
Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century.
Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History
by John Julius Norwich
Norwich delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, from the Classical period through the Mafia, highlighting the crucial role the island has played in world politics.
Sicily, Through Writers' Eyes
by Horatio Claire (Editor)
Homer, Herodotus, D.H. Lawrence, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Elio Vittorini and Peter Robb are represented in this magnificent tour of Sicily, its history, culture and allure.
Palermo
by Roberto Alajmo
In this charming little book, Alajmo offers a wry, lyrical portrait of his native city, its people, charms and "big problems." What follows is a rollicking, odd journey through the peccadilloes of the Sicilian city.
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily 1943
by Carlo D'Este
From Amazon: Using a wealth of original sources, D'Este paints an unforgettable portrait of men at war. From the front lines in Sicily and Northern Africa to the councils of the Axis and Allied high commands, Bitter Victory offers penetrating reassessments of the men who masterminded the campaign. Thrilling and authoritative, this is military history on an epic scale.
Syracuse, City of Legends: A Glory of Sicily
by Jeremy Dummett
Dummett covers the history, architecture and archaeology of Syracuse, which Cicero dubbed the greatest and most beautiful Greek city, in this lavishly illustrated book.
Behind Closed Doors
by Maria Messina
Translated from the Italian by Elise Magistro. From Amazon: "A cultural album of 10 short stories that captures the lives of peasant, working-class, and middle-class women, this volume will appeal to millions of Italian descendants and readers everywhere fascinated by Italian history."
Sicily Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000) printed on water- and tear-resistant paper.
On Persephone's Island
by Mary Taylor Simeti
Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land.
Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey
by Robert V. Camuto
An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region.
Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra
by Peter Robb
Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south.
Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present
by G. Messineo, E. Borgia
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
The Leopard
by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
The Mask of Apollo
by Mary Renault
Master of historical fiction Mary Renault centers her novel in the turbulent world of fourth-century B.C. Greece, where a tragic actor finds Plato and his friend trying to subdue the tyrannical ruler of Syracuse.
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15 days
14 nights
31 meals
13 B 10 L 8 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrivals, Welcome Reception & Dinner
Taormina
D
Excelsior Palace Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Settle in and relax before meeting in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. for an Orientation Session. The Group Leader will lead introductions in the hotel meeting room to review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation on this program will primarily be provided by motorcoach. Unless otherwise indicated lunches and dinners will be plated (each dish served to guests by restaurant waitstaff) from a set menu. Water is included with all meals; other beverages such as wine, tea and coffee will be available for purchase; some dinners will include wine. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Periods in the schedule designated as "Free time" and "At leisure" offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following the Orientation we can enjoy a glass of wine or juice and get to know fellow participants at the Welcome Reception

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel. Water and a glass of wine are included.

Evening: At leisure. Take a stroll in town or enjoy the view from the hotel's garden and bar.

DAY
3
Greek Theater, Folklore & Traditions
Taormina
B,L
Excelsior Palace Hotel

Activity note: The streets of Taormina are traffic-free. Walking up to 3 miles on inclined road and paths of uneven stone pavers. At the amphitheater there are few handrails to assist walking up the steep and uneven stone steps. If you are unsure of the climb, you can take in the theater and majestic view of Mt. Etna from the proscenium level, where we first enter the theater.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Each day the buffet choices will include an egg dish, cold cut and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, whole milk, tea, and water.

Morning: We will meet a local expert who will describe how Mediterranean Colonizers--people from Greece, Phoenicia, Carthage-- impacted this area of Sicily, and will lead a walk to the Greek Theater along Corso Umberto, the pedestrian only main street lined with shops and cafés. The amazingly well preserved Greek amphitheater with stone 'bleachers' carved out of the rock dates back to the 3rd century BCE. Our expert will point out the elements that were added in the 2nd century CE by the Romans. The view of the sea and Mt. Etna is framed perfectly by the columns behind the proscenium.

Lunch: At a characteristic restaurant along the main street in Taormina. The set and plated meal features a variety of regional dishes. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Late afternoon we gather in the meeting room for a presentation by a local expert on Sicilian Folklore and Traditions, in which we can learn about traditions and the changing roles of men and women, the family, and the church in modern Sicily.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Explore Mt. Etna
Taormina
B,L,D
Excelsior Palace Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Coach ride is about 20 miles each way. Walking up to 3 miles over the course of the day; uneven terrain at the winery. Rest stop and brief stops at scenic overlooks.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach and head out for the northeast slopes of Mt. Etna National Park. Along the way our local expert will describe the history of eruptions of the active volcano. We'll see first hand how ancient lava flows have enriched the soil on a visit to a winery.

Lunch: At an agriturismo we'll enjoy a farm to table lunch. Our host will describe the farm's wines produce at a tasting. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: The coach ride will take us to Taormina by late afternoon.

Dinner: Buffet at the restaurant of the hotel. A glass of wine is included with dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for tomorrow's check out and departure.

DAY
5
Italy Today, Transfer to Syracuse, Ortygia
Syracuse/Island of Ortygia
B,L
Antico Hotel Roma 1880

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Taormina to Syracuse is 76 miles. Ride to the restaurant on Mt. Etna takes 1.5 hours; after lunch the ride to Syracuse takes an additional hour. The island of Ortygia is entirely closed to coach traffic; the coach drop off point is on the mainland, .5 miles from the hotel. Porterage service will transfer luggage from the coach to the hotel. Orientation Walk covers up to 3 miles.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In a morning session in the hotel's meeting room our Group Leader will present the institutions that characterize Italy today. Check out of the hotel. We'll then board our motorcoach and ride along the coast to an agriturismo on the south slope of Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.

Lunch: At an agriturismo, a working farm on the south slope of Mt. Etna. We will visit the estate and orchards that thrive on the fertile volcanic soil and enjoy freshly prepared Sicilian dishes. Plated table service. Water and a glass of wine are included.

Afternoon: We will board the motorcoach to continue to Syracuse and the island of Ortygia, the ancient district of the city. After checking in to the hotel and settling into our rooms we'll gather in the lobby and meet our local expert who will lead a walk exploring Ortygia. The cathedral of Syracuse is a living example of the different cultures that colonized Sicily, each lending its own architectural style. 26 Doric columns from the 5th-century BCE temple to Athena are incorporated in the cathedral. We will visit the cathedral's interior which was rebuilt in the 18th century with a distinctive Sicilian Baroque style when the ancient facade collapsed in an earthquake. Local artisan workshops, cafés and boutiques abound in Ortygia's pedestrian center of narrow streets and lively squares.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: At leisure to explore Ortygia on foot.

DAY
6
Archaeological Zone, Greek Theater
Syracuse/Island of Ortygia
B,L
Antico Hotel Roma 1880

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 4 miles on park paths of stone, dirt and gravel with some inclines. No handrails in the archaeological park or amphitheater. In the amphitheater we can climb a few of the stone seats to sit on the stone "bleachers" for a view of the proscenium as spectators would have done centuries ago.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Each day the buffet choices will include an egg dish, cold cut and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, whole milk, tea, and water.

Morning: We will board our motorcoach and head for the outskirts of Syracuse for an expert-led visit of the Archaeological zone, including the Greek amphitheater and the Paradise Quarry, where 7,000 Athenian soldiers were imprisoned centuries ago. The Greek theater, carved out of the rocky hillside in the 5th century BCE, was one of the most important theaters in the ancient world. At the conclusion of the visit we will board the coach and head out to an agriturismo, or working farm for lunch.

Lunch: At the agriturismo. Set regional menu with plated table service. Water and a glass of wine are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will board our motorcoach back to the drop off point close on the edge of Ortygia island and continue to the hotel on foot. Some free time late afternoon.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own. The group leader will offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Buscemi: Frozen in Time, Agriturismo
Syracuse/Island of Ortygia
B,L
Antico Hotel Roma 1880

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 4.5 miles throughout the day. Buscemi is 32 miles from Syracuse; the ride takes 1.5 hours along country roads. The main road in the town of Buscemi traverses a low hill and we encounter some rises and uneven pavement on our walk with the local expert.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will step back in time on our excursion by coach to visit a living museum - a village frozen in time when depopulated by emigration a century ago. A local escort will lead us through the streets, where we will visit a farm laborer's house with original furnishings, a blacksmith's shop, a carpenter shop, and a mill with grape and olive presses.

Lunch: At an agriturismo, or farm restaurant. The multiple-course lunch features local produce and wine. The dessert cannoli are filled on the spot with locally produced ricotta cheese. Wine is included.

Afternoon: Coach back to Syracuse mid afternoon. We will walk from the coach drop off point to the hotel. Some free time.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost. The group leader will offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Boat ride around Ortygia, Sicilian Marionettes
Syracuse/Island of Ortygia
B,D
Antico Hotel Roma 1880

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles in the pedestrian only island of Ortygia. Unavoidable steps.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Weather and sea conditions permitting we will walk to the dock and board a boat for a ride around the island of Ortygia. Highlights include sailing by the 13th century Maniace Fortress and a fountain that is named for a Greek nymph who disappeared in the spring when pursued by a river god. The fountain with its papyrus plants and ducks is dear to the locals because its fresh water source saved the population centuries ago during long sieges by invading forces.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We'll set out on foot to the Marionette Museum where we will learn about the tradition of puppets in Sicily. The Group Leader will give a summary of the simple plot and a description of the characters for the performance we will experience in local dialect.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant. Wine is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for tomorrow's check out and departure.

DAY
9
Piazza Armerina, Villa Romana del Casale
Agrigento
B,L,D
Colleverde Park Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles over uneven terrain; stone and gravel paths. Some steps to climb to access the catwalks set up for viewing the mosaic pavements from above.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. We'll board the coach for the western part of Sicily. On the way we can enjoy excellent views of the diverse terrain in the mountainous heart of the island of Sicily.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the town of Piazza Armerina, a fixed menu of various Sicilian dishes, including local cheese. Enjoy a glass of wine included with your lunch.

Afternoon: Piazza Armerina is a small, nondescript town outside of which were discovered, by pure chance, the ruins of a private Roman villa comprised of 63 rooms containing a most extensive and impressive series of floor mosaics (377,000 square feet) A local expert will lead the way along a path of catwalks describing the mosaics and their significance, providing the most interesting theories of the unidentified owner who commissioned the construction of the villa. Recently restored, the mosaics are protected by a Plexiglas canopy. We'll board the coach again to continue our journey to Agrigento where we'll check in to the hotel and settle in to our rooms.

Dinner: At the hotel. Water and wine are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Greek Colonies Lecture, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples
Agrigento
B,L
Colleverde Park Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Ride to archaeological park is 2 miles. Walking up to 4 miles over uneven dirt and gravel paths with inclines. Few handrails at archaeological sites.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel offers an egg dish, cold cut and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, whole milk, tea, and water.

Morning: Before setting out for the visit of the Valley of the Temples, we'll gather in the meeting room where our local expert will present a talk on the Greek Colonies of Akragas and Selinunte. The illustrated presentation provides historic information to better appreciate the visit of the archaeological area. The area boasts the finest extant Greek temple complex anywhere (including Greece) lined along a plateau above the water, as well as a fascinating archaeological museum with artistic and votive finds from the area.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll continue our expert-led visit of the Valley of the Temples at the Regional Archaeological Museum at Agrigento.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own. The group leader will offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for tomorrow's check out and departure.

DAY
11
Temples of Selinunte, Transfer Palermo, History
Palermo
B,L,D
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 4 miles over uneven terrain with inclines and stone or gravel pavement. Ride to Selinunte is 60 miles takes 1.5 hours. The Selinunte Archaeological area has uneven paths with few or no handrails. Palermo is 65 miles from Selinunte; the ride takes 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. We will board the coach and head to Selinunte to visit the temples set on a promontory with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea, Selinunte was an ideal site for the Greeks to settle. The local expert will illustrate how the temple columns were chiseled out of solid stone.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Fixed menu of typical Sicilian fare; plated table service. Enjoy a glass of wine included with the meal.

Afternoon: We'll board coach and proceed to Palermo where we'll check in and settle in to our rooms. Later, we'll meet the Group Leader in the lobby for a short orientation walk in the neighborhood of the hotel followed by a classroom presentation on Sicilian History.

Dinner: At the hotel. Select from a limited menu.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Origins of the Mafia, Palatine Chapel of the Norman Kings
Palermo
B,L,D
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles; extended standing during the visit of the Norman Palace. Unavoidable steps.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Each day the buffet choices will include an egg dish, cold cut and local cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, whole milk, tea, and water.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room the Group Leader will present The Origins of the Mafia where we learn how the network grew its power and influence from the mid 1800s to today.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the heart of Palermo, set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: At the hotel we'll meet our local expert who will lead us on an exploration of important churches, chapels and museums in the heart of Palermo. La Martorana was originally commissioned by a Greek Orthodox admiral in 1140. Highlight of the visit is the Palatine Chapel of the Norman Kings, adorned floor to ceiling with dazzling mosaics of precious stones and gold. Our field trip will then circle back to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant a set menu of typical Sicilian dishes. Plated table service. Wine is included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Erice, Trapani, Free Time
Palermo
B,L,D
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 4 miles. Ride to Erice (70 miles) takes 1.5 hours. The coach drop off point is at one of the town's ancient gates. A local expert leads the walk in the traffic-free town. The streets have steps and rises with uneven pavement of cobblestones. The excursion continues to Trapani, 8 miles away. The coach ride back to Palermo takes 1.5 hours (70 miles). Not all steps will have handrails.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We'll board a coach to Erice. The group leader will lead the walk around the ancient mountain-top city reputedly established by Elymian refugees from the fall of Troy. Eryx, the founding king, introduced the worship of Aphrodite to Sicily and we can see ruins of the temple. Also noteworthy are the church and Norman walls. We'll continue by coach to Trapani for a visit and lunch at the Salt Works. Used since antiquity, the sun and wind provide the ideal location to evaporate sea water through a series of large water basins.

Lunch: At a trattoria located in an old salt harvesting warehouse and wind mill, we will taste simple but delicious food seasoned with Trapani sea salt, renowned for its pure mineral content and unprocessed method of harvesting. Enjoy a glass of local wine with lunch.

Afternoon: We board our coach back to the hotel mid to late afternoon. Late afternoon, in the meeting room of the hotel, a local expert will present Sicilian Writers, a look at some of the island's renowned authors and playwrights.

Dinner: At a local pizzeria. Wine is included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Baroque Palermo, Splendid Norman Cathedral
Palermo
B,D
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 4 miles in Monreale and Palermo on uneven stone and cobblestone streets with inclines. Some unavoidable steps; steps may not have handrails. Monreale is 10 miles from the hotel and the coach ride takes 20 minutes.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Our local expert will lead a walk exploring the magnificent Baroque churches in the heart of Palermo.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: We'll board a motorcoach and head for Monreale in the hills above Palermo. The interior of the massive Norman cathedral is adorned and decorated in Byzantine medieval mosaic style of the highest workmanship. The local expert will describe what distinguishes a church, from a basilica, cathedral/duomo. Inside the cathedral she will point out the stories presented in the golden mosaics. The town is also known for its cannoli, reputedly the best in Italy. Coach back to Palermo

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants tonight at the farewell dinner at the hotel. Choose from a select menu. Plated table service.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for tomorrow's check out and departure.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
Departure
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Continental style for participants with very early morning departures.

Morning: This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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