11 days

From £3,445

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We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01722 713800, who are ready to help.

Summary

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily arguably has the richest history of any region in Italy. The classically beautiful heart of the Mediterranean has been praised by poets and became the prize of countless cultures - Phoenicians, Greeks & Romans and later the Normans. During the Greek and later the Norman periods, Sicily was the creative centre of philosophy, art and learning. On this sun-soaked island, we find wonderfully preserved Greek temples, Roman villas and Norman cathedrals (many filled with stunning mosaics).

This trip showcases the wonderful monuments from all the cultures which found their homes on Sicily. We explore the Normano-Arabic churches of Palermo, alongside some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world – and the most important late antique villa in Italy.

Tour highlights:

  • See truly exceptional mosaics at the Villa Romana, Piazza Armerina
  • Visit Arab-Norman churches with their blend of Byzantine and Arabic art
  • See the cathedral at Monreale which is covered in opulent mosaics
  • Discover the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Have a special access evening visit to the Cappella Palatina

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Gillian Shepherd

Guide Lecturer

Director of the Trendall Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe in Australia, Gillian specialises in the Greek colonisation of Italy and Sicily.

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Alex Casey

Tour Manager

Alex Casey works full-time in the Andante offices, arranging Italian & Sicilian trips and also tours to Turkey, Morocco, Israel and Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Segesta, Sicily
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
1 October 2020 ASIC201001 1 October 2020 (Thursday) 11 October 2020 (Sunday) Doru Bogdan Marina Bazzani £3,395
(inc. flights)
£500 £490 Call for availability
8 October 2020 ASIC201008 8 October 2020 (Thursday) 18 October 2020 (Sunday) Dr Jamie Sewell Johanna Flippent £3,395
(inc. flights)
£500 £490

Postponed

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22 April 2021 ASIC210422 22 April 2021 (Thursday) 1 May 2021 (Saturday) Oliver Gilkes £3,395
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£470 Book Now
13 May 2021 ASIC210513 13 May 2021 (Thursday) 22 May 2021 (Saturday) Doru Bogdan £3,395
(inc. flights)
£99
£99
£470 Book Now
2 September 2021 ASIC210902 2 September 2021 (Thursday) 11 September 2021 (Saturday) Tony O’Connor £3,445
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£470 Book Now
9 September 2021 ASIC210909 9 September 2021 (Thursday) 18 September 2021 (Saturday) Doru Bogdan £3,395
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£470 Book Now
30 September 2021 ASIC210930 30 September 2021 (Thursday) 9 October 2021 (Saturday) Dr Jamie Sewell £3,395
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£470 Book Now
21 October 2021 ASIC211021 21 October 2021 (Thursday) 30 October 2021 (Saturday) Oliver Gilkes £3,345
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£470 Book Now
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