A Sicilian Odyssey

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Discover cultural footprints forever present... Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans and assorted others before becoming part of Spain, then the Bourbon Kingdom, and finally part of Italy. And today... Vestiges of the ancient Greeks and Romans entice in Agrigento and Taormina... the presence of the Normans lingers in Palermo... a distinctive style of Sicilian architecture began in the Baroque Valley centuries ago and flourishes today... Byzantine and Arab art mingle with Italian influences... taste impressive wines from grapes grown in volcanic soil... all for a taste of the authentic Sicily.  Join us for an odyssey through time as you discover a history book of experiences, authentically engaging and always enlightening, as you become a part of Sicily’s extended family.

Highlights
  • Visit to Palermo's grand Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, the largest opera house in Italy
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVES – Private lunch at a Baron’s palazzo in Siracusa with a wine tasting from the family vineyard and dinner and an art tour with the son of a baroness at their private villa in Palermo
  • Visits to the Sicilian Baroque UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Noto and Ragusa Ibla
  • A tour, lunch and tasting at a local winery
Destinations
  • Catania
  • Sicily
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Luxury

Location: Siracusa, Italy

<strong>Tour begins: 6:00 PM.</strong> A transfer is included from Catania &ndash; Fontanarossa Airport to the Grand Hotel Ortigia, a century-old landmark hotel ideally located in the historic heart of Siracusa on the island of Ortigia. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel tonight.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Ortigia

Location: Siracusa, Italy

Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greek explorers who settled on this historic island in 734 BC, building a city of archaeological splendors, economic prosperity and political power that rivaled Athens as the most important city in the world until it fell to the Romans in 212 BC. Your locally guided walking tour today reveals some of its treasured Greek and Roman sites as you explore Neapolis Archaeological Park, including the 16,000-seat Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco), the Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio de Dioniso), and the 3rd-century Roman amphitheatre. Back in Ortigia, visit the Theatre of Apollo, the Baroque Duomo and, schedule permitting, view the Caravaggio painting, <em>The Burial of Saint Lucia</em>, in the Basilica Santa Lucia al Sepolcro. Lunch today is a noble affair when you dine at the family <em>palazzo</em> of the Barone Pietro di Beneventano, and taste wines from the family vineyard. Free time this afternoon offers you an opportunity to see more of the city or walk back to the hotel with your Tauck Director, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Ortigia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto this morning where a walking tour along the elegant Corso Vittorio Emmanuele promenade showcases the city&rsquo;s Baroque buildings, golden-hued&nbsp;<em>palazzi&nbsp;</em>and churches among them, rebuilt after a devastating 17th-century earthquake. View from the outside the Basilica di San Salvatore and the Duomo di Noto as well as the ornate Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, before exploring on your own. A tour of a local herb farm later this afternoon introduces you to the freshly picked aromatic spices that add true regional flavor to today&rsquo;s family-style tasting lunch. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Accommodation Name: Eremo Delia Giubiliana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Ragusa, Italy

This morning, drive to Ragusa Ibla for a guided walking tour of its ancient labyrinthine lanes and a behind-the-scenes look at the private garden in an inside courtyard, century-old&nbsp;<em>Circolo del Conversazione</em> (Gentlemen&rsquo;s Club) and intimate Il Piccolo theatre of the Arezzo family, who have lived in their 19th-century palazzo here for more than 200 years. Join us for a special dinner this evening in the hotel's wine cellars.

Accommodation Name: Eremo Delia Giubiliana

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The nearby town of Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been called an &ldquo;art city&rdquo; woven into the fabric of Sicily for good reason. The mosaics you will see here are considered among the most beautiful and best preserved of their kind anywhere in the world. Your artful discoveries begin when you step inside the Roman Villa del Casale, dating back to 320 to 350 BC when it was built for a Roman official back in the day. Look down at the floors as you tour the villa; the mosaics, both figurative and geometric, cover the surfaces measuring some 37,674 square feet, telling eloquent tales of Homeric poems and myths, nature and scenes from aristocratic life. You will also discover mosaic murals on the walls and columns, and statues and coins that pay further homage to the glory days of the Roman Empire. Head back to your hotel late afternoon and enjoy some time to explore as you please; your hotel enjoys a spectacular view of the Valley of the Temples.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Athena

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Palermo, Italy

Drive to Agrigento today for a guided visit of its archaeological treasures at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on a hillside facing the sea with a history that dates back to 581 BC. Your exploration starts at the top of the Valley with a visit up a steep hill to see the Temple of Juno up close. From there it is a downhill walk along cobblestone roads to see columned temples and tombs impressively built and remarkably awe-inspiring today. After lunch, drive to your Palermo hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy dinner at leisure.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel et des Palmes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Palermo, Italy

Start your day with a guided visit to the Palazzo dei Normanni, the seat of the kings of Sicily during the reign of the Normans and the main seat of power for Sicilian rulers for centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Palatine Chapel in the heart of the palace, the palazzo dates back to the 9th century and boasts multicultural touches that were added later. These include the spectacular mosaics of precious stones, many glittering in gold, you will see in the royal apartments and chapel, which also features inlaid carved marble floors and a painted wooden ceiling. A walking tour of historic Palermo is followed by lunch and then a guided visit to Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy and the setting where the final scenes of the movie, <em>Godfather Part III</em>, were filmed. The remainder of the day is free to spend as you please.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel et des Palmes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Taormina, Italy

Journey to Cefal&ugrave; for a guided tour of its Norman cathedral, considered one of the jewels in Sicily&rsquo;s Norman-Arab crown that includes the magnificent cathedral of Monreale and Palermo&rsquo;s Palatine Chapel. View its soaring twin pyramid towers outside and elaborate Byzantine mosaics inside before driving into the Madonie Mountains. Then, it&rsquo;s on to Taormina this afternoon on a scenic drive that offers picturesque views of the Aeolian Islands dotting the seascapes. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Timeo

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Taormina, Italy

A guided walking tour of Taormina this morning takes you up hilly lanes to the Teatro Greco built in 3 BC by the Greeks and remodeled by the Romans. The views from here are worth the climb! Enjoy time to explore the sights on your own for the remainder of the day. If you wish to experience an active adventure today, join us for a 4x4 Range Rover adventure up Mount Etna for a hike on its moon-like lava surfaces, followed by lunch and a tasting at a family-owned winery. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight at the hotel.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Timeo

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Taormina, Italy

<strong>Tour ends: Taormina</strong>. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea to Catania &ndash; Fontanarossa Airport (a 45-60 minute drive). Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVES – Private lunch at a Baron’s palazzo in Siracusa with a wine tasting from the family vineyard and dinner and an art tour with the son of a baroness at their private villa in Palermo
  • Visit to Palermo's grand Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, the largest opera house in Italy
  • Visits to the Sicilian Baroque UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Noto and Ragusa Ibla
  • A tour, lunch and tasting at a local winery
5* Sicily: Culture Through the Ages
This trip, like many Tauck tours, provides a history lesson combined with lots of fun. This is an ancient island that has maintained its ancient charm. The only modernization is in the hotels that offer comfort. Tauck hotels are the best that the area has to offer, and the seaside resorts are beautiful. There are so many memorable moments within the itinerary that rating them is just too difficult. Honestly, every experience is memorable, and there's enough variety to please everybody. There is so much to see and do that sometimes we have to take a short break to refresh ourselves for the next surprise that Tauck provides for its guests. Fun!
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Date: 26-Oct-2016

2* Great Tour-Except!!!!!
This tour was exceeding well managed by the tour director. The guides at the various destinations were also outstanding. The hotels were the also excellent. However, as a very experienced world traveler the food was less than one star! Generally, for these high fees my wife and I expected five star meals. I cannot recommend
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Date: 26-May-2015

4* Sicily is a beautiful, historic and friendly place to visit
We enjoyed Sicily very much; it is very rural but the Mediterranean can be seen from the road all around the island. People are very friendly. Food was a disappointment; food at the ending Tauck reception was mediocre. The director was reluctant to make recommendations for free night dinners - recommend you research ahead. Lot of bus time. The stop at Verdura Golf Resort was an unexpected and relaxing respite, with great food and super accommodations. Siracusa was a delightful surprise, as was Taormina. The history is fascinating; so many different rulers and cultures over the years. All of the Greek ruins were interesting.
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Date: 14-Jun-2017

4* Some of the ruins were covered for concerts
We had a delightful tour with our Tour Director and Bus Driver. Our Tour Director was a wealth of information and very interested in her guests having a great time. Our driver was a great driver. Understandably some ruins were covered for concerts that detracted a bit from the sites. A private candlelight welcome dinner with the Principessa di Raffadali and tour of her palazzo. Private tour and short concert at Teatro Massimo. The Anti Mafia Center and the passion of guide Antonio. Private visit and lunch with the Barone Pietro di Beneventano. Taormina - stay a few extra days here
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Date: 14-Jun-2015

5* Spectacular Sicily!
We had heard wonderful things about Tauck Tours before embarking on our trip. The tour lived up to the hype and then some. Our tour guide was a consummate pro and knocked herself out to make sure than everything was running smoothly. We couldn’t have been more pleased. It’s hard to choose a particular moment- there were many. While we were sitting in the amphitheater in Taormina, a man with a magical operatic voice moved to the center of the stage and sang a beautiful aria. The amphitheater’s setting, its history and the timelessness of the lyrical vocals created an indelible moment that I will long remember.
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Date: 29-Oct-2017

4* Sicily Through the Ages gour
The tour was great! Tour Director conveyed her enthusiasm to the group, and made every moment memorable. The highlight for me was Agrigento which had been on my wish list for years. The visits to the wineries were fun. The palaces where we were invited guests were special treats. Hotels were amazing and local guides knew their stuff. Walking through the temple areas of Agrigento was especially exciting and awe-inspiring!
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Date: 23-Oct-2017

4* Breathtaking Sicily
The trip was a total immersion into Sicily, its people, beauty, and history. Our enthusiastic guide made the trip memorable with her deep knowledge of the territory, organizational ability, and humor. We visited the highs and lows and came away with a great sensitivity to the complex multi-cultural history of Sicily. It's very hard to be specific. Driving town to town, we saw the new, old, and ancient Sicily all in the blink of an eye. The natural beauty of the landscape captivated us.
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Date: 18-Jun-2018

4* Sicily: Culture Through the Ages
Had a wonderful tour director. We especially enjoyed the ancient Greek and Roman Temples and theaters. We also enjoyed the visit and lunch at the Corleone Winery, and the talk regarding the Mafia. We loved (Vendura Golf and Spa Resort), and the ancient temples of Zeus, etc. Also loved Taormina Viewing ancient archaeological artifacts, Taormina, and pottery demonstration. Also loved the island, Ortygia.
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Date: 31-Oct-2016

5* Wonderful Trip!
Sicily: Culture through the Ages was I trip I will never forgot! We saw and learned so much! Our tour director was so energetic and shared her love of Sicily with all of us! I would go back again! It was all memorable!
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Date: 03-Oct-2016

4* Sicily: Culture through the Ages - June 2016
We knew little about Sicily but friends who wanted to go there suggested we join them on this trip. We are very glad we went. The tour includes visits to many historical and archaeological sites covering Greek, Roman, and Christian eras in the islands history. In addition Tauck has found outstanding properties where guests can relax at days end. We had a beautiful day on the slopes of Mt. Etna with a chance to hike on the lava flows followed by a delightful lunch at a local winery. Verdura resort was a wonderful place to swim and relax. We had an outstanding tour director and local guides. And, not to be forgotten, a special surprise at Teatro Massimo!!
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Date: 04-Jul-2016

4* Almost perfect
The location was fascinating but the tour director gave us little information about what we were seeing. Not enough background. Nothing of recent history. Hotels were good. The Wagner was too noisy. Service was generally good. I was annoyed by the careful instruction to order only 3 of the 4 courses. It made the trip more budget than luxury. The visit to the Greek thater in Taormina with the guide Angello. He made it come alive. The second winery was very nice. The views were spectacular and I couln't say which was best.
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Date: 21-May-2018

5* Sicily
Wow! What a wonderful trip! Our first Tauk tour was everything we hoped it would be! We never felt rushed or lost in a crowd. We loved meeting everyone in our group. It's really hard to choose just one most memorable moment. I think it was the private access and events at the Opera House and the Villas.
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Date: 25-Oct-2016

4* Sicily
The tour guide was the best we ever had. The outdoor lunches were great moments. The outdoor lunch at the hotel near the Greek temples in Agrigento
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Date: 26-Apr-2017

5* A Fabulous Introduction to Tauck
We just completed our first Tauck tour - ten days in Sicily. What we learned is that Tauck will put you in the best hotel possible but in Sicily, some are not that impressive but are fine. The sites were wonderful, the special Tauck spots were great but NOTHING made it as special as our Tour Director. Wish I had more room! In Ortigia Island, off Siracusa, we had lunch at the home of a Baron. It was a day there was an enormous festival with thousands of people crammed into a magnificent piazza. And there we were, in balconies of his home, overlooking the festivities, drinking his wine and having lunch. Truly memorable. But it was our Tauck Director we remember the most!
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Date: 14-May-2018

4* Nice trip but not quite what we expected
We arrived on 8/31/16 in Palermo and it was hot,,too hot and we live in Florida...We were told that September temps would be in Mid 80"s but first half of tour the daily temps were in low 90's....Unfortunately A/C in Sicily not like the States and several places not even air conditioned,,such as Opera House and AntiMafia Museum..Verdura great. Mt Etna,, .Food in restaurants great...Only Two top hotels ,San Domenico and Verdura..The other three hotels were lacking ,,the one in Siracusa had bad mildew and mold and our room on first floor next to a outdoor restaurant had speakers blasting music till midnight...Overall would say a 3 star experience..
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Date: 13-Oct-2016

4* Sicily- Bellissimo!
As usual, Tauck provided a thorough experience hitting great highlights of a wonderful area! The places we visited provided an appetizer causing us to want to return to places like Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Ortyggia. I have to say that our guide totally made this trip enjoyable and brought the entire Famiglia together. This is a difficult one as there were many memorable moments but I'd have to say that taking a late afternoon boat ride around Syracusa with some of the folks from the tour stands out for me.
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Date: 19-Oct-2017

4* A True Learning Experience
Knowing very little about Sicily, I was amazed to learn about it's rich history and mingling of cultures. The weather was perfect and the flowers and plants were beautiful. VERY knowledgeable tour director and guides. Several one of a kind experiences that made this tour unique and special. Sitting in the Greek/Roman Theater in Taormina looking at our hotel and Mt. Etna in the background, learning about the rich history of Sicily.
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Date: 21-May-2017

5* Simply Wonderful
My parents and I had a wonderful time on tour through Sicily. This itinerary is comprehensive and highlights the many facets of Sicilian history and culture. Our group dynamic was warm; we were like family. This, in part was created by Melisa, our knowledgable, gifted tour director. I can't wait to return to Sicilia! Hard to choose! Opera at Teatro Massimo, biking around Verdura Resort, driving the countryside, Agrigento, puppet show in Ortigia, lunch at Barone's in Ortigia, lunch at the wineries, Mt. Etna/Taormina.
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Date: 03-Jun-2016

5* An Exceptional Trip Not to be Missed
As always, Tauck's itinerary was an excellent blend of tours, great food, wine, and ample free time to explore on our own. Our June 13th trip was made especially pleasurable with the Tauck director who was exceptional, witty, and very knowledgeable. The hotel accommodations were the best and typical of Tauck, all were in the 100% locations. The surprise opera private performance and the Tauck cocktail reception after the tour of the Palermo Teatro Massino opera house. Also enjoyed our free time at the massive luxury, relaxing, ocean side resort in Sciacca called the Verdura Golf and Spa Resort. There were many others too, including two meals at private mansions.
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Date: 28-Jun-2016

4* Nice Trip
Just came back from Sicily. Overall, it was a very nice trip. It was very informative and educational experience. However, the only negative is a choice of some of the hotels. Definitely not up to Tauck's standards. Also, (except for Verdura Resort & San Domenico Hotel) the breakfast was not very good. Very limited selection. We loved visiting Corleone, Siracusa, Mt. Etna and Taormina. Very unique and interesting places.
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Date: 14-Jun-2015

3* Sicily
Wonderful director and driver. Group of travelers were great. The venues were mediocre for Tauck. I have been on 9 trips and this one was the only one that was not satisfying. The venues for the hotels were weak especially in Siracusa. The hotel lost power several times and some of the travelers were stuck in the elevator. The ruins near Mt Etna You need to revisit this venue to make it more interesting or else make it shorter
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Date: 24-Sep-2018

5* A Slice of Sicily
From the moment that we were picked up at the Palermo airport to our departure from Catania, our tour was flawless. The group that we had was wonderful and everyone got along. Perhaps the best part of the tour, however, was our tour guide. She did everything she could to ensure our trip was a delight, which it was. There were many memorable moments, but perhaps what I liked the best was our lunch in Agrigento which overlooked the Valley of the Temples. It was spectacular! I also enjoyed the two nights at the Verdura Golf and Spa resort. It was relaxing and a good break in the action. Taormina was also wonderful, with the great view and shopping.
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Date: 17-Jun-2016

4* Exactly what we expected
Our traveling companions were the best group I've ever been on a tour with and our guide was friendly, fun, and knowledgable. The itinerary was very good. We covered a lot of ground but we never felt rushed. If you arrive in Palermo early, the cooking class offered by Vincenzo Clemente of Ristorante Cin Cin is a great pre-tour activity. Lunch with Barone Pietro di Beneventano at his Palazzo in Siracusa was a great experience. He is a fascinating person who clearly enjoys sharing his home and his family history with his guests.
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Date: 10-Jun-2015

4* A Very Nice Tour
We really enjoyed this tour. However, we understand that some of the stops are being changed, which may give the tour a slightly different flavor. We have to say that two of our hotels did not have adequate air conditioning and the staffs were not as welcoming as we have experienced elsewhere. But, the meals were wonderful. A nice Tauck tour. The Sicilian cuisine was just outstanding.
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Date: 16-Mar-2015

5* The Wonders of Sicily
Visiting the Mafia museum in Corleone, staying at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, the ruins in the Valley of the Temples, and the wonders of Siracusa and Taormina were but a few of the incredible moments experienced on this trip. Words cannot express adequately the beauty and wonders of Sicily. Visiting Taormina and all of its wonders, including hillside towns.
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Date: 01-Oct-2018

5* Fascinating Sicily
We loved the trip! Such an interesting country made even more so by our wonderful guide. She really made the whole experience fascinating. We liked most of the places we were introduced to, such as Argiento, Ortigia, Modica, Ragusa Ilba, Taormina, Corleone. I personally would leave out the Verdura Resort. It was sort of out of character. Being in Corleone and attending the anti-mafia meeting was so interesting. We also liked walking through the baroque cities of Ragusa Ilba and Modica. Of course, Ortigia and Taormina were beautiful and wonderful!
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Date: 17-Oct-2017

4* Great example of the Tauck process
While the physical demands of Sicily were significant -- lots of steps no elevators -- the itinerary was classic Tauck. Timing was perfect -- pickups, bags in your room, meals and special events ready when the group arrives. The Tauck specials were the best we've had. I mean lunch with the baron in Siracusa at his palace was really special. The Barons lunch ,the wonderful food and his warmth.
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Date: 27-Jun-2017

4* Mostly terrific.
Unlike on other Tauck trips, the food selection and some of the venues were below Tauck standards: lunches in Ragusa and the Teatro Massimo. Hotel Poggio del Sole was substandard. The "pizza party" at Giro Pizza was an insult. Local tour guides were superb, knowledgeable with good English. Tour director was kind, competent, thoughtful. Visiting the enchanting island of Ortigia, off Syracuse, where we had a superb lunch and visit to the palatial quarters of the barone Pietro Beneventano, with the gracious "barone" giving a tour of the palazzo. Also, the Teatro Greco in Taormina, where the tour guide gave a condensed lecture on a fascinating subject.
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Date: 07-May-2018

2* Sicily: Culture through the Ages Tour
The tour guide was good, however very disappointed in Tauck's selection of hotels, places to visit, professionalism and precision of movement. The hotel in Siracusa, the Grand Hotel Des Etrangers, was an absolute disgrace and unfit to stay at. It was extremely dirty, it smelled disgusting and was really unsafe. Mold and mildew on bathroom walls. Leaving on the last day. The food was actually very good though. Leave out the stay in Sciacca. Very nice hotel if you are looking for a vacation in the Caribbean or Florida or Arizona. Didn't feel like Italy and especially not Sicily. Waste of time.
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Date: 02-Jul-2018

4* Sicily: Culture through the Ages
The tour is well planned, taking you to some lovely sights. Local guides were well informed. The accommodations were for the most part horrible. The best hotel was in Verdura. The others although rated as 5 star were not what you would expect. Time spent in Siracusa. The wine tours, visits to palaces, the ruins. The out line of the tour was well planned.
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Date: 18-Jun-2018

5* A great Beginning
This was my very first Tauck experience and it exceeded all expectations. The first day we met with our fellow travelers and our director, which set the tone for what was to be a great journey. The accommodations were perfect, our bus and driver first class, pre-arranged meals excellent and our Tauck Director was a great guide in every aspect. I can't say there was one specific moment, but the overall congeniality of our fellow travelers made this a memorable experience but if I had to point to one experience it would be the private concert we were given at the opera house in Palermo. What an elegant surprise.
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Date: 17-Sep-2017

4* Sicily, Culture Through the Ages
Overall, my husband & I enjoyed Sicily very much. Disappointed with some hotels and one excursion, but would not hesitate to recommend this one. Tour Director was truly exceptional, smart, organized & had us crying with laughter. Great local guides shared the history. Our Tauck Director, with her Sicilian roots, shared the soul of Sicily. Mt Etna, truly amazing. The Greek Temples were pretty impressive. Taormina is just lovely....the views! Modica chocolate is not to be missed. Lovely lunches at the vineyards were so enjoyable. Loved our traveling group, only 29 of us, perfect size. Some hotels, not so enjoyable, wish Tauck could do something. Did not like Corleone.
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Date: 20-Jun-2017

4* Sicily Culture Through the Ages
Our trip was fantastic - perfect weather, great guide, very nice hotels Except for hotel in Ragusa - not up to your standards and we were not able to order off the menu, absolutely wonderful food, a very nice group of people on our tour, comfortable bus, terrific driver We did not enjoy our visit to Corleone anti mafia center. The view from our room in Taromina was breath taking and the surroundings were beautiful.
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Date: 30-Jun-2015

5* Sicily - A Beautiful Destination and Wonderful Homecoming
What a magnificent tour of Sicily! This trip covered many cultural, artistic & historical highlights with surprises at every turn. Our Tour Director was terrific - energetic, professional & humorous with a deep knowledge of the area & its people. This was our 8th Tauck Tour and we rank it among the best. There were several: The private concert at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo; the highly moving and inspiring visit at the anti-Mafia center in Corleone; the wonderful lunch and heartfelt hospitality of Barone Pietro di Beneventano at his palazzo in Ortigia; the temples at Agrigento; the charm of Ragusa Ibla; the beauty of Taormina.
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Date: 26-Oct-2017

4* great guide made the trip
Our Tauck Director did so much for everyone he would be hard to top. walking on the Mediterranean beach
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Date: 17-Jul-2017

4* Sicily: Culture through the Ages
We had a great tour director - knowledgeable, enthusiastic about her country, entertaining & funny. She made a complete effort to assist those guests who needed assistance. The local guides were top-drawer - knowledgeable & committed to making sure guests had the opportunity to learn all they wanted to know. The accommodations & venues were tops! Too many to single out one! The personal tour of the Baroness' museum & the private opera performance in Palermo, the mafia experience in Corleone, the stay in Vendura, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the tour of Noto, the tour by the Baroness of her house in Syracuse, & the stay in the San Domenico Palace Hotel in Taormina were highlights!
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Date: 22-May-2017

5* Fantastico trip to Sicilia!
We had a knowledgeable tour director. She is a native to the region & she shared with us her love for Sicily. She told us much about the history & Baroque architecture. She was always available to the group 24/7 for any restaurant/touring suggestions. She is truly a GEM! The puppet show which our Tauck Director told us about & able to get us a private performance. The show was fabulous! Thanks to her! She's the best!!!
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Date: 29-May-2018

5* Amazing Sicily
We chose Tauck for the 4th time. We've done land tours and a river cruise in the past. Tauck takes care of all the details. The small unforgettable special moments, like the private puppet show in Taormina or the private opera at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The chosen venues to eat, the visits to ruins, cathedrals, wineries, etc. Staying at St. Domenico. The grounds and the views are spectacular.
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Date: 26-Apr-2016

4* Sicily
Great educational trip and so much fun...Our tour guide was outstanding and delightful. Mt. Etna
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Date: 29-May-2018

5* Spectacular trip
Loved every place we went and had the best tour director. Nobody could have been better. We went to Southern Italy on our own before we took this tour. It would have been nice it Tauck had offered this as part of the trip, namely visiting Matera and Albarobello. Staying in the cave and trulli was a highlight of those cities for us. Hard to say -- loved everywhere we went.
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Date: 06-Aug-2015

4* Sicily April, 2015
We have nothing but good things to say about our tour. Everything about it was above expectations. The sites visited and guides were superb; accommodations excellent; transportation extremely comfortable and convenient; driver very considerate and most capable; meals at Principessa's, the winery, the Barone's & Mt Etna were outstanding. The Tour Director was incredible. Not only was she considerate and accommodating to everyone she was tireless in providing information about the culture, the tour, incidentals and anything else anyone inquired of. We can't imagine what the tour would have been like without her. She is a tremendous asset to Tauck.
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Date: 11-May-2015

5* A feast of unpretentious beauty and culture
I only expect Sicily is an island full of cultural history that differs from the mainland Italy; this trip offers more than just that. The unpretentious beauty of the landscape combined with rich history (and architecture) and tasty food has filled to my heart content! It strikes me Sicilian still hold on the tradition of generations involving in hand-made art from Sciaca's ceramic workshop to Modica's super delicous chocolate to Ortigia's puppet show. The stay at Taormina in the monastery converted hotel with spatacular seacliff view concluded the history and modern time can live through its landscape in harmony
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Date: 13-Jun-2016

5* A wonderful tour of Sicily!!!
We really had a wonderful time on this tour as we do on our other Tauck tours. There is so much to see and do. I felt like we saw so much in so little time. We even had some down time at the Verdura Golf and Spa resort!! Loved the wineries especially the Principe di Corleone - great lunch! Really liked the tour in Agrigento and all the others! I can't just find one moment that was most memorable! Our tour director was great, the driver was good and all the local guides were so informative! I only wish that the tour lasted longer than 10 days. One needs more time to savor the land, the art, the culture and of course the food and the wine! There were so many great little surprises!
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Date: 27-Jun-2016

3* SICILY THRU THE AGES
EXCELENT GUIDES, HOTELS AND TRANSPORTATION. VERY IINTERESTING TRIP. THE FURNISGED LUNCHES AND DINNERS LEFT A LOT TO BE DESIRED. ALMOST ANY SIDEWALK CAFE HAD MUCH BETTER FOOD.
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Date: 14-Jun-2015

5* Sizzling Sicily!
This is my sixth Tauck tour, and I loved this entire trip. The pacing was perfect, not as hectic as some previous tours. Weather divine, food incredible, tour guides thorough and thoughtful. I especially loved the balance of activities and all the lunches at vineyards! Hotels were fabulous. Hard to beat this trip!!! Climbing part of Mt. Etna, the anti-Mafia museum, the Someone kissing the back of my hand....dinner at the Principessas, walking around Siracuse, the always present views of the sea, fresh native food, the list goes on and on! Oh, chocolate tasting in Modica!
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Date: 13-May-2015

4* Sicily: Culture through the Ages
Having already visited Italy with Tauck a few years back it was nice to visit Sicily and experience the culture and history of the island. The tour was well planned and our tour director was excellent. Each day was filled with experiences that we will remember. This was our fifth trip with Tauck. There will definitely be more in the future. Visiting the ruins in Agrigento was memorable as was visiting the Mafia museum in Corleone. Taormino was a beautiful city and Castelmola on the hilltop was spectacular. Actually the whole trip was memorable.
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Date: 09-Oct-2017

4* A Great Time
Sicily was never on my radar for a tour. We had rented a villa for a week on the Amalfi Coast, and I was looking for something else to do while in Italy. This trip dove tailed perfectly into our vacation. I am really glad we did this. Sicily is a beautiful country - the people, food, and wine are GREAT. The history is spectacular. Too many good times to single out one moment.
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Date: 14-Jun-2018

4* Began as a tour. Ended as a group of friends!
We began this trip with trepidation as we had never embarked on a tour with a group. Many questions came to mind about the people we would meet, the places we would stay and the time we would spend together. The group ended up being ten wonderful couples that became friends in such a short time. And our guide - what a delight! Verdura and San Domenico Hotel in Taormina.
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Date: 25-May-2016

4* Very good but not perfect
We really enjoyed the Sicily Tour. The guide was excellent. All smooth, no glitches. Agrigento, Syragusa-best parts. Corleone pointless-poor excuse for pit stop and fig newton. Noto-unexpected surprise. Verdura-posh intermezzo. Not enough Palermo-use Corleone time for Palermo instead. Agrigento
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Date: 29-Oct-2017

4* Seeing Sicily
We arrived for our 10 day Tauck Tour of Sicily after spending 4 days on our own visiting Rome. By the time we arrived in Palermo we were already acclimated to the 6 hour time change from New York. This was our first "small tour" (26 travelers) experience out of 10 previous Tauck Tours. Small touring is definitely the way to go. We loved Taoramina and Mt Etna.
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Date: 25-Sep-2017

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