Celebrate Christmas exploring the Sicilian city of Palermo and its surrounding beauty. Admire historic towns, remarkable monuments and glorious culture, all of which are accentuated even more by festive decorations, twinkling lights and the joyful atmosphere present this time of year. This holiday visits Monreale, a historic town decorated with fine mosaics and an iconic 12th century cathedral, and Palermo itself - Sicily’s glorious capital renowned for both ancient and modern architecture. A highlight will likely be a tasting of Sicily’s mouthwatering festive treat, torrone, before being viewing traditional nativity scenes in the heart of the beautiful village of Custonaci.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a scheduled Alitalia flight to Palermo via Rome. On arrival we will be transferred to the Grand Hotel Federico II (4T), where we will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and time to settle in before dinner this evening.
Spend this morning on a guided walking tour of Palermo, Sicily’s cultural capital blending both the ancient and modern world together. Stroll through the streets taking in old and new as Gothic palaces and historic buildings with Byzantine mosaics stand side by side with modern, local markets. You will also visit one of the city’s traditional, bustling markets selling foods, clothes and crafts; and while here you can gain an insight into the recipes used to create traditional foods. Roaming the colourful market is also a great place to connect with the people of Palermo. This afternoon we visit the impressive 19th century, Neoclassical-style Teatro Massimo for a short guided tour and an exploration of the auditorium, in the largest theatre in Italy. Later, we enjoy a gala dinner with drinks included.
Christmas Day begins with a morning at leisure. Later, we continue our festive celebrations with a mouthwatering, typical Sicilian Christmas lunch at a local restaurant - which we will reach by tuk-tuk. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy at the hotel or you might want to walk off your Christmas lunch with a stroll around the pretty surrounding area. Dinner is included this evening.
Celebrate Boxing Day with a delightful excursion to the wonderful medieval town of Erice. You will spend time exploring here, to enjoy the Christmas festivities - take in the breathtaking views of Sicily’s west coast and admire the enchanted town walls and beautiful castle. Before the day is complete, we visit a local bakery to indulge in some of Sicily’s traditional festive foods including delicious cookies and the mouthwatering sweet treat named torrone. To finish a perfect Boxing Day, we visit a live nativity scene in the village of Custonaci, a long and important tradition held in the unusual, prehistoric Mangiapane cave. Dinner is served a little later this evening.
Today we visit beautiful Monreale, a historic town located just outside of Palermo. We enjoy a guided walking tour through the remarkable streets admiring the fine mosaics and beautiful architectural structures until we arrive at the town’s masterpiece, the Cathedral of Monreale. The medieval structure was begun in the 12th century by King William II of Sicily and having since been developed over the years the structure now boasts Gothic, Norman and Catalan architectural styles. The glorious interior hosts rich décor, magnificent golden mosaics stretching over 68,220 square feet of wall and its Romanesque bronze doors engraved with biblical scenes. The grand cathedral also hosts an outstanding collection of Middle Age and Renaissance art including vestments and silverware, all kept securely in the treasury. This afternoon, we return to Sicily’s beautiful capital, Palermo, for a guided visit of the highlights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
After breakfast, we transfer to Palermo Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Touring with Titan Travel
Scooping 20 awards at the 2018 British Travel Awards, you can be sure that a touring holiday with Titan Travel will be something special. Among others, Titan received gold awards for Best Special Interest Holiday Company and Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company so they are perfectly placed to provide that exceptionally epic tour to any corner of the globe.
A Titan holiday begins and ends at your front door with their award-winning VIP door-to-door travel service, scheduled international flights and the most memorable form of touring transport. Where this is a coach, they provide the best available. Titan pride themselves in providing tours that enable you to see all the sights of the area you visit as well as giving you the option for plenty of free time, optional excursions and extra nights here and there to tailor-make your holiday and make it extra special. The choice of destinations and interests are extensive including gems such as a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka, exploring the musical history of the Deep South, grand tours of North America, China, South America, Italy, Asia and Kenya, searching for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Norway, and a cruise to discover Japan and Russia.
If you are undecided between the elegance and relaxation of a cruise and the enthralling insight of an escorted tour, Titan’s Cruise & Tour holidays could be the perfect choice. You can cruise with some of the most respected names in the industry, including Fred.Olsen and Holland America, around regions of awe-inspiring beauty and then head ashore for an extra land-based touring adventure. The waterways of Europe, Egypt and China link the most spectacular cultural gems in picturesque fashion and a river cruise is an excellent way to appreciate wonderful destinations from a different and more relaxed perspective.