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Sicily has been revered since antiquity. The island has served as the landscape of Greek myths, Byzantine mysteries, and Islamic mysticism, representing the splendor of medieval kingdoms and the epic battle for freedom. During a spectacular week together, we’ll discover the hidden histories of Sicily behind the doors of its lavish churches, private palaces, and uncanny catacombs. We’ll explore the island’s enigmatic past, from the Knights Templar to the lavish villas of Bagheria. We’ll participate in a gastronomic workshop and witness the intriguing world of puppet theaters. Beyond Palermo, we’ll head out on excursions to Bagheria to see its "Garden of Monsters," as well as the Valley of the Temples, a majestic complex of ancient Greek sanctuaries. Throughout the week, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, eat, and explore on your own. And did we mention that a duchess will be taking us to a famous food market and a princess will be giving us a tour of her palace? Magic awaits…
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $380. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Travelers should be comfortable staying on their feet for long stretches at a time, and walking anywhere between two and four miles over the course of each day. Most days, we'll be out and about with time to rest at lunch and dinner, both of which will take place on the later side.
You should aim to arrive in Palermo on Day 1 by 3 p.m., and depart anytime on Day 8.
We try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, though in many cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. It can be more challenging to cater to gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
In addition to contributing to local economies, your trip helps preserve the region's artistic and cultural heritage. We'll visit various locations actively restoring medieval artifacts, eat at historic restaurants that source locally, and support a unique corner of the arts with our puppet workshop visit.