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Exploring Sicily

Exploring Sicily

Exploring Sicily Overview

An expert-led archaeological, cultural and gastronomic tour of Sicily with Peter Sommer Travels.

Lying at the heart of the Mediterranean and commanding the narrow sea-lanes that connect east to west and north to south, Sicily attracted merchants, seafarers and settlers from every point of the compass.

The passage of time and a host of invaders have bequeathed a wealth of archaeological sites and monuments to the island. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Byzantines and Aragonese have all left their enduring legacy on Sicily in the form of rich and diverse cultural and culinary traditions.

This tour provides an unforgettable encounter with the island’s long history and culture. Not only does it take in the wonderfully preserved remains of the Greek, Roman and Phoenician cities that stud its coasts, where honey-coloured ancient temples lie amid orange groves and almond trees, it also explores the baroque towns that hug its steep hills and the great modern metropolis, Palermo.

The temple-crowned cities of Selinunte and Agrigento, and the ancient island-city of Motya, now rest in a serene splendour belying their dramatic and turbulent histories. From the heights of Erice, home to Venus, goddess of love, you will see the majestic sweep of the coast, before travelling east to the vine-clad slopes of Mount Etna. As well as its historical riches, the island is a place of immense natural beauty and diversity. We traverse its many varied landscapes filled with springtime flowers and enjoy a number of pleasant walks to savour the romantic vistas.

Sicily’s picturesque and historic towns are a feast for the senses, and there will be plenty of time to explore their piazzas and meandering streets, or sample their increasingly renowned and varied wines before ending your day in atmospheric hotels or grand rural estates set in the heart of the Sicilian countryside. Our tour is complemented by excellent meals in specially chosen restaurants, wineries and local trattoria, highlighting some of Sicily’s richest gastronomic traditions.

The expert guides who will accompany you on the tour both know Sicily intimately. Their in-depth knowledge and love of the island will be your shortcut to a superb experience of one of Europe’s most celebrated destinations.
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Exploring Sicily by Suisse Voyager, 30 Jun 2022
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The tour exceeded all my expectations. The logistics were beautifully arranged. We never worried about a bag or a connection ... read more

Exploring Sicily by Anne, 27 May 2022
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Trip around Sicily viewing archaeological sites and tasting Sicilian cuisine and wines read more

Exploring Sicily by Peter, 25 May 2022
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Comprehensive small group archeological and gourmet tour of Sicily read more

Exploring Sicily by Steph , 25 May 2022
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A fantastic holiday, the entertaining and knowledgeable guides made the history come alive and did an excellent job in explai... read more

Exploring Sicily by Culture vulture, 24 May 2022
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A wonderful opportunity to visit ancient archaeological sites with well informed guides who took us through over 2000 years ... read more

Exploring Sicily by Lisa, 7 May 2022
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We spent two weeks exploring Greek, Roman, Norman, and Byzantine sites and learning about the many layers of culture in Sicily... read more

Exploring Sicily by Teri, 26 Jul 2019
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Exploring Sicily was beautifully planned for the seriously curios traveler. We enjoyed historical and archeological experiences, ... read more

Exploring Sicily by Catherine , 22 Jun 2019
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This was my first time to Sicily. The travel experience exceeded my expectations. The guides, one local and one an historian, ... read more

Exploring Sicily by bilbliophile, 18 Jun 2019
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Every Peter Sommer holiday we have participated in has been an adventure in learning and gaining first hand experiences ... read more

Exploring Sicily by Heidi, 17 Jun 2019
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I thoroughly enjoyed the trip around Sicilia with Peter Sommer Travel. We had a small group of travelers very interested ... read more

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Exploring Sicily by Suisse Voyager, 30 Jun 2022
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The tour exceeded all my expectations. The logistics were beautifully arranged. We never worried about a bag or a connection ... read more

Exploring Sicily by Anne, 27 May 2022
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Trip around Sicily viewing archaeological sites and tasting Sicilian cuisine and wines read more