Palermo and Catania :19th -26th March 2019

Arabs and Normans; Spaniards and Greeks

This tour will give participants a chance to sample the diverse cultural origins of Sicilian civilisation. It is in  the north of the island that we can best appreciate the interaction of Byzantine, Arab and Norman influences that made up medieval Sicilian culture and in the East we have the  legacy of baroque Sicily in Catania  and the heritage of the Greeks at Syracuse
Palermo Cathedral

We will spend four days in  Palermo spending  a day visiting the major monuments in the city such as the Royal Palace of the Norman Kings, and the Palatine chapel  and the  astonishing Moorish palace of La Zizsa

There will be excursions outside the city to the Norman cathedral of Monreale, with its astounding Byzantine mosaics, to the Greek city of Segeste with its Doric temple located in an Arcadian landscape- which in March will be carpeted in spring flowers . There will be one free day in Palermo to visit its outstanding botanical gardens,its Baroque Churches, or to  stroll around its fascinating markets.

En route for Catania  we will visit the world famous Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina. The  three nights  in Catania will give us time to explore the baroque city , visit Syracuse and before leaving enjoy a trip to  the  craters of Mount Etna.

Costs include four nights bed and breakfast at a hotel in the centre of Palermo and three  nights in the  centre of Catania , transfers between airport and hotel in Sicily, transport to places outside Palermo and Catania  and the services of  experienced local guides. Cost ( exclusive of air fare) will be £692 for two people sharing a double or twin bedded  room. Single person supplement is £158. Predicted Air Fare is £130. Outward flight from  Gatwick (afternoon flight ). Return flight to Bristol .Coach transfer to Gatwick may be arranged.

If you wish to  join this tour please complete the booking form. You can view and print a booking form by clicking here.