Sicily, Crete and Cyprus Tours

Join Original World’s Sicily tour, Crete tour;  the Sicily-Crete tour or Sicily-Crete -Cyprus tour combination!

Our Sicily-Crete tours are a wonderful combination to see two Mediterranean islands with significant archaeological sites. Option to continue to fascinating Cyprus!

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” It is separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas.

Embark on our Sicily tour and visit its’ rich history reflected in sites.  Tour the Valley of the Temples and the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental.

In addition, tour the Doric-style Greek temples. See the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in the capital city Palermo.

Visit Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes, located on Sicily’s eastern edge.

Crete, Greece’s largest island, is known for its varied terrain, from fine-sand beaches to the White Mountains. Mt. Ida is home to the Ideon Cave, which was the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology.

Visit the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum, housing Minoan artifacts, as well as Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement.

Enjoy the hospitality of local people in the villages of Chania.

Participate in an optional cooking class.

Visit The Republic of Cyprus in the southern part of the island, as well as The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the northern third.

HIGHLIGHT

  • Excursion to Mount Etna, Sicily’s active stratovolcano.
  • Visit ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of Temples.
  • Embark on a guided tour of Selinunte, the largest archaeological site in Europe.
  • Explore the fantastic ruins of the palace complex in the ancient capital city of Knossos.
  • Visit the village of Fodele, birthplace of El Greco, known for traditional textiles and handicrafts.
  • Tour traditional villages and ancient ruins in Cyprus
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Palermo Cathedral, Sicily erected in 1185.

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    Sicily Tour
    Day 1: Arrival Catania

    Transfer to the hotel.

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    Day 2: Siracusa (Syracuse) (B,L)

    Full day tour of the central Archaeological Park Neapolis comprises the Roman Amphitheater, the Teatro Greco and the Orecchio di Dionisio, a limestone cave shaped like a human ear. The Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi exhibits terracotta artifacts, Roman portraits and Old Testament scenes carved into white marble.

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    Day 3: Piazza Armerina-Agrigento (Porto Empedocle)

    Piazza Armerina, splendid art city woven into the heart of Sicily, boasts a slew of monuments that tell of its glorious past. The Villa Romana del Casale, UNESCO World Heritage originally the property of a powerful Roman family, it dates back to the 4th Century A.D.

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    Day 4: Agrigento Full Day Tour

    Agrigento is a hilltop city on Sicily's southwest shore. Founded in 581 B.C. by Greek, Rhodium-Cretan colonists, it become Akragas the following century, and was one of the most resplendent centers in the Mediterranean.

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    Day 5: Selinunte-Mazara del Vallo

    Selinunte is the largest archaeological site in Europe. On a par with pretty much anything found in Greece itself, Selinunte has lain abandoned for nearly 2,500 years, its numerous temples, its acropolis and its agora in dignified ruins.

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    Day 6: Mazara del Vallo

    Embark on a walking tour of Piazza della Repubblica, the city’s central piazza.

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    Day 7: Mazara del Vallo – Segesta-Palermo

    The Tempio di Segesta (Temple of Segesta) is perhaps the best-preserved Doric temple in the world, and the only freestanding limestone temple in Sicily.

    This afternoon, a walking tour starting from the heart of Palermo, the Politeama Square with its magnificent theater built in 1874. We’ll walk down via Ruggiero Settimo, an elegant street with shops that runs through the city to the Central Station.

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    Day 8: Palermo

    Full day tour of Palermo, capital of Sicily. We start with a visit to the Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas. We will then walk down, the oldest street in Palermo, dating to the Phoenicians, passing thru the historic Vucciria market (La Vucciria).

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    Day 9: Palermo – Cefalù – Messina

    Drive to Cefalù, a coastal city in northern Sicily. We visit its’ Norman cathedral, a 12th-century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers.

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    Day 10: Messina – Taormina – Catania

    We stop in Taormina, a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit.

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    Day 11: Catania: Excursion to Mount Etna

    We enjoy a half day visit of Mt. Etna and lunch at a local farmhouse.

    Return to Catania for overnight.

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    Greece: Crete
    Day 12: Arrival Athens

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Athens.
    Transfer to your hotel.

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    Day 13: Fly to Heraklion

    Visit El Greco museum in Fodele village, the archaeological museum in Heraklion and Knossos, the ancient capital of the great king Minos. Your guided tour will take you through the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex.

    Visit Skalani and Karteros traditional villages.

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    Day 14: Gortys – Festos – Rethymno

    Drive to Gortys, an ancient Greek/Roman town where archaeologists found judicial laws pertaining marriage, inheritance, adoption, divorce, etc. dating to 500 B.C. written in the Cretan Doric language.

    We drive westward to the beautiful town of Rethymno, one of the most historical and picturesque towns on Crete.

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    Day 15: Rethymno – Arkadi – Chania

    City tour of Rethymno and visit Rethymno fortress. Visit the historical Monastery of Arkadi. The Monastery is set in a spectacular scenic at the edge of a gorge and represents a symbol of freedom for the Cretans. Enjoy a city tour and visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

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    Day 16: Chania – Seven villages excursion

    You will visit traditional villages, taste original Cretan delicacies, view the beautiful nature of Crete and be introduced to the traditions of the island.

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    Day 17: Fly to Athens & Depart

    Transfer to airport.

  • Trip Length

    Sicily: 12 days begins Catania, ends in Catania
    Crete: 6 days begins in Athens, ends in Athens
    Sicily-Crete 17 days begins in Catania, ends in Athens

  • Dates

    Sicily & Crete: May 10-May 26 & September 13-September 29, 2022

  • Land Cost

    2022: Sicily-Crete $7030 based on min 6 people. $8570 based on min 4. Single Room Supplement $1220

  • Accommodations

    3-4* Hotels

  • Group Size

    6-12 travelers

  • Included Meals

    Breakfast and lunch included

  • Reading List

    Sicily Reading List
    Crete Reading List

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Catania, Italy

Athens, Greece

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