We depart from London on our short flight* to Palermo Airport before transferring to our hotel in Palermo. We enjoy a guided tour of Palermo on Day 2 which introduces us to the main sights of the area.
During our discovery to Sicily's capital, we discover both the medieval quarter and the 'new' city, which dates back to the 17th century. With a long history of invasion, Palermo features a number of different architectural styles vying for attention, each revealing a little of the city's past by its age and design.
Following lunch in a local restaurant, our excursion continues to nearby Monreale. This hilltop town has a charming centre of winding lanes and alleys, with fine views out to sea.
However, its main attraction is undoubtedly its unrivalled cathedral, which legend says was inspired by a vision of the Virgin Mary - a point of interest on our tour. The finest craftsmen were assembled to create this masterpiece - a fusion of Byzantine, Norman, and even Arabic styles.
The interior is incredibly lavish, its lofty columns encrusted with glittering golden mosaics depicting Biblical scenes. We enjoy time to admire the gleaming artworks and the cloisters before returning to Palermo.
*Please note: you will need to take your luggage to Palermo with you on your flight, as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service.
Please Note: Your hotel may differ depending on departure date. For departures PTJ2001, PTJ2003 and PTJ2004 you will stay at the Hotel Diamond in Giardini Naxos.
For departure PTJ2002, you will stay at the UNAhotel Naxos Beach in Giardini Naxos
- Day 1 - Dinner
- Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch