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Garden Tour of France
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Garden Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo, Taormina & environs


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Garden Tour of Sicily

(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Palermo, Taormina & environs

This private tour of Sicily features the most interesting gardens and cultural highlights of this fascinating Mediterranean island. Learn how Sicily’s unique climate, soil and history have shaped its beautiful landscapes while touring top private and public gardens, as well as olive orchards, citrus groves, farms, vineyards and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna.

Begin in Palermo. One of Italy’s great art and culinary cities, Palermo also has abundant gardens and green spaces. During private touring in the historic center of the city, see the Palermo Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico Palermo), one of the oldest and most important plant research gardens and facilities in the Mediterranean region. Also venture outside the city to visit a villa garden that showcases Mediterranean plants, fruit trees and succulents. One afternoon, enjoy a private tour of the stunning Cathedral of Monreale, which is filled with glittering mosaic masterpieces. Also see the cathedral’s ornate cloister and small garden.

Continue to Taormina, a historic seaside town. En route, visit Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. The outstanding remains of this once powerful Greek city make it one of the most significant archaeological sites in Sicily. Also walk through Kolymbetra Garden, an enchanting valley amid the temples that’s filled with aromatic Mediterranean shrubs, almond trees, olive orchards and citrus groves.

Explore Taormina’s Greek theater and beautiful Public Garden, a hillside paradise of exotic plants, lava-rock follies and promenades with views. During leisure time, perhaps browse local shops or relax at your hotel, which has spectacular views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna from its terraces and lush private gardens.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to Mount Etna, an active volcano and Sicily landmark whose slopes thrive with gardens, vineyards and farms. Tour a private garden where the rich volcanic soil and traditional irrigation system support a vibrant mix of native and exotic plants, local flowers, Mediterranean shrubs, and fruit and nut trees. Sample wines made from unique grapes grown on Mount Etna, and enjoy a lunch that incorporates the best of Sicily’s fresh food products.

Another day, enjoy a private excursion to Syracuse, one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world, to see cultural highlights such as the Greek theater, Roman amphitheater, Ear of Dionysius, and the historic center of Ortygia. Also tour a renowned private garden with the owner, a botany specialist who transformed the grounds of an ancient feudal estate into a fragrant Mediterranean Eden of succulents, roses, jasmine, citrus and palms.

This tour can easily be customized with private garden touring elsewhere in Italy or Europe.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Palermo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Palermo & Monreale

Morning private garden and cultural tour. Afternoon private tour of Monreale

Day 3 Palermo – Agrigento – Taormina

Private transfer to Taormina for 5 nights. Private tour of the Valley of the Temples and Kolymbetra Garden en route

Day 4 Taormina

Full-day private city and garden tour

Day 5 Taormina & Mt. Etna

Private excursion to Mount Etna for wine tasting, villa lunch and tour of garden on volcanic slopes

Day 6 Taormina & Catania

Private excursion to Catania, lunch and afternoon garden and city touring

Day 7 Taormina, Lentini & Syracuse

Private excursion to Lentini gardens, Ortigia and afternoon tour of Syracuse

Day 8 Depart Taormina
Private transfer to Catania Airport

Hotels
Palermo:

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo

Cost
$9,170 Per person (double occupancy)
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