TRAVEL: Discover ancient Sicily with an expert
TRAVELLERS wanting to delve deeper into the colourful history of Sicily can uncover the ancient island's fascinating past and its wonderful culture on a special 14-day adventure with cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels in May.
Departing Catania on May 14, the Exploring Sicily tour takes in Sicily's remarkable history and magnificent scenery while allowing plenty of time to explore the island's meandering streets and colourful piazzas, and sample its celebrated wine.
Catering to only a handful of guests, the tour is escorted by experts in culture and history.
It begins in the ancient city of Syracuse with a journey up the beautiful Anapo Valley to the World Heritage Site of Pantalica, an enormous late Bronze Age necropolis.
Over the following days, guests will be able to enjoy visits to archaeological sites and explore the remains of ancient cities throughout Sicily.
You will discover the famous Greek theatre and ruins of the Syracuse Archaeological Park and the temple-crowned cities of Selinunte and Agrigento.
The tour also includes a boat ride visit to the ancient island city of Motya and a guided walk among the woodlands, lava fields and craters of Mount Etna, led by an expert volcanologist.
Between adventures, guests will be able to sample some of Sicily's exquisite cuisine, with visits to specially chosen restaurants. Wineries and local trattorias showcasing the best of the island's epicurean offerings are also part of the itinerary.
THE Exploring Sicily tour is priced from £4350 (approx A$7070) per person twin share, including most meals, all accommodation, all activities and excursions with expert guides, ground transport and airport transfers.
Specialising in small-group expeditions, Peter Sommer Travels offers more than 20 different expert-led tours and gulet cruises.