Classics tour to Sicily by air: 5 days, 4 nights

The island Sicily gives pupils a unique opportunity to learn from a range of ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman sites. Other durations are available – speak to one of our expert travel advisors who will guide you through the options.

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Suggested itinerary

Day one
Arrival at Palermo airport and transfer to hotel
Dinner and overnight in Palermo area

Day two
Full day visit Segesta & Selinunte
Transfer to your hotel in Agrigento area, dinner and overnight

Day three
Full day visit to Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina
Transfer to your hotel in Giardini Naxos area

Day four
Full day to Syracuse
Return to your hotel and overnight

Day five
Transfer to Catania airport.
Return to UK

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Excursion Ideas

  • Syracuse

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: Syracuse is rich in Greek history and at one time was the largest city in the world. A guided tour takes you to the archaeological park containing a large Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheatre and ancient quarries. Groups can also visit the Ear of Dionysius and Archimedes’ tomb.
    Select says: A beautiful city with a long and varied history from Greco-Roman times to today. Syracuse was the birthplace of the mathematician and engineer Archimedes.

  • Giardini Naxos

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: This location includes many churches and an archaeological park in which you can relax while taking in the atmosphere.
    Select says: This is a popular little tourist town with excellent views and a busy seafront as well as the historical sites.

  • Piazza Armerina

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: The town is famous for its Roman mosaics in the magnificent open-air museum Villa Romana del Casale which dates from the 4th Century AD.
    Select says: Another Unesco listed building, Piazza Armerina gives a sense of the Roman history of the island.

  • Agrigento - Valley of the Temples

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: At one time the fourth-largest city in the known world, we know this area today as the Valley of the Temples where we find the remains of seven 5th and 6th century Greek temples. A museum among the remains of Roman and Hellenistic ruins gives an insight into the archeology of the area and contains one of the giant telamones from the temple of Zeus.
    Select says: The Unesco-listed Valley of the Temples is a special experience and is Sicily’s most popular historical tourist site

  • Selinunte

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: Selinunte dates from 628BC and was one of the most important Greek colonies. There are impressive ruins, notably Greek temples, and one has been reconstructed. The quarries at Rocca di Cusa show us how the stone for the temples was cut. You can also see an acropolis and agora.
    Select says: Having been left in ruins for about 200 years following an attack by Carthage, it is now a place where you can learn about the rich history here.

  • Segesta

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: This is an excellent Greek archaeological site at which you can find a Greek Doric temple built 2500 years ago by the Greeks and the Elymians. A well-preserved semi-circular Hellenistic theatre on Monte Barbaro can be reached via a short shuttle bus ride.
    Select says: You are cloaked in this town’s long history as you explore the archaeological remains. A tremendous experience.

  • Palermo

    Subject range: History, Classics

    What you’ll experience: One of the main urban locations in Sicily, this beautiful and historic city dates from the Greco-Roman period and was a major influence in the area for the last 200 years. The Norman Palatine Chapel mosaics and the Byzantine Monreale Cathedral give us insights into the classical period. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum.
    Select says: Find the history of the classical civilisation within this modern context.

Classics trip to Sicily by air: 5 days, 4 nights Accommodation

Hotel Athenaeum

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Location: Palermo

Capacity: 80

Albergo Athenaeum is a modern hotel located opposite the University of Palermo campus, a few minutes from the old town and the famous Ballarò market.

Rooms: Single, double or triple rooms located on six floors, all with en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Restaurant, Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Baia degli Dei

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Location: Giardini Naxos

Capacity: 47

Located by the sea in the beautiful Bay of Recanati, Giardini Naxos, just a few kilometres from Taormina. You can see Mount Etna from the hotel (the highest volcano in Europe) and the Mediterranean Sea.

Rooms: En-suite facilities. Rooms have a balcony or terrace.

Facilities: Restaurant, air conditioning, restaurant, hall equipped with spacious lounge bar, TV room.

Hotel Tre Torri

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Location: Agrigento

Capacity: 118

Located a 5 minutes’ walk from Villaggio Mosè centre, the Tre Torri Hotel offers classic rooms with air conditioning and modern Italian furniture. The Valley of the Temples is just 1.9 miles away.

Rooms: All with en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Free WiFi, restaurant serving traditional Sicilian cuisine, air-conditioned dining room overlooking the sun terrace and swimming pool, free gym, ping pong table and a TV room.