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Sicily

Dates: April 17–May 2, 2023
Registration: Open

The OLLI Travel Committee is thrilled to announce the planning of their next overseas trip to Sicily!

As long-time OLLI traveler Marie Bianco noted, “The Sicilian culture is different from the rest of Italy. Over centuries the island has been invaded by the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Normans, and the French, so their heritage is a little bit of everything. The island is a paradise of blue skies, sandy beaches, majestic mountains, green valleys, and fertile land. There are few, if any, lawns to be found because the soil is so rich, it is used to plant food, not flowers.”

Travel to Sicily and experience its idyllic climate, dramatic vistas, and hearty cuisine that embodies all things Italian. Sicily is rich with its own culture that is distinct from that of mainland Italy. On this journey, you’ll explore some of Sicily’s most enticing regions. Discover the cliffside resort town of Taormina, where you’ll marvel at sweeping ocean and mountain views, presided over by the mighty Mount Etna. Immerse yourself in the long, rich history of Siracusa, once a dominating player in the ancient Mediterranean world, and a fascinating destination today. Explore Agrigento, where you’ll discover the Valley of the Temples, one of the world’s largest and best-preserved sites of Greek ruins, before ending the journey in the vibrant capital city of Palermo, where we’ll experience Sicily’s Arab, Norman, and Roman heritage amid a rich tapestry of Mediterranean cultures.

Itinerary

Discover the entire island of Sicily at a leisurely pace:

  • 14 nights: 4 nights Taormina, 4 Siracusa, 2 Agrigento, 4 Palermo
  • 25 meals: 14 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 14 included features: 10 guided tours, 4 Discovery Series events

Cost

Cost: $3795 + $1200 airfare. Travel insurance is recommended.
Bus provided from State College to airport (TBD).
Approximate cost for bus is $175 per person.

How to Book Your Trip

A few openings have become available. Please contact Grand Circle Travel at 1-800-955-1925 and mention group code G3-29182 to book your trip. We ask that you notify the trip leader at axc3@psu.edu once your reservation has been confirmed.