Sightseeing, two major sights today with driver and guide. The Norman Royal Palace & Palatine Chapel begun in the ninth century under Islamic rule was renovated by the Normans in 1072 and completed in 1140. Most well known for its stunning combination of Byzantine, Islamic and Norman styles of architecture..
Next, the Duomo Monreale built between 1170 and 1189 another example of Norman architecture, world famous for its twelfth century mosaics with scenes from the Old and New Testaments located on the slope of Monte Caputo. The town of 30,000 is 9 miles inland (south) from Palermo.
Overnight tonight at the Grand Hotel Wagner, Palermo DAY/NIGHT 3 - Palermo to Erice and Trapani today.
After Breakfast travel west along the coast to Erice, 2500 above the coast, a walled town dating back to 460 BC under Carthaginian rule, never colonized favored the Greeks. Narrow, cobblestone streets, steep stairs, tiny old churches, ancient squares, small stone houses, arcaded pathways, and shops selling locally produced handmade carpets with geometric designs. Visit Castello Normanno, built on the ruins of the Temple of Venus. From the tower you have a splendid view looking over the town of Trapani out to the sea and on many days you are looking down from above the clouds.
DAY/NIGHT 1- Arrive Palermo at the airport, rail station or port
Meet your private English speaking driver with a luxury sedan/minivan and transfer to the 5* Hotel Grand Hotel Wagner, named for the German composer Richard Wagner, who lived here with his family for a few years during the 1880s and established as a hotel 118 years ago in 1900,
If an early arrival and the hotel is not available for check-in your driver will take you on a panoramic drive of the immediate surroundings and time permitting a stop for coffee and pastry or light snack at a local caffe.
After check in, relax and tonight we have arranged a casual welcome to Sicily three-course dinner with a glass of Prosecco, bottled water and dessert, wine not included, at a nearby ristorante for you to enjoy and then a good nights rest at the Grand Hotel Wagner.