Peoples of Sicily with Jacqueline Alio
Meet the peoples!
Your group deserves this tour with a scholar who is writing Sicily's history – a historian so popular internationally that some two hundred aficionados around the world are reading her online articles at this very moment. But there are also the books...
The Peoples of Sicily - A Multicultural Legacy is the most significant "general" history of Sicily published in three decades. Jackie Alio, the co-author, also wrote Women of Sicily - Saints, Queens and Rebels.
Sicily, the island in the sun, boasts the heritage of a dozen cultures in one place. Multilingual Jackie Alio is both a scholar and a popularizer. In the academic sphere, her original research into the history of the Jews of Sicily is part of a landmark movement to uncover the island's complex Judaic patrimony. In the popular realm, she is the author of insightful, interesting online articles read by millions.
Other historical authors occasionally lead tours in Italy, but Jackie is one of the few who actually lives in Sicily, which makes the approach of this tour very current and – forgive us for the overused word – unique. In planning this itinerary, we enjoyed working with somebody at the "cutting edge" of her field. It is rare indeed to tour historical sites with a leading expert whose knowledge forms the basis of numerous publications.
This 10-day (9 night) tour begins in Palermo and ends in Taormina. Overnights are at Palermo (4 nights), Siracusa (3 nights) and Taormina (2 nights). As the tour crosses Sicily (rather than making a "circuit"), you may wish to schedule an incoming flight to Palermo airport (PMO) and an outgoing flight from Catania airport (CTA). The group will have a minimum of 14 participants and a maximum of 24. In the following outline some links will open as descriptive pages of the destination guide sites Best of Sicily or See Palermo. The names in the following map are also links. Meals included in the tour price are in bold type; all breakfasts are included. The Summary, as well as Conditions follow the Itinerary. The actual price per participant will be quoted based on the number of people in your group, and specific lodging and details. This itinerary is only a basis for such a tour, which can be designed to your group's requirements.
Thursday November 20th
Prices: Based upon number of participants.
Group Size: At least 14, maximum 24.
Hotels: Palermo Hilton Excelsior, Siracusa Grand Hotel Ortigia (sea view room), Taormina Grand Hotel San Pietro (sea view room). Admission fees at sites (total around 40 euros) not included. City taxes (approximately 2 euros per night) are not included. Private airport transfers (other than the scheduled group transfer) are at participant's expense.
• Airport group transfer on specific schedule.
• Flights and travel insurance.
All services are to be prepaid at least ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the tour ("start date" herein also referred to as the "departure"). In the event of cancellation by the client, the following portion of the total tour price will be claimed by the agency: 10% 60+ days prior to departure, 25% 45-59 days before departure, 50% 15-44 days before departure, 80% 8-14 days before departure, 100% within 7 (seven) days of departure. At its discretion, the tour operator agency may waive such claims. No refunds will be made to individual tour participants who fail to arrive in Sicily for the tour.
Service shall be governed by the laws of the Italian Republic and the European Union. Local laws may also apply for any tour purchased through a travel agent outside Italy, but our contract for this tour is with the agent planning/sponsoring it, not with individual participants. It is the responsibility of each participant to be in possession of the necessary travel document, such as a valid passport. Basic services are insured in compliance with Italian law. Certain fees indicated (i.e. costs cited which are outside the actual tour price), particularly admission fees at archeological sites, are understood to be beyond the tour operator agency's control and therefore subject to change without notice.
Hotel ratings are those established by the Italian travel commission and may differ from those indicated in privately-published travel guide books or websites. This tour begins in Palermo and ends in Taormina, as indicated, on the dates specified. Unless the tour is purchased by a travel agent representing us, billing is processed through the tour operator, based here in Palermo, Italy (i.e. Chat & Tour's Tradizione Turismo). In the event that the tour operator agency effects cancellation of a tour at any time prior to departure, for example due to force majeure, its sole responsibility and liability shall be limited to refunding the client the amount it has received in payment for the tour up to that date.
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To begin planning this tour, contact us at email@example.com indicating "Peoples of Sicily" in the subject line, or by phone at +39 091 626 9685, or fax +39 091 380 9900. From the United States or Canada you may also contact us at 312-239-0420, and from Australia 61-28011-3849. (Please remember that there's a six-hour time difference between Central European Time here in Italy and American Eastern Time in Toronto and New York.)
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