Today we drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Agrigento. Upon arrival you will have an independent visit to the Archaeological Museum (Admission fee: not included), who offers a fine introduction to the splendors of ancient Akragas and gives an insight into the life of the Greek settlers.
Free time for lunch. In the afternoon two hours walking tour on the Valley of the Temples (Admission fee: not included), a Unesco World Heritage site. Covers the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus. Agrigento, according to legend, was founded by Daedalus and his son Icarus after they had fled from Crete â€œby airâ€. Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by Rhodian-cretan colonist from the neighbouring Gela who named their city Akragas after the nearby river of that name. It rapidly increased in size, importance and military strength under Phalarides, the first tyrant, and later under Theron, who extended his sway over northern Sicily as far as Himera. Agrigento was a city of artists and illustrious personages, amongst whom the philosopher Empedocles. Pindar defines it as â€œthe most beautiful of mortal citiesâ€ and, in fact, in the Vth century B.C., those famous temples, whose beauty we still admire today, were built.
Later we then return to Palermo.
SEMI ESCORTED HOSTED TOURS
Provided with: minimum of 2 clients
Limited to maximum: 25 people
Language: English Only
Departure from Palermo: Sunday
This tour is land only.
APPOINTMENT WITH OUR STAFF:
Palermo, Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15 (between the Hotel Politeama and PRADA store)
Please be ready at the meeting point at 8:30am
Estimated departure time: 8:45am
This tour is operated only with a Driver-Escort up to 5 people. The visit to the Temple Valley and the Archaeological Museum will be independent.
The Driver Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide —Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city — and he cannot escort people inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. However, he has the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical & cultural information.
Between 6 and 7/8 persons in your tour you’ll have a Driver Escort and a licensed Tour Guide on the spot to visit Temple Valley per maximum 2 hours. The visit to the Archaeological Museum will be independent.
From 8/9 people, this tour is operated with a Tour Director. Licensed Tourist Guide is provided on the spot to visit Temple Valley per maximum 2 hours. The visit to the Archaeological Museum will be independent.
– Valley of Temples, one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. Along a long rocky scarp, chosen as the southern limit of the town, are still sited the great temples of ancient Akragas:the Temple of Hera (Juno) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules), Olympian Zeus (Jupiter), Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) and Hephaistos (Vulcan).
– Archaeological Museum, who offers a fine introduction to the splendors of ancient Akragas and gives an insight into the life of the Greek settlers.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
-Vehicle/coach with air conditioning
-English speaking Tour Director/Driver-Escort
-All sightseeing & visits as per itinerary
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
-Gratuities & Tips
-Meals & Beverages
-Licensed tourist guide (max. 2h) at Temple Valley if less than 6 people on the tour.
The price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Our agency does not discriminate in any way based on religion, race/national origin, political affiliation or any other factors.
EXCURSION | CANCELLATION POLICY:
-Total refund up to 15 working days before arrival
-25% of total amount wonâ€™t be refunded from 14 to 10 days before arrival
-50% of total amount wonâ€™t be refunded from 9 to 6 days before arrival
-75% of total amount wonâ€™t be refunded from 5 to 3 days before arrival
-100% of total amount wonâ€™t be refunded from 2 to the day of the services or after (No refund for no show).