- Visit Agrigento and the Valley of Temples, a Unesco world heritage site since 1998
- Explore the Archaeological Museum with the rich collection of the splendors of ancient Akragas
Jump on board and start your adventure! Head to the inner part of Sicily to reach Agrigento. Upon arrival you will have the chance to make an independent visit to the Archaeological Museum (please note that admission fee is not included). Here you see a display of the splendors of ancient Akragas and you'll be given an insight into the life of Greek settlers in Sicily.
After lunch, join us for a 2-hour walking tour of the Valley of Temples (please note that admission fee is not included), enlisted as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1998. The tour will cover the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus, all built around V century B.C. Along a long rocky scarp, chosen to become the southern limit of the town, you can still see 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).
According to the city's legend, Agrigento was founded by Daedalus and his son Icarus after they fled from Crete. Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by the inhabitants of the neighbouring Gela. They named their town Akragas after the nearby river. It rapidly became bigger in size, importance and military strength under Phalarides, the first tyrant, and later under Theron, who extended his sway over northern Sicily and as far as Himera. Agrigento was a city of artists and illustrious characters, such as Empedocles, the philosopher. Pindar defines Agrigento as “the most beautiful of mortal cities".
We will then return to Palermo.
Provided with: minimum of 2 clients
Limited to maximum: 18 people
- Vehicle/coach with air conditioning
- English speaking Tour Director/Driver-Escort
- All sightseeing & visits as per itinerary
- Gratuities & tips
- Meals & beverages
- Travel insurance
- Admission fees
- Licensed tourist guide (max. 2h) at Temple Valley if less than 6 people on the tour.
No reductions available
Meeting point: Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15 in Palermo (between Hotel Politeama and Prada store)
Departure from Palermo.
This tour is land only.
This tour is operated only with a Driver-Escort up to 5 people. The visit to the Valley of Temples 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. The Driver Escort cannot escort people inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian law. However, he has the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical & cultural information.
From 6 to 7/8 participants a Driver Escort wll take part in the otur with a licensed Tour Guide on the spot to visit the Valley of Temples for a maximum of 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 the Valley of Temples for a maximum of 2 hours. The visit to the Archaeological Museum will be independent.
Please note: the price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees.
Our agency does not discriminate in any way based on religion, race/national origin, political affiliation or any other factors. We reserve the right to expel from the tour any participant whose behavior toward other participants obviously does not conform to this policy. It is important that our tours be undertaken in a social environment which creates a friendly, memorable experience for all participants. Thank you for your understanding.
From January 11, 2015 to December 13, 2015
Operated on Sundays from Palermo.
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