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The Secrets of Sicily - Accommodations
October 30 - November 8, 2024 

In Palermo, we’ll be staying for 4 nights at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa. Set in a former monastery in the center of the city, with easy access to Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi, Oratorio di San Lorenzo, and Palazzo Mirto Martorana (Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio), Fontana Pretoria and Piazza Pretoria, this luxurious property offers numerous dining options and a panoramic roof garden where breakfast is served. The central, open courtyard is an ancient cloister and a highlight of the Grand Hotel, used as a venue for concerts and other events. In addition there is a patio, a fireplace in the lobby, and tennis courts at the hotel. Leisure amenities include complementary newspapers and coffee in the lobby, room service, sauna, steam room, and a full-service spa offering body and facial treatments. The fully equipped 107 rooms at the Grand Hotel come with deluxe bathrooms, air conditioning, Internet access, and luxury courtesy toiletries. Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is a smoke-free property.

Via dei Cartari, 18 – 90133 Palermo | +39 091 320 075 | website


In Siracusa, we'll be staying for 5 nights at the Grand Hotel Minareto. Perfectly positioned on a headland dominated by its Red Lighthouse, bordering the crystal-clear sea, the hotel is overlooking the island of Ortygia. This perfect location allows for easy visits to Siracusa, Noto, Piazza Armerina, Modica, Ragusa, Catania, Mount Etna and Taormina. The hotel, right inside the protected marine area of the Plemmirio, has direct access to the sea with its romantic, sandy beach. Its refined and elegant amenities include a roof garden, restaurant, lobby bar, pool, spa and wellness center, and free shuttle to the Old Town. The 96 rooms of Grand Hotel Minareto are surrounded by lush vegetation of olive, carob and palm trees. Each room features Persian carpets, satin sheets, furnished private terraces, individually-controlled air conditioning with air recycling, a computer in the room with complimentary access, mini bar, safe and 32-inch LCD television.

Via del Faro Massolivieri, 26, 96100 Siracusa SR | +39 0931 721222 | website

In the highly unlikely event that our original accommodations must be changed, the alternative accommodations will be a hotel of equal or higher standard. No change will be made to the cost of the tour.