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From Catania: Valley of the Temples and Turkish Steps

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Activity provider: Sicily Day BY Day

From Catania: Valley of the Temples and Turkish Steps

Activity provider: Sicily Day BY Day

From US$ 130.21 per person

Discover the Greek World in Agrigento by visiting the Valley of the Temples and explore an amazing beach in Sicily, the monumental Turkish Steps.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish, French
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your accommodation or another close meeting point.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore one of the most amazing beaches in Sicily
  • Enjoy a small group tour with a maximum of 8 people
Full description

Begin the day with a pick-up from your accommodation in a comfortable minivan at around 8:30 AM. First stop will be in Agrigento. This city used to be the richest of all the Greek colonies. 

Admire the beautiful and impressive Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. See some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world.

Pindar, the Greek poet and writer, described it as one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals. The Valley of the Temples is famous for its well-preserved temples, seven in total. 

The Temple of Concordia is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world helping the site to gain the classic UNESCO world heritage award. At the site, visit the remains of many other temples dedicated to various divinity like Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena.

Next see one of the most amazing beaches in Sicily. A few kilometers away from Agrigento, find the Scala dei Turchi, literally translated to Turkish steps. Discover a dazzling white rock formation, rising from the clear blue sea like giant steps. Walk this gentle slope, high above the sea on your feet, and enjoy a unique experience.

Here, have free time to enjoy one of the most famous beaches in Sicily, and eat a Sicilian snack, including small pizzas, bottles of water and red local wine. Arrive back in Catania in the early evening.

Includes
  • Luxury air-conditioned Mercedes vehicle or similar
  • Baby Seat - if needed
  • Multilingual speaking driver for the day
  • Packed lunch made of Sicilian street food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Official guide
  • Entrance ticket to the Valley of the Temples

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  • It is recommended you bring a swimming suit, hat, and towel
  • Pickups from Taormina or Syracuse incur an additional charge of €45 per person
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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This was a very relaxed day, with plenty of time for wandering and enjoying the temples and the beach. Lunch was excellent food in a casual back-street location. It is a very long drive from Catania to the Valley of Temples, which for me was relaxing, but for others maybe not as much. We were lucky to have a small group so there was plenty of room to stretch out and snooze on the way home.

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October 13, 2022

Giovanni was an excellent tour guide he was full of knowledge about Sicily and its history. He was extremely friendly and enthusiastic. I love the valley of the temples it was amazing. The Turkish steps were a little difficult to navigate it was a very far walk up and down to get to the beach. Once we got near the Turkish steps it was underwhelming and you couldn’t get near them. I don’t think it was worth the effort to go all the way down there. Next time I will try just to take a tour to Valley of the temples. Again Giovanni was awesome.

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September 26, 2022

It was great had a blast. The wait of the line for the Tempels was over 45 minutes we wasted time in the line and didn't have enough time to see all the Temples.we were given only 2 h for the Temples After that we had to rush everything the rest of the tour..so stressful. The locations were gorgeous. But the ticket situation has to be handeld differently. I think the tour company can buy the tickets in advance for the group this way the group doenst have to stay in line forever. ..

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September 15, 2022

Product ID: 180047