Agrigento Private Tour

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What To Expect

Visit Agrigento, and delight the Temples Valley, one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998.

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Palermo
Departs From:
Palermo
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
8 hours
Availability:
daily at 8:30 AM
Product Code:
10700
Voucher info:
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Description

Meet the driver escort at the hotel (handled on your own) and drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Agrigento where we visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites - the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). This afternoon we then return to Palermo.

Highlights

  • Agrigento and the Temples Valley, (Admission fee: not included) 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 "by air". Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by Rhodian-cretan colonist from the neighboring Gela who named their city Akragas after the nearby river of that name.

  • The Temple of Concord, almost in the center of the ridge of temples, conspicuous for its nobility and integrity, has defied the centuries. It is, in fact, the best preserved example of Doric art in Italy and conveys a vivid impression of the stateliness and harmony of that art which reaches its loftiest form in western Hellenism. Built in the second half of the Vth century B.C., it has 6 columns on the facade and 13 on either side and stands on a pedestal 4 steps high, 40 meters long and 17 meters wide.

  • The Temple of Hercules, dedicated to the mythical hero, son of Jove, was built in the VIth century B.C. and is the most ancient of those existing in Agrigento. Destroyed, it seems, together with the other temples of Agrigento and Selinunte, by an earthquake in the late post-classic age, it is at present a heap of ruins but, in recent years, 8 columns of the southern side have been re-erected. Mighty and massive, these columns are each made up of 4 drums and surmounted by Doric capitals with a sweeping curve.

  • The Temple of Olympic Jove, built in 480 B.C. after the Agrigentine victory over the Carthaginians at Himera, was an enormous building, the largest in ancient Greece after the Artemision of Ephesus and the Didymeon of Miletus. The base of its imposing ruins measure 112,60 meters by 56,30 and they house a copy of the "telamones", gigantic Atlases 7,5 meters in height which used to support the architrave. In its architecture, in fact, the temple departed from tradition and introduced an innovation for the period.

Includes

  • Vehicle with air conditioning

  • English speaking Driver Escort

  • Visit as per itinerary

  • Credit Card fees

  • Legal Invoice

  • VAT

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks

  • Admission fees

  • Tour guide

Please Note

  • The price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees. If you are over 65 or under 18 years old and you have EU or Commonwealth Passport, the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document (or copy of your document) on the spot.

  • A Driver Escort is a chauffeur specialized to drive you around the island. He is able to provide basic historical information and can show you the main highlights but is not a Licensed Tourist Guide.

  • Upon booking, please advise if you have walking restrictions.

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Hotel pick-ups can be arranged from Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, Mazzeo. Please call at least 24 hours before your tour to arrange your hotel pick-up.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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