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Join Us to Explore Sicily’s Great Castles and Fortresses

As someone with an interest in our sojourns that explore castles and history, we invite you to join us for the inaugural departure of a new sojourn that explores the great castles and fortresses of Sicily.


Castles at the Crossroads departs for the first time on Friday, May 26, 2023 from Palermo, Sicily. The sojourn concludes on Saturday, June 3 in Catania, Sicily. The panoramic, 9-day itinerary (view the sojourn map) takes you entirely around the great island to explore over 2,500 years of its fascinating history with visits to its most significant castles, fortresses, and other stunning historic landmarks, including:

  • Palazzo dei Normanni
  • Palazzo della Cuba
  • Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Archaeological Park of Segesta
  • The mountain-top city of Erice
  • The Archaeological Area of Agrigento known as The Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sperlinga Castle
  • Caccamo Castle
  • Lombardia Castle
  • Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Milazzo Castle
  • Mt. Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Along the way, you will also experience Sicily’s celebrated culinary tradition with spectacular meals, wine tastings, as well as a special sampling of Sicilian pastries.


During this fascinating, 9-day sojourn, you will enjoy overnight stays in several of Sicily’s most coveted and scenic locations, including:

  • Trapani: 2 nights
  • Agrigento: 1 night
  • Enna: 2 nights
  • Cefalù: 1 night
  • Taormina: 2 nights
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This fascinating travel program is led by Paul Martin Remfry, one of the greatest castle scholars of our era. A meticulous researcher, Remfry has spent over 30 years studying medieval history, genealogy, and architecture and has authored over 50 books and scholarly papers on medieval castles, abbeys, and battles.

Book now to secure your space!

The price of Castles at the Crossroads is $4,195 (double occupancy)/$4,795 (single occupancy), and the full detailed itinerary will be published shortly. Please click here to make sure you receive a copy as soon as it is available. But this fascinating journey is limited to just 16 passengers, and there is extraordinary interest in this sojourn, so we encourage you to register soon to avoid disappointment.




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We would certainly be delighted for you to join us for this unique new sojourn as we explore the castles at the crossroads of history!

To register for your sojourn, call us at 1-800-419-3443.
We are here to assist you Monday – Friday, 11:00AM – 7:00PM, Eastern time. 
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