Palermo. Agrigento. Ragusa. Siracusa. Taormina.

September 21 - 29, 2019

A lifestyle medicine lecture series under the Sicilian sun with Dr. Jerry Hizon

What’s Included

Dr. Hizon’s daily “Seven Pillars” Lecture Series
A series of intimate talks on the Seven Pillars of Wellness Medicine with Dr. Jerry Hizon

8 nights & 9 days in four star accommodations
Hotel city tax

Private, air conditioned, first class transportation by Mercedes van between all listed cities
Professional, English speaking driver
Transfer from Palermo Falcone-Borsellino airport PMO to your hotel
Transfer from your hotel to Catania Fontanarossa airport CTA
Private boat ride through Sicily’s mythical Cyclops Riviera

Meals and Drinks
Buffet breakfast daily (B)
Welcome dinner in Palermo (D)
Chocolate tasting in Modica
Wine tasting in Marsala
Lunch aboard our private boat (L)
Farewell dinner in Taormina (D)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Norman Cathedral of Monreale
Archaeological area of Agrigento
Villa Del Casale
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa, Siracusa and Ortygia

What’s Not Included

Airfare, Travel Insurance, and any additional Meals or Transfers not listed above
Gratuities to local guides and drivers

Additional Information


A limited number of seats will be made available and non-refundable deposits of $500.00 per person are required to secure one's place. Once a minimum number of bookings have been reached, full payment will be required. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information.


We kindly ask that all luggage not exceed 50lbs/23kg in weight, so as to allow for an intimate travel experience. Two prearranged roundtrip airport transfers will be provided both on arrival and departure day. Departure times will be provided upon full payment. 



Day 1 - Palermo
Welcome to the enchanting island of Sicily, rich in warmth, history and art. A private driver – awaiting your arrival at Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport PMO – will accompany you to your evening's accommodations, choose between settling in or exploring about, following will be a celebratory dinner with Sicilian specialties. (D)

  • Private transfer from Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport PMO to your hotel

  • Welcome dinner with local specialties

Day 2 - Palermo & Monreale
Prepare yourself for a guided sightseeing feast, filled with domes and cupolas of Gothic, Byzantine, and Baroque architecture - to name just a few. Then travel to the magnificent Monreale Cathedral, where marvelous 12th century mosaics await within. (B)

  • View the composite architectural styles of the Palermo Cathedral -Santa Rosalia

  • Enjoy the colorful Capo Market

  • Guided sightseeing with our local expert of Piazza Bellini, the Teatro Massimo, the Quattro Canti Square and the Fountain of Shame

  • Entrance to Monreale’s Cathedral, a true masterpiece of Norman art, most famous for its floor to ceilings Byzantine mosaics

Day 3 - Agrigento
Enjoy the beautiful, scenic drive to Marsala, originally founded as a Carthaginian colony but mostly known for its wine. Continue the journey to Agrigento and tour through the magnificent Valley of Temples with a local, private guide. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the miraculous Greek structures that have survived over twenty-four centuries of history. (B)

  • Marsala wine tasting in one of its famous cantinas

  • Travel through the Salt Mills, the largest lagoon in Italy, home to the ancient tradition of sea-salt production

  • Private tour with a local expert to the Temples of Juno, Concorde and Hercules, some of the most well preserved Greek temples in all the world

Day 4 - Ragusa
Now with the Mediterranean breeze at your back, travel to the ancient sites of Piazza Armerina on our way through The Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. (B)

  • Visit “The Villa Romana Del Casale” in Piazza Armerina, one of the richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world dating back to the early 4th century AD

  • Continue your travel around the southeastern corner of Sicily to Ragusa

Day 5 - Ragusa & Modica
Guided sightseeing tour through Ragusa's oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful palaces and churches. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor café! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval center and spectacular Baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto and stop at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily's oldest chocolate factory, for a tasting. (B)

  • Guided sightseeing features a walk through the town’s oldest district called the Ibla

  • Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens of the 19th century

  • Visit the iconic Baroque St. George Cathedral

  • Chocolate time

Day Day 6 - Siracusa & Ortigya
Birthplace of Archimedes. Enter the enchanting world of the archeological sites with a guided tour to appreciate its beauty. Time to explore the spectacular Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces, sprawling over the island of Ortygia. It was here that the famous geometrician Archimedes ran naked through the streets, exclaiming ‘Eureka!'. Enchanting Ortygia, mostly known for being the birthplace of the Goddess Artemis, twin sister of Apollo. (B)

  • Tour the Greek Theater with a local expert

  • The Garden of Paradise, The Ear of Dionysus

  • The Altar of Hieron II, and The Roman Amphitheater

  • Continue to the charming Taormina Riviera

Day 7 - Taormina & Cyclops Riviera
Awake in spectacular Taormina, a perfect blend of twisting medieval streets and a most enchanting, romantic air. Board a private boat, brush through the Mediterranean Sea and tour the fabled Cyclops Riviera, cradle of a wealth of mythical ancient legends, under the Sicilian sun. (B,L)

  • Day excursion by private boat through the magical coastline of the Cyclops Riviera, named after the Homeric Odyssey 

Day 8 - Taormina
Pearl of the Mediterranean. Leisure morning to stroll, shop and enjoy the beauty of Taormina, home to the ancient Greek Theater, dating back to the 3rd century BC. (B,D)

  • Time to enjoy at your own pace this posh village, either by strolling through elegant shops and boutiques or tasting a classic Sicilian granita and brioche at a famous local café

  • Farewell dinner on a charming country villa, dating back to 1800’s, all women owned and operated on the outskirts of Taormina

Day 9 - Taormina - Catania
Time to pack your bag, enjoy your final espresso and… Arrivederci Sicily! (B)

  • Complimentary private transfer to Catania Fontanarossa Airport CTA


(B)reakfast or (D)inner included

About Dr. Hizon


Dr. Hizon is a primary care sports doctor who is board certified in Family Practice with a subspecialty (CAQ) in Sports Medicine through the American Board of Family Practice. He strives to deliver the finest medical services utilizing the latest technology has to offer. He attended the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with his residency at the University of California, Irvine. In 1986 he began practicing in the Temecula Valley. He co-founded the Ouch Sports Medical Center before leaving to start Motion Sports MD.

Besides private practice, he has been very active in community service especially as team physician for Temecula Valley High School for over 25 years. He was one of the team physicians for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL for over 14 years, president of the Riverside County Medical Association, and on the Board of Governors for the Temecula Valley Hospital. Dr. Hizon was involved with the opening of the new University of Riverside School of Medicine that opened in September, 2013. In 2009 he was awarded the Sports Medicine Champion for the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation as the top sports doctor. Socially he encourages all to stay active, especially though cycling. His informal “Posh Peloton” has enabled many novice cyclists to start riding.