Tour description

SICILY-A AND OF CONTRASTS

SICILY SMALL GROUP TOUR

Experience the Sicilian lifestyle and tradition with a small group tour limited to 12/14 travelers only! We are thrilled to introduce a wonderful journey to discover the beautiful Sicily travelling from west to east, through the magical interior of this paradise island.

Travel to Sicily with its idyllic climate, archaeology treasures, dramatic vistas and hearty cuisine that embodies all things Sicilian. On this small group tour journey, you’ll delve into one of the most fascinating and coveted regions in Italy.

Stare face to face with some of the world’s best Byzantine mosaics in the cathedral of Monreale. Marvel at the rich archaeological ruins of Siracusa dating to the 5th century BC. Explore the brilliant Roman floor mosaics in the Villa del Casale. Enjoy an Italian evening Opera in Taormina and a pizza making experience in one of the best taverns. 

Sicily has some of Italy’s best beaches and on this tour we make sure that you’ll have time to enjoy them.The cuisine of Sicily varies from one province to the next as do the wines. “Perhaps the most beautiful and ornate churches in the world, extraordinary seafood markets and incredible pistachio pastries and cassata gelati, home of the Mafia and amazing wineries alongside the best preserved Greek and Roman ruins in Europe”. This is the contradiction and enigma of Sicily; the island of contradictions and surprises!

We have a real passion for Sicily and look forward to sharing it with you !

SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departure group travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • Guided tour of SPICY PALERMO and MONUMENTAL MONREALE
  • OPERA MASSIMO THEATER in PALERMO
  • TAORMINA: Mediterranean garden in the foothills of Mount Etna
  • ITALIAN OPERA evening in a private Theater in TAORMINA
  • Tour of CATANIA with its FISH MARKET
  • SIRACUSA and BAROQUE TREASURES of the South East
  • Guided tour of ORTIGIA ISLAND & NEAPOLIS archaeological area
  • SIRACUSA OPEN MARKET with local tastings
  • Visit unique VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES
  • Celebrate your arrival in Taormina visiting the hill town of CASTELMOLA
  • CRUISING ORTIGIA ISLAND (weather permitting)
  • Included discovery of SEGESTA TEMPLE and stunning hill town of ERICE
  • Visit the treasures of Sicilian Baroque: NOTO & RAGUSA
  • Cherish an included visit to majestic GREEK THEATRE in TAORMINA
  • Majestic MOUNT ETNA and WINE TASTING in local wine estate
  • Lunch on the golden sandy beach of GIARDINI NAXOS
  • “SICILIAN HOME-HOSTED MEAL” in a quaint village
  • Discover unknown Sicily -the hill town of SAVOCA
  • Enjoy a lecture on the MAFIA in CORLEONE
  • Experience the “THE SALT PANS & MUSEUM OF THE SALT”
  • Authentic and personalized PIZZA MAKING EXPERIENCE 
  • Exclusive visit to an OLIVE ESTATE near CHIARAMONTE GULFI
  • Magical NEOCLASSICAL PALACE in RAGUSA
  • Included CABLE-WAY from ERICE to TRAPANI (weather permitting) and much more
  • Visit popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Exceptional Sicilian tour director to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Main Sicilian archaeological sites entrances are included
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned 19 seats motorcoach
  • Included gratuity for city guides
  • Local guides included in Palermo, Monreale, Corleone,Agrigento, Roman Villa, Siracusa,Taormina
  • Hotel taxes and service charges at all properties and restaurants
  • No hidden extras
  • Early arrival/Late stay options: We recommend arriving a day or more prior to tour start.We’ll be happy to make these arrangements for you. Transfers while overseas, baggage transfers and porters are included 
  • Our regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 street food experience, 5 dinners, 6 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • Arrival & departure: The tour will begin with transfers from Palermo airport to the hotel and end with a transfer to the airport in Catania from Taormina at scheduled times
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

“A LAND OF CONTRASTS TRAVEL ITINERARY”

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM PALERMO TO CATANIA

DAY 1 : WELCOME TO MONUMENTAL PALERMO 

Arrive in Palermo Airport and travel to the city center for a three nights stay in our centralGRAND HOTEL WAGNER or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.30 pm meet your tour director for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in PALERMO.

DAY 2 : HIGHLIGHTS OF PALERMO & BIBLE IN GOLD -MONREALE

Breakfast in hotel. Start your discovery of Sicily with a guided walking tour of PALERMO, a crossroads of history, being the world’s most conquered city and a melting pot of civilizations. We have included today a visit to the Byzantine MARTORANA CHURCH, famous for its impressive Norman mosaics, the striking and evocative PALATINE CHAPEL, dating back to the 12th century and some of the rooms of the ROYAL PALACE. After a guided tour of the OPERA MASSIMO THEATER, the biggest one in Italy and one of the largest of Europe, we’ll visit the famous CAPO MARKET for foodie experience. In the early afternoon, you’ll drive to the hills of Palermo to uncover the beauty of MONREALE, known for one of Sicily’s great sites – the stunning 12th century Norman cathedral literally wallpapered with golden mosaics that tell the stories of the bible. Evening is on your own in Palermo.Overnight in PALERMO

DAY 3 : SPECTACULAR SEGESTA, TRAPANI SALT PANS & SLEEPY ERICE

Today we’ll take a panoramic drive to SEGESTA, a unique archaeological site famous for its magnificent 5th century Doric temple. Though never completed it is one of the best preserved examples of a Greek temple.We continue our adventure travelling along the Salt Road, passing Salt Pans and windmills, learning about the history and process of salt harvesting at the Museum of the Salt in TRAPANI. Following this, we’ll be reaching the perfectly preserved treasure hill town of ERICE which combines medieval charm with astounding 360-degree views. It boasts a breathtaking setting high above the Tyrrhenian Sea and an imposing Castle with views over the Egadi Islands. After an included lunch in the best local tavern, we’ll descend to Trapani by a 10 mins cable-way ride (weather permitting).Rest of the evening is on your own. Overnight stay in PALERMO

DAY 4 :  INTRIGUING CORLEONE & AGRIGENTO VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES 

This morning’s visit takes you south from Palermo to the small town of CORLEONE,well-known as the birthplace of several Mafia bosses. Here you’ll learn about the Mafia, during an informative discussion with a member of the community. After lunch on your own,continue to the ancient city of AGRIGENTO, a UNESCO heritage site where a local expert will shed light on the VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES, an incredible concentration of Greek temples in varying states of ruin and reconstruction. This historic site was the heart of one of the most important cities in the ancient world and is the prime example of the magnificence of Magna Grecia. Tonight you’ll be staying at the hotel BAGLIO DELLA LUNA or similar, with an included dinner. Overnight stay in AGRIGENTO

DAY 5 : ROMAN VILLA MOSAICS & SIRACUSA’S ELEGANCE

Your transfer to Siracusa features a stop at the ROMAN VILLA ,one of the 44 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy, built in the first quarter of the 4th century. It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Following lunch in a family restaurant, your journey continues to the city of SIRACUSA  for the next three nights at the 19th century ALGILA’ ORTIGIA CHARME HOTEL” or similar, in the heart of the island of Ortigia. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to make your own discoveries or simply wandering the colorful winding streets and alleys of eleganOrtigia. Overnight stay in SIRACUSA

DAY 6 : SIRACUSA- “TIMELESS BEAUTY & TAPESTRY OF CULTURES”

In the morning, you’ll explore this major outpost of the Greek empire with a local expert guide.The city boasts an incredible historical heritage, starting from the Archaeological Park, featuring the ancient Greek Theater now used for classical performances, the Latomie del Paradiso, the largest quarry in the ancient urban settlement and the Ear Of Dionysus, a subterranean artificial cave quarry used as a prison. You’ll see numerous elegant Baroque town houses, rebuilt after the earthquake that severely damaged the city in 1693, the elegant Piazza Duomo, dominated by the Cathedral’s baroque facade and the Temple of Athena from the 5th century BC lying behind it. After a “foodie experience” at the lively market, you’ll be sailing around fascinating Ortigia island and its prehistoric caves(weather permitting).Dinner is included in a local tavern.Overnight in SIRACUSA

DAY 7 : BAROQUE TREASURES OF NOTO, OLIVE OIL FARM &  RAGUSA ANCIENT PALAZZO 

A full day’s journey today takes you south-east to witness the splendors of the Sicilian Baroque architecture, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.In 1693 this corner of Sicily was devastated by an earthquake. Towns were rapidly rebuilt out of the glowing local limestone. Visit the UNESCO town of NOTO, with its remarkable architectural integrity, honey-color buildings and famous domed Cathedral. Following this, drive into the countryside nearby Ragusa to view a Sicilian farm where to learn and taste some olive oil. You will end the day in the ancient town of RAGUSA IBLA, famous for its labyrinth of crooked lanes and tiny squares for an exclusive visit of an ancient Neoclassical Palazzo with some local tastings. Time on your own for lunch and a photo stop on a panoramic terrace to view the town of MODICAOvernight stay in SIRACUSA

DAY 8 : VOLCANIC CATANIA,GREEK FISHING VILLAGE OF NAXOS & SUBLIME CASTELMOLA

After breakfast at our hotel, we depart for TAORMINA, one of the island’s most ancient destinations in Sicily. On the way you’ll discover the vibrant city of CATANIA, which owes its Baroque architecture in gloomy black lava to the last quake of 1693. During your free time,you might consider to visit  the Cathedral Of St. Agatha, where the reliquary of the patron saint is housed,Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square), the Bellini theater, the Villa Gardens or the lively local fish Market. Continue along the panoramic cyclops coastline to reach the fishing village of GIARDINI NAXOS,the site of the first Greek settlement in Sicily for an included lunch on a private sandy beach.Following this, visit the hill town of CASTELMOLA perched above Taormina from where to enjoy fabulous views over the Ionian coast and Mount Etna. Spend the last 4 nights at the “HOTEL VILLA SCHULER or similar, with breakfast included.Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight stay in TAORMINA

DAY 9 : UNKNOWN SAVOCA & HOME-HOSTED FAMILY NEAR THE ALCANTARA GORGES

The morning starts with a panoramic drive  to the trapped-in-time picturesque village of SAVOCA, set on the foothills of the Peloritani Mountains to discover the real Sicily.Seems unchanged since medieval times,with its gated walls,stone cottages and haunting churches.Here you’ll view the 18th century Bar Vitelli, one of Coppola’s favorite spots and the church of St.Lucia. Today’s lunch is taking place in the house of a Sicilian family in a quaint village near the Alcantara Gorges. The remainder of the day is on your own for more explorations.Overnight stay in TAORMINA

DAY 10 : MAJESTIC MOUNT ETNA, WINERY VISIT & OPERA EVENING

Breakfast in hotel. Explore majestic MOUNT ETNA, the highest and largest volcano in Europe and one of the world’s most active.The peak changes in size over the years. It currently rises at 11,000 feet above sea level and literally towers above Sicily’s Ionian coast. Descend to the village of MILO to visit a family run winery to taste excellent Sicilian wine accompanied by a light lunch. In the evening you are invited for a magical Italian Opera in a private theater. Overnight stay in TAORMINA

DAY 11 : SEDUCTIVE TAORMINA & PIZZA MAKING EXPERIENCE 

Clamped to a rocky bluff planted with cypresses,pines and lush subtropical vegetation,the exquisitely maintained medieval town of TAORMINA is Sicily’s glitziest and most dramatically situated resort. The day starts with a guided tour of this picturesque hill town with a visit to the crowning Greek-Roman theater (included entrance),one of Sicily’s great sights. It is a near-perfect ancient amphitheater with dramatic views over snow-capped Etna.We continue on for a hands on pizza making (2 hrs duration) with a light lunch in an ancient villa dating back to the 600’s where a professional “pizzaiolo” (pizza chef) will be waiting to give you an introduction to the history of pizza and how to make it.Rest of the day is on your own.In the evening celebrate your Sicilian adventure with an “Arrivederci dinner” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Overnight stay in TAORMINA

DAY 12 : ARRIVEDERCI SICILIA

Morning transfers to Catania airport or train station for your journey home.

2019 TOUR DATES & PRICING

2019 TOUR PRICE: € 3,500           SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 500  Currency Converter   

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 12 days/11 nights

March 7-18         SPECIAL PRICE

April 27-May 8  LAST 2 SPACES LEFT 

May 11-22    FULLY BOOKED  

May 24-June 4  LIMITED SPACE  

May 27-June 7     LIMITED SPACE  

June 18-29    LIMITED SPACE  

Sept 7-18

Sept 14-25   LIMITED SPACE  

Sept 21-Oct 2

Oct 5-16

Oct 19-30

Available departures

2019 Tour Price: € 3,500 |Single Suppl: € 500 | 12 days/11 nights |up to 12/14 Participants only! Please check our tour calendar page for availability and offers

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  • Small Group Tours & Shore Trips in Sicily, Malta, South Italy & Portugal
    2014-10-12

    " A once in a lifetime experience" - John & Mary Mitchell (USA)

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