From East to West: Highlights

8 Days / 7 Nights

Type of travel: Private

Travel theme: Culture; History; Lifestyle

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Departure dates: Customizable

Arrival airport: Catania

Departure airport: Palermo

Overnights: Taormina; Syracuse; Palermo

Hotels: 4 and 5 stars classic or boutique

Min number of participants: 2

Example Price: 1950 Euro pp*

*based on 2 pax in 4 stars classic hotel

Visit world famous monuments and little -known corners of Sicily’ s most stunning towns

Get a full immersion to reach history, traditions and culture of island

Be always accompanied by local guides who know it best

Experience Sicily through its gastronomy, wines, art and music

Get an authentic lifestyle e experience and feel like you’ve lived in Sicily the whole life

DAY 1 TAORMINA WALKING TOUR & GREEK THEATRE VISIT

Upon arrival at Catania airport be greeted by your private driver, who will bring you to your charming hotel in Taormina. Once you are ready take an easy walk with your native local guide. He will reveal Taormina’s culture, architecture, natural and political history and tell stories about the Sicilian people and their traditions. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines and Normans, Taormina boasts a rich and fascinating history and a robust mix of styles. Discover little streets and hidden corners that gives Taormina a special charm. Visit the Magnificent Greek Theatre and get immersed directly in the life of Your first destination.

Overnight in Taormina (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 2 GODFATHER VS MAFIA TOUR WITH LIGHT LUNCH

After breakfast meet your “mafia” guide in lobby of your hotel and start a half-day trip to small antique villages Savoca and Forza d’Agro located on the mountains. See the places where the most famous scenes of Godfather movie were done and where started the love story of Michael and Apollonia. Find out the secrets of moviemaking as well as true facts about mafia. Take refreshing aperitif in the most famous sicilian bar “Vitelli” and enjoy the lunch with typical seasonal food on extraordinary terrace. Be dropped off to your hotel and spend afternoon and evening according to your wish, relaxing on picturesque beaches or hanging out on your own.

Overnight in Taormina (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 3 ETNA TRIP UNTIL 1900/3000 MT WITH LUNCH IN ETNA WINERY

On this day start your adventure with visit of Mt. Etna. Firstly you will reach the base camp Refuge Sapienza, located at 1,900 meters. See the marvelous extinct Silvestri craters and take souvenir pictures of the area. There is free time to walk on the old lava flows. Then continue ascent until 3000mt by cable car and Jeep to the main authorized craters area (optional). You will be accompanied by an English-speaking Alpine Guide. A 45-minutes visit in this lunar landscape is memorable.

After hiking continue your tour to famous winery located on the slope of Etna famous for its unique vulcanic wines and organic food. After guided visit of estate and cellars enjoy wine tasting (at least 5 wines) with pairing cold appetizers and light lunch. Drop-off to your hotel and free evening in sparkling Taormina.

Overnight in Taormina (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 4 NOTO WALKING TOUR WITH LUNCH AND TRANSFER TO SYRACUSE

After breakfast meet your private driver in the lobby and move to magnificent Noto. Enjoy an easy walk with local guide in town of UNESCO heritage – a jewel of baroque. While walking taste a famous Modica chocolate and sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary taste. After tour visit a family taverna for your fresh lunch. Be transferred to your charming hotel in Syracuse and enjoy this romantic town at night.

Overnight in Syracuse (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 5 ORTIGIA WALKING TOUR

Meet your local guide in the lobby and start a 2 hours walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town. Admire the majesty of the Apollo Temple before heading down Via Cavour, one of the most colorful streets in Ortigia, where local artists and aristocrats like to spend their evenings. See the Archimede Fountain on the way to the city’s Jewish district that was founded in the 3rd century BC. When you reach Duomo Square, you’ll be at the heart of Ortigia. This is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, and home of the stunning Duomo and the Church of St. Lucy. Your guide will also share with you a lot about lifestyle, traditions and habbits of locals. Charm of this town is unforgettable. Free afternoon and evening to explore Syracuse on your own.

Overnight in Syracuse (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 6 GUIDED VISIT OF TEMPLE VALLEY IN AGRIGENTO, LUNCH AND TRANSFER TO PALERMO

It’s time to say goodbye to Syracuse and move towards Palermo passing the ancient Temple Valley. Your driver will pick you up in Your hotel. After approx. 2 hours You will reach the Temple Valley where Your local guide will wait for you for 2 hours of guided visit of this UNESCO heritage. After visit enjoy a fresh seasonal lunch in local taverna and continue driving to Palermo hotel. Time to relax and free evening in Sicilian capital.

Overnight in Palermo (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 7 PALERMO WALKING TOUR

On this day explore the best of Palermo and the glories of its monuments on 3 hours Walking Tour with your expert local guide. See the top attractions in the old town of the Sicilian capital including the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, 4 Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Martorana Church. Discover the different cultures and architecture that make Palermo one of the most picturesque town of Italy. Enjoy this town at night on your own.

Overnight in Palermo (hotel to be chosen)

DAY 8 DEPARTURE

Breakfast and transfer to Palermo airport

HOTELS:

3 nights in Taormina: 4 and 5 stars classic or boutique

2 nights in Syracuse: 4 and 5 stars classic or boutique

2 nights in Palermo: 4 and 5 stars classic or boutique

TRANSPORT:

Private driver for every transfer incl. airport transfers

MEAL:

8 breakfasts in hotel, 4 lunches during activities

All other food and wine tastings mentioned in Itinerary

ACTIVITIES:

Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre visit

Godfather vs Mafia Tour with Light Lunch

Etna Trip until 1900mt with Lunch in Etna winery

Noto Walking Tour with Lunch

Ortigia Walking Tour

Trip to Agrigento, Guided visit of Temple Valley and Lunch

Palermo Walking Tour

LOCAL LICENSED GUIDE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES

24 HOURS OF SUPPORT BEFORE AND DURING YOUR TRAVEL

RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS AND RESERVATION

EXCLUSIONS:

Optional Etna ascent until 3000mt (65 Euro pp)

Entrance fees to monuments

City tax to be paid in hotel

CANCELLATIONS/REFUND:

Prior to 30 days — full refund

Between 29 and 16 days — 50%

Between 15 and 8 days — 30%

Less than 8 days — no refund

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