Tour of Sicily: Highlights

8 Days/7 Nights

Type of travel: Shared/Scheduled

Travel theme: Culture; History; Food; Art

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrival airport: Catania

Departure airport: Palermo

Overnights: Taormina; Syracuse; Palermo

Hotels: 4 and 3 stars superiors

Transportation: Mercedes minivan

Number of participants: 2-8

Price: 1547euro pp

Suppl for single room: 430 euro

Discount: 10% applied for groups of 4 and more

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 though its gastronomy, wines, art and music

Get an authentic lifestyle 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 driver, who will bring you to your charming hotel in Taormina. After some relaxation take an easy walk with your 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 Ariston**** or similar)

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 movies 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, have some relaxation and be ready for foodie evening.

TAORMINA FOOD&WINE TOUR

Meet your local guide in the city center when it starts to cool down and discover ideal places to get a real taste of Taormina. Savour its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful Food&Wine traditions alive. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals.  Your tour will finish at around 21:30 in the heart of Taormina so after you can still enjoy the town at night.

Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston**** or similar)

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 panoramic Winery located on the slope of Etna famous for it’s 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 Ariston**** or similar)

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 Gargallo*** or similar)

DAY 5  ORTIGIA WALKING TOUR

Meet your local guide in the city center and start 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 Gargallo*** or similar)

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 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 Palazzo Brunaccini**** or similar)

DAY 7 PALERMO STREETFOOD WALKING TOUR

On this day sample the best of Sicilian streetfood during 3 hours Walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets, tasting five different Sicilian treats along the way — including ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters) and ‘arancine’ (deep-fried rice balls). Pass through Palermo old town and most important highlights listening the stories of your guide. After tour enjoy free evening in Palermo.

Overnight in Palermo (Hotel Palazzo Brunaccini**** or similar)

DAY 8 DEPARTURE

Breakfast and transfer to Palermo airport

HOTELS:

3 nights in Taormina: Hotel Ariston**** or similar

2 nights in Syracuse: Hotel Gargallo*** or similar

2 nights in Palermo: Hotel Palazzo Brunaccini**** or similar

TRANSPORT:

All transportation with A/C 8 seats Mercedes minivan

MEAL:

8 breakfasts in hotel, 5 lunches and 1 dinner during activities

All other food and wine tastings mentioned in itinerary

SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES:

Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre visit

Godfather vs Mafia Tour with Lunch

Taormina Food&Wine Tour

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 Streetfood Walking Tour

LOCAL LICENSED GUIDE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES (EXCEPT ETNA)

24 HOURS OF SUPPORT BEFORE AND DURING YOUR TRAVEL

RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS AND RESERVATION 

EXCLUSIONS:

Entrance fees to monuments

Optional Etna ascent until 3000mt

City tax to be paid in hotel

Every Friday: from April 12th until November 1st

Except August 16th and 23rd

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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