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Taormina
Scala dei Turchi
Palermo
Taormina
Agrigento

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Overview

Discover the beauty of Sicily during a fully customizable private tour. Enjoy top historic attractions such as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and natural wonders like the Scala dei Turchi Cliffs or the Mount Etna, and we'll take care of all the logistics. Stay in hotels of your choice and mix and match Sicilian destinations for your itinerary to your liking.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • Centrally located hotels:
    8 nights
    Agrigento region hotel or villa: 2 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    2 day-tours outside the city with driver-guide
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts
    Tasting at pasticceria
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Palermo

Welcome to Palermo - the stunning capital of Sicily. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

  • Optional extension: Add one more day to your trip and enjoy a tour of the towns of Cefalu and Castelbuono with a private guide-driver. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 2
Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour to Monreale

After breakfast you meet with your private guide to enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Palermo.

The capital of Sicily - Palermo - has been a crossroads for cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia. Together with your private guide you visit the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel (entrance tickets are included).

Then you walk along Villa Bonanno to the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, just to admire the exterior; continue along Vittorio Emanuele to the imposing Four Corners. Then on to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.

After the tour you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Palermo on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Monreale Sightseeing Tour, Palermo
    Enhance your trip with a guided day trip to Monreale. Together with your guide you visit the famous landmark of the city - the gorgeous Monreale Cathedral with its Cloister.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Architectural & Culinary Traditions of Segesta and Erice

Following breakfast you meet with your private guide-driver and embark on a day tour to the Segesta, with its best-preserved Doric Temple, and the unforgettable medieval hilltop town of Erice.

Segesta once has been the most important regional town and trading center, and now it treasures two Classical monuments which you visit: the Temple of Segesta and the Greek theatre.

Then you proceed to Erice, a wonderfully preserved town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Together with your guide you discover the city's treasures. Erice boasts 60 churches, some dating back to the early 1300's, and two incredible castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. During the tour of Erice you visit the Chiesa Matrice church.

One more highlight today is a visit to the local pasticceria for a tasting of the famous cannoli, Sicilian cassata, almond pastries and other delicious culinary masterpieces. This unique pasticceria is famous for its traditions and amazing taste of its sweets all around Italy and even beyond.

After the tour you return to your hotel in Palermo and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and Sicilian treats tasting included.

Day 4
Morning at Leisure and Transfer to Agrigento

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Palermo on your own. Alternatively, you can enjoy the carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Private Cooking Class, Palermo
    Enjoy a morning cooking class in English and learn to prepare delicious local dishes. Together with a small group and the chef visit the Capo Marke, then go to a restaurant, where you are guided through a hands-on cooking experience.
  • Optional tour: Palermo Street Food Tour, Palermo
    Highlight your time in Palermo with a half day street food tour. Your experienced guide takes you to the local market where you dive in the atmosphere of traditions and delight yourself with the tastiest Sicilian dishes.

In the afternoon you are transferred to Agrigento* where you check-in at your charming hotel and have the evening at leisure.

On the way to Agrigento you may add a stop in a town Cefalu famous for its Norman Cathedral with Byzantine mosaics. Refer to your destination specialist for more details.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs

Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel you spend the day exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings.

The guided tour begins with one of the two highlights of the city - the splendid Valley of the Temples. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you visit the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the World and one of the symbols of Sicily.

In the second part of the day enjoy a trip with your private driver to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rising 50 meters above sea level. This natural phenomenon so-called "Stairs of the Turks" allows for easy walking. Its gleaming color is eye-catching enough, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it looks like a staircase carved by man even though its shape is entirely natural.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Villa Romana del Casale & Transfer to Taormina

In the morning after breakfast at your hotel, you check-out and your private driver meets you at the hotel lobby for the trip to Taormina.

Along the way, we have arranged a stop to see the hidden gem of Sicily near a town Piazza Armerina. Here you visit* the famous Villa Romana del Casale a UNESCO Site especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics.

Upon arrival you check-in at your hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own.

*Short guided tour can be arranged at Villa Romana del Casale. Refer to your destination specialist for more details.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Sightseeing of Taormina

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your private local guide and take off to see the highlights of Taormina.

During the tour you stroll along the main street, Corso Umberto I, and visit the Greco-Roman Theater that has Etna as its backdrop.

After the tour you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own, spend time on the beach, dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.

  • Optional tour: The Godfather Tour, Sicily
    Together with your driver go to the medieval village of Savoca to see the famous church of Sant'Nicolo used in The Godfather movie.
  • Optional tour: Private Cooking Class, Taormina
    Treat yourself to a wonderful experience and have a private cooking class in a fine restaurant with Sicilian cuisine.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Day Trip to Mount Etna

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your private local driver and set off on a half day trip to one of the most famous Sicily attractions - Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.

Your driver takes you to an access point - the Rifugio Sapienza on the southern slope located 2,000 meters (6562 feet) above sea level. Here you take a walk to visit the "Silvestri" craters and the latest new lava flows and craters from 2001-2003 and enjoy the desert moon atmosphere!

On the way down you also visit a local winery and taste local Etna wine.

After the winery visit you have a transfer back to Taormina hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extensions to Syracuse and Ortygia Island or have a day trip to the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. Contact your specialist for details.

Hotels

6 nights at centrally-located hotels, 2 nights at a hotel or villa in Agrigento region

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
6 nights at centrally-located hotels, 2 nights at a hotel or villa in Agrigento region

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels and villas in Palermo, Province of Agrigento & Taormina;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides and guide-drivers;
  • Entrance tickets to the Temple at Segesta, the Greek Amphitheater, Chiesa Matrice Church, Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Teatro Antico di Taormina;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

What's Included
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Witnessing the oldest Doric Temple in Segesta and a well-preserved town Erice offering the most breathtaking views;
  • Unveiling the history of the priceless Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - the most fascinating Greek archaeological site in Sicily;
  • Marveling at the grandeur of natural beauty of the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs;
  • Touching history on the guided tour in the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily with a splendid view of the Calabrian coast and the smoking volcano Etna;
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • In Sicily you will find some small boutiques and markets taking only cash, so make sure you change some money to Euros before leaving the country
  • Don’t forget to bring an insect repellant and a sunscreen

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,295
Deposit $659
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$4,295
Deposit $859
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,945
Deposit $789
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$4,995
Deposit $999
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,295
Deposit $659
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$4,295
Deposit $859
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,945
Deposit $789
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$4,995
Deposit $999

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