Trip Overview

Best of Sicily

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 7 Reviews
Small group tour to Italy

Enjoy an all-embracing 9-day small group tour of the best Sicily has to offer! During the tour, you explore numerous unique sights from Palermo to Taormina, such as the enchanting Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi and the medieval hilltop town of Erice. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the UNESCO site Villa Romana del Casale and a trip to Mount Etna - the highest volcano in Europe!

Best of Sicily

9 days3 cities
Italy1 country
Small group tour to Italy
From
$2,785
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 7 Reviews

Enjoy an all-embracing 9-day small group tour of the best Sicily has to offer! During the tour, you explore numerous unique sights from Palermo to Taormina, such as the enchanting Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi and the medieval hilltop town of Erice. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the UNESCO site Villa Romana del Casale and a trip to Mount Etna - the highest volcano in Europe!

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Day-By-Day
Palermo, Italy

Palermo

first destination

Palermo is a small province that stretches out in northern Sicily and can easily become the highlight of your trip to Italy.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Palermo
Transfer
Transfer

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.

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Day 2
Day Trip to Erice
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast you meet with your 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 pastries tasting included.

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Day 3
Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour to Monreale
City tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet with your 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 guide you start the tour at the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel.

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 to Monreale.

  • Optional tour: Monreale Sightseeing Tour, Palermo
    Enhance your trip with a guided day trip to Monreale. This is the town where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached their apogee.

Breakfast is included.

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Eurostars Centrale
4

Located in the heart of Palermo just a few steps from the magnificent Cathedral and the famous Via Maqueda, Eurostars Central Palace was once the noble 18th century Palazzo Tarallo.

car
Palermo
Agrigento
2 hrs

Our trusted driver takes you on a journey through the Sicilian countryside to arrive in Agrigento.

Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento

second destination

Beautifully placed in southern Sicily, hilly Agrigento is among the most popular destinations in this part of Italy.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Optional Street Food Tour & 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 our carefully planned optional tours like a Trip to Monreale or join a Street Food Tour in Palermo.

In the afternoon you meet with the driver to have a transfer to the hotel in the Province of Agrigento.

Upon arrival in the hotel, you have a check-in, and in the late afternoon, we invite you to a private cooking class.

Together with the chef, you start a 2.5-hour workshop where you get acquainted with some typical Sicilian dishes. Today you are fully involved in the process and, in the end, you have a perfect setting for your dinner. Enjoy your freshly cooked meal paired with Sicilian wine!

After dinner, you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
City tour
City tour

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

Your tour begins with one of the two highlights of the city - the splendid Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You then continue to 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 tour you enjoy a trip to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rises 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 are taken back to the hotel or you may take carefully planned optional tours like the City Tour of Agrigento, or a Coastal Tour with a private guide who introduces you to the history, myths, legends and local traditions.

In the evening you enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna
4

The Baglio della Luna is situated 5 km from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with minibar, satellite TV and private bathroom.

car
Agrigento
Taormina
2 hrs 30 min

A car ride with an experienced driver is one of the best ways to enjoy the views of Sicily. On your way to Taormina, you pass dozens of Italian villages and numerous beautiful dales.

Taormina, Italy

Taormina

third destination

Placed in the north-eastern part of the Italian island high up on hills close to the Mount Etna volcano, Taormina is one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities in Sicily.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Villa Romana del Casale & Transfer to Taormina
Free day
Free day

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

Along the way, we have arranged a stop to see the hidden gems of Sicily - Piazza Armerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casale. This is a must-see site included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for the richness and artistic quality of its mosaics.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Sightseeing of Taormina
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your local guide. Together you 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Day Trip to Mount Etna
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your local driver and set off on a 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.

Once your visit to Mount Etna is over you return to your Taormina hotel.

Note: Due to the weather conditions and fog, the view of Mount Etna can be limited.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

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

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extensions - contact your specialist for details.
  • Small Group Extension to Syracuse and Ortygia Island:
    Extend your trip to Syracuse and Ortygia Island. Following your transfer to Syracuse visit the Neapolis Park of Syracuse. You sightseeing program includes a visit to the archeological area of Syracuse, you also explore the still-working Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and the Roman Amphitheater. Then explore the sights of Ortygia Island. The second day is free, an optional day trip to the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto can be arranged. On the third day, you have a departure transfer to Catania airport.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Villa Schuler
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The 4-star Hotel Villa Schuler is the oldest owner-run hotel in Taormina.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels and villas in Palermo, Province of Agrigento, Taormina;
  • Delicious breakfasts at hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina;
  • Entrance tickets to Segesta Temple and Greek theatre, Chiesa Matrice church, Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Greco-Roman Theatre in Taormina;
  • Tasting in the famous Erice pasticceria;
  • Cooking class with dinner;
  • Wine tasting with lunch in Mount Etna winery;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Transfers between cities in a comfortable vehicle;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Guided tour to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - the most fascinating Greek archaeological site in Sicily;
  • Guided tour to the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily with a splendid view of the Calabrian coast and the smoking volcano Etna;
  • Day-tour to Mount Etna and tasting of the local wine harvested on its volcanic slopes;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.

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
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