14 Days Absorbing the Quaint Charm of the Island of Sicily
Immerse yourself in the charming and unique atmosphere of Sicily on this exclusive pre-set package that sweeps you away to Palermo, Agrigento, Ortigia, Taormina and Catania. This Sicily multi-city tour begins in the island’s capital of Palermo, an authentic gem of Sicily and the Italian Capital of Culture 2018. Here, you can admire glorious Sicilian Baroque architecture and enjoy the stories that made this city one of the most important and beautiful Italian cities in the past and today. As a part of this Sicily multi-city tour, we will arrange a day trip to Segesta and Erice, as well as the Cathedral of Monreale, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in the world, giving you a full appreciation of this enriching region of Sicily. After discovering the delights of the north-west coast, we will take you south to the historic city of Agrigento, which is the famous site of the Valley of the Temples – a UNESCO-protected wonder where you can walk amongst ancient Greek temples and imagine a time in Sicily long forgotten. You will then have the chance to continue your tour through Sicily’s fascinating historic roots with 3 nights in Ortigia, which is the historic center of Syracuse on Sicily’s south-east coast and a place where you can discover ancient places in the Neapolis Archeological Park. With Sicily’s history echoing in your mind, we take you to Taormina, which sits in the shadow of the epic Mount Etna – Sicily’s magnificent volcano. Here, we will treat you to a VIP tour of Taormina, as well as a wine-tasting experience in the Etna foothills so that you can sample the local wines that have made this part of Sicily one of the best regions for organic vintages. Finally, this Sicily multi-city tour ends in Catania, one of the most important cities in Sicily and a place where you can immerse yourself in vibrant city life and discover Sicily’s decadent food culture with a culinary tour.
With exclusive pre-arranged tours with expert guides, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect Sicily multi-city tour on which to discover the heart of Sicilian culture, for an unforgettable and incredible trip among tradition, history, food and nature.
- Private airport transfers and inter-city transfers included as standard
- VIP tour of Palermo
- Tour of Monreale, allowing you to embrace the glorious Cathedral
- Afternoon tour of Segesta and Erice
- Historic tour of the Valley of the Temples
- VIP tour of Ortigia
- Private tour of Neapolis Park in Syracuse
- VIP Taormina tour, featuring the Greek theater
- Mount Etna wine-tasting tour
- Food-tasting tour of Catania
Places visited: Palermo (3 nights), Agrigento (2 nights), Ortigia, Syracuse (3 nights), Taormina (3 nights), Catania (2 nights)
Departure dates and prices: Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures. The package prices start from $3510 per person and each package includes private transfers, first-class train tickets, accommodation (with breakfast) and pre-arranged tours and activities detailed in the itinerary (highlighted above and described below). Packages can be booked with just a 20% deposit. Please refer to the Pricing box at the bottom of the page for more information on pricing and deposits.
Flights: Please note that this package does not include flights. When purchasing your flights from your chosen airline, we recommend that you fly into Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport and fly out of Catania–Fontanarossa Airport. If this is not possible for you but you would still like to book this package, please contact us for a customized quote.
Best for… History & Archeology / Architecture / Relaxation / Sunshine / Coastal scenery / Nature
How to book: You can book this package safely and securely online using the box at the top of the page. Simply select the number of travelers, the star of accommodation you would like and your chosen vacation dates, and click “Book now”. You can also select to pay the full balance or just a deposit.
Day 1: The magic of Sicily
This Sicily multi-city tour begins in the island capital of Palermo on the north-west coast. This city is a combination of experiences, featuring glorious sea views and the relaxing charm of coastal living, as well as refined cultural experiences and intriguing Sicilian architecture. You will have the chance to explore the main sights of Palermo, which was announced the Italian Capital of Culture 2018, as soon as you arrive in this fascinating city with a three-hour private guide tour, featuring monuments from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque eras.
What’s included: Private transfer from Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport; private guided Palermo city tour (3 hours); accommodation in Palermo
Day 2: Tour of Monreale
On your first full day in Sicily we have a sublime treat for you as we take you on a group day tour to Monreale, where you can see the impressive UNESCO-listed mosaics and admire Arab-Norman art and architecture. The most impressive stop on this group tour will surely be the stunning Cathedral (il Duomo), which dates back to the 12th century and features a stunning golden mosaic depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. (Note that admission to the Cathedral should be paid directly to the site and is not included in the package price.)
What’s included: Group guided tour of Monreale (4 hours; admission to the Cathedral not included); accommodation in Palermo
Day 3: Day trip to Segesta and Erice
Continuing your discovery of Sicily, today you will enjoy a group day trip to the wonders of Segesta and Erice. These sublime hilltop towns allow you to discover an authentic face of Sicilian culture and take in archeological treasures, including a Greek theater. The day tour begins in Segesta, which, according to legend, has Trojan roots. It is located on the isolated hill of Barbaro near the Crimiso River, meaning you can truly immerse yourself in country life here, but also admire culture architecture, such as the well-preserved Greek temple and theater, which were built in the late 5th century BC. After Segesta, you will visit Erice, which sits 2400 feet above sea level. Even in the summer, it has a wonderfully cool and refreshing climate, making this a delightful day trip if you are visiting Sicily in the hotter months. Erice is well regarded for its Greek heritage and is considered a sacred place as it is dedicated to the goddesses of love Aphrodite (for the Greeks) and Venus (for the Romans).
What’s included: Group day trip to Segesta and Erice (6 hours); accommodation in Palermo
Day 4: Step back in time in Agrigento
After discovering the sights around Palermo, it’s time to travel south to immerse yourself in the Greek heritage of Agrigento. This UNESCO-protected city is home to the glorious Valley of the Temples, which is an archeological site rich in Greek temples that date back to ancient times. As a part of your package, we will arrange a private car transfer from your hotel in Palermo to your hotel in Agrigento, allowing you to arrive in air-conditioned luxury.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel in Palermo to your hotel in Agrigento; accommodation in Agrigento
Day 5: Sicily’s Valley of the Temples
Wasting no time, on your first full day in Agrigento, we will treat you to a guided tour of the city’s most popular attraction: the iconic Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Sicily’s most impressive archeological parks, featuring a range of Greek temples, as well as a dedicated museum so you can learn more about Sicily’s turbulent Greek past. As a part of this group tour, you will explore the ancient Greek city of Akragas with an expert guide, and marvel at the temples of Hera (Juno), Concordia and Herakles. During the tour, your guide will tell you stories that will bring the ruins to life and explain their intriguing construction.
What’s included: Group guided tour of the Valley of the Temples (3 hours); accommodation in Agrigento
Day 6: Welcome to Ortigia!
Your Sicily multi-city tour continues today with 3 nights on the fascinating ancient island of Ortigia in the historic center of Syracuse. Before reaching Ortigia we have a special treat for you as, during your private transfer from Agrigento to Ortigia, your driver will stop in the beautiful Piazza Armerina, allowing you to briefly admire the ancient aristocratic buildings that have been restored in the typical late-Baroque sandstone, as well as the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale with its Roman mosiacs.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel in Agrigento to your hotel in Ortigia; stop in Piazza Armerina; accommodation in Ortigia
Day 7: VIP tour of Ortigia
On your first full day in Ortigia, we will treat you to a beautiful sightseeing tour with a private guide, allowing you to immerse yourself in this historic center and learn more about Sicily’s turbulent and ever-changing past. As a part of the tour, you will admire the important buildings and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa, and also step off the tourist track to feel the exceptional atmosphere of South Sicily, visiting colorful markets and hidden corners in this fascinating island city.
What’s included: Private guided tour of Ortigia (2 hours); accommodation in Ortigia
Day 8: VIP tour of the Neapolis Archeological Park
Today, we will take you on a journey back in time with a visit and private tour of the Neapolis Archeological Park in Syracuse. As a part of this three-hour experience, you will see the most important monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including ancient Greek and Roman buildings that tell you the story of Syracuse’s past. The most encapsulating of these is surely the Greek theater, which is the largest of its kind in Sicily, but you will also see the legendary “Ear of Dionysius”, which is famous for its unique acoustics, the altar of Hiero, the ancient Greek “Latomie” quarries and the Roman amphitheater. This private tour is a unique and special way to learn more about this part of Sicily and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and absorb the glorious attractions at a pace that suits you.
What’s included: Private guided tour of the Neapolis Archeological Park (3 hours); accommodation in Ortigia
Day 9: Step into the shadow of Mount Etna
After discovering the ancient history of Sicily, today we will show you a different side to the island with 3 nights in Taormina, which is a charming town that sits in the foothills of the epic Mount Etna – Sicily’s resident volcano. We will include a transfer direct from Ortigia to Taormina, allowing you to arrive in this enchanting place in style.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel in Ortigia to your hotel in Taormina; accommodation in Taormina
Day 10: VIP Taormina tour, featuring the Greek theater
After spending yesterday relaxing and settling in at your hotel, today you will discover Taormina’s historic secrets and modern delights on a two-hour private tour. This guided experience allows you to explore the highlights of this charming city, including Palazzo Corvaja, the Santa Caterina Church and Vicolo Stretto, which is the narrowest street in town. As a special addition to this Taormina private tour, you will enjoy “skip the line” entry to the ancient Greek theater, which boasts magnificent views of Mount Etna and Giardini Naxos. There is no better way to discover this unassuming city’s treasured attractions!
What’s included: Private guided tour of Taormina, with “skip the line” entry to the Greek theater; accommodation in Taormina
Day 11: Mount Etna wine-tasting tour
On your final day in Taormina, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to step foot on an active volcano! During the tour, you will visit Mount Etna and learn about the volcano’s origins, its eruptions, and the culture, myths and folklore surrounding “Mamma Etna”, as it is known locally. The tour will begin with an idyllic driving tour through the authentic mountain villages that sit in the Etna foothills, allowing you to admire pretty natural scenery and spot rare wildlife. You will then stop to visit a local honey farm and taste the produce of the fertile volcano terrain, before visiting the Cyclops cave and finally reaching “Rifugio Sapienza”, which is the guard house at the base of Mount Etna. Here you can visit the famous Silvestri Craters and admire unforgettable panoramic views that you will treasure for a lifetime! There are also some charming shops here where you can buy souvenirs made of lava, as well as refreshments. As a finale to your wonderful Mount Etna day tour, you will visit one of the best Etna wineries and enjoy a lunch of fresh local delicacies served with the finest red and white Sicilian wines.
What’s included: Group guided wine-tasting tour of Mount Etna (6 hours); accommodation in Taormina
Day 12: Your finale in Catania
Travelling south from your peaceful retreat in Taormina, we will take you into the city vibrancy of Catania as the finale to your Sicily multi-city tour. Our friendly and professional driver will greet you at your hotel in Taormina and take you on a pretty drive in the direction of Catania, with a stop in Augusta, where you will have three hours to enjoy this port city. It was founded in the 14th century by Frederick II of Svevia (the emperor-intellectual of the Germanic Empire) and is known for its idyllic natural landscape, making it the perfect place to take pretty photos to show friends back home.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel in Taormina to your hotel in Catania; free time in Augusta (3 hours); accommodation in Catania
Day 13: Catania food-tasting tour
As a final treat on your Sicily multi-city tour, you will have the opportunity to discover Sicily’s vibrant food culture with a tasting tour of Catania. During this group walking tour, you will learn the history of Catania and how it was constructed on the lava fields of Mount Etna, and sample traditional Sicilian street food, such as arancini (stuffed rice balls) and traditional pitone (pies made with prosciutto, mozzarella and tomatoes), as well as Etna wine.
What’s included: Group guided tour of Catania with street-food tasting; accommodation in Catania
Day 14: And so your dream Sicily multi-city tour reaches its end
The morning sees you leaving Sicily on your flight from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport back home. The sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of the past weeks will no doubt flood over you as you enjoy the luxury of a private transfer to the airport, leading you to smile in remembrance of times past and to plan for your inevitable return visit!
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
How to book: You can book this package safely and securely online using the box at the top of the page. Simply select the number of travelers, the star of accommodation you would like and your chosen vacation dates, and click “Book now”. You can also select to pay the full balance or just a deposit. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about this Sicily multi-city tour, please call our friendly team members at (347)-594-5500 or click here to send us an inquiry.