A classic tour that showcases the best of Sicily, from its stunning landscapes and architecture, to its rich history and vibrant culture, to the mouthwatering cuisine at every turn. If Sicily is on your bucket list, this is the tour for you!
- September 30 – October 9, 2024
- 10 Days | 15 Meals
- From $4,000 per person
- Discover Agrigento’s ancient wonders, Palermo’s local cuisine, enchanting landscapes and stunning coastline, Siracusa’s timeless charm, Taormina’s leisurely allure, and much more!
Day 1 | Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo
Arrival and Palermo City Tour
As you step off the plane at Palermo Airport, a sense of anticipation fills the air. The warm Mediterranean breeze welcomes you to the enchanting island of Sicily. Your group is greeted and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the heart of Palermo. Later in the afternoon, embark on a captivating guided city walking tour that takes you through the historic streets of Palermo, revealing the secrets of its magnificent Cathedral and the grandeur of the Royal Palace. In the evening, a delightful welcome dinner awaits you, offering a taste of Sicilian cuisine and hospitality. D
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Day 2 | Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo
Monreale and Cefalù
Today, we begin with a guided excursion to Monreale for a visit to its famous Cathedral. The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Nuova and the Benedictine cloister of Monreale are part of the Arab-Norman Palermo route and one of the most ornate buildings in Sicily. Afterward, head to Cefalù, the charming small fishing town anchored between beautiful waters and sharp rock. Visit the spectacular Duomo with its beautiful mosaics depicting Cristo Pantocratore – Christ All Powerful – considered to be the island’s oldest and most well-preserved, before returning to your Palermo hotel for dinner on your own in the bustling capital. B
Day 3 | Hotel Cetarium, Castellamare del Golfo
Temple of Segesta and Erice
After a hearty breakfast, depart for a journey through Sicily’s rich history as we depart Palermo for the southwest part of the island. Your first stop is Segesta, a captivating archaeological site boasting an ancient Doric temple from the 5th century BC and a Hellenic-era theater perched on Monte Barbaro. Continue to the picturesque village of Erice, celebrated for its beauty and poetic history. Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant before your guide leads you through the town’s enchanting medieval streets. Your day concludes in Castellamare del Golfo, a coastal gem nestled on a hill, offering breathtaking views of the sea. Check-in to your hotel, where you’ll be enveloped in the magical atmosphere of Sicilian coastal living. B,L
Day 4 | Hotel Cetarium, Castellamare del Golfo
Mozia and Marsala
Embark on a guided tour of Mozia, located in the saltpans of Marsala, where you’ll find evidence of the oldest Phoenician settlement in the Mediterranean. The museum-island of Mozia is a treasure trove of history and culture, offering a unique and memorable experience. In Marsala, discover the town’s fascinating history and its renowned dessert wines. The Pellegrino family, known for its commitment to preserving the essence of Marsala and its wine, welcomes you for a guided cellar tour and private wine tasting. Return to your Castellamare del Golfo hotel for a night of relaxation. B
Day 5 | Hotel Colleverde, Agrigento
Depart for Agrigento, a town founded by Greek colonists in 581 BC. This once-magnificent Mediterranean center, known in ancient times as Akràgas, boasts Doric temples that dominate the town’s landscape. Check-in to your hotel, conveniently located near the archaeological area. Meet your guide for a stroll through history, as you explore the enchanting ancient temples and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Agrigento’s enthralling past. In the evening, savor a delectable meal at a typical trattoria in the old town. B,D
Day 6 | Grand Albergo Alfeo, Siracusa
Villa Romana del Casale and Syracuse Free Time
After a nourishing breakfast, set out for a remarkable excursion to the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient Roman villa boasts an impressive 3,500 square meters of exquisite mosaics that paint a vivid picture of life in the third century AD. Your guided tour unveils the villa’s captivating stories and treasures while you admire the surrounding beauty. The journey continues to Siracusa, a city that once stood as the most powerful in the Mediterranean during the 5th century BC. Check-in to your hotel, where you’ll be surrounded by the allure of ancient history and have time to enjoy the ancient city on your own to shop and relax before meeting the group for a dinner at a local ristorante. B, D
Day 7 | Grand Albergo Alfeo, Siracusa
Syracuse and Ortigia
Meet your guide for a day filled with archaeological wonders. Explore the captivating archaeological zone of Syracuse, delving into its rich history and cultural significance. Then, discover the picturesque beauty of Ortigia, a small island connected by bridge to mainland Syracuse, steeped in history and charm. What truly captivates in Ortigia is the Temple to Athena, nestled within the Duomo. It’s a remarkable fusion of Greek and Christian architectural styles, seamlessly blending ancient history with religious heritage. B,L
Day 8 | Villa Esperia, Taormina
Journey towards the final chapter of your Sicilian odyssey: Taormina, a timeless gem that once graced the Grand Tour of the 19th-century European elite. Taormina continues to captivate travelers from across the globe. Perched on the Monte Tauro hill, it commands vistas of two majestic bays below and, to the south, the towering peak of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. In the afternoon, upon your arrival, you’ll embark on a guided walking tour with your local guide, allowing you to immerse yourself in Taormina’s rich history with captivating sights such as the magnificent Greek Theater and the venerable Badia Vecchia. Later check in at your hotel, ready to savor the essence of this enchanting destination. B
Day 9 | Villa Esperia, Taormina
Leisure day in Taormina
Today, you have a leisurely day to explore Taormina at your own pace. Take your time to visit the sights that spark your interest, indulge in some shopping, hit the nearby beach, or simply relax at a café with a drink on a terrace, soaking in the enchanting atmosphere of Taormina. In the evening, we all come together for a farewell dinner at a local ristorante, where you can savor the culinary delights of Sicily one last time. B,D
Enjoy a final breakfast as we depart for Catania Airport with new friends and fond memories of Sicily! B
Dates and Prices
September 30-October 9, 2024 (land tour)
Double: 4,000 per person
Single: 4,800 per person
Tour Deposit: $250 per person
To reserve your place please follow the link below to signup. The tour manager will then contact you to complete your reservation and tour deposit.
- A small group of just 15-20 people
- 9 nights premium, centrally-located accommodation
- All of your tours and activities
- Full-time services of expert tour host Jack Baumann with over 15 years of travel experience.
- Private Transportation by luxury motor coach
- Personal Guidester travel guide that will help you explore in your free time
- Airport transfers to and from hotel on arrival and departure
- 15 meals (9 breakfasts, 2 lunch, and 4 dinners)
- Welcome drinks at all hotels
- Boat transfer at Mozia
- Guided walking tour of Palermo
- Cellar tour and wine tasting at Pellegrini
- Visit Piazza Armerina
- Entrance and tour of The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Nuova
- Visit to Cefalù
- Entrance to Valley of the Temples
- Guided tour of Erice
- Guided tour Segesta
- Entrance to salt pans of Marsala
- Guided tour of Agrigento
- Visit Castellamare del Golfo
- Entrance and tour of Villa Romana del Casale
- Visit Scopello
- Entrance and tour of Neapolis archaeological park
- Tour of Syracuse
- Guided walking tour of Taormina
- Entrance to Teatro Antico Taormina
All of your premium hotels are included on tour. Hand selected 4-star accommodations are perfectly situated in each destination, and private transfers to and from the airport are included in your tour experience.
Nights 1-2: Hotel Girabaldi, Palermo
Hotel Girabaldi is a charming boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Palermo. With its elegant decor, friendly staff, and proximity to historic sites, it's the ideal base for exploring this vibrant city. Enjoy cozy rooms, a rooftop terrace, and authentic Italian cuisine.
Nights 3-4: Hotel Cetarium, Castellamare del Golfo
Hotel Cetarium in Castellamare del Golfo is a seaside gem. Its Mediterranean-style architecture, panoramic views, and tranquil atmosphere make it a perfect retreat. Dive into the crystal-clear waters just steps away, savor fresh seafood at the on-site restaurant, and unwind in comfort.
Night 5: Hotel Colleverde, Agrigento
Hotel Collaverde in Agrigento offers a delightful blend of modern comfort and Sicilian charm. Nestled amidst lush gardens, it boasts stunning views of the Valley of the Temples. With elegant rooms, a pool, and a renowned restaurant serving local cuisine, it's an oasis of relaxation and culture.
Night 6-7: Grand Albergo Alfeo, Siracusa
Grande Albergo Alfeo is a captivating blend of history and luxury. Located in the heart of the historic city, this charming hotel offers elegant rooms with views of the Ionian Sea. Guests can explore the nearby Ortigia Island, visit ancient Greek ruins, and savor Sicilian cuisine at the on-site restaurant. With its impeccable service and timeless ambiance, it's the perfect base for experiencing the rich cultural heritage of Siracusa.
Nights 8-9: Villa Esperia, Taormina
This historic villa turned boutique hotel offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern luxury. Nestled amidst lush gardens, it boasts breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna. With its proximity to Taormina's attractions and pristine beaches, Villa Esperia is the perfect retreat for discerning travelers seeking a taste of Sicilian beauty and hospitality.
Tour members will fly into Palermo (PMO) and out of Catania (CTA). Tour will begin early afternoon of September 30, concluding in the early morning of October 9, 2024. Optional Flights - To allow for maximum flexibility your flight arrangements are not included. Your tour host can assist with booking airfare as requested, shopping out the best rates and flight schedules.
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