The Ultimate Sicily Tour

Immerse yourself into the world of Sicily on this 14-day tour around the entire island. Sicily stands apart from mainstream Italy, and even Europe, because of its unique and colorful history. We will be exploring it all – art, culture, food, wine, people, landscapes and more. Starting our tour in the town of Taormina, we will be visiting Mt. Etna, touring the big city of Palermo, night touring the valley of temples near Agrigento, exploring Syracuse and it’s theater and finally ending our tour back at the base of Mt. Etna in the town of Catania.

The Ultimate Sicily Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Italy

At 7pm we will meet as a group at our hotel, which is located in the town of Catania. Our first adventure as a group will be a wonderful welcome dinner. Sleep in Catania 1 night. Activity level – Light. (van – 30 minutes from airport - transfer included)

Day 2 - Mt. Etna

After breakfast we will travel up to Mt. Etna for a closer look at the Volcano. We will have time to enjoy the views and hear a little bit about this magnificent place. From the mountain we will be heading to our next stop, Taormina. Once we arriver there the remainder of the day is free for you to see and do what you like. Sleep in Taormina 2 nights Activity Level – Moderate (van – 3-4 hours + Etna visit)

Day 3 - Toarmina

Since we are staying only a few minutes from the center, we will be walking into town today for a 1/2 day tour. We will marvel at sights like the greek amphitheater and enjoy the strolling down the pedestrian street.  1/2 the day is yours to explore and relax on your own. Activity Level – Moderate.

Day 4 - Cefalu and Palermo

Today is a travel day across the north side of the Island. We will be stopping in the seaside town of Cefalu for a few hours to have lunch and relax and explore a bit. After Cefalu we continue heading to the town of Palermo. Sleep in Palermo 3 nights. Activity level – Light.  (Van 4 hours)

Day 5 - Monreale

Just a half day of activities today. We will be heading up to the town of Monreale (above Palermo) to visit the Church and wander the city. Activity level – Light. (van – 1 hour RT)

Day 6 - Big City Palermo

This morning we will be going on a guided walking tour of the center of Palermo. We will be enjoying some amazing street food, famous in the area as well as visiting some fantastic attractions. After lunch as a group you are free to spend the afternoon however you want. Activity level – Heavy.

Day 7 - Hill Top Town - Erice

After breakfast we depart the big city of Palermo and head to Erice, a small town on a mountain. Along the way we will be stopping at Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, a nature reserve with beaches, hiking, coves, cliffs and more. Once we reach the small mountain town of Erice you will have free time to explore this mysterious little place as much as you’d like. Sleep 1 night in Erice. Activity level – Light (van – 3 hour)

Day 8 - Ancient Temples - Agrigento

Our drive today is broken up by some amazing stops at places like Segesta and Selinunte, with amazing ancient ruins of temples and amphitheaters. We will also being visiting the Scala dei Turchi, an unusual formation of white stone. This evening we arrive at our beautiful accommodations with views of the Valley of the Temples. Sleep 2 nights in Agrigento. Activity level – Moderate (van – 3.5 hours)

Day 9 - Valley of the Temples

Today we have an incredible journey into the past as we partake in a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples. These marvelous ruins will be brought to life in front of your eyes. This is our only planned activity today. You can rest and rejuvenate at the villa (complete with a pool and peacocks). Activity level – Moderate

Day 10 - Baroque Towns

Although this is a long driving day, it is filled with stops in a couple amazing towns. Our first stop on the way to Syracuse is in Caltagirone, a town known for it’s incredible ceramics. Next we continue on to the baroque town of Modica. Aside from it’s beautiful multitiered center, Modica is also known for it’s many chocolate shops. and finally stop in the town of Noto. Noto is known as the finest baroque town in Italy We finish our drive in Syracuse, the rest of the day yours to relax. Sleep 2 nights in Syracuse. Activity level – Moderate (van – 5 hours)

Day 11 - Syracuse - Ortygia

Today you have a free morning to relax and explore the area. This afternoon we have a guided tour of Ortygia. This was the original heart of Syracuse for 2700 years. It is now being restored and has many incredible sights. Activity Level – Heavy 

Day 12 - Syracuse and Catania

Our morning begins with a tour of Archeological park in Syracuse. We will be visiting the famous roman amphitheater and also the catacombs and caves. After exploring Syracuse we drive up to our last destination – Catania. Here we will have some free time for any shopping or relaxing you want to do. Sleep in Catania 2 nights. Activity Level – Moderate (Van - 1 hour)

Day 13 - Catania

Our final day of the tour. We have a guided walk through the city to enjoy some of it's views and history. Tonight we meet for our farewell dinner and talk about our amazing trip. Activity Level – Heavy 

Day 14 - Arrivederci Italia

After breakfast we bid our final farewells and head back to the United States or go on to visit other places in Italy or Europe! Arrivederci!

What's Included

Group Size

We are committed to keeping this tour to no more than 10 tour participants. This makes it perfect for immersing into the city and enjoying family run hotels and restaurants. 

Guides

During your tour you will have a full-time Ultimate Italy Tour Guide. We also work hard to find the best local guides for sights like Mt. Etna and walking street food tours in Palermo.

Attractions

All group activities, attractions and tours are included in the price of your tour. No need for expensive add-on sight-seeing.. We take you (mostly guided) to all the major sights.

Meals

Meals are an important part of your Italian experience. We include as many meals as possible, except when we aren't together as a group. We will give suggestions though.

Transportation

This is the only tour where we drive you around the Island in our private minibus. Although Sicily does have some public transportation, it's not reliable for making the most of this amazing island and what we want you to experience. 

Airport Transfer

We have a van for this tour and will be personally picking you up from the airport. Because public transportation can take too long and we don't want you to worry about getting around, we pick you up!

Tip and Gratuities

Since we will be taking many guided tours and eating many meals as a group, we will cover all tips and gratuities. Also, you don't have to worry about paying our guides. No tips necessary.

VIP Website Access

Once you register you will have access to a private website just for your tour. This is also where I will send announcements and updates about the tour, so you don't miss anything.

Private or Custom Tour

This tour can be booked as a private tour or you can customize it to fit your needs. Using the suggested Itinerary above, you can see sample pricing below.

Private Guided Tour:  6 people - $4697* per person 

Private Tour: Email [email protected] for pricing

*Airfare NOT included

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