A Taste of Sicily

Palermo > Monreale > Cefalu > Catania > Mount Etna > Taormina > Catania
If you are short on time but want to see it all in Sicily, join a five-day tour from Palermo! Journey through the Mediterranean island and discover the Sicilian UNESCO sites, an Italian paradise full of treasures! Taste Sicilian treats, explore coastal towns, medieval castles, incredible ancient Greek ruins, and mesmerizing sunsets from picture-perfect seaside villages, towering volcanoes and much more!
5 Days from $1745/person CAD
Food & Wine
Guided
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

Sicily, Italy

Departures

Various Friday departures from March to December, 2021

Included:

  • 4-nights accommodation in charming 4-star hotels in Superior or Deluxe room category
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Multilingual Tour Leader and Professional Travel Guide for the whole tour, from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day and local guides or audio-guides where necessary
  • Deluxe Transportation from day 2 to day 4
  • Whisper kit
  • 4 dinners in hotels or local restaurants (3 main courses fixed menu) to experience a taste of Sicilian and Italian cuisine
  • Visit of the main Sicilian Unesco World Heritage Sites including Monreale, Palermo, Cefalù, Catania city centre and Mount Etna
  • Tastings of Sicilian typical products including the tasting of local street food in Palermo, tasting of Sicilian “granita & brioche” in Catania, and visit of a beekeeping honey company with honey tasting in Mount Etna
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • All entrance fees to monuments or museums as per the itinerary

Not Included:

  • Tips
  • Lunches
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • All prices are per person
  • Due to unforeen circumstances the itinerary is subject to change
  • Please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions

Optional Extras:

  • Pre and Post Accommodation

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You can request to book this tour privately, travelling only with people you know.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO PALERMO!

Benvenuti a Palermo! After your arrival at the airport, meet and greet your driver where you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. In the evening, you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Meals: D

DAY 2: PALERMO > MONREALE > PALERMO

After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style, admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later you will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay dominated by Mount Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past, the Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, 17th century squares, including an elegant opera house.

Visit of the wonderful eclectic Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, admirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, and a prove of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II employed Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers.

During the day, you will have a stop for a surprise to taste the local street food in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Along the path you will admire the famous Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with 16th century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 3: PALERMO > CEFALU > CATANIA

After breakfast transfer to Cefalù, charming Medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. Visit of its stunning Norman Dome and free time to stroll through the town or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum.

Arrival in Catania and free time for lunch. Later on the tour will continue visiting Catania’s historical centre stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The colour scheme of the city-centre buildings is black and dark grey, relieved with white limestone details around doors and windows. The effect is extremely elegant! The walking tour will start from the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city.

Not far from here we will reach University Square and we will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. Continuing the visit enjoy a break in a historical bar of the city centre to taste the typical “granita & brioche”. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby and overnight. Meals: B, D

DAY 4: CATANIA > MOUNT ETNA > TAORMINA > CATANIA

This morning after a short visit of the famous “pescheria” (the ancient fish market) in Catania, the tour will continue with an excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest (c. 3350m) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays Unesco World Heritage Site. Its regional park protects 59.000 hectares of unique geology, flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wine manufacture, stonework and carpentry.

Views of stunning landscapes will amaze you heading to Rifugio Sapienza. You will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters, can extend across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! You will have a stop to enjoy the local homemade honey and some typical products of the area. The tour continues towards Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna.

Free time for lunch and in the afternoon visit of Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre which will leave you breathless for its commading view on Giardini Naxos bay and the Etna mountain! Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, to go shopping and looking around the local handicrafts (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, pastries and much more). The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi. Back to the hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

DAY 5: CATANIA

Final breakfast followed by check-out and transfer to the airport. Arrivederci! Meals: B


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