Sicily Tour from Palermo
8 days escorted Sicily with options to extend your stay.
Itinerary ( B = breakfast, D = dinner )
Arrive in Palermo at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Clients will find an informative brochure at the hotel reception. Overnight.
MONDAY: PALERMO - MONREALE – Optional: MONTE PELLEGRINO - MONDELLO (B)
Half-day guided tour of Palermo, the regional and provincial capital of Sicily. We will start the visit from the old part of the city with the Royal Palace, the Palatina Chapel, and the Cathedral. Afterward, we will visit Monreale famous for its Cathedral with Byzantine mosaics figuring Christ Pan creator and its Cloister. In the afternoon you can visit Palermo on your own or you can opt to book the optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino and Monreale. Monte Pellegrino, with its spectacular views of the city, its surrounding mountains and the ocean, and the sanctuary of SaintRosalia, the patron of the city was once described as the most beautiful promontory in the world by Goethe. Continuation to the small fishing village Mondello with its marvelous beach, where you will have 1 hour of free time. After exploring the town with your guide or at leisure, both groups meet back at a prearranged point to hop on the coach. Overnight in a hotel in Palermo.
TUESDAY: ERICE –SELINUNTE - AGRIGENTO (B, D)
Visit Erice, the medieval town on the summit of Monte San Giuliano. Here we can admire the Norman Castle and the Cathedral. Stop at a bakery shop to taste the typical almond pastry of Erice. Continuation to Trapani, the ancientDreapanum, with his medieval district situated on the headland pointing out to the sea. In the afternoon visit the archaeological park of Selinunte which contains the ruins of the temples and the Greek Acropolis. On to Agrigento. Overnight.
WEDNESDAY: AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – TAORMINA BEACH (B, D)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning visit Agrigento and guided tour of the Valley of Temples, where you can admire the temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde, one of the best-preserved Doric temples in the whole greek world, the Temple of Hercules, and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Continuation to Piazza Armerina in the afternoon including a short break to have a tasting of typical Sicilian food like olive paté, olives, marmalades, and wine. Hereafter you will have a guided tour of the Villa Romana del Casale, famous for the most beautiful collection of late-Roman mosaics. Continuation to Taorminabeach, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight.
THURSDAY: TAORMINA MARE - ETNA - TAORMINA (B, D)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the Vulcan constitutes the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: You will be astonished by the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep. Stop at a local beekeeper to taste quality honey and have a winetasting and see how it is produced. In the afternoon visit Taormina, situated on a rocky plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from CapoSant’Andrea to Capo Taormina. Opt to visit the Greek-Roman theatre, the 2nd largest classical theatre in Sicily. Overnight.
FRIDAY: TAORMINA MARE – NOTO - SYRACUSE (B, D)
Breakfast in Hotel. Full-day excursion. First, stop in Noto to discover the beautiful baroque in Sicily. On to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island. Guided tour at the Archeological Park, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, the Island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. Re-entry in a hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight.
SATURDAY: TAORMINA MARE (B, D)
Free time at your leisure.
SUNDAY: CASTELBUONO - CEFALU - PALERMO (B)
Departure to Castelbuono, a charming town that was formed in the 14C around the castle built by the Ventimiglia family, a massive square construction with square towers, which has undergone many alterations over the years. On to Cefalù to visit this lovely medieval town and its famous cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Sicily, founded by Ruggero II, the first King of Sicily. The cathedral of Cefalù and some monuments of the Normann period of Monreale and Palermo are acknowledged as a UNESCO heritage site in 2015. Continuation to Palermo where we arrive in the late evening.
Please allow three hours for check-in to your international flights and two hours for domestic.
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
Please contact us for additional pricing options from any departure airport not listed.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes, you can arrange for that by contacting us either by phone or email.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
Check the dates listed above to see if there is availability for the specific date you are interested in. If there are multiple dates listed feel free to contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
8 nights in 4* hotels in standard rooms
Air-conditioned bus for the whole tour
7 Breakfast and 5 dinners
Tasting where indicated
Bilingual guided tour for the excursions as in the program.
Tour is also available in Deluxe Hotels at $1,490
Optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino and Mondello $40,00
Supplement for single room: $390,00
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy as described above.
Airfare is not included and is nonrefundable after booking. Additional fees: Baggage fees may apply.
Drinks at meals
Transfers at arrival and departure
Personal expenses, Tips to the guide and driver (optional)
Entrance fees to museums, monuments, and archaeological sites
Anything not mentioned in “Tour Features”.
Cancellation policy and fees:
All cancellations are subject to fees up to the date specified.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.
HOTELS (or similar):
Taormina area : Antares Hotel
Palermo: Cristal Palace Hotel
Agrigento : Della Vella Hotel
April: 7, 14, 21, 28
May: 5, 12, 19, 26
June: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20