Summary

During the 6-day Sicily group tour from Catania to Palermo you will be amazed by the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. This Sicily guided tour focused on the Eastern Sicily and Palermo area will offer you the opportunity to visit incredible places and have great experiences, walking among the Greek ruins of Syracuse, the Baroque buildings in Noto and the Byzantine mosaics in Palermo. This will be an unforgettable experience full of amazing discoveries of great places, UNESCO sites, Sicilian typical food and much more! The best seasons for this tour are spring and summer. The minimum number of persons for this tour is 2. The entrance fees at the attractions and city taxes are not included in the price. Closing date for receipt of group travel requests for this tour is two weeks before the travel date. Departures organized every Saturday from March 23, 2019 to November 9, 2019.

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Valeria

Valeria

Local travel expert in Italy

I am Valeria and I speak English, Spanish and French. My passion for travel and love for my land will let you discover Sicily and its treasures throughout extraordinary itineraries.

Itinerary


On the day of your arrival, you will arrange your own transfer to the hotel in the charming town of Catania in Sicily (optional private transfer available upon request).

In the evening, the group will meet for a welcome dinner with the tour leader. This is the perfect occasion to get acquainted with your fellow travel companions for the next days.

Accommodation at the hotel in Catania.

The day starts with a visit to Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO! The guided tour begins with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysus. The city is also the birthplace of Archimedes, a leading mathematician and engineer. Syracuse was one of the Mediterranean's major powers in ancient times.

You will continue the tour by visiting the beautiful Ortigia, a small island that is Syracuse's historical centre. In Ortigia, you will admire the beautiful Cathedral that dominates the square with its authoritative presence. Its facade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition, but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple!

In the afternoon, you will have some free time for lunch.

After lunch, you will travel to more Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, famous for its fine early 18th century buildings and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inspired by the Baroque ideals of "open city", Noto is famous for its fine early 18th century buildings, which are considered some of the finest examples of Sicilian Baroque style. In fact, Noto's Baroque is a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, palaces and gardens, capitals and decorations adorning the facades of churches and monasteries. You will visit Nicolaci Villadorata Palace, a beautiful Baroque noble residence, once the residence of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a patron of the arts.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Catania.

After breakfast, you will visit Etna, the highest volcano in Europe (about 3350 m) and one of the largest and most active in the world, between the cities of Messina and Catania, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient flows of lava. You will visit a beekeeping company later this day, where you will see the honey extraction lab, taste homemade honey and typical local products.

You will then proceed to Taormina, a charming town on the east coast of the island of Sicily, renowned for its magnificent location above the sea with an amazing view of Etna. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant where you will attend a show - cooking lesson of some typical Sicilian dishes. In the afternoon, you will visit the fascinating Greek theater of Taormina and then you will have free time to walk through the more picturesque medieval narrow streets, go shopping and see the local crafts (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more).

The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera of the Cyclops (Riviera dei Ciclopi), a mythical and legendary stretch of coastline north of Catania leading from Aci Castello to Acireale. The bizarre Cyclops islands in front of Aci Trezza have one of the most well known mythical stories, that comes from Homer’s book ‘Odyssey’ and tells the story of Ulysses and the one eyed Cyclops, Polyphemus.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Catania.

In the morning, you will visit Catania, the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo, the old town of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The guided tour starts from the "pescheria" (the ancient fish market) to reach the picturesque Duomo square with its magnificent cathedral and the famous statue of "Liotru," antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here, you will reach University Square and you will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, where you will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. Before continuing along the precious city center, you will make a stop at a historic bar in the city in order to taste the typical “granita and brioche”.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time for lunch.

After lunch, you will be more transferred to Cefalù, charming medieval town situated on the northern coast of Sicily. You will visit the amazing Norman Dome and have free time to walk through the city or visit the famous Mandralisca Museum. You will proceed to Palermo for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation at the hotel in Palermo.

After breakfast, you will spend the morning in Monreale. Here, you will see the huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the 8th Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry. It is one of the nine structures included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.

Then, you will have a stop in Palermo, that is the cultural, economic and tourism capital of Sicily. While the Baroque predominates in Palermo, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, 17th century squares, including an elegant opera house. During the guided tour you will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Palatine more Chapel included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site mentioned above. In Palermo, you will also enjoy tasting local Sicilian street food. Next, you will stop for a food surprise at the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco and will have free time for lunch. The walk will continue after lunch, and you will have the opportunity to admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Palermo. You will gather with the group for one last dinner and will have the chance to share your favourite memories from your Sicily tour.

On departure day, you will arrange your own transfer from the hotel to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can enjoy the morning on your own.

Prices

Travel dates

March 23-30

April 06-13-20-27

May 04-11-18-25

June 01-08-15-22-29

July 06-13-20-27

August 03-10-17-24-31

September 07-14-21-28

October 05-12-19-26

November 02-09

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

4 Pers.

6 Pers.

4* Hotels (March, April, June, July, August, October, November)

749€

749€

749€

4* Hotels (May, September)

779€

779€

779€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 4 Pers. 6 Pers.

March 23-30

April 06-13-20-27

May 04-11-18-25

June 01-08-15-22-29

July 06-13-20-27

August 03-10-17-24-31

September 07-14-21-28

October 05-12-19-26

November 02-09

4* Hotels (March, April, June, July, August, October, November) 749€ 749€ 749€
4* Hotels (May, September) 779€ 779€ 779€

What's Included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at 4-star hotels;
  • Breakfast at the hotel;
  • Lunch on day 3 of the itinerary (beverages are not included);
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the itinerary (beverages are not included);
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Honey tasting in Etna area;
  • Tasting of Sicilian “granita and brioche”;
  • Tasting of local street food in Palermo;
  • Transportation according to the entire itinerary;
  • Multilingual tour leader;
  • English speaking guide.

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