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Best of Sicily in 10 Days Tour from Palermo to Taormina and Siracusa - Sample Itinerary

Art & History
Food & Wine
Duration: 10 days
Languages: EN

Unearth the flavors and storied culture of authentic Sicily during this 10 days southern Italy tour. You’ll explore breathtaking sights and tastes in charming coastal towns of Cefalù and Taormina without missing the remarkable history of larger cities such as Palermo and Siracusa. From Erice and Segesta to Ragusa and Modica, see the best of Sicily attractions through bespoke insider experiences. This leisurely paced journey is designed to introduce you to the island's rich history and culinary heritage, all in luxury and style.


Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

Day 1

Welcome to Sicily!

Upon arrival at Palermo airport, you’ll be transferred by private minivan to the hotel of your choice for 4 nights. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2

Palermo Street Food & Monreale Byzantine Mosaics

Take a jaunt through the city’s gastronomic scene exploring culinary haunts at lively open-air markets while savoring foods that a real Sicilian people love to eat! During the tour, you will also discover notable monuments including Quattro Canti, a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture. At the end of the walking tour, you will reach Monreale by private minivan for a tour of the Cathedral, a wonderful example of the Arab-Norman art and architecture. Later, return to the hotel.

Day 3

Norman Architecture & Glittering Mosaics in Palermo

Take a guided morning tour of Palermo’s magnificent cathedral, with tombs of many of the kings and queens of Sicily. Continue with a visit to Palazzo dei Normanni, the royal palace, to see the exquisite 12th-century Palatine Chapel with its golden mosaics. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4

The Medieval Town of Erice & the Greek Temples of Segesta

Depart to the walled town of Erice in western Sicily. Wander through its cobbled streets filled with wafting aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and toasted almonds from the confectioneries. Visit some of the local homemade pastry shops world-famous for marzipan candies and almond-based pastries. Later experience a typical Sicilian lunch in a local farmhouse-olive oil and wine producer. Spend the afternoon at Segesta, one of the best-preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Then, settle back into your private minivan for a scenic drive back to the hotel.

Day 5

Departure from Palermo to Taormina via Cefalù

Transfer to Taormina, the world- famous resort town of Sicily stopping en route in the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù. Over the centuries, the town has been under Greek, Roman, Arab, and Norman rule, all of which have influenced the architecture and culture. Enjoy some free time to see the massive Cathedral and stroll through the narrow lanes of the historic center with its shops and restaurants. Then, continue on to Taormina where you will be staying for 3 nights.

Day 6

Mount Etna Hike & Wine from Taormina

Your driver will pick-up you with a 4×4 jeep for a comfortable drive up the slopes of Europe's tallest active volcano to a height of 6,000ft above sea level. From this point, you will proceed to the highest possible point on one of the active craters, continuing on foot over the lava streams to observe the latest volcanic phenomena. After exploring the Etna off-road and on foot, you will visit a wine cellar on the slopes of the volcano tasting local DOC wines before returning to your hotel.

Day 7

Day free in Taormina

After this morning’s leisurely tour, you’ll understand why the cliffside town of Taormina is known as the fairest terrace on Mediterranean Sea!

Day 8

Departure from Taormina to Siracusa via Ragusa & Modica

Today transfer to Siracusa by a luxury vehicle. Stop en-route at the historical town of Ragusa filled with splendid late Baroque churches and palaces recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Modica, nearby, is also a World Heritage Site, with its 100 Baroque churches forming a series of backdrops in a maze of tiny up-and-down streets, like theatre settings. Modica is also famous for chocolate. The technique was brought over by the Spaniards. It is still made the same way the Aztecs made chocolate in Mexico and its tradition dates to the 16 century. After, continue to Siracusa.

Day 9

Explore Syracuse a city with 2,700 years of history

In Siracusa, were Greek heritage meets the splendors of Baroque, you will enjoy a private guided tour of the city’s venerable highlights including the Archaeological Park with its ancient Greek Theatre and two limestone cave sites: The Ear of Dionysius and Latomia del Paradiso, filled with orange and olive trees. Then stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center lined with a fascinating collection of ancient sights. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 10

Departure from Catania

Today it’s time to bid a fond ciao to Sicily. Private transfer to Catania airport for your departure flight.

Itinerary Highlights


Private Trip Pricing & Availability

Best of Sicily Tour 2022/2023

  • Prices start from €6950,00 per person based on 4 travelers staying in 2 rooms (excluding flights). – The final price of your trip is based on the itinerary itself, along with factors such as your hotel choices, your travel dates and the number of travelers in your party.
  • This Best of Sicily Tour departs daily on a private basis. With no set scheduled departures, this trip is customizable for private travel. This means that you can depart whenever you want.

 


What Is Included

  • Custom trip planning service
  • Expertly crafted 10-day immersive private itinerary in Palermo, Taormina and Siracusa
  • 3 nights in Palermo at the hotel of your choice
  • 3 nights in Taormina at the hotel of your choice
  • 2 nights in Siracusa at the hotel of your choice
  • Privately guided tours and experiences tailored specifically to you
  • Inspiring local guides in each destination
  • Private arrival transfer from Falcone-Borsellino Palermo airport to the hotel
  • In-country private transportation
  • Private departure transfer to Catania's Fontanarossa airport from the hotel

What Is Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • City tourist tax
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Tips (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Accommodation Options

When it comes to accommodations, there is no one size fits all. For your bespoke trip, you can choose your hotel from our handpicked selection below or we’ll make personalized suggestions based on your preferences.

Vetted options for hotels in Palermo Sicily 2022/2023

4-Star Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa | 8-minute walk from the Baroque square of Quattro Canti. | Panoramic roof garden where breakfast is served during summer
5-Star Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes  | 5-minute walk from Palermo’s Massimo Theater | Extensive continental breakfast
5-Star Grand Hotel Wagner  | 3-minute walk from Palermo’s Massimo Theater | Recently renovated

Vetted options for hotels in Taormina

4-Star Hotel Villa Belvedere | 5 minutes' walk from Taormina's Main Street | Panoramic swimming pool
5-Star The Ashbee Hotel | 2 minutes' walk from the Greek Amphitheater | Large gardens and an outdoor swimming pool
5-Star Mazzarò Sea PalaceVretreats | Private Beach | Travel Sustainable property

Vetted options for hotels in Siracusa

4-Star Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel | 5 minutes' walk from Siracusa Cathedral | Free rental bikes
5-Star Ortea Luxury Palace | 10 minutes' walk from Siracusa Cathedral | Spa and indoor pool
5-Star Caportigia Boutique Hotel | 5 minutes' walk from Siracusa | Sun terrace with panoramic views


Booking Procedure

  1. Start Filling out Our Quick Trip Inquiry Form
    After submitting the trip request we match you with one of our local specialists who will assist you with travel consultation.
  2. Work out the Trip Plan Together
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  3. Book Your Trip
    Once you’re 100% happy with the custom travel plan, you can book your trip via our secure payment system.

Tour FAQs

Is Palermo a good place for family holidays?

Palermo is a fascinating city to visit at all ages and a fabulous Italian destination to visit with kids. With plenty of things to see and do Palermo offers a wonderful setting for a family vacation in which parents and children can share the joys of discovery together.







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