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Best of Sicily Tour from Palermo to Taormina and Syracuse | 10-Day Itinerary

Art & History
Food & Wine
Duration: 10 Days From €9950,00 Per Person
Languages: Palermo, Taormina, Syracuse

Explore the Eastern and Southern sights and culture of Sicily on a private guided basis, taking in the UNESCO heritage sites of Palermo, Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Syracuse. Discover the gastronomy of this island and learn about Mt Etna Europe's largest active volcano. With just the right mix of time at leisure to relax in your luxurious accommodations, some beach and shopping time, along with informative guided tours, you will surely enjoy immersing yourself in this magical island. Our best of Sicily tour guarantees an exclusive experience, and our Travel Advisors will ensure that every sip and savory bite is one to remember.

Once a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate and a Norman kingdom, Sicily owes its intrigue to an alluring juxtaposition of historical and culinary treasures. On an all-encompassing private tour, discover the multifaceted heritage of this exquisite island reflected in the spirit of its towns and villages, each unique and full of character. Explore the best of Sicily's ancient temples and Baroque churches, and admire the varied island topography, from terraced hillsides to salt flats to the heights of Mt. Etna. Indulge in the flavors of the Sicilian table as you savor local olives, almonds, wine, cheese and chocolate. Our trip itinerary hits many of the island’s classic highlights plus a myriad of hidden corners to ensure you discover the very best of Sicily.

Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures
Day 1

Welcome to Sicily!

Upon your arrival into Palermo Falcone e Borsellino airport, you will be met by your chauffeur and driven to your centrally located hotel, approximately a forty five minutes away. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2

Norman Architecture & Glittering Mosaics in Palermo

Take a private 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 3

Go beyond Palermo to see the mosaic-famed Monreale Cathedral

Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel and travel to Monreale. The small hill town is located a short ride from Palermo. It's famous all over the world for the golden mosaics in its cathedral and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Discover Monreale and its rich Arab and Norman heritage visiting the cathedral and the 12th-century cloister before returning to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your 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 private 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

Discover Taormina Highlights

Get the most out of your time spent in Taormina and in the company of a local guide visit the amazing Greek Theater set on a hill overlooking the sea. Also enjoy free time to stroll Taormina’s bougainvillea-lined backstreets and local shops. The historical center full of local colors and culture is rich in luxurious boutiques, so feel free to do some shopping before returning to your hotel.

Day 8

Departure from Taormina to Siracusa via Ragusa & Modica

Transfer to Syracuse Ortygia island by a private minivan. Stop en-route at the historical town of Ragusa filled with splendid 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 Syracuse Ortygia island, 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. Take a private transfer to Catania airport today in time for your onward journey. The transfer should take approximately 45 minutes.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Discover Palermo Royal Palace and the glittering Norman mosaics in the Palatine Chapel
  • Marvel at the stunning collection of 12th-century mosaics at the Duomo di Monreale
  • Stroll the cobblestone streets of Erice, a beautiful Phoenician and Hellenistic town
  • Delve into the legendary Greek temples of Segesta
  • Explore the charming medieval town of Cefalù
  • Venture to Mt. Etna, the world’s largest active volcano
  • Enjoy the chic resort town of Taormina
  • Learn the art and the secrets of the famous chocolate of Modica
  • Journey to the Greek and Baroque architecture of Syracuse Ortygia island
  • Benefit from the ease of having all the trip planning details handled, so all you have to do is enjoy your Sicilian trip

Private Trip Pricing & Availability

Best of Sicily Tour

  • Prices start from €9950,00 per person, based on double occupancy in 4-star hotels and for travel in low season (excluding flights).
  • The final price of your trip will vary on the itinerary itself, along with factors such as your hotel choices, your travel dates and the number of travelers in your party.
  • Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Best of Sicily Tour. With no fixed dates or set schedules, you can travel whenever you want and customize the itinerary to your interests.

What Is Included

  • Customized travel planning for your style
  • 4 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
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Privately guided tours and experiences tailored specifically to you
  • Inspiring local guides in each destination
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites, etc. as described in itinerary
  • Private arrival transfer from Falcone-Borsellino Palermo airport to the hotel
  • In-country private transportation as per the itinerary
  • Private departure transfer to Catania's Fontanarossa airport from the hotel

What Is Not Included

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Porterage service
  • Meals & beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips & gratuities (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 (nights 1-4)

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 Wagner  | 3-minute walk from Palermo’s Massimo Theater | Recently renovated

Vetted options for hotels in Taormina (nights 5-7)

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 Syracuse Ortygia Island (nights 8-9)

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

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
    Do you like this Best of Sicily Tour but prefer to customize it? As always, the sample itinerary can be tweaked and personalized. Your dedicated travel specialist will put together a tailor-made trip based on your input and our first-hand experiences and knowledge.
  3. Book Your Trip
    Once you’re 100% happy with the custom travel plan, you can book your trip via our secure payment system. For information on payments, we’ve included answers to the most frequently asked questions—with shortcuts to direct you to the right place.

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. The history, cuisine and culture of this sun-drenched city is sure to seduce everyone who takes this luxury Sicilian trip. Use this complete travel guide to learn more about what Palermo has to offer to families.

When should I begin booking my custom vacation?

Nine to 12 months prior to your desired departure date, simply contact us to begin creating your ideal best of Sicily trip (accommodations can be firmed up at shorter notice). Let us know your desired departure date and length of journey, how many others will be traveling with you, and of course, your budget. Please remember to share any special considerations or restrictions so that your trip can be planned accordingly. One of our highly qualified Travel Advisors will then follow up with a proposal to give you an estimated cost for your trip and confirm you are ready to move on to the planning stage.

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