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Best of Sicily with Syracuse

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Small group tour to Italy

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Join a small group of travelers (14 max) on an exciting exploration of the top destinations of Sicily. This Italian island has much to surprise you with from history-rich towns and beautiful natural wonders to delicious cuisine and rich local culture. Stays at top-location best-rated hotels, guided tours with local pros, ...

Best of Sicily with Syracuse

11 days4 cities
Italy1 country
Small group tour to Italy
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$3,398
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 7 Reviews

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Join a small group of travelers (14 max) on an exciting exploration of the top destinations of Sicily. This Italian island has much to surprise you with from history-rich towns and beautiful natural wonders to delicious cuisine and rich local culture. Stays at top-location best-rated hotels, guided tours with local pros, ...

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Palermo, Italy

Palermo

first destination

Palermo is a small province that stretches out in northern Sicily and can easily become the highlight of your trip to Italy.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Palermo
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Palermo - the stunning capital of Sicily. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Architectural & Culinary Traditions of Segesta and Erice
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast you meet with your guide-driver and embark on a day tour to the Segesta, with its best-preserved Doric Temple, and the unforgettable medieval hilltop town of Erice.

Segesta once has been the most important regional town and trading center, and now it treasures two Classical monuments which you visit: the Temple of Segesta and the Greek theatre.

Then you proceed to Erice, a wonderfully preserved town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Together with your guide you discover the city's treasures. Erice boasts 60 churches, some dating back to the early 1300's, and two incredible castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. During the tour of Erice you visit the Chiesa Matrice church.

One more highlight today is a visit to the local pasticceria for a tasting of the famous cannoli, Sicilian cassata, almond pastries and other delicious culinary masterpieces. This unique pasticceria is famous for its traditions and amazing taste of its sweets all around Italy and even beyond. 

After the tour you return to your hotel in Palermo and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and pastries tasting included.

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Day 3
Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour to Monreale
City tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet with your guide to enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Palermo. The capital of Sicily - Palermo - has been a crossroads for cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia. Together with your guide you start the tour at the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel.

Then you walk along Villa Bonanno to the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, just to admire the exterior; continue along Vittorio Emanuele to the imposing Four Corners. Then on to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.

After the tour you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Palermo on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour to Monreale.

  • Optional tour: Monreale Sightseeing Tour, Palermo
    Enhance your trip with a guided day trip to Monreale. This is the town where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached their apogee.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo
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The Hotel Plaza Opera is a great place to stay during your Sicily adventure. Its location is perfect to explore all major sights of the scenic city of Palermo. Tastefully decorated, guestrooms offer everything you need for a comfortable stay.

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Palermo
Agrigento
2 hrs

Our trusted driver takes you on a journey through the Sicilian countryside to arrive in Agrigento.

Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento

second destination

Beautifully placed in southern Sicily, hilly Agrigento is among the most popular destinations in this part of Italy.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Optional Street Food Tour & Arrival in Agrigento
Free day
Free day

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Palermo on your own. Alternatively, you can enjoy the carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Palermo Street Food Tour, Palermo
    Highlight your time in Palermo with a half-day street food tour. Your experienced guide takes you to the local market where you dive in the atmosphere of traditions and delight yourself with the tastiest Sicilian dishes.

In the afternoon you are transferred to Agrigento where you check-in at your charming hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
City tour
City tour

Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel you spend the day with your guide exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings. You tour begins with one of the two highlights of the city - the splendid Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You then continue to the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the world and one of the symbols of Sicily.

In the second part of the day enjoy a trip to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rises 50 meters above sea level. This natural phenomenon so-called "Stairs of the Turks" allows for easy walking. Its gleaming color is eye-catching enough, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it looks like a staircase carved by man even though its shape is entirely natural.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Alba Palace Hotel, Agrigento
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The Alba Hotel is among the best places to stay during your visit to picturesque Agrigento. The hotel boasts a wonderful location near one of the Sicilian treasures, the magnificent Valley of the Temples. Guests are offered to stay in spacious air-conditioned rooms.

car
Agrigento
Taormina
2 hrs 30 min

A car ride with an experienced driver is one of the best ways to enjoy the views of Sicily. On your way to Taormina, you pass dozens of Italian villages and numerous beautiful dales.

Taormina, Italy

Taormina

third destination

Placed in the north-eastern part of the Italian island high up on hills close to the Mount Etna volcano, Taormina is one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities in Sicily.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Villa Romana del Casale & Arrival in Taormina
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning after breakfast you check-out from the Agrigento hotel and your driver meets you at the hotel lobby for the trip to Taormina. Along the way, we have arranged a stop to see the hidden gems of Sicily - Piazza Armerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casale. This is a must-see site included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for the richness and artistic quality of its mosaics.

Upon arrival you check-in at your hotel and have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Sightseeing of Taormina
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your local guide. Together you take off to see the highlights of Taormina. During the tour, you stroll along the main street, Corso Umberto I, and visit the Greco-Roman Theater that has Etna as its backdrop.

After the tour, you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own, spend time on the beach, dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Day Trip to Mount Etna & Wine Tasting
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your local driver and set off on a day trip to one of the most famous Sicily attractions - Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.

Your driver takes you to an access point - the Rifugio Sapienza on the southern slope located 2,000 meters (6562 feet) above sea level. Here you take a walk to visit the "Silvestri" craters and the latest new lava flows and craters from 2001-2003 and enjoy the desert moon atmosphere! 

On the way down you also visit a local winery and taste local Etna wine.

Once your visit to Mount Etna is over you return to your Taormina hotel.

Note: Due to the weather conditions and fog, the view of Mount Etna can be limited.

Breakfast is included.

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Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina
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Set within a walking distance from the historical center of beautiful Taormina, the Villa Diodoro boasts comfortable guestrooms, equipped with minibars, satellite TVs, and private bathrooms and features an impressive number of facilities.

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Taormina
Syracuse
1 hr 20 min

Have a great time traveling with your driver along some of the most picturesque landscapes in Italy. On your way to Syracuse from Taormina, you'll pass the beautiful countryside as well as charming Italian villages and towns.

Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse

fourth destination

Welcome to lovely Syracuse, a gorgeous town on the Sicilian coast, attracting a growing number of visitors each year with its beautiful amalgam of Roman and Greek architecture.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Transfer to Syracuse & City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast you check-out from the Taormina hotel and your driver takes you on a journey towards Syracuse. Upon arrival to Syracuse, you meet your guide and together you start the city tour. Today you visit one of the most important archeological sites in the World, the Neapolis Park of Syracuse. Here you explore the still-working Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and the Roman Amphitheater.

Your tour continuous to the delightful Ortygia Island where you have an inside visit to the Duomo where a Greek Doric temple remains to be a part of it, and for this reason, it is included in the UNESCO list.

After the tour you go to the Syracuse hotel for check-in and have rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Free Day in Syracuse
Free day
Free day

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Syracuse on your own or to join our carefully planned optional day trip to the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto.

  • Optional tour: Trip to the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Sicily
    Join a day trip to the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. During your full-day tour with a driver and a local guide, you get to discover the impressive Baroque heritage of Ragusa and Modica, and on the way back to Syracuse you have a photo stop in Noto.​

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing tour! After breakfast, your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to Catania airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels and villas in Palermo, Province of Agrigento, Taormina, and Syracuse;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Transfers between cities in a comfortable vehicle;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Guided tour to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - the most fascinating Greek archaeological site in Sicily;
  • Guided tour to the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily with a splendid view of the Calabrian coast and the smoking volcano Etna;
  • Day-tour to Mount Etna and tasting of the local wine harvested on its volcanic slopes;
  • Exploring the top attractions of historic Syracuse & Otygia;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy's midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called "coperto". A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • In Sicily you will find some small boutiques and markets taking only cash, so make sure you change some money to Euros before leaving the country
  • Don't forget to bring an insect repellant and a sunscreen
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