Private tour to Sicily from Palermo to Taormina - Firebird Tours ®

Cefalu
Segesta
Palermo
Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
Taormina

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Trip Overview

Reward yourself with a top-notch Sicilian experience and traverse Sicilian gems with private local guides. Spend time enjoying the island's rich heritage and history from petite towns like Caltagirone to impeccable creations of nature such as those of the Cefalu coast. Taste Italian wine and treat yourself to local delicacies in a traditional pasticceria, step back in time as you explore Erice, Segesta, Taormina and Agrigento, tour unique tows of Ragusa, Modica and Syracuse, and even rise up to Mount Etna volcano.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • Centrally located hotels:
    9 nights
    Agrigento region hotel or villa: 2 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided walking city tours
    3 guided day-tours outside cities
    3 day-tours outside cities with driver-guide
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    Sicilian pastries tasting
    Wine tastings

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Palermo

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.

Day 2
Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour to Monreale

After breakfast you meet with your private 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 private 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.

  • Optional tour: Monreale Sightseeing Tour, Palermo
    Enhance your trip with a guided day trip to Monreale and visit the famous landmark of the city - the gorgeous Monreale Cathedral with its Cloister.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Architectural & Culinary Traditions of Segesta and Erice

Following breakfast you meet with your private 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 Sicilian pastries tasting included.

Day 4
Tour to Cefalu and Wine Tasting

After breakfast you check out from the hotel and meet with your private guide-driver. First you drive along the coast to the charming seacoast town of Cefalu.

Located only about an hour’s drive east from Palermo, you get to see the iconic postcard views of Sicily. Cefalu is a very colorful fishing village, complete with brightly-hued boats and twisting narrow streets, and there is also a splendid Norman Cathedral built by King Roger II in the 12th century in fulfillment of a promise he made to God for sparing his life during a storm at sea.

Then you continue into the Madonie mountains to the hotel, Relais Sant’Anastasia, located in a medieval Benedictine abbey of the XII century. Here you have an organic wine tasting and spend the night.

Breakfast and wine tasting included.

Day 5
Morning at Leisure and Transfer to Agrigento

Today you have a morning at leisure and in the afternoon and your private driver takes you to Agrigento where you check-in at your charming hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs

Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel you spend the day exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings.

The guided tour begins with one of the two highlights of the city - the splendid Valley of the Temples. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you visit 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 with your private driver to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rising 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.

Day 7
Villa Romana del Casale & Ceramics of Caltagirone

Following breakfast at the hotel you check out and meet your private driver to travel to the southern regions of the island.

Along the way, we have arranged a stop to see the hidden gem of Sicily near a town Piazza Armerina. Here you visit* the famous Villa Romana del Casale a UNESCO Site especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics.

Continue to the town Caltagirone where the culture of ceramics is a cult: streets and building decorations are full of ceramics. Here you can go up the staircase, Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, which is also decorated with tiles, its 142 steps connecting two parts of the town. You have a stop in this town to stroll around the workshops of the old city and visit one of the local producers to see the process of ceramics creation**.

After the tour your are taken to the hotel in Ragusa to relax and have time at leisure.

*Short guided tour can be arranged at Villa Romana del Casale. Refer to your destination specialist for more details.

**Note: The workshop visit is available on weekdays only.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Discovering Ragusa, Modica and Transfer to Syracuse

After breakfast and check-out meet your driver and start your day with a local guide exploring Ragusa and Modica towns.

Ragusa was almost destroyed in an earthquake in 1693 and was subsequently rebuilt and divided into two parts Ragusa Ibla (lower town) and Superiore (upper town). From the upper town, located on a hill, you can observe the whole UNESCO-listed Baroque town. Together with your guide, you visit the Cathedral San Giovanni Battista designed by local architects in the 18th century and the Santa Maria delle Scale church which has also been damaged in the earthquake, though the entrance and the four Gothic chapels resemble the original building.

After you head to Modica - a town of 100 churches. Besides marvelous architecture, this town is famous for its Cioccolato di Modica production. The chocolate making tradition counts more than 400 years.

Today you have a chance to experience the process of making this famous chocolate yourself on our optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Modica Chocolate Workshop, Modica
    Visit a local chocolate factory for a tasting and have a hands-on experience of the process of making this famous chocolate . *Note: The workshop is available on weekdays only.

You leave Modica to continue your trip, have a short photo stop in town Noto and arrive in Syracuse where you check in to the hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
City Tour of Syracuse & Arrival to Taormina

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your private guide takes you on a city tour of Syracuse.

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 continues 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 return to the hotel to meet your private driver for a transfer to the resort town Taormina.

Upon arrival you check in to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Sightseeing of Taormina

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your private 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 or dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.

  • Optional tour: Private Cooking Class, Taormina
    Treat yourself to a wonderful experience and have a private cooking class in a fine restaurant with Sicilian cuisine.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Day Trip to Mount Etna

After breakfast at the hotel meet your private local driver and set off on a half-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.

After the winery visit you have a transfer back to Taormina hotel.

Breakfast and wine tasting included.

Day 12
Departure

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

Breakfast is included.


Included

9 nights at centrally-located hotels, 2 nights at a hotel or villa in Agrigento region

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels and villas in Palermo, Castelbuono, Province of Agrigento, Province of Ragusa, Syracuse & Taormina;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides and guide-drivers;
  • Entrance tickets to the Temple at Segesta, the Greek Amphitheater, Chiesa Matrice Church, Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Neapolis Archeological Park of Syracuse & Duomo on Ortygia Island, Teatro Antico di Taormina;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Top local professional guides and guide-drivers;
  • High-end transfers;
  • Exceptional hotels in every destination;
  • Discovering the mesmerizing architecture of Palermo;
  • Exploring Segesta, Erice and tasting Sicilian delicacies in a pasticceria;
  • Touring Cefalu and tasting wine in a medieval Benedictine abbey of the XII century;
  • Enjoying Villa Romana del Casale & Ceramics of Caltagirone;
  • Day trip to one of the most famous Sicily attractions - Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.
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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$4,295
Deposit $859
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$5,695
Deposit $1,139
Regular package (4 star)
$5,295
Deposit $1,059
Regular package (5 star)
$6,695
Deposit $1,339
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$4,295
Deposit $859
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$5,695
Deposit $1,139
Regular package (4 star)
$5,295
Deposit $1,059
Regular package (5 star)
$6,695
Deposit $1,339

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