Private tour to Sicily - Firebird Tours ®

Private tour to Sicily

Sicily, Italy
Taormina, Italy
Taormina, Italy

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Trip Overview

Get inspired by Sicily's mix of historic treasures and natural beauty! Traverse outstanding Taormina and its famous Greco-Roman Theater. Enjoy a cable car ride to the beach as well as a boat tour of the Mazzaro Bay and the Ionian Coast, during which you see beautiful caves like the Grotta Azzurra. Rise to Mount Etna volcano and have a day trip to Syracuse to see Neapolis Park and discover Ortygia island.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • Centrally located hotels
    Standard rooms
    6 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided city tours
    Day trip to Mount Etna
  • MEALS
  • 7 buffet breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival to Sicily

Welcome to Catania -  an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to your hotel in Taormina for the check-in.

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

Day 2

Sightseeing of Taormina & Boat Ride

In the morning after breakfast at your 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 touring the old town of Taormina you take a cable car down to the beach for your private boat ride. During the boat tour of the Mazzaro Bay and the Ionian Coast you discover the beautiful caves including the Grotta Azzurra and the nature reserve Isola Bella. During the boat ride you may bathe in the clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

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 local restaurants overlooking the bay.

Day 3

Mount Etna Volcano Tour

Following breakfast your private driver meets you at your hotel and takes you on an unforgettable road-trip to Sicily's main attraction - Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe*. 

  • *Note: If you wish, we can arrange an optional Catania city tour along the way for you.

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! If you wish to go higher up Europe's largest volcano you can purchase tickets to the cable car on the spot at your own expense.

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

Once your visit to Etna is over, you are transferred to your hotel in Taormina and have rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4

Free Day or Aeolian Islands Optional Tour

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Taormina on your own or to join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Aeolian Islands Day Tour, Sicily

Day 5

Tour to Syracuse and Ortygia Island

Following breakfast your private driver meets you at your hotel and takes you on a journey towards Syracuse.

The highlight of the day is a guided visit to one of the most important archeological sites in the World, the Neapolis Park of Syracuse. You start your sightseeing program by visiting the archeological area of Syracuse and explore the still-working Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and the Roman Amphitheater.

After your visit, proceed to the delightful Ortygia Island - the heart of the historical baroque city. Walk with your local guide along the ancient narrow streets, which still keep the medieval influence. The highlights of Syracuse is a visit of the Duomo di Siracusa and Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia church with the original “Caravaggio” painting inside.

After the tour you return to your hotel in Taormina and rest of the evening is at your own leisure.

Day 6

Free Day or Godfather Optional Tour

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Taormina on your own or to join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: The Godfather Tour, Sicily
    Set off on a full day tour to see the sites of used in "The Godfather" movie with Al Pacino.

Day 7

Departure

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! 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!

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extensions - contact your specialist for details.


Hotels

6 nights at a centrally-located 4-star hotel

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at a remarkable hotel in Taormina;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Etna wine tasting;
  • Private boat ride;
  • Entrance tickets in Taormina: Teatro Antico di Taormina;
  • Entrance tickets in Syracuse: Archaeological Park Neapolis and Ortygia Cathedral;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights

  • Cable car ride to the beach of Taormina
  • Boat tour of the Mazzaro Bay and the Ionian Coast and seeing beautiful caves like the Grotta Azzurra
  • Day tour of Mount Etna volcano
  • Tour to Syracuse and Ortygia Island and visiting the Neapolis Park of Syracuse

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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers 4*
$2,668
Deposit $534
Regular package 4*
$2,994
Deposit $599
Friends trip: 4+ travelers 5*
$2,994
Deposit $599
Regular package 5*
$3,468
Deposit $694
Single traveler 4*
$5,446
Deposit $1,090
Single traveler 5*
$6,186
Deposit $1,238
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Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers 4*
$2,668
Deposit $534
Regular package 4*
$2,994
Deposit $599
Friends trip: 4+ travelers 5*
$2,994
Deposit $599
Regular package 5*
$3,468
Deposit $694
Single traveler 4*
$5,446
Deposit $1,090
Single traveler 5*
$6,186
Deposit $1,238

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