Private tour to Sicily by Firebird
Sicily
Taormina
Agrigento
Palermo
Scala dei Turchi Cliffs

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Trip Overview

Enjoy outstanding Sicilian must-sees as you discover the island together with local private guides. Immerse yourself in history as you tour Agrigento, Villa Romana del Casale, Syracuse and Taormina. Get inspired by natural wonders while exploring Scala dei Turchi Cliffs and Mount Etna Volcano.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.85 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • Centrally located hotels:
    8 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
  • 3 guided walking city tours
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    2 day-tours outside cities with driver-guide
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts
    Wine tastings

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Palermo

Welcome to the 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 the check-in.

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

No meals are 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
Day at Leisure

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Palermo on your own, or to join our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Day Tour to Erice and Segesta, Palermo
    Embark on a day tour with your guide-driver to Segesta and the unforgettable medieval hilltop town of Erice. Visit the Temple of Segesta and discover the top sights of Erice.
  • Optional tour: Private Cooking Class, Palermo
    Enjoy a morning cooking class in English and learn to prepare delicious local dishes. Together with a small group and the chef visit the Capo Marke, then go to a restaurant, where you are guided through a hands-on cooking experience.
  • 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Tour to Cefalu and Wine Tasting

Following 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, but 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 & Syracuse and Ortygia Island

Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your private driver takes you on a journey towards Syracuse.

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.

Upon arrival to Syracuse, your guide meets you at the hotel 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 return to the hotel for check-in and rest of the day is at your leisure.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Free Day in Syracuse

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.

Day 9
Mount Etna Volcano Tour & Transfer to Taormina

Following breakfast, you check-out from your hotel and together with your private driver start an unforgettable road-trip to Sicily's main attraction - 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 Etna is over, you are transferred on to your next destination - the stylish yet easy-going cozy coastal town Taormina.

Upon arrival you check-in at your hotel and rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast and wine tasting 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: The Godfather Tour, Sicily
    Set off on a full day tour to enjoy an introduction to "Real Sicily". Together with your driver go to famous filming locations of The Godfather movie.
  • 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
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!

Breakfast is included


Included

8 nights in centrally-located hotels and 2 nights in 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, 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 included: Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, The 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 mesmerising architecture of Palermo;
  • Marveling at the beauty of the Scala dei Turchi, an exceptionally white limestone cliff, enhanced by blue waters of the sea;
  • Witnessing the fusion of Sicilian nature and Greek aesthetic ideas on a guided tour of amphitheater in Taormina.
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)
$3,595
Deposit $719
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$4,695
Deposit $939
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$4,195
Deposit $839
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$5,395
Deposit $1,079
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,595
Deposit $719
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$4,695
Deposit $939
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$4,195
Deposit $839
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$5,395
Deposit $1,079

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