Trip Overview

Platinum Sicily

Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 6 Reviews
Private tour to Italy

Immerse yourself in the scintillating beauty of Sicily with this luxury private tour of unmissable highlights and off-the-beaten-track gems. Stay at top notch 5-star hotels and enjoy every trip with your private guides. Explore Sicilian towns like Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina. Discover incredible destinations gems such as Segesta, Caltagirone, and Noto.

Platinum Sicily

9 days4 cities
Italy1 country
Private tour to Italy
From
$6,895
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 6 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the scintillating beauty of Sicily with this luxury private tour of unmissable highlights and off-the-beaten-track gems. Stay at top notch 5-star hotels and enjoy every trip with your private guides. Explore Sicilian towns like Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina. Discover incredible destinations gems such as Segesta, Caltagirone, and Noto.

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Day-By-Day

Palermo

first destination
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
Arts and Workshops of Palermo & Monreale
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast you meet with your private guide and driver to enjoy a comprehensive and exciting full day tour of Palermo and Monreale.

The capital of Sicily - Palermo - has been at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia, and you start the exploration of its rich heritage with a visit to the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, adorned by extraordinary Byzantine mosaics. You continue with a walk along the oldest street in Palermo and reach the imposing Four Corners, the central point of the old town. You then proceed to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.

After a short drive you arrive in Monreale and along with a visit to Monreale Cathedral, with its outstanding mosaics and Benedictine Closter, with 228 columns and Romanesque sculptures, you enter one of the workshops that still produces mosaic artworks. Then you step inside the oldest bakery in Monreale where bread is still baked in a wood-fired oven, and here you have a chance to taste the Sicilian "pane cunzato".

Upon your return to Palermo you have one more visit to a workshop of artistic terracotta creations and visit a house museum with the biggest private Majolica collection.

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

Breakfast and pane cunzato tasting included.

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Day 3
Architectural & Culinary Traditions of Segesta and Erice
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast you meet with your private guide and 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. 

One more highlight today is a visit to the local pasticceria for a cooking demonstration and 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.

  • Optional extension available: Add one more day to your trip and enjoy a tour of the towns of Cefalu and Castelbuono with a private guide-driver.

Breakfast and pasticceria tasing included.

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5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Palermo

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

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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

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Turchi Cliffs and the Valley of Temples
City tour
City tour

Today you check out from the hotel and meet your guide-driver and set off on a journey exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings.

You tour begins with one of the two highlights of the region - 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.

In the second part of the day you explore the splendid Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You also visit the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the World and one of the symbols of Sicily.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel in Agrigento.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Villa Romana del Casale & Ceramics of Caltagirone
Day tour
Day tour

Today after breakfast at the hotel you check out and meet your guide-driver to travel to the southern regions of the island.

The first stop on the route is Piazza Armerina where you see the famous Villa Romana del Casale.

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. 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 to relax and have time at leisure.

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

Breakfast is included.

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5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Agrigento

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

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Agrigento
Ragusa
2 hrs 10 min

Travel along the marvelous coast from Agrigento to Ragusa and explore the Sicilian paradise with our trusted driver. The short ride will take you through some of the most charming towns on the Italian island. 

Ragusa

third destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Discovering Ragusa & Cioccolato di Modica
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast meet your guide-driver and start your day with a city tour of Ragusa.

This city 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.

In the afternoon 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 and today you have a chance to dive into it when visiting a local chocolate factory for a tasting and access to the laboratory where you have a hands-on experience of the process of making this famous chocolate yourself*.

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

*Note: The workshop is available on weekdays only. Visit of the shop is available on any day.

Breakfast and chocolate tasting included.

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5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Ragusa

Divided into two parts after the destructive earthquake of 1693, the beautifully rebuilt Sicilian city of Ragusa is like no other on the island.

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Ragusa
Taormina
2 hrs

Sit back and enjoy the scenic route from Ragusa to Taormina across some of the most charming Sicilian towns. Comfortable vehicles and experienced drivers ensure this journey to be a fast and safe one and undoubtedly breathtakingly beautiful. 

Taormina

fourth destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Tour to Syracuse & Arrival to Taormina
Day tour
Day tour
Transfer
Transfer

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

Along the way, you have a quick stop at the Baroque town of Noto. Then continue straight to the important archeological site - the Neapolis Park of Syracuse. You start your sightseeing program by visiting the archeological area of Syracuse and exploring the still-working Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and the Roman Amphitheater.

Together with your guide-driver you proceed to the delightful Ortygia Island and have time to lunch at one of the many eateries that surround the splendid Piazza Duomo. You also 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 are transferred to your hotel in Taormina.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Sightseeing of Taormina & Cooking Class
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast, you have a private cooking class in a fine restaurant specializing in Sicilian cuisine. Once you arrive at the restaurant, you have coffee, discuss the menu and head to the local market, together with the owner of the restaurant or the chef you buy fresh local produce. During the class you prepare traditional dishes and afterward enjoy the meal you have cooked.

Following the cooking class your guide meets you at the restaurant to start a city tour of Taormina. 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. You also have a chance to bathe in the clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

After the tour you return to the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and drinks included.

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Day 9
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

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.

  • Optional tour: Day Tour to Mount Etna and Wine Tasting
    Have an unforgettable journey with a private driver to Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.
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5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Taormina

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.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in exceptional 5* hotels in Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa and Taormina;
  • Delicious breakfasts at hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking local guides and guide-drivers;
  • Entrance tickets to Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, Cathedral of Monreale, Segesta Temple and Greek theatre, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Neapolis Park of Syracusa and Ortyga Island, Teatro Antico di Taormina;
  • Tastings according to the itinerary;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Workshops and demonstrations according to the itinerary;
  • 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

  • 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 and Monreale through a guided tour and unique workshops;
  • Touching history in the winding cobblestone streets of Erice, outlined by Roman poet Virgil in his work The Aeneid;
  • Marveling at the beauty of the Scala dei Turchi, an exceptionally white limestone cliff, enhanced by blue waters of the sea;
  • Discovering the secrets of Caltagirone, the beating heart of the famous Sicilian ceramics craftsmanship;
  • 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
  • Don’t forget to bring an insect repellant and a sunscreen
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