8 Day Tour. Year-round availability
This tour of the highlights of Sicily starts in Catania, taking you on a fascinating route through Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Palermo, Monreale, Cefalù, and Taormina before winding up with a visit to Mount Etna.
Day 1: Catania (overnight in Catania)
Your adventure begins in Catania, at the airport of this city in eastern “Sicilia”. Grab your luggage and take a transfer to your Hotel in Catania or surrounding area. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2: Catania, Ancient Syracuse (overnight in Catania) (daily distance 70 km)
Your first day will begin with a guided tour in Catania and its Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to Saint Agatha. Then you will take a drive down the coast to Syracuse. Nearby this famous seaside city you can find the vast archaeological park of Neapolis, with a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheatre, and the “Ear of Dionysius”. There are also numerous archaeological sites scattered throughout the city’s streets which you will be able to see during your walk through the city. Dinner in your hotel.
Day 3: Bikini girls in the Villa Casale in Piazza Armerina – Agrigento (overnight in Agrigento) (daily distance 200 km)
You head off to Piazza Armerina, the island's centre where you'll find the Roman country house “Villa Romana del Casale”. Its mosaics show the richness of the Romans’ life and lifestyle, the hunting scenes and the famous bikini girls being the most known and memorable examples. Then you will travel to the city of Agrigento (ca. 85 km) which occupies the site of the ancient Greek colonial city of Akragas – the “most beautiful city the mortals have ever built” and to the nearby “Valley of the Temples”.
Day 4: Selinunte – Segesta – Palermo (overnight in Palermo) (daily distance 240 km)
On today’s agenda is the city of Selinunte (ca. 98 km), the site of ancient Selinus, the most western of the ancient Greek colonial cities and destroyed by the Carthaginians around 250 BC. Going north, you will reach Segesta, the commercial rival of Selinus in antiquity (ca. 65 km). Here too are ancient ruins and current archeological “digs” exploring remnants of the Sicily occupation by the Arabs and by the Normans. Dinner at your next hotel in Palermo (ca. 80 km).
Day 5: Palermo – Monreale (overnight in Palermo) (daily distance 90 km)
After breakfast you next guided tour will start. Visit the Norman palace in Palermo with its “Cappella Palatina” and gold mosaic, from there continuing on to the Palermo Duomo with the Grave of Frederick II, one of the most powerful Holy Roman Emperors of the Middle Ages. And you will want to take in the Santuario di Santa Rosalia (the patron saint of Palermo) which sits in a cave on Mount Pellegrino, 450 meters above the city. The church and the convent extend 25 meters into a cave, and the views of the city and surrounding countryside are spectacular. In the afternoon you will go on an excursion to Monreale, not far from Palermo (ca. 50 km) and enjoy a guided tour. Dinner in your hotel.
Day 6: Cefalù – Taormina (overnight in or around Taormina) (daily distance 300 km)
This morning you will drive to Cefalù (ca. 75 km), a small city on the northern coast and one of the most amazing landscapes in Sicily; the city is situated between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the abruptly falling cliffs of the “rocca di Cefalù” – it’s astonishing and will keep your camera busy! The next sightseeing point is Taormina, which you will visit with an English-speaking local guide. This picturesque city will enchant you with its charming ambience and an incredible panoramic view that includes Etna’s peak and Naxos bay. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 7: Etna (overnight in or around Taormina) (daily distance 110 km)
Excursion day to Mount Etna! At a height of 1,900 meters, you will reach the “rifugio sapienza”, from where you can follow a ropeway or take an all-terrain vehicle to the 3,000 meter mark on one of the most active volcanoes in the world (optional and depending on the weather). Dinner in your hotel.
Day 8: End of the excursion - drive to airport of Catania (daily distance 65 km)
Sorry, but you’ll have to pack your bags today and take a transfer to Catania Airport from where you’ll start your journey home, all the while reflecting on the many things you saw and did (and didn’t but should have done). But don’t worry! You’ll be back.
Prices* By Hotel Star Rating and Group Size
|Tour with 3-Star Hotel Accommodation
|Tour with 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
|*prices are per person in double room
|Single Supplement in 3-Star Hotel Accommodation
|| € 126.-
|Single Supplement in 4-Stra Hotel Accommodation
|| € 196.-
*Prices are based in part on quotations from third-party suppliers and may vary slightly at time of booking.