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Grand Tour of Sicily

17 days from $12,325pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Palermo
  • San Vito Lo Capo
  • Marsala
  • Agrigento
  • Ragusa
  • Syracuse
  • Zafferana Etnea
  • Catania
  • Taormina
  • Visit Sicily’s most important classical sites from the temples at Segesta and Agrigento, to the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.

  • Hike the Zingaro Nature Reserve, one of Sicily’s most picturesque sections of coastline.

  • Enjoy a street-food tour through the bustling streets of Palermo and wine tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna.

  • Explore the wonderful Norman cathedrals at Monreale and Cefalù, famed for their beautiful mosaics.

  • Tour the beautiful Baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Noto.

  • Visit key filming location from the Godfather, nestled among Sicily’s rugged hillsides.

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What our specialists say...

Uncover the highlights of Sicily on this extended grand tour, designed to showcase the best the island has to offer. As well as visiting key cities such as Palermo and Catania, we’ve built in time to hike some of the island’s most beautiful coastline, enjoy wine tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna, visits some of the most picturesque filming locations from the Godfather movies and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Taormina. The tour also visits some of the lesser known areas in Sicily’s Baroque south east and includes time discovering the atmospheric highlights of the ancient city of Syracuse. Perfect for those looking for a comprehensive exploration of the island, this trip is packed with unique experiences and some of our most authentic hand-picked hotels.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Palermo
  • San Vito Lo Capo
  • Marsala
  • Agrigento
  • Ragusa
  • Syracuse
  • Zafferana Etnea
  • Catania
  • Taormina

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Day 1 Palermo

Palermo

On arrival in Sicily you're met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Palermo to settle in. In the evening, enjoy a guided panoramic tour of the city by convertible for an atmospheric introduction to the area and some wonderful views.

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Day 2 Palermo

Palermo

Enjoy a walking tour of Palermo today with an expert local guide. During your tour visit some of the city's best known sites, including the Capella Palatina and Cattedrale di Monreale, famous for their Norman architecture and ornate mosaics.

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Day 3 Palermo

Palermo

Today venture west from Palermo up into the hills to visit the captivating historical town of Castelbuono and its 14th-century castle with your guide. After your tour, visit the Abbazia Santa Anastasia, a medieval abbey and wine producer for a tasting lunch based around traditional Sicilian dishes. Before returning to Palermo you have some free time to explore the charming seaside town of Cefalù, well-known for its beautiful Norman cathedral.

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Day 4 Marsala

Palermo , San Vito Lo Capo , Marsala

Departing from Palermo this morning, travel along the coast to visit the Zingaro Nature Reserve for a guided hike. Known for its striking coastline of rocky outcrops and azure waters, the area boasts some of Sicily's most impressive natural scenery. There's time to take a dip in the water and enjoy a packed lunch during the hike before continuing on to your hotel.

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Day 5 Marsala

Marsala

Today is a busy day, beginning with a visit to the ancient ruined temple at Segesta. Explore the site with your expert local guide before heading down towards the coastline near Trapani, famous for its striking landscape of salt pans and historic windmills, for lunch. After lunch take a cable car with your guide up to the medieval town of Erice, perched precariously on a rocky summit overlooking the coastline below. After exploring the historic winding streets with your guide, there's time to visit the small pastry shop belonging to Maria Grammatico who was featured in the poignant Sicilian memoir, Bitter Almonds.

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Day 6 Agrigento

Marsala , Agrigento

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, transfer though the Sicilian countryside to the town of Agrigento. After you have settled into your hotel and had the afternoon to relax, enjoy an evening panoramic drive around the ancient temple complex to see the structures lit up in all their glory, followed by a tour of the town.

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Day 7 Agrigento

Agrigento

Today with your guide enjoy a full guided tour of the Valley of the Temples, learning about the region's Greek civilisation. Starting from the top of the complex, work your way down through the valley, stopping at each of the different temples in turn and learn about their unique histories.

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Day 8 Agrigento

Agrigento

Enjoy another day exploring Sicily's ancient past as you take a trip into the interior to visit the detailed mosaics at the Villa Romana Casale. A sprawling complex that's believed to have belonged to a powerful figure within the Roman Empire, the villa contains some of the largest sections of intact Roman mosaics anywhere in the world. After your tour of the villa enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch at a nearby restaurant before heading back to Agrigento and where you have the rest of the afternoon to relax.

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Day 9 Ragusa

Agrigento , Ragusa

This morning head to Sicily's beautiful south east. Levelled by an earthquake in 1693, the towns in the area were all completely rebuilt in striking Baroque style. With your guide, explore the towns of Modica and Ragusa, learning about their fascinating history before heading to your hotel in the countryside for the night.

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Day 10 Ragusa

Ragusa

Today visit Noto, another of Sicily's Baroque towns before heading south to the coast for a wine tasting experience with a local producer. After your tasting there's time to stroll through the pretty streets of Marzamemi on the coast and enjoy some beautiful views.

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Day 11 Syracuse

Ragusa , Syracuse

Heading through the countryside today, arrive into the ancient city of Syracuse, once a powerful city within the Greet Empire. Your hotel's located in the heart of Ortigia Island, the oldest part of the city connected by bridge to the mainland. The afternoon is free for you to explore independently, or relax at the hotel.

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Day 12 Zafferana Etnea

Syracuse , Zafferana Etnea

Enjoy a tour of Syracuse today with your guide. As well as visiting the huge archaeological park and ancient quarries just outside of the town, your encompasses the main sites of Ortigia, from the historic Duomo, built over the remains of an ancient temple to the bustling fish market. In the afternoon depart from Syracuse for the slopes of Mt Etna and your hotel out in the countryside. In the evening, enjoy a wine-tasting in the property's ancient winepress.

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Day 13 Zafferana Etnea

Zafferana Etnea

Today depart from you hotel on an adventure up to the summit of Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano. Accompanied by your guide, you have an early start to reach the main cable car that takes you up towards the top of the mountain. Exiting the cable car, travel in an off-road minibus across the moon-like landscape to reach one of the upper craters for a guided walk, learning more about the mountain. Descending from the summit, stop for a well-earned wine tasting lunch to sample some of the best produce grown in the fertile volcanic soils.

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Day 14 Taormina

Zafferana Etnea , Catania , Taormina

This morning head to Catania, Sicily's second city for a fascinating exploration of its historic heart. As well as visiting the Duomo and important central piazza, explore the vibrant fish and vegetable market where your guide will take you through the different stalls explaining the produce on offer. At the end of the tour stop for lunch right in the heart of the market to enjoy some fresh fish right alongside the hustle and bustle of the stalls. After lunch head to Taormina, the final stop on your grand tour.

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Day 15 Taormina

Taormina

Enjoy a tour of Taormina today, including the striking views across to Mount Etna and down the steeply plunging hillside to the waters below. The tour will take in the town's historic sites, including the Teatro Grecco, a beautiful ancient structure, still used for performances today, perched on the hillside with amazing views.

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Day 16 Taormina

Taormina

Today you have some free time to relax and explore more of Taormina at your leisure - perhaps head down to the beach at Isola Bella or relax by your hotel pool. In the afternoon, it will be time for one final tour, heading up into the countryside behind Taormina to visit some of the key filming locations of The Godfather. At the end of the tour stop at the infamous Bar Vitelli, restored to look as it did in the film, for an exclusive wine tasting experience before heading back to Taormina.

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Day 17 Return home

Taormina

Enjoy the morning relaxing in Taormina before being transferred to the airport in Catania for your flight.

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