Highlights of Sicily 9 Day Tour Package

Visits Palermo, Catania, Agrigento, Syracuse, Ortigia, Noto, Taormina, Castelmola, Erice, SegestaStarts in PalermoAvailable Every Friday, SaturdayClick on 'check availability' to view the calendar
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Our Highlights of Sicily 9 Day Tour Package is the absolute best way to see all of Sicily’s most impressive features. Starting in Palermo and finishing in Catania, we will transport you around Italy’s largest island on a jam-packed, fact-filled itinerary. Begin with a guided tour of Palermo, to learn about its history and mafia connections. Venture off to Agrigento for the renowned Valley of the Temples. Explore the natural beauty and history of Western Sicily’s Segesta and Erice. Follow your guide through the Baroque streets of Catania, ending the day looking over breathtaking views of Mount Etna. Explore Greek and Roman monuments at the Neapolis Archeological Park. Admire the magnificent Isola Bella Nature Reserve and roam the idyllic streets of Taormina.

If you’re a passionate, flexible traveler with an interest in Sicily’s history and culture, our Highlights of Sicily 9 Day Tour Package is the best choice. Return home with the comfort of knowing you’ve seen Sicily in all its finest glory, having experienced its greatest assets. This tour includes 8 nights of accommodation, transport, and guided tours in Palermo, Valley of the Temples, Catania, Ortigia, and Castelmola. Book now and begin the countdown to your magical Sicilian break.

 

 

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Highlights of Sicily 9 Day Tour Package Highlights

  1. Gain knowledge about the No Mafia movement combating Sicily's most infamous gangs
  2. Be amazed by the impressive architectural wonders in the Valley of the Temples
  3. Select from a variety of accommodation choices that cater to your budget and preferences
  4. Engage in interactive tours led by our friendly and knowledgeable guides
  5. Experience awe-inspiring vistas of Mount Etna from a viewpoint in Catania city
  6. Appreciate the historic Greek landmarks at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis
  7. Explore the stunning Isola Bella Nature Reserve, renowned as the 'pearl of the Ionian'
  8. Wander through the charming and picturesque streets of Taormina town
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Highlights of Sicily 9 Day Tour Package Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Palermo
  • Arrive independently in Palermo and head to your hotel
  • Overnight in Palermo
Day 2 - Palermo
  • Meet your local guide at a centralized location in Palermo
  • Spend 3 hours touring Palermo’s history with an experienced local who knows this city inside and out
  • Explore the city center’s famous sites such as Piazza Pretoria, the Cathedral, Massimo Theater, City Hall, and the Il Capo Market
  • Learn about the notorious mafia’s influence and the brave anti-mafia movement that rebelled against them
  • Visit Cassaro, Palermo’s oldest street, and note the ‘pizzo’ sticker on storefronts as a joint effort against paying extortion fees to the mafia
  • Be directed where to taste the best Sicilian food in the city
  • You will be dropped off at the same location you were picked up from
  • Overnight in Palermo
Day 3 - Agrigento
  • Meet your guide at a centralized location and board the minivan to Agrigento
  • Take a guided, informative tour of the Valley of the Temples. Learn about its history dating back to the 5th century BC and appreciate its early contribution to Greater Greece architecture
  • Hop back on board the bus and head on to Piazza Armerina
  • Independently roam around the Roman Villa of Casale. Take time to admire its mosaic decorations and unpack the stories of its former Roman inhabitants
  • Return to Palermo
  • Overnight in Palermo
Day 4 - Segesta & Erice
  • Meet your driver early in the morning for a full-day excursion to Western Sicily at a centralized meeting point in Palermo
  • Stop off at Erice uptown, an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus
  • Free time to explore the town’s historic center and visit the Medieval Castle for magnificent views of Trapani
  • Head back to the bus for a scenic drive through the salt pans of Trapani
  • Continue to Segesta, a city founded by Sicily’s ancient indigenous people
  • Roam through the remains and visit the famous 5th-century BC Doric Temple, located on a hilltop outside of the ancient city
  • Return to Palermo
  • Overnight in Palermo
Day 5 - Transfer to Catania
  • Independent transfer to Catania
  • Independent transfer to the hotel for check in
  • Overnight in Catania
Day 6 - Catania
  • Meet the guide at a centralized location and embark on a two-hour walking tour of the city center
  • Begin on the Baroque streets of the historic center and retrace the city’s extensive history
  • See all the highlights of the area with your expert guide
  • Finish the tour at a spectacular Mount Etna viewpoint
  • Overnight in Catania
Day 7 - Syracuse, Ortigia & Noto
  • Meet your guide and bus in the morning at a predetermined location
  • Head off to Neapolis Archeological Park - home to many Greek and Roman Syracuse monuments
  • Visit the site’s main archeological monuments including the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Paradise Anatomy with the Ear of Dionysius and the Cave of the Cordari, the Altar of Hieron, and the Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari
  • Head to Ortigia for a two-hour guided tour with an expert local guide
  • Learn about the city’s history while exploring the Greek temples, Christian churches, Swabian, Aragonese, and Baroque palaces, courtyards, Arab alleys, stores, modest homes, and beautiful squares
  • Lunch break in Ortigia
  • Continue to Noto to see the Sicilian Baroque and true open-air museum
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center along with its palaces and churches
  • Return to Catania
  • Overnight in Catania
Day 8 - Giardini Naxos, Taormina & Castelmola
  • Meet your guide in the morning at a centrally located Catania pickup point
  • Travel to the seaside village of Giardini Naxos, Sicily’s first Greek colony
  • Walk along the promenade and take in the beautiful surrounding landscape
  • Enjoy a quick stop-off at the magnificent Isola Bella Nature Reserve
  • Marvel at the spectacular views of the bay containing the Blue Grotto and Cape Taormina
  • Continue on to Castelmola to admire the ruins of the Norman walls and Piazza Duomo
  • Journey towards Taormina
  • Free time to explore Corso Umberto's exclusive shops and characteristic craft stores
  • Visit Taormina’s main attractions such as Palazzo Corvaja, the Greek Theater, Badia Vecchia, and Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano
  • Return to Catania
  • Overnight in Catania
Day 9 - Departure
  • Day 9 is reserved for your independent departure
NB - all timings on Highlights of Sicily 9 Day Tour Package are approximate
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Includes
All touring and accommodation
Agrigento: Local guide at the Valley of the Temples
Syracuse, Noto & Ortigia: hotel pick up & entrance ticket to the Neapolis Archaeological Park
Taormina, Castelmola & Giardini Naxos: hotel pick up from Catania
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Anything not mentioned above
Intercity transfer from Palermo to Catania
Meals & drinks
Agrigento: Entrance fees, guide to the Roman Villa of Casale (Valley of the Temple: €10.00 per person. Valley of Temples + Archaeological Museum: €13.50 per person. Roman Villa of Casale: €10.00 per person). Please note that prices shown may vary without prior notice
Erice & Segesta: Entrance fees (Doric Temple in Segesta: €6.00 per person + €1.50 for transportation to the theater. Erice Cathedral: 2€ per person). Please notice that prices shown may vary without prior notice
Taormina, Castelmola & Giardini Naxos: optional visit of Taormina's Greek Theater (€10.00 per person)
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Essential Information
Each day of this tour package will be led by a local guide who opitimizes Tourist Italy's values: to provide you with an authentic, passion-filled tour
Choose your own hotel from our hand-picked selection during the booking process
The order of the days is subject to change so that we can optimize your itinerary to provide the best experience
During the booking process, it's possible to add extra nights of accommodation before or after the tour package