Join this complete tour of the major historical cities of Sicily, which offer insights into the history, culture, lifestyle and beauty of Sicily. Beginning from the capital city Palermo, you will journey through more than a thousand years of history, peeling layers of uniquely rich architectures of Monreale Cathedral, visit the towering Greek Doric Temples in the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, stop at Syracuse and to end our exhilarating tour, we will spend your last day at Taormina.
Day 1: Palermo
Welcome to Palermo. Private transfer from airport to hotel. Welcome cocktail and meeting with the guide. Overnight.
Day 2: Palermo - Monreale (Cefalù optional) - Palermo
After breakfast, departure to Monreale and visit the Cathedral and its Cloister. Later, you will return to the city of Palermo to visit its main monuments such as the Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral of Palermo. In addition, we make a panoramic tour of the city. Tasting of Marsala wines at a wine bar in Palermo. Free time for lunch. Free afternoon or possibility to participate in an optional excursion to Cefalù (to be paid in loco), to visit the Cathedral as well as the Roman Laundry. Return to Palermo and overnight.
Day 3: Palermo - Agrigento - Ragusa
After breakfast, departure to Agrigento, "the most beautiful city of mortals", where you can still admire ten Doric temples that are erected in the valley. Free visit of the famous and unique "Valley of the Temples". Lunch in a local restaurant and departure to Ragusa. Overnight.
Day 4: Ragusa - Modica - Syracuse
After breakfast, visit of Ragusa Ibla, declared Universal Heritage by Unesco. Continue to Modica, where you will visit some of the most emblematic baroque monuments and you will be able to taste the famous Chocolate Modicano that is made in this city following the method brought from Central America during the Spanish domination. Continue to Syracuse. Overnight.
Day 5: Syracuse
After breakfast, visit to Syracuse: the largest city of antiquity founded in 734-733 a.c. and called Syraka. Next to the island of Ortigia, which is linked to the mainland by a bridge, it offers the visitor the remains of its glorious past: The Temple of Minerva, transformed into Christian Cathedral, the legendary Fontana di Arethu-sa, the Temple of Apollo, the Greco Theater and the Roman Amphitheater located near the Latomie and the Orecchio di Dionisio. Free time for lunch and afternoon in Syracuse to enjoy this wonderful city. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant in the city. Overnight.
Day 6: Syracuse - Etna - Taormina
After breakfast, WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMITTING, you will visit the Mt. Etna. It is the highest, largest and the most active volcano in all of Europe, surrounded by hectares of unique geology with a huge variety of flora and fauna. The small inactive volcanic cones, "Crateri Silvestri", are surrounded by remains of lava flows. The spectacular view beyond the mountain, are hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters extending across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, and Calabria. For centuries, the volcano has created a place where nature, culture and history have united to make a great distinction of speciality in the world. Then you will go to lunch in a rural house where, in addition to enjoying a typical and genuine food, you will have the possibility to taste the wine of this area. Continuation to Taormina. Visit the Greek Theater with a local guide. Free time for shopping, to discover the romantic streets of the city or to admire the magnificent panorama of the Ionian Sea. Overnight.
Day 7: Taormina - (Catania optional)
After breakfast, free day to enjoy the city or the beach. Possibility of an optional excursion to Catania (to be paid on site). The excursion is made only with a minimum of participants, and the price of the same will be paid on site. Catania, the second city of Sicily is characterized by its lava stone buildings. In the evening, farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Taormina. Overnight.
Day 8: Taormina
After breakfast, transfer to Catania airport. End of the services.
More tours of Sicily
If you wish to discover other parts of Sicily, check the 4 day tour of Eolian islands or the 8 day tour of Sicily from Catania.