Day 1: Palermo
Welcome to Sicily! Arrive independently to the hotel hotel in Palermo (contact us for an optional private transfer from the airport). In the evening you will meet your tour-leader and your travel companions. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Palermo.
Day 2: Monreale - Palermo
After breakfast in the hotel, the first stop of the day will be Monreale, famous for its cathedral with mosaics on a gold background that cover its surface and its walls. You will then return to discover all of the fascinating treasures that the city of Palermo holds. A few of the treasures include preserved monuments, the Palatine Chapel, and the Fountain Square Pretoria. You will also have a stop for a food surprise in a local bakery. After free time for lunch (NOT included), keep visiting the city centre. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Marsala - Salt Road - Agrigento
After breakfast, visit the colorful Marsala, a Mediterranean modern city, divided between sea and land. Here you will join the visit of a wine cellar (wine tasting and lunch will be included). No trip to Sicily is complete without a visit to the ancient Greek city in Agrigento! Visit the remains of the ancient Akragas Archeological Heritage Site that encompasses the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, and the Temple of Juno. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Piazza Armerina - Ragusa Ibla - Catania
After breakfast, depart for Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO site internationally renowned. History is alive at the Villa Romana del Casale in the Piazza Armerina and you will relish the mosaics that show pictures of hunting and mythological scenes. Here you will enjoy some free time for lunch (NOT included). In the afternoon, you will wander through the Ibleo Garden and churches while visiting the city of Ragusa. You will be enchanted by its historical center "Ibla", with its fifty churches and palaces in the Baroque style, made famous thanks to the Italian writer Camilleri, and now even more popular thanks to the TV series "Montalbano". Get yourself ready for a tasting of local products. Transfer to hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Catania - Lipari
After breakfast, you will have free time to enjoy the beautiful Catania. In the late morning, private transfer to Milazzo. Board your hydrofoil heading to Lipari, the biggest one among the Aeolian Islands. Once you reach Lipari, transportation to the hotel will be provided. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Please note that the tour escort will be present until the evening of Day 4.
Day 6: Panarea - Stromboli
After breakfast, departure for the excursion of a full day to Panarea and Stromboli, but first short visit of the pumice quarries. Visit Calajunco, natural bay of Panarea and stop adjacent Zimmari. Departure for the scenic ride to the harbor between the islands visiting the Cave of lovers. You will then land on the island where you can have lunch (packed lunch INSTEAD OF dinner), relax, explore the island and buy some souvenirs. Continuing to Ginostra, a tiny fishing village, and then to Stromboli Island, admiring Sciara del Fuoco, the enchanting slope where lava rivers flow, and the rock of Strombolicchio. Return to the hotel for the overnight.
Day 7: Lipari - Salina
After breakfast, discover the most beautiful bays of Lipari and to the departure to the island of Salina, with some free time for shopping local products such as Malvasìa fortified wine. After skirting the island, you can swim in the beautiful bay of Pollara, then stop at Lingua, a fishing village where you can visit the salt lake from which the island takes its name. Here you will have free time to visit the island, its Lago Salato or enjoy typical restaurants for lunch (NOT included). Join also the caves of Lipari on the way back and have one last swim in the beach of Vinci. Back to Lipari, dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 8: Lipari - Taormina
After breakfast, transfer to Lipari harbour to take the hydrofoil for Milazzo. There you will meet your driver a private transfer to Taormina, a charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Join your free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and looking around the local handcraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Taormina
After breakfast, end of the tour (contact us for an optional private transfer to the airport).
*Please note we will not be responsible for any disruption due to weather and sea conditions concerning all hydrofoil and ferry crossings among the islands.