Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims and Normans.
This 7-day itinerary will let you discover the cultural footprints all these conquerors left behind. You will travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, have a stroll under Baroque façades and enjoy the colorful and vibrant local markets, while enjoying spectacular scenery, and experiencing the relaxed island lifestyle, cuisine and wine of Sicily.
Palermo, Sicily's capital and cultural melting pot with its stunning monuments and vibrant local markets
Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theater and the postcard views of Mount Etna
Syracuse and Agrigento with their archaeological masterpieces
Sicily's deep history, rich culture, and natural beauty
Day 1: Explore Syracuse
Today will be dedicated to exploring Syracuse, a wonderful city that was the largest in the ancient world during the Greek Classical Period - even bigger than Athens. With a licensed guide, you will visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park, with its famous Greek theater. Your walk will continue to Ortigia island, where you will enjoy a scenic boat tour. In the afternoon, a private transfer will bring you to Noto, a picturesque Baroque town where you can relax and enjoy the famous Sicilian “granita” (a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and various flavorings, similar to sorbet) before going back to Syracuse. Enjoy dinner and your overnight stay in Syracuse.
Day 2: Ragusa and Modica
In the morning you will take a private transfer to Modica and visit its enchanting historical center with breathtaking views over picturesque alleys and stairways. There you will be able to taste the precious chocolate of Modica, produced according to the ancient Aztec recipe. Before lunch, you will visit a typical cheese factory for a tasting. Light lunch will be served before your transfer to Ragusa Ibla. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Ragusa.
Day 3: Agrigento and Marsala
Your trip continues to the west coast reaching Agrigento, where you'll meet with a licensed guide and visit the archaeological site of the 'Valley of the Temples'. Explore the ruins of the largest Doric temple ever constructed - the Temple of Zeus. Your tour will proceed to Menfi, a Sicilian area famous for its wine and olive oil production. You will stop in a famous wine estate for a wine tasting and a special visit of the cellar. Continue to Marsala, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.
Day 4: Erice and Palermo
You can’t leave the west coast of Sicily without a panoramic drive along the ancient salt pans between Marsala and Trapani. Windmills, lagoons and piles of harvested salt, neatly covered with terracotta tiles, offer a truly unique landscape. You will enjoy a spectacular boat tour around the Stagnone and Mothya island before reaching Erice for lunch. Erice is a beautiful medieval town located 750 meters above sea level, with expansive views of the valley and sea below. In the afternoon, you will take a private transfer to Palermo. You will have free time for dinner and overnight at your hotel Palermo.
Day 5: Palermo and Monreale
In the morning you will meet with a licensed guide for a private tour of the Sicilian capital. Quattro Canti, Pretoria Square, the Cathedral and Marina Square are some of the architectural masterpieces you will discover during the visit. For lunch, stop in the heart of Palermo and taste some typical street food like “panelle” and “cazzilli”. A private transfer will take you to Monreale where you'll have a guided visit of its extraordinary cathedral, considered the greatest example of Norman architecture in the world. Return to Palermo and stay overnight.
Day 6: Cefalù - Taormina
Early in the morning take a private transfer to Taormina. You'll drive along the northern coastline to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalu. You'll have time for a walk in the city center and you can stop for lunch to enjoy some local seafood. In the afternoon, you will reach Taormina, a tourist honeypot. After a walk around this chic and beautiful town, you will have free time for dinner. You will stay in Taormina.
Day 7: Mt Etna
In the morning you will transfer to M. Etna, where you'll enjoy a spectacular walk on the southern area of this volcano. Hike past several lava flows to be rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the four craters that make up the top of this famous volcano, plus wide views of the entire coast of Sicily. On the way back, you will stop in a typical and elegant winery to enjoy a local aperitif. Once in Taormina, you will have time to relax before having your final dinner of this trip.