9 Days / 8 Nights
An unforgettable journey to discover the most charming cities of Sicily
Day 1- Tuesday: Palermo (hotel in Palermo)
Independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). Meet with our tour-leader; dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 – Wednesday: Monreale – Palermo – Marsala (hotel in Marsala)
After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style.Later we will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3 – Thursday: Marsala Salt Road – Selinunte – Agrigento (hotel in Agrigento)
This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala they are now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology. Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in whole Mediterranean and World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, we will walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples . You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Friday: Piazza Armerina – Ragusa (hotel in Catania)
Proceeding on we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo. This little precious ancient city, well known thanks to the Commissario Montalbano television series, hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 5 – Saturday: CATANIA – LIPARI (Hotel in Lipari)
Our tour continues with the Aeolian Islands. Breakfast in the hotel and private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding on the hydrofoil for Lipari island. Arrival at the port and transfer to the hotel. Free evening. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 6 – Sunday: Panarea – Stromboli (Hotel in Lipari)
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from the port of Lipari for the full day excursion Panarea & Stromboli. Before leaving Lipari, stop at Cave of pumice to enjoy an unforgettable swim. Continue then to Panarea, to visit the beautiful bay of Calajunco, above which lies the prehistoric village of Cape Milazzese, and stay in the adjacent Zimmari for another swim. Then the tour leaves for a scenic ride between the Isolotti, visiting the Cave of Lovers, to reach the harbour. Here you can have lunch, take a stroll through the elegant streets, visit the prehistoric village and have a nice swim. In the afternoon we will continue to Stromboli. We will stop to admire Ginostra a small fishing village, timeless, then continue to see the Sciara del Fuoco, a steep slope with lava rivers and Strombolicchio, a gigantic rock. Once on the island, free dinner and stroll around shops, or the beautiful gardens and take a swim in the blue cobalt sea. At sunset, the tour returns below the Sciara, to assist from the sea the volcanic explosion in a symphony of reddish lapilli.
Day 7 – Monday: Lipari – Salina (Hotel in Lipari)
Breakfast in the hotel and a full day dedicated to discovering the most beautiful coves of Lipari and Salina. After leaving the Castle of Lipari, the Monte Rosa and Canneto make your first stop at the mine pumice for a bath. Broken wander Acquacalda and you drive to Salina. After having skirted the eastern side you will stop for a second bath in the beautiful bay of Pollara, made famous by the movie Massimo Troisi in “Il Postino” and then set off for Rinella, where we prepared a tasting Malvasia. You will then call at Lingua, a small fishing village, where in addition to delightful restaurants and swimming coves where you can visit the salt lake which gave name to this island. On the way back visit the most beautiful caves of Lipari and we will do the last bath in the beach of Vinci, in front of the Faraglioni. Back to Lipari. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 8 – Tuesday: Lipari – Taormina (Hotel in Taormina)
Breakfast in the hotel, appointment to the port for hydrofoil boarding directed to Milazzo. Private transfer to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and looking around the local handycraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 9 – Wednesday: Taormina
Breakfast in the hotel and end of our services. Private transfers or excursions available.
- Tour leader/professional travel guide from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day, local guides or audio-guides where necessary
- Gran Comfort bus (from the 2nd day to the 4th)
- Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre
- Half board basis in hotels or local restaurants (dinner – 3 main courses fixe menu , beverages not included)
- Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa
- Tasting of Sicilian typical products:
- Palermo (day 2): tasting of local street food;
- Marsala (day 2): visit of a wine cellar and wine tasting;
- Ragusa (day 4): tasting of local cheese
- Private transfer Milazzo Port-Taormina hotel
- Half board treatment, beverages not included (packed lunch instead of dinner, during Panarea and Stromboli excursion)
- Private transfer Catania Hotel – Milazzo Port
- Transfer Lipari Port – Lipari Hotel
- Hydrofoil go and back Milazzo – Lipari – Milazzo
- 1 excursion in group Lipari – Salina
- 1 excursion in group Panarea & Stromboli
- Palermo Cappella Palatina
- Palermo Martorana Church
- Palermo Cathedral
- Monreale Cathedral
- Monreale Cloister
- Selinunte Archeological Parc
- Agrigento Valle dei Templi
- Piazza Armerina Villa Romana