Introduction
In more ways than one, Sicily is the ultimate Italy. Geographically, it's the southernmost province— warm, golden, and sprinkled with blindingly white Greek temples that are among the world's best preserved. And culturally it's more like Italy as we'd have imagined it a hundred years ago. Farmers still get to market by donkey. Mt. Etna is active even today and is the backdrop to almost every view. Even the bread is rougher and crustier—better to match vibrant food unlike any other you'll find in Italy. We've scouted a remarkably scenic walking tour circuit that captures the spirit of Sicily. There's Palermo, of course…and the rock-clinging seaside beauty of Taormina. From beautifully sited lodgings, we set out on walks among the temples of Agrigento and immerse ourselves in the archeology of Siracusa. Offshore, we wander the jewel-like Aeolian Islands. And we're inclined to agree with the poet who wrote: "To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all." Start on the Amalfi Coast! Join our Amalfi tour the week prior to your Sicily departure for an amazing Italian vacation. Call 800.200.3887 for details.
Picture yourself on a walking tour of Sicily...
  • Picnicking on the slopes of a volcano
  • Exploring ancient temples
  • Meandering through meadows and olive groves
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - PALERMO
In sunny Palermo (1 night), we spend a leisurely afternoon exploring colorful piazzas and the spectacular Duomo of Monreale.

DAYS 2-3 - AGRIGENTO
Traveling into the heart of Sicily, we stop near Regaleali. A friend invites us into his kitchen for a special treat—a taste of the renowned local wines and a cooking instruction. Later in the day, we drive to the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento (2 nights). We'll walk among Greek temples that date from 400 BC and are scattered amid lovely hills with wildflowers, herds of sheep and the sea in the distance.

DAYS 4-7 - TAORMINA / CATANIA
En route to Taormina (3 nights), we pay a fascinating visit to Siracusa—a city once more powerful than Athens and now home to remarkable archeological remains of the Greek and Roman empires. We’ll ferry out to Lipari, largest of the Aeolian Islands. We’ll have time for walks through olive plantations and vineyards, plus some cafe-hopping and shopping. The return ride to Taormina offers a great view of how the town clings to the cliffs over the Ionian Sea with Mt. Etna’s snow-capped cone as a backdrop. In the morning, we head to the slopes of Mt. Etna for a walk in a breathtaking landscape of lava dunes before a memorable picnic of local specialties. After returning to our villa hotel, we wander the medieval streets of Taormina and pay a visit to the Greek theater with its panoramic view of the sea. After a final leisurely morning in Taormina, we part company in Catania.
Sicily
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Palermo, Sicily – 2:30 pm – Lobby of Villa Igiea

Ending Point: Catania, Sicily – 1:30 pm – Airport

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
April 15-21, 2018$4695.00$895.00
May 13-19, 2018$4795.00$895.00
June 10-16, 2018$4895.00$895.00
September 9-15, 2018$4895.00$895.00
October 14-20, 2018$4895.00$895.00
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, and 1 cooking instruction
Sicily
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Sicily has a warm, balmy climate. However, we will be spending a majority of our time along the coast where the warm sunshine is moderated by the winds that blow off the Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.

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Hotels
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

In a sumptuous villa on the Palermo coast, this 5-star hotel still has its original frescoes, decoration and furniture. A magnificent pool overlooks the sea. Just as you'd expect, rooms are spacious, and breakfast al fresco on the terrace is wonderful.

Villa Athena

Located in the Valley of the Temples, this 5-star hotel is an 18th-century villa, the only lodging inside the archaeological zone. The villa offers the opportunity to dine al fresco while the temples are illuminated against the night sky.

NH Collection Taormina

The 5-star NH Collection Taormina Hotel is in the heart of beautiful Taormina, the famed city on Sicily’s eastern coastline. Just a few steps away is the city’s most popular shopping street, Corso Umberto I.

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