Splendours of Sicily 2025

Splendours of Sicily 2025

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Splendours of Sicily 2025

10 Days Starting in Palermo and ending in Catania

Visiting: Italy

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BSSPC5

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Tour Overview

Prepare to be unwrapped by Sicily’s superb landscapes, intoxicating diversity and ancient wonders. Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling local markets. Sheer gorges and golden beaches. This dazzling Mediterranean island will tantalise your every desire and capture your heart with its fascinating culture.

Highlights

  • Embark on a locally guided walking tour of Palermo and gain a unique insight into the city’s anti-Mafia movement

  • Discover the fascinating history behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples

  • Unlock the exotic and eclectic flavours of Sicilian cuisine with several unique tasting experiences

Itinerary

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Day 1: Palermo (Sicily)

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Opera (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

An intoxicatingly vibrant capital, Palermo is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible Sicilian journey. Our included dinner tonight is an opportunity to get to know one another better and sample some of Sicily’s sumptuous cuisine. Here’s to the fantastic trip ahead!

Day 2: Palermo – Monreale – Selinunte

Accommodation: Agriturismo Case di Latomie (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we’ll take to the streets to dive into Palermo’s fascinating anti-Mafia movement with a local guide – visiting the house of anti-Mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino, as we go. Then: it’s onwards to Monreale. Perched atop the Monte Caputo, overlooking the fertile valley of La Conca d’Oro – Monreale is renowned for its awe-inspiring Cathedral. Here, we’ll spend some time admiring the Norman-Byzantine architecture and stunning mosaics, before moving on to our idyllic accommodation in Selinunte.

Day 3: Selinunte – Agrigento – Favara

Accommodation: The Alba Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we're in for a culinary treat: prepare to sample a local farm’s tasty olives, award-winning oil and fresh breads. Then: en route to Favara, we’ll stop by Agrigento to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples. One of the most impressive collections of ancient Greek monuments in the world – a local guide will reveal the history of this enchanting archaeological site. Afterwards, we’ll move on to our hotel in Favara where we’ll enjoy a delicious local dinner together as a group.

Day 4: Favara – Piazza Armerina – Ragusa

Accommodation: Hotel Antico Convento dei Cappuccini (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy another ancient history lesson with a visit to Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. Then, we’ll spend the afternoon at leisure in the magnificent hilltop town of Ragusa where our idyllic accommodation awaits. Wander around the old town’s picturesque, cobbled streets and browse various artisan shops.

Day 5: Ragusa – Modica – Ragusa

Accommodation: Hotel Antico Convento dei Cappuccini (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll start our day in indulgent style: with a chocolate tasting session in Modica. And then? The gastronomic theme continues as we venture into the countryside for a fascinating lesson in cheese-making. We’ll gain a unique insight into the rustic lifestyle of Sicilian shepherds from a local breeder – and learn the secrets behind creating the area’s famed provola ragusana cheese. After a delicious tasting session, we’ll return to Ragusa – where the rest of the day is free to wander the sloping alleyways and historic Ragusa Ibla at our leisure.

Day 6: Ragusa – Noto – Syracuse

Accommodation: Gran Bretagna Boutique Hotel Ortigia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s agenda: a visit to the city of Noto, where we’ll learn more about almond cultivation with a local expert. After indulging in an almond-themed lunch, we’ll press on to lovely Syracuse. Here, a local guide will take us around the ancient archaeological park – home to the impressive Teatro Greco. This evening, we’ll enjoy some free time relaxing at our hotel or exploring the nearby Ortigia area – Syracuse’s ancient town centre.

Day 7: Syracuse

Accommodation: Gran Bretagna Boutique Hotel Ortigia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Coastal Syracuse – which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece – is yours for the taking today. We recommend arranging a boat trip to visit the enchanting hidden caves here. Or spending your free time wandering the array of ancient temples before losing yourself in the city’s winding streets, which open onto magnificent baroque piazzas, enticing boutique storefronts and beautiful sea views. How you spend your day is up to you – but a visit to the stunning Piazza Duomo is a must!

Day 8: Syracuse – Mt Etna – Etna Region

Accommodation: Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we head towards Mt Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the rugged surrounding landscape. We’ll take in the views from Rifugio Sapienza and have an opportunity to ride the cable car for a closer look at its smouldering craters. Then: we’ll move on to a local winery for an indulgent lunch and wine pairing experience. Later, we'll make tracks for our accommodation in the foothills of Etna – where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Day 9: Etna Region – Taormina – Etna Region

Accommodation: Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today will be spent exploring the spectacular mountainside town of Taormina. Here, we will have plenty of time to indulge in some Sicilian dolce vita – but first: a guided visit to the dramatically situated ancient Greek theatre is in order. After a day spent exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well deserved.

Day 10: Etna Region – Catania

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today our adventure will end in Catania, but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. Here we'll pay a visit to the city’s famous fish market, where you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the lively atmosphere. We’ll even stop by a historic pâtisserie to fill our own cannoli with ricotta cheese, and sample some traditional local sweets. What a way to round off the trip!

What's Included

  • Meals
    9 breakfasts, 2 lunchs, 3 dinners

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

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  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

16-Oct-2023

I enjoyed everything about this trip. The planned sightseeing and activities had good variety.

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

09-Jul-2023

We saw a great deal of Sicily- which we could not have done on our own. We felt very safe and the other passengers on the tour were all great company.

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

04-Jun-2023

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

18-Sep-2023

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

19-Oct-2023

The trip was first rate. The food offered in the included meals was delicious, the guide was very knowledgeable, and we stayed in wonderful hotels.

Peter Cr  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

21-Aug-2023

Because of the very informative and fun guide

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

30-Apr-2023

Excellent guide (Loredana). Small group (10). Good itinerary and pace. Great food.

Edward Fe  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

25-Aug-2023

So many unique cities and destinations that will be a lasing memory. The food that was served at the various lunches was fabulous.

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

11-Jun-2023

Good value for money and the tour and leader were very high standard.

Anonymous  

Splendours of Sicily 2025

09-Nov-2023

See first comment for more information.

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    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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