Unveiling Sicily's Treasures: Taormina, Ragusa, Palermo and beyond

Unveiling Sicily's Treasures: Taormina, Ragusa, Palermo and beyond

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Unveiling Sicily's Treasures: Taormina, Ragusa, Palermo and beyond

8 Days Starting in 98037 Letojanni, Metropolitan City of Messina, Italy and ending in Palermo, PA, Italy

Visiting: Taormina, Ragusa, Palermo

Tour operator:

Meet & Greet Italy

Tour code:

E7SICLRPS

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Here with Meet and Greet Italy, embark on an enchanting journey through Sicily. Start in Taormina, explore its sites and marvel at Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano. Traverse scenic routes aboard the Circumetnea train. Enjoy food and wine tasting at a local winery. Take a scenic train to Syracuse, known for its rich history. Explore the Archaeological Park and visit Ortigia’s charming streets and cathedral. Explore the cities of Ragusa, Modica, and Noto, renowned for Sicilian Baroque. Marvel at sumptuous palaces and ornate balconies. Visit Agrigento’s Temples’ Valley, a UNESCO site. Discover well-preserved ancient temples. Conclude in Palermo, with Teatro Massimo and Monreale Cathedral. Then, enjoy a day in picturesque Cefalù.

Highlights

  • 100% luggage free tour !

  • Professional English speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour.

  • Stay at four-star hotels (international standard)

  • First class on train

  • A great set of activities included

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Taormina

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Albatross - Letojanni

Meals Included: Dinner

Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel in Letojanni, check-in and take your time to settle. In the afternoon meet your group and the tour leader. After an introductive briefing, reach Taormina and enjoy a guided walking tour of one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sicily. Admire its natural terrace
overlooking the sea dominated by the majestic volcano Mount Etna and visit the Greek-Romans Theater. Back to your hotel partake a welcome dinner.

Day 2 : Mount Etna

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Albatross - Letojannni

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you will discover the Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. After breakfast walk along the beach to Letojanni train station and reach the village of Giarre where you’re going to get on the Circumetnea train an historic railway inaugurated in 1898 which travels around the volcano passing through many villages, offering to its travelers’ picturesque glimpses of this unique view. The excursion will continue by bus to reach “Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). Enjoy food and wine tasting in a local winery and have the option to reach higher peaks by jeep. Return to hotel in Letojanni.

Day 3 : Siracusa & Ortigia

Location: Ragusa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Mediterraneo Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you will admire the coast and the sea from your train window travelling from Taormina to Syracuse, one of the most interesting sites on the island. A guide will lead you to the discovery of the Archaeological Park, famous for its Roman amphitheater, the Greek theater, and the ear of Dionysus. Continue your visit by going to the island of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city, characteristic for its narrow alleys, for its sea views and for the wonderful square with its splendid cathedral. In the afternoon continue the journey by bus and reach your next destination, Ragusa.

Day 4 : Sicilian Baroque

Location: Ragusa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Mediterraneo Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast

A full day to discover the less known part of Sicily, dominated by the sumptuous and majestic Baroque style of the buildings, characterized by the numerous UNESCO sites, also known for the television series “Il Commissario Montalbano”. Start your visit from the historic center of the city of Ragusa, “Ibla”, the aristocratic city of Val di Noto, characterized by the numerous baroque churches and palaces, as well as by the characteristic domes that dominate the city. Continue to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage city especially known for its chocolate as well as for its wonderful buildings. Last stop will be Noto, the capital of late Sicilian Baroque. Cross the famous Arco, stroll in the center admiring the wonderful aristocratic palaces with the famous decorated balconies, the sumptuous churches full of decorations, the cathedral with its staircase, and the city theater, all built in Baroque style. Return to the hotel in Ragusa for overnight.

Day 5 : Agrigento

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: NH Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast departure by bus for Agrigento. Arriving in Agrigento enjoy a lunch overlooking the Temple Valley. After lunch, meet the guide who will reveal all the secrets of the Temples’ Valley, including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the whole Greek world), the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Castor and Pollux. At the end of the visit we will have lunch all together; afterward, reach Agrigento Centrale Train Station and embark on an extraordinary train journey through the Sicilian countryside to reach Palermo. Upon arrival in Palermo transfer to the hotel and check in.

Day 6 : Palermo

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nh Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Full day dedicated to the discovery of Palermo: in the morning a walking tour of the city center, starting from Teatro Massimo continue the walk through the famous “u Capo” local market and taste some Sicilian specialties as Arancina or drink the famous “AUTISTA”, an “explosive” lemonade. Continue to the Cathedral and walk to “I Quattro canti”. After some free time for lunch take the local bus to Monreale, a lovely town on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world.

Day 7 : Cefalu'

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: NH Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, with your tour leader, reach Cefalù by train in half an hour. Cefalù is a beautiful medieval fishers’ village, at the slopes of a promontory, hosts as well as Unesco World Heritage site, the Arabic-Norman Cathedral, that looks like a fortress. You will have the whole day at your disposal to relax on the beach, do shopping or hike up La Rocca! Back to Palermo by regional train, enjoy your last night in Sicily!

Day 8 : Palermo

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: NH Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, our trip to the discovery of the Italian beauties comes to an end, hoping you always keep this unique experience in your heart. Feel free to book some extra nights in Sicily or a private transfer to Palermo’s airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    7 nights in 4* hotel – standard rooms # 2 nights in Letojanni /Taormina: Hotel Albatross # 2 nights in Ragusa: Hotel Mediterraneo Palace # 3 nights in Palermo: Hotel NH Palermo

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts 1 dinner 2 lunches

  • Transport

    Train transfers in First class Luxury air-conditioned coach on route not covered by railway

  • Additional Services

    WORRY-FREE LUGGAGE Thanks to our included porterage service at railway stations and/or our “luggage bus” that delivers luggage from hotel to hotel, we make train travel stress-free. INCLUDED GROUP ACTIVITIES •TAORMINA / LETOJANNI: guided walking tour of Taormina & Mount Etna full day discovery by train •SIRACUSA: guided walking tour of Siracusa and Ortigia •RAGUSA: full day guided tour discovery of Sicilian Baroque: Noto and Modica •AGRIGENTO: guided tour of Temple’ Valley •PALERMO: guided walking tour of Palermo and Monreale & full day discovery tour of Cefalù by train. CARBON OFFSET We'll offset all the carbon emissions of your trip! We supports international environmental projects oriented to carbon offset (according to Gold Standard, Verra standard or CDM standard) and plants native tree species across Italy.

  • Fully Guided

    Professional English speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour

What's Not Included

Tips, Extras, Hotel city taxes ( to be paid on spot), whatever not listed in “Price Includes”

Check out our Q&As

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

    Our solo travelers will have their private rooms. This allows you to participate in our tours with the comfort and privacy of your own room.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive a summary of itinerary with all the inclusions confirmed, with all the addresses and contacts needed.

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

    Yes, the hotels apply safety regulations. We select the best locations, all conforming to high international standards.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    We donate to FAI (Fondo Ambientale Italiano), whose purpose is to protect elements of Italy’s physical heritage that might otherwise be lost. Especially, we have “adopted” the Abbey of San Fruttuoso near Portofino to protect its beauty and uniqueness for future generations.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    In 2021 we received the GSTC and TRAVELIFE certifications, formalizing our efforts and actions. We are working to become a B Corp: our goal is to get the certification within the first half of 2023.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our Independent Tours are private and self-guided, ready to be enjoyed at your pace. Our Small Group Tours have scheduled departure, with a group of 26 or fewer, fully guided by a Tour Leader. Here you will pass your days with fellow travelers from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Our company has been operating in Italy since 2015.

  • Is this tour Carbon Neutral?

    The tour's emissions are all offset thanks to our partnership.

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

    Please see cancellation policies.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is not possible to join a tour once it has departed. It is possible to customize the tour by adding pre or post-nights, to best align your arrival and departure from Italy with the tour you would like to enjoy.

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