Splendours of Sicily

Splendours of Sicily

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Splendours of Sicily

8 Days Starting and ending in Catania, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy

Visiting: Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Marsala, Saline di Mozia, Palermo, Monreale, Cefalù, Mount Etna, Taormina

Tour operator:

Omega Tours

Tour code:

1140

Recommended For:

50 plus, Couples, Singles, Women-Only

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 45

Physical rating:

Low, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

13-99

Tour operated in:
English , Spanish
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Tour Overview

Carefully curated, this 8-day trip to Sicily by Omega Tours touches on all the stunning sights this incredible Italian island has to offer. Keep reading to learn more about what makes this itinerary the perfect trip to Sicily.If you’re also looking to visit other cities on your next holiday in Italy, consider our entire range of Trips and Holidays in Italy. This unforgettable tour of Sicily expertly combines visits to world-famous archaeological attractions with little-known corners of the islands’ most stunning towns for a true taste of authentic Sicilian hospitality. While this trip is full of top attractions anyone visiting Sicily would no doubt love to visit, it is also peppered with places that veer off the beaten path, showing you the real Sicily you simply won’t find in the guide books. By the end of this tour of Sicily, you’ll leave with a lifetime of fabulous memories.

Highlights

  • See Syracuse, the largest and most powerful Greek colony in Sicily

  • Explore the UNESCO city of Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque

  • Visit the famous Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Indulge in Sicilian treats

  • Discover the cities of Palermo and Catania

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Catania
Location: Catania
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Il Principe Hotel, Catania, or similar
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Sicily! Upon arrival at the airport make your way to your hotel in the heart of Catania. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. An optional private transfer is available. Overnight in Catania.

Day 2 : Catania > Syracuse > Noto > Ragusa
Location: Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Hotel Mediterraneo Palace, Ragusa, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast in the hotel and departure for Syracuse to visit the largest and most powerful Greek colony in Sicily. Visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis the old town center of Ortigia, with its stunning Piazza Duomo and Cathedral.

Continue to the UNESCO city of Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque. Walk through the city streets and admire the skill and ingenious creativity of local craftsmen. Noto's Baroque architecture is a plethora of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views, palaces and gardens, capitals, and cherubs that adorn the façades of churches and monasteries. At the end of the visit transfer to Ragusa, check in to the hotel, and have dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 3 : Ragusa > Modica > Piazza Armerina > Agrigento
Location: Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Baia Di Ulisse Wellness & Spa, Agrigento, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast in the hotel and visit Ragusa Ibla with its beautiful churches and the Ibleo garden. Then proceed to Modica, to admire its many baroque-style treasures, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterward, visit and stop to taste the typical products of the area.

Departure to Piazza Armerina and visit the splendid Villa Romana del Casale, a building from the late imperial period and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer to the hotel in Agrigento.

Day 4 : Agrigento > Marsala > Saline > Palermo
Location: Agrigento, Marsala, Saline di Mozia, Palermo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Mercure Palermo Centro, Palermo, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel and visit the famous Valley of the Temples declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Departure for Marsala, which preserves a multitude of signs of the Phoenician, Arab, and Norman dominations. Visit a local winery and indulge in wine tasting with lunch.

Continue to the "Saline", the salt pans, containing the salt which the Mediterranean Sea is particularly rich in around this area. Even today the salt marshes represent one of the oldest salt mining industries in the world.

In the evening, arrival in Palermo, check-in at the hotel.

Day 5 : Palermo > Monreale > Palermo
Location: Palermo, Monreale, Palermo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Mercure Palermo Centro, Palermo, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel and departure to visit Monreale, with its impressive Arab-Norman Cathedral and stunning Cloister. Return to Palermo. This city preserves monuments of the Arab-Norman period, including the beautiful Cathedral, the fascinating Byzantine Church of the Martorana, and the Palatine Chapel, the highest example from the historical-artistic point of view of the coexistence between cultures and religions.

Along with the visit stop for a food surprise in a local bakery.

Day 6 : Palermo > Cefalu > Catania
Location: Palermo, Cefalù, Catania
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Il Principe Hotel, Catania, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Cefalù, a beautiful medieval maritime village with its Norman Cathedral. Time at leisure to visit the famous Mandralisca Museum. Proceed to Catania, and visit the old town center and its baroque architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy a walk in the center, passing through the old Peschiera (old fish market) to reach the scenic Piazza del Duomo with its stunning Cathedral and the lava stone Elephant (symbol of the city). Stop in a bar to taste the local granita with brioche. Overnight stay In Catania.

Day 7 : Catania > Etna > Taormina > Catania
Location: Catania, Mount Etna, Taormina, Catania
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: the Il Principe Hotel, Catania, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel, and departure for a quick visit of a historic "fishmonger" (old fish market) before reaching Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe (3.350 m), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, visit a beekeeping farm, to see the honey extraction laboratory and taste homemade honey and typical products of the area.

Proceed to Taormina, famous for its natural landscape, marine beauties, historical monuments, and unforgettable views of the sea. Visit the fascinating Greco-Roman theatre, which offers a breathtaking view of Naxos Bay.

The day will end with a beautiful panorama of the stunning Riviera of the Cyclops, a legendary stretch of coast north of Catania. Return to the hotel in Catania.

Day 8 : Catania Departure
Location: Catania
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy one final breakfast at the hotel before your tour comes to an end. Optional private transfer to the airport is available on request.

What's Included

  • • 7-nights accommodation in 4-star hotels

  • • 6 meals at the hotel or local restaurant per the itinerary (3-course fixed menu to taste traditional Italian and Sicilian dishes)

  • • 7 breakfasts

  • • 1 light lunch in Modica (3rd day) and 1 lunch in Marsala (4th day)

  • • Visit a well-known chocolate manufacturer with tasting in Modica (3rd day), wine cellar visit with tasting in Marsala (4th day), Sicilian product tastings in Palermo (5th day), granita and brioche tasting in Catania (6th day) & visit and tasting at a ho

  • • Multilingual tour leader for the entire tour and local guides or audio guides when necessary

  • • Transportation by air-conditioned bus from the 2nd day until the 7th day

  • • Visits to Sicilian cities, towns, and archaeological sites as per the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • • International or domestic airfare

  • • Gratuities to guides and drivers

  • • Travel insurance

  • • Beverages during meals and additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Entrance fees to monuments or museums

  • • Local city tax for overnight stays

  • • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary

  • • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    We recommend 1 checked luggage and 1 carry on per person

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrance fees are included as per the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport transfers are optional

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    The tour is a guaranteed departure

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

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

    No, solo travellers are required to book a Single (Private) room.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Electronic Vouchers. These will be provided and attached to your booking (within the Documents section) aprox. 2 weeks prior to travel.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, unfortunately that is not possible on our trips.

Reviews of this Operator

Janifer Harland (Google Reviewer)  

Easy booking, nothing was a...

28-Oct-2023

Easy booking, nothing was a problem, prompt reply to emails. We did the Pearls of Puglia Tour. Fantastic region to explore, tour guide Sabrina was excellent and our other local guides were also great.

Joe F  

Excellent Service!

01-Mar-2020

Received excellent service and suggestions for a tour we planned for our son and daughter when they toured the Amalfi Coast in August. Hotels were all in great locations close to the action and all excellent 4 or 5 star. Would definitely use or recommend Omega tours to friends or family.

Pinx O  

I had wonderful time

04-Oct-2022

Just came back from my 11 days Portugal tours I booked through Omega tours. And I had wonderful time. I joined a small group tours, which is really great. The tour guide Myriam is one of the best tour guide I ever had. I always travel solo( and sometimes join a group tours )and tried to travel every year if I can . I am surely looking forward to booked more tours with you.

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Was pleasantly surprised that there...

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Was pleasantly surprised that there were only 4 people on the Best of Portugal tour. Our guide Cristina was fabulous and was a wealth of information on everything Portugal. A great experience overall and would highly recommend.

Guido P  

Had a great time and an amazing experience!

01-Mar-2020

Had a great time and an amazing experience. The touring company was excellent, punctual with clean buses and friendly and well informed tour guides. Hotels were nice, clean with good location, great service and good breakfast. We are recommending it to everyone and hoping one day we can repeat it.

Adair R  

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy

30-Apr-2022

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy. A great balance of sightseeing and free time. Exceptional local guide and driver. I’m not sure I would consider the hotels chosen to be 4 star - with the exception of Hotel St Martin in Rome which was great - but the others were very clean and well located. Would definitely choose Omega tours again when booking group travel.

Lisa M  

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken.

07-Jun-2022

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken. Having all my hotels and pickup and drop- offs taken care of by Omega Tours made this trip so easy to enjoy! Michael was amazing. He was always available to answer all of our questions and he made sure we had everything we needed in order to travel internationally during a crazy pandemic!

Joseph L  

Everything we experienced was exactly as described

25-Oct-2022

We took the Italy Deluxe Tour in September of 2022. Everything we experienced was exactly as described. Exceptional accommodations, travel and guides were provided in each city. Michael, our booking agent, gave us complete confidence that we had chosen the right tour operator by his attention to detail and prompt correspondence. We are delighted with Omega Tours and have already recommended them to many friends.

William S  

Very responsive to our requests for tours and travel schedule

04-Apr-2022

Very responsive to our requests for tours and travel schedule. Guides provided were great, very informative, and attentive to our requests and questions.

Lorri Miller (Google Reviewer)  

Sadly we cannot recommend them...primarily...

02-Nov-2023

Sadly we cannot recommend them...primarily due to our tour leader. He was a nice enough young man, but a very poor communicator. Ask anyone in our group and they will tell you that we were in the dark on a daily basis. We had to ask about times to meet, schedule, dinner plans - answers were vague or he would say he would tell us later. The words "don't worry" are not what you want to hear when you are trying to get specific information. Several of the local tour guides were hard to understand - so we ended up touring most places on our own. The hotels were hit or miss. (Naples was the absolute worst). It had a beautiful view, but it was very isolated so it was difficult to get a cab to come up the street - even walking was dangerous.

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