Sizzling Sicily - 7 days

Sizzling Sicily - 7 days

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Sizzling Sicily - 7 days

7 Days Starting in Palermo and ending in Taormina

Visiting: Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Saline of the Laguna Marsala, Marsala, Agrigento, Ragusa, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina, Mount Etna

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2514/SZSI

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 50

Age range:

No Minimum Age. Children aged 0 - 5  travel free. Children aged 6+ pay adult priceMaximum Age: No maximum age but not suitable for pax with mobility issues

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

COACH TOUR: Travel from Palermo to Taormina on this 7-day coach tour taking in the best of Sicily, in the south of Italy. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town of Palermo and visit the medieval village of Erice. See the historic salt pans of Saline della Laguna, experience wine tasting in Marsala and uncover the UNESCO-listed archaeological ruins of Agrigento. End your tour with a visit to Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano.

Highlights

  • Palermo - Enjoy a guided tour of the 3,000-year-old city, including the cathedral and historic Old Town

  • Erice - Stroll around this medieval village hewn into the side of a hill, which will transport you back in time

  • Marsala - Experience wine tasting and a delicious lunch at a traditional Sicilian tavern and visit the historic wine cellar

  • Piazza Armerina - Discover one of the largest and most complete surviving Roman mosaics in the world

  • Agrigento - See the Temple of Concordia and other highlights of the Valley of the Temples, which rivals even the Athens Acropolis

  • Ragusa - Tour this hilltop town known for its Baroque architecture, and enjoy a relaxing stroll in the Giardini Iblei public garden

  • Syracuse - Marvel at the Roman amphitheatre and explore the Ear of Dionysius cave, then head to the old part of the city on Ortygia island

  • Mount Etna - Visit Europe's most active volcano to enjoy sweeping views, learn about volcanic activity, and opt for a hike to the summit

  • Syracuse - See the historic centre of the city, Ortigia, located on a small island off the coast of Sicily

Itinerary

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Day 1: Palermo
Location: Palermo
Meals Included: Dinner

Benvenuto! Welcome to Palermo, capital of the Italian Mediterranean island of Sicily. Make your own way to our start hotel and spend your first evening in the city at leisure.

Day 2: Palermo
Location: Palermo, Monreale, Palermo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we visit Monreale, located in the fertile valley of La Conca d'Oro and renowned for its almonds, citrus fruits, and olive oil. We'll visit UNESCO-listed Monreale Cathedral and there will be time for some lunch and shopping if you choose.



Returning to Palermo, we enjoy a guided walking tour of the Sicilian capital. This 3,000-year-old city has a rich history which our local guide will share with you. Step back in time as we explore the narrow streets of the Old Town and visit the impressive Palermo Cathedral. After our tour, you will have free time to further sightsee independently.

Day 3: Saline Della Laguna
Location: Palermo, Erice, Saline of the Laguna Marsala, Marsala, Agrigento
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Palermo - Erice - Saline della Laguna - Marsala - Agrigento. We enjoy a busy day of Sicilian sightseeing today! Departing Palermo, we head to the medieval village of Erice, where little has changed since the 6th century. Hewn into the side of Monte San Giuliano, Erice offers incredible views and delightful labyrinthine lanes to explore.



Our next stop is Saline della Laguna, a historic salt pan. We then continue to a traditional tavern in the wine-producing region of Marsala. Here we can visit the wine cellar before enjoying included wine tasting and lunch. Then it's onwards to Agrigento, on Sicily's south coast.



This afternoon we visit the Valley of the Temples, one of the most outstanding surviving examples of Ancient Greek architecture in the world. We take in the incredible Temple of Concordia, Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Jupiter, which was once the largest Doric temple ever constructed.



Reaching our hotel, the evening is at leisure.

Day 4: Ragusa
Location: Agrigento, Ragusa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Agrigento - Ragusa. Today we drive to the hilltop town of Ragusa. Here we visit the enchanting historical centre, known for its Baroque palaces and churches. We see the old gate of San Giorgio, and the Giardini Iblei, a picturesque public garden with sweeping views of the surrounding area. Then we head to Piazza Pola to visit the Baroque Church of San Giuseppe, a hidden gem in the city. We also see the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio and Cosentini Palace, a beautiful Baroque villa protected by UNESCO.

Day 5: Syracuse
Location: Ragusa, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Ragusa - Noto - Syracuse - Taormina. Our first stop after departing Ragusa this morning is the picturesque town of Noto. We visit the Cathedral of San Nicolò, rebuilt in the years following an earthquake in 1990.



Driving along the coast, we then reach Syracuse, at Sicily's southeastern tip. Here we visit Ortygia, an island that is also home to Syracuse's oldest area, with lots of medieval streets and Baroque architecture to admire. There is free time to explore this fascinating and historic area. Continuing to Taormina, the evening is at leisure.

Day 6: Taormina
Location: Taormina, Mount Etna, Taormina
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we visit the largest active volcano in Europe - Mount Etna. This stratovolcano last erupted in 2022, and you may well see signs of volcanic activity including smoke billowing from the top of the volcano. On our visit, we learn about this volcanic activity and see the lava fields from previous eruptions. Weather and conditions permitting, we have the opportunity to hike to the summit, 1,800m above sea level.



Returning to Taormina, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this hilltop coastal town. We recommend visiting the Ancient Greek amphitheatre, Teatro Antico di Taormina, which is still in use today.

Day 7: Taormina
Location: Taormina
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before our Sicilian adventure comes to an end.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4-star hotels

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners

  • 6 nights 4 star hotels

  • Escorted by an English-speaking Italian tour guide with specialist guides for some sightseeing

  • Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi, audio headsets and onboard toilet

  • Guided sightseeing with local guides in Palermo, Agrigento, and Syracuse

  • Visit of a historic wine cellar, lunch and wine tasting in Marsala

  • Entrance tickets to archaeological sites mentioned in itinerary

  • Porterage service

  • Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers who booked through other operators for sightseeing each day, some staying in different hotels, and spend your evenings at leisure. The group

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Additional meals and drinks unless specified

  • Entrance fees not mentioned in Inclusions

  • Airport transfers

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • City tax of €1 - 6 per person per night (tax varies by city), to be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. See Trip Notes for details. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to save time on c

Accommodation

Hotel Mercure Palermo Centro



The modern Mercure Palermo is centrally-located, a 15-minute walk from the city's iconic Cathedral and 10 minutes from the harbour. This contemporary hotel has a refined design, with wooden flooring and furniture, and rooms in smart black, white or grey finish. Each room features an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Daily buffet breakfast is served in the onsite restaurant and there is also a bar and coffee shop.





Hotel Della Valle



Set amongst beautiful gardens, Hotel Della Valle is located just outside the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool, spa, bar and two restaurants serving both international and Sicilian cuisine and offering outdoor dining. Rooms are simply but elegantly furnished and come with air-conditioning, minibar, TV, and ensuite bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.





Poggio Del Sole Hotel



Situated between central Ragusa and the Mediterranean, the Poggio Del Sole is housed in an impressive 19th-century manor house with a backdrop of the rolling hills of the Hyblean Plateau. Large rooms feature a modern finish, ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TV and a minibar. There is a large outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, as well as a wellness centre. Dining options are the informal Hosteria for grilled meat and fish, or the Ristoria dell'Angelo, housed in the former stables. A daily buffet breakfast is also served, and there is a bar and complimentary Wi-Fi.





Splendid Hotel



Built into a rockface and housed in a former monastery, Splendid Hotel Taormina is one of the best places to stay in this Sicilian city, just a short walk from the historic centre. There's an outdoor swimming pool and roof terrace, where guests can enjoy a drink overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Indoors there is a piano bar and onsite restaurant serving a buffet breakfast, also with marvellous sea views! Rooms are simply but elegantly furnished, offering sea or pool views and equipped with free Wi-Fi, ensuite bathrooms and TV.

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