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Best of Sicily
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If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Sicily is "The Godfather were here to expand your horizons. Sicily is a very different Italian experience, and we're excited to introduce it to you everything from UNESCO Heritage sites and stunning cathedrals to the majestic Mt Etna. This trip moves at a good pace but still gives you the perfect mix of fun activities and free time and incredible cuisine, of course. Find out why Sicily is one of Italys true hidden gems.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EIBS/145004
  • Starts: Catania, Italy
  • Finishes: Catania, Italy
You will Visit
  • Catania

Itinerary

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Day 1: Catania

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Catania/Palermo

Visit the local fruit and fish market in Catania before travelling to Palermo. Enjoy an orientation walk and savour a streetfood lunch.
Rise early to visit the local fruit and fish market in Catania before boarding a public bus to Palermo.

Enjoy an orientation walk of the Sicilian capital and a streetfood lunch in colourful markets like La Vucciaria or Ballaró. In the afternoon, take a walking tour that includes Quattro Canti, Pretoria Square, the cathedral, and Marina Square. Opt to visit the unique and fascinating Catacomb of the Capuchins for a walk on the creepy side.

Make sure to include a nightly 'passeggiata', a lovely Italian tradition.

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Day 3: Palermo

Visit Monreale and check out the beautiful views of La Conca d'Oro Valley. Visit the Norman cathedral before enjoying a free afternoon back in Palermo.
Reach Monreale after a short bus ride. The town has beautiful views of La Conca d'Oro Valley and is famous for its Norman cathedral with Arabic and Byzantine architectural influences.

Head back to Palermo to enjoy a free afternoon wandering around this busy southern Italian city.

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Day 4: Palermo/Ragusa

Travel to Ragusa and take an orientation walk of the old town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Baroque architecture. Enjoy an included wine tasting with local snacks.
Travel by public bus to Ragusa in the southeast. Enjoy an orientation walk of the old town.

Part of the eight Sicilian towns of the Val di Noto, this town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Baroque architecture and artistic creations.

Quench your thirst with an included wine tasting and local snacks.

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Day 5: Ragusa/Siracusa

Head to Modica, famous for its Aztec chocolate and Baroque architecture. Visit the historic centre and enjoy a chocolate tasting, a cheese tasting, and a light lunch. Travel to Scicli and opt to see the Church of San Matteo before continuing on to Siracusa (Syracuse).
Ride a private van to Modica, a town famous for its Aztec chocolate and Baroque architecture. Visit the historic centre and catch a glimpse of the stunning Church of San Giorgio.

Taste chocolate made from a traditional Aztec recipe here before enjoying a cheese tasting and light lunch.

Continue on to Scicli, another charming ancient town set in a gorge near the coast. Don't miss the fantastic Church of San Matteo and the traditional piazzas.

Travel on for a night in Siracusa (Syracuse).

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Day 6: Siracusa/Randazzo

Enjoy a free morning in this UNESCO-listed Greco-Roman seaside city. Opt to visit the historic centre, marvel at the ruins, visit the Duomo, or laze on the beach. In the afternoon, drive to Randazzo. Stay in a farmhouse and enjoy a local dinner.
Enjoy a free morning in this UNESCO-listed Greco-Roman seaside city.

Opt to visit the historic centre on the island of Ortigia, marvel at the Greek ruins, walk the winding and charming streets, visit the Duomo, or laze on the beach.

In the late afternoon, drive to Randazzo, a town on the outskirts of Catania. Stay in a farmhouse and enjoy a local dinner and the lovely setting.

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Day 7: Randazzo/Catania

Visit famous Mt Etna. Hike the south side past lava flows for a dramatic view. Opt for a more strenuous trek with a local guide (weather permitting). Continue on to Catania.
Leave early to visit the famous volcano, Mt Etna. Hike the south side past lava flows for a dramatic view of the four craters and the coast of Sicily.

Opt for a more strenuous trek with a local guide (weather permitting). Continue to Catania for a free afternoon in the city.

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Day 8: Catania

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Ragusa Hands-On: Chocolate Tasting, Modica Hands-On: Cheese Tasting, Scicli
    • Short orientation walk in Palermo
    • Walking tour of the city
    • Cathedral visit (Monreale)
    • Orientation walk of Ragusa
    • Historic centre visit in Modica
    • Scicli visit
    • Free time in Syracuse
    • Mt Etna hike
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotels (6 nts), farmhouse (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit UNESCO Heritage-listed Baroque cities
  • See stunning cathedrals and perfect piazzas
  • Taste what makes Sicily special with delicious food and wine
  • Climb Mt Etna for the best views of the island
  • Sip espresso and devour gelato in small villages.