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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 creepy catacombs and 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
For lovers of: Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145004
Starts: Catania, Italy Finishes: Catania, Italy
You will visit
  • Catania
  • Catania

Itinerary

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Day 1: Catania

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Catania/Palermo (1B, 1L)

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. 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.

Included Activities:
Fruit and Fish Market Visit
Orientation Walk
Palermo Walking Tour
Catacomb of the Capuchins Visit

Transport:
Local bus

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Day 3: Palermo (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Cathedral of Monreale Visit

Transport:
Local bus
Local bus

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Day 4: Palermo/Ragusa (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Wine Tasting

Transport:
Local bus

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Day 5: Ragusa/Siracusa (1B, 1L)

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).

Included Activities:
Modica Historic Centre Visit
Chocolate Tasting
Scicli Visit
Cheese Tasting

Transport:
Visit Modica and Scicli along the way.
Private Vehicle

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Day 6: Siracusa/Randazzo (1B, 1D)

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 7: Randazzo/Catania (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Mount Etna Hike

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Day 8: Catania (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Short orientation walk in Palermo
    • Streetfood lunch in local markets
    • Walking tour of the city
    • Catacomb of the Capuchins visit
    • Cathedral visit (Monreale)
    • Orientation walk of Ragusa
    • Wine tasting with local snacks
    • Historic centre visit in Modica
    • Chocolate tasting with light lunch
    • Scicli visit
    • Free time in Syracuse
    • Farmhouse stay (Randazzo)
    • Mt Etna hike
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Meals Included
    • 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.