The luxury Sicily tour package is an upscale guided tour of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily’s unique culture is a result of distinct cultures and civilizations mixing here. Sicily is a work always in progress. The mixing of cultures over the course of history combined with its sheer natural beauty make it a fascinating and fabulous vacation destination. Over its 3000+ year history the Sicilians maintain the best of the old while always reinventing itself. The luxury tour sightseeing highlights include Agrigento, Palermo, Taormina, Siracusa, Modica, Noto, Monreale. The day-by-day 2018 luxury Sicily tour daily includes guided tours escorted by local expert guides. In each town you’ll enjoy the best of Sicily with 5-star accommodations. For more information or to book your first-class 5-star luxury tour of Sicily call 800-227-1577 or submit the form.
Luxury Sicily Tour Sightseeing Highlights
Sicily’s sightseeing highlights span all historical eras. During the Magna Grecia Hellenic civilization flourished on the island of Sicily and around southern Italy. The ancient Romans adopted some of their customs. Ancient Greek Temples and theaters later updated by the ancient Romans provide incredible windows into how the ancient civilizations evolved here. Medieval Norman architecture, to the Sicilian Baroque are all remnants of the island’s middle age colonizers. The luxury Sicily vacation itinerary includes an exploration into all the culture that inhabited this stimulating island.
- Monreale: Tour of the Norman Cathedral, its gold mosaics, and Benedictine cloister gardens
- Palermo: Walking tour of central market
- Agrigento: With local expert guide tour Valley of Temples and enjoy scenic lunch overlooking the temples.
- Ragusa: With local expert guide dive into Baroque architecture
- Modica and Noto: Explore the Baroque Valley and learn to make chocolate
- Siracusa: Local expert guided tour of Neapolis Archaeological Park to explore Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans.
- Mt. Etna winery and lunch
- Taormina: Walking tour of center and Greek Theater
- Transfer from and to airports
- 20 meals included: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners per itinerary
- All gratuities for hotel staff and restaurants
- All local entrance fees with skip the line tickets
For a day-by-day tour itinerary see below.
Luxury Sicily Tour Accommodations:
Siracusa 2 Nights – Grand Hotel Ortigia
Built in the 1890s, the Grand Hotel Ortigia has held court in the Sicilian city of Siracusa for more than a hundred years. Although completely renovated in the mid-1990s, this grand landmark maintains much of its original 19th-century architecture and charm… along with other preserved historic features like the “Spanish Walls” (Bastion Hall), part of the 16th-century Spanish fortifications that once encircled the island of Ortigia. At the turn of the 20th century, the Grand Hotel Ortigia took its place as a hub of social life in Siracusa… a position it still held following its renovation a century later, as its reputation for luxury and gracious hospitality continues into the 21st century. The hotel’s elegant guest rooms offer sea views and are equipped with a telephone, electronic combination safe, air conditioning, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, minibar and more. The hotel’s terrace restaurant, La Terrazza sul Mare, and its roof garden bar offer savory dishes and refreshing libations as you enjoy sweeping views of the bay.
Noto 2 Nights – Masseria della Volpe
Located in the heart of the Val di Noto, between the Hyblaean Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Masseria della Volpe is an expression of timeless charm. Historically used for growing and harvesting olives and citrus fruits, this old manor farm built in the late 19th century has been skillfully restored and today is a sophisticated hotel that combines the past and the present. Surrounded by colorful citrus groves, an orchard of olive and carob trees, a heated swimming pool, a fine restaurant, a comfortable wellness center, and various sports facilities, this typical Sicilian manor house has been carefully restored, preserving its original character. The masseria’s bright and airy guest rooms are distinctively furnished and decorated with traditional handmade Sicilian tiles and local stone; all are equipped with double soft and hard pillows, large-screen LCD televisions, air conditioning with custom control and sound systems. Some rooms have lovely gardens; others have spacious terraces or balconies to offer you breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills and of the sea on the horizon. The characteristic setting and innovative style of the numerous services offered make the Masseria della Volpe a unique destination for your elegant and exclusive stay.
Agrigento 1 Night – Hotel Villa Athena
An oasis of luxury situated within the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Hotel Villa Athena is the only 5-star hotel inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an exclusive direct entrance. Once a magnificent residence built at the end of the 18th century, Hotel Villa Athena is at once a custodian and a treasure trove of the classical traces that can be discovered throughout this area. Situated a short distance from the Temple of Concordia – a true masterpiece of Doric art dating back to the 5th century BC – Hotel Villa Athena is a place which transcends time and space, where nature, art and beauty have been merging together for over 2,500 years. The hotel’s recent restoration has renovated every element, including the well-appointed guest rooms, which offer a view of the temples and / or of the park and its age-old olive trees. The noble tradition of the “house” can be felt everywhere within this refined environment, enriched by impeccable service and a warm and friendly welcome that is typically Sicilian. At Hotel Villa Athena, nothing will disturb your rest… except perhaps the magnificent view of the Temple of Concordia, which could keep you awake more than one night with its unmatched beauty.
Palermo 2 Nights – Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel
Ideally located on the coast of Palermo, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel indulges with spectacular views of the sea, impeccable 5-star service and the design expertise of famous 19th-century Italian architect Ernesto Basile, whose masterpieces include Palermo’s storied Teatro Massimo. Boasting original frescoes, furniture and décor, the former private villa combines history and art with modern-day comforts in each of its Art Nouveau inspired guest rooms and suites, with gilded drapes and wallpaper, to ensure a most comfortable stay. All rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi access. Guests can enjoy a spa, fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and a choice of dining venues from a seasonal gourmet restaurant, Cuvée du Jour, to the Mediterannean-style Donna Franca Florio, a pool & grill bar and the Bar des Arcades, which features live piano music in the evenings.
Taormina 2 Nights – Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Set in the heart of Taormina in Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo serves up views that have enchanted for more than a century. The first hotel to be built in the city, this historic property gazes out across the coast towards Mount Etna and beyond. Here one can breathe in the full spectacle of Sicilian life. Bask in manicured gardens, savor sensational cuisine and fuel the imagination with cocktails on the Literary Terrace — just like generations of celebrated guests have done before you. Evoking the elegance of days gone by, the hotel’s guest rooms and suites have played host to literary greats who would stay for months on end. Sea view balconies welcome endless daydreaming, ornate writing desks coax creativity, and marble bathrooms and Sicilian ceramics add plenty of Italian finesse.
Luxury Sicily Tour Day-by-Day Sightseeing Itinerary
Sicily only recently became part of Italy. Over the course of its history its location in the Mediterranean Sea made it an attractive location for colonizers. Today its architecture, food, wine, music, and dancing all include remnants of ancient Greek, Roman, Aztec, Byzantine, and Norman influences. In the 18th Century Sicily became part of Spain. Then Sicily joined the Bourbon Kingdom. When the Italian Republic was created in the late 19th century Sicily became part of Italy. On this comprehensive luxury tour of Sicily you’ll experience all these civilizations in what is today authentic Sicilian culture. While sightseeing in Sicily you’ll visit the famous ancient Greek Temples in Segesta and Agrigento. You’ll visit Siracusa, which was described in ancient texts as the most beautiful of all ancient Greek cities. In Taormina you’ll tour the ancient Greek Theater and see first hand why it has been a resort town for 3000 years. In Palermo and Monreale you’ll discover the Normans. Sicily’s Mt Etna gives its land fertile soil. The inclusive upscale luxury Sicily tour itinerary includes tasty Sicilian wines from grapes grown on the slopes of Mt Etna paired with authentic Sicilian culinary specialties.
DAY 1 – Depart the United States for Sicily
Depart the United States for Italy. Typically your flight will be overnight. Enjoy dinner and then breakfast on board the airplane. Most flights include video entertainment.
Day 2 – Arrive in Catania and Transfer to Siracusa
Tour begins: 6:00 PM. A transfer is included from Catania – Fontanarossa Airport to the Grand Hotel Ortigia, a century-old landmark hotel ideally located in the historic heart of Siracusa on the island of Ortigia. Tonight join your fellow travelers and tour director for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel tonight.
DAY 3 – Discover Siracusa
Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greek explorers who settled on this historic island in 734 BC, building a city of archaeological splendors, economic prosperity and political power that rivaled Athens as the most important city in the world until it fell to the Romans in 212 BC. Your locally guided walking tour today reveals some of its treasured Greek and Roman sites as you explore Neapolis Archaeological Park, including the 16,000-seat Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco), the Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio de Dioniso), and the 3rd-century Roman amphitheatre. Back in Ortigia, visit the Theatre of Apollo, the Baroque Duomo and, schedule permitting, view the Caravaggio painting, The Burial of Saint Lucia, in the Basilica Santa Lucia al Sepolcro. Lunch today is a noble affair when you dine at the family palazzo of the Barone Pietro di Beneventano, and taste wines from the family vineyard. Free time this afternoon offers you an opportunity to see more of the city with the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 4 – Noto & Modical
Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto this morning where a walking tour along the elegant Corso Vittorio Emmanuele promenade showcases the city’s Baroque buildings, golden-hued palazzi and churches among them, rebuilt after a devastating 17th-century earthquake. View from the outside the Basilica di San Salvatore and the Duomo di Noto as well as the ornate Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, before exploring on your own. A tour of a local herb farm later this afternoon introduces you to the freshly picked aromatic spices that add true regional flavor to today’s family-style tasting lunch. Dinner this evening is at the hotel in a choice of two restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 5 – Ragusa
This morning, drive to Ragusa Ibla for a guided walking tour of its ancient labyrinthine lanes and a behind-the-scenes look at the private garden in an inside courtyard, century-old Circolo del Conversazione (Gentlemen’s Club) and intimate Il Piccolo theatre of the Arezzo family, who have lived in their 19th-century palazzo here for more than 200 years. Dinner will be back at your hotel this evening.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 6 – Piazza Armerina
The nearby town of Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been called an “art city” woven into the fabric of Sicily for good reason. The mosaics you will see here are considered among the most beautiful and best preserved of their kind anywhere in the world. Your artful discoveries begin when you step inside the Roman Villa del Casale, dating back to 320 to 350 BC when it was built for a Roman official back in the day. Look down at the floors as you tour the villa; the mosaics, both figurative and geometric, cover the surfaces measuring some 37,674 square feet, telling eloquent tales of Homeric poems and myths, nature and scenes from aristocratic life. You will also discover mosaic murals on the walls and columns, and statues and coins that pay further homage to the glory days of the Roman Empire. Drive back to your resort after lunch for an afternoon at leisure and join us for a private pizza party tonight!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 7 – Agrigento Ancient Greek Temples
Drive to Agrigento today for a guided visit of its archaeological treasures at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on a hillside facing the sea with a history that dates back to 581 BC. Your exploration starts at the top of the Valley with a visit up a steep hill to see the Temple of Juno up close. From there it is a downhill walk along cobblestone roads to see columned temples and tombs impressively built and remarkably awe-inspiring today. After lunch, drive to your Palermo hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy dinner at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 8 – Palermo
Start your day with a guided visit to the Palazzo dei Normanni, the seat of the kings of Sicily during the reign of the Normans and the main seat of power for Sicilian rulers for centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Palatine Chapel in the heart of the palace, the palazzo dates back to the 9th century and boasts multicultural touches that were added later. These include the spectacular mosaics of precious stones, many glittering in gold, you will see in the royal apartments and chapel, which also features inlaid carved marble floors and a painted wooden ceiling. A walking tour of historic Palermo is followed by lunch and a guided visit to Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy and the setting where the final scenes of the movie, Godfather Part III, were filmed. After free time this afternoon, join the son of a baroness for an exclusive private dinner and tour of his family’s art collection in their historic city-center villa, designed by Ernesto Basile, the architect of Teatro Massimo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9 – Cefalu and Taormina
Journey to Cefalù for a guided tour of its Norman cathedral, considered one of the jewels in Sicily’s Norman-Arab crown that includes the magnificent cathedral of Monreale and Palermo’s Palatine Chapel. View its soaring twin pyramid towers outside and elaborate Byzantine mosaics inside before driving into the Madonie Mountains. Then, it’s on to Taormina this afternoon on a scenic drive that offers picturesque views of the Aeolian Islands dotting the seascapes. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.
DAY 10 – Sicily’s Resort Taormina
It may be that Sicily resort town Taormina is the oldest vacation destination in the world. It is simply beautiful. During its long colorful history Taormina has been enjoyed over the centuries by all who came to colonize Sicily. Its unique hilltop position gives it a view of the turquoise sea below. Vulcan’s home Mt Etna is ever visible too. A guided walking tour of Taormina this morning takes you up hilly lanes to the Teatro Greco built in 3 BC by the Greeks and remodeled by the Romans. The views from here are worth the climb! Enjoy time to explore the sights on your own for the remainder of the day. If you wish to experience an active adventure today, join us for a 4×4 Range Rover adventure up Mount Etna for a hike on its moon-like lava surfaces, followed by lunch and a tasting at a family-owned winery. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11 – Ciao Sicily
You comprehensive luxury Sicily tour ends today. Fly home with full of fond memories. Or continue your Italy vacation.
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