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9-Day Sicily Small Group Tour

The Sicily small group tour includes up to 8 like-minded travelers. The 9-Day Sicily small group tour itinerary includes diverse activities. Learn about Sicily, its history, and culture through its food, wine, and sightseeing highlights. The Sicily small group tour itinerary includes visiting Greek Temples, Mt. Etna, mountain villages, and wineries. Visit Sicily’s highlights including the resort town Taormina, the ancient Greek city Syracuse, Noto’s Baroque Architecture, Agrigento and its Ancient Greek Temples, and Palermo.

Choose between the “cultural” itinerary or the “food and wine” itinerary.

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Highlights

Sicily Small Group Tour Package Highlights:

  • Choose between the “cultural” itinerary or the “food and wine” itinerary.
  • Visit the trendy resort town of Taormina
  • Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theater visit
  • Godfather vs Mafia Tour with Lunch: Visit the mountain villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro, made famous by the Godfather movies
  • Ascend the lava-crusted slopes of Mt. Etna – one of the most active volcanoes in Europe!
  • Discover Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, the best-preserved remains outside of Greece
  • Discover the island of Ortigia, the historical center of the city of Siracusa
  • See the baroque architectural jewels of Noto
  • Tour the old city of Palermo, featuring an incredible mix of architectural styles

Sicily Small Group Tour Package Includes:

  • Small groups of maximum 8 travelers guaranteed
  • Submit form with date of preferred departure and home city for air itinerary and airfare.
  • Click to review 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel portage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in 8 Seat Mercedes Minivan
  • 13 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Wine is included with lunch and dinner
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Accommodations

Sicily Small Group Tour Accommodations

3 nights in Taormina: Hotel Ariston**** or similar
2 nights in Syracuse: Hotel Domus Mariae Benessere*** or similar
2 nights in Palermo: Hotel Garibaldi**** or similar

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9-Day Sicily Small Group Tour Package

  • Choose between the cultural focused Sicily tour itinerary or the food and wine focused Sicily tour itinerary.
  • Date listed is day tour begins in Taormina. Price published is tour only. For price of tour with air submit form with airport in the United States you will fly.

Sicily Small Group Tour Itinerary

Cultural Highlights

DAY 1 Depart United States

Day 2 ARRIVAL AND EVENING TAORMINA FOOD & WINE TOUR

Upon arrival at Catania airport be greeted by your driver, who will bring you to your charming hotel in Taormina. Late this afternoon you will meet your local guide in the city center to discover ideal places to get a real taste of Taormina. Savor its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful food and wine traditions alive. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals. Your tour will finish at around 9:30PM in the heart of Taormina so after you can still enjoy the town at night.

Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston**** or similar)

DAY 3 SAVOCA, FORZA d’AGRO & TAORMINA

GODFATHER VS MAFIA TOUR WITH LIGHT LUNCH

After breakfast meet your “mafia” guide in lobby of your hotel and start a half-day trip to small antique villages Savoca and Forza d’Agro located on the mountains. See the places where the most famous scenes of Godfather movies were done and where started the love story of Michael and Apollonia. Find out the secrets of moviemaking as well as true facts about mafia. Take refreshing aperitif in the most famous sicilian bar “Vitelli” and enjoy the lunch with typical seasonal food on extraordinary terrace. Be dropped off to your hotel, have some relaxation and be ready for sparkling Taormina at night.

TAORMINA WALKING TOUR & GREEK THEATER VISIT

After some relaxation take an easy walk with your local guide. He will reveal Taormina’s culture, architecture, natural and political history and tell stories about the Sicilian people and their traditions. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines and Normans, Taormina boasts a rich and fascinating history and a robust mix of styles. Discover little streets and hidden corners that gives Taormina a special charm. Visit the Magnificent Greek Theatre and get immersed directly in the life of Your first destination.

Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston**** or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4 MT. ETNA TRIP WITH LUNCH IN ETNA WINERY

On this day start your adventure with visit of Mt. Etna. Firstly, you will reach the base camp Refuge Sapienza, located at 1,900 meters. See the marvelous extinct Silvestri craters and take souvenir pictures of the area. There is free time to walk on the old lava flows. Then there is an option to continue ascent until 3000 mt by cable car and Jeep to the main authorized craters area. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking Alpine Guide. A 45-minutes visit in this lunar landscape is memorable.

After hiking continue your tour to panoramic Winery located on the slope of Etna famous for it’s unique volcanic wines and organic food. After guided visit of estate and wine cellars enjoy wine tasting (at least 5 wines) with pairing cold appetizers and light lunch. Drop-off to your hotel and free evening in sparkling Taormina.

Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston**** or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and wine tasting

Optional: Etna ascent to 3000MT is additonal cost.

DAY 5 NOTO WALKING TOUR WITH LUNCH AND TRANSFER TO SYRACUSE

After breakfast meet your private driver in the lobby and move to magnificent Noto. Enjoy an easy walk with local guide in town of UNESCO heritage – a jewel of baroque. While walking taste a famous Modica chocolate and sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary taste. After tour visit a family taverna for your fresh lunch. Be transferred to your charming hotel in Syracuse and enjoy this romantic town at night.

Overnight in Syracuse (Hotel Gargallo*** or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 6 SYRACUSE WALKING TOUR OF ORTIGIA

Meet your local guide in the city center and start 2 hours walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town. Admire the majesty of the Apollo Temple before heading down Via Cavour, one of the most colorful streets in Ortigia, where local artists and aristocrats like to spend their evenings. See the Archimede Fountain on the way to the city’s Jewish district that was founded in the 3rd century BC. When you reach Duomo Square, you’ll be at the heart of Ortigia. This is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, and home of the stunning Duomo and the Church of St. Lucy. Your guide share insights regarding the Sicilian lifestyle, traditions and local customs. The charm of this town is unforgettable. This afternoon and evening is free for you to explore Syracuse on your own.

Overnight in Syracuse (Hotel Gargallo*** or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 GUIDED VISIT OF TEMPLE VALLEY IN AGRIGENTO, LUNCH AND TRANSFER TO PALERMO

It’s time to say goodbye to Syracuse and move towards Palermo passing ancient Temple Valley. Your driver will pick you up in Your hotel. After approx. 2 hours, you will reach the Temple Valley where Your local guide will wait for you for 2 hours of guided visit of this UNESCO heritage. After visit enjoy a fresh seasonal lunch in local taverna and continue driving to Palermo hotel. Time to relax and free evening in Sicilian capital.

Overnight in Palermo (Hotel Palazzo Brunaccini**** or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 8 PALERMO STREETFOOD WALKING TOUR

On this day sample the best of Sicilian streetfood during 3 hours Walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets, tasting five different Sicilian treats along the way — including ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters) and ‘arancine’ (deep-fried rice balls). Pass through Palermo old town and most important highlights listening the stories of your guide. After tour enjoy free evening in Palermo.

Overnight in Palermo (Hotel Palazzo Brunaccini**** or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Sicilian Street Food

Optional Activity: This afternoon take an optional tour to Cefalu to visit the Norman Cathedral. This is not included in the price. Price of this tour is by request and must be arranged when before final payment.

DAY 9 DEPARTURE

This morning transfer to airport for flight home or extend your visit.

Meals: Breakfast

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Sicily Food and Wine

DAY 2 AIRPORT TRANSFER TO HOTEL AND TAORMINA LIFESTYLE, GOURMET & WALKING TOUR

Upon arrival at Catania airport be greeted by your driver, who will bring you to your charming hotel in Taormina. Once it starts to cool down, take an easy walk in Taormina city center with your local guide who will meet you in the lobby. Discover the main attractions of the town, its soul and lifestyle, the best places for traditional pastries, ice cream, coffee, food and handicraft shopping and anything else that might be interesting for you. Pass the most important monuments and highlights of Taormina listening the stories of your guide. Have three foodie stops, first in family trattoria for fish selection and white wines, second in typical bottega for cheeses, salumi, bread, olives and red wine tasting. And third in small pastry bar for tasting of typical Sicilian sweets, liquors and coffee. After tour enjoy free evening in sparkling Taormina.
Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston, Sea View Room)

DAY 3 TAORMINA COOKING CLASS & LUNCH IN FAMILY TRATTORIA

After breakfast start your foodie experience from the city center with the local guide/chef. Have a visit of Taormina’s Food Market, where local farmers, fishermen and butchers sell their fresh goods. Select products for your class and with personal guidance from your chef learn culinary secrets of cooking homemade bread, pasta, fish and vegetables dishes in a traditional Sicilian style. While eating what Your own hands made, enjoy the taste of local wines. After tour free afternoon and evening in Taormina to relax on picturesque beaches or hang out on your own.
Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston, Sea View Room)

DAY 4 ETNA COUNTRYSIDE FOOD&WINE LOVERS TOUR

After breakfast start your “out of beaten path” trip to Mt. Etna with a pick-up from your hotel by local foodie guide. Drive through small typical Etna villages admiring authentic lava stone houses, orange, lemon, olive and almond trees plantations, while listening to charming stories about Sicilian culture, traditions and food. Proceed up until 1000 meters above sea level and discover the breathtaking views of volcanic land. Have a first stop in antique family run winery, where after guided visit of cellars, try volcanic wines with organic etna appetizers in an astonishing lava stone open air amphitheatre. Continue your gastronomic experience to authentic picturesque farmhouse and enjoy the lunch with lots of seasonal antipasti, homemade pasta and typical pastries. Drop off to Taormina and free time.
Overnight in Taormina (Hotel Ariston, Sea View Room)

DAY 5 NOTO WALKING TOUR WITH LUNCH IN MARZAMEMI

After breakfast meet your private driver in tfront of Your hotel at 10.00am and move to magnificent Noto. Enjoy an easy walk with local guide in town of UNESCO heritage – a jewel of baroque. While walking taste a famous Modica chocolate and sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary taste. After tour move towards Marzamemi an astonishing typical Sicilian fisherman’s village on the seaside to have Your sea lunch in a family trattoria. Be transferred to your charming hotel in Syracuse and enjoy this romantic town at night.
Overnight in Syracuse (Hotel Domus Mariae Benessere or similar)

DAY 6 ORTIGIA FOOD&WINE WALKING TOUR

Meet your foodie local guide when it starts to cool down. Enjoy a walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse old town, and taste fresh fish, typical Sicilian appetizers, homemade Sicilian pastries, fragrant wines and liquors in three different food venues. Eat and drink as locals do. During the tour your guide will share with you a lot about history, culture, lifestyle and gastronomy of the area while passing the most important monuments and little hidden gems of the town. Tour will finish in the heart of Ortigia so after you can still enjoy the town at night.
Overnight in Syracuse (Hotel Domus Mariae Benessere or similar)

DAY 7 SYRACUSE WINERY TOUR & TRANSFER TO PALERMO

After breakfast, be picked by your driver to start the day with visit of ancient winery located in Syracuse’s countryside and wonderfully structured as a castle. Will be welcomed by the owner, have a guided visit of the cellars and the old millstone. Enjoy a light lunch with local organic products and wine tasting in magnificent courtyard. Appreciate the taste of wines produced in this Syracuse area and discover their difference with Etna wines. After lunch continue to drive around 2,5 hours to reach colorful Palermo. Time to relax and free evening.
Overnight in Palermo (Hotel Garibaldi or similar)

DAY 8 PALERMO STREETFOOD WALKING TOUR

On this day sample the best of Sicilian streetfood during a 3 hours Walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets, tasting of five different Sicilian treats along the way — including ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters) and ‘arancine’ (deep-fried rice balls). Pass through Palermo old town and the most important highlights listening the stories of your guide. After tour enjoy free evening in Palermo.
Overnight in Palermo (Hotel Garibaldi or similar)

DAY 9 DEPARTURE

Breakfast and transfer to Palermo airport

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