Welcome to the Perfect Sicily Tour! Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. This tour will take you on a captivating journey through ancient ruins, charming towns, breathtaking landscapes, and delicious cuisine. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of this enchanting island. Let’s begin!
Day 1: Arrival in Catania
Upon your arrival at Catania Fontanarossa Airport, you will be greeted by our guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. Transfer to your hotel in Catania and take some time to relax and recover from your journey. In the evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vibrant streets of Catania and savor the local cuisine at a traditional Sicilian restaurant.
Day 2: Exploring Catania and Taormina
After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Catania, a city renowned for its baroque architecture, bustling markets, and Mount Etna as a backdrop. Visit the magnificent Piazza del Duomo, home to the iconic Elephant Fountain and the imposing Catania Cathedral. Explore the vibrant Fish Market and indulge in local street food specialties. In the afternoon, we will travel to Taormina, a picturesque hilltop town famous for its ancient Greek theater and breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Visit the Greek-Roman Theater and take a leisurely stroll along the charming Corso Umberto, filled with shops, cafes, and boutiques.
Day 3: Mount Etna Excursion
Today, we will embark on an exciting excursion to Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Ascend to the lower slopes of the volcano and explore the otherworldly landscapes formed by lava flows. Take a guided trek to explore the volcanic craters and learn about the geology and history of the area. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by stunning views of the Sicilian countryside. Return to your hotel in Catania in the afternoon and have the evening free to relax or explore the city at your leisure.
Day 4: Siracusa and Ortigia Island
After breakfast, we will journey to Siracusa, a city with a rich ancient Greek history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the archaeological park of Neapolis, home to the impressive Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Ear of Dionysius, a fascinating cave. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the historical center of Siracusa, where you can wander through its narrow streets, visit the stunning Cathedral of Syracuse, and admire the beautiful Fountain of Arethusa. Enjoy a delightful seafood dinner at a traditional restaurant overlooking the sea.
Day 5: Palermo and Monreale
Today, we will travel to Palermo, the vibrant capital of Sicily. Take a guided tour of the city and discover its eclectic mix of architectural styles, from Norman to Arabic and Baroque. Visit the Palermo Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Normanni with its beautiful Palatine Chapel, and explore the bustling Ballarò Market, where you can sample local delicacies. In the afternoon, we will visit the nearby town of Monreale, famous for its stunning Norman Cathedral adorned with intricate mosaics. Marvel at the golden Byzantine mosaics depicting biblical scenes and enjoy the panoramic views of Palermo from the hilltop location.
Day 6: Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples
After breakfast, we will journey to Agrigento to visit the remarkable Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient Greek ruins, including the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Juno, and the Temple of Hercules. Admire the well-preserved Doric architecture and learn about the history and significance of these impressive archaeological treasures. In the afternoon, relax at a local winery and enjoy a wine tasting experience, savoring the flavors of Sicilian wines.
Day 7: Departure
After a week filled with incredible experiences, it’s time to say goodbye to Sicily. Our guide will assist you with your departure from the hotel to Catania Fontanarossa Airport. Take with you unforgettable memories, a deeper understanding of Sicilian history and culture, and a longing to return to this captivating island.
Please note that this is just a sample itinerary, and it can be customized according to your preferences and the duration of your stay. Sicily is a diverse and fascinating destination, and this tour is designed to showcase its highlights and offer a taste of its incredible charm.