Splendid Sicilia

9 Day Guided Tour from Palermo to Taormina with Collette

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 9 Day Splendid Sicilia. Delve into the fascinating mosaic that is Sicily. Explore this beautiful Mediterranean island on this grand tour and discover the influences left by ancient Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans. Get acquainted with Palermo's colorful markets and...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Palermo
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Taormina
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 Star
44
Max Group Size
44
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Sicily
Trip Operated By:
Collette
Collette
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins
Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, this island’s history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. Stay: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa (4 Nights) (D)
2 Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Set out this morning on a comprehensive panoramic tour of Palermo. See the exotic blend of Moorish, Norman and Baroque styles of the historic squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Introduce yourself to the Palace of the Normans and La Martorana Church, and explore the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. Afterward, head to nearby Monreale, where the town’s 12th-century cathedral dazzles from the moment you step inside. Return to Palermo for a stop at an open-air market for a taste of traditional Sicilian “street food.” Later, you are invited to a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home and joins you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palace's chambers. (B)
3 Palermo - Corleone - Palermo
Head to the heart of Sicily. Find a warm welcome in the village of Corleone, the namesake of the family from the movie The Godfather. Here, the villagers have fought the connection to the Mafia for decades, and you’ll learn the history behind their struggles as a local resident guides you through the CIDMA (International Documentary Center of the Mafia and the No-Mafia Movement). Hear tales of the Mafia’s past and the plight of the Sicilian people to eradicate the Mafia altogether. Tonight, join a sommelier for a quick wine class before sitting down to a delectable 4-course meal, complete with curated wine pairings. (B/D)
4 Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo
Journey to the countryside and stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù, a seaside town that’s home to one of Sicily’s most magnificent cathedrals. Then we are off to experience a day on a family farm where Sicilian folk music greets your arrival. Learn about the variety of products they create on the farm and observe how they make a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese! Watch a chef prepare local specialties before sitting down for a hearty lunch featuring family recipes made from their own products. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (B/L)
5 Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina
Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this once-prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights. Stay: Hotel Villa Diodoro (4 Nights) (B/D)
6 Taormina
Today explore Taormina, “the jewel of Sicily.” A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city where you’ll see the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own getting to know this city perched high above the sea. Dine at a sidewalk café, shop in the town’s boutiques, or choose to join an optional excursion that gets up-close to majestic Mount Etna. (B)
7 Taormina
It’s your choice! Visit the hilltop village of Savoca, one of the settings for the classic film The Godfather. Follow the quaint alleyways of this remarkably-preserved settlement, founded in 1134. Journey to the historic Bar Vitelli and the 14th-century church, Chiesa di Santa Lucia (film buffs are sure to recognize these two landmarks) -OR- you may prefer visiting beautiful Castelmola. Resting on a mountaintop above the community of Taormina, this quaint village offers unparalleled views of Mount Etna, Taormina, the Bay of Giardini Naxos, and the Strait of Messina. (B)
8 Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina
Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa. An expert shares stories of Siracusa’s creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast Sicilian culture as you’re serenaded by local musicians during your farewell dinner. (B/D)
9 Taormina - Tour Ends
Your journey through Sicily comes to a close today. Return home with cherished memories of an unforgettable adventure. (B)
1 Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins
Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily's vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, this island's history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. (D)
2 Palermo
Make the most of Palermo this morning because it's your choice! Choose to set out on a panoramic coach tour of Palermo, including stops at the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana Church, and the dazzling Monreale Cathedral -OR- stroll the streets of Palermo with a local guide, feeling as if you' ve stepped back in time as you pass by medieval remnants, picturesque piazzas, and ornate fountains. Make your way inside St. Catherine of Alexandria, a Baroque church where you can sample local pastries baked with the nuns' secret recipe. After your tour, wander through an open-air market displaying traditional Sicilian "street food" before getting a taste of these classics at a local restaurant. Later, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family's home, joining you for an aperitif and hors d' oeuvres in one of the palace's stunning chambers. (B/L)
3 Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo
Journey to the countryside with a local guide and stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù (UNESCO), a seaside town that's home to one of Sicily's most magnificent cathedrals. Embrace Italian country life as you set off to experience a day on a family farm where Sicilian folk music greets you upon arrival. Get a glimpse of the delectable products they make on the farm and observe how they create a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese!* Watch a chef prepare local specialties before getting a taste of the farm's own products with a hearty lunch made from family recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (B/L)
4 Palermo - Erice - Agrigento
Today's journey brings you to Agrigento, a coastal hub of preserved Greek temples. Along the way, meander through the town of Erice and roam the streets. Admire the town from an awe-inspiring lookout point at Venus Castle, built upon an ancient Roman temple. Continue on to Agrigento, where you'll have some free time to explore the resort's amenities. (B/D)
5 Agrigento - Taormina
Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this once-prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily's stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights. (B/D)
6 Taormina
Today, discover Taormina, “the jewel of Sicily.” A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city where you'll see the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own in this city perched high above the sea. Perhaps dine at a sidewalk café or shop in the town's boutiques. (B)
7 Taormina
The entire day is yours to explore! With free time, you can choose to relax on the coast, dig in to Taormina's mouthwatering cuisine, or even take an optional tour to Europe's largest active volcano – Mt. Etna. (B)
8 Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina
Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa (UNESCO). An expert shares stories of Siracusa's creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast Sicilian culture as you' re serenaded by local musicians during dinner. (B/D)
9 Taormina - Tour Ends
Your journey through Sicily comes to a close today. Return home with cherished memories of an unforgettable adventure. (B)

Collette Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Explore Corleone and learn about the anti-Mafia movement.
  • Visit a medieval palace where you’re welcomed by a countess.
Trip Inclusions
  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees with preferential access
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
Activity Level
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Arrival & Departure
  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Punta Raisi Arpt-Palermo (PMO) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Fontanarossa Arpt-Catania (CTA) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
Private Airport Transfers
  • Private, chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
Journey Highlights
  • Visit a medieval palace where you' re welcomed by a countess.
  • Journey to the beautiful seaside town of Cefalù and stroll the streets like a local.
  • Spend 4 nights in Taormina and explore the island's most impressive sights.
  • Immerse yourself in ancient history with visits to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Learn to make ricotta cheese at a family farm in the Sicilian countryside, followed by an unforgettable homemade farmhouse lunch.
  • Sample Sicilian "street food" at a local restaurant.
Trip Inclusions
  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees with preferential access
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
Activity Level
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
Arrival & Departure
  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Punta Raisi Arpt-Palermo (PMO) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Fontanarossa Arpt-Catania (CTA) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
Private Airport Transfers
  • Private, chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.
Trip Notes
  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Optional Inclusions

These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip quote.

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Mount Etna Exploration
  • Location: Catania. Cost: $99.
  • Experience the natural majesty of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. Travel up this spectacular treasure via coach and personally witness an otherworldly landscape sculpted by fire. A local guide is on hand to offer insight into the historic cycle...read more

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