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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Trekked by more than half of humankind’s ancient world, modern day Sicily still offers off-the-beaten-path discoveries that reveal an undiscovered side of Italy. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British have left an impression on this gorgeous island, and it shows in its diverse architecture, unique culture, and multinational cuisine. As you trace the sparkling coast from the flamboyant capital city of Palermo to the ultra-chic Taormina Riviera, you can expect stunning archaeological treasures, ancient works of art, and a warm welcome at every turn, and a cool gelato on every corner. Traditional granita, cannoli, Marsala wine, and a tasting at Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory, only sweeten the experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Sicily.

Countries Visited

Italy

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY
    Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    PALERMO
    Sicilian Specialties PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. Enjoy [LF] lunch with Sicilian specialties panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese). (B,L)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES Sicily’s love affair with food goes back a long way. Cooking traditions originating from the Greeks, Arabs, and Normans blend with those from Spain and North Africa resulting in a fabulous melting pot of flavours and unique dishes. Celebrate this feast of cultures with traditional specialties and sweet confections savouring some of the world-renowned delicacies.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    PALERMO–ERICE–MARSALA–MAZARA DEL VALLO
    Sweet & Salty Sicily ERICE Visit the hilltop town and sample almond biscuits and Marsala wine at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico.
    MARSALA Visit a salt mill en route to Mazara del Vallo. (B,D)
    99 mi / 160 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURE & TRADITION Lagoons, salt pans and windmills can be found along the coastline near Marsala. Learn all about the production of salt when visiting one of the original salt mills.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    MAZARA DEL VALLO–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO
    Timeless Temples MAZARA DEL VALLO Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral and a walk in the Old Town.
    SCIACCA Photo stop at the panoramic viewpoint.
    AGRIGENTO Take a guided walking tour at the Valley of Temples. (B,D)
    93 mi / 150 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGY The ruins of Akragas remain Sicily's most amazing archaeological site. The impressively well-preserved Tempio della Concordia sits in spectacular setting upon a ridge where it served as a beacon for homecoming sailors and today draws enthralled visitors to revel in the remarkable Valley of the Temples.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA
    Ancient Artistry in Sicily PIAZZA ARMERINA Take a guided visit to the Villa Romana del Casale with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
    CALTAGIRONE Orientation and free time to see the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte en route to Ragusa. (B,D)
    130 mi / 210 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ART & ARCHITECTURE Explore the extraordinary example of Roman power in one of the most luxurious villas of its kind in the Italian countryside. Marvel at the magnificently preserved mosaics that embellish the Villa Romana del Casale, designed and installed by African mosaic workers and the strength of the Roman influence and power throughout the Mediterranean region.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA
    Historic Streets & Sweets RAGUSA Guided walking tour includes the city’s oldest district, the Ibla, the 19th-century gardens of Giardini Iblei, and St. George Cathedral. Visit an authentic Carrettieri (Sicilian carts) workshop. Free time.
    MODICA Enjoy an orientation walk with a [LF] chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
    20 mi / 32 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES For 150 years, the family tradition of chocolate making has been passed down through the generations of the Banajuto family in Modica. L’Antica Dolceria Bonajuto delights chocolate lovers with its traditional recipes and confections as it has done for more than a century.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE
    World Stages NOTO Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire San Nicolò Cathedral.
    SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheatre. (B)
    56 mi / 90 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ARCHITECTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY Discover the extraordinary evidence of history found at Neapolis Archaeological Park of Siracusa. The stars of this show are the magnificent ancient ruins of the Greek Theatre and remarkable Roman Amphitheatre which are revered as one of the greatest archaeological sites in all of Italy.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA
    Coastal Treasures CATANIA Take an orientation walk with free time to browse in Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. Take a scenic drive en route to Taormina Riviera with free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
    75 mi / 120 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURE & TRADITION Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast. It sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, Europe’s tallest volcano. The city's wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell 'Elefante statue and richly decorated St. Agata Cathedral. Nearby, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    TAORMINA RIVIERA EXCURSION TO SAVOCA
    Frozen in Time SAVOCA Orientation walk followed by a [LF] Granita (semi-frozen drink), and brioche tasting at Bar Vitelli.
    TAORMINA RIVIERA Orientation walk and free time for lunch. Visit the Greek Theatre, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
    43 mi / 70 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES Not quite the same as sorbet, the Sicilian invention of granita is Sicily’s take on frozen concoctions that varies with the delightful tastes of lemon, mandarin orange, jasmine, almond, mint, coffee, or berries. A frozen blend of Sicilian pistachios is also a tempting way to enjoy this traditional treat.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    TAORMINA RIVIERA
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Catania. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
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Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 6 three-course dinners

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Accommodations

Palermo: Mercure Palermo Centro
The Mercure Palermo Centro has a prime location with the Politeama theatre, the Harbor, the Cathedral and the lively Vucciria Market within walking distance. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and 93 modern rooms with design furniture. Rooms have a refined atmosphere and mostly come with white, beige and black color combinations. Each one has air conditioning, coffee and tea maker facilities, flat screen TV with international channels and in-room safe. In the evening enjoy a cocktail at the bar. Many restaurants, bars and local shops are available nearby.
Address:
via Mariano Stabile, 112
Palermo , Italy
Mazara Del Vallo: Mahara Hotel & Wellness
Ideally located on Sicily's southwest coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Mahara Hotel & Wellness is just a short walk away from the center of Mazara del Vallo. This relaxed 81-room property offers free Wi-Fi, a wellness center complete with Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower, and hot tub, as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and sun loungers. The elegant guestrooms are spacious, air conditioned, and equipped with satellite TV and minibar with either a balcony or a terrace. The in-house restaurant is recommended by Italy's most prestigious food guides and serves traditional Sicilian dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks and snacks are available in the lounge bar.
Address:
Lungomare San Vito 3
Mazara del Vallo, Sicily Island , Italy
Agrigento: Della Valle
Set amid a beautiful garden with olive and palm trees, Hotel Della Valle features a bar serving snacks and cocktails throughout the day, an outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants one located in the park and one overlooking the swimming pool - where to enjoy international cuisine, and traditional Sicilian dishes. All 112 guest rooms are modern and decorated in Sicilian style, offering air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe and flat screen TV with international channels. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. The famous Temples Valley is within easy reach.
Address:
Via Ugo La Malfa 3
Agrigento , Italy
Ragusa: Poggio Del Sole Resort
Poggio del Sole Resort is beautifully situated in the hyblean landscape. Those buldings which were once parts of an elegant "masseria" now frame a tastefully and uniquely designed hotel with restaurants, bars and Spa. The hotel, in spite of its rustic location and origins, comes with all modern comfort and is elegantly embellished by a sober mix of contemporary and traditional sicilian furniture. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. An outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a lounge bar are also available.
Address:
S.P. 25 Ragusa - Marina Di Ragusa - Km 5,700
Ragusa Area , Italy
Syracuse: Mercure Siracusa Prometeo
The modern, comfortable Mercure Siracusa Prometeo offers 93 rooms with all the comforts. The hotel has a bar/bistro, a fitness room and a wellness center. In Summer a roof panoramic outdoor swimming-pool with a solarium area on the 6th floor will be available. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property.
Address:
Viale Teracati 20
Siracusa , Italy
Taormina Riviera: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Hellenia Yachting Hotel is an elegant 4-star hotel in Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony of Sicily. The property is directly overlooking the waterfront and features a private beach, a spa and a pool. There is a piano bar located in the main terrace area and immediatly adjacent to the main in-house restaurants which boasts some of the finest Sicilian cuisine, presenting traditional local dishes with a fresh and original touch.
Address:
Via Jannuzzo, 41
Giardini Naxos , Italy

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.5

Ratings based off 8 reviews - currently showing 19 reviews with comments only

The Sicilian is an utterly amazing tour!!. Highly recommended. And Globus did a magnificent job. Sicily is beautiful, our tour guide was exceptional, and our bus driver was an expert.

Beautiful tour on The Sicilian, exceptional tour director made the trip a wonderful experience.

The trip was amazing! It is a very intense tour with a lot of walking, but we were up to the challenge.

The trip to Sicily was wonderful.... the services were great the tour was wonderful..... I recommend it to anyone... go and enjoy the wonders of Sicily.

The 10 day tour "The Sicilian" was a very positive and enjoyable experience. The Small tour made it a very congenial group and the hidden discoveries provided us with some unique experiences away from the regular touristy places. Our guide, Armando and driver, Salvatore were excellent.

This tour of Sicily was wonderful! It was filled with spectacular views and archaeological sites. The tour guide, was professional and knowledgeable. She shared historical facts, folklore, and a sense of humor. The bus driver, was skillful and calm.

I enjoyed my tour with Globus very much. The bus was very clean and new and comfortable. The driver was outstanding and our tour guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable. I loved the itinerary and it was a perfect way to travel. I would use Globus again for a future tour.

The Tour Guide Marisa was so professional and helpful specially since we had a problem. While I wish to see a lot more of what is offered, it is so tiring and dibilitating when you stay in one place and check in and check out. One can not really enjoy the places you see since you are jumping from one area to the other, packing and unpacking. I would like to have easy, slow and better absorption of the beautiful places before moving again. This type of vacation is not really my idea of a vacation. For the 10 days, 2 days in one place would have been nice and give us better appreciation of where we are staying. We were just so tired. So as far as I am concern I would be more into looking for a less hectic trip next time.

This tour was very well organized and we were more than pleased with our tour director, Elizabetta and our bus driver, Salvatore! The both of them took very good care of their charges and were warm and personable!

Hotels were not all of the same quality. Great disparities among them. Dinners provided (especially the hotel dinners) were tremendously disappointing. Some of the included excursions were also disappointing and would be better if left out and allowed travelers more of their own free time to explore the regions they were traveling in.

Great tour! Our tour director, Daniela, was the best and made our trip a great experience. The local tour guides were very knowledgeable and left us without questions on the sites that we saw. The Sicilian countryside is truly beautiful. We would highly recommend this tour to see the real Sicily.

Spectacular country,filled with many hidden treasures...

Globus put together a very good trip highlighting the treasures of Sicily.

The trip seemed a little disjointed.The meals in the hotels were sub standard as were the breakfasts.The hotels were not to bad,but one was pretty basic "the Mose" Not quite enough time for bathroom breaks,no toilet seats and most had to pay 50 cents.We were surrounded by the Mediterranean and couldn't get a decent fish meal through Globus.

Your director was the worst we've ever had. Never gave us enough information and kept changing times, never knew what was going on. Hotels were not in the heart of cities. Itinerary needs to be tweaked, some stops made no sense and some of the most beautiful cities were rushed through.

Meals were less satisfactory than expected. Meals were consistently bread, pasta, cheese. Not enough variety. There was too much down time on the tour. One morning we stayed at hotel for until noon, doing nothing, and nearest town was a 30-minute taxi ride away. Hotels were less than satisfactory. Some were not located close to city center, like Modica Beach Resort. Hotels' cooling systems were not satisfactory. Had to request staff to assist with a/c adjustments. While the optional Ortigia Island cruise was pleasant, the street food was not good, consisting of spleen and fried sardines. Our transfer from airport to hotel in Palermo could not be located when we exited the baggage claim area, though she later said she was there for us. The notes in documents said transfer times were 9, 11, 1, and 3:30. We arrived at 1:00, did not locate our transfer person, and took a shuttle bus to our hotel. Aggrigento was favorite stop. It beat out Athens' acropolis. Driver was excellent. Tour Director was good, but did not allow us adequate free time (usually an hour), and then we would arrive at hotel early, creating unnecessary down time;. Other travel companies, like Gate1, kept us busy all day by leaving hotels early (6:30 - 7:00) and did not leave us sitting at hotel twiddling our thumbs.

My two daughters and I enjoyed our trip very much. We were very pleasantly surprised to find that sharing a room for three adults was very comfortable. We were pleased with all of the guides and the ability of the bus driver as well.

The trip was great. We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Nicholas was fantastic, knowledgable, professional and funny. Everything went smoothly. Good itinerary. Would have like more free time in Ortigia and Catania, less free time in Noto.

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