Sicily means more than just leaving the Italian mainland. It is a crossing to the largest island in the Mediterranean, that by its history and culture, is a world in itself. In ancient times several people left their own traces everywhere, so the island is very unique, but it is a peculiar mix that comes in the language, customs, and architecture reflected here.
The island is full of extremes. Countless beautiful monuments bear witness to the rich history of Sicily. The landscape is rich with olives, cacti and flowering plants and is characterized by rolling hills and rugged mountains in the interior with the ubiquitous Etna as ruler. On the north east coast you will find golden beaches and lovely blonde seawater. Sicily has everything for young and old to deliver a fabulous holiday.
Discover Sicily from Catania
As the hub of the Mediterranean, Sicily has attracted many people to it. The fertile fields and lush gardens enchanted Greeks, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. 28 Centuries of coming and going of many nations have made their mark in the form of art treasures left behind on the island. During this tour you can follow their tracks. You can choose a tour starting in Catania or Palermo, visiting the same sites, just in a different order.
Day 1: Catania
By plane or ferry you will arrive in Catania. You will stay here for two nights.
Day 2: Catania – Etna v.v. (ca. 50 mi/80 km)
The highlight of this trip is probably the active volcano Mount Etna, a lunar landscape unfolds before your eyes. The “Giro della Sicilia” continues towards the centre of the island and a scenic drive to the centre of this well known volcano is a wonder to behold. In the afternoon you will return to stay in Catania.
Day 3: Catania – Agrigento (ca. 100 mi/165 km)
Your main goal today is the famous temple of Agrigento Valley. On a hill, a few kilometres away from the southern Sicilian coast, lies the city of Agrigento. This city was founded in 581 BC by the Greeks. In ancient times it was one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean world. This is a city with countless archaeological finds, such as city gates, temples and shrines and the remains of the biggest temple of Zeus, probably the largest Doric temple ever. Agrigento has three archaeological sites on the UNESCO World Heritage site, which are: San Lorenzo, the Concordia temple and Telamon image. We have booked a night here for you.
Day 4: Agrigento – Palermo (ca. 80 mi/125 km)
We’re heading from the south to the northern tip of the island. On the way to Palermo neighborhood you will see the mysterious medieval Erice and Segesta. Palermo, Sicily’s capital, is a city of history, culture, music and good food. Visit beautiful palaces, like the Abatellis, the Zisa and the Norman Palace, but the churches are also worth a visit. The Cathedral of Palermo, or the church (especially the inside) of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (also called Martorana) has a beautiful view of the Piazza Bellini. For the next two nights you will stay in Palermo.
Day 5: Palermo
Palermo is full of golden moments of earlier times: Cappella Palatina, the cathedral, and in Monreale, the Dom, covered with mosaics. Today enjoy this beautiful and impressive city with its typical Italian atmosphere.
Day 6: Palermo – Cefalù – Taormina (ca. 180 mi/ 275 km)
Via the Norman cathedral of Cefalu, along the north coast, you come to Messina with a beautiful view of the mainland of Italy. Taormina is the oldest and one of the most beautiful resorts in Sicily. On Monte Tauro, between the Strait of Messina and Etna, you can find this wonderful place. The pretty town existed long before the Christian era. Taormina owes its famous Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco) to the Greeks and also the many other conquerors of the city have added something to the city. Enjoy the beautiful views of Taormina, the sea, the many old buildings and the delicious food in one of the many restaurants. You will stay two nights in or near Taormina.
Day 7: Siracusa (ca. 80 mi/ 120 km)
Syracuse was in ancient times the main city of Great Greece. In the afternoon you can, perhaps, further explore Ragusa, the old part of this Baroque city.
Day 8: Taormina – Catania (ca. 30 mi/ 50 km)
The time of your flight determines what you can still see, or you can extend your stay in one of our accommodations in the area of Taormina.
|Daily arrivals||8 days||11 days|
|01apr-30jun||€ 295||€ 395|
|01jul-25jul||€ 335||€ 435|
|26jul-31aug||€ 395||€ 495|
|01sep-20sep||€ 295||€ 395|
|21sep-15nov||€ 275||€ 375|
- 08 days/07 nights Self Drive Tour according to program (or 11 days/10 nights as booked)
- 07 nights in double room in 3/4 star hotels incl. breakfast
- Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
- directions, maps and information in English including voucher package
- prices are always per Person
- your flight / Choose & Book here Low Cost Flights
- your carhire /Choose & Book here Low Cost Car Rental
- entrance -and parking fees, fuel, road tax etc.
- local tourist tax (payment on the spot)
- other meals
- supplement single room (on request)
- This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
- upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations