5-Day Eastern Sicily Tour from Taormina to Palermo: Mt Etna, Syracuse and Agrigento
- Breakfast included
- Multi-Day Trip
Overnight accommodation is included, and you’ll wake up to a buffet breakfast each morning (most lunches and dinners are included, too). Your days are spent on guided excursions to various cities and areas around eastern Sicily. You’ll be given headsets for the narrated portions of your tour.
Some attractions are optional, so not all entrance fees are included. See below for a full itinerary.
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Accommodation in a single room
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5-Day Western Sicily Tour
- Tours/activities as per itinerary
- 4 nights in 4-star accommodation
- Tour escort/host
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan/coach (depending on group size)
- Porterage in/out
- Drinks (wine, water and coffee) with lunch and dinner
- Headsets for guided portions
- Entrance fee to Greek theater in Taormina (approx. 8 euros)
- Entrance fee to archeological site in Syracuse (approx. 10 euros)
- Entrance fee to cathedral in Syracuse (approx. 2 euros)
- Entrance fee to Valley of the Temples (approx. 11 euros)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 21 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Please bring good walking shoes
- Tour itinerary can be changed or inverted without notice for technical reasons
- Adult pricing applies to all traveler
When you arrive in Taormina, make your way to your designated hotel to meet your guide and tour group. Your guide will go over your itinerary during an orientation presentation, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Villa Diodoro in Taormina
Day 2: Taormina – Mt Etna – Taormina (B)
Start your morning with a walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center, including the Greek/Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mt Etna.
Then hop in the air-conditioned coach or minivan – depending on the size of your group – and journey to Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Venturing up 5,905 feet (1,800 meters), drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions, and visit the Sylvester Craters for the best views around.
On the way back to Taormina, you have the option of taking a tour to the villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro to see where The Godfather was filmed. These authentic Sicilian villages were chosen by director Francis Ford Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture!
For dinner back in Taormina, your guide can recommend great local restaurants for you to enjoy a Sicilian meal on your own.
Overnight: Same hotel in Taormina
Day 3: Taormina – Syracuse – Taormina (B,D)
On your third day, venture to Syracuse, a city notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheaters and architecture, and for being the birthplace of the mathematician and engineer Archimedes.
Take a guided tour of the city’s venerable highlights including Archaeological Park, the ancient Greek Theatre and two limestone cave sites: The Ear of Dionysius and Latomia del Paradiso, filled with orange and olive trees.
Head back to Syracuse in the evening to savor a special Sicilian dinner with wine at a restaurant characteristic of this region.
Overnight: Same hotel in Taormina
Day 4: Taormina – Agrigento – Palermo (B,D)
Depart in the morning for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a guided tour of the valley, which dates back to the 5th century BC, you’ll understand why the ancient Greek poet Pindar described the site as “the most beautiful city built by mortal men.”
The Doric-style temples, all constructed within one century, face east – a standard criterion for Greek and Roman temples so the statue of the gods faced the rising sun. The highlight is the Temple of Concordia (similar in design to the Parthenon in Athens), which is an almost perfectly preserved condition. Your guide will highlight the history and architecture of this temple and several others that make up this archaeological treasure-trove.
Then, continue on to Palermo, arriving in the evening for a relaxing dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Excelsior in Palermo
Day 5: Palermo (B)
Your unforgettable eastern Sicily excursion ends on your fifth day. Enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast before checking out of your hotel and continuing your vacation on your own.
Reviewed by: Joyce, United States of America, October 2015
Great job by Marco G. He is so much fun and full of knowledge. Great personality. We had only five of us and we saw a lot in the short trip. Keep in mind, it is not really a 5 day. It really is three nights. Hotel change was not brought to my attention so I ended up at the wrong hotel. Thank goodness I had the paper work that showed who was the tour operator it is not viator but a local outfit. Tip: Always bring the information with you that describes the local tour operator. We were able to get in touch with them and discovered that the hotel changes had been implemented for at least one year. Viator never updated their information to reflect the hotel changes. Bad for the customer. it cost me 10 euros to have another local driver come get me and hook me up with my tour director who was waiting for me at dinner. Thank goodness I had a great meal and met my co travelers for this trip. Marco is wonderful and you will be lucky to get him on this fabulous beautiful journey through Sicily-a hidden treasure. Also note, they use a local operator for the tour who stays with you for its entirety, but engage local tour guides at each stop. Be prepared to tip those smart guides-they too were simply excellent. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: JUDITH G, July 2015
We have never been on a guided tour before and were dubious as to whether we would enjoy it. It was great. Our guide, Marina, was delightful: enthusiastic, knowledgable, caring and charming. Our fellow travellers were interesting and educated. The hotel accommodation was certainly 4 star. The only quibble - a better air-conditioned coach would have been appreciated.