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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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: James B, August 2014
Despite the 4 star rating, we felt a little ripped off in that the 5 day tour was actually 3 days plus a 7:30Pm start for Dinner on day one and ended with breakfast on day 5. The actual tour and guides were excellent value and very informative.
Reviewed by: Sheila G, June 2014
Should not call it 5 days- it is a 3 day tour with 4 nights in hotels. Good points: only 6 of us in nice van; saw most of what I wanted to see; hotels nice; driver tried to be helpful, had some good local information, made sure we had stops for toilets,etc. Local tour guides all excellent. Not so good: not enough detail ahead of time; others in group booked through different agencies, and we each had different information. Driver himself had different information from what he provided in our packages and had not studied them (they also had the wrong dates and mis-spelled my name, which did not inspire confidence) so for example he argued at Siracusa we could not go to old town of Ortygia, but that was in all our tour plans. To his credit, he did call and straighten that out. Viator website said one could hike to top of Mt Etna,- in fact that was not possible, and ski gondola was very expensive- plus no time. Driver scared us by talking on phone and reading papers about the tour while driving. Our group was quite demanding, and he did try to accommodate us. I still do not see why this tour cannot include the Villa Romana near Piazza Armerina- it was quite an effort to get there by myself. I was told via Viator that tour organizers thought it was just too much, but it would be short detour from the route we took anyway on the last day going from Taormina to Agrigento to Palermo, and tour takes under an hour. All worked out in the end, but felt lack of communication and attention to detail- e.g., I was told when I did my confirmation someone would be at hotel all day to greet us as we arrived, and to meet at 7 outside dining room for dinner at 7.30. Driver turned up about 7 in the lobby- he had no information about what time and where to meet and dinner was in fact at 8- little things like that. High quality, but expensive- especially given entry to sites was not included and tips were expected. That, and lack of Villa Romana, is why I give 3 not 4 stars.