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Highlights of Palermo and Taormina

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,471

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the main highlights of Sicily in just over a week. Discover street markets and Norman cathedrals in the capital Palermo, explore ancient ruins in Agrigento, and enjoy the picturesque streets of Taormina, pitched on the slopes of Mt. Etna.


This 8-day Italian vacation explores Palermo and Taormina on the island of Sicily. It features first-class accommodations and small group tours. 

Your journey begins in Palermo, the Sicilian capital and one of the bedrocks of culture in Southern Italy. The city is arguably best known for its culinary heritage, which you’ll discover on a walking street food tour. Head through the main squares and street markets in the company of an expert guide and visit bakeries, old inns, and street food stalls to enjoy Sicilian treats and experience the city in a way typically reserved for locals. The next day, head to Agrigento to explore the Valley of the Temples, a series of ancient temples founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC. You’ll stroll along the ruins of this former leading city of antiquity and see various temples dedicated to the Greek pantheon. 

Transfer to Taormina, a municipality located on the slopes of Mt. Etna. Discover one of the most attractive tourist cities in Sicily on a walking tour, strolling through the cobblestoned streets against the backdrop of the volcano. Learn about the city’s 2,300-year-old history as you visit old Roman and Greek theatres and see historic landmarks, such as the stone-walled gate Porta Catania. Another day, head into the countryside in a vintage car with a private driver and explore the slopes of Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. See the Silvestri Craters, which resemble a lunar landscape, then visit a top winery in the region to enjoy a wine tasting paired with Sicilian meats and cheeses. You’ll have two more days at leisure in Taormina to discover the culinary scene along the Piazza Aprile or visit another winery or farm to learn about the bounty of the region. 

At the end of your stay, connect to Catania Airport to return home. 


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,471

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Day 1

Palermo Airport to Palermo Hotels

Duration45 Minutes

Quintocanto Hotel and Spa Palermo

The Quintocanto Hotel and Spa is located inside a historical Palazzo Viola building from the 17th century. This 4-star hotel emphasizes the architectural features of the old structure, while maintaining a minimalist and modern design, blending old and new styles to provide an elegant and refined setting. It is well-situated in the heart of Palermo, next to Quattro Canti, just steps away to all major sites of interest, dining and shopping areas. The hotel offers a Mediterranean style restaurant focusing on biodynamic products and recipes inspired from traditional Sicilian cuisine and wines. A unique feature to the hotel is the Court, where guests can relax for a drink or take an espresso. The hotel also offers a Spa Wellness centre featuring a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Quintocanto Hotel and Spa Palermo

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    Quintocanto Hotel and Spa Palermo



    The Quintocanto Hotel and Spa is located inside a historical Palazzo Viola building from the 17th century. This 4-star hotel emphasizes the architectural features of the old structure, while maintaining a minimalist and modern design, blending old and new styles to provide an elegant and …

    The Quintocanto Hotel and Spa is located inside a historical Palazzo Viola building from the 17th century. This 4-star hotel emphasizes the architectural features of the old structure, while maintaining a minimalist and modern design, blending old and new styles to provide an elegant and refined setting. It is well-situated in the heart of Palermo, next to Quattro Canti, just steps away to all major sites of interest, dining and shopping areas. The hotel offers a Mediterranean style restaurant focusing on biodynamic products and recipes inspired from traditional Sicilian cuisine and wines. A unique feature to the hotel is the Court, where guests can relax for a drink or take an espresso. The hotel also offers a Spa Wellness centre featuring a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Indoor Pool
    • Pet Friendly
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Street Food Palermo Tour - Night

Discover Palermo's authentic street food on this unique tour to discover Sicilian culture! The Street food Palermo tour is a small group walking tour through the main squares and street markets of the city centre that allows travellers to taste the best street food in Palermo. Your energetic tour guide will reveal the historic beauty of Palermo, urban legends, folk tales and the most intimate secrets of local cuisine and habits. Along the walk, you will enter places where only real Sicilians go, such as bakeries and old inns to discover the most authentic street food. This tour is not just food! Itineraries are designed to offer travellers a complete overview on the history, arts, food and traditions of Palermo. Don't miss the chance to discover the hidden artistic gems of the markets, that are not always easy to find otherwise!

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

The Agrigento Experience - Valley of the Temples

On this excursion, you will depart Palermo and head to the southern coast of Sicily. Using a guide book, you will discover the magnificent Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. The archeological area of Agrigento was founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC and became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean region. The temples in Agrigento are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the area exemplifies Greek architecture and are considered to be among the most extraordinary representations of Doric architecture in the world. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to walk through the valley including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concord, the Temple of Hercules and more. After lunch, you will have some time to visit the Archaeological Museum before returning back to Palermo.

Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Palermo to Taormina

Duration3 Hours

Hotel Eurostars Monte Tauro

Located close to the historic city centre, the 4-star Eurostars Monte Tauro is a beautiful property set on the banks of the Ionian Sea. It is an excellent location on the Sicilian coast allows guests to discover the charm of the city and experience the ancient Greco-Roman artifacts while at the same time enjoying the immense beauty of the Gulf of Naxos.
The hotel has a contemporary design featuring a large panoramic outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), restaurant and a spectacular terrace to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Eurostars Monte Tauro

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    Hotel Eurostars Monte Tauro



    Located close to the historic city centre, the 4-star Eurostars Monte Tauro is a beautiful property set on the banks of the Ionian Sea. It is an excellent location on the Sicilian coast allows guests to discover the charm of the city and experience the …

    Located close to the historic city centre, the 4-star Eurostars Monte Tauro is a beautiful property set on the banks of the Ionian Sea. It is an excellent location on the Sicilian coast allows guests to discover the charm of the city and experience the ancient Greco-Roman artifacts while at the same time enjoying the immense beauty of the Gulf of Naxos.
    The hotel has a contemporary design featuring a large panoramic outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), restaurant and a spectacular terrace to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • WI-FI

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Taormina Walking Tour

Take a small-group walking tour of Taormina and visit the main attractions of the city. Taormina is a picturesque city and one of the most beautiful and touristically attractive cities in Italy. It's located on a rocky promontory with breathtaking views of Mount Etna. It has a beautiful historic center, with narrow streets and significant palaces and monuments. This tour starts at the ancient magnificent Greek theatre, also known as the ancient theatre of Taormina. Learn about its more than the 2300-year history. The next stop is the Oden, a Roman theatre, re-discovered in the 19th century. In the beautiful old town, the heart of the city, you will feel the unique atmosphere of cozy little streets where you will see an abundance of flora, lemon, and olive groves. Your guide will also show you the most important monuments and areas as Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano and the famous stone-walled gate, Porta Catania.

Duration1 Hour
Day 5

Half Day Vintage Car and Etna Wine Experience with Guide

On this half day private tour, you will depart Taormina in a vintage car with a private driver and professional guide for a unique excursion that combines the beauty of the volcano and the experience of local wine production. The first stop will be Mount Etna, the highest volcano still active in Europe. Arrive at the southern face, Rifugio Sapienza, at 1800 meters. Visit he famous Silvestri Craters, now extinct and admire wonderful fauna and flora and the spectacular lunar landscapes. Mount Etna is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013 and Sicily's most beautiful attraction. Over the centuries, the volcano has created a place where nature, culture and history merged to create one of the most unique sites in the world. Your next experience will be a wine tasting in one of the top wineries in the region. The combination of diverse soils and abundant atmospheric conditions makes the slopes of Mount Etna a playground for wine growers. Your tasting will include wines designated with DOC and paired with local cheese and cured meats.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Taormina to Catania Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesday: April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights first class accommodation in Palermo
  • 4 nights first class accommodation in Taormina
  • Small group Street Food Palermo Tour (max 12 guests)
  • Small group Agrigento Experience: Valley of the Temples (max 15 guests)
  • Small group Taormina Walking Tour (max 15 guests)
  • Private Half Day Vintage Car and Etna Wine Experience
  • Private transfer by vehicle from Palermo to Taormina
  • Entrance to Valley of Temples and Archeological Museum
  • Breakfast daily, Street Food tastings with wine and granita, Etna wine tasting

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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6 Jul 2021
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