SICILY COAST TO COAST

7 Days

Overview

Extending across over 1,000km, Sicily’s coastline is extremely diverse, incorporating a mix of sandy beaches, pebbly coves and nature reserves and touched by three seas. What is important is the knowledge that wherever you are in Sicily, you are never far from the coast, even when in the Nebrodi or Madonie mountains or in centrally-located cities such as Enna.
 
 
Departure Dates:
2024 May: 09, 16*, 23
2024 June: 06, 20
2024 July: 04, 18
2024 August: 22
2024 September: 05, 12, 26
2024 October: 03*, 10, 24
2024 November: 07
2025 March: 27
 
Monolingual ENGLISH. Dates marked with * are available in FRENCH as well (multilingual with Spanish and Portuguese)

Itinerary

Arrive in Palmero and make your own way to your hotel. That night have dinner in the hotel and rest up for the adventure that lies ahead.

Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then head out on a morning excursion to Monreale, recently included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, as well as for its fine Norman architecture. Visit the elaborate Cathedral of Monreale and then enjoy some shopping of local delicatessen and souvenirs. Back to Palermo and continue with a walking tour of the city. Wander the streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history and discovering attractions like Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the impressive-looking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and mosaics – with an incredible mix of influences coming from several dominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight

Breakfast, Dinner

Early breakfast and departure to Erice, a medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its labyrinth-like twist of lanes is perfect for a cool and pleasant morning amble. Continue to visit the Saline, an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature, archeology find a perfect synthesis and allow the visitor to try different, unique and charming experiences. Afterwards, we’ll set off to Marsala, whose lands are known for its Marsala wine. You’ll take part in a sensorial experience, for you will visit a traditional tavern and taste regional products during a light but unforgettable lunch. Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, your final destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and learn about archaeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord the Temple of Hercules; the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest Doric-style buildings. Check in to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical center “Ibla”, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches; together with other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the old gate of San Giorgio, the Giardini Iblei and then walk to Piazza Pola where we will visit the church of San Giuseppe: a little gem. Be enchanted by the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of the Souls in Purgatory and the magnificent Cosentini palace, one of the most interesting Late Baroque palaces in Sicily! Arrive in hotel, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Visit Cathedral of San Nicolò, recently restored after a earthquake, and then have a nice walk in the town’s center. Continue along the south coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s southeastern tip. Visit “Parco Archeologico della Neapolis”, Syracuse’s famous archaeological area, home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Head inside to see impressive landmarks such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to the island of Ortygia – the most ancient part of Syracuse – home to a wealth of Baroque churches and medieval palaces. In the late afternoon arrive in Taormina, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel and then head off to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock that comprises Etna’s landscape. If weather permits, you have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). After, return to Taormina, the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Return to Taormina in the afternoon and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

Breakfast

Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.

Includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Monolingual tour-escort in English
  • Accommodation in 4 stars or 3 stars hotels
  • Porterage service
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or alimentary restriction)
  • Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary

Excludes:

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “Rates include”

HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR

Palermo: Mercure 4*
Address: Via Mariano Stabile 112, 90139 Palermo, Italia
Ph.: +39 091 324911
Web: https://all.accor.com/italia/index.it.shtml
The Hotel Mercure Palermo Centro, thanks to its central location in the heart of Palermo, just a few steps from the Politeama Theatre and the Massimo Theatre, is the ideal starting point for discovering the charm of a city.

Full of colours and nuances: the enchanting monuments, the liveliness of its markets, the intense flavours of its cuisine. The hotel has 93 rooms with modern comfort, two cosy meeting rooms, an elegant Lobby Bar and a Bistrot to satisfy even the most demanding palates.

Agrigento: Della Valle 4*
Address: Via Demetra, 92100 Agrigento, Italia
Ph.: +39 337 15 63 116
Web: https://www.hoteldellavalle.ag.it

Ragusa: Poggio del Sole 4*
Address: Strada Provinciale per Marina di Ragusa, km 5.700, 97100 Ragusa, Italia
Ph.: +39 0932 668 521
Web: https://www.poggiodelsolehotel.it/

Between the centre of Ragusa and the Mediterranean Sea, the Poggio del Sole occupies an impressive 19th-century country residence. It features an outdoor swimming pool and a modern wellness centre. Spacious and elegantly furnished, rooms feature modern interiors and refined design and include a flat-screen TV and minibar.Set in the Val di Noto Valley, Poggio del Sole is surrounded by the hills and villages of the Hyblean Plateau. It is a 15-minute drive from Marina di Ragusa along the coast and 10 km from the centre of Ragusa.

 
Taormina: Hotel Splendid 4* Address: Via Dietro Cappuccini 10 – 98039 Taormina (ME) Ph.: +39 0942 628010
https://www.splendidhoteltaormina.com
 
A modern and comfortable hotel. Set in the Rocca of Taormina, The Splendid Hotel in Taormina overlooks the Ionian Sea and is located a few steps from the picturesque historic center and the marvelous Greek Theatre.

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