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Palermo to Taormina

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(3 Reviews)
From $1,992 AUD
  • 5 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu, Messina, Taormina, Etna

    Group Size:
    2 to 20
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Get a taste of the the rich culture and signature street food of Sicily

  • Visit Mt. Etna the highest active volcano in Europe
  • Travel to Monreale and visit the Cathedral with it’s mosaics and Moorish architecture
  • Experience some Palermo street food at a typical local market
  • Visit the coastal town of Cefalu
  • Explore the tiny streets of charming Taormina also known as “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”
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  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Palermo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Palermo.

After breakfast, free time at your own leisure to visit Palermo. Meet your guide at 1:30pm to start the guided tour of the city. First, we will enjoy a “street food” lunch in the centre of the town and then we’ll visit the Cathedral, one of the most important architectural monuments. We will continue our visit by walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to reach “I Quattro Canti di Città” Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and we’ll visit the Church of Santa Caterina. Overnight Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, departure to the town of Monreale, situated on a hill at few kilometres from Palermo in a panoramic position. Visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments in the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments in Arab-Norman style. Continue to Cefalù, a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down the main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval washhouse built in the rock. Free time to explore the town. Proceed to Taormina through the coastal road passing through Messina from where we’ll have the chance to admire the suggestive scenery of the Strait of Messina. Continue to Taormina for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, we will reach a height of 1800 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where we’ll enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea. Stop at a local winery on the eastern slopes of Etna and visit a prestigious cellar. We will have the opportunity to taste different local wines accompanied by local cheese and cold cuts. In the afternoon, return to Taormina, the charming city called “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Overnight in Taormina.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

The tour concludes after breakfast. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

Touring with English speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle*

Entrance fees to the following sights:

  • Palermo: Martorana Church
  • Monreale: Dome

Additional: $27 per person. Available to select at time of booking.

1 Street food lunch experience in Palermo including water and a glass of wine

Visit of a cellar and Wine tasting on Mount Etna

Whispers Kit (for groups with more than 10 passengers)

Porterage at hotels

Tips and gratuities to tour directors, drivers and local guides

Porterage service

Passport or visa fees

Any beverages or food not listed in itinerary

Entrance fees to sights and tourist taxes

Baggage and personal insurance of any kind

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)

Any other items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Via dei, Via Cartari, 18, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 320075
Rating
4.5
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Villa Diodoro Taormina
Via Bagnoli Croci, 75, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Tel: +39 0942 23312
Rating
4
Villa Diodoro Taormina
Hotel Caparena Taormina
Via Nazionale, 189, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Tel: +39 0942 652033
Rating
4
Hotel Caparena Taormina

Important things to note

* A minivan with English Speaking driver, normally not equipped with Wi-Fi, will be provided if there are 8 or less participants.

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes, but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

For organisational reasons or health security, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice; in this case the operator ensures similar visits and excursions in accordance with the spirit of the tour program. If the number of participants does not reach the minimum of 9 pax, the operator will guarantee the departure, with a minivan, English Speaking driver and Local Guide services where necessary, reserving the right to make changes to the travel program by giving notice within 15 days before the departure date.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours, therefore coach changes may be required. The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

Entrance fees to sights and tourist taxes are not included in the package price but can be purchased as a supplement.

A government tourist tax may need to be paid locally upon arrival at your hotels.

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Reviews for Palermo to Taormina

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Room for improvement

Review for: Sicilian Classics

Room for improvement. Title says it all. Basic accommodation, nothing special. Tour guide & driver didn't seem like they wanted to be there. Overall it really just felt like I was using them to get from A to B and doing everything else myself.
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Daniel
Review of Jolly Sicily Tour

Review for: Jolly Sicily Tour

Review of Jolly Sicily Tour Palermo to Palermo tour of Sicily. (7 nights) The tour itself was comprehensive and covered most of the major sights that we wanted to see in Sicily. We choose Jolly Sicily Tour because of it’s start in Palermo, enabling us to spend more time in the city without backtracking. The hotels were of good quality and the restaurants selected for lunches were, for the most part, excellent. As I recall, all meals were included in the price, including wine and water at lunchtime but at the evening (hotel) meals wine and beer were usually extra. Our guide, Valentina was quite knowledgeable about the sites we visited and was able to answer most questions with accuracy, The bus drivers were friendly and provided a safe experience. However an over-reliance on GPS and an apparent unfamiliarity with some of the towns resulted in some gross misdirection's thus creating issues related to punctuality which impacted the time allowed at some of the sights. I was able to contact the company’s offices part way through the trip, to express my concerns on this issue and they took some steps which partially corrected the issue. So I expect it will not be an issue for future travellers. There is a reasonable amount of walking required, as was expected, so anyone with mobility issues should be prepared. But this is typical of group tours in Italy. Sicily is a quite mountainous region so several cities were located on the sides of hills. So a hiking pole may be worth packing. I would recommend, should you wish to see Palermo that you add on an additional 2 nights before or after the trip. There is quite a lot to see, and there are several musical theatres in Palermo so a night at the opera might be something to consider. Again the tour company did arrange our extra nights at the same hotel so we did not have to worry about booking or changing hotels. For those with limited time a tour like this gives a good overview of the country, However selecting the town of Ragusa as an overnight stop was, in hindsight a waste of time since it offered little to see in the time allotted. It also necessitated a backtrack of several km to Modica, a town we had passed the night before. Most sights visited allowed a reasonable amount of time for a general overview but for serious history buffs it night be considered a bit too rushed. If you feel the need to fully immerse yourself in the culture and spend a full day or more exploring each town you will most likely need to do it on your own or look at a customized private trip which will add significantly to the price.
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Cristina Maletta
Recently booked 6 clients on

Review for: Classic Tour of Sicily

Recently booked 6 clients on the Sicily mini carousel tour from Catania to Palermo. I have personally done this trip before and loved it. My clients came back absolutely thrilled with their time in Sicily on this tour. Their guide was amazing, the accommodation fantastic and the value of this tour is well worth it.
SunIslandTour
Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Cristina, we really appreciate the time you've taken to leave your review. Catania to Palermo is our shortest of 14 Sicily Tours and gives our guests a wonderful snapshot of that amazing island. I'm glad they got in before the crowds, because Sicily is booking! Regards Paul @ Sun Island Tours

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Palermo to Taormina

4
(3 Reviews)
From $1,992 AUD
  • 5 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu, Messina, Taormina, Etna

    Group Size:
    2 to 20
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Group Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

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