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Sicilian Gems

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $2,983 AUD
  • 10 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu, Catania, Etna, Taormina, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Marsala, Erice

    Group Size:
    2 to 50
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
    Type: Guided Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Explore the magnificent gems of Sicily

  • Visit Monreale
  • Explore Cefalù, a charming Medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily
  • Excursion to Mount Etna
  • Explore Catania at your own pace
  • Visit Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Transfer from Palermo Airport to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Palermo.

Breakfast in the hotel and departure to visit Monreale, with its impressive Arab-Norman Cathedral and stunning Cloister. Return to Palermo. This city preserves monuments of the Arab-Norman period, including the beautiful Cathedral, the fascinating Byzantine Church of the Martorana and the Palatine Chapel, a higher example from the historical-artistic point of view of the coexistence between cultures and religions. Along the visit stop for a food surprise in a local bakery. Overnight in Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Cefalù, a beautiful medieval maritime village with its Norman Cathedral. Time at leisure to visit the famous Mandralisca Museum. Proceed to Catania and visit the old town centre with its baroque architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walk in the centre, passing through the old ‘pescheria’ (old fish market) to reach the scenic Piazza del Duomo with its stunning Cathedral and the lava stone Elephant (symbol of the city). Stop in a delicious coffee bar to taste the local granita with brioche. Overnight in Catania.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel, and departure for a quick visit of a historic “fishmonger” (old fish market) before reaching Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe (3,350 m), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Etna Park, covering 59,000 hectares, is home to extremely varied and rich flora, along with many protected species. The first glimpses of captivating landscapes can be seen when approaching Rifugio Sapienza. From there, proceed to Crateri Silvestri, volcanic cones dating to 1888, now inactive but surrounded by more recent lava flows. The view that can be enjoyed through the multitude of volcanic cones and craters extends to the Aeolian Islands and Calabria, making it a truly unique sight to behold. Afterwards, visit of a beekeeping farm, to see the honey extraction laboratory and taste some home-made honey and typical products of the area. Proceed to Taormina, famous for its natural landscape, marine beauties, historical monuments and an unforgettable view of the sea and Etna. Visit of the fascinating Greco-Roman theatre, with a breathtaking view of the Naxos Bay. The day will end with a beautiful panorama of the stunning Riviera dei Ciclopi. Return to Catania for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel and day at leisure to enjoy Catania city centre. Overnight Catania.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel and departure for Syracuse to visit the largest and most powerful Greek colony in Sicily: the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. Visit the old town centre of Ortigia, with its stunning Piazza Duomo and Cathedral. Proceed to Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque also called the “stone garden”, full of beautiful buildings and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walk through the streets of the centre to admire the skill and ingenious creativity of local craftsmen. Noto’s baroque architecture is a plethora of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views, palaces and gardens, capitals and cherubs that adorn the façades of churches and monasteries. At the end of the visit proceed to Ragusa for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast in the hotel and visit of Ragusa Ibla with its beautiful churches and the Ibleo garden. Then proceed to Modica, to admire its many baroque style treasures, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. To end the visit, stop for a taste of the typical products of the area. Departure to Piazza Armerina and visit the splendid Villa Romana del Casale, a building from the late imperial period and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer to the hotel in Agrigento for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast in the hotel and then visit the famous Valley of the Temples, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Giunone, Concordia and Ercole temples can be admired. Departure for Marsala, which preserves a multitude of signs of the Phoenician, Arab and Norman dominations. At the end of the visit, a wine tasting session to enjoy the typical local wine. Proceed to the famous Via del Sale. The lagoon and the islands of Stagnone constitute a large nature reserve of enormous environmental value. Even today the salt marshes represent one of the oldest salt mining industries in the world. In the evening, arrival in Palermo for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the city of Erice, an ancient city made by the “Elimi” at about 751 meters high on Mount San Julian. A Sicilian Borgo characterized for its narrow streets and medieval arches. Visit the historic centre, the main church and the Castle of Venere. In the afternoon, continue to Segesta, with a visit of the temple and the theatre set at an altitude of 400 meters, carried out in the 3rd century BC. Return to Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast in the hotel and check-out (possibility of private transfer as an optional service). End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

Touring with multilingual guide

Local guides or audio-guides where necessary

Tours as per itinerary

9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Arrival transfer from Palermo Airport to hotel in Palermo

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from day 2 to day 8

Optional privilege package which includes:

  • Upgrade to a Superior/deluxe room
  • Private departure transfer
  • City taxes as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary

Additional: $1259 per person (price based on twn/dbl room). Available to select at time of booking.

Typical product tastings:

Gastronomic surprise with street food tasting in Palermo on day 2

“Granita and brioche” tasting in Catania on day 3

Visit to a honey factory tasting typical in Etna products on day 4

Visit to the famous Sabadì chocolate shop with tasting in Modica on day 7

Visit to the Florio wine cellar with tasting in Marsala on day 8

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 monuments or museums when not mentioned

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)

Mercure Palermo Centro
Via Mariano Stabile, 112, 90139 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 324911
Rating
4
Mercure Palermo Centro
Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal
Via Roma, 477 A, 90139 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 507 0649
Rating
3.5
Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal
Il Principe Hotel Catania
Via Alessi, 24, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: 39 095 250 0345
Rating
Il Principe Hotel Catania
Romano House Catania
Via Giovanni di Prima, 20, 95131 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: +39 095 352 0611
Rating
4
Romano House Catania
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Via Roma, 189, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Tel: +39 0932 621944
Rating
4
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Baia Di Ulisse Hotel Agrigento
Via Lacco Ameno, 92100 Agrigento AG, Italy
Tel: +39 0922 417639
Rating
4
Baia Di Ulisse Hotel Agrigento

Important things to note

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 and are to be paid locally, unless you have prebooked the Privilege Package before departure.

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

Itinerary may be modified at anytime.

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Reviews for Sicilian Gems

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Elizabeth and Gordon Wood
Fantastic quality of hotel and expertise of the guide

Review for: Highlights of Sicily

The quality of the hotels, the places visited, the knowledge and expertise of the guide and the experiences we had, were fantastic. Perhaps our only question would be that we were a group of over 30 and we were of the understanding that Sun Island Tours were for groups smaller than this. Our overall impression of Sicily was of a vibrant culture with so much history behind it.
SunIslandTour
Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Elizabeth and Gordon, Thank you for your review. The Highlights of Sicily is not a small group tour, and is listed as such. However we will review further to see why you had that impression. Great to hear you had a wonderful time. Regards, John @ Sun Island Tours
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Brent
September 2019

Review for: Florence, Tuscany & Beyond

My wife and I made an eight-day coach trip in the second week of September 2019. Italy is a beautiful country and what added to our rich and positive experience was the tour provided by Sun Island Tours. We experienced the value provided mainly through their tour leader, coach driver and hotels for stay etc. Worth a special mention are the two people that were highly rated by all on the tour – Sabrina Prassede, our tour leader was by far the best guide we have encountered in our years of travel. Here intuitive responsiveness, high energy levels, attention to specific needs of every tourist without diluting the planned itinerary and deep knowledge of the country, made the journey comfortable and stress-free for a diverse set of people travelling from five continents. She was very well supported by Paolo, the coach driver, who was the wonderfully skilled and who ensured the tour was very smooth, safe and prompt throughout. For those wanting to enjoy a stress-free Italy sojourn, we highly recommend them.
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Lucy
Solo Traveller

Review for: Rome, Florence & Cinque Terre by Rail

Generally it's good. I am a solo traveller. On some accommodation I was given a single bed. Which I found cramp and very tight. Quite uncomfortable. As a solo traveller, we are charge with extra for accommodation. So I think we deserved something better if not the best.

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Sicilian Gems

4.5
(6 Reviews)
From $2,983 AUD
  • 10 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu, Catania, Etna, Taormina, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Marsala, Erice

    Group Size:
    2 to 50
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
    Travel Style: Guided Group Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Italy
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Natalia is in love with Italy. Contact her for advice on Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Como, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily.

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