8 Day Sicilian Secrets Fully Escorted Tour incl. Palermo, Etna, Gastronomic Experiences, Expert Guides + more.

8 Day Sicilian Secrets Fully Escorted Tour incl. Palermo, Etna, Gastronomic Experiences, Expert Guides + more.

8 Days
Catania

Discover the enchanting beauty of Sicily exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the wonder of Mt Etna, delightful tastings & historic marvels. A journey that perfectly blends cultural treasures with culinary delights.

6 Experiences
1 Country
7 Inclusions
2 Room options

About This Trip

Starting and ending in Catania, this tour encapsulates the essence of Sicilian culture and history, paired with mesmerising landscapes and unique historic treasures.

Sicily has it all, those jaw-dropping white beaches surrounded by impossibly azure seas. It has a wild, rugged interior, a majestic active volcano watching over it and more than anything, it has culture. In fact, it has a historic smorgasbord of culture like nowhere else on earth and we are going to showcase the very best of it to you on this incredible tour. 

 

On your first day, you will visit glorious Syracuse, the largest Greek colony in Sicily, before visiting the incredible Noto, nicknamed ‘The Stone Garden’ due to its incredible wealth of intricate architecture. Later visit Phonecian, Arab and even Norman temples as well as sample some of the world-famous sweet wine in Marsala. 

 

Throughout the tour, we will be highlighting the sensational cuisine of this island nation. It was not only the architecture that was influenced by its many rulers. Each culture left its mark on the cuisine of the island so while there is a definite Italian streak, it is compounded by flavours and ideas from around the greater Mediterranean. Together, we will visit street food in Palermo, Granita and Brioche tasting in Catania and the most incredible honey tasting on the slopes of Mt Etna. Add to this, the sweet treats of Marsala wine and the famous Sabadi chocolate shop, and you have yourself a real gastronomic treat. 



Guided throughout your time in Sicily, you will be able to mine the knowledge of your local guides to truly get the most out of your time here. So unique, Sicily is an experience you will never forget. 


What's Included
7 nights in 4* accommodation

We have sourced the very best accommodation in Sicily to ensure you have a comfortable bed at the end of your day's adventure.

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, & 2 dinners

Your taste buds will come alive with the incredible depth of flavours packed into Sicilian traditional cookery. 

6 incredible gastronomic experiences in every corner of Sicily

6 incredible gastronomic experiences in every corner of Sicily

Indulge in Sicily's rich culinary tapestry with an array of gastronomic experiences:

  • Discover the secrets of Sicilian chocolate with a tasting at the renowned Sabadì chocolate shop in Modica.
  • Experience an authentic street food tasting in Palermo, immersing yourself in the vibrant local food scene.
  • Relish a traditional Sicilian granita with brioche in Catania, a refreshing local favourite.
  • Explore the world of Sicilian wines with a visit to the historic Florio wine cellar in Marsala.
  • Engage your senses with a unique honey tasting at a beekeeping farm on Mount Etna.
  • Treat your taste buds with a delightful surprise during a visit to a local bakery in Palermo.
Witness the majestic beauty of Mount Etna

Experience Europe's tallest active volcano includes a visit to the Crateri Silvestri and offers breathtaking panoramic views, providing a memorable highlight of your Sicilian adventure.

Multilingual tour leader & local guides

Benefit from the expertise of our multilingual tour leader throughout your journey and local guides where necessary. Their knowledge and insights will enrich your understanding and appreciation of each destination.

Visit to Iconic Sicilian Landmarks

Explore Sicily's iconic landmarks, including the majestic Arab-Norman Cathedral in Monreale, the historic old town of Catania, and the picturesque seaside town of Cefalù. These visits offer a deep dive into the island's diverse cultural and architectural heritage.

Private air-conditioned transport

You will be transferred to each place on a modern, air-conditioned coach with your own drivers.


Top Local Experiences

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Trip Itinerary

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Where You'll Stay

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4-Star Accommodation - Double/Twin Share Basis

The following 4-star accommodation is provided throughout your tour. Please note that any accommodation listed is subject to change due to availability at the time of booking. Any unavailable accommodation will be replaced by a similar standard or higher.

 

  • 4-Star Il Principe Hotel / Romano House Hotel (Catania) or similar
  • 4-Star Mediterraneo Palace Hotel (Ragusa) or similar
  • 4-Star Baia di Ulisse Wellness & SPA (Agrigento) or similar
  • 4-Star Mercure Palermo Centro / Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal (Palermo) or similar


Hotel amenities generally include:

 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Television
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Hotel restaurant and bar facilities
  • Fitness center or wellness area (in selected hotels)
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room

Improve your room's comfort

Optional
4-Star Accommodation - Solo Basis

The following 4-star accommodation is provided throughout your tour. Please note that any accommodation listed is subject to change due to availability at the time of booking. Any unavailable accommodation will be replaced by a similar standard or higher.

 

  • 4-Star Il Principe Hotel / Romano House Hotel (Catania) or similar
  • 4-Star Mediterraneo Palace Hotel (Ragusa) or similar
  • 4-Star Baia di Ulisse Wellness & SPA (Agrigento) or similar
  • 4-Star Mercure Palermo Centro / Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal (Palermo) or similar


Hotel amenities generally include:

 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Television
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Hotel restaurant and bar facilities
  • Fitness center or wellness area (in selected hotels)
Total p/p price+$1000
Single supplementYes
Max occupancy1 Adult
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementSingle Room
Other Info
highlights

Anyone can simply take a flight to Palermo and witness the beauty and joy of Sicily. There is not a corner of the island, not a thin street in any town that does not instill a sense of beauty and wonder. However, we don’t just want you to see the basics of this incredible part of Italy, we want you to live it!

 

We want you to feel like you are travelling through time as we explore the island from all angles, showcasing its unique modernity, but immersing you in its rich, vibrant past. Your local guide will help you explore every corner of the sixteen different towns and villages you visit, delving deep into the glory of the temples and cathedrals and uncovering the historical tapestry that makes Sicily so unique. 

 

Sicily's culinary scene is as diverse as its history. Indulge in Palermo's famous street food, a kaleidoscope of flavors reflecting the island's cultural mosaic. In Modica, be enchanted by the art of chocolate making, an age-old tradition that tantalizes the senses. Marsala, with its world-renowned wines, offers a taste of Sicily's rich viticultural heritage. Each meal and tasting is an adventure in itself, promising to leave lasting memories.


The natural landscapes of Sicily are no less impressive. The mighty Mount Etna stands as a testament to nature's power, while the serene beauty of coastal towns like Cefalù and Taormina offers a tranquil escape. These picturesque locales, with their stunning views and charming streets, are perfect for leisurely exploration or simply soaking in the Mediterranean ambiance.

Your comfort throughout the journey is paramount, with stays in select 4-star hotels that offer the perfect blend of luxury and convenience. Each hotel has been chosen for its exceptional service, comfort, and ideal location, ensuring that your Sicilian adventure is as relaxing as it is exhilarating.

In essence, this tour is not just a trip; it's an immersion into the heart of Sicily, where every day

is a new opportunity to explore, taste, and marvel at the secrets this magnificent island holds. It's an invitation to experience the very best of Sicily, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

 


location

Your trip begins and ends in Catania, conveniently located near the airport, a self transfer is super easy and inexpensive, plus ensures you’re not having to hang around waiting for a shuttle. Once in Catania you will be instantly whisked off for a full day of exploring Syracusa and Noto, before spending the night in Ragusa. The following day you visit Modica and Agrigento before following this up with visits to Marsala, Saline and Palermo. You then spend some time in Palermo, using it as a base to visit Monreale and Cefalu before heading back to Catania. From here you will visit Taormina and Etna before finishing the tour in Catania, back where you started. 


facilities

Your journey includes stays in 4-star hotels in Catania, Ragusa, Agrigento, and Palermo. These hotels offer a blend of comfort and luxury, ensuring a restful experience. Facilities typically include:

 

  • Comfortable and well-appointed rooms
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Restaurant and bar facilities
  • Central locations for easy exploration

important info

Exclusions

  • Return international flights
  • Visas
  • Optional activities/tours, personal expenses/transfers not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Tourist hotel tax must be paid locally



Age restrictions

  • The minimum age for this tour is 6



Occupancy

  • The minimum number for this tour to commence is two people
  • Double bed/twin share basis
  • Other room occupancy is available for this itinerary, however in many hotels in Italy for example triple or quad rooms do not exist; they are in fact a double room with an extra bed or a sofa bed. Their comfort conditions are below the international standards of triple/quad rooms. Booking the triple or quad room implies acceptance of this fact



Passport & visa requirements

  • All visitors require a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months beyond your return travel date, this is required for all passengers (including children & infants)
  • It is the visitor's responsibility to ensure they are holding the correct and current visa for the countries they are visiting
  • If the visitor is a non-Australian passport holder, a valid re-entry visa may be required to enter back into Australia
  • Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours and processing times



Travel Insurance

  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package, please speak with our team for a free quotation



Health & vaccination

  • As border restrictions for countries ease, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will maximise the number of locations you can visit. Therefore whilst you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to be vaccinated to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel
  • We highly recommend our travellers check the current travel restrictions/vaccination requirements of their destination, speak with a medical professional at least 30 days before departure or get in touch with our team for travel advice
  • Health care such as a doctor’s surgery, dentist and optometrists may not always be accessible on this tour
  • It is advised that you ensure you have adequate health insurance cover as part of your travel insurance



Porterage

  • Porterage will be available throughout this trip and a tip is recommended



Tipping

  • Tipping & gratuities are not included in the package, they are at your own discretion



Fitness requirements

  • Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility. They must be able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/package tours/cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary



Dietary requirements

  • Any dietary requirements must be received by DealsAway at least 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to provide these details by this date may result in an inability to cater for your requirements
  • In most cases DealsAway can cater for special dietary requirements but please note that on occasion, this may not be possible due to location, lack of availability of ingredients, and other extenuating circumstances. It is always advised to carry supplies with you



Transfers

  • Airport transfers are not included



Documentation

  • Any applicable pre-trip or tour documentation will be emailed to you prior to travelling. Should you have any queries regarding this please feel free to contact us directly via email at support@dealsaway.com



DealsAway savings

  • The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates, a reasonable customer service surcharge and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving



Itinerary amendments & changes

  • Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers feedback, as well as updates from our ground operators. 
  • Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather, public holidays, common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes, and unforeseen circumstances. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time



Availability

  • All DealsAway trips are available on a request-only basis and are subject to availability at time of booking. Once booked you should receive a payment confirmation and receipt via email, followed by a booking confirmation normally within 3-5 business days of making a booking, sometimes this can take a little longer subject to travel service provider delay
  • If you have not received your confirmation within 5 business days of payment confirmation please contact us immediately via email at support@dealsaway.com
  • In the event that your trip is unavailable on the dates you have chosen, we will contact you by telephone to advise the next available dates and/or any alternate options



Surcharges

  • Any prices quoted exclude specific costs/measures which may be introduced at a later stage as a result of government changes due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. DealsAway will inform its guests of these changes as soon as possible, these additional charges will be passed on by DealsAway to the guest



Amendments & Changes

 

  • Name change or corrections may incur a fee or may not permitted
  • Once your booking is fully paid any amendment request needs to be emailed in writing to support@dealsaway.com and incurs a $75 per person fee from our travel service provider, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the amendment



Date changes

  • Once your booking is 100% confirmed date changes are not permitted



Refunds

  • Please refer to our booking conditions for all information on refunds



Pricing

  • DealsAway reserves the right to modify prices for marketing and commercial reasons. Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to the website's terms and conditions.

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