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9 Day Enchanting Sicily Self-Drive inc. Mt Etna, Taormina, Palermo w/ Gourmet Experiences & Luxury Stays + more

9 Day Enchanting Sicily Self-Drive inc. Mt Etna, Taormina, Palermo w/ Gourmet Experiences & Luxury Stays + more

9 Days
Catania

Embark on a 9-day self-drive journey through Sicily's heart, exploring its rich culture, historical sites, and gourmet delights. Experience the unique landscapes of Mount Etna, the charm of Taormina, and the vibrant streets of Palermo.

6 Experiences
1 Country
5 Inclusions
2 Room options

About This Trip

Our 9 Day Enchanting Sicily Self-Drive tour is an exquisite journey through the heart of Sicily, offering a blend of cultural richness, historical splendour, and gastronomic delights. Our self-guided adventure begins in the shadows of Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, where you'll be staying in a luxurious wine resort. Revel in a unique wine tasting experience that introduces you to the region's volcanic terroir.

 

As you drive through the scenic landscapes, the tour takes you to the iconic city of Taormina. Here, you'll be captivated by its ancient Greek theatre, offering stunning views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. The medieval alleys and artisan shops of Taormina provide a perfect backdrop for exploration and discovery.

 

The journey continues to the historic city of Palermo, where you'll immerse yourself in a melting pot of cultures, evident in its architecture and street food. Palermo's bustling streets and markets, brimming with local delicacies, offer an authentic Sicilian experience. From the majestic Valley of the Temples in Agrigento to the charming streets of Syracuse and Ortigia, every stop on this tour promises a deep dive into Sicily's rich history and culinary traditions. Our self-drive tour not only offers flexibility and freedom but also an intimate encounter with the soul of Sicily, making it an unforgettable experience for any traveller.


What's Included
8 Nights in 4* hotels

We have sourced the very best accommodation, including two unique farmhouse stays, to ensure you have a comfortable bed at the end of your day's adventure.

Comprehensive Car hire for your trip

Upon arriving in Catania you will collect your car from the airport. From day 1 to day 9 we have you covered. You’ll be driving an intermediate category car (Ford Fiesta or similar). Upgrades are available on request

Incredible experiences in every corner of Sicily

Explore some of the most beautiful parts of Sicily, including:

  • 3 x Exclusive wine tastings in different parts of the island
  • Palermo street food tour
  • Iconic guided tour of Palermo in an Ape
8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch included

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

Virtual Guide & Italian SIM

A guide in your pocket is the way to go with self-driving. You can access your guide at any point and they will let you know all about the region, town or city you are in, and what to see and do. You’ll receive 5 GB mobile data in Italy, and 60 minutes of international calls to keep you connected.


Top Local Experiences

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Trip Itinerary

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Where You'll Stay

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4* Accommodation - Double/Twin Share Basis

These accommodations have been handpicked for their comfort, location, and the unique experiences they offer. In the event that any of the hotels are unavailable, we will accommodate you in a hotel of a similar or higher standard, in a similar location to ensure your itinerary is able to run smoothly.

 

Hotels:

 

  • Cantine Murgo(Etna Area) or similar
  • Hotel Alfeo (Syracuse) 4* or similar
  • Baglio Della Luna (Agrigento) 4* or similar
  • Sirignano Wine Resort (Alcamo Area) or similar
  • Hotel Federico II (Palermo) 4* or similar

 

Hotel Amenities:

 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En-suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Authentic local cuisine
  • Stunning views and unique locations
  • Close proximity to key sites


These accommodations provide the perfect base to explore the rich history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes of Sicily, ensuring comfort and convenience throughout your journey.

Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room

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Optional
4* Accommodation - Solo Basis

These accommodations have been handpicked for their comfort, location, and the unique experiences they offer. In the event that any of the hotels are unavailable, we will accommodate you in a hotel of a similar or higher standard, in a similar location to ensure your itinerary is able to run smoothly.

 

Hotels:

 

  • Cantine Murgo(Etna Area) or similar
  • Hotel Alfeo (Syracuse) 4* or similar
  • Baglio Della Luna (Agrigento) 4* or similar
  • Sirignano Wine Resort (Alcamo Area) or similar
  • Hotel Federico II (Palermo) 4* or similar

 

Hotel Amenities:

 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En-suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Authentic local cuisine
  • Stunning views and unique locations
  • Close proximity to key sites


These accommodations provide the perfect base to explore the rich history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes of Sicily, ensuring comfort and convenience throughout your journey.

 

Total p/p price+$1175
Single supplementYes
Max occupancy1 Adult
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementSingle Room
Other Info
highlights

Every bend you come around, every town and city you enter will be a new highlight of your self-drive trip around Sicily. It’s just that kind of place, everywhere you go will be your favourite, every morsel of food is better than the last and every second is a memory being made. 

 

Staying on the slopes of Mt Etna is a pretty surreal experience, knowing that a powerful volcano is working right below your feet. However, it is pretty easy to get over that idea for two reasons. One is the incredible scenery, one of the most beautiful locations on the whole island. The second is that we have housed you in a luxurious wine resort, where you will be able to park the car and get stuck into tasting the wide range of delightful local wines on offer. 

 

As your journey continues through the picturesque landscapes of Taormina, where the ancient Greek Theatre and the stunning views from Piazza IX Aprile await you. In Taormina, the Corso Umberto, a bustling street lined with luxury boutiques and fine dining options, offers an authentic taste of Sicilian life.

 

The final leg of the journey brings you to Palermo, a city boasting a rich tapestry of history and culture. Here, you'll explore architectural marvels like the Palace of the Normans and Palermo Cathedral, and enjoy a unique street food tour, revealing the city's vibrant culinary scene. Each stay, from the Etna wine resort to the elegant hotels in Syracuse and Palermo, have been carefully selected to provide comfort and luxury, ensuring a restful retreat after each day's adventures.

Along the way we include visits to notable destinations such as Ragusa, known for its baroque architecture, and Agrigento with its famous Valley of the Temples, a stunning testament to ancient Greek civilization. This route also passes through the picturesque seaside village of Marzamemi and explores the historic salt flats near Marsala, offering a unique insight into traditional Sicily.

This self-drive tour is not just a holiday; it's an immersive experience into the heart of Sicilian culture, history, and cuisine. With every detail thoughtfully planned, from the handpicked accommodations to the included tastings and tours, this package offers a unique blend of exploration, relaxation, and indulgence – an unforgettable Sicilian adventure.


location

Your trip begins in Catania, where you will collect your car before driving up to the slopes of Mt Etna for your first overnight. The following day you will explore Mt Etna and Taormina before returning to your agriturismo for another night. You then head down the coast to visit Syracuse where you will take a day trip to visit Noto and Marzamemi. You then begin along the south coast, visiting Ragusa, Agrigento, Alcamo and Marsala before heading up the west coast to finish in the glorious city of Palermo.


facilities

Our 4* hotels included in our Flavours of Sicily tour feature the following facilities:

 

  • 24-Hour Reception Desk
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Wellness Centre
  • & Many More! 

important info

Exclusions

  • Return international flights
  • Visas
  • International Driver License (Clients who selected self-drive option must arrange the international Driver License before arrival)  
  • Optional activities/tours, personal expenses/transfers not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

Age restrictions

  • Minimum age for rental car drivers is 21 yrs 
  • For drivers aged between 21-24 yrs they may incur a young driver surcharge
  • Maximum driver age is 70 years

Occupancy

  • The minimum number for this tour to commence is two people
  • Double bed/twin share

Passport & visa requirements

  • All visitors require a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months beyond your return travel date is required for all passengers (including children and 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
  • 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

Health & vaccination

  • As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So whilst you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel for the next 12-18 months.
  • We highly recommend our travellers to look at the current travel restrictions 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 is not available on this trip. 

Tipping

  • Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and 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

  • There are no transfers included in this trip.

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 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. Once booked you should receive a payment confirmation and receipt via email, followed by a booking confirmation normally within 72hrs of making a booking, sometimes this can take a little longer subject to supplier delay
  • If you have not received your confirmation within 5 business days of payment confirmation please contact us immediately by 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

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

  • Name corrections may incur a fee
  • Name changes are not permitted
  • After bookings are fully paid, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs a $69 fee per person from our supplier, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the amendment

Date changes

  • Date changes are not permitted

Refunds

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

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.

 

GENERAL RENTAL CONDITIONS

The rental of vehicles from the company selected by our travel service provider or its affiliates or

Licensees are governed by these general rental terms and conditions, including the privacy policy; the rental agreement will be signed by the customer at the time of pickup. The customer, by signing the

rental agreement, declares that he/she has read and accepted the general rental terms and conditions

and that he/she has approved them. All car models are provided as a guide only and may be substituted

by others with similar characteristics. Minimum age for rental varies from 21 to 25 years with a driver's

license obtained at least 1 to 2 years ago, maximum age 70 years old (age limits valid only for rental

of intermediate/compact category cars) A driver's license and possession of a credit card by the

customer are a mandatory condition for car rental. Electronic type credit cards are not accepted.

Insurance and surcharges must be paid locally by credit card. A security deposit will be required on

the credit card at the time of rental. The owner and/or driver must be the holder of the credit card

used for the rental.

 

RENTAL CATEGORY

Intermediate car category included in packages unless otherwise noted. The car rental company

reserves the right to replace the car with a model of similar or higher category. It may be possible to

upgrade the car category at the time of booking or later at the time of booking or later at the rental

desk, again subject to availability. -Pickup and drop-off details are given in each program.

 

CAR RENTAL INCLUSIONS

  • One-way surcharge
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Liability insurance, road tax and airport taxes

 

CAR RENTAL INSURANCE

Each vehicle has basic standard coverage with liability and kasko insurance with deductible (CDW)

 

PICKUP AND DROP-OFF

details will be given in each program.

 

DRIVER'S LICENSE

Drivers must have at least one year of driving experience and present a valid driver's license issued in

their state/country of residence. The driver's license must be in Latin characters. Otherwise, clients

must provide an international driving permit and a sworn translation of their driver's license.

 

PETROLEUM

Please note that cars are picked up with a full tank of fuel and must be returned with a full tank of fuel.

 

CHILD SEAT

Is never included. it will be possible to add extra.

 

PARKING TIP

Parking space is never included. Considered hotels have adjacent parking lots or garages available.

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