Our Taste of Sicily is filled with abundant pleasures which celebrates all things Sicilian! From the cosmopolitan delights of Palermo and the rugged and romantic countryside to the world-class beaches of Taormina, we will explore the many treasures of this stunning and dramatic island.
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, has attracted visitors and invaders to its shores for centuries. Romans and Carthaginians, Arabs and Greeks are among those who have left their historic footprints here. Archimedes taught here; St. Paul preached here; and centuries later, filmmakers glorified Sicily and its notorious mob families and colorful traditions. Now it is our turn to leave the mainland behind and be a part of history.
We’ll start in Palermo, a bustling city with roots tracing back to the Phoenicians. Then we head to Cefalu, a traditional, picturesque fishing village dramatically set on a promontory overlooking the sea. We’ll enjoy time in Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Sicilian Baroque style. We’ll explore several villages in the southeast of Sicily, a region ripe with olive trees, historical sites and culture. We finish with four days in Taormina, world-famous for its beaches and dramatic coastline. With Taormina as our base, we’ll see the famous amphitheater of Siracusa, journey to the top of Mt. Etna, and take part in a cooking class. The reward for our labors culminates with a delicious meal served in the 18th century Sicilian rural home where we prepared our own meal. There is so much to enjoy in Sicily, and we have chosen some of the best, but you may want to come back for another taste!
September 29 to October 10 – $6898.00 USD
Duration: 12 Days
Starts In: Palermo, Sicily
Ends In: Taormina
Deposit: $1000 USD
Group transportation between Palermo and Taormina for local sightseeing; Accommodations each night in accordance with the tour itinerary; Breakfast each day, 3 lunches and 5 dinners as noted in the itinerary; Entrance fees for sightseeing, accompanied by knowledgeable guides; Transfer from Palermo airport to hotel on arrival day; Transfers from hotel in Taormina to Catania airport for those departing on the final day of tour or joining extension; All hotel service charges, government taxes, porterage, and gratuities for drivers and included meals HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Transportation to and from starting and ending points; 7 lunches and 6 dinners; Gratuities for guides and Hanns Ebensten Travel tour director; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
In the afternoon, we will take a short drive to Monreale, situated on a slope of Mount Caputo about a thousand feet above sea level. This location will offer lovely views of the surrounding valley. The centerpiece of Monreale is the magnificent cathedral and adjoining Benedictine cloister courtyard consisting of 228 columns, some inlaid with amazing Byzantine-style mosaics. This evening is free to enjoy a restaurant of your choice in Palermo.
Later we will visit Segesta and its 5th-century Greek temple, set deep in a ravine. Then we will make our way to the tiny island of Mozia, located just off the coast near Marsala. We will enjoy a lovely boat ride (weather permitting) to visit the island and explore the early Phoenician ruins. This evening we will be free to explore the area on our own.
Dinner tonight will be at one of the most characteristic restaurants in the old town.
When you travel “Back-to-Back” on two or more of our tours, you are eligible for a discount! Contact Us for pricing if you are interested in reserving Sicily plus staying longer for our Malta Tour.
Day 12: Naples
Upon arrival check-in at our hotel located in the heart of downtown Naples.
In the afternoon, we will meet our local guide for an informal guided walking tour of the old town, with a chance to enjoy some of the most famous Neapolitan pastry delights such as sfogliatella and baba’. Evening at leisure.
Day 13: Pompeii
We will start our day with a visit to the Naples Archaeological Museum, then continue to Pompeii. At the end of the visit, we will drive back to our Naples hotel for the night.
Day 14: Amalfi Coast
Today’s highlight will be a visit to the Amalfi Coast to enjoy the natural beauty of this corner of Italy, driving along one of the most breathtaking thoroughfares in the world.
Later this evening, we shall meet for our farewell dinner in Naples.
Day 15: Farewell Italy
After breakfast, we will have a private transfer to Naples airport for our international flights home.
What if I am traveling alone?
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
Where does the tour start and end?
This tour starts in Palermo, Sicily and ends in Taormina.
What is the Activity Level of This Tour?
This is a leisurely-paced trip. Our guides will lead us on half-day walking tours, sometimes on uneven cobblestones. Transportation between destinations is by private motorcoach.
What will the hotels be like?
We stay at 5-star hotels; sometimes 4 if that’s the only hotel in the area.
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