9 Day Essential Sicily

3 Catania, 2 Ragusa & 2 Palermo
Round trip airfare, first class accommodations, most transfers and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights New York-Catania, Catania-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Catania
    • 2 nights Ragusa
    • 2 nights Palermo
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides and entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Stroll in the old city of Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour the old city of Syracuse, famous for its ancient ruins
  • Enchant in the Baroque atmosphere of Ragusa Ibla
  • Delight in the incredible history of Palermo
  • Admire the charming fishing village of Cefalu
  • Discover Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, the best-preserved outside of Greece

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Catania
Benvenuti! Arrive to the island of Sicily, rich in history, culture and tradition. Transfer to your hotel in Catania. The remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring one of Sicily's most important cities. Tonight, at approximately 6 PM (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day), join an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that awaits you
Overnight: Catania

DAY 3, Monday - Catania City Tour
Begin the day with a stroll in Catania, a wonderful combination of ancient and modern, under the shadow of Mt. Etna. After the town was destroyed, the entire old part of the city was rebuilt in Baroque style with large wide-open squares. Walk the piazzas and the streets and visit its colorful open-air market. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Or, take the optional tour to the old-world resort city of Taormina, also known as the "Jewel of the Ionian Sea." The tour is highlighted by the city's most famous archaeological monument, the Greek Theatre, one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily
Optional:Taormina Tour (PM)
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Explore Syracuse
Today, depart Catania and travel to Ragusa. View the magnificent Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, dominating the landscape, and explore the foothills around the base station. Weather permitting, reach the two impressive Silvestri Craters. Later, arrive in Syracuse and explore the birthplace of Archimedes. Step back in time to the bygone era of Greek Sicily. Walk through the “Old City,” Città Vecchia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing to Ragusa, arriving in the afternoon
Overnight: Ragusa
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Ragusa
Spend the day at your leisure or, choose to participate in an optional walking tour of the city. Indulge in the baroque atmosphere of Ragusa Ibla, with its breathtaking sights of houses, churches, and palaces that seem layered on top of one another
Optional: Ragusa Walking Tour (AM)
Overnight: Ragusa
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Valley of Temples
This morning, drive to Agrigento to discover the impressive Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This splendid archaeological park is the largest in the world with the best-preserved temple ruins outside of mainland Greece. Savor lunch featuring some of the area’s local delicacies before continuing to Palermo. Check in to your hotel in the late afternoon
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Palermo
Explore the vibrant capital of Sicily on your own, or choose to join the optional tour of Palermo & Monreale. Travel to the hilltop town of Monreale to visit the Norman Cathedral, with its interior of glittering 12th century Byzantine mosaics and continue for a walking tour of the ancient old city of Palermo with its incredible mix of architectural styles, including its magnificent cathedral. In the afternoon, discover Palermo on your own with its bustling street markets, winding alleyways and colorful back streets. Perhaps, stop at a local café and just people-watch, linger over a cup of coffee, indulge in a delectable gelato or an authentic Sicilian pastry
Optional:Palermo & Monreale Tour (AM)
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Cefalu en route to Catania
This morning depart Palermo for the charming fisherman village of Cefalu, with its ancient houses facing the sea. Stroll through its medieval settings reaching its magnificent Piazza del Duomo, where you will experience the splendidly intact atmosphere of this pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Then, drive to Catania. Tonight, bid arrivederci to your Tour Manager and newfound friends, at the Farewell Dinner, on your last night in Sicily
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. 
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. 
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Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.