Highlights of Sicily Including Palermo
Half Board (+1)
- Experience the highlights of Sicily on this spectacular 7-night guided group holiday.
- Stay 2 nights in Sicily’s capital city, Palermo, & 5 nights in the beachside town of Giardini Naxos.
- Enjoy a full day guided tour highlighting the incredible art & architecture of Palermo & nearby Monreale.
- Discover the highest peak in Sicily on an excursion to Mt. Etna, with stunning views overlooking the sea.
- Step back into ancient Greece on visits to the historical cities of Taormina & Syracuse.
- Relax & soak up the Italian sun or explore on your own with plenty of free time & tips from your expert guide.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Sicily
Join us as we explore the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily, with its incredible beaches, delicious cuisine and storied past. We’ll experience the island’s rich history and unique culture on this 7-night group holiday. Starting in the buzzing city of Palermo, where ancient meets modern in spectacular style, we’ll spend two nights discovering its historic landmarks and cultural heritage before travelling on to the popular resort town of Giardini Naxos, the site of Sicily’s first Greek colony and our base for the remainder of the holiday. Directly on the Mediterranean and with spectacular views of Mount Etna, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. From there, we will explore ancient civilisations, tiny seaside villages and have time to relax by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Sicily
Transfer to Palermo
Upon arrival in Italy, transfer with guide assistance to Palermo, to enjoy a two night stay in the heart of this vibrant, fascinating city.
Monreale & Palermo
Full Day Guided Excursion to Monreale & Palermo
Enjoy a full day excursion to the city of Palermo and nearby Monreale. Discover the patchwork history created by wave upon wave of invaders, reflected in the varying architectural styles from the Norman Palace to Palermo Cathedral. In the evening you will visit a typical local restaurant for a relaxed group dinner
Piazza Armerina & Transfer to Giardini Naxos
Visit the Town of Piazza Armerina
Today, you will visit the lovely inland town of Piazza Armerina, for a visit to the renowned Villa Romana del Casale. This is a World Heritage Site which is a fantastic example of a luxury Roman villa, with stunning examples of Roman mosaics in almost every room.
Transfer to Giardini Naxos
Afternoon transfer to the pretty beachside resort of Giardini Naxos for a relaxing five night stay.
At Leisure or Optional Pizza Making Class
Free Time in Giardini Naxos
Enjoy a day at leisure. Relax and enjoy the superb range of facilities at your hotel, take a stroll along the beach or dip your toes in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea! Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests.
Optional Pizza Making Class
Optional half-day pizza making class held in a Taormina restaurant to include demonstration and preparation by participants of classic pizza dough & whole wheat flour for bread. Led by an expert pizza chef highlights include rolling and stretching your own pizza dough and learning the secrets of pizza sauce & toppings. At the end of this activity, all participants will enjoy their pizzas with a complete meal including bruschetta, soft drinks and local wine. Return transfers from your hotel to the restaurant included. Check the list below for further details.
Mount Etna & Taormina
Guided Excursion to Mount Etna & Taormina
Today's excursion will take you to two of Sicily's most famous attractions. Enjoy a visit to the slopes of magnificent Mount Etna. At 1900 metres above sea level, the panoramic views over the coast and countryside will take your breath away. Next you will visit the charming coastal town of Taormina, a colourful maze of narrow streets and terraces, where you will enjoy a guided tour of its famous Greek Theatre.
Guided Tour of Syracuse
Today you will visit the spellbinding city of Syracuse. The historic heart of the city is located on the island of Ortygia, measuring just 1km by 500 metres, but packed with over 2,500 years of history. Sightseeing highlights include the Arethusa Fountain and Cathedral, as well as the city's UNESCO protected archaeological area, with its Greek Theatre, the Latomie and the spectacular Ear of Dionysius.
Free Time in Giardini Naxos
Take a day relax by the bright blue sea at Giardini Naxos, and perhaps make an independent return visit to nearby Taormina. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions of places to see and things to do in the area.
Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.