Signature Sights & Cities of Sicily

9 days from $4,572 per person*
  • Dine on Sicilian wine and food with a private cooking lesson.
  • With private guide, visit the UNESCO-listed town of Ragusa.
  • Private guided tour to the salt pans of Erice, with a wine tasting.
  • Discover the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, with private guide.
  • Finely curated blend of luxury and premium accommodations.
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Some wonder why Mt. Etna remains so active. They’ve obviously never spent time in Sicily.

Experience a rich and diverse history on an island known for striking architecture, gastronomic delights, sculpted coastlines and mountain ranges bursting into cerulean skies. Meander winding cobblestoned streets in old city centers, explore ancient Greek ruins in lush valleys, and stroll through bustling markets with their kaleidoscopic array of local delicacies. In the evenings, unwind in elegant surroundings as oleander-scented breezes waft in from the warm night air.

Visit the Catacombs of the Capuchins where more than 8,000 mummies are on display. Stroll through Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), a lavish baroque square home to grand baroque sculptures depicting the four seasons. Explore Erice, a brooding medieval town known as the birthplace of Venus, and stop at the world-famous pastry shop by Maria Grammatico for a taste of almond sweets, genovesi and nougat. Meet your guide for a personal tour of the astounding Valley of the Temples, Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis. And, when you’ve had your fill of ancient ruins, take a relaxing stroll along the beach and watch as the sun sets behind Mt. Etna, painting the sky in hues of gold and pink. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Palermo
    Palermo
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Italy - Welcome Package(2)
    • Self-Guided - Historic Palermo
    • Optional Dinner (Fine casual dining options)
  • Day 2 Palermo
    Palermo
    • Private - Exploring Palermos' sites & Market & Monreale Cathedral (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 3 Palermo to Agrigento
    Palermo to Agrigento
    • Palermo - Agrigento [via Segesta (guided tour), Erice (wine & sweet tastings) & Salt Pans] - Vehicle/Driver/(Guide - 2hrs)(2)
  • Day 4 Agrigento
    Agrigento
    • Private - 1/2 Day Visit of the Valley of the Temples & Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis (3hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 5 Agrigento to Ragusa
    Agrigento to Ragusa
    • Agrigento - Ragusa [Visit of UNESCO town of Ragusa] - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 6 Ragusa
    Ragusa
    • At Leisure
  • Day 7 Ragusa to Taormina
    Ragusa to Taormina
    • Ragusa - Taormina [via Syracuse (Visit of Archeological site) & Ortigia] - Vehicle/Driver/(Guide: 4hrs)(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Taormina
    Taormina
    • Private - 1/2 Day Food & Wine of Sicily (with Cooking lesson & Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver/Chef
    • Self-Guided - Beach Day - .
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Taormina
    Taormina
    • Taormina - Catania [Airport, 45 mins] - Vehicle/Driver (2)
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Day 1: Palermo

Meet your driver for a private Airport (Falcone Borsellino) transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Explore Palermo at your leisure. Palermo is full of worthy destinations, and in the historic district in can seem as though they are all competing for your attention. Of all the things to see in Palermo, few showcase as completely the differing influences that have swept through the city as the city's cathedral. Refurbished and shining, the Teatro Massimo is one of the premier Palermo sights. It is the largest theatre in Italy and presents a full slate of performances each year. Blending flea market, kasbah, souk, and haggler’s heaven, the markets in Palermo vibrate with energy. The street foods are one attraction, and the goods quite another. See them at the Vucciria, Borgo Vecchio, Capo, Ballaro, or Piazza Perani. The museum and gallery of Islamic art, Zisa, was built in the 12th century, and was the hunting lodge of the Norman Kings. The interior highlights the architectural influences of the Moorish tribes who had only recently been conquered. One of the most memorable Palermo sights is underground. More than 8,000 corpses have been mummified and put on display in the Catacombs of the Capuchins, a monastic order whose ossuary is under the Santa Maria della Concezione.

Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to have any dinners included during your time in Palermo. There are lots of options from casual restaurants to ones of historical note such as the Osteria dei Vespri, where scenes of Visconti’s movie "The Leopard" were filmed.

Accommodation: Mercure Palermo Excelsior (4*)

The Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel is located right in the city centre on the Vialedella Libertà, a main street renowned for its luxury boutiques, yet it is surrounded by greenery, including the English Garden. Explore Palermo’s rich architectural heritage and soak up its multicultural atmosphere from their hotel. Their rooms & suites combine comfort with luxury and beautiful decor in rich, warm colours. Enjoy casual and fine dining at their Liberty Hall Restaurant and Exè Restaurant and Bar. Benefit from their well-equipped Fitness Centre, which is open 24 hours a day so that you can keep in shape during your stay. You can also drop by to book a massage or body treatment in one of Palermo’s beauty parlours.

Palermo
Palermo
Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel
Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel

Day 2: Palermo

Meet your driver in your hotel lobby this morning to visit Palermo and Monreale with a local guide. You’ll be enchanted by Palermo’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces. You’ll see the city’s main sights, including Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), an extravagant baroque square ringed by four buildings with baroque sculptures that depict the Four Seasons, Spanish kings, and the patron saints of Palermo’s four old quarters. You’ll also see the twelfth-century Cathedral, which houses a pantheon of royal tombs. Afterwards, you will be taken to Palermo’s impressive food market Il Capo which is full of color and great epicurean delights. Be sure to sample some typical street food such as pani ca meusa, panelle and arancini while you are there!

Later you’ll discover the Arab-Norman splendor of the Monreale Cathedral. This treasure dates from the 12th century and shows the diverse architectural influences of both the Normans and the Arab population. At day's end, you'll be returned to your hotel in Palermo by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Mercure Palermo Excelsior (4*)
Palermo Theatre
Palermo Theatre

Day 3: Palermo - Agrigento

Today you will leave Palermo for Agrigento. Your first port of call will be Segesta, where you will meet your local guide to visit the Greek Theatre and the Temple. Transfer to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town made famous in ancient times as the birthplace of Venus. Walk through the cobblestoned streets of the town, smelling a variety of aromas emanating from the numerous pastry shops for which Erice is famous. You will visit the Norman Castle and the Duomo and stop at the world famous Pastry shop by Maria Grammatico to taste almond sweets, genovesi and nougat to match with Marsala wine. From here, you will be driven along the Salt Road looking at the Salt Pans en-route to Agrigento. Take in the views of the Salt Pans on the coastline between the cities of Trapani and Marsala before arriving at Agrigento, your destination for the day. (includes entrances in Segesta and tasting at pastry shop).

Accommodation: Mandranova Estate (4*)

The Mandranova Estate holiday resort is set in a garden of palm trees and African plants. We offer a stay of absolute comfort and tranquility in the rustic simplicity of the old farmhouse and renovated rooms in a train station and an old millstone. The "Gebbia, formerly used for agricultural irrigation, has been transformed into a small but lovely pool where guests can go for a refreshing swim in the summer heat. The charming owners are renowned for the warmth of their welcome and wonderful sense of hospitality and the restaurant, which is for the exclusive use of guests, offers excellent food prepared with locally produced ingredients. For beach lovers, there are several nice sandy beaches nearby.

Agrigento
Agrigento
Mandranova Estate
Mandranova Estate

Day 4: Agrigento

Meet up with your guide in Agrigento for a three hour guided tour visiting the magnificent Valley of the Temples, scenery of extraordinary beauty, amongst the imposing Greek ruins, the Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis. Includes transportation and entrance for Valley of Temples.

Accommodation: Mandranova Estate (4*)
Temples and Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis
Temples and Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis

Day 5: Agrigento - Ragusa

Leaving for Ragusa in Eastern Sicily today, you'll pass through an area whose heritage, both for importance and for beauty, has been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. Arrive in Ragusa Ibla, meet up with your local guide and admire the flamboyant Baroque architecture of the town, seeing the historical centre and the Portale of San Giorgio, Villa Ibla, Piazza Pola with the Chiesa of San Giuseppe and finally the Duomo di San Giorgio and Palazzo La Rocca. At day's end you will be brought to your accommodation in Ragusa.

Accommodation: Eremo della Giubiliana (5*)

Eremo della Giubiliana a charming hotel set in a historical residence, a few kilometers south of Ragusa, is surrounded by pristine nature, carob forests and stone walls. Very old thick white stone walls surround and protect the courtyards and inner structure. The property has various categories of rooms including stone Cottages on the estate. The cuisine, initially based around the sophisticated recipes of the nobility of the Hyblean Highlands and the produce of the Nifosì arable farm, evolved in 2009 into the Don Eusebio Restaurant.

Baroque city of Ragusa
Baroque city of Ragusa
Eremo della Giubiliana
Eremo della Giubiliana

Day 6: Ragusa

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Eremo della Giubiliana (5*)

Day 7: Ragusa - Taormina

Spend the day traveling by private vehicle and with your own driver from Ragusa to Taormina, stopping at various places of interest along the way.  Meet up a local guide at Syracuse for a tour of the main sites such as the Ear of Dionysius, the Greek Theatre and the archaeological site. Until the Arab conquest of 878, the city was the capital of Sicily and was by far the most important city on the island. Continue on to Ortigia, one of the most interesting urban areas of Sicily, and visit its famous Duomo, built upon the old temple of Athena.(Includes entrance in Syracuse and Noto).

Accommodation: The Ashbee (5*)

Located in a historical English villa, the Ashbee Hotel was built in the 1908 from the Architect Robert Charles Ashbee, in the heart of Taormina. With 25 guestrooms and a number of suites, you will find everything you require for a relaxing English hospitality style stay. St. George Restaurant, the Pool Club Bar and the Terrace Bar offer spectacular views of the sea and surrounding area while providing a real flavor of the Mediterranean. The hotel also features large gardens and an outdoor swimming pool.

Taormina
Taormina
The Ashbee Hotel
The Ashbee Hotel

Day 8: Taormina

Today is devoted to Sicilian wines and food. You'll be driven by private vehicle to Viagrande, where you will meet Mrs Eleonora Consoli  of La Cucina del Sole (The Sun’s Kitchen). Eleonora has written several cookbooks on Sicilian gastronomy and is the unofficial expert on Sicilian cooking in the world. She will conduct a hand-on cooking class, teaching several classic Sicilian dishes, which you will get to enjoy over lunch in the company of Eleonora in her home. (includes beverages).

Every day is beach day in Taormina. Even during the winter months, you can enjoy water sports such as wind-surfing, sailing, fishing, scuba-diving, canoeing, and snorkeling. In some beautiful nearby villages, there are excellent Paragliding clubs for those looking for a little more adventure. Stroll on the beach today and enjoy some relaxation time. Take the time to enjoy a beach side lunch and to take some photos of the sunset.

Accommodation: The Ashbee (5*)
Taormina Beach
Taormina Beach
Sicilian food
Sicilian food

Day 9: Taormina

Relax on your private transfer to Catania (airport) from your Taormina hotel.

Accommodation:
Taormina Bay
Taormina Bay
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
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  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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Mercure Palermo Excelsior (4*): Palermo

The Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel is located right in the city centre on the Vialedella Libertà, a main street renowned for its luxury boutiques, yet it is surrounded by greenery, including the English Garden. Explore Palermo’s rich architectural heritage and soak up its multicultural atmosphere from their hotel. Their rooms & suites combine comfort with luxury and beautiful decor in rich, warm colours. Enjoy casual and fine dining at their Liberty Hall Restaurant and Exè Restaurant and Bar. Benefit from their well-equipped Fitness Centre, which is open 24 hours a day so that you can keep in shape during your stay. You can also drop by to book a massage or body treatment in one of Palermo’s beauty parlours.

Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel
Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel
Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel
Mercure Palermo Excelsior Hotel

Mandranova Estate (4*): Agrigento

The Mandranova Estate holiday resort is set in a garden of palm trees and African plants. We offer a stay of absolute comfort and tranquility in the rustic simplicity of the old farmhouse and renovated rooms in a train station and an old millstone. The "Gebbia, formerly used for agricultural irrigation, has been transformed into a small but lovely pool where guests can go for a refreshing swim in the summer heat. The charming owners are renowned for the warmth of their welcome and wonderful sense of hospitality and the restaurant, which is for the exclusive use of guests, offers excellent food prepared with locally produced ingredients. For beach lovers, there are several nice sandy beaches nearby.

Mandranova Estate
Mandranova Estate

Eremo della Giubiliana (5*): Ragusa

Eremo della Giubiliana a charming hotel set in a historical residence, a few kilometers south of Ragusa, is surrounded by pristine nature, carob forests and stone walls. Very old thick white stone walls surround and protect the courtyards and inner structure. The property has various categories of rooms including stone Cottages on the estate. The cuisine, initially based around the sophisticated recipes of the nobility of the Hyblean Highlands and the produce of the Nifosì arable farm, evolved in 2009 into the Don Eusebio Restaurant.

Eremo della Giubiliana
Eremo della Giubiliana

The Ashbee (5*): Taormina

Located in a historical English villa, the Ashbee Hotel was built in the 1908 from the Architect Robert Charles Ashbee, in the heart of Taormina. With 25 guestrooms and a number of suites, you will find everything you require for a relaxing English hospitality style stay. St. George Restaurant, the Pool Club Bar and the Terrace Bar offer spectacular views of the sea and surrounding area while providing a real flavor of the Mediterranean. The hotel also features large gardens and an outdoor swimming pool.

The Ashbee Hotel
The Ashbee Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Vanessa Oquendo — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours.

  • Marilynn Weaver — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!

  • Ann Saxon — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

  • Coby Scherr — November 05, 2013 — Europe

    Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours.

  • Couples Dellinger & Hubbell — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back.

  • John Edstrom — October 22, 2013 — Europe

    Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!

  • Kevin Wilshere — October 19, 2013 — Europe

    Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch.

  • Chery Westlund — November 07, 2013 — Europe

    My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again.

  • Randy Gramlich — October 07, 2013 — Europe

    Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease.

  • Jay Steffan — September 24, 2013 — Europe

    We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.

    We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip.

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