Sicilian Odyssey: Baroque Majesty & Gastronomic Alchemy Tour

Located in southern Italy, the island of Sicily is the largest and most populous island in Europe. It features a gorgeous Mediterranean atmosphere, complete with hilly landscapes, eye-watering beaches, historic architecture, and incredible dining experiences.

During your 8-day stay in Sicily, you will travel from Palermo to Monreale, along with trips to Agrigento, Modica, Syracuse, and much more. Along the way, you will meet friendly and welcoming locals, as well as learn about Sicilian culture and sample a variety of traditional Sicilian cuisine.

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the Sicilian Capital, Palermo
  • Traditional Modica chocolate experience
  • Agrigento & the Valley of the Temples
  • Stunning Taormina & Mt. Etna
  • Ragusa & Syracuse

  • Duration:

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights

  • Tour Type:

  • Fully Escorted Private Tour on a request basis

  • Guide Price:

  • 4-Star Package from £4,199pp
  • Price Based On: Based on departure from London Gatwick flying with EasyJet, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing) including transfers. See More

  • Star Rating:

  • Superior

  • Accommodation:

  • 4-Star Tour Package
  • 4 Palazzo Brunaccini
    4 Villa Athena
    4 Grand Hotel Des Étrangers
    4 The Ashbee
  • 4-Star hotels will be as specified above or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • Board Basis:

  • Half Board

  • Departures:

  • On request

  • Start / Finish:

  • Palermo PMO) - Catania (CTA)

  • Extensions:

  • Contact us if you would like to extend your Sicilian Tour holiday.

Note: Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 7 years old

What's Included:

  • Tour:
  • Sicilian Odyssey: Baroque Majesty & Gastronomic Alchemy Tour View Full Itinerary

  • Flights:
  • Return flights from chosen UK airport

  • Transfers:
  • Private transfers to/from airport on arrival and departure. Our local representative will meet you at the airport.

  • Accommodation:
  • Accommodation in standard double occupancy rooms in 4* hotels as specified above or ones of a similar standard

  • Meals Included:
  • Breakfasts & Dinners (excluding drinks) according to itinerary

  • Vehicle:
  • Transportation in modern, air-conditioned vehicles

  • Guide:
  • English-speaking tour guides throughout

  • ATOL:
  • ATOL Protection

What's Not Included:

  • Beverages:
  • Beverages are not included during meals

  • Entrance Fees:
  • Admission/entry fees to museums and other sites as per itinerary

  • Tips:
  • Tips for guide, driver and hotel staff

  • Taxes:
  • Local city/tourist taxes where applicable

  • Cancellations:
  • Trip and tour cancellations and no shows

  • Insurance:
  • Please purchase suitable travel insurance

Full Itinerary


Day 1

After arriving at Palermo Airport, transfer to your hotel and check in. Then enjoy a day of free leisure exploring the city of Palermo. Take the time to wander the city streets and become acquainted with your surroundings. Local landmarks to consider visiting include the markets of Vucciria and Ballaro, the cathedral (dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption), and the Palazzo dei Normanni, a fortress built by the Arabians in the 9th century. Spend two nights at Palazzo Brunaccini (or similar).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo - Monreale

Day 2

After breakfast, go on a walking tour of Palermo, exploring the local food markets and vendors. Walking through the old town, take the time to sample the local produce, as there are various sweets, pastries, and other delicacies to enjoy. Following this, proceed to the next destination, Monreale. Founded by the Normans in the 11th century, Monreale is a short distance from Palermo, which is accessible via bus. Whilst there, explore the Ciambra, the oldest district in Monreale and one of the earliest Christian communities in Sicily. One notable place of interest is the Cathedral of Monreale, which features large square-shaped bell towers and an 18th century portico, decorated with ogival arches. Inside there are many beautiful mosaics to admire. Return to Palermo.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo - Agrigento

Day 3

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Agrigento. Also known as Akragas, this region was established in 580-582 BC by Greek colonists as well as settlers from Crete and Rhodes. During your stay here, you will get the chance to visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay overnight at the Villa Athena (or similar).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Ragusa - Modica - Syracuse

Day 4

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart Agrigento for Siracusa. Along the way, you will stop by the cities of Ragusa and Modica. Ragusa is a famous city with a rich history, although the region was once devasted by earthquakes in the 17th century, which resulted in generations of work to completely rebuild the city. Today, Ragusa is a warm, welcoming, and inviting place to visit, with narrow streets lined with beautiful architecture, natural plant life, and friendly locals watching the world go by in the upper balconies. During your visit to Ragusa, be sure to sample the local cheese and visit the historic city centre, otherwise known as Ragusa Ibla. Afterwards, proceed to Modica, a baroque-era town located in Val di Noto, southeast of Sicily. The town is most famous for its chocolate, with the recipe once being a well-kept secret before exploding in popularity during the early 2000s. While visiting Modica, you will get the chance to learn about the history behind the recipe, and then sample some traditional chocolate yourself. Arrive at Siracusa and spend two nights at the Grand Hotel Des Etrangers (or similar).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Syracuse - Noto

Day 5

After breakfast, go on guided tour of the city of Syracuse. Whilst here, you will learn about its ancient history and visit many famous landmarks. These include the Ortigia (the oldest part of the city), the Neapolis Archeological Park (a 30-minute walk from Syracuse, and which features the ruins of an ancient Greek Theatre site), and the Cathedral of Syracuse (which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, due to the outstanding architecture that features elements of Greek, Roman, and Baroque styles). Following this, make a brief stop at Noto, a region that includes many beautiful buildings. This is evident by the strong use of local white stone, which has been used by artists to create highly detailed, intricate, and imaginative buildings and structures. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring the town.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Syracuse - Taormina

Day 6

After breakfast, depart Syracuse and head towards Taormina. This region is famous for its breathtaking views and panoramic landscapes. It is also situated in a gradually declining hill which, when viewed from the top, enables you to gain a big-picture view of the city, as the hills gradually cascade down, almost like a waterfall. The two main landmarks you will get to visit here include Mount Taurus, which offers spectacular views of the sea, and Mount Etna, which is situated near a lovingly preserved ancient theatre plus many local shops, cafes, and restaurants. The theatre, called the Antico, is the gem of Taormina, as it is one of the largest ancient theatres in Sicily. It is also surprisingly still in use, reserved for seasonal dance, theatre, and music festivals attended by artists from around the world. Afterwards, explore the beach of Isola Bella, which contains a distinct island connected by a narrow strip of sand. Spend two nights at The Ashbee (or similar).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taormina - Mt. Etna

Day 7

After breakfast, make your way to one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Siciliy; that being Etna, the site of an active volcano. Aside from being incredibly tall and imposing, standing at the peak of the alps, making it one of the highest mountains in Europe, the Etna region regularly produces dark stone and incandescent lava. While visiting Etna, you will have the chance to marvel at the volcano from various angles, yet still at a safe distance. Following this, participate in a wine tasting and lunch session, which involves you going on a jeep tour and driving through the surrounding areas, followed by a visit to a local vineyard. Return to Taormina.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart from Catania

Day 8

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and make your way to Catania Airport. Your journey officially ends here.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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