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Best of Sicily (Palermo to Catania) in 11 days

This sample 11 day (10 nights) itinerary covers Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa, Siracusa, Etna & Catania. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, bus & ferry tickets, transfers (airport, port & bus station) and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


2 Nights in Palermo

Day 1

Upon arrival at Palermo airport, our driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals and will take you to the hotel in Palermo.

Included : Palermo Airport Transfer

Day 2

Palermo Private Walking Tour
Don't miss to explore one of the interesting cities of Europe: Palermo, the beautiful Sicilian capital, one of the richest cities of history and art, tangible showcase of the populations that hosted in the centuries and that have left testimony of their passage. A unique cultural mix makes this city one of the most important in Europe. Guided tour of the Martorana church, the Palatine Chapel, the Norman Palace and the majestic Cathedral. From here you will take a walk through one of the historic markets of Palermo, the Vucciria, Capo market or Ballarò, which the prestigious US magazine "Forbes" defined "the capital of Italian street-food" and between the five most important in the world. To try absolutely bread and panelle, arancini, sfinciuni, pani cu a meuza and many other specialties
Palermo Private Walking Tour
Palermo Private Walking Tour
Maximum group size : 7
Duration : 3-4 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package

Optional: Street Food Group Walking Tour
Take a leisurely stroll through the main squares, markets and monuments of the city center to taste the best palermitan street food. A well balanced combination of food, art, history and culture. You'll join a like-minded group of travelers, meeting up in one of the city's most beautiful squares. As you stroll through the city's most famous markets your guide will tell you about the history of Palermo itself as well as the various food and drink you'll be sampling along the way. A light breakfast is advised!
Street Food Group Walking Tour
Street Food Group Walking Tour
Maximum group size : 12
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light

Included : Palermo Private Walking Tour

Day 3

After breakfast, your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the accommodation in Agrigento. Along the way, you will have the chance to visit a splendid winery on scenic hills and try the local production. We recommend to contact us in due advance to book the visit. In some wineries, it is possible to have a light tasting meal, to be booked together with the visit. You will pay the visit and meal (if any) at the winery directly, upon consumption.
The journey will take approx. 2 and a half to 3 hours plus the time you spend at the winery.
Included : Palermo - Agrigento Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in a winery
Palermo

A little about Palermo

Palermo doesn’t care if you like it. It’s the capital city of Sicily, and its biggest. Reminiscent in parts of Naples. It's not a place you'll find thronged with tourists, but the locals sure like to be outside. A hub of activity and a gridlock in rush hour and at weekends. Despite the order of the main avenues, the twisting lanes of the Centro Storico provide plenty of opportunities to get lost. Cheek by jowl here you will find grand palazzos (much of European royalty had their vacation palaces in Palermo) and scruffy tenements. Turn a corner in a grungy alley and you’re faced with an ornate fountain or pomp and circumstance statue. All of this provides a rich backdrop to your time in Palermo. Many have come before. The city was founded nearly 3,000 years ago and Palermo has truly been a crossroads of the great civilizations. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Germans, Spanish, Bourbon, and finally Italian rulers have held dominion over the city and left their mark. Its international airport and busy seaport make it a great starting or finishing point for an exploration of Sicily.

1 Night in Agrigento

Day 1

Your driver will bring you directly to your hotel, located in the area of the Valley of the Temples archeological park. You might have time enough to enjoy the visit in the afternoon, for which we recommended a private guide to be booked in advance.

Agrigento Valley of the Temples Private Walking Tour
Don't miss seeing what the ancient Greeks left behind in Southern Italy. There are several ancient temples worth exploring and it's interesting to learn about the fascinating history of the area. It's definitely worth taking the tour with the guide as you'll come to a better understanding and appreciation of the unique and interesting history of this region.
Agrigento Valley of the Temples Private Walking Tour
Agrigento Valley of the Temples Private Walking Tour
Maximum group size : 7
Duration : 2-3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Agrigento Valley of the Temples Private Walking Tour

Day 2

After breakfast, your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the accommodation in Ragusa.
The journey will take approx. 3 hours.
Included : Agrigento - Ragusa Ibla Private Transfer
Agrigento

2 Nights in Ragusa

Day 1

Your driver will bring you as close as possible to your accommodation located in the historic center of Ragusa Ibla.

Explore Ragusa Ibla
Ragusa Ibla is a splendid example of ancient, although vibrant and lovely community. Perched atop a scenic cliff facing (relatively) modern Ragusa, Ibla became popular among Italian and international readers as the main location of the adventures of the popular fictional detective "Commissario Montalbano". For art and history lovers, a plethora of UNESCO-heritage buildings are easily accessible, as well as spectacular hikes on the hills nearby.
With an excellent selection of restaurants, from cosy family-style taverna to Michelin-starred, you have plenty of opportunities to taste the best examples of the rich local culinary excellence.

Day 2

Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto Private Day Trip
This full-day tour gives you the chance to explore some UNESCO-listed Baroque architecture with an expert local guide. You'll set off from your accommodation and drive to your destinations: Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Noto. Each is impressive in its own right, and as a whole they represent some of the world's finest Baroque architecture. Your guide will tell you all about them, and you'll also have the chance to stop for a delicious local lunch. At the end of the day you'll be driven back to your accommodation.
Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto Private Day Trip
Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto Private Day Trip
Maximum group size : 7
Duration : 8-9 Hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto Private Day Trip

Day 3

After breakfast, you driver will meet you at your hotel in Ragusa Ibla and transfer you to the hotel in the center of Ortigia, the splendid island of SIracusa.
Included : Ragusa Ibla - Siracusa Private Transfer
Ragusa

3 Nights in Siracusa

Day 1

Your driver will bring you to your accommodation located in the historic center of Siracusa, on the splendid island of Ortigia.

Ortigia Private Walking Tour
A guided walking tour in the heart of the historical center of the island of Ortigia. An experienced local guide will show you all the streets, the views, the natural and historic masterpieces. The visit will be completed to precious suggestions for best local shop & restaurants. You will visit all the most important monuments and attractions like the Temple of Apollo, the fish market, the Dome with visit of the Cathedral, a masterpiece with over 2000 years of history in an incredible array of architectural styles from Greek columns to Arabic arches (it was also a Mosque!) and baroque decorations. Then a stroll along the scenic seaside with the main harbour, Aretusa spring, the former Jewish quarter and the square dedicated to the city’s most illustrious son, the inventor Archimede. A rich historic and artistic menu enriched with stories, legends, popular habits
Ortigia Private Walking Tour
Ortigia Private Walking Tour
Maximum group size : 3
Duration : 3-4 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Ortigia Private Walking Tour

Day 2

Siracusa activities / tour

Day 3

Optional: Siracusa Cooking Class Group Tour
The tour start with the visit to the fish market where we spend one hour approximatly. They will show you some typical vegetables in season, the Mediterranean fish, tasting some sicilian cheese and olive oil. Then we go back home, and they will be friendly helpful to explain you with love and passion how to cook two three dishes of our region and you can cook with me surrounded by an informal setting based on an atmossphere and typically Sicilian hospitality. At the end will be the aperitif and lunch. Discover the tasty traditional Sicilian recipes with an expert cook, starting from the exploration of the lively and colourful food market and finishing with a social meal with the goodies you prepared.
Siracusa Cooking Class Group Tour
Maximum group size : 5
Duration : 4-5 hours
Activity level : Easy

Optional: The "Godfather" Private Tour
A charming tour to explore 2 tiny villages in the mountains close to Taormina chosen in the 70’s by da F.F. Coppola for some episodes of the Godfather saga: Savoca and Forza d’Agrò.  The visit of these settlements, almost frozen in time, is intense and emotional. Optional visit to the Museum of Chocolate of Forza d’Agrò, (not included, 5 €).
The "Godfather" Private Tour
Maximum group size : 7
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Light

Day 4

Explore Catania and its lively food market
Bring an appetite on this tour because you'll be eating your way through the streets and squares of Catania. With an expert local guide you'll sample some of the most delicious street food in the city, all while taking in the beautiful monuments and architecture. You'll get a local's point of view on where to eat, what to buy, and what to try. It's a very tasty tour.

Catania Street Food Summer Group Tour
Maximum group size : 12
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
After breakfast it is time to leave Siracusa but plenty more adventures wait for you: your destination is the unmistakable shape of the mighty Etna volcano. You can drive directly to the countryside accommodation "agriturismo" of your choice for a relaxing afternoon, or decide to visit Catania, ideally with an entertaining and above all very tasty street food tour with our expert local guide. In this proposal, we include a 4-hour stop in Catania.
Included : Catania Street Food Summer Group Tour , Siracusa - Etna Private Transfer with a Four-hour Stop in Catania
Siracusa

2 Nights in Etna

Day 1

Your driver will bring you to your accommodation in the scenic country side on the slopes of Etna volcano. Dinner will be served at the agriturismo, which is our recommended suggestion for your relax and enjoyment. If you wish to dine at the accommodation, please let us know in advance so we make sure to book a table for you. Otherwise the owner will suggest the best restaurants nearby.

Day 2

Optional: The Mighty Etna Volcano
After a short ride you can explore Sicily's iconic symbols: the mighty Etna volcano, the highest volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a park hosting unique flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wineries, stonework and carpentry. You'll want to see the “Crateri Silvestri,” which are small inactive volcanic cones that are surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters extends across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian islands and Calabria. We recommend that you join a tour with an expert local guide and that you do not venture outside of clearly marked paths. Always make sure to ask the hotel and locals in case there are any hazards due to possible volcanic activity in the area.

Etna Volcano Small Group Day Tour
Etna Volcano Small Group Day Tour
Maximum group size : 8
Duration : 9 hours
Activity level : Strenuous
Optional: Dolce Vita in Taormina
Taormina is the most famous destination in Sicily, hosting actors and actresses in an atmosphere of glamor, luxury and seaside relaxation. We recommend visiting the fascinating Greek theater, nestled in a splendid location with spectacular views over the scenic beaches and the snow-capped Etna volcano. Then take some time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval streets and go shopping for local handicrafts, which include coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more.

Taormina Full Day Private Excursion
Taormina Full Day Private Excursion
Maximum group size : 7
Duration : 7 hours
Activity level : Light

Day 3

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Catania airport in due time for your departing flight.
Included : Etna Agriturismo - Catania Private Transfer
Etna

Day Stop in Catania

Day 1

Your driver will bring you to Catania airport in due time for your flight. In case of international flights, we recommend to be at the airport around 2 hours in advance, and in any case according to your airline's instructions.

Catania

A little about Catania

Catania is characterised by an original Baroque style and unique streets built with black lava stone, creating an elegant effect. This was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily under the Aragonese dynasty and is notable for the “pescheria," the ancient fish market. There's also a scenic cathedral and the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, with the famous St. Benedict Monastery.

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.

Please note, no particular accommodation is specified in the package. The price you see on this proposal is based on estimated costs of 3 Star accommodation, or next best available class, in each destination. The total package price will depend on the accommodation you choose.


  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Palermo
  • Palermo Airport Transfer
  • Palermo Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3-4 hours
    Includes : Guide
    Excludes : Food, Tip for guide, Entrance fee (€ 10 per person)
  • Palermo - Agrigento Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in a winery
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Agrigento
  • Agrigento Valley of the Temples Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 2-3 hours
    Includes : Private Guide
    Excludes : Entrance fee (10 euro per person)
  • Agrigento - Ragusa Ibla Private Transfer
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Ragusa
  • Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto Private Day Trip
    Duration : 8-9 Hours
    Includes : Private transfer, Private guide
    Excludes : Tips, Entrance fees, Meals
  • Ragusa Ibla - Siracusa Private Transfer
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Siracusa
  • Ortigia Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3-4 hours
    Includes : Private guide
    Excludes : Tips, Entrance fees
  • Catania Street Food Summer Group Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Guided walking tour , Meals
    Excludes : Tips
  • Siracusa - Etna Private Transfer with a Four-hour Stop in Catania
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Etna
  • Etna Agriturismo - Catania Private Transfer
    • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
    • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
    • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
    • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
    • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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    - Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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    Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
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