2019 Sicily Fam Trip

November 3, 2019 – November 15, 2019

12 nights/13 days


Land:   Palermo airport (PMO – Falcone Borsellino International Airport), West Side
Leave: Napoli airport (NAP – Capodichino International Airport), South Italy

Palermo (2 nights) Agrigento Area (1 night) Taormina (2 nights) Syracuse (3 nights) Sorrento (4 nights)

November 3 (Sunday) Italy > Landing in Palermo (PMO)
November 4 (Monday) Palermo Street Food Walking Tour with snacks and Monreale AM
November 5 (Tuesday) Palermo > Erice and Segesta with lunch in a Farmhouse-Olive oil producer> Agrigento area
November 6 (Wednesday) Agrigento area and Piazza Armerina > Taormina
November 7 (Thursday) Etna Jeep ride
November 8 (Friday) Taormina > Ragusa and Modica > Siracusa
November 9 (Saturday) Half day Siracusa
November 10 (Sunday) Counstryside Experience from Siracusa
November 11 (Monday) Syracusa > Leaving from Catania (CTA) > Landing in Napoli (NAP) > Sorrento
November 12 (Tuesday) Full Day Pompei and Ercolano with lunch at Winery
November 13 (Wednesday) Full Day Amalfi Coast: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
November 14 (Thursday) Day at leisure
November 15 (Friday) Sorrento > Leaving from Napoli (NAP)


November 3 (Sunday) Palermo airport (PMO)/town
Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: no

Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO | Your Arrival by TBA) please proceed through Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then independent transfer in town.

H 7PM Meet and Greet with Tour of Sicily, Welcome Drink and Snacks (S)

November 4 (Monday) Palermo and Monreale
Private vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: half day from h 8.30AM
Palermo and Monreale, English Speaking Local Guide included half day from h 8.30AM

Breakfast at hotel.
Today a short drive takes us to Monreale, to see where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its pinnacle in the Duomo (Admission fee: included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. The story of how this splendid cathedral came into being starts when the Arabs took control of Palermo in 831. They transformed the cathedral into a mosque and banished the Bishop of Palermo from town. Not wishing to venture too far from his beloved cathedral, the Bishop settled in a small village in the hills overlooking Palermo, the site of modern-day Monreale. There, he built a modest church to keep the flame of local Christian worship alive. Some 240 year later, in 1072, the Normans drove the Arabs from Sicily, establishing Palermo as their capital and re-consecrating the Cathedral. In 1174, in an act of piety, thanksgiving and commemoration of the exiled Bishop, King William II ordered the construction of a new church in Monreale, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (one of the mosaics depicts King William II presenting the church to the Madonna). On its completion in 1182, Pope Lucius III elevated the splendid church to the status of metropolitan Cathedral. Enlightened, tolerant and appreciative of many aspects of North African and middle-eastern culture and art, William II employed the very best Arabic and Byzantine (as well as Norman) craftsmen to work on the cathedral. The result is a fabulous and fascinating fusion of architectural styles, artistic traditions and religious symbolism.

Later we drive back to Palermo to experience the Open Air Markets a place overflowing with beautiful fresh fish, and local vegetables and cheeses.  Originating from the era when Sicily was occupied by the moors, this 1000 year old market has run much in the same manner for centuries.  It has strong Arab influences, resembling an eastern souk, and these influences are also evident in the merchandise itself.  Next to mounds of ricotta and caciocavallo cheeses, barrels of olives and fat slabs of swordfish sit saffron and other spices, as well as sacks of beans and gorgeous indigenous fruits and local vegetables.  Here you will have the opportunity to taste a typical palermitano dish, such as the famous Panelle (a thin paste of crushed ceci/garbanzo beans rolled into sheets, fried and served in pizza-like slices). Snacks at the Open-Air Market.

This afternoon is at leisure. (BB S)

November 5 (Tuesday) Palermo>Erice, Farmhouse-Olive Oil producer and Segesta>Agrigento area
Private vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: full day from h 8.30AM
English Speaking Tour Escort included full day from h 8.30AM

Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure for Erice uptown, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level and often covered in its own personal cloud, Erice is a wonderfully preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Originally an Elymian city (the Elymians were around before the Greeks ever set foot in Sicily) Erice, or Eryx as it was first called, was a town of no little importance and renown and is said to have attracted the likes Hercules and Aeneas. Like so many Sicilian towns, it passed from one invader to another as all the usual suspects came and went, leaving their architectural calling cards and their cultural footprints. The name changed from Eryx, to Erice to Gebel Hamed and Monte San Giuliano but its essential character remained, obstinately repelling any attempt to change its real identity.

Amongst the most visited sites are the two castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. The former was built by the Arabs while the latter was a Norman construction with imposing towers that derived its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the ancient Temple of Venus, allegedly founded by Aeneas.

Then to a Farmhouse-Olive Oil producer for our lunch.

This afternoon onto Segesta one of the major cities of the Elymian people, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. Segesta’s ancient Greek temple can make a valid claim to being the best preserved in the world, and its amphitheatre boasts a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro second to none. The archeological site, about seventy kilometers southwest of Palermo, reflects the presence of several ancient civilizations, beginning with the elusive Elymians. While the magnificent Doric temple, though (strictly speaking) never completed – as the roof was never added and the pillars never fluted – is impressive, it is just the highlight of a large archeological park. Today we visit the Temple (Admission fee: included)

We continue to Agrigento area. Tonight, dinner & showcooking in a local house! (BB L D)

November 6 (Wednesday)  Agrigento and Piazza Armerina > Taormina
Private vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: full day from h 8.30AM
English Speaking Tour Escort included full day from h 8.30AM
Agrigento, English Speaking Local Guide included to visit the Valley of the Temples
Piazza Armerina, English Speaking Local Guide included to visit the Roman Villa

Breakfast at hotel.

Today we enjoy the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: included), one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO Heritage Site list in 1997. Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today’s fields and orchards. This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine). Apart from this latter, which is to be found on the banks of the Akragas river, all are situated in the same area on rocky crests south of modern day Agrigento (not really in a Valley at all!).

Then we travel to Piazza Armerina situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 metres above sea level, one of Sicily’s most frequented tourist spots.

This afternoon we visit the famous Villa Romana del Casale (Admission fee: included). Built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician (it is not known for sure who the owner was) the Villa is home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics spread over around 3500mt. The villa is one of the most luxurious of its kind. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room; they are the finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world. These extraordinarily vivid mosaics, probably produced by North African artisans, deal with numerous subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life, including the famous tableau of girls exercising in their “bikinis”.

We then continue to Taormina.  (BB)

November 7 (Thursday) Private Etna by WD4X4 Land Rover and winery
Private Jeep WD4X4 Land Rover and English speaking driver disposal: full day
Dress Code: use sturdy shoes and wind jacket

Breakfast at hotel.
Today meet the off-road’s driver and transfer to Etna Volcano. We will enjoy a lovely Jeep experience through Etna area: Mount Fontana (view of Bove Valley), the Thieves Cave (grotta dei ladroni), lava flow from 2002 eruption. Light lunch will be served in a local winery-farmhouse to taste the genuine food of this area (local wine included). During afternoon get back at hotel driving through the Alcantara Valley with its famous Gorges. (BB L)

November 8 (Friday) Taormina > Ragusa and Modica > Siracusa
Private vehicle and Italian speaking driver disposal: full day from h 8.30AM
English Speaking Tour Escort included full day from h 8.30AM

Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure for Ragusa. The city is situated in the Iblean mountains and, along with Ragusa, it is part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Sicily. The main economy of the area revolves around dairy cheese & agricultural products like olives, carobs, legumes, and grains. Upon arrival we walk through the historical town of Ragusa Ibla highlights the wide array of Baroque architecture in Sicily, including several stunning palaces and churches.

This afternoon a short drive takes us to Modica a small village famous for the chocolate. Modica’s chocolate is one of the most famous products of the Ragusa area. It is still made the same way the ancient Aztecs made chocolate in Mexico and its tradition dates back to the 16th century. The technique was brought over by the Spaniards who in turn learned about it in what is now Mexico.

Later we return to Syracuse. (BB)

November 9 (Saturday) Syracusa
Private vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: no
English Speaking Tour Escort included half day from h 9AM
axi service to/from the Archaeological Park

Breakfast at hotel.
Today we visit Syracuse. Our first stop in at the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: included) highlights of which are the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. The resulting park contains some of the most extraordinary monuments that classical antiquity has left us and, given their degree of interest and importance, has few equals elsewhere in Italy. Even a quick stay in Syracuse must include a visit to this archaeological site. Then stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center, to visit the Dome (Admission fee: included). This delightful pedestrian square is home to the wonderful Cathedral built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena as can clearly be seen from the original Doric columns that were incorporated into the building’s main structure. Also on this square is the beautifully symmetrical Baroque Palazzo Beneventano and the church of Santa Lucia, the town’s patron saint. Later to the colourful daily Street Market, which sells a fantastic array of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.

The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB)

November 10 (Sunday) Countryside experience from Siracusa
Private vehicle and Italian speaking driver disposal: full day from h 8.30AM
English Speaking Tour Escort included full day from h 8.30AM

Breakfast at hotel.
Today’s experience will be a complete surprise! Be ready to experience typical Sicilian countryside. (BB)

November 11 (Monday) Syracusa/Catania/Napoli/Sorrento
Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: only for transfer Syracusa – Catania Airport
Domestic Flight Catania – Naples
Private Vehicle and Italian speaking driver disposal: full day from 11h00 AM
English Speaking Tour Escort included full day from h 7.00AM

Breakfast at hotel and private transfer to Fontanarossa Catania airport (CTA) to take a domestic flight to Napoli. Upon arrival sightseeing of Napoli Highlights and lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Sorrento. Accommodation at hotel and evening at leisure. (BB L)

November 12 (Tuesday) Sorrento/Pompei/Ercolano/Sorrento 
Private Vehicle and Italian speaking driver disposal: full day from 9h00 AM
English Speaking Guide included full day from 9h00AM

Breakfast at hotel and departure to Pompei. Upon arrival guided visit of Pompeii’s excavations (Admission fees included). Walking through the ancient streets you can visit the houses, with their wonderful frescoes, once residences of Roman patricians before the tremendous eruption of A.D 79. Then we drive to a Winery for wine tasting and lunch and after lunch we continue onto Herculaneum. Immeasurable treasure trove of art and history, the excavations of Herculaneum (Admission fees included) give us an ancient and beautiful city founded by the Greeks on the shores of the sea, then falling under the rule of the Sanniti, and finally, in the Roman town of Herculaneum. Herculaneum, which, unlike the nearby Pompeii was a particularly pleasant place for holidays, shows a wide range of private buildings of great historical interest, social and architectural heritage. The excavations of Herculaneum, Pompeii together with those of Oplontis, are included since 1997 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the visit we drive back to the hotel. Evening at leisure. (BB L)

November 13 (Wednesday) Sorrento/Positano/Amalfi/Ravello/Sorrento
Private Vehicle and Italian speaking driver disposal: full day from 9h00 AM
English Speaking Guide included full day from 9h00AM

Breakfast at hotel and departure to Amalfi Coast. The route offers wonderful views of steep cliffs, natural bays and picturesque towns. The tour includes various locations along the coast and will give you the opportunity to visit the cosy centre of Positano, its typical alleys full of exclusive boutiques, walking around or soaking a coffee together with international jet set persons. We drive then to Amalfi, world famous for its history as ancient Maritime Republic. Walking tour of the city centre and visit of its wonderful Dome, predominantly of Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style, it is dedicated the Apostle Saint Andrew (Admission fees included). Lunch at local restaurant and departure to Ravello, the city of Music where Wagner composed the last part of its “Parsifal” and here found in Villa Rufolo the “lost garden”. (Admission fees included). Later we drive back to Sorrento. Evening at leisure. (BB L)

November 14 (Thursday) Sorrento – Day at leisure 
No services provided

Breakfast at hotel and day at leisure. In the evening Farewell Dinner. (BB D)

November 15  (Friday) Sorrento/Napoli Airport
No services provided
Breakfast at hotel. Today independent departure for Napoli Capodichino International Airport (NAP). Arrivederci! (BB)

Legend Used:
BB Breakfast L Light Lunch S Snack D Dinner TBA To Be Advised

Half Day and Full Day:
Half day is around 3 to 4 hours. Full day is around 7 hours.

RATE IS PER PERSON, land only:

Travel Agent:                          Eur 2.350 in double/twin sharing room
Travel Agent:                          Eur 3.200 in single room

Travel Agent Companion:       Eur 2.490 in double/twin sharing room


Palermo: two nights accommodation
Agrigento Area: one night accommodation
Taormina: two nights accommodation
Syracusa: three nights accommodation
Daily breakfast
Private vehicle as shown in the itinerary
English speaking local guide as shown in the itinerary
Professional Tour Escort as shown in the itinerary
Meals, tastings as shown in the itinerary
½ lt. mineral water at included meals
Admission fee
Visits as shown in the itinerary


Intercontinental Flight
Gratuities and Tips
Porterage at airport
Fee for luggage handling fee at hotels
Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
Travel Insurance
City Taxes
Airport transfers


For this tour we include selected first class/deluxe hotels:

  • Palermo                    Quintocanto Hotel & Spa
  • Agrigento Area         Alba Palace Hotel (Favara)
  • Taormina                   NH Collection Taormina
  • Syracusa                   Ortea Palace Hotel

City Taxes:
The offer does not include city taxes which have to be paid directly to the hotel during check out.


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