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Private Tour up to 6 people


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We are an inbound tour operator specialized in delivering one-of-a-kind holidays around the island committed to make you experience customized tours, food journeys and wine tastings in some of Sicily’s nicest places.

We simply can’t imagine a better way to immerse yourself in the life of Sicily without a company like us, to explore hidden corners and appreciate nuances while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power.

Travel with Locals is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world.

Our 100% Sicilian Local Expert Trip Designers, have crafted itineraries that blend walking, hiking, historica-archaeological-cultura sites, sauntering and meandering with a culinary story that entails cooking classes, meal experience in picnic style, personalized visits to local farms, tastings of local specialties, cheese factories, wine and olive oil tastings and of course, unforgettable meals.

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Tour Recap

8 nights – 9 days
Palermo (2 nights) Marsala (1 night) Agrigento (1 night) Siracusa (2 nights) Taormina (2 nights)

1st day – Arrival in Palermo airport – Transfer to Palermo
2nd day – Monreale and Palermo Walking Tour with Street Food Tastings
3th day – Palermo to Marsala (with stops to Erice, Olive Oil and Saltpans)
4th day – Marsala to Agrigento (with stops in Turkish Steps and Valley of the Temples)
5th day – Agrigento to Siracusa (with stops to Ragusa Ibla and Modica)
6th day – Siracusa and Ortigia Half Day Walking Tour
7th day – Siracusa to Taormina (with stops to Etna Volcano and Winery)
8th day – Relax in Taormina
9th day – Departure from Catania airport – Transfer from Taormina


Day 1
Arrival in Palermo
Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily!

Upon arrival at Palermo Airport (PMO) collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then transfer to your hotel.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore the town on your own.

Inclusions Today:
>Arrival Transfer with private vehicle and Italian speaking chauffeur
Day 2
Full Day Monreale and Palermo with Street Food Tastings
Today meet the guide and taxi to join Monreale to see where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its pinnacle in the Duomo, launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Then, a short drive takes us to Palermo. Our first stop is at the Palatine Chapel, a finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo. Built by Roger II from 1130 to 1140, the chapel is adorned with extraordinary Norman-Byzantine mosaics. We then continue onto the Four Corners which is the junction in Palermo. Effectively, it is the centre point of the four areas of the old town centre. You will almost inevitably pass through it and it is worth stopping for five minutes to have a look at its sculptures which were commissioned by the Spanish Viceroy in 1611. The sculptures on each of the four corners depict a variety of themes, including the four seasons, four Spanish kings and the four patron saints of the old town areas. Going south-east down Via Maqueda you will come across Piazza Pretoria which is home not only to a splendid fountain but several other impressive buildings including, on the right, the City Hall. The fountain, known for generations as the “Fountain of Shame”, has an interesting history. The large central fountain is the focal point for sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs. If you imagine this being erected during the Inquisition, it is quite easy to imagine why it received its epithet, the “Fountain of Shame”.

The last but not the least is our stop at the Ballarò Open Air Market 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).

Inclusions today:
>Round trip taxi service from Palermo to Monreale
>Full Day English Speaking Guide
>Street Food tastings

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>Admission Fee
Day 3
From Palermo to Marsala visiting Erice, Olive Oil Farmhouse and Saltpans
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 – and the lovely preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Then by walk we join the most visited sites: the 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. Lunch today is in an olive oil farmhouse. This afternoon we then continue to Trapani-Marsala Salt Way Road, skirting the lagoon to see the snow-capped mountains but hills of salt, one of the Sicilian economy's historical resources that was already very precious in the days of the Phoenicians, who were the first to bring some form of technology to its production. The area offers a truly unique landscape. Windmills, first introduced during mediaeval times, dot the horizon, a testament to how things were once done, though one or two continue to function, pumping water through the sluice gates into or out of the various basins. Piles of harvested salt, neatly covered with terracotta tiles, lie between the road and the basins waiting to be despatched.

Inclusions Today:
>Full Day Private Vehicle and English speaking driver
>One light-lunch in an Olive Oil Farmhouse
>Independent visit of Erice with recommended stop in a pastry-shop 

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>Admission Fee to the Saltpans
Day 4
From Marsala to Agrigento visiting Turkish Steps and Valley of the Temples
Today, on the way to join Agrigento, we drive across coastline, beaches and cliffs, including the remarkable white chalk ones of the Turkish Steps-Scala dei Turchi. The name translates as Turkish Steps, and indeed there is a striking resemblance to Pamukkale, Turkey. However the explanation on the history of the name is that the Scala dei Turchi was the place Arab pirates, locally referred to as “turks”, anchored their boats out of the wind while they pillaged the surrounding area. The "Scala dei Turchi" is a splendid, blinding, white jewel that frames the clear blue sea. One cannot describe the view and communicate it all: you have to live immersed with all your five senses in the magic of this incredible cliff of white marl. It's a fascinating place, where centuries of rain and wind have carved a natural staircase and whose white color is made more dazzling by the sunlight. The Turkish steps is not only a natural feature, but is also a part of local legends: it is said that the Saracen pirates (for the Sicilians, the "Turks", which is a negative connotation that indicates all the people that were once devoted to piracy), docked ships in the calm, clean waters, protected by the “Scala”, and climbed these natural "steps" to reach the top of the cliff and raid local villages. Later onto Agrigento to see the Valley of the Temples: two hours walking tour on the Valley of the Temples an important Unesco World Heritage site covers the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus. Agrigento, according to legend, was founded by Daedalus and his son Icarus after they had fled from Crete “by air”. Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by Rhodian-Cretan colonist from the neighboring Gela who named their city Akragas after the nearby river. It rapidly increased in size, importance and military strength under Phalarides, the first tyrant, and later under Theron, who extended his way over northern Sicily as far as Himera. In conclusion, Agrigento was a city of artists and illustrious personages, amongst whom the philosopher Empedocles. Pindar defines it as “the most beautiful of mortal cities” and, in fact, in the Vth century B.C., those famous temples, whose beauty we still admire today, were built.

Inclusions Today:
>Full Day Private Vehicle and English speaking driver
>Independent visit to the Turkish Steps

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>English Speaking Guide to visit the Valley of the Temples
>Admission Fee to the Valley of the Temples
>Meals and Beverages
Day 5
From Agrigento to Siracusa visiting Ragusa Ibla and Modica
If you want to discover the Baroque beauty secrets, this is the tour for you! An incredible full-day dedicated to the exploration of two fascinating UNESCO heritage sites: Ragusa Ibla and Modica.

Today departure from Siracusa in direction of Ragusa Ibla. Our Team will offer you time at disposal to keep the feeling with this section of the town giving you direction to explore independently the old part of the city and an undisputed reality of Baroque art. Here you can admire numerous eighteenth-century churches and buildings and the Gardens. Soon after, you will discover another jewel of the Sicilian Baroque: Modica. Like the other towns in the Val di Noto, was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. Modica is custodian of a 400 year tradition of Sicilian chocolate-making. Being part of the Spanish kingdom for so many years meant that Sicily was often one of the first recipients of the new foodstuffs being brought back from South America. Cacao was one of these and today Modica still specialises in making granulous chocolate, often flavoured with chilli pepper, cinnamon or vanilla, that is based on Aztec methods and recipes. Chocolate shops abound and, for the real chocoholic, it is sometimes possible to watch the “chocolatiers” at work. Tasting of Modica chocolate is a must.

Then we drive on to Siracusa.

Inclusions Today:
>Full Day Private Vehicle and English speaking driver
>Aztec’s Chocolate Tastings

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>Meals and Beverages
Day 6
Siracusa and Ortigia – Half Day Walking Tour
Today visit this wonderful town with a professional guide who will lead you to the discovery of the most important beauties as well as the hidden treasures of Siracusa and Ortigia Island.

Transfer by taxi the Archaeological Park that highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and, the Paradise Quarry. After we travel back to the Island of Ortigia by taxi to start the walking tour from the Aretusa Fountain, visit the incredible Dome of Siracusa built on top of a Greek Temple and today incorporated in a beautiful baroque church!!

Continuing the walk, the tour will end at Apollo Temples to permit you to get back independently to your accommodation.

This afternoon is at leisure.

Inclusions Today:
>Half Day Guided visit to the Archaeological Park and Ortigia
>Taxi service from Ortigia to the Archaeological Park and return to Ortigia

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>Meals and Beverages
>Admission Fee to the Archaeological Park

Optional Available on-request:
>Half Day Ortigia Sailing Boat Tour
Day 7
From Siracusa to Taormina visiting Etna and Winery
Today departure for the Etna Natural Park to discover a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. Along the scenic drive we will stop at the the 2002 lava flow reachable through a winding curvy road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. The 2002 eruption lasted from October 27th to January 29th 2003 and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions of the past one hundred years. Continuing our excursion we will reach Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002. Here you will have free time to enjoy an excellent espresso and take a short walk to visit the ruins of the hotel Le Betulle partial covered by a molten lava flow.

Then to a local winery to indulge our senses in the delicious lunch followed by wine tastings

This afternoon we then continue onto Taormina, the world-famous resort town of Sicily. 

Inclusions Today:
>Full Day Private Vehicle and English speaking driver
>One lunch in a local winery with wine tastings 

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>Etna Ascent Fee to the Summit
Day 8
Taormina at leisure
Today is at leisure to explore the town on your own.

We do recommend an independent walking tour to visit Taormina: start in Corso Umberto Street, the core of the town. From here you can join the Greek Roman Theatre, built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres; It is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, so that Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his famous “Journey to Italy” wrote: “No theater audience has never had such a sight in front of him.” The highlight of today walking tour is for sure go up using the old steps up to the top of the theatre to admire an amazing view of the Taormina Bay and the Etna volcano, the view from here is amazing and unforgettable.

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
>Admission Fee to the Greek Roman Theatre
>Meals and Beverages
>English speaking guide to visit Taormina

Optional Available on-request:
>Half Day Godfather Tour (AM-PM)
>Half Day Cooking Class with lunch (AM – from Monday to Saturday)
>Half Day English speaking guide to visit Taormina
Day 9
Departure from Catania airport
Time to say goodbye to Sicily!
Transfer to Catania Airport and departure to your next destination

Inclusions Today:
>Departure Transfer with private vehicle and Italian speaking chauffeur

Not Included:
>Tips and Gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking Driver
  • Italian speaking Driver
  • Licensed Local Guide as per program
  • Private air conditioned transportation as per program
  • Private excursion
  • Private Jeep Ride Excursion
  • Tasting as per Description
  • Tasting of local products
  • VAT
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Beverages and meals
  • City taxes
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Intercontinental/Local Flights
  • Licensed Tourist Guide
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance
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