Sustainable Tour to Sicily, Italy

8 Days

Step into the captivating world of Sicily by train, where the adventure never ends! Forget what you’ve seen in the movies – Sicily is bursting with even more wonders to discover.

Dive into the crystal-clear waters that rival the Caribbean as you kick off your journey in the breathtaking town of Taormina. Get up close and personal with Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, and embark on a scenic ride aboard the Circumetnea train, taking in the stunning landscapes along the way.

But wait, there’s more! Indulge your taste buds with tasty food and wine at a local winery before hopping on another scenic train to the historic city of Syracuse. Lose yourself in its rich history as you explore the Archaeological Park and wander through the charming streets of Ortigia.

Get ready to be swept off your feet as you venture through the picturesque cities of Ragusa, Modica, and Noto, renowned for their exquisite Sicilian Baroque architecture. Marvel at the opulent palaces and intricate balconies that adorn these ancient streets.

And the adventure doesn’t stop there! Explore the awe-inspiring Temples’ Valley in Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting impeccably preserved ancient temples that will transport you back in time.

Finally, conclude your journey in the vibrant city of Palermo, where you’ll be dazzled by the grandeur of the Teatro Massimo and the breathtaking beauty of Monreale Cathedral. And just when you think it can’t get any better, enjoy a day in the charming coastal town of Cefalù, putting the perfect finishing touch on your Sicilian adventure!

Experience Sicily in a whole new light through sustainable travel! Explore the island by train, immersing yourself in its culture, and embracing the warmth of its people. With stunning scenery and cozy stays in locally owned hotels, your trip promises to be truly unforgettable. Leave the logistics to us, so you can spread your wings and soar freely through Sicily’s wonders!

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Taormina

Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel in Letojanni, check-in and take your time to settle. In the afternoon meet your group and the tour leader. After an introductive briefing, reach Taormina and enjoy a guided walking tour of one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sicily. Admire its natural terrace overlooking the sea dominated by the majestic volcano Mount Etna and visit the Greek-Romans Theater. Back to your hotel partake a welcome dinner.

Day 2 :
Mount Etna

Today you will discover the Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. After breakfast walk along the beach to Letojanni train station and reach the village of Giarre where you’re going to get on the Circumetnea train a historic railway inaugurated in 1898 which travels around the volcano passing through many villages, offering to its travelers’ picturesque glimpses of this unique view. The excursion will continue by bus to reach “Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). Enjoy food and wine tasting in a local winery and have the option to reach higher peaks by jeep. Return to hotel in Letojanni.

Today you will admire the coast and the sea from your train window travelling from Taormina to Syracuse, one of the most interesting sites on the island. A guide will lead you to the discovery of the Archaeological Park, famous for its Roman amphitheater, the Greek theater, and the ear of Dionysus. Continue your visit by going to the island of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city, characterized by its narrow alleys, its sea views and the wonderful square with its splendid cathedral. In the afternoon continue the journey by bus and reach your next destination, Ragusa.

A full day to discover the less known part of Sicily, dominated by the sumptuous and majestic Baroque style of the buildings, characterized by the numerous UNESCO sites, also known for the television series “Il Commissario Montalbano”. Start your visit from the historic center of the city of Ragusa, “Ibla”, the aristocratic city of Val di Noto, characterized by the numerous baroque churches and palaces, as well as by the characteristic domes that dominate the city. Continue to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage city especially known for its chocolate as well as for its wonderful buildings. Last stop will be Noto, the capital of late Sicilian Baroque. Cross the famous Arco, stroll in the center admiring the wonderful aristocratic palaces with the famous decorated balconies, the sumptuous churches full of decorations, the cathedral with its staircase, and the city theater, all built in Baroque style. Return to the hotel in Ragusa for overnight.

Day 5 :
Agrigento

After breakfast departure by bus for Agrigento. Arriving in Agrigento enjoy a lunch overlooking the Temple Valley. After lunch, meet the guide who will reveal all the secrets of the Temples’ Valley, including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the whole Greek world), the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Castor and Pollux. At the end of the visit we will have lunch all together; afterward, reach Agrigento Centrale Train Station and embark on an extraordinary train journey through the Sicilian countryside to reach Palermo. Upon arrival in Palermo transfer to the hotel and check in.

Full day dedicated to the discovery of Palermo: in the morning a walking tour of the city center, starting from Teatro Massimo continue the walk through the famous “u Capo” local market and taste some Sicilian specialties as Arancina or drink the famous “AUTISTA”, an “explosive” lemonade. Continue to the Cathedral and walk to “I Quattro Canti”. After some free time for lunch take the local bus to Monreale, a lovely town on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world.

Day 7 :
Cefalù

Today, with your tour leader, reach Cefalù by train in half an hour. Cefalù is a beautiful medieval fishers’ village, on the slopes of a promontory, hosts as well as Unesco World Heritage site, the Arabic-Norman Cathedral, which looks like a fortress. You will have the whole day at your disposal to relax on the beach, do shopping, or hike up La Rocca! Back to Palermo by regional train, enjoy your last night in Sicily!

After breakfast, our trip to the discovery of Italian beauties comes to an end, hoping you always keep this unique experience in your heart. Feel free to book some extra nights in Sicily or a private transfer to Palermo’s airport.

Includes

  • #2 nights in Letojanni/Taormina: Hotel Albatross
  • #2 nights in Ragusa: Hotel Mediterraneo Palace
  • #3 nights in Palermo: Hotel NH Palermo
  • Train transfers in First class
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach on route not covered by railway.
  • TAORMINA/LETOJANNI: guided walking tour of Taormina & Mount Etna full day discovery by train.
  • SIRACUSA: guided walking tour of Siracusa and Ortigia.
  • RAGUSA: full day guided tour discovery of Sicilian Baroque: Noto and Modica.
  • AGRIGENTO: guided tour of Temple' Valley.
  • PALERMO: guided walking tour of Palermo and Monreale & full day discovery tour of Cefalù by train.
  • Thanks to our included porterage service at railway stations and/or our "luggage bus" (that delivers luggage from hotel to hotel), we make train travel stress-free.
  • Professional English-speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • 2 lunches
  • We'll offset all the carbon emissions of your trip! We support international environmental projects oriented to carbon offset (according to Gold Standard, Verra standard or CDM standard) and plants native tree species across Italy.

Map

Write a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Sustainable Tour to Sicily, Italy