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EXPLORE: Catania, Taormina, Siracusa, Ragusa, Marzamemi, Agrigento, Palermo, Cefalu', Monreale, Noto, Modica. Experience this Mediterranean island's amazing historic diversity, reflected in its cuisine, culture, and architecture. Discover the stunning Greek Temples of Agrigento, the jaw-dropping Byzantine mosaics in Monreale, and the traditions that make Sicily a wonder for all who visit.                                                                                11 Days/10 Nights starting at $6,490

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The Sizzling Sicily Tour

Welcome to the beating heart of the Mediterranean.

11 Days/10 Nights (2 Nights in Catania + 3 nights in Ragusa Farmhouse + 1 Night in Agrigento +2 nights in Palermo + 2 nights in Taormina)*

Low Season: $6,490 per person. High Season: $7,050 per person.


The essence of Mediterranean civilizations is revealed in today's Sicilian culture, its bold-flavored cuisine, the warmth of its people, musical folklore, and rich local wines. Sicily, the largest Italian region and the largest island in the Mediterranean, is the beating heart of ancient cultures, where the past meets the present, where people are as tied to their land as they are to their traditions.

As Sicily boasts the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy, one can only stand in awe before the astonishing Greek Temples of Agrigento, Roman villas, the bustling center of Palermo, Siracusa & Ortigia, and the Baroque towns of Noto and Modica, among many other memorable destinations.

Southern hospitality, Sicilian style.

You'll fall in love with Sicily's crystal clear and deep-blue Mediterranean waters, intensely aromatic cuisine, endless historical legacy, and the charm of its welcoming people. Sicily is a region of contrasts, where ancient traditions mingle with aspects of modern-day life to create a kaleidoscope of sunny colors, soultry sounds, zesty flavors, and deep textures that will grace your heart as a delicate design painted onto a piece of bright Sicilian Majolica pottery.
Stay in a traditional Sicilian farmhouse, visit fishing villages along the vibrant coastline, discover historic Greek treasures in Taormina, Siracusa, and Agrigento, and indulge in the ultimate Mediterranean getaway.




*Nada's Italy works with centrally-located luxury boutique hotels of the highest quality standards and amenities, which we regularly inspect and evaluate. For specific information about accommodations selected for this tour, please contact us with your travel dates.


Overview

  • EXPLORE: Catania, Taormina, Siracusa, Ragusa, Marzamemi, Agrigento, Palermo, Cefalu', Monreale, Noto, Modica.
  • Experience the Sicilian lifestyle with a small group of 6-12 travelers.
  • Savor delicious home-made meals in family-owned trattorias with regional specialties.
  • Stay in a boutique family-owned villa in the countryside and memorable luxury hotels in the cities.
  • Learn to make traditional regional dishes during a fun cooking class at a family farm.
  • Discover the ancient Valle dei Templi in Agrigento and explore these astonishing Greek temples dating back to 580 B.C. with an expert local guide.
  • Visit high-end wineries that produce Sicily's rich wines made from Nero d'Avola grapes.
  • Indulge in the laid-back Sicilian lifestyle in splendid towns like Siracusa, Cefalu', Noto, Ragusa, and more.
  • Discover a traditional fishing village, Marzamemi, known for the "tonnare".
  • Taste local sweets such as granita, cannoli, marzipan, chocolate, and almond cookies.
  • Visit Taormina and its amazing Greek Theater, with breathtaking views of Gulf of Catania.
  • Walk up to Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe.
  • Stroll through Catania with an expert local guide.
  • Taste the unique Sicilian chocolate in the lovely hilltop town of Modica.

(Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. The sequence of day trips may vary. A final detailed itinerary will be given on the first day of the tour by your Tour Director.)

Friday | Day 1 | Benvenuto : Welcome!

Arrival in Catania, where you will rest in a luxury boutique hotel in the historical district of this bustling Sicilian city. We'll take a leisurely stroll through the streets and sites of Catania with our expert City Guide, who will introduce our group to the warm and sunny culture of this splendid seaside town. You will find plenty of tasty eateries where you can try the local specialties such as granatina, cannoli, marzipan and almond cookies. Among its remarkable monuments is the baroque cathedral of Sant'Agata, as well as ornate buildings that line its beautiful piazzas. This evening we'll enjoy a fabulous welcome dinner together and get to know our fellow travelers.
Meals included: dinner


Saturday | Day 2 | Siracusa: a Greek Delight

We'll head south for an exciting trip to the coastal city of Siracusa, the birthplace of the ancient mathematician Archimedes and the meeting point of many ancient cultures: Greek, Roman, Norman, Byzantine, and Arab. View the blending of architectural styles, from the ancient Roman amphitheater to the splendid jewel of the Baroque: the cathedral, with its grandiose staircase. We'll stop at the grotto named the Ear of Dionisius, known for its amazing acoustics and the fortress-town on the island of Ortigia, where we'll enjoy a delicious group lunch. We continue our scenic drive through the countryside and stop in Noto, a gem of Sicilian Baroque. Our drive will end at a family-owned Sicilian farmhouse turned into a boutique hotel, in the countryside surrounding Ragusa. Enjoy a welcome dinner with our local hosts, Franco and Carmela, who will make you feel right at home!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sunday | Day 3 | Ragusa & Family Cuisine

In the morning we'll visit the dramatically picturesque and elegant hilltop town of Ragusa Ibla, showcasing an extraordinary intertwining of civilizations. This is the perfect place to observe and immerse yourself in the laid-back Sicilian lifestyle, sit by a cafe' in the small town piazza, and savor the joy of living life in the moment. After lunch we’ll head back to the farmhouse where we’ll take a fun cooking class in the early evening. We will then enjoy a relaxing dinner out on the beautiful patio.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Monday | Day 4 | Modica Chocolate & Nero d'Avola

After a delicious breakfast, we we'll head to the charming hill-top town of Modica, known for its very special way of making chocolate. We'll stop at an historical chocolate factory where you can indulge your sweet tooth with the tasting of their specialty cocoa products. We continue on to visit one of Sicily's best family-owned wineries, surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills, for a private vineyard tour, group lunch, and wine-pairing experience. We then continue to the southern-most point of the island, where we explore the old fishing village of Marzamemi. You'll see a one-of-a-kind tuna fishery, a "Tonnara", a Sicilian tradition that has been passed down for hundreds of years.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Tuesday | Day 5 | Sicilian Landscapes

After a late morning check-out, we’ll head over to Agrigento (group lunch along the way). We check into our new “home away from home”, where you’ll be able to spend one night in the only hotel located within this world-renown historical site (Valley of Temples). Enjoy some time to freshen up at the hotel and relax before our group dinner. Enjoy some time to freshen up at the hotel and get ready for a group dinner.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Wednesday | Day 6 | Agrigento's Valley of the Temples

Prepare to be amazed! After a late morning check-out, we'll head over to Agrigento, where we'll discover the ancient Valle dei Templi. We'll be guided back in time by our expert guide and explore on foot this astonishing UNESCO World Heritage site where Greek temples dating back to 580 B.C. overlook the deep-blue sea of Sicily's southern coast. After the visit, we’ll enjoy a nice lunch before we make our way towards Palermo, where we'll enjoy the evening exploring its major historical landmarks and great shopping. Meet the group for dinner at a local family-owned trattoria near the hotel with delicious traditional dishes!

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Thursday | Day 7 | The Essence of Palermo

Palermo is a large bustling city with rich history and a kaleidoscope of antiquities, which we'll discover during a guided tour of with our expert City Guide. After the tour we’ll enjoy group lunch at a lovely local restaurant serving seasonal dishes of Monreale. A short drive will then take us on a side hill to the impressive Cathedral of Monreale, the greatest 12th century Norman monument in Sicily. We will return to the hotel afterwards for a little rest and to refresh before we meet up for a group dinner in Palermo.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Friday | Day 8 | Cefalu' and Taormina

After check-out, we'll trace the north coast of the island, heading east, stopping in a picturesque Medieval town called Cefalu'. You'll have the chance to see its splendid Norman Cathedral with some of the most astonishing mosaics in the world. Group lunch along the way. We’ll then check-in the hotel in Taormina and get some R&R before the group dinner in a nearby trattoria with local specialties from Taormina and wines from the foothills of Mt. Etna.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Saturday | Day 9 | Daydreaming in Taormina

In Taormina, we'll meet up with our expert City Guide for a walking tour of this beautiful seaside town of Greek origin. A local expert guide will meet us and take us on a visit to the city's most important landmark, the Greek Theater, with breathtaking views of the Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Today is a deliciously slow day that you can savor to relax and let everything you've explored simply sink in. Perhaps part of the spirit of Sicily lies in taking in all the beautiful sceneries and simply letting them find their own way into your heart. Explore the town of Taormina and its many luxury boutique and café’s to stop for lunch and drinks on your own while savoring the magic moments of life! Lunch and dinner on own.
Meals included: breakfast


Sunday | Day 10 | Etna and its Volcanic Wines

After breakfast and check-out, get ready to take a scenic drive towards the beautiful and intimidating Etna. We continue further up towards the volcano to take photos from one of its scenic spots almost at the top of the mountain. On the way, we'll visit an elegant winery right on the side of Etna, known for the intense Nero d'Avola wines. Its vines grow in the mineral-rich volcanic soil, reaching deep into its soil for nutrients and water. Take a private guided tour of the estate, followed by a final group luncheon with wine tasting. We'll continue the ride down the east coast and return to our starting point to spend the final night of the tour. Catania is a wonderful city full of life and urban sounds, so take in the atmosphere of this vivacious, bustling city, where you can experience the soul of Sicily.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Monday | Day 11 | Arrivederci! Until we meet and eat again!

Check-out from Catania hotel and say "Arrivederci!" to this timeless island and until next time, Nada's Italy wishes you a safe return home!

Meals included: breakfast

What's included in the Sizzling Sicily Tour: 


  • 2 Nights in Catania + 3-Nights in a boutique farmhouse near Ragusa + 1-Nights stay in 5-star Hotel in Agrigento + 2-Night stay in Palermo + 2-Nights in Taormina. A trip totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (depart the US on Thursday and return on Monday).
  • This tour begins and ends in Catania.
  • Small group travel: maximum of 12 travelers per group!
  • Fully escorted day trips with professional private drivers and full-time service of English-speaking Italian Nada's Italy Tour Director.
  • Meals included: all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners (included meals are shown at bottom of the description for each day.)
  • Beverages included: bottled water, soft drinks (in limited amounts), coffee, and 2 glasses of wine per person (choice of red or white) with included lunches and dinners.
  • Destinations included: Catania, Cefalu', Palermo & Monreale (entrance tickets to sites included), Mount Etna, Modica, Taormina (includes entrance ticket to Greek amphitheater), Agrigento's 'Valle dei Templi' (with a local guide - includes entrance ticket), Siracusa (Ortigia), Ragusa Ibla, Noto (itinerary and destinations may vary depending on the time of year and are subject to weather conditions.)
  • Unique Activities included: private winery tours, guided tour of Temples of Agrigento, Visit of a traditional Sicilian "Tonnara", fun cooking class featuring local Sicilian dishes, guided tour of Catania, tour of Taormina's Greek Theater, visit of chocolate factory in Modica, and much more!
  • Private Transportation for day trips and transfers in comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes Executive vans (does not include: transfer from and to the airport, airfare, or any other personal travel expenses).
  • A+ Rated Customer Service With Nada's Italy you can rest assured that your travel experience will be completely stress-free. Your personal Journey Coordinator will assist you with any additional services you may need, provide expert packing and travel advice, and answer any questions you may have before your trip.
  • Return Traveler Program: receive up to $800 credit per person towards any future trips you take with Nada's Italy!
  • No bag limit (many tour companies have a 1-bag limit per person).
  • Taxes & Fees: Local VAT taxes and government fees, City Tax, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees.
  • Staff & restaurant tips (additional gratuities can be given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler).



What's Not Included in Tour Package

Trip price does not include airfare and anything that is not specified to be included. Price does not include any personal related expenses or travel-related expenses outside of the scheduled itineraries. The food & wine that is included is what is presented during meals.

Before you sign up, please note the following:


>     The first day of this tour is Friday (you will need to book your flight from the USA on Thursday to get to Catania on Friday). The last day of this tour is Monday (arrival in the U.S. is the same day of departure on your way back). Some tours start and end in different cities, make sure to book your flights accordingly.

>     Airfare is not included. Nada's Italy can assist with Business and First Class airfare. Please let us know if you need information about arrival and departure airport for this tour.

>     Reminders, hotel information, and arrival instructions will be sent only by email, please make sure we have your current email address.

>     Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the tour rate. Please contact us if you'd like to add transfers to your tour package.

>     You must be in good physical condition to sign-up for this trip. This is not a physically challenging trip, nonetheless, there will be a lot of walking uphill, downhill, walking over uneven pavement, and standing for extended periods of time.

>     Even though tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is suggested that you put aside approximately $100 (US) in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director for your trip (and any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion).

>     Nada's Italy strongly recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance for your trip. For suggestions on policies and a quote, please contact us.

>     You should know that air conditioning in Italy, as well as WIFI connection, are not always as reliable as they are in the United States.

>     The hotel staff assigns rooms to guests, some rooms may include stairs. A view is not guaranteed. As Nada's Italy works mainly with luxury historic inns and small upscale boutique hotels, rooms differ in size and layout. In general, Italian bedrooms and bathrooms are smaller compared to US standards. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and a basic toiletry set. Please contact us if you have specific requests/needs.

>     It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Italy, please verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.

>     In the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum participation requirement of 6 travelers, we will work with you to choose another available tour or tour date. We will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible.

>     Add extra nights and extend your stay in this amazing country. Contact us for a quote (subject to availability).

>     Please note: while we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the  Tour Leader due to weather conditions and any other unforeseeable circumstances.

>     Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, land only, in USD, and subject to availability. Rates may vary by departure date and are subject to change without notice.  Nada’s Italy reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update rates, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.


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