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Sicily Small Group Tourssmall group tour of Sicily

Discover Sicily in 2017 on your all-inclusive Sicilian travel experience. 

Sicily Tour Dates: 14 October until 29 October 2017 - 16 Days and 15 Nights

$8,995 twin share - single supplement $1,595

Discover the Secrets of Sicily in 2017 on this unforgettable small group tour in Italy. Our Sicily tour will also give the food lovers among you an experience to remember. Limited Availability - Enquire Today. We pride ourselves on providing our guests a truly unique Italian travel experience.

Our fully escorted and all-inclusive small group tours mean you spend more time in the exquisite locations we visit, allowing you to truly experience the local life. Enquire about flights for this tour using the skyscanner booking system below.

Tour Highlights



Live Life & Tour Sicily in 2017.

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."

This is how the writer Goethe sums up the mystery and magic of Sicily. Carolinasusi Tours has planned just over 2 weeks for you to explore this ancient part of Italy. The culture of Sicily has developed over thousands of years. It has been dominated over the centuries by the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Arabs of North Africa, the Spanish and the Normans to name but some of the contributors to the island’s rich and varied history.

Divided from mainland Italy by just three kilometres of sea, Sicily seems a world away. It is a land of myths and legends. You’ll hear tales of the Cyclops a race of giants, Arethusa an Arcadian nymph, Hephaestus the Greek god of blacksmiths. We will visit places where these and many more stories will come to life.
This all inclusive 16 day tour starts in Catania on the east coast and then heads north to Taormina. Taormina is not only an ancient town with many examples of Greek and Roman architecture but is also a sophisticated city with contemporary art, artisans, fine dining and excellent boutiques.

From Taormina and in fact most of the east coast, we can see the majestic Mt Etna. While quiet most of the time, this volcano has had some spectacular eruptions. We have arranged a private excursion to the most recent crater. Later we roll up our sleeves and try our hand in the kitchen of a Sicilian villa.

We travel slowly up the coast to Cefalù and then turn west towards Palermo, the capital of Sicily. In the vibrant busy streets of Palermo there are wonderful examples of art deco buildings alongside Baroque monuments and Byzantine treasures. Not far from Palermo is Monreale. The relatively plain exterior of the duomo gives little clue to the extraordinary mosaics within.

When we travel to Marsala and Mazara del Vallo in the south-western part of Sicily our culinary journey really takes hold. The cuisine in this area is a blend of North African flavours and the traditional seafood of the coastal villages. We will also visit the village of Erice which boasts an international reputation for pastry and marzipan. A dessert lover’s heaven.

Then we explore the magnificently preserved examples of Roman and Greek temples in the Valley of the Temples. We will visit the Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina. The mosaic floors are so well preserved one could almost imagine that the owners have just stepped out for a while to let us wander through. We continue our journey around Sicily to stay in Ortigia, the oldest part of Siracusa.

Exploring the surrounding region we see the Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa and step back still further in time to explore the ancient tuna fishing sites of Marzamemi and Vendicari. For something special we might try and spot some pink flamingos in the National Park. On our final days we indulge the chocoholics amongst us and visit Modica the home the Sicilian chocolate. For our final night we share a very special Farewell Dinner hosted in a private house in Catania.

Inclusions


Experience the very best small group tour of Sicily in 2017.


Our fully escorted and all-inclusive small group tours mean you spend more time in the exquisite locations we visit, allowing you to truly experience the local life. Our itineraries offer experiences and inclusions other tour companies often miss. Please contact us should you have any questions about our Italian travel experiences.

Your Sicily Tour Inclusions:

* No more than 20 guests per tour. The average number of guests on this tour is 12 and 15
* Driver and first class coach transportation
* 15 nights' twin share accommodation 4 star accommodation
* Our personal, professional driver and first class coach transportation
* Expert fully licensed professional tour leader and guide throughout the tour
* Experience the craters at the summit of Mt Etna by private jeep or coach and cable car with expert local volcano guide
* Warming lunch and wine tasting on the slopes of Mt Etna after we descend
* Visit Entrance to the Greek theatre in Taormina
* Entrance fees into the Zisa Palace, the Palatine Chapel and the Martorana Church in Palermo
* Entrance fees to the Basilica and Cloisters in Monreale
* Two wine tasting experiences in Marsala
* Special seafood lunch in Mazara del Vallo
* Boat cruise to island of San Pantaleo and Mozia ruins
* Entrance fees and bus to Greek ruins in Segesta
* Entrance fees to Valley of the Temples
* Entrance fees to Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina
* Entrance fees to the Archaeological Park in Siracusa
* Entrance fees to ancient Jewish baths in Siracusa
* Entrance fees to Vendicari Natural Reserve
* Entrance fees to the privately owned Puppet Museum
* Sampling of Sicily’s famous Granita
* Chocolate tasting Modica
* 15 breakfasts
* 10 dining experiences including an exclusive dinner in a private house
* 3 special Sicilian lunches
* Sicilian cooking experience including a visit to the markets for ingredients, food tales from a local cuisine and culture expert followed by lunch with matched wines


We’re all about discovering the real Italian way of life, understanding the culture, discovering places only locals know about, sightseeing, speaking the language and enjoying the spectacular regional cuisine, local markets and wineries and café culture.

For more information on your Sicily tour please call: Carrol on +61 401150615 or Sue on +61 410 692 003, or click here to send us an email. You can also obtain your Tour Booking Form on our website or by contacting Donna at Savenio Travel on 1800 770 599.

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Note: CarolinaSusi Tours wishes to advise that, in order to reach some locations, it is necessary to walk on steep, uneven pathways. This may pose some difficulties for people with mobility impairments or those reliant on walking frames or wheelchairs. Where this is the case, a travelling companion who can provide assistance is recommended. The tour operator reserves the right to ask participants to stay behind or modify their itinerary on any day they feel mobility will be an issue. If you are in any doubt, please consult with the tour operators or Savenio.

Itinerary


tours of Sicily Immerse yourself in the distinctive Sicilian culture, cuisine, and rich history. This CarolinaSusi Tour is an eye-opening discovery of this great island at the very foot of Italy.

Your dedicated local group tour guides will introduce you to Sicily like never before. From the hearty Sicilian food, the spectacular volcanic Mount Etna, seaside villages, chic and sophisticated towns, and some of the best wineries in Italy. And that’s just the beginning.

Explore Europe's most incredible ancient Greek ruins and watch beautiful sunsets from picture-perfect seaside villages. This is the ultimate small group tour of Sicily, join us for 16 days in October 2017.

sicily tours Day 1 Catania to Taormina

Highlights: Catania, Fish Markets, Local Lunch, Sicilian Puppets and Granita, Taormina, Welcome Dinner

Our journey into the Sicilian culture begins at Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport (Vincenzo Bellini Airport) at 9:30am. We begin in the historical centre of Catania. Best known for its fish market, the fish is so fresh it still smells of the sea. Shouting back and forth to each other, the fishmongers boast about the quality of their catch. After a traditional office worker’s lunch at a cafe in the main piazza, there’s a short drive along the Cyclops Riviera to Acireale. Why the Cyclops Riviera? We will discover the reason.

We have also arranged a special tour of the privately owned Sicilian puppet museum. Before heading north for our first few days in Taormina, we will sample the ‘Best Granita in Sicily’.

Meals: Dinner
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Day 2 Taormina
Highlights: Castelmola, Taormina, Greek Theatre – Taormina, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

Boarding our coach we drive up Monte Tauro to the village of Castelmona perched high above Taormina. This village is a jumble of steep alleyways cascading down the hill characterised by vibrant colours, quirky shops and superb almond wine. From the edge of the village there are panoramic views across the Bay of Naxos and Mt Etna.

Returning to Taormina, our local guide introduces us to the historic streets that now host some contemporary art displays and elegant designer boutiques. There’s a break for lunch and then we continue our exploration of the town to the Greek Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in Sicily and still in use today.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 3 Mt Etna tours of sicily
Highlights: Special excursion to Mt Etna, Wine Tasting and Lunch in a Local Winery

Depending on volcanic temperament, Mt Etna awaits us. This active volcano impresses its visitors from every angle. Our special jeep meets us at the hotel and we drive up Mt Etna reaching one of the two active craters at the top.

This special excursion, just for CarolinaSusi guests, take us to the less frequented areas of the volcano and will include the opportunity for a short guided trek on the volcanic slopes. At 3000 metres the air is cold, but our feet are warm because the lava under foot is still cooling.

Lunch is at a local winery at the base of the volcano and is paired with local wine from grapes grown in the volcanic soil.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 4 Cooking and Cuisine Culturecooking tours of sicily
Highlights: Cooking Day with a Difference, Cuisine and Culture Connoisseur, Lunch with Matched Wine

Get ready to roll up your sleeves to try your hand in the kitchen. A visit to Catania’s bustling markets to buy ingredients is followed by a hands-on Sicilian cooking experience in a historic villa. You will be regaled by food stories told by a Sicilian cuisine and cultural connoisseur. Traditional Sicilian cuisine blends an incredible variety of dishes and flavours thanks to the many cultural influences of its 3000 year history. Not to mention the abundant, excellent quality produce from both land and sea.

Lunch will be the dishes you have prepared matched with wines from the vineyards of Mt Etna. Take home recipes and memories of your day in a Sicilian kitchen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Seaside Exploration 
Highlights: Cefalù, Norman/Byzantine Duomo, Medieval Laundry, Leisure Time to Explore, Palermo, Dinnertours of sicily

Leaving Taormina, we take the scenic highway that follows the edge of the Mediterranean coastline to the seaside town of Cefalù. Tucked under and dwarfed by the enormous Rocca above, this is an enchanting fishing port with a lengthy history. The locals can often be seen at their windows making purchases from the fruit and vegetable seller as he pushes his cart through the streets shouting his wares.

Explore the beautiful medieval town centre including the Norman duomo filled with elaborate Byzantine mosaics, and the medieval lavatoio, a system of small pools and channels once used for the family washing.

After lunch, we continue our scenic drive along the coastal road to Palermo, where we spend the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 6 Palermo
Highlights: Walking Tour of Palermo, Duomo, Palatine Chapel, Zisa Palace, Ballaro Markets, Free Time to Explore, Dinnertours of sicily

Palermo is the capital of Sicily. It offers a mix of cultural and architectural influences from Norman to Byzantine to Arab and Medieval. Our guided walking tour showcases many of the highlights of this town’s rich history. There is free time for you to discover more of Palermo, venturing perhaps, into the excitement of the Ballaro Street Market.

It is here that traditional enemies live and work together in a harmony. Their commonality is food, the origins of which blend together with some amazing surprises. Try lunch at one of the many street stalls. Taking a horse and buggy ride around the city is a great way to see further afield.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Monreale to Marsala
Highlights: Monreale Mosaics, Cloisters, Leisure Time to Explore, Marsala, Wine Tasting, Dinner
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Leaving the bustle of Palermo behind, we travel to Monreale, the hill top village of mosaics. The Cathedral’s stunning Byzantine mosaics feature millions of tiny glass tiles that have been carefully cut and laid to create elaborate scenes covering almost every surface of the church. The elaborately carved columns of the Cloisters boast still more of these rich mosaics.

Following some leisure time for you to explore the narrow streets, we leave for our three night stay in Marsala. After settling into our hotel, we will visit a world renowned local winery, followed by dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Sicilian Food and Wine
Highlights: Wine tasting, Mazara del Vallo, Leisure Time to Explore, Gastronomic Lunch, Marsala, Dinner

Only in Italy would you start the day with a visit to a famous winery. Marsala wine started life as a fortified sweet wine exported to England and was often promoted as a health tonic. Now made in dry, medium dry and sweet varieties, this company’s presentation is a masterpiece of marketing.
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Following our tasting, we travel along the coast to the fishing port of Mazara del Vallo. Our local chef brings together a culinary feast blending North African and Italian food influences.

After lunch, we return to Marsala where our guide leads us on a walk through its historic centre. Then there’s time to wander the streets and make your own discoveries.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Erice and Segesta
Highlights: Cruise to Mozia’s Phoenician Ruins, Medieval Erice, Leisure Time to Explore, Greek Ruins of Segesta, Dinner

Boarding our chartered boat, we take a short cruise around the island of Mozia to view the Phoenician ruins. You can still see remnants of the road the traders used to get to the mainland at low tide. Continuing up the road, we pass the Trapani salt pans where salt has been harvested in the same traditional manner since Phoenician times. tours of Greek ruins of Segesta

We stop for lunch in the medieval walled town of Erice perched high above Trapani and overlooking the coast. This village is a dessert lover’s heaven. It is home to a world famous pastry shop. It is amazing what artisans can do with their marzipan creations.

We end this special day sitting amongst the ruins of Segesta overlooking the distant azure blue sea as did the ancient Greeks before us. Returning to our hotel there’s time for a little relaxation before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 10 Marsala to Agrigento
Highlights: Turkish Steps, Free Time to Explore, Traditional Sicilian Lunch, Valley of the Temples - Agrigento

From Marsala, we head towards Agrigento on the south west coast of the island where we spend the night. We stop to stretch our legs at the Turkish Steps, a remarkable weather formed sculptural cliff formation. tours of sicily

This unusual geological phenomenon got its name from the Turkish pirates rumoured to have invaded Sicily by climbing these ancient cliffs.

Arriving in Agrigento, we enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Sicilian fare. Then imagine walking around in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks and Romans at the Temple of Concordia or looking down into deep wheel ruts formed by their chariots as we explore the archaeological area known as the Valley of the Temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 11 Piazza Armerina to Siracusa
Highlights: Piazza Armerina Villa Romana del Casale, Ortigia – Siracusa, Dinner
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Following our brief stay in Agrigento, it's off to Piazza Armerina and a visit to the well preserved Villa Romana del Casale. Dating back to the 4th century, these original mosaic floors tell stories of Roman daily lifestyle, distant voyages and hunting adventures. It is hard to believe this villa lay buried under mud for 700 years.

The mosaics are so well preserved they still retain their rich colours and one could almost imagine that the owners have just stepped out for a while allowing us to wander through their rooms.

After lunch in the local town, we drive to Ortigia, the ancient Baroque centre of Siracusa, our home for the next four nights.

Meals: Breakfast Dinner


Day 12 Ortigia 
Highlights: Ortigia, Piazza Duomo, Corso Matteotti, Piazza Archimede, Fountain of Arethusa, Leisure Time to Explore
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This morning we take a guided walking tour of the island of Ortigia. As well as the splendour of its Baroque buildings and medieval palazzi, this city has examples of ancient Greek architecture hidden within it. The Duomo, a masterpiece of the Baroque period, incorporates within its walls the simple Doric columns of a prior temple. Continuing our walk to Fonte Aretusa, you will discover the legend of the nymph Arethusa and the river god Alpheus.

Enjoy a coffee in the Piazza Duomo, or we can arrange a visit to traditional Jewish baths hidden deep under a building in the Jewish quarter. With a brief introduction from our tour leader, you then have free time to yourself to make your own discoveries.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Siracusa Archaeological Park
Highlights: Archaeological Park, Greek Theatre, Ear of Dionysius, Roman Amphitheatre, Leisure Time to Explore

This morning, we visit Siracusa’s Archaeological Park. This historic site features a Greek Theatre which has been offering theatrical performances continuously since the 5th century BC. Try your vocal talents in the extraordinary acoustical cavern, the Ear of Dionysius. Siracusa sicily tours

Legend tells us that Dionysius used this cavern to overhear the conversations of suspected. In the cavern next door, we can see evidence of the ancient quarry’s rope makers.

The nearby Roman Amphitheatre showcases still more of Siracusa’s illustrious history. After this busy morning, slow the pace and explore the splendours of Siracusa at your leisure. Maybe take a harbour cruise and see this beautiful city from a different perspective.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 The town of Noto 
Highlights: Vendicari Natural Reserve, Marzamemi, Noto, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

Our first stop is at the Vendicari Natural Reserve, established to preserve the marshes, dunes and beaches of this region and to protect it from future development. This is an oasis for waterbirds and other wildlife, and migrating flamingos are a particular attraction. You might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive birds.

For lunch we head to the fishing village of Marzamemi where tuna fishing was the main industry. Much of the ancient tonnara still remains.

There’s time to relax and even perhaps dabble your feet in the sea. Our afternoon is spent in Noto, a town completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1693 and then rebuilt on a new site. Noto boasts some the most beautiful examples of fine Baroque buildings and palazzi.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Ragusa and Modica
Highlights: Ragusa, Leisure Time to Explore, Modica chocolate, Exclusive Farewell Dinner in a Private House in Cataniatours of sicily

Leaving Ortigia, it’s time to head for the hills and the town of Ragusa, another place devastated by the earthquake of 1693. This Baroque town was the location for the filming of the very popular Italian detective series Montalbano, which was seen even in Australia. There’s time to wander the streets and have lunch at your leisure. Then for the chocoholics amongst us, there’s a visit to Modica.

We visit the oldest chocolate manufacturer in Sicily, who is still making chocolate to the original Aztec recipe brought from South America in medieval times. Staying in Catania for our final night, we celebrate the end of the tour with an exclusive farewell dinner hosted in a private house in Catania.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Day 16 Final Day
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Our last day and it's off to Catania's Fontanarossa (Vincenzo Bellini Airport) for connecting flights to the mainland.

Meals: Breakfast