Five Days Sicily Tour
Five Days Sicily Tour
Escorted Tour of Sicily
After meeting our driver, the Five Days Sicily Tour will start in the wonderful Messina. That is the third largest City in Sicily.
Then, we will reach Tindari, one of Sicily’s last Greek Colonie. Afterwards, we will head to Santo Stefano di Camastro. After a small tour, we will finally leave for our last destination of the day, Cefalu.
The second day of this Five Days Sicily Tour will start with a visit to Monreale. Subsequentially, we will go to Palermo. Then, we will sleep at San Vito Lo Capo, known for its outstanding beaches.
After breakfast, on the third day, we will visit Trapani, and Marsala. Here is where Garibaldi landed in 1860. Finally, we will spend the night in Mazara Del Vallo.
On day forth, we will go South, visiting Agrigento, and heading to Caltagirone for our last overnight stay.
On day five, we will have breakfast in Modica. Then, we will visit Ragusa Ibla, Syracuse, and Ortigia. Finally, we will drive you back to your favoured destination, ending this Five Days Sicily Tour.
Sicily Tour Itinerary
Messina – Tindari – Santo Stefano di Camastra – Cefalu – Monreale – Palermo – San Vito Lo Capo – Trapani – Erice – Marsala – Mazara Del Vallo – Selinunte – Agrigento – Caltagirone – Modica – Ragusa Ibla – Syracuse
Sicily Tour – Travel Itinerary
Five Days Sicily Tour
Messina is the third largest city in Sicily. First, we will stop at the fantastic Sanctuary of the Montalto Madonna, offering probably the best views in Messina. Then, we will take in the Cathedral and the Astronomical clock.
Tindari was one of Sicily’s last Greek Colonies and is home to the legend of the black Madonna. As history says, the sculpture of the Virgin and Child reached Tindari in the 8th Century. And, it is still worshipped there today. After visiting the sanctuary, you will have the opportunity to wander around the Greek ruins and admire the views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Also, you will see the Eolian Islands and the Oliveri-Tindari lagoon. The last one is a small strait of water of exceptional beauty that is a nature reserve. Finally, you will have time for lunch. Also, your driver will advise, according to your requirements.
Santo Stefano di Camastra
Back along the coastal route, our next stop is Santo Stefano di Camastra.
This colourful town is home to the traditional art of ceramics. Also, you will have time to wander the streets and admire the crafts shops.
Afterwards, we head to Cefalu, the chosen destination for our overnight stay. This pretty coastal town has Medieval streets and a unique Norman cathedral.
On our arrival, we will visit the cathedral. Here you will have the opportunity to walk up to The Rocca, with an altitude of 270m. Also, the spectacular remains of the Cefalu Castle worth the climb.
Finally, we will arrange accommodation and evening meal.
After an Italian breakfast, we will leave Cefalu.
Then, we will head for Monreale hosting one of Europe’s supreme cathedrals.
Our journey takes us into the centre of Palermo.
This colourful bustling city holds some of the most important baroque architecture in Italy: The Norman Palace, The Palatina Chapel, The Church of Santa Chiara and the renowned Piazza Quattro Canti. We will spend the rest of the day visiting the city.
San Vito Lo Capo
We make the journey to San Vito Lo Capo.
Known for its outstanding beaches San Vito has won many awards, home to the renowned Zingaro Nature Reserve and famous for its couscous dishes, making San Vito a great overnight stay.
After breakfast and at your leisure we leave San Vito and head for Trapani, famous for its sea salt mining and fantastic Arabic influenced food it is also the gateway via a cable car to Erice.
Erice is Sicily’s most atmospheric village, a magnificent mountaintop settlement that seems more Tuscan than Sicilian, offering spectacular views as far afield as Tunisia and Mount Etna.
We visit the Castle of Venus, the salt mine museum and the Annunziata Sanctuary a 14th-century convent whose cloisters enclosed the major museum of Trapani and of course Erice.
After lunch, we make our way south of the Island towards Marsala. The Westernmost tip of Sicily and famously known for its sweet wine. Marsala has much history including The landing of Garibaldi and his brigade in 1860 to overturn the Bourbon reign.
Admiral Nelson also spent much time around this area after defeating Napoleon introducing sweet wine to the British Navy as an alternative to Port.
We will visit the Florio Estate.
Vincenzo Florio and John Woodhouse landed in Marsala in 1773 and discovered the local fortified wine. They became pioneers in commercialising Marsala all over the world.
Mazara del Vallo
Our Final destination for the day is Mazara Del Vallo, one of the Arabs most important Sicilian posts.
A labyrinth of tiny streets and alleyways known as La Casbah lead to Count Rogers Norman castle and the 11th Century Cathedral of San Salvatore. Mazara still has a strong Arabic connection due to its multicultural residents.
Day four and we move further South, with a visit to the impressive Greek ruins of Selinunte, the site is one of the most captivating in Sicily and definitely worth a stop.
We proceed to Agrigento the home of the temples.
Agrigento has one of the most important archaeological sites in the world “Valle dei Templi” or Valley of the Temples. Part of the ancient city of Agracas, the Greek writer and poet Pindar described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. Today its former grandeur is still apparent in the valley’s seven temples of these; The Tempio della Concordia (Temple of Concord) is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world helping the site to gain the classic UNESCO world heritage award.
We leave Agrigento and continue our journey. Caltagirone an attractive hilltop town home to the art of producing handcrafted colourful ceramics. We visit the museum of ceramics, stroll around and view some of the 120 ceramic shops selling original pieces by renowned local artists. Wander around the perfectly manicured public gardens and take a leisurely walk up the emphatic Scalinata di Santa Maria Del Monte (the town’s celebrated ceramic inlaid staircase). This will be our final overnight stay.
The final day of this fantastic tour, after breakfast we head south towards Modica as we pass over the 300m-high Guerrieri Bridge we catch the first glimpse of Modica, deep down below, nestling at the bottom of the gorge. In the past, it was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. It is divided into two parts, “higher” Modica and “lower” Modica. Palazzos and houses rise from the bottom of the gorge seemingly stacked one on top of the other.
Modica is the custodian of a 400-year tradition of Sicilian chocolate making. We will visit one of the oldest chocolate shops in Modica to experience this Aztec chocolate recipe. Prior to leaving, we will also visit the fantastic baroque church of San Giorgio.
Then, we will visit a world-class winery for some lunch and wine tasting.
Our journey proceeds towards one of the best preserved old towns in Sicily, Ragusa Ibla, separated from Ragusa by a deep ravine this fairy-tale town is home to the UNESCO listed “Giardino Ibleo” a wonderful botanical garden with splendid views and three churches.
Our next stop is Noto a fabulous baroque styled town that boasts one of Sicily’s most beautiful historic centres.
Afterwards, you cannot miss the St Nicholas Cathedral. Here you will have the option of climbing to the top of the bell tower and admire the breath-taking views.
Our final piece of this magical jigsaw is Syracuse; we stop in Ortigia, the old city of Siracusa separated by a narrow channel. The opportunity to visit The Duomo, the Temple of Athena and a wander around the shaded, sandy coloured streets taking in the large baroque palazzos is a must. Our journey back to your chosen destination will leave you reminiscing about the eclectic mix of architectural cultures and settings.
Five Days Sicily Tour
|1-3 Persons||4-8 Persons|
|Escorted Tour of Sicily – Price are intended per Group|
|€ 2000||€ 2300|
- On receiving your booking we will contact you to arrange your pick up location, time and address or any special requirements you may have.
- Please note
This is a private Sicily excursion with a dedicated driver and vehicle. Entrance fees to archaeological sites ARE NOT included in the cost. All of our excursions and Sicily tours have been organised for pick up within a 10km radius of Taormina and Giardini Naxos. We would be more than happy to quote for pick up outside this area.
- We apply the following Conditions of Sale.
- Private executive vehicle
- English speaking driver-escort
- Water on board
- Local tolls
Price Does Not Include
- VAT 10%
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
- Costs of wine degustations and lunches