A view of the Ortigia seafront in Sicily.
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Tour code: BSSPC4

Tour Inclusions

Splendours of Sicily

  • 10 days
  • Italy
  • Max 18 Passengers

Overview

Prepare to be unwrapped by Sicily’s superb landscapes, intoxicating diversity and ancient wonders. Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling local markets. Sheer gorges and golden beaches. This dazzling Mediterranean island will tantalise your every desire and capture your heart with its fascinating culture.
The Splendours of Sicily tour map for 2024.
  • Tour Starts/Ends
  • 1 Overnight Stop
  • Day Stop

Tour Highlights

  • Embark on a locally guided walking tour of Palermo and gain a unique insight into the city’s anti-Mafia movement
  • Discover the fascinating history behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples
  • Unlock the exotic and eclectic flavours of Sicilian cuisine with several unique tasting experiences

Tour Itinerary

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  • Day 1 - Palermo (Sicily)

    An intoxicatingly vibrant capital, Palermo is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible Sicilian journey. Our included dinner tonight is an opportunity to get to know one another better and sample some of Sicily’s sumptuous cuisine. Here’s to the fantastic trip ahead! Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Opera (or similar)

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  • Day 2 - Palermo – Monreale – Selinunte

  • Day 3 - Selinunte – Agrigento – Favara

  • Day 4 - Favara – Piazza Armerina – Ragusa

  • Day 5 - Ragusa – Modica – Ragusa

  • Day 6 - Ragusa – Noto – Syracuse

  • Day 7 - Syracuse

  • Day 8 - Syracuse – Mt Etna – Etna Region

  • Day 9 - Etna Region – Taormina – Etna Region

  • Day 10 - Etna Region – Catania

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

- 9 nights in hand-picked accommodation

The Crew

- Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

Transport

- Premium mini-coach transportation

Reviews

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  • 8th May 2024
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    We normally travel independently but our Backroads tour of Sicily was fabulous for the following reasons. 1 The tour was very diverse. It included a lot of history, current culture, big cities, little towns, and a wide range of culinary experiences. 2 Driving in the major cities and small back alleyways of Sicily would have been a nightmare. Our driver was very professional and made the trip comfortable and got us into the smallest towns and through the biggest cities with no fuss. As an added bonus he was very knowledgeable about the food of Sicily. 3 Our guide was amazing. Born in Sicily but having travelled widely, and with a huge breadth of knowledge he was able to give us facts, figures, and stories in a way that showed both his love of the island, but also a realism of the problems they face. He was also very caring and unobtrusively looked out for those who may be struggling with the trip, and went out of his way to help people who had to leave the tour a bit early. 4 We had 16 on our trip which was a good number. Not too many but enough you didn't spend all your time with the same people. The age ranged from 30s to late 70s but as all where seasoned travellers they all where very interesting. 5 There was a good balance between included activities and free time 6 I was pleasantly surprised with the standard of accommodation.
  • 29th April 2024
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    I would highly recommend Blue Road and would probably book another tour with them. The only problem I had was with some of the accommodations. One hotel room had no windows and the other had a lot of bugs that we had to get them to spray to kill the bugs.
  • 9th November 2023
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    Our guide Chiara was amazing! She was so generous in giving of herself and her time, and she was genuinely interested in the people on the tour. Chiara ensured everything went according to plan and addressed any issues promptly. Many of the local guides were informative and very interesting,. My only disappointment was that 2 of the hotels did not meet expectations and on two occasions we had no options but to eat at the hotel due to the location - this is fine if it is part of the cost of the tour, but not acceptable if you are expected to pay for the meals. We had a total of three bus drivers, with the final driver being truly excellent coping with road conditions - we admired his skill and felt very safe with him at the wheel. The first bus was a little cramped and having toured with Back Roads before I found the previous bus far more comfortable in terms of space.
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