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

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  • 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.
  • 30th October 2023
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    Booking process easy/straight forward Tour leader was excellent Overall a fun and enjoyable organized tour with lovely friendly group of people We had 3 drivers, driver 3 was excellent Driver 2 appeared to be having difficulty with the bus and with navigation Bus was uncomfortable and felt cramped and this was with 16 on tour, hate to think what it would have been like if there were 18 Pace of tour - I knew going into tour this was probably going to be an issue for me and it was. I did not enjoy the 1 night stays. I really liked the feel of Favara and the hotel but could not see the point since we arrived too late to get out and explore town, and we drove 1/2hour past Agrigento only to drive back there next morning. Visiting Agrigento and Piazza Amerina in 1 day was to much, Visiting the archeological park in Syracuse in the hot afternoon was to much. I think we should have had a included dinner when staying at the Agriturismo, as there was no alternative dinner options available to us given its isolation My friend was given a windowless bedroom at one hotel (Ragusa) and I was given a very dark room right next to lift with associated noise (Syracuse) where everyone else had a view and/or balcony. There should be no bad rooms, we all paid a significant sum including significant single supplement and should all be given equivalent standard of rooms
  • 28th October 2023
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    Tour leader was great, the driver was great, and the itinerary had something for everyone. The towns/cities visited were accessed (mostly) via back roads and the accommodation was a wonderful mix, but all excellent (except for the golf resort, a bit too large).
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