Aug 23, 2019 · By Katie Shaw
To celebrate experiences that bring Italy to life, here are a few of our favourite unique activities that truly take you to the heart of this beguiling country.Read more
2020 Tour code: PSJ20
About the tour
Uncover the charms of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, discovering a captivating combination of historic towns, glorious natural wonders and a rich and compelling Italian culture. Visit one of the world's most active volcanoes, discover historic architecture, and enjoy a magnificent taste of Italy when you sample incredible Sicilian wines and delectable local street food.
With our small group tours, you have all the advantages of traveling in a group as well as access to certain experiences and hotels not suitable for larger parties.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the 4-Star Hotel Excelsior Palace in Taormina, where we enjoy our first dinner together of the vacation.
On Day 2 we begin our explorations of historic Palermo, starting with the intriguing 'Quattro Cante', or 4 Songs, a beautiful baroque square with a fountain on each corner, representing the 4 Spanish kings of Sicily. Meandering along the shaded streets, visit the beautiful Palatine Chapel, and Palermo's Cathedral, a wonderful example of Sicily's unique Arab-Norman architecture. We continue to Capo Market, teeming with colorful activity, for the opportunity to sample some of Palermo's best street food, arancino - delightful fried balls of rice, crammed with delicious fillings.
After free time for lunch and to explore the market, continue to Monreale for a guided visit to the magnificent cathedral, famed for its mosaics and multi-coloured marble. This evening we enjoy one of our tour highlights, visiting the Palazzo Conte Federico near our hotel for a drinks reception with one of Palermo's oldest families, and the chance to discover a truly historic home that lies behind a nondescript door in the heart of the city.
Centrale Palace Hotel, Palermo