Crossed over by half of the ancient civilized world, modern day Sicily ironically presents an off-the-beaten-path vacation for those eager to discover a completely different side of Italy. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British have left an impression on this gorgeous island, and it shows in its diverse architecture, unique culture, and multinational cuisine. As you trace the sparkling coast from the flamboyant capital city of Palermo to the ultra-chic Taormina Riviera, you can expect stunning archaeological treasures, ancient works of art, and a warm welcome at every turn, and a cool gelato on every corner. Traditional granita, cannoli, Marsala wine, and a tasting at Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory, only sweeten the experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Sicily.
Highlights of The Sicilian
We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!
6 guests in a party: $1,992*18 guests in a party: $398*
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale|Archeological area of Agrigento|Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: City of Noto|Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa|Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica|Villa Romana del Casale
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 6 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
PALERMO PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. [LF] Lunch with Sicilian specialties panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese). (B,L)
PALERMO–ERICE–MARSALA–MAZARA DEL VALLO ERICE Visit the hilltop town and sample almond biscuits and Marsala wine at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico.MARSALA Visit a salt mill en route to Mazara del Vallo. (B,D) 99 mi / 160 km
MAZARA DEL VALLO–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO MAZARA DEL VALLO Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral and a walk in the Old Town.SCIACCA Photo stop at the panoramic viewpoint.AGRIGENTO Guided walking tour at the Valley of Temples. (B,D) 93 mi / 150 km
AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA PIAZZA ARMERINA Guided visit to the Villa Romana del Casale with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.CALTAGIRONE Orientation and free time to see the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte en route to Ragusa. (B,D) 130 mi / 210 km
RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA RAGUSA Guided walking tour includes the city’s oldest district, the Ibla, the 19th-century gardens of Giardini Iblei, and St. George Cathedral. Free time.MODICA Orientation walk in the center and a [LF] chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 20 mi / 32 km
RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE NOTO Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire San Nicolò Cathedral.SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheater. (B) 56 mi / 90 kmENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Syracuse with an excursion to the island of Ortigia. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA CATANIA Orientation walk and free time to browse in Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea.Scenic drive en route to Taormina Riviera and free time this afternoon and evening. (B)75 mi / 120 km
TAORMINA RIVIERA EXCURSION TO SAVOCA SAVOCA Orientation walk followed by a [LF] Granita (semi-frozen drink), and brioche tasting at Bar Vitelli.TAORMINA RIVIERA Orientation walk and free time for lunch. Visit the Greek Theater. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 43 mi / 70 km
TAORMINA RIVIERA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Catania. (B)
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|1||Central Palace Hotel Federico II||A fusion of classic and innovative design, Hotel Federico II is a family- run 65 room establishment located near the city's most important streets of culture, tourism and shopping, halfway between the Teatro Massimo and the Teatro Politeama. Breakfast is served with a rich buffet while the in-house restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean dishes revisited along with a great wine selection. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.||Palermo||Via Principe Granatelli, 60||First-Class|
|2||Mahara Hotel & Wellness||Ideally located on Sicily's southwest coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Mahara Hotel & Wellness is just a short walk away from the center of Mazara del Vallo. This relaxed 81-room property offers free Wi-Fi, a wellness center complete with Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower, and hot tub, as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and sun loungers. The elegant guestrooms are spacious, air conditioned, and equipped with satellite TV and minibar with either a balcony or a terrace. The in-house restaurant is recommended by Italy's most prestigious food guides and serves traditional Sicilian dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks and snacks are available in the lounge bar.||Mazara del Vallo, Sicily Island||Lungomare San Vito 3||First-Class|
|3||Grand Hotel Mose||Grand Hotel Mosè is an elegant 2-floor building entirely made of tuff stone, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with swimming pool and located not far from the Valley of the Temples. . Its rooms are spacious and most of them come with a terrace. La Mimosa restaurant offers menus of local and international cuisine and during Summer meals are served by the pool. A bar for a quick snack or just an espresso is also available. Free Wi-Fi internet access available thoughtout the hotel.||Agrigento||Viale Leonardo Sciascia||First-Class|
|4||Poggio Del Sole Resort||Poggio del Sole Resort is beautifully situated in the hyblean landscape. Those buldings which were once parts of an elegant "masseria" now frame a tastefully and uniquely designed hotel with restaurants, bars and Spa. The hotel, in spite of its rustic location and origins, comes with all modern comfort and is elegantly embellished by a sober mix of contemporary and traditional sicilian furniture. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. An outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a lounge bar are also available.||Ragusa Area||S.P. 25 Ragusa - Marina Di Ragusa - Km 5,700||First-Class|
|5||Mercure Siracusa Prometeo||The modern, comfortable Mercure Siracusa Prometeo offers 93 rooms with all the comforts. The hotel has a bar/bistro, a fitness room and a wellness center. In Summer a roof panoramic outdoor swimming-pool with a solarium area on the 6th floor will be available. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property.||Siracusa||Viale Teracati 20||First-Class|
|6||Hellenia Yachting Hotel||Hellenia Yachting Hotel is an elegant 4-star hotel in Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony of Sicily. The property is directly overlooking the waterfront and features a private beach, a spa and a pool. There is a piano bar located in the main terrace area and immediatly adjacent to the main in-house restaurants which boasts some of the finest Sicilian cuisine, presenting traditional local dishes with a fresh and original touch.||Giardini Naxos||Via Jannuzzo, 41||First-Class|