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La Dolce Vita: the Best of SicilyHop between active volcanoes, lush mountains and gastronomic stop-offs on this leisurely 10-day adventure.
Starts AtPalermo
Ends AtSyracuse
Duration10 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Light
Style
Discovery
Starts AtPalermo
Ends AtSyracuse
Duration10 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Light
Style
Discovery
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About Your Trip

See the best of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, at a slow pace – in keeping with the local rhythm of life. Over 10 days, you’ll savour the sights and sounds of southern Italy, with plenty of pit stops for gelato and limoncello. You’ll go on a fascinating trip to the Aeolian islands for close encounters with smoking volcanoes and hot springs, and take a 4x4 ride across the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna. A Sicilian cooking workshop and street food tour will help you immerse yourself in the local cuisine, while culture and ancient history abound in Taormina and the baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa and Modica.

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Trip Highlights

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    Whip up an authentic Sicilian feast in Palermo
  • 2
    Hop between the Aeolian islands, including Panarea and Stromboli
  • 3
    Watch lava erupt from a volcanic crater
  • 4
    Bounce across the most active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, via 4x4
  • 5
    Explore the seaside towns of Cefalu, Lipari and Ortigia
  • 6
    Learn to cook Sicilian cuisine and lunch at an agriturismo
  • 7
    Admire the baroque architecture of the Val di Noto region
  • 8
    Hike a Roman trail through the Madonie mountains
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Nine nights twin-share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Nine breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Palermo walking tour
  • Sicilian cooking class
  • Guided Madonie mountains hike
  • Stromboli and Panarea tour
  • Mount Etna 4x4 tour
  • Ragusa, Noto and Modica tour
  • Ortigia walking tour
  • Market tour with tastings

Accommodation

Hotel Porta Felice, PalermoAt the heart of the city, Hotel Porta Felice is just steps from the shops, theatres and restaurants of Palermo. When you’re ready to retreat and relax, this elegant bolthole features a spa with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
Kalura Hotel, CefalùGaze out across the Tyrrhenian Sea from this hillside hotel in Cefalù. If you can tear yourself away from the view, you’ll find a private beach, just below the hotel, as well as a scuba diving school and 25m (82ft) pool, primed for cooling off from the midday heat.
Hotel Bougainville, LipariThe rustic charm of this Mediterranean villa is enhanced by modern amenities such as an outdoor pool with two large jacuzzis. Many of the spacious rooms here have their own balconies overlooking the sea. Take breakfast on the elevated terrace.
Grande Albergo Alfeo, SyracuseGrande Albergo Alfeo is a traditional boutique hotel, five minutes from the island of Ortigia. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the contemporary rooms with natural light, some of which have marina views. The ancient Temple of Apollo is just a short stroll away.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.

Additional Info

Book today with a small deposit
If you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com