The best of Sicily TRIP 2023
OUR Sicily GROUP TOUR 2023
Want to explore the best of Sicily from iconic attractions to the lesser-known places with the locals? Check out our BEST OF SICILY TOUR 2023!
How to see the best of Sicily with A Small Group Tour
Are you dreaming of discovering the best of Sicily and doing it with a small group of like-minded people? You landed in the right place! This is what you will be experiencing with our Rocky Travel Best of Sicily Trip in 2023!
Please do not send in any tour bookings for 2023. If interested, click one of the links 👆. Thank you!
What Our Guests Say - Testimonials
My friend and I traveled with Michela on the Best of Sicily Tour in May-June of 2019 and what an awesome trip it was! We had not been to Sicily before and this trip showcased the beautiful island in a wonderful way. I felt like we were truly off the beaten path with the excursions and destinations. There were many delightful experiences and one of my favorites was the visit to the small town of Sant' Angelo Muxaro near Agrigento. We explored this charming town of about 1,200 people and then had lunch with a local family. The lunch was outstanding and the family was so welcoming. A lot of what we ate came right from their garden and it was delicious. Another favorite was our visit to the Villa Romana del Casale where we saw beautiful mosaic tiles. We had the best guides-Palermo resident and knowledgeable guide Alessandro and bus driver Sergio from Agrigento were so kind. You could tell they were proud of their island and happy to show it off. Michela was great, very responsive before and during the trip. I would highly recommend this trip and loved the fact that it was a small group of just 10 people, many of whom were seasoned, active hikers and walkers. A perfect vacation!
LAUREL PALMER | Florida, USA
The Best of Sicily Tour was a perfectly planned trip. It hit all the highlights, as well as those out of the way places and local people that you will never find in guidebooks or online. It was with a very comfortable minibus with a friendly group of 10. Our guide, Alessandro, was well informed and entertaining who kept us on schedule along with a superb driver Sergio, both Sicilians. Michela, the trip organizer, also Italian, was extremely helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. It was a fabulous introduction to Sicily, and I highly recommend it, especially if you are not familiar with Sicily. Very reasonably priced and good value for money. For sure I’ll be back.
VIVIEN TROY | New York, USA
BOOKING FOR THE BEST OF SICILY TOUR 2023
Who is this guided Tour of Sicily good for?
Tour Dates: 15th - 24th May 2023 Tour Activities
- DAY 1 - PICK UP AT CATANIA TRAIN STATION
Exploring Sicily's most picturesque town, Taormina, with its Teatro Greco (Greek theatre) and views of Mount Etna. A walking tour, free time and a welcome dinner in Taormina.
- DAY 2 - A DAY AT THE EOLIAN ISLANDS
Transfer by ferry and day out to exploring Lipari + Vulcano. Walking to the crater and/or Hot Bath Mud Springs.
- DAY 3- CEFALÙ + MONREALE
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Cefalù and a visit to the Monreale Cathedral (Palermo) in the afternoon.
- DAY 4 - EXPLORING PALERMO
Go on a morning walking tour of the city with a street food tour. Free time to enjoy Palermo, with aperitivo time and music concerts.
- DAY 5 - VISIT THE AGRIGENTO TEMPLES REGION
A full day exploring the Valley of Temples, the most significant archaeological site in the world. Visit St. Angelo Muxaro village with home-cooked lunch by the locals.
- DAY 6 - RAGUSA IBLA + PIAZZA ARMERINA
Dive into the Sicily's 2 Unesco world heritage sites. We spend the day here visiting the Roman Villas in Piazza Armerina and old Ragusa Ibla.
- DAY 7 - ISPICA CAVES' TREK
A easy to moderate trek across the green canyon between Modica and Ispica. Food and Wine tastings. A visit of Scicli with a special sensorial experience.
- DAY 8 - VISIT NOTO ANTICA
An archaeological area and baroque township (Noto), another Unesco World Heritage site. Exploring the new Noto. And the surroundings area.
- DAY 9 SYRACUSE + ORTIGIA
Spend one and half day along the stuning South East coast of Sicily, visiting Syracuse and the beauty of medieval and baroque architecture of Ortigia. Street food tour + walking tour. Farewell Dinner.
- DAY 10 - TRANSFER TO CATANIA AIRPORT
End of the tour.
Our Best Of Sicily Tour - Images from our Tour in 2019
To get an idea of what this tour of Sicily Italy is all about, click to read what we did in Sicily in 2019. You can also watch this short video interview with one of our tour guest: one of our tour guests, Laurel.
Tour Details For The 10-day Round-Trip of Sicily 2023
TOUR PRICE AND TOUR CONDITIONS
2.320.00 Euro, per person in double room or in twin room.*
*If you are female and travel solo, we can pair you to share a twin room, to avoid the upgrade to a single room.
**For booking a double room for single use, there is a SGL of 340 Euro.
*** Tour will be confirmed with 12 participants..
Please take a look at what the tour price covers and and doesn't include, as stated here below!
What this Tour Price includes
- 9 overnights* in 4* Hotels with Continental Breakfast.
- 2 dinners at the hotels. (drinks excluded).
- 1 Welcome + 1 Farewell Dinner in Taormina and Siracusa. (in restaurants, incl. 1 glass wine + 1/2 litre water/person).
- Street Food Tour and Walking Tour. (day 4).
- Homemade cooked lunch with the locals. (day 6).
- Ice Cream tasting. (day 6).
- Trekking Guide + Food and Wine tastings. (day 7).
- Food & Cheese Tastings. (day 9).
- Sensorial Experience in Scicli. (day 8).
- All national parks, heritage sites entrances. (+60 Euro).
- All group transfers in modern coach to hotels. (plus pick up at Catania Station and to Catania Airport).
- All outdoor guided walking visits and excursions.
- Ferry to Aeolian Islands (Milazzo-Lipari-Vulcano-Milazzo).
- English speaking guides and drivers. (for 10 days).
What this Tour Price does not include
- Everything which is not mentioned in the "Tour price includes" list is automatically excluded.
- Entrance to the Vulcano Hot Mud Springs.
- City Tax imposed by city councils (to be paid directly in each hotel. In total of 22,50 Euro/person, stand July 2022).
- Optional activity as stated in the Tour Brochure.
- International Medical & Travel Insurance for Italy.
NOTE: * if you wish to book a double room to use for single use, please note that there is a SGL supplement. Inquiry about the cost.
THE TOUR REGISTRATION FOR THE BEST OF SICILY TRIP
Bookings. You can send in your details. Please note that this tour is open to adults +45 years (females/males, as a solo traveller, or with a travel companion).
HOW TO BOOK THIS TOUR: DEPOSIT AND BALANCE
Deposit and bookings. Payment of the deposit of 550.00 Euro will reserve your space on this tour. Once this group tour is confirmed (12 people is the minimum required) we will notify via email. The deadline for payment of the balance will be in December 2022.
Please do not send in any tour bookings for 2023. If interested, click one of the links👆. Thank you!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TOUR
Any questions? Click the title to scroll through these 8 FAQs. Or fill in the tour inquiry form below.
The payment of 550.00 Euro is to be made when signing up via the tour registration form. Once you have paid the deposit your space on tour is confirmed, and you will receive a brochure of about 15 pages with the details of the tour itinerary, hotels, excursions, and the logistics.
Yes, you need travel & Med insurance. If you are not an Eu citizen, you need to look into international travel insurance. Travel medical insurance is necessary to cover any potential incidents or injuries that may occur during your stay in Italy and on tour, as well as flight and tour cancellation due to illness or force majeure.
You can cancel the tour within 7 days after paying the deposit of 550 Euro. And you will get a full refund. Due to the nature of our small group tour, we cannot refund after 7 days.
The deposit of 550 Euro is needed to reserve your space on this tour. The Balance is due in December 2022. We don't accept instalments for the balance.
Four dinners in restaurants (welcome + farewell dinner + 2 hotel dinners) and three lunches are included in the tour price. Other lunches and dinners are at your charge. The average cost for a meal is between 10-25 Euro.
We stay in 4 stars hotels, and most have a swimming pool too. We stay in six different hotels: in Taormina, in Cefalu, in Palermo (2 nights), in Agrigento, near Ragusa (2 nights) and in Siracusa (2 nights). You can see details of the hotels from a 15-page tour brochure that you get when you sign up for the tour.
Yes, all walks while visiting places, towns, and the Valley of the Temples. In the Ispica Caves, you must be able to walk in nature on uneven surfaces, with stones, small rocks. The path up to the Vulcano crater and the one in the carousel gorge are optional. if you don't want to do these walks, there will be other activities.
This tour is for female travellers. We however can accept male travellers in the tour, but we only a few spaces for male participants available. In 2019 we had 90% women on our Sicily Tour.
Have more questions about this tour?
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Read What Clients Say About Our Sicily Tours - TESTIMONIALS
We came together, all females from Canada and America except for one lucky male person (me) from Australia. Michela had provided beforehand, full information on what to expect on the trip. Then on the weeks leading up to the trip a few tour blogs. So, by the time we were sitting down for our first “get to know each other” dinner, we were well on the way for making new friendships. Michela had also provided last-minute tips, for example, an overview of Catania, recommended hotels to stay at and the best way into town from the airport. If possible, do a small tour group like the Rocky Travel Tours of Sicily. That way, you have better customer service, and the little bus provides greater mobility, while the unavoidable toilet stops are not as long.
The Rocky Travel Tour of Sicily touts for the active and adventurous type which suited me and most of the others on tour, so I was with like-minded people! The Best of Sicily Tour had a right balance of organised activities and free time. In Palermo there were too many activities for one day, so, a bit rushed. I also found the location and standard of the hotels on tour excellent.
JAMES BURKE | Perth, Western Australia
The Rocky Travel Best of Sicily Tour, this spring, more than lived up to the promise of its name. Our small group visited major cities and towns such as Palermo, Syracusa, and Taormina. Unusual and beautiful places in nature were important destinations as well, including treks on Sicily’s iconic Mt Etna and through other dramatic landscapes. World-famous and less well-known, but fascinating, archaeological ruins and other sites also were part of our wonderful trip, including the Greek temples in Agrigento and the fascinating Ispica Cave with its ancient necropolis and dwellings carved into the hillside. And, one thing I liked was that Rocky Travel made sure we had authentic experiences. Two that stand out are the Palermo “street food” tour, led by a local guide, Raffaella. We tasted delicious and authentic Sicilian tidbits, got to relax around a special set-up table, and we even met the gracious cooks who made those treats. The second was the lunch prepared by a family in a lovely, very un-touristy hilltop village, Sant’Angelo Muxaro. Among my most favourite memories are those from the beautifully situated seaside city of Syracusa, with its rich Greek and Roman history, culture and archaeological sites and its numerous medieval and baroque architectural treasures. Amazingly, you can see all these different cultures on one place: the baroque Cathedral in Syracusa’s historic center, which incorporates Doric columns from a 5thc BC Greek temple. The Cathedral and the other stunning architecture in the surrounding square are especially magical when lit up at night. I’ll always remember this scene and many more from the tour.
I’d recommend Rocky Travel to anyone who likes active travel with small groups and who is interested in really getting to know Sicily and all its cultural, historic and natural aspects. Michela, our organizer, Alessandro, our Sicily expert guide and our wonderful driver, Sergio were incredibly helpful and informative throughout the trip planning and during the journey.
Mary Kelly | Washington, USA
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