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My friend and I traveled with Michela on the Best 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 Sicily Tour 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
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Sicily. Travelling with Rocky Travel was so easy and well-organized. Michela and our local guide Angela always ensured we had enough time to see everything while bonding with other women travelling in the group. The accommodations were well chosen and often located where walking into town during our free time was easy. While in Sicily in May 2023, we had to deal with bad weather, cancel some of our excursions, and replace them with new tours. This was done without any downtime and with options that exceeded my expectations. My experience with Rocky Travel in Sicily was super good, and I highly recommend any tours organized by Rocky Travel.
MARIE-JOSÉe Vinet | Toronto, CANADA
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
This small-group tour is an ideal introduction to Sicily's many and varied attractions, ranging from architecture to food to archaeology. Zoom calls beforehand meant I already knew the other tour participants when it started. The meals were an excellent introduction to Sicilian cuisine. The tour guide was outstanding, and her local knowledge gave us valuable insights into many aspects of Sicilian culture, history and food. Poor weather meant some of the attractions were closed. Our tour leaders, Michela and Angela, organised excellent replacement activities using local contacts and insider knowledge. I definitely recommend this Sicily Small Group Tour to solo female travellers 50+ who want to visit a more unusual destination and make new friends. This was my first tour, and I wondered if I'd like it. I'm now a big fan of small group tours with hand-picked like-minded travellers. I'll be looking out for more!
Marion Halliday | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
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
Michela, Angela, and Francesco, our tour driver, did their best to create and provide a lovely tour of Sicily. Patience and attentiveness were well executed throughout the trip, and no questions were left unanswered. The knowledge demonstrated throughout was much appreciated, especially when we needed to shift gears due to weather concerns. I highly recommend this Sicily Small Group Tour by Rocky Travel. Michela, the organiser, and Angela’s tour guide expertise were exceptional.
Charmaine Harkins | West Hartford, USA
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 for seniors 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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