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A Week in Sicily: Palermo, Syracuse & Taormina

with Rome extension
  • Duration: 8 or 11 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 3
Discover a multicultural island in the middle of the Mediterranean.

Sicily’s traditions and cuisine take on a new life as the summer comes to an end and locals take to the streets. From fresh fall harvests and beautiful blue-sky winters to warm spring weather, each season brings a unique reason to visit. Travel to lively Palermo, seaside Syracuse, and charming Taormina to uncover the island’s beautiful landscapes and interesting history.

Your tour package includes
  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Cappella Palatina
  • Monreale Cathedral
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Island of Ortygia
  • Syracuse Cathedral
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Palermo today.

Palermo2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Palermo
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Palermo & Monreale
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, embark on a guided tour of the bayside city of Palermo and the hilltop town of Monreale.

• Visit the architecturally diverse Palermo Cathedral and see the stunning artwork of the Cappella Palatina

• Head to nearby Monreale and enter Monreale Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site that combines Norman, Arab, and Byzantine architectural styles

Spend a free afternoon in Palermo or add an excursion.

Ancient Ruins of Segesta
Excursion (additional cost)
Syracuse2 nights
Day 4: Syracuse via Piazza Armerina
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Armerina and view the stunning mosaics in the UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale.

After, continue on to Syracuse.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Syracuse
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a historic city known for its rich Greek history.

• Visit the Greek theater, the most complete ancient Greek theater still in existence

• Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that Caravaggio dubbed “The Ear of Dionysius” for its unique acoustics

• Visit the Roman amphitheater, then cross a bridge to the Island of Ortygia to see the Temple of Apollo and Syracuse Cathedral

Enjoy a free afternoon in Syracuse or add an excursion.

Baroque City of Noto
Excursion (additional cost)
Taormina Region2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Taormina & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Taormina, where a local guide introduces you to this scenic town perched high above the sea.

• Stroll along the city’s cobblestone streets to see Taormina Cathedral and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament

• Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater which, on clear days, offers panoramic vistas of Mount Etna

Day 7: Free day in Taormina
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Taormina or add an excursion.

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Museo Storico dello Sbarco & Historic Catania
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Rome.

Extension to Rome

Spend a few days enjoying everything the Eternal City has to offer, from the ancient ruins to the fresh cuisine.

Rome3 nights
Day 8: Flight to Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Rome this morning. Enjoy a free evening in Rome or add an excursion.

Rome Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials

• Pass by Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots, and the Baths of Caracalla

Spend a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add excursions. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Rome Cooking Class & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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28 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Oct 12–Oct 19, 2019
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$1,949
Nov 16–Nov 23, 2019
Extension available
$1,749
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Dec 14–Dec 21, 2019
Extension available
$1,749
Feb 22–Feb 29, 2020
$1,699
Mar 7–Mar 14, 2020
$1,799
Mar 28–Apr 4, 2020
Extension available
$1,799
Apr 4–Apr 11, 2020
$1,999
Apr 11–Apr 18, 2020
Extension available
$1,999
Oct 10–Oct 17, 2020
$1,949
Oct 24–Oct 31, 2020
Extension available
$1,949
Nov 14–Nov 21, 2020
Extension available
$1,749
Dec 12–Dec 19, 2020
Extension available
$1,749
Feb 20–Feb 27, 2021
$1,699
Mar 6–Mar 13, 2021
Extension available
$1,799
Mar 20–Mar 27, 2021
$1,799
Apr 3–Apr 10, 2021
Extension available
$1,999
Apr 17–Apr 24, 2021
$1,999
May 15–May 22, 2021
Extension available
$1,999
Jun 12–Jun 19, 2021
$2,299
Jul 17–Jul 24, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Sep 4–Sep 11, 2021
$2,199
Sep 18–Sep 25, 2021
$2,199
Oct 2–Oct 9, 2021
Extension available
$1,949
Oct 9–Oct 16, 2021
$1,949
Oct 16–Oct 23, 2021
Extension available
$1,949
Nov 6–Nov 13, 2021
$1,749
Nov 13–Nov 20, 2021
Extension available
$1,749
Dec 4–Dec 11, 2021
$1,749
Reviews
4.7 average
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by 8th time traveler 

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Wonderful Week in Sicily
by 6th time traveler 

First hotel location was good, meals were excellent, room was small. Second hotel was beautiful, room was good, location not great. Third hotel was beautiful, view was stunning, and location was excellent. Tour value, itinerary, tour director, and overall experience was excellent. I would like to go...

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Beautiful Sicily
by 8th time traveler 

Although the tour was short, it covered a lot of ground. I enjoyed visiting the ancient sites as well as the churches. The mosaic tile artwork in both the ancient sites and the churches was breathtakingly beautiful. The local guides were very informative and entertaining. Tini, our tour guide, w...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Hotel Romanico Palace

This luxurious hotel is located in Rome's Ludovisi neighborhood. Guests enjoy a rooftop garden, spa and fitness center, and air conditioning. Nearby, ...

Hotel Mercure Palermo Centro

This modern hotel is located in the Palermo city center. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a bar, and a spacious lobby. Nearby, you'll find Teatro Politeama, T...

Grand Hotel Villa Politi

This grand hotel is located near the historic archeological zone. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find the Greek Theater of Sy...

RG Naxos Hotel

This traditional hotel is located on the coast of Naxos. Guests enjoy a restaurant, outdoor pool, and gym. Nearby, you’ll find Lido Bonday Beach, loca...

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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Palermo and depart from Catania (or Rome on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Catania to Rome is included in the price of your tour extension.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [cdc.gov](https://www/cdc.gov).
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Sicilian cuisine in particular is heavily influenced by Spanish, Greek, and Arab traditions. The Spanish brought New World influences to the region in the form of tomatoes, chocolate, and maize, while the Arab influence can be tasted in recipes that include rice, spinach, saffron, and citrus fruits. Regional specialties include arancini, cannoli, and granita.
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
  • On the tour extension, Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese, and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily’s arancini ).
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.