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The one that's an authentic adventure across spectacular Sicily, packed with food, beaches and ancient history

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

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  • Group Size

    Max 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver & Local Guides

Catania, Taormina, Noto, Cefalu, Palermo, Syracuse, Agrigento

Real Sicily

4 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Orientation of Catania including Piazza del Duomo & Via dei Crociferi known for its 16th century churches
  • Soak up the sun and amble through Greek & Roman ruins in the seaside town of Taormina with included roundtrip cable car
  • Visit Noto, Sicily's capital of baroque architecture
  • Explore the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO listed site featuring some of the world's most treasured Greek art and architecture

6 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Cooking Class
  • Mount Etna Bike Tour
  • Enjoy dinner on a bio farm outside Noto surrounded by citrus, almond, and olive trees (Contiki Cares)
  • Coastal Cruise
  • Walking Tour
  • Farewell dinner

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel

About this trip

Sicily - where have you been all our lives? For the first time we're taking you across this idyllic island, from the ancient streets of Catania to the mountainside charms of Taormina, where we'll take some cooking classes and cycle down Mt Etna. What's next? How about some more UNESCO heritage sites, some spectacular beaches, and a valley of ancient archaeological wonders? This one finishes on a high in Palermo, a colourful tumble of a city with some of the best food in Italy.

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DAY 1 - Arrive Catania


Welcome to Catania! This colourful cacophony of baroque piazzas and ancient ruins is the perfect place to get acquainted with Sicily. We'll have a chance to check out Catania's UNESCO listed historic core before an included dinner in a local restaurant. Is Sicilian cuisine the best in the world? It has to be up there...


  • Orientation of Catania including Piazza del Duomo & Via dei Crociferi known for its 16th century churches

DAY 2 - Catania to Taormina


We've got more spectacular Sicilian towns to explore today, as we head from Catania to Taormina.


Uniquely perched on the side of a mountain, this elegant resort town is the perfect place to live the good life in Italy. We'll waste no time admiring the gorgeous panoramas, as we take the cable car that connects the town's historic centre with its awesome beaches. After sunning ourselves for a bit, why not opt for a cooking class with some local masterchefs, learning how to whip up local delicacies like Arancini & Cannoli? It's the perfect way to impress everyone when you get back home.


  • Soak up the sun and amble through Greek & Roman ruins in the seaside town of Taormina


  • Discover the secrets about making the Sicilian specialties of arancino & Cannolo

DAY 3 - Taormina


Today we've got an unmissable optional for you. Sicily’s stupendous stratovolcano Mt Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe. And what better way to experience this majestic monster than on an adrenaline filled bike ride, as you pass vineyards and orchards spread across the fertile slopes? You won’t find views quite like this anywhere in Europe. Whether or not you opt for the bike tour, you'll have a free afternoon to explore Taormina - lazing on the beach, checking out the Roman theatre or sitting and drinking a spritz as life lazily moves by. It's a hard life.


  • Conquer the highest active volcano of Europe, Mount Etna on an adrenaline filled bike ride

DAY 4 - Taormina to Noto via Syracuse


See ya, Taormina - it's time to visit some historical hotspots.


On the way to Noto we'll stop off at Syracuse, notable for its rich Roman and Greek ancient history, with ancient amphitheatres and architecture everywhere you look. It was even mentioned in the Bible - how's that for history creds? Today it's a world UNESCO heritage site, and we'll have time to admire all that crumbling beauty before heading onto Noto.


This architectural utopia has one of the most stunning historic centres in Sicily - and that's saying something. The gorgeous Corso Vittoria Emanuele is adorned with gorgeous old churches and red-gold buildings that glimmer in the sunlight. An optional we recommend this evening is heading to an organic farm with us, where we'll meet some locals and get served a delicious farm-to-table feast that'll be some of the freshest Italian food you've ever tasted.


  • Visit Noto, Sicily's capital of baroque architecture


  • Enjoy dinner on a bio farm outside Noto surrounded by citrus, almond, and olive trees (Contiki Cares)

DAY 5 - Noto to Cefalu via Agrigento


Heading from Noto we'll arrive in Agrigento, the perfect base to explore another ancient wonder...


From Agrigento we have an included tour of the Valley of the Temples, This mystical valley is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological heritage. As you wander the valley, in the shadow of blooming almond trees, we'll discover ancient temples, sanctuaries and a necropolis. It’s a spectacular testament to Sicily’s ancient history (and natural beauty).


Arriving in Cefalu we'll enjoy another included dinner of Sicilian delicacies. What a day - and we're not done yet.


  • Explore the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO listed site featuring some of the world's most treasured Greek art and architecture

DAY 6 - Cefalu


Cefalu is a real gem, home to Sicily's best beaches and most impressive Arabic architecture. This truly is the island that keeps on giving. Today's all about coastal vibes, soaking up that sun, sea and sand - with plenty of watersports to get involved with. If you're feeling a little more zen, why not opt for the coastal cruise and soak up some scenery instead? Later on we'll stroll the winding cobbled streets and watch fishermen taking stock of the day's bounties, before exploring the town's foodie and nightlife scene. Ah, Sicily - sigh.


  • Take a relaxing coastal cruise to admire the spectacular scenery of Cefalu

DAY 7 - Cefalu to Palermo


It's time to end on a high, as we make our way towards Sicily's sizzling capital.


Palermo is a vivacious and colourful tumble of a city with a rich history and a thrilling culinary scene. But it’s also been plagued by organised crime for decades. Today we can opt for a fascinating walking tour through the picturesque historic centre, teaching us about the history of the Mafia in Palermo, as well as how the civil anti-Mafia movement formed an unlikely resistance. We'll also have free time to wonder the storied streets, grabbing some local eats and falling in love with this feisty city. Then, our adventure's final optional experience: a farewell dinner of Palermo specialities, as we swap stories, compare photos and plan future adventures together over a few glasses of local wine.


  • Learn about the Mafia and the civil anti-mafia movement whilst walking through the picturesque historic centre of Palermo (Contiki Cares)

  • Farewell dinner in Palermo supporting Addiopizzo, Mafia Free Tourism (Contiki Cares)

DAY 8 - Depart Palermo


We're headed back to the airport after one final breakfast together. Hug it out, swap social deets - and don't be sad, we'll see each other on the road again soon.

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