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12 DAYS •  The Original TRUE SMALL GROUP TOUR OF SICILY •  UP TO 16 GUESTS

Taormina, Syracuse (Siracusa), and Palermo

Discover Palermo, Ragusa, Agrigento, Siracusa, Taormina, Mount Etna & more...
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12 Day Amazing Sicily

12 Day Amazing Sicily

To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything. —  Goethe

This "Special Touch" itinerary presents a unique approach to discovering the best Sicily has to offer the Story Way®.

10-day itinerary through the Sicilian landscape featuring Taormina, Syracuse (Siracusa), and Palermo

This tour is the perfect balance of inclusions and free time in magical Sicily.

If you've never been to Sicily, then you're in for a real treat. If you have previously visited, then you already know you want to go back and see more. Sitting at the tip of the boot of Italy, Sicily is a place like no other on Earth. The mild Mediterranean climate and the nostalgia are things that must be experienced in person...words cannot describe.

The island is filled with wonders from the old world and panoramas not-to-be-missed, to the world-famous volcano, Mount Etna, to exotic beaches, old ruins, and sweeping vineyards and farmlands. Sicily is truly a special destination, and is sure to delight. Come see it with us!

 

  • Sicily and Mt Etna
  • Noto, Sicily
  • Taormina, Sicily
  • Valley of the Temples
  • Sicilian Culinary Experience
Transatlantic Flight Departure Day

Day 1: Depart North America on Transatlantic flights. The flight is not included.

Can we help you with your Airfare? Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea® air service department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate. At the end of your Sicilian adventure, you should set your flight to return from Catania.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Palermo) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.
 

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Palermo
 

Day 2: Palermo Arrival

WELCOME TO THE AMAZING SICILY TOUR

Arrival Transfer
Meet the STORY representative upon clearing customs and enjoy a transfer to your hotel.

Palermo Transfer
This afternoon we will board our mini-coach and drive the short distance into the center of palermo to begin our welcome day activites.

Palermo, Italy

Palermo TC Orientation
Meeting your Tour Captain in the lobby of the Deluxe hotel for your Palermo Orientation walking tour.

Welcome Reception
This evening we will come together and enjoy a wonderful "Welcome to Sicily" reception followed by our first included dinner together.

food icon   Story Way® Dining Join the Tour Captain for a special welcome to Sicily dining event.

About The Story® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. We call this 'speaking the language of your food.' From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic cuisine paired with wine. Your Tour Captain or Story Local Host is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain or Story Local Host will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region in which you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine does flow." It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience in the local culture.

Accommodation
Villa Igiea or similar, 2 nights with breakfasts included.


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Palermo

Day 3:Palermo & Monreale

Monreale Duomo
Duomo in Monreale

Sightseeing Immersion
Spend a half day exploring the best of Palermo and the glories of Monreale with this combination day trip. See the top attractions in the old town of the Sicilian capital of Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, and Politeama Theater. Next, travel up to the hilltop town of Monreale to tour the famous Duomo. Marvel at the golden mosaics covering the Duomo's interior.

Palermo Leisure
After our fascinating tour today you can enjoy the balance of the day as you wish. We can bring you back to the Villa or we can drop you in Palermo city center and return you to the villa later in the day.

Villa Return Transfer
We will plan to rendezvous with all that opted to explore Palermo on their own this afternoon.

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.

Palermo Food & Wine Walking Tour   $119 pp

Go off the beaten tourist trail in Palermo and discover the city's cuisine and wine as you go. With a guide, you'll discover traditional eateries where samples of food and wine await. Sip on prosecco, chow down on Sicilian pastries, and admire several Palermo landmarks including the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience. Visit a family-run tavern for prosecco and fresh fish Sip on regional red wine as you learn about Palermo's history Savor samples of Sicilian pastries and liquor in the Quattro Canti piazza.

Palermo Street Food Walking Tour    $79 pp

Snack your way through the streets of Palermo on this Sicilian food tour. Explore backstreet markets and food stalls specializing in local delicacies like stuffed rice balls and chickpea fritters as your guide fills you in on local history, culture. Plus, this small-group tour has a limited number of participants for a more personalized experience. Visit Sicily's open-air markets including Vucciria Market and Mercato di Capo Taste five authentic Sicilian street foods and one local wine.

Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-Day Tour  $249 pp

Discover two of Palermo's most distinctive landmarks on this immersive, half-day tour. Set off from your accommodation—hotel pickup and drop-off are included—and venture first to the Capuchin Catacombs: a macabre destination home to thousands of mummified bodies, many of them priests. Next, you'll discover the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Monreale, famous for its fusion of Norman and Arabic architecture. A break for Sicilian coffee and nibbles is also included. All entrance fees are included in the tour price.

Fly Over Palermo $499 pp
(1-3 people)

A fantastic panoramic flight to discover Palermo and Mondello. Enjoy the breathtaking colors of the crystal clear sea in the bay of Mondello and the spectacular views of the city or Palermo. Transfer to and from your hotel is included.

 
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Sciacca

Day 4: To Verdura Resort with Wine Tasting & Lunch

Sciaccas
Transfer to Sciacca
This morning we set off for the southern coast of Sicily. We plan a wonderful stop in route for a wine tasting and lunch.

Tenuta Tondi Gorghi wth Lunch
A winery between the sky and the sea. The Baglio, has stylish and welcoming rooms dedicated to culture, wine tastings and pairing with traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with everything carefully designed to offer our visitors an unforgettable experience.

Very few wineries are lucky enough to be situated within a WWF nature reserve. The vineyards, blessed by the Gorghi Tondi ponds of Karstic origin on one side, and the waves of the sea on the other, are a place of rare beauty that will make a lasting impression in the memory of any visitor to the estate, like on a postcard.

Transfer to Verdura
After this wonderful tasting and lunch we complete the days journey to the southern coast of Sicily and arrive to our spectacular resort.

Verdura Check In & Leisure
Checking in to the resort you will have the balance of the day to enjoy this beautiful little area of Sicily and dine as you wish this evening at the resort.

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.

Accommodation
Verdura Resort or similar, 2 nights with breakfasts included.
 

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Sciacca
 

Day 5: Leisure Day at Resort

Resort Leisure
Today you can relax and soak up the sune. Enjoy a round of golf, sign up for a Sicilian cooking class (advance reservations required) or lounge at poolside. You can also indulge in one of the many spa sessions offered at the resort.

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation
Villa Athena Hotel or similar, 1 Night

 
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Ragusa
 

Day 6: Agrigento and Ragusa

Ragusa
Ragusa, Sicily

Private Transfer
This morning we say goodbye to the resort and travel along the coast to the historic town of Agrigento. There we will meet our Story Local Guide to take an indepth look at the Greek ruins known as the "Valley of the Temples" After the tour we have a Story Exclusive lunch planned for you. We will enjoy a wonderfully prepared picnic lunch in th Il Giardino della Kolymbethra.

On to Ragusa
Continuing along the southern coast we have our sights set on our final destination for this days journey, Ragusa. Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking.

Ragusa Arrival
Arriving in the middle of the afternoon assures that our rooms will be ready. We check in and relax from our amazing journey today.

Ragusa Orientation
Plan to meet your Story Tour Captain and enjoy an orientation walk of Ragusa in route to your included dinner tonight.

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation
Relais & Châteaux Locanda Don Serafino or similar, 2 Nights

 
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Ragusa
 

Day 7: Piazza Armerina

Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

To Piazza Armerina/Villa Romana del Casale
This morning we're bound for Piazza Armerina. We shall tour the famous Villa Romana del Casale, built during the 4th Century. This villa contains the richest, largest, and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. In addition, this Villa is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. The precious and beautiful mosaics in this Villa constitute some of the best conserved anywhere in the world today.

Ragusa Leisure
After your fantastic day in the Sicilian countryside you return to Ragusa with the balance of the day to wander as you wish.sssssssss

food icon   Oprional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.

 
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To Siracusa

Day 8: On to Siracusa

Siracusa (Syracuse), Italy


Private Transfer

This morning after a delightful breakfat we set off for Siracusa.

food icon   Story ® Exclusive: Olive Oil Tasting & Lunch.
Another Story Exclusive awaits as we make a stop to taste and compare the olive oils of Sicily along with a wonderful lunch featuring local specialties. Tenuta Cavasecca for an included lunch and olive oil tasting.

Private Transfer
After lunch we have a very short drive to the coastal city of Siracusa.On the south-eastern coast of Sicily rises Syracuse, a city among the most noble and elegant from all over the Mediterranean Sea.

Full of charm, history and natural landscape, enviable and envied, the city is divided into two different groups: the urban part of the city and Ortigia, the beautiful island of the city, increasingly rich in tourism.

In 2005, Syracuse and the nearby necropolis of Pantalica, have become part of the Unesco World Heritage.

Siracusa Check In & Leisure
We plan to arrive in the early afternoon to allow you plenty of time at leisure today. Check in to your spectacular hotel and relax for a while.

Siracusa Orientation
Meet your Story Tour Captain and step out for an informative orientation of your Siracusa surroundings. Then enjoy time as you wish this evening.

food icon   Optional Dining: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.

Accommodation
Ortea Luxury Palace or similar, 2 Nights

 
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Siracusa

Day 9: Siracusa Immersion

Ear of Dionysys
Ear of Dionysys

Sightseeing Immersion
We are bound for the ancient city of Siracusa (Syracuse). Siracusa is well known for its rich Greek history --- culture, amphitheaters, architecture, and birthplace of the famous mathematician and engineer, Archimedes. We begin our experience with a guided tour of the historic heart of Siracusa, the island of Ortigia. After the tour, enjoy time for lunch, exploring at your leisure.

This 2,700-year-old city is right next to the Ionian Sea. Cicero once described Siracusa as "the greatest Greek city and most beautiful of them all." The Bible mentions that Paul, the apostle, stayed here in Siracusa. In 2005, the entire city of Siracusa was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Our sightseeing immersion includes the most-famous sites at the Neapolis Archaeological Zone in Siracusa, the historic section of Siracusa, including a visit to the 16,000 seat Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysius, and the Roman Amphitheatre.

Afternoon at Leisure
The afternoon is completely yours to explore, shop or relax as you wish.

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included dining tonight with the Tour Captain.


 
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To Taormina
 

Day 10: Mount Etna Experience

Mount Etna

Story Exclusive®
Your private driving guide or driver and guide will take you to Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.You will reach the 1800 meters level. The excursion will continue with the visit of some small villages such as Santa Venerina and Milo, where we will stop and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to the amazingly beautiful resort towm of Taormina.

Orientation Walkabout & Story Exclusive®
After a spectacular day out plan to enjoy a little downtime today before our walkabout to a STORY Exclusive.s

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.


Accommodation:
Hotel NH Collection Taormina or similar, 2 Nights

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Taormina

Day 11: Cooking Class & Afternoon Leisure

Taormina & Mt. EtnaTaormina with Mt. Etna in background.
 

Private Market Tour and Cooking Class with Lunch
Enjoy personalized attention and customizable experience during this private cooking class in Taormina. You'll be welcomed into your host's home for an authentic experience learning to cook three traditional Italian dishes, after strolling through the local markets to pick the freshest ingredients. Then, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, accompanied by a selection of local wines.

Taormina Cooking Class
 

At Leisure
Enjoy tyour afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or siteseeing.

food icon   Story Way® Dining: This evening we come together and celebrate with our STORY Farewell Dinner.

 

Etna Countryside Food & Wine Lovers Tours    $179 pp

Indulge your love of food and wine on this half-day tour of the Etna countryside. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the region's history and culture from a local guide as you cruise through scenic Sicilian villages. Stop at a family-run winery, a picturesque farmhouse with delicious food, and a pastry bar. Enjoy wine tastings and samples of local cheeses, salumi, and pastas included in the tour price. Get an insider's view on the region while exploring beautiful villages. Enjoy hotel pickup/drop-off and all food and drink samples included.

Godfather vs Mafia Tour and Sicilian Lunch  $149 pp

Compare the unforgettable storyline of the Godfather saga with real-life Mafia history during this in-depth guided tour, with stops at three Sicilian villages. See famous Godfather filming locations, like the church where Micheal Corleone married his young bride, Apollonia. You'll also hear true stories from Sicilian Mafia clans and learn about their grip on southern Italy. The tour concludes with a tasty pasta buffet at a typical trattoria. Enjoy comfortable, private car transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle, with hotel pickup.

Half Day Pizza Making Class  $79 pp

Make pizza like a pro during a 4-hour cooking class in Taormina. Under the expert of a local 'pizzaiolo' you'll make a versatile dough from scratch and top it with a fresh sauce. Hear tips, learn about the ingredients, then sit down to savor your Sicilian feast. Bruschetta, wine, and soft drinks are also included.

 

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Arrivederci Sicily!

Day 12: Homeward Bound

This morning depending on your flight time consider an optional transfer to the Catania Airport for your flight back home.

Call today to place your reservation at 1 (877) 865-6711.

 
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EXTEND YOUR VACATION TO THE BEAUTIFUL AEOLIAN ISLANDS or ENCHANTED AMALFI COAST

 


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart-of-City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Our small group Italy tour hotels feature historical architecture with all the amenities you'd come to expect. The properties are located in the heart of the cities, towns and villages.

Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.

 

Palermo Hotels - 2 Nights

Sciacca Hotel - 2 Nights

Ragusa Hotel - 2 Nights

Siracusa Hotels - 2 Nights

Taormina Hotels - 2 Nights

Extension: Consider Amalfi Coast or Aeolian Islands Extension


What's Included in this Small Group Tour of Sicily?

  • Story Cares: Emergency support line during your tour. In addition to your Tour Captain, we have our in-Italy staff ready to support.
  • No Hidden Fees: Tourist fees & taxes, tourist city taxes all included.
  • PORTAGE One (1) piece of luggage up to 50 pounds is included. One (1) carry-on bag is included and must fit on your lap (no roller carry-ons). 
  • PROFESSIONAL STORY TOUR CAPTAIN®
    • The consummate host with you from the time the tour begins and until it ends. Our Tour Captains work hand-in-hand with our local Italian team of professionals.
  • LOCAL ITALIAN EXPERT GUIDE.
    • Our expert, local Italian guides in Venice, Florence and Rome speak English well, and possess a passion for sharing Italy with our guests.
    • Private, Expertly Guided Touring with an easy pace and perfect-balance
  • Go Inside with Story Admission and Entrance Fees per itinerary - No Long Lines.
  • Breakfast is included daily
  • Story Way® DINING INCLUDED —  5 Great Dinners ~ 5 incredibly unique dinners at authentic Italian restaurants (not tourist traps) are included with our Deluxe Tour, 3 are not. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to dinner at authentic restaurants each and every night, though you may choose to explore on your own.
  • We Stay in the Very Heart of Cities & Towns.
  • Comfortable Vehicles
    • Sightseeing per itinerary with professionally driven, air-conditioned motor-coach (half-motor-coach - 22 passenger vehicle or less based on tour group size)
  • Gratuities Included: Story Land & Sea® includes gratuities for Local Tour Guides, Drivers, Hotel and Restaurant Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included, and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your Italian land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

We recommend some form of travel protection to help provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, lost or delayed baggage and more. You may purchase this coverage from the provider of your choice. For your convenience, we offer plans through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, go to TRAVELEX (click here) 

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That's it ~ everything else, excluding personal item purchases, is included. Read on below for all of the inclusions to this tour through of Amazing Sicily.

Something for everyone…Whether you’re a “first-timer” to Sicily or have visited many times, we invite you to join us for this exciting tour program designed especially for Story adventurers.

 

Amazing Sicily:
STORY ADVENTURE

 
2020 Small Group Tour Prices
Published Date Deluxe
Price
Classic Budget
Price
Departures in April-May 2020
Apr 18
$6,579 $5,579
May 16
$6,579 $5,579
Departures in June-July 2020
June 13
$6,579 $5,579
Departures in September 2020
Sep 12
$6,579 $5,579
Departures in October 2020
Oct 3
$6,579 $5,579
   

Published prices are based on double occupancy and are a guaranteed departure with at least two (2) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

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