Visit "La Bella Sicilia" - the Crossroads of Ancient Cultures
Embrace picturesque Sicily and capture the essence of its incredibly rich history, diverse culture and luscious cuisine on an exciting journey to the largest island in the Mediterranean. To add to the appeal, there is plenty of sun and beautiful weather, making this a year-round destination... It's one of our favorite destinations, and we hope this sample itinerary will inspire you to set your sights on Sicily!
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Since Bethesda Travel Center’s inception over 50 years ago, we have believed that “It All Starts with a Conversation!” This has served us and our many clients very well over the years! Only after a personalized consultation are we able to create an ideal summary proposal, and then make it come to life. Have peace of mind knowing we will passionately arrange every special experience for you; starting with carefully selected hotels, private transfers and all transport, private tours with our dynamic and experienced local guides, and recommendations for the most authentic restaurants. Our personally designed travel App will provide you with all of your itinerary details, and rest assured that we will work meticulously to ensure that you enjoy your very own custom tailored ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ on this alluring island.
Here follow some itinerary thoughts for your visit to the wonders of Sicily including
Palermo, Menfi, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Taormina and Siracusa!
OUR SAMPLE ITINERARY
Arrive Palermo and Start Exploring
On arrival in Palermo, you will be met for the private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Free time this afternoon to relax and begin your exploration of Palermo, a city highlighted by Beaux Arts, theaters, and neighborhoods that have been unchanged for hundreds of years!
Explore the Incredible Palermo and Uncover the Archaeological Treasures of Monreale
Enjoy a journey to explore Palermo and Monreale with your expert guide and driver. In Palermo, visit the namesake Palermo Cathedral, and awake your senses at the Ballarò Market. Moving forward to Monreale where you can admire the famed Norman architecture and mosaics that make Monreale a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A leisurely afternoon to wander through Palermo's famous markets and do a little shopping
Delve into Cefalù’s Rich History and Culture
Our driver will escort you along the coast to Cefalù, a lovely fishing village with a quaint town center and home to impressive cathedral mosaics. The rest of the day is at your leisure to do and see whatever you like! Back to Palermo tonight for dinner. Sicily offers a uniquely delicious cuisine!
Venture to Menfi in SW Sicily (this is Wine Country)
On the road today! With your private driver or rental car, reach Menfi. En route, consider a stop in Segesta for a visit to the unfinished Doric temple and theater, or a stroll through the charming hilltop town of Erice. Menfi (SW Sicily) could be your chance to experience the dynamic wine country of Sicily with a hands on cooking class and a visit to a ricotta cheese dairy (very fresh!)
Free Day to Discover the Mysteries Behind the Greek Temples of Agrigento and the Region
Consider taking day trips to some of the nearby destinations. Perhaps to the famous salt works in Mozia? Or step back in time in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, where you will be able to see the temples for numerous Greek Gods and Goddesses. The choice is yours!
Travel to Piazza Armerina En Route to Taormina
Your journey continues to Taormina! On the way, a stop in Piazza Armerina will give you a spectacular view of IV-c mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale. Once you reach Taormina, check into your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours! Perhaps put on your chef’s hat and pull out your mattarello (rolling pin) to whip up your culinary masterpiece at a hands on cooking class at a local restaurant!
Marvel at the Stunning Views from the Summit of Mt. Etna
With your driver and guide, enjoy a ride to Mt. Etna. Suggest a light hike to the Crateri Silvestri, which are the massive craters from the eruption of 1892! Alternatively, you can take the funicular up to breathtaking heights. Back to Taormina late this afternoon, you'll have the rest of the day to yourself. More beach time, or perhaps a little shopping?
Uncover the Charms of Siracusa
Day trip to Siracusa, the hometown of Archimedes and one of the great cities of the Greek world. Together with your guide, explore the Archaeological Park known for its quarries and exceptional Ear of Dionyssios, as well as the cathedral and the main city on the peninsula of Ortigia. Transfer back to Taormina for the night
Depart Taormina to Catania Airport
Transfer to Catania this morning for your home-bound flights. Same-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!
When should I go?
Sicily has become a year round destination. The gentle climate is subtropical and most hotels remain open year-round, in addition Sicily enjoys more and better year-round flight access than ever before (note that the summer months can be very hot)
Please give us a call! Our professional and experienced travel team will gladly consult with you and draw up the best itinerary based on your needs and wishes so that it is the best vacation of your life!! 9-days really isn't enough! Consider to extend your stay to 10-12 days? You could add a few extra nights in Sicily anywhere along the way, or why not include a stay in Siracusa, Ragusa, Noto, or an in-depth detailed visit of Mount Etna, and so much more. We will gladly tailor your vacation to your heart's desire! Remember! Our specialty is listening to YOU as we work together to craft the very best itinerary, pace and hotel selections for you and your family!