Street Food & Sunshine in Sicily

6 days
from
£1,399
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
EWS
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
6–16

See the best of Sicily’s city life, coast and volcanic landscapes on a six-day Italian adventure. Delve into Mafia history in Palermo. Spend time on the beach in Cefalu. Then up the ante with a memorable 4X4 drive across Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Along the way you’ll taste Palermo’s street food, devour gelato, try sweet treats in Taormina and sample Etna’s wine. Delizioso.

Highlights

  • Learn about the darker side of Palermo on a Mafia tour
  • Escape the city in search of Sicily’s beaches and hilltop towns.
  • Get lost in ancient streets and sit back in the sunshine with an espresso
  • Try the very best of Sicilian cuisine: aperitivo in Catania, street food on a Palermo night tour, wine tasting on Mount Etna and sweet treats in Taormina  

Key information

  • Five nights in comfortable and central 4-star hotels
  • Four days of guided sightseeing and activities
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner, one aperitivo and one wine tasting
  • All transport and listed activitie
  • Free arrival transfer from Palermo airport to start hotel at two set times and one departure transfer to Catania airport
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Two special guided walking tours in Palermo
  • Mount Etna excursion by 4x4
  • Wine tasting and lunch on Mount Etna

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for leader and local staff
  • Local city taxes approximately €12
  • Flights
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

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Sustainable Travel

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Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

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Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2020.

Itinerary

Palermo
to
Catania
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Palermo

    Make your own flights arrangements to Palermo, Sicily’s regional capital. It’s got a lively and bohemian feel to it and the ideal place to kick start six days on this glorious island. Check into your hotel for a rest, but this metropolis’ bars and restaurants will coax you out before long. Tonight you may wish to join your leader and fellow travellers and head out to familiarise yourself with the lively historic centre. 

  • Day 2

    Take a Mafia tour. Tonight, you’ll taste the best of the city on a foodie exploration

    Get under the skin of Palermo with the help of a local guide. You’ll learn about the dark Mafia history (and the civil anti-mafia movement) as you walk beneath the domes and frescoed arches of the city. Tour complete, the afternoon is yours to explore Palermo.

    You’ll join a food tour tonight to sample some of the region’s celebrated street food around the port of La Cala and the nightlife area of La Vucciria. Try rascatura croquette washed down with a beer served from the carts and kiosks of street vendors. The evening ends at Piazza Fonderia, with ice cream from a legendary gelateria.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Travel to Cefalu for beach time. Then up to hilltop Taormina, then on to Taormina Bay

    Leave the city behind today. It’s an hour to Cefalu where there’s downtime to relax on the beach. Feeling restless? Wander through the Cefalu’s lanes and visit the beautiful Duomo

    In the afternoon there’s a 90-minute drive to your hotel on Taormina Bay. Settle in, relax by the pool or take a walk to the nearby Isola Bella beach.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ride Taormina’s cable car, explore the historic centre or relax at the beach

    After breakfast, you’ll take the cable car to Taormina’s historic centre. Get to know the town in your own time, paying an optional visit to Teatro Greco, a spectacular horseshoe-shaped Greek theatre with vast and impressive views.

    There’s an opportunity to taste some of Sicily’s best cannoli pastries and granita desserts in Taormina’s cafes. Pull up a chair and enjoy a little people-watching – this is the type of town that seduces artists, tourists and the glitterati alike.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Discover the formidable Mount Etna by 4x4. Go wine tasting and travel to Catania

    Adventure levels are dialled up today. In a kitted out 4X4, you’ll head up the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Off-roading over cold lava streams, it’s an exhilarating and memorable journey. You’ll hop out to talk to an incredible vantage point over the Bove Valley. Then you’ll visit a wine cellar for a tasting and feast on local dishes for lunch.  

    In the late afternoon, it’s on to vibrant Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city for a tour. You’ll stay at Hotel Katane tonight, centrally located for easy access to the city hubbub. Enjoy an al fresco aperitivo, with views of Mount Etna. You can choose whether or not you’d like to join your fellow travellers for a final dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Discover Syracuse, or return home – you decide

    Depending what time your flight departs, there’s an extra trip to Syracuse today that you can arrange when you book. It’s a dazzlingly beautiful place with a fascinating history, so well worth it if you can extend your time just a little more (surely those meetings can wait…?).

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

The trip includes all breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner, one aperitivo and one wine tasting

Trip is veggie friendly. Vegan options are available, although choice may be limited

Is this trip for you?

  • This is a leisurely trip and is suitable for all people who have good level of overall health and fitness
  • The excursion on Mount Etna includes a short walk and visit to a lava cave. The terrain may be hilly, made of old dried lava, rocky ash and sand so good walking shoes are essential

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels

Two nights at 4-star hotel in Palermo. Plaza Opera Hotel or similar

In the heart of Palermo, Hotel Plaza Opera has elegant rooms that blend antique paintings and furniture, with works by contemporary artists. There is a cosy lounge bar, and breakfast includes delicious local specialities and a selection of organic products.

Two nights at 4-star hotel in Taormina. Hotel Villa Esperia or similar

Hotel Villa Esperia is set in Mazzaro Bay, near the cable cars that whisk visitors to Taormina’s historic centre. The panoramic sea views from the hotel terrace and the large outdoor pool have guests lingering to enjoy the seascapes. Rooms at are spacious and some have balconies with sea views. Guests can choose from Italian, Continental or American breakfasts.

One night at 4-star hotel in Catania. Hotel Katane Palace hotel or similar

Katane Palace Hotel is located in the heart of historic Catania. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, free soft drinks in the minibar, and satellite TV. Breakfast is a generous buffet, including fresh fruit.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
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