Sicily

Edits: Street Food & Sunshine in Sicily Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Italy
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EWS
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

6 Days Flight Inclusive
6 Days Land only

Trip Overview

What is Exodus Edits?

  • Guided group tours for busy people in their 30s and 40s
  • Adventurous itineraries designed to maximise your annual leave
  • Loads of included meals and activities in every trip
  • Great for solo travellers, couples and friends
  • Industry-leading COVID-19 refund commitment

 

If this Edits trip isn’t for you then please take a look at our Exodus Travels version Treasures of Sicily trip, or view our full range of Exodus Edits trips here

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.

At a Glance

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

Trip 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  

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.

Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Palermo
End City:
Catania

Land Only Itinerary

  • 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

Please note: it is possible that the order of the itinerary listed above will be changed to ensure the best possible conditions for each activity during the trip. All listed activities and services will be included. Your leader will inform you of any changes locally after assessing conditions.

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.

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & 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

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Exodus Edits provide airport arrival and departure transfers at two set times for this trip, usually in the morning and evening.

Arrival time for transfers (to be confirmed upon booking)

11 am and 8 pm

Meet at Palermo airport at one of the above times for your transfer to Hotel Plaza Opera in Palermo. If you do not take the group transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions.

We know that the unexpected can happen. Your plane may get delayed, or things just don’t go to plan. If you miss your tour departure, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don’t forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure.

Flights

Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. If you’d like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give our Sales team a call.

Location start:
Palermo
Location end:
Catania

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Backpack
  • Comfortable shoes for sightseeing and walking shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Water bottle

Practical Information

Passport

Italy

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Italy

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

2-pin European

Money

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

 For lunch and dinners, please budget around €15-30 per meal

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. If you wish to tip your group leader in appreciation of their help and friendliness, we recommend €15 per person

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

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

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

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 2021.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

In line with our ‘book and travel with confidence’ promise which allows you to cancel free of charge up to 42 days prior to departure, or transfer to another trip free of charge up to 21 days prior to your trip starting in country,  please be aware that this excludes ‘irrecoverable costs’. Details can be found here: https://www.exodus.co.uk/about-exodus/exodus-booking-conditions

 

For this trip, the irrecoverable costs related to in-country operations are outlined below, if booking flight inclusive your sales agent will confirm the terms related to your international flights at the time of booking.

Accommodation £509 GBP / €565 EUR / $644 USD / $870 CAD / $960 AUD

 

Costs are accurate at the time of writing in September 2020

 

If you need to cancel your trip because you or a member of your party is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has received a request from the Government to self-isolate, you will receive a full refund less these irrecoverable costs.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.