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Sicily and Eolic Islands

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Day 1: Palermo.-
Welcome to PALERMO, transfer to the hotel. Free time afterwards. With more than half a million inhabitants Palermo, the capital of Sicily, is a vibrant city, full of life and contrasts that offers impressive architecture, combining Arab, Norman, Aragonese and Baroque influences. Its mild climate all year round, its lively atmosphere and its rich gastronomy make it a city that leaves no one indifferent.
Day 2: Palermo.-
Total distance: 40 km.

09.00 hrs. - Today with a local guide we will have a city tour of Palermo. We will admire the cathedral with its mix of styles and its royal tombs inside (admission included); the Norman Palace (the former royal palace), its fountains, its markets and gardens. During the visit we will also go to MONREALE, its cathedral (admission included) has been declared a World Heritage Site for its impressive golden mosaics that cover the interior. Free time in the afternoon.

Note: Sometimes, if the number of travelers is very limited, the visit may not be private but rather carried out with a regular excursion provided by local companies.

Day 3: Palermo- Cefalu- Castelbuono- Tindari- Milazzo.-
Total distance: 240 km.
Scenery: landscapes of the north of the island and the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

08.30 hrs. - After breakfast we will leave Palermo, following the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Beautiful landscapes.
09.45 hrs. - Cefalu, arrival in the charming coastal city whose Norman cathedral with its original architecture and mosaics has been declared a World Heritage Site, the historic center is of great beauty with its small streets, its views over the sea and its commercial and tourist life. Time for a walk and lunch.

13:30 hrs. - Cefalu, departure. We leave the coast and head into the mountainous interior.
14:15 hrs. - Castelbuono. We will make a stop in this small and picturesque town between mountains that shows us the tranquility of the inland towns, with its walls, castle and picturesque streets in the center.

15:30 hrs. - Castelbuono, departure. We return to the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
17.00 hrs. - Tindari. At the top of a mountain, overlooking the sea, stands the Sanctuary of Tindari, a famous pilgrimage site, with its image of the Black Madonna and its great views. Very close to the sanctuary are the remains of the ancient Greek polis.

18.00 hrs. - Tindari, departure.
18.45 hrs. - Milazzo, arrival and accommodation in this port city full of life in front of the volcanic Aeolian Islands.
Day 4:

Total distance (by road): 95 km.
Scenery: landscapes of the volcanic Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Note: We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and swimwear if you want to experience the mud on Vulcano. We also recommend bringing a jacket to enjoy the deck of the ferries.
Note: due to the variation in ferry schedules, our agenda may be variable based on the schedule of the boats.

Our day will be full of emotions as we will travel to the mythical islands that will take us back to the Greek gods and heroes. Aeolus, God of the winds, gave its name to the archipelago. We will visit two of the islands of the Aeolian archipelago, declared World Heritage Sites for their continuous volcanic activity.

09:00 hrs. - After breakfast we go to the port to take a ferry to Lipari. Departure scheduled at 09:30 hrs. Enjoy your journey.
11.45 hrs. – Lipari - We are on the largest of the Aeolian islands, which got the name after the son of Aeolus. We will have time for lunch and a walk around the most pleasant city of the archipelago, with its historic center, its castle and its tourist life.

14:30 hrs. – Lipari - departure. We will take another ferry that in less than half an hour takes us to a second of the Aeolian islands, Vulcano.
14:55 hrs. – Vulcano - Arrival at the place, where Hephaestus, the forger of Zeus´s lightning bolts and Poseidon´s trident, had his forge. We will be impressed by the smell of sulfur that permeates the entire island and the active fumaroles. On this island, dominated by its crater, we will admire its hot water beaches. We recommend trying baths in the sulfurous thermal waters (its mud is considered very beneficial for the skin). Don´t miss this unique experience.

17:50 hrs. - Vulcano – Departure. We will take a ferry to return to the island of Sicily.
19:30 hrs. – Milazzo - after arrival, we continue our way to Taormina.

21:00 hrs. – Taormina - Arrival at the end of the day. Dinner included.

Note: In summer or on special dates, accommodation may be provided in Messina instead of Taormina.

Day 5: Taormina.-
Free day on your own to enjoy the very little beautiful city of TAORMINA at the foot of the Etna volcano. Taormina was defined by Churchill as the prettiest place on earth. Time to stroll around the ancient city centre full of life, its Greek theatre overlooking unforgettable scenery. You can also enjoy the beach. Dinner included.

Day 6: Taormina- Noto- Syracuse- Agrigento.-
Total distance: 350 km.Landscapes: Hills, hanging villages, olive trees, views over the sea.

08.30 hrs- Taormina, departure. Very beautiful landscapes following the Mediterranean.

10.30 hrs.- SYRACUSE, Arrival to this city which for a time rivalled Athens and Rome for its power and splendour. In addition to its impressive archaeological site, you have time to visit its magnificent historic centre and lose yourself walking through the narrow streets. Time for lunch.

14.00 hrs- Syracuse. Departure.
14.45 hrs.- NOTO, arrival to this small city that seems to have stopped in time, the Baroque jewel of Sicily. Walk with our guide through this as yet almost undiscovered city at a touristic level that preserves a monumental heritage.

16.30 hres- Noto. Departure. Small roads in the interior part of the island.
20.00 hrs.- AGRIGENTO .- Arrival . In the coach we see the magnificent temple complex. Dinner included.

Day 7: Agrigento- Marsala- Erice- Palermo.-
Total distance: 300 km.

Today we know arechaeological sites that remind us the importance of the ancient Greece in Sicily. With a local guide we visit the Valley of the Temples, an impressive archaeological site considered the most complete complex of Greek temples (ticket not included).

11.00 hrs.- Agrigento.- Departure.
13.30 hrs- MARSALA, arrival to a historic city with a lot of atmosphere and a famous wine, and time for lunch.

15.00 hrs.- Marsala departure.- We go on around the Marsala salt marshes.
16.15 hrs.-ERICE, a very picturesque Phoenician town perched at the top of a hill and overlooking the sea. Time to stroll.

17.15 hrs.- Erice- Departure.
19.15 hrs- PALERMO. arrival and Dinner included.
Day 8:
After breakfast, end of our services.

Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

Price includes


  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, hotel and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: PALERMO, AGRIENTO
  • Excursion: Monreale in Palermo
  • Ticket admission: Palermo and Monreale cathedrals , Entrance and visit to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
  • Ferry: through the Aeolian Islands
  • 2 dinner included in: TAORMINA, AGRIENTO

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Planned Hotels

Via Germano Chincherini 98037 Letojanni Taormina , 98037 , TAORMINA , ITALIA
Viale Leonardo Sciascia, 92100 Agrigento AG, Italia , 92100 , AGRIGENTO , ITALIA
Via Col. Magistri, 69 , 98057 , MILAZZO , ITALIA
SS114 - KM 38. Riviera di Taormina, Via Nazionale, 421, 98030 StAless 98030 Sant´Alessio Siculo ME , 102130 , TAORMINA , ITALIA
Via Lacco Ameno , 92100 , AGRIGENTO , ITALIA
Via Ugo la Malfa, 3 , 92100 , AGRIGENTO , ITALIA
VIA MESSINA MARINE, 91, 90123 - Palermo , 90123 , PALERMO , ITALIA
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