Simply Sicily

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 2,193 $ 313 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Palermo Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour (24 Hours)
  • Taormina Cooking Class and Food Market Tour (Small Group)

Short Description

It's history, it's culture, it's cuisine - it's Sicily! Surrounded by the breathtaking blue Mediterranean and filled with mountainous landscapes, Sicily is pure paradise. With your own rental car, you'll be able to explore all the nooks and crannies of this spectacular island, located just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." Feel the warm wind in your hair as you journey from Catania, to Palermo, to Taormina - three of Sicily's must-see hot spots! 

Your first two nights will be spent in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Marvel at jaw-dropping architecture and step into the legendary 12th-century Palermo Cathedral. Use your included Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour to experience all the palaces, piazzas, markets, and restaurants Palermo has to offer!

The rest of your vacation will be spent in the charming hilltop town of Taormina. Perched above the Mediterranean Sea on one side, and Mount Etna on the other. Besides postcard-worthy views, Taormina boasts pristine beaches, storybook streets, historical wonders, and world-renowned restaurants. During your stay in Taormina, you'll be treated to a Cooking Class and Food Market Tour, on which you'll enjoy local tastings, a guided trip to a produce market, as well as an authentic hands-on culinary experience. In your free time, you can catch some rays on Isola Bella, hike Mount Etna, and visit the famous ancient Greco-Roman theater that's still in use today.

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Transport not included
Start City Palermo
End City Italy

Destinations

Italy

Attractions & Cities Visited

Palermo

Activities & Interests

Culture Independent

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Palermo!

Ciao, Sicily! Upon arrival in Catania, pick up your rental car and take a scenic journey to Palermo. This trip is roughly 2.5 hours, so you may want to plan a stop or two along the way. Check into your hotel, get settled, then enjoy your first night in Palermo. Treat yourself to a delicious meal and begin exploring!

If time allows, you may want to activate your 24-hour Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour. This tour is a great, relaxed way to get to know Palermo. Ride the whole tour through, then "hop off" wherever you choose! Remember that your ticket will only be active for 24 hours once activated. Keep this in mind when planning out your days.

Day 2 Palermo

Rise and shine! After a lovely breakfast, you may want to continue using your hop-on/hop-off bus pass. Today, be sure to visit Palermo's most iconic sites, like the Palazzo dei Normanni, Capella Palatina, and Palermo Cathedral. 

All that exploring making you hungry? Stop at a local spot for one of Sicily's most beloved snacks - arancini! 

Day 3 Palermo - Taormina

Enjoy breakfast, then wave goodbye to Palermo and take a stunning seaside drive to Taormina! This drive is around 3.5 hours, so you'll want to stop along the way. Spring for a beautiful lunch at a waterfront restaurant, visit areas of natural beauty, or stroll around quaint towns. You never know what you'll find!

When you reach Taormina, you'll instantly fall in love. Check into your hotel and settle in, then begin exploring. Wander through charming streets of bakeries and boutiques, and feast your eyes on views of Mount Etna and the bright blue sea. 

Day 4 Taormina

Recharge with breakfast, but don't fill up too much - you're in for a fun, food-filled day! This morning, you'll embark on your included Taormina Cooking Class & Food Market Tour. Visit a local market and pick fresh ingredients, enjoy a tasting from an authentic Sicilian delicatessen, and learn to prepare and cook homemade dishes! After all the work is done, you'll sit down to lunch. 

The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Stroll the Corso Umberto, visit the Teatro Antico di Taormina, and snap incredible photos from Piazza IX Aprile! If you're looking for scenic beauty, venture out to the "Jewel of Taormina," Isola Bella. 

Day 5 Taormina

Fuel up with a yummy breakfast - your day is about to erupt with fun! Consider taking a 1-hour drive to impressive Mount Etna. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world's most active - and most beautiful - volcanoes. Take a hike up, or consider a tour! 

Day 6 Taormina

Today, you might want to soak up some Mediterranean sun! Lounge on Taormina's picture-perfect beaches: Isola Bella, Mazzaro, or the shore of Giardini Naxos. See why these coastal beauties are some of the most sought-after beach destinations in the world! 

Spend the rest of your final day checking off your Taormina bucket list. Make sure you've seen all the sights you'd hoped to see, and that you've eaten at all the restaurants you've dreamed of dining at! 

Day 7 Depart Italy

Get one last look at Taormina before you journey to Catania Airport. Return your rental car, find your gate, and spend your flight home dreaming about your next adventure! 

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Had my first (and last!) group tour

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Had my first (and last!) group tour.

Pros:
Comfortable coach, very friendly tour guide.

Cons:
The hotels were consistently poor quality with either faulty AC/Heating units and iffy shower facilities (very few had hot water).

There were an alarming number of “mandatory” stops where we were made to be quiet and pay attention to a merchant showing how they made their wares, then a sales pitch to try to get us to buy things. There was a hefty amount of shaming from the tour guide if we bought items from somewhere else.

The included meals were often very rushed and no matter that the fault lied within the poor quality service of the restaurants chosen ahead of time by the travel agency, we were still hurried and “shamed” if we didn’t eat super fast once the meal arrived.

Very, very little free time to explore some of the sights. This was my own fault as I should have researched more about the speed of these trips.

One day was almost nothing but travel in the coach, from morning to night, and it definitely effected the health and well-being of many in the tour group.

I guess I’m glad I experienced it once but I’ll go back to just solo trips from here on out.
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Would prefer a travel GVV international phone number contact.

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Appreciated response by email on the following day of contact. Do need an international phone number to solve problems on a personal level.

This was a trip of a lifetime!

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This was a trip of a lifetime and GVV made it easy. From flights and rental cars to accommodations, everything was taken care of and went smoothly. Following the guidance of GVV with tips and suggestions is definitely the way to go. Outstanding job GVV! Can’t wait to book our next trip.
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Wonderful package

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I have shared this deal with so many people since purchasing it. It is really an unheard of value. From the JetBlue round-trip flights to the three nights at Virgin hotels in Las Vegas we were very taken care of.
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Excellent services, made our trip memorable

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All the hotels and the travel arrangements were great. We had no issues at all with any of the services. Very accommodating and helpful. Trip was very well rounded
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This company keeps amazing me. The company personnel will keep you up to date via MYTRIP. The company gives you value and good accommodations for a decent price.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Transport not included

Group Size

Independent

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