7-Day Essence of Sicily Tour

One-week Sicilian Serenade: Palermo to Taormina

Immerse yourself in Sicily's soul, weaving through Palermo's vibrant history and Taormina's captivating natural charm. Uncover ancient treasures, from Palermo's soaring cathedrals to Monreale's glittering mosaics. Ascend Mt. Etna's slopes, feeling the earth's fiery heartbeat. Wander charming towns nestled in sun-drenched valleys and savor the island's delectable flavors.

This one-week Sicily itinerary is just a starting point, and we will tailor it to your interests and preferences.




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Best Time:

Jun. - Sep.


International on request

Cancellation Policy:

100% Refund 22 Days before Arrival

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Palermo to Taormina Journey Map

Experience the Beauty of Italy in Palermo and Taormina

Palermo and Taormina Tour (Suggested Route)

Day Highlights
Experience Palermo's history and flavors
Enjoy a scenic transfer to Taormina
Discover the volcano Etna on an off-road tour
First-time travellers can experience the best of Sicily through this journey. If you are looking for an off-road Italy vacation, I would be happy to help you.
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Tour Highlights

Unravel the intriguing story of the Norman Palace, witnessing centuries of power reflected in the grandeur of the Sala d'Ercole.
the Norman Palace
Journey through time in the Palatine Chapel and witness vibrant art styles blending and ancient cultures coming alive.
the Palatine Chapel
Explore Monreale's Cathedral, Norman's architectural treasure adorned with dazzling mosaics reflecting centuries of artistry.
Monreale's Cathedral
Discover Palermo's vibrant Arab market, savor local delicacies, and uncover layers of history at Piazza Pretoria with your guide.
Palermo's vibrant Arab market
Traverse winding mountain roads in comfort, soaking in Sicily's natural beauty on your Palermo to Taormina transfer.
Palermo to Taormina transfer
Embark on an off-road expedition to explore the mighty slopes of Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano.
off-road expedition to Mount Etna
Indulge in pure tranquility as you relax and immerse yourself in Taormina's serene peace.
relax in Taormina

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

Your preferences design the actual journey. We're ready to create a wonderful Italy tour for you.

Day 1
Palermo Arrival
the driver meet clients in the airportPrivate transfer to your hotel
  • Welcome to Palermo! Upon your arrival at Palermo Airport, your friendly driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall.
  • Relax and travel comfortably as you enjoy a private transfer to your comfortable hotel in Palermo.
Day 2
Palermo | Discover Palermo's Historical Treasures
the Norman PalaceWall of the Norman Royal Palace
  • Meet your private guide and be ready to Explore Palermo's rich history and ancient buildings in a 1.5-hour tour.
  • Marvel at the ancient Norman Palace, Europe's oldest royal gem, and witness power echo in the Sala d'Ercole, Sicily's modern heart.
  • Journey through time in the Palatine Chapel and witness vibrant art styles blending, mosaics shimmering, and ancient cultures coming alive.
  • Complete your journey with a tranquil escape. Stroll through the Royal Gardens with your skip-the-line ticket and discover hidden beauty.
Day 3
Palermo | Explore Monreale and Savor the Street Food
Street FoodStreet food in Arab Market of Palermo
  • Enjoy a 4.5-hour join-in Monreale exploration with Palermo's street food tour.
  • Explore Monreale's UNESCO-listed Duomo, a dazzling blend of Arab and Norman architecture and mesmerizing mosaics.
  • Head back to Palermo and immerse yourself in its vibrant spirit with a 2.5-hour guided walking tour.
  • Explore the bustling Arab-influenced open-air market, a kaleidoscope of colors and aromas, and indulge in local delicacies!
  • Unravel history's layers at Piazza Pretoria with your guide. Explore the nearby cathedral's secrets, journeying through time with captivating stories and architectural marvels.
  • Conclude your walking tour at the stunning Quattro Canti, a vibrant baroque square perfect for exploring at your own pace.
Day 4
Palermo - Taormina | Journey Through the Heart of Sicily
private transfer from Palermo to TaorminaEnjoy a scenic ride to Taormina
  • Make the most of your free time to explore Palermo one last time until your driver transfers you to Taormina.
  • Hotel check-in and embrace the rest of the day for independent exploration at your own pace.
Day 5
Taormina | Experience the Enchanting Etna
the volcano EtnaThe volcanic crater of Mt. Etan
  • Meet your friendly driver at your hotel and embark on a 7-hour(join-in) off-road journey to the volcano Etna.
  • Witness Etna's power at Piano Provenzana. Lush pines meet dark lava, and the Betulle hotel stands silent, interred in 2002's eruption.
  • Explore Etna's fiery past and see the volcanic caves and unique "buttonhole" craters formed by aligned cones, resembling a row of dress buttons.
  • Savor Etna's bounty in a rustic lunch with appetizers, pasta, dessert, and beverages.
  • Conclude your adventure with a scenic return drive back to your Taormina hotel.
Day 6
Taormina | Relax and Unwind in The Town
Relax and Unwind in TaorminaRelax and Unwind in Taormina
  • Relax and enjoy the peace of the town. Take a nap in a hammock, read a book in the park, or sit and enjoy the view.
Day 7
Taormina - Catania | Departure
Distance view of Mt.EtanDistance view of Mt.Etan from Taormina
  • Meet your private driver and vehicle for a private transfer to Catania airport.

Hand-picked Hotel

Massimo Plaza Hotel Palermo
Massimo Plaza Palermo
Villa Fiorita Boutique Hotel Taormina
Villa Fiorita Taormina

Price Includes


*The price is based on two adults in 4-star hotels during the low tourist season(Nov.-Feb.). We can offer an even more competitive price for groups of 4 or more people. (tour code: gh-it-5)

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Knowledgeable local guides
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Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
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