Spirit of Sicily Overview

Travel to Sicily and experience Italy’s Mediterranean heaven. From castles in Montalbano to the moon-like surface of Mt Etna, discover the food, hospitality and surprises of Italy’s most distinctive culture.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,900
      CAD $4,150
      AUD $4,305
      EUR €2,910
      GBP £2,575
      NZD $5,105
      ZAR R39,205
      CHF FR3,590
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Spirit of Sicily.

Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Travel to Italy’s hidden treasure and experience the spirit of Sicily.

Lose yourself on the Mediterranean’s biggest island. Home to beautiful architecture and idyllic coastal towns, Sicily is a unique slice of Italian culture. Heat up by hiking around Italy’s largest active volcano before wandering the medieval castles of Monreale, or relax on the beach and sink into a food coma from Italy’s finest cuisine. At the end of the day, there is little more to do than bathe in the afternoon sun, crunch on cannoli and ponder why you have never visited this Italian treasure before.

  • Bargain at a local market and enjoy a picnic lunch at the historic centre of Monreale
  • Check out the moon-like surface of Italy’s largest active volcano
  • Head to Modica and indulge in their famous chocolate, made from a centuries-old secret recipe
  • Leisurely walk the picturesque Mediterranean coast
  • Spot angels, cherubs and devils peeking over the crumbling facade of a Siracusa street
  • Spot angels, cherubs and devils peeking over the crumbling facade of a Syracuse street
  • Stroll the old heart of Sicily’s capital, Palermo
  • Visit crumbling Greek and Roman ruins in the charming seaside town of Taormina

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Palermo, Italy
  • Finish:

    Syracuse, Italy
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (10 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Cable car, Minibus
  • Included activities:

    Guided tour to the summit of Mount Etna, Mount Etna Day Trip, Wine Tasting

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    135kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

  • Total price from

    USD $3,900
    CAD $4,150
    AUD $4,305
    EUR €2,910
    GBP £2,575
    NZD $5,105
    ZAR R39,205
    CHF FR3,590
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $354
    CAD $377
    AUD $391
    EUR €264
    GBP £234
    NZD $464
    ZAR R3,564
    CHF FR326
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Day 1 Palermo

Venture into Sicily’s capital on a treasure hunt. Hunt for ancient churches and castles that are hidden in a labyrinth of small alleyways, buzzing market squares and winding roads. This is also the Italian Mafia’s playground; make sure to keep an eye out.

Day 2 Monreale - Palermo

Explore a lavish Norman cathedral famed as a ‘wonder of the medieval world’ in Monreale before enjoying a picnic lunch with a panoramic view of Palermo. Hike around the oldest nature reserve in Sicily and take a refreshing afternoon dip in the Mediterranean. Finish the day in the picturesque village of Scopello with an aperitivo drink.

Day 3 Cefalu/Montalbano

Drink by the seaside at the northern Sicilian treasure Cefalu. Explore grand castles and ancient old cities by foot before visiting the old Greek city of Tyndaris. Stroll the remote coast that overlooks spectacular emerald lakes and bizarre sandbanks. Settle into the appealing small town of Montalbano and watch the sun set behind the Eolian Islands.

Day 4 The Malabotta Forest/Argimusco

Wander the spiralling streets of Montalbano Elicona to the top of a 13th-century castle. Then discover the natural beauty of the greenery-drenched forest Malabotta before a curious stroll around the ‘Sicilian Stonehenge’, an ancient megalithic site.

Day 5 Taormina/Castelmola/Isola Bella

Pull in at the hilltop town of Castelmola and experience Taormina’s varied landscape from above. Sight active volcanos, dramatic cliff faces, perfectly preserved medieval towns and stretches of aqua blue ocean before walking down to Taormina on a panoramic trail. Laze in the sunshine, or stroll to the beach and admire the shores of Isola Bella, a small and precious island that is also a protected nature reserve.

Days 6-7 Mt Etna

Come face-to-face with Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt Etna. Explore the strange lava formations and caves dotted around this fiery beast and perhaps dive into one of the many natural ‘swimming pools’. Heat up near the belly of the beast and see where lava still bursts through the earth’s surface and learn about the catastrophes that this enormous monster has caused in recent years. If eruption is on the cards, a specialist guide will take you to a safe observation point to witness the natural fireworks. Finish off your day with a relaxed glass of red wine from one of the renowned wineries around the area before settling in to sleep at the highest hotel on the Etna.

Day 8 Pantalica/Ragusa

Journey to the prehistoric Anapo Valley, one of Sicily’s most intriguing places. Wander through the ancient burial sites, known as the necropolis of Pantalica, to see the Prince’s Palace. Swim in a small lake after a picnic lunch, then head to the scenic town of Ragusa. Take a moonlit stroll through the baroque streets of this quaint township and take in the European architecture.

Day 9 Ibla/Modica/Noto/Vendicari Nature Reserve

Try a chocolate (or eight) in Modica, a town famed for its 400-year-old chocolate recipe, and then work off the calories wandering around Vendicari Nature Reserve. Bus to Syracuse, an lovely old town on the sea and mosey around its historical centre before exploring the town’s Greek theater, Roman amphitheater and beautifully balanced Palazzo Beneventano.

Days 10-11 Syracuse/Ortigia/Neapolis

Continue exploring the old heart of Syracuse by foot, bike or boat. Hang out in the central piazzas with an espresso while admiring the baroque-style architecture. Stop by the local farmers market if the season is right and pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch, or just wander the limestone paved streets with a strawberry granita in hand.
    • 11
    • ZGKS
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,900
      CAD $4,150
      AUD $4,305
      EUR €2,910
      GBP £2,575
      NZD $5,105
      ZAR R39,205
      CHF FR3,590
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
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    • Walking
    • Comfort
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