Italy: Highlights of Sicily

8 Days | Explore the heart of the Mediterranean on this Sicilian adventure

4.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
CHF  1,905
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Calling all sun-seeking adventurers. Dramatic cliffside villages, Sicilian sunshine, clear waters and delicious seafood are all waiting for you on an 8-day trip through this unique region of Italy. From the volcanic valleys of Mt Etna to the timeworn streets of Syracuse and the Baroque wonders Ragusa, get ready to discover the varied sides of Sicily. Plus, take a step back in time as you explore the ruins of the Valley of the temples, and learn of the rich anti-mafia history of Palermo. Get lost in the charm of Sicily; eat good food, soak up the Mediterranean sun, learn of the incredible history in this region and get closer to nature.

Trip overview

Map of Italy: Highlights Of Sicily including Italy
Catania, Italy
Palermo, Italy
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 22 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a drive up the towering Mt. Etna, one of the greatest natural beauties of the Mediterranean and Europe’s largest active volcano and get a chance to walk into an extinct crater.
  • Be swept away by Sicilian charm as you explore the backstreets and cobblestone alleys in the timeless old town of Syracuse, Noto and Ragusa.
  • Take a step back in time with a guided tour of Temple of the Valleys which brings to life the full glory of ancient Greece and its myths, legends, gods and goddesses.
  • Join a special tour that showcases the anti-mafia movement in Palermo, visiting sites and people who played an important part in the turbulent history of the city.
  • Enjoy a perfect balance of free time and included activities on this trip for you to make your own discoveries, with our professional leader helping you make the most of it.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning, and the cooling system on local trains can be broken on a regular basis. Note also that during peak holiday season beaches can be quite busy. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you can extend your trip and see more of Italy by starting your travels in Rome. Check out our trip 'Rome to Sicily' (trip code ZMSFC). Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.


Map of Italy: Highlights Of Sicily including Italy



7 breakfasts


Public bus, Private vehicle


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Mt Etna - Day Trip
  • Siracusa - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Noto & Ragusa - Day Trip
  • Agrigento - Guided visit Valley of the Temples
  • Erice - local sweets tasting
  • Palermo - Anti-Mafia Movement Tour
Add on activities
  • Siracusa - Castello Maniace - EUR4
  • Siracusa - Cathedral - EUR2
  • Siracusa - Archaeological Museum - EUR14
  • Siracusa - Neapolis Archaeological Park - EUR13
  • Monreale - Cathedral & Cloister - EUR13

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip. Availability is limited due to small properties we use. Please speak to your agent for further information.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
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Lisa · Traveled June 2024
I loved learning about Sicilian history, food and culture on this trip from our local leader Gabriella. There is so much to explore and experience with Etna, the Valley of the Temples and anti mafia movement tour highlights - alongside the granita and arancine!
Review submitted 12 Jun 2024

Michelle · Traveled June 2024
Highlights of Sicily is a great way to see this island from coast to coast, visiting some beautiful cities, coastal villages and ancient ruins along the way. I recommend doing this tour along with Intrepid Malta as its just a short flight away. May is a really good time to visit, just before the summer heat.
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

Louise · Traveled May 2024
A great introduction to Sicily with Gabriella, a wonderful tour leader, and a lovely group. This tour had the perfect mix of free time and organised tours. Highlights include the anti-mafia tour in Palermo, the Valley of the Temples and Siracusa to name but a few. A suggestion is to reduce the length of the Mount Etna "lava tour" to max 3 hours or less, and have longer for lunch.
Review submitted 04 Jun 2024

Marc · Traveled May 2024
Great trip! Good places, great food and drink, good travelers, and great tour guide.
Review submitted 22 May 2024

John · Traveled May 2024
This was my first trip with Intrepid and would definitely use them again. In fact when I plan future trips, I will contact them first.
Review submitted 17 May 2024
Italy: Highlights of Sicily
CHF  1,905