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The coastal city of Taormina, Noto and the incredible Valley of the Temples

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Sicily is a beautiful island with its own special Italian character. It is a patchwork of elegant Baroque cities, ancient Greek ruins bound by a coastline against which the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. And of course, it is home to one of the world’s most famous active volcanoes.

This nine-day adventure takes in the best of the south and south east of the island, starting in the beautiful seaside city of Taormina. Here you’ll explore its palaces, churches and fascinating Greek amphitheatre. It’s then time to go off road on a 4WD adventure to the summit of Mount Etna where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views over the Ionian Sea.

You’ll then head to the south of the island to the city of Noto. Over the next three days, you’ll explore the winding streets of the old town, whizz through the streets of nearby Modica in a Fiat 500 – the most Italian of all cars – sample Modica’s famous chocolate, and learn how to whip up Sicilian specialties in a cooking class.

Your final stop is Agrigento from where you’ll explore the Valley of the Temples, a spectacular collection of Greek temples strung along rocky crests. As you relax in your beautiful hotel, watching the sun sink behind the Temple of Concordia, you can’t help but think this is the perfect place to end your Sicilian adventure.

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Days 1-4

Taormina

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Taormina

Accommodation in Taormina

Three nights in Taormina Three nights in Taormina

Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, this pretty coastal town enjoys a prestigious position on the east of the island. As well as streets and squares lined with churches and beautiful old buildings, it is home to an impressive Greek amphitheatre that looks out over Taormina's two bays and out towards Calabria.

Ruins of the ancient greek theater of Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
Taormina walking tour Taormina walking tour

Taormina sits on the east coast of the island and has long been home to artists and intellectuals. It is also favoured by Hollywood stars who are charmed by its beauty and on this walking tour, you'll see why. The town is filled with pretty churches, a Norman cathedral, impressive clock tower and a main square which overlooks the Gulf of Messina. It is also home to the Palazzo Corvaja palace, which housed the first Sicilian parliament in the 15th century. A real highlight is the Greek theatre from where you will get stunning views of Taormina’s two bays and across to Calabria, with Mount Etna as a backdrop in the other direction. You'll also enjoy some time to go shopping and explore the streets at your leisure.

Off-road tour of Mount Etna and winery visit Off-road tour of Mount Etna and winery visit

Enjoy an off-road excursion on a comfortable 4WD, and explore the area around the tallest active volcano in Europe with a vulcanologist as your guide. As you ascend to the summit at 2,000m, you'll pass through enchanting forests and experience a walk through tubular lava caves. Once you're at the top, you'll enjoy breathtaking views over the Ionian Sea and the vineyards and orchards that sprawl across the lower slopes. After soaking up the incredible and striking landscapes of Mount Etna, you'll enjoy lunch at a local winery. While here, you can sample the delicious wines that are produced on the fertile slopes of Etna.

Private transfer to Noto via Catania Private transfer to Noto via Catania

Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast between the ionic sea and mount Etna. Catania is also known as 'the black city' because of the colour of its buildings, blackened by the soot and ashes of the volcano, whose eruptions have often damaged or even destroyed the city.

Days 4-7

Noto

Accommodation in Noto

Three nights in Noto Three nights in Noto

The beautiful town of Noto is a UNESCO World Heritage site, considered the capital of Sicilian baroque style. It is filled with pretty honey-coloured buildings and a main corso where you’ll find spectacular baroque palazzi and churches.

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Cooking class in Syracuse Cooking class in Syracuse

Discover the flavours and tastes of seasonal Sicilian cookery during a private cooking class. On arrival at Syracuse, you will be welcomed by your chef and begin with a visit to the historical market in Ortigia. This is an opportunity to taste local products and see the different seasonal fruits, vegetables and seafood. Choose and buy ingredients before making your way to your chef's kitchen which overlooks the port (or another place in the heart of Ortigia), for a hands-on cooking class that will teach you the secrets of Sicilan cooking.

Ortigia Ortigia

The island of Ortigia is the historical heart of Siracusa, separated from the modern city by a narrow channel. At its centre is the Piazza del Duomo, home to a magnificent cathedral built on the site of the ancient Temple of Athena. On this square you’ll also find the baroque Palazzoo Beneventano and the church of Santa Lucia, the town’s patron saint.

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Tour of Modica in a Fiat 500 Tour of Modica in a Fiat 500

Modica is a pretty historic town, with tiers of churches and palaces stacked up on the hill. Once you have arrived you will hop into a classic Italian Fiat 500 and spend an hour exploring the city, weaving in and out of the streets discovering its gems.

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Chocolate tasting Chocolate tasting

Modica is famous for its chocolate, made here in the same way it was made in Mexico by the Aztecs. You'll visit a local factory and try some of its delicious creations and receive a chocolate bar to take away.

Noto tour Noto tour

Explore the beautiful baroque town of Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with stunning honey-coloured buildings. You'll wander through the cobbled streets exploring its palazzos and magnificent cathedral.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Agrigento

Days 7-8

Agrigento

Accommodation in Agrigento

One night in Agrigento One night in Agrigento

Just outside Agrigento lies the Valley of the Temples, one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. The temples are located along a ridge between the higher modern hilltop town of Agrigento and the sea. Between the town centre and the temples is a peaceful green vale where agriculture is interspersed with ruins and excavations.

Tour of Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples Tour of Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean. The area is home to the Valley of the Temples, one of the world’s most impressive and important archaeological sites. The temples are spread over 1,300 hectares of land and most are situated on rocky crests south of modern day Agrigento. The best preserved is the Concordia temple, one of the most impressive examples of a Greek Doric temple.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Catania airport

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