Its history may be epic, but it’s the people that make Sicily the “soul of Italy.”

One minute, you’re walking through a field of wildflowers to one of Sicily’s finest preserved temple at Segesta, the next you’re making dessert with a Sicilian chef. Delizioso! A Slow Food maven, Daniela shares the finer points of zesting lemons, whisking ricotta, and chopping almonds as she teaches you to make a perfect cassata. Day after day, Sicily’s mix of history, scenery, and outstanding cuisine keeps catching you off guard. A day after watching flamingos from a trailside bird blind, you’re discussing Aeschylus with your historian guide at Syracuse’s ancient theater. From Byzantine mosaics to Greek temples, Etna’s snowy summit to Planeta’s sunny vineyards, this walking tour in Sicily never ceases to amaze.

Highlights

  • Stroll amid the ancient walls and columns of the Syracuse Archaeological Park with an expert historian, visiting the park’s famed Roman amphitheater along the way.
  • Adventure across the slopes of Mt. Etna—Europe’s largest active volcano—hiking trails through wildflowers, forests, and overtop a hardened lava flow.
  • Discover one of the world’s richest and most varied collection of Roman mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Trace a coastal trail through the Oasi Vendicari Nature Reserve, home to 40 types of birds, and the perfect place for a refreshing dip in the sea.
  • Stay vineyard-side at the Planeta Estate, savoring fine cuisine made from family recipes and sampling celebrated vintages of the estate’s own wine.
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Expert local guides to introduce you to the best of your destination
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Off-the-beaten-path places you’d never find on your own
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Delicious multi-course meals—a majority are included
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A maximum of 18 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey
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Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home
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Experts to handle all the details
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Flight + Tour Combos include plane tickets, airport shuttles, and pre- and post-tour accommodations

Itinerary

Sat, Apr 8 to Tue, Apr 18 - 2023

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Palermo right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this vibrant city at your leisure.

5 miles, moderate

After enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel, your guides meet you in the lobby of your Palermo hotel at 8:30 a.m. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Departing Palermo, an hour drive delivers you to your trailhead for a walk in the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, Sicily’s first nature reserve, established in 1981 after a successful protest halted a road construction project. The reserve features well-maintained paths, panoramic sea views, and a large variety of rare and endemic plants and rich fauna including eagles, peregrine falcons, and lizards. The area is also home to the spectacular Uzzo Grotto, one of the first prehistoric settlements in Sicily. The walk is along an out-and-back coastal trail involving minimal elevation gain and loss but with some rocky sections (so the mileage can be adjusted accordingly).

Finishing up the walk, a 15-minute drive brings you to a nearby farm estate managed by Daniela Adamo, a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences by Slow Food in Piedmont, who returned home to dedicate herself to the family business of olive oil production. Begin this special experience with an aperitivo on the terrace, followed by a lunch featuring ingredients from the organic garden and local producers. After the meal, enjoy an espresso (or macchiato) while you learn how to prepare typical almond pastries or cassata, another Sicilian specialty.

This afternoon you continue to the seaside town of Trapani. Named Drépanon, or “sickle,” by the Elymians for the curve of its harbor, Trapani claims a strategic position on Sicily’s west coast—which has made this major trading port a frequent site of conquest. Beyond the city, salt plains studded with windmills show lingering traces of its ancient salt trade, and Trapani also has a heritage of coral and tuna fishing. Today, Trapani province is a major source of wine, producing more even than the region of Tuscany. Settle into your hotel in the town’s historic center, then step out for a welcome dinner, perhaps savoring cuscus (couscous) and fresh-caught fish (reflecting the city’s North African influences) in a nearby favorite restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

1 mile, easy and 2-3 miles, easy to moderate

Following a delicious breakfast, begin your day with a visit to one of Italy’s most spectacular hill towns: Erice, set atop the legendary Mt. Eryx at 2,460 feet. On a clear day, there are panoramic views across the plains of Trapani, down the west coast of Sicily, and even to Cape Bon in Tunisia. Originally settled by the ancient Elymians, the town boasts a fascinating history and is an important historical site associated with fertility goddesses—the Carthaginians’ Astarte, Greeks’ Aphrodite, and Romans’ Venus. Arriving through a maze of medieval streets, tiny piazzas, churches, and baroque flowering balconies to Erice’s enchanting historic core, you set off on a walking tour of the medieval town and some of its important sites: the hilltop Norman Castello di Venere (Castle of Venus), which offers spectacular views, and the 14th-century main town church of Chiesa Madre and bell tower, constructed from stones from the ancient Temple of Venus on the same site. The majestic Norman castle was a massive fortification and the power seat of these 11th-century conquerors in western Sicily.

Afterward, enjoy a lunch of typical specialties, and depart via minibus for a magnificent archaeological site, Segesta, which features a marvelous Doric temple. Dating to 430 BC and situated alone in a field amongst Mediterranean macchia (shrubbery) and wildflowers, it is one of Italy’s best-preserved ancient temples. Founded by the Elymians, a mysterious ancient people, the city of Segesta was fought over for centuries before eventually being conquered by the Romans.

Discover the area on foot, taking in the atmosphere of this spectacular setting, before an hour’s journey south brings you to the countryside of Menfi and your home for the next two nights at a vineyard-side resort. The individually decorated guest rooms open onto private terraces with views over herb and flower gardens and vineyards. Following a welcome aperitivo, you proceed to a dinner of superlative cuisine served at a large communal table in the hotel’s dining room—accompanied, of course, by the estate’s renowned vintages.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3-5 miles, easy

After a delicious breakfast of eggs, local cheeses and cured meats, fresh seasonal fruits, yogurt, pastries and bread, and of course a cappuccino (or espresso), served in your tranquil resort, you drive about 30 minutes to Selinunte, an ancient city that is now one of Sicily’s most dramatically sited Greek ruin complexes. This city, whose name is derived from the Greek word for celery, selinus, was one of ancient Greece’s most prosperous colonies as early as the 7th century BC, and hence the object of centuries of battles.

Following lunch, an easy-going hour-long optional walk above the hotel is offered or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the hotel offers time to pack, relax, and perhaps swim in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. This evening, you gather for another special dinner featuring the bounty of the region.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate, 550-ft. elevation gain and 650-ft. elevation loss and 1-2 miles, easy

After savoring breakfast at your hotel, drive southeast (approximately 90 minutes) to Palma di Montechiaro, a charming village whose first settlement dates back to the 2nd century BCE, and is home to the most important fortress—the Castle of Chiaramontano—used to defend the island against pirate invasions. Enjoy a scenic walk along rolling hills to the coastal town of Marina di Palma, where a lunch of local specialties awaits.

Afterward, continue north to the magnificent Villa Romana del Casale, considered the most important Roman archaeological site in Sicily. This Roman villa, or hunting lodge, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built around the 3rd and 4th centuries (AD). It is known for its extraordinary collection of mosaics in various stages of restoration. Walkways take you through some of its 40 rooms carpeted with 4,200 square yards of magnificent mosaics depicting vivid scenes from mythology, hunting and fishing, and scenes of everyday Roman life. Concluding your visit, you travel (30 minutes) to the outskirts of Caltagirone, where you find your next home away from home—a simple yet beautifully renovated Sicilian stone farmhouse located in the open countryside amid towering palms, olive trees, and neighboring forest. Following time to settle into your room or relax by the outdoor pool, a feast of traditional specialties, perfectly paired with local Nero d’Avola red wine, is served in the warm, wood-beamed dining room.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4- or 7-mile options, easy

After awakening in the peaceful countryside and eating breakfast, you set off on foot to neighboring Mount Ganzaria on one of two walks of varying distances. The mountain derives its name from the Arabic word for wild boar, yhanzaria, because of boars’ abundance on the mountain in ancient times. This area has been settled from the prehistoric age until the present. Your route passes a Byzantine necropolis and takes you through vegetation of cork oaks, eucalyptus, walnut groves, dwarf fan palms, and orchids. Along the way, you may see foxes, porcupines, and weasels. Broad views on one side look over the Catania plain and, on the other, southern Sicily.

Refuel over a light lunch, and continue to Syracuse. At one time this city rivaled Athens as the most powerful city of Greater Greece, known as Magna Graecia. Modern-day Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the cultural and administrative capital of southeastern Sicily—an area known for its extravagant baroque architecture, historical ruins, gastronomic delights, beautiful landscapes, and beaches. Your home for two nights is in Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracuse. Upon settling into your room, you set out for an evening of independent strolling and dining. You may wish to wander through the Piazza del Duomo, acclaimed as one of Italy’s most beautiful squares. Ringed by exquisite baroque buildings constructed after the 1693 earthquake, the plaza’s centerpiece is the Duomo (cathedral), the city’s best example of the successions of evolving architectural styles that have shaped it over the centuries. The cathedral’s baroque facade disguises the 5th-century BC temple of Athena; however, 26 of the temple’s Doric columns remain intact and are visible both inside and outside.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5 miles, easy to moderate

Start today with an elaborate breakfast of fruit, yogurt, fresh-pressed juices, omelets, cured meats and cheeses, and Sicilian pastries with pistachio cream enjoyed on the hotel’s panoramic rooftop terrace. Then, you depart for one of the most beautiful spots in southeastern Sicily—the Oasi Nature Reserve at Vendicari, a complex of coastal marshes with a serene sandy beach. Depending on the season and time of day, the beach provides a protected home for large populations of migratory birds such as ducks, white egrets, black storks, and even European flamingos. Footpaths lead through the salt fields of the Pantano Grande to an abandoned tonnara (tuna factory) and the ruins of a Norman tower known as the Torre di Vendicari. From here, the view embraces the entire reserve, from the splendid isle of Vendicari to Capo Passero in the distance. Depending on the weather, you may be enticed to take a swim! Arriving on foot at a family-owned agriturismo (agricultural farm estate), you enjoy a meal of regional specialties, including grilled vegetables, local Sicilian provola, pecorino and tuma cheeses, and freshly made pasta.

After lunch, travel by minibus to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, where you enjoy a guided tour with a local expert. Syracuse’s Archaeological Park is a treasure trove of important Greek and Roman monuments, including the spectacular 5th-century BC Greek Theater. One of the finest of its kind, it still hosts Greek plays in the summer months. Nearby, is the 2nd-century Anfiteatro Romano, the largest Roman amphitheater in Sicily and third-largest in Italy. Unlike the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater bore witness to gruesome events, such as gladiator fights and slave punishments. Late afternoon, you return to Ortigia, where you enjoy another relaxing evening on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Milo to Zafferana Etnea; 5 miles, moderate to challenging, 500-ft. elevation gain and 1,900-ft. elevation loss

Following a delicious breakfast, you depart Syracuse for Mt. Etna, whose majestic cone is the highest mountain in Sicily and one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe. Over 11,000 feet high and occupying an area larger than metropolitan New York, the mountain presents a fascinating alpine environment with a combination of nature and the uncontrollable essence of fire. Walk options today are again weather- and volcano-dependent and may include a trail along the Sentiero delle Ginestre (the Broom Route) from the village of Milo to Zafferana Etnea, through an area of chestnut forest, old shepherd settlements, the famous giant broom trees, and even a live oak that is over 700 years old. A sustained descent brings you to Zafferana Etnea, an important crossroads in the Roman era along the inland route that connected Catania with Taormina.

Almost constant activity from this volcano has gifted its slopes with fertile soils for agriculture, orchards, and vineyards, and midday finds you at one of the many emerging wineries on Etna’s slopes, where you’re treated to a light lunch and tasting. The location affords excellent views of the vineyards on one side and the volcano on the other.

Following lunch, continue to a family-owned country boutique hotel set amid grapevines and citrus groves. Settle in, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the hotel offers time to pack, relax, and perhaps swim in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. This evening, you gather for a special dinner paired with wines from nearby vineyards—perfect for toasting your discoveries of enchanting Sicily.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After savoring breakfast at your hotel, bid farewell to your tour guides and travel companions and enjoy a final day relaxing at your resort, or exploring nearby Catania on your own.

Lunch and dinner are on your own today. We provide detailed city information on Catania to help you plan your exploration.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation is provided to Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport based on your departure time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Mon, Apr 10 to Mon, Apr 17 - 2023

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5 miles, moderate

Your guides meet you in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Via Cartari, 18, Palermo at 8:30 a.m. They will be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Departing Palermo, an hour drive delivers you to your trailhead for a walk in the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, Sicily’s first nature reserve, established in 1981 after a successful protest halted a road construction project. The reserve features well-maintained paths, panoramic sea views, and a large variety of rare and endemic plants and rich fauna including eagles, peregrine falcons, and lizards. The area is also home to the spectacular Uzzo Grotto, one of the first prehistoric settlements in Sicily. The walk is along an out-and-back coastal trail involving minimal elevation gain and loss but with some rocky sections (so the mileage can be adjusted accordingly).

Finishing up the walk, a 15-minute drive brings you to a nearby farm estate managed by Daniela Adamo, a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences by Slow Food in Piedmont, who returned home to dedicate herself to the family business of olive oil production. Begin this special experience with an aperitivo on the terrace, followed by a lunch featuring ingredients from the organic garden and local producers. After the meal, enjoy an espresso (or macchiato) while you learn how to prepare typical almond pastries or cassata, another Sicilian specialty.

This afternoon you continue to the seaside town of Trapani. Named Drépanon, or “sickle,” by the Elymians for the curve of its harbor, Trapani claims a strategic position on Sicily’s west coast—which has made this major trading port a frequent site of conquest. Beyond the city, salt plains studded with windmills show lingering traces of its ancient salt trade, and Trapani also has a heritage of coral and tuna fishing. Today, Trapani province is a major source of wine, producing more even than the region of Tuscany. Settle into your hotel in the town’s historic center, then step out for a welcome dinner, perhaps savoring cuscus (couscous) and fresh-caught fish (reflecting the city’s North African influences) in a nearby favorite restaurant.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

1 mile, easy and 2-3 miles, easy to moderate

Following a delicious breakfast, begin your day with a visit to one of Italy’s most spectacular hill towns: Erice, set atop the legendary Mt. Eryx at 2,460 feet. On a clear day, there are panoramic views across the plains of Trapani, down the west coast of Sicily, and even to Cape Bon in Tunisia. Originally settled by the ancient Elymians, the town boasts a fascinating history and is an important historical site associated with fertility goddesses—the Carthaginians’ Astarte, Greeks’ Aphrodite, and Romans’ Venus. Arriving through a maze of medieval streets, tiny piazzas, churches, and baroque flowering balconies to Erice’s enchanting historic core, you set off on a walking tour of the medieval town and some of its important sites: the hilltop Norman Castello di Venere (Castle of Venus), which offers spectacular views, and the 14th-century main town church of Chiesa Madre and bell tower, constructed from stones from the ancient Temple of Venus on the same site. The majestic Norman castle was a massive fortification and the power seat of these 11th-century conquerors in western Sicily.

Afterward, enjoy a lunch of typical specialties, and depart via minibus for a magnificent archaeological site, Segesta, which features a marvelous Doric temple. Dating to 430 BC and situated alone in a field amongst Mediterranean macchia (shrubbery) and wildflowers, it is one of Italy’s best-preserved ancient temples. Founded by the Elymians, a mysterious ancient people, the city of Segesta was fought over for centuries before eventually being conquered by the Romans.

Discover the area on foot, taking in the atmosphere of this spectacular setting, before an hour’s journey south brings you to the countryside of Menfi and your home for the next two nights at a vineyard-side resort. The individually decorated guest rooms open onto private terraces with views over herb and flower gardens and vineyards. Following a welcome aperitivo, you proceed to a dinner of superlative cuisine served at a large communal table in the hotel’s dining room—accompanied, of course, by the estate’s renowned vintages.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3-5 miles, easy

After a delicious breakfast of eggs, local cheeses and cured meats, fresh seasonal fruits, yogurt, pastries and bread, and of course a cappuccino (or espresso), served in your tranquil resort, you drive about 30 minutes to Selinunte, an ancient city that is now one of Sicily’s most dramatically sited Greek ruin complexes. This city, whose name is derived from the Greek word for celery, selinus, was one of ancient Greece’s most prosperous colonies as early as the 7th century BC, and hence the object of centuries of battles.

Following lunch, an easy-going hour-long optional walk above the hotel is offered or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the hotel offers time to pack, relax, and perhaps swim in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. This evening, you gather for another special dinner featuring the bounty of the region.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate, 550-ft. elevation gain and 650-ft. elevation loss and 1-2 miles, easy

After savoring breakfast at your hotel, drive southeast (approximately 90 minutes) to Palma di Montechiaro, a charming village whose first settlement dates back to the 2nd century BCE, and is home to the most important fortress—the Castle of Chiaramontano—used to defend the island against pirate invasions. Enjoy a scenic walk along rolling hills to the coastal town of Marina di Palma, where a lunch of local specialties awaits.

Afterward, continue north to the magnificent Villa Romana del Casale, considered the most important Roman archaeological site in Sicily. This Roman villa, or hunting lodge, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built around the 3rd and 4th centuries (AD). It is known for its extraordinary collection of mosaics in various stages of restoration. Walkways take you through some of its 40 rooms carpeted with 4,200 square yards of magnificent mosaics depicting vivid scenes from mythology, hunting and fishing, and scenes of everyday Roman life. Concluding your visit, you travel (30 minutes) to the outskirts of Caltagirone, where you find your next home away from home—a simple yet beautifully renovated Sicilian stone farmhouse located in the open countryside amid towering palms, olive trees, and neighboring forest. Following time to settle into your room or relax by the outdoor pool, a feast of traditional specialties, perfectly paired with local Nero d’Avola red wine, is served in the warm, wood-beamed dining room.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4- or 7-mile options, easy

After awakening in the peaceful countryside and eating breakfast, you set off on foot to neighboring Mount Ganzaria on one of two walks of varying distances. The mountain derives its name from the Arabic word for wild boar, yhanzaria, because of boars’ abundance on the mountain in ancient times. This area has been settled from the prehistoric age until the present. Your route passes a Byzantine necropolis and takes you through vegetation of cork oaks, eucalyptus, walnut groves, dwarf fan palms, and orchids. Along the way, you may see foxes, porcupines, and weasels. Broad views on one side look over the Catania plain and, on the other, southern Sicily.

Refuel over a light lunch, and continue to Syracuse. At one time this city rivaled Athens as the most powerful city of Greater Greece, known as Magna Graecia. Modern-day Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the cultural and administrative capital of southeastern Sicily—an area known for its extravagant baroque architecture, historical ruins, gastronomic delights, beautiful landscapes, and beaches. Your home for two nights is in Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracuse. Upon settling into your room, you set out for an evening of independent strolling and dining. You may wish to wander through the Piazza del Duomo, acclaimed as one of Italy’s most beautiful squares. Ringed by exquisite baroque buildings constructed after the 1693 earthquake, the plaza’s centerpiece is the Duomo (cathedral), the city’s best example of the successions of evolving architectural styles that have shaped it over the centuries. The cathedral’s baroque facade disguises the 5th-century BC temple of Athena; however, 26 of the temple’s Doric columns remain intact and are visible both inside and outside.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5 miles, easy to moderate

Start today with an elaborate breakfast of fruit, yogurt, fresh-pressed juices, omelets, cured meats and cheeses, and Sicilian pastries with pistachio cream enjoyed on the hotel’s panoramic rooftop terrace. Then, you depart for one of the most beautiful spots in southeastern Sicily—the Oasi Nature Reserve at Vendicari, a complex of coastal marshes with a serene sandy beach. Depending on the season and time of day, the beach provides a protected home for large populations of migratory birds such as ducks, white egrets, black storks, and even European flamingos. Footpaths lead through the salt fields of the Pantano Grande to an abandoned tonnara (tuna factory) and the ruins of a Norman tower known as the Torre di Vendicari. From here, the view embraces the entire reserve, from the splendid isle of Vendicari to Capo Passero in the distance. Depending on the weather, you may be enticed to take a swim! Arriving on foot at a family-owned agriturismo (agricultural farm estate), you enjoy a meal of regional specialties, including grilled vegetables, local Sicilian provola, pecorino and tuma cheeses, and freshly made pasta.

After lunch, travel by minibus to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, where you enjoy a guided tour with a local expert. Syracuse’s Archaeological Park is a treasure trove of important Greek and Roman monuments, including the spectacular 5th-century BC Greek Theater. One of the finest of its kind, it still hosts Greek plays in the summer months. Nearby, is the 2nd-century Anfiteatro Romano, the largest Roman amphitheater in Sicily and third-largest in Italy. Unlike the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater bore witness to gruesome events, such as gladiator fights and slave punishments. Late afternoon, you return to Ortigia, where you enjoy another relaxing evening on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Milo to Zafferana Etnea; 5 miles, moderate to challenging, 500-ft. elevation gain and 1,900-ft. elevation loss

Following a delicious breakfast, you depart Syracuse for Mt. Etna, whose majestic cone is the highest mountain in Sicily and one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe. Over 11,000 feet high and occupying an area larger than metropolitan New York, the mountain presents a fascinating alpine environment with a combination of nature and the uncontrollable essence of fire. Walk options today are again weather- and volcano-dependent and may include a trail along the Sentiero delle Ginestre (the Broom Route) from the village of Milo to Zafferana Etnea, through an area of chestnut forest, old shepherd settlements, the famous giant broom trees, and even a live oak that is over 700 years old. A sustained descent brings you to Zafferana Etnea, an important crossroads in the Roman era along the inland route that connected Catania with Taormina.

Almost constant activity from this volcano has gifted its slopes with fertile soils for agriculture, orchards, and vineyards, and midday finds you at one of the many emerging wineries on Etna’s slopes, where you’re treated to a light lunch and tasting. The location affords excellent views of the vineyards on one side and the volcano on the other.

Following lunch, continue to a family-owned country boutique hotel set amid grapevines and citrus groves. Settle in, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the hotel offers time to pack, relax, and perhaps swim in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. This evening, you gather for a special dinner paired with wines from nearby vineyards—perfect for toasting your discoveries of enchanting Sicily.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After savoring breakfast at your hotel, bid farewell to your tour guides and travel companions, and make flight or rail connections for onward travels. The hotel can assist with any transportation required to Catania or beyond (The hotel check out time is 11:00 a.m.).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Italy: Sicily 8
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2023 2022

2023 Pre-Tour Extension - Palermo

  • One night at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

1 Night From $195
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $145

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A Country Walkers representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this vibrant city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Italy: Sicily 8
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2023 2022

2022 Pre-Tour Extension - Taormina

  • Two nights at the Hotel Villa Schuler
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Transportation from Taormina to tour meeting point
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $548
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $448

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combo, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A Country Walkers representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Taormina. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this stunning city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a relaxing breakfast at your hotel, complimentary transportation from Taormina to your Catania hotel is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. A Country Walkers representative will meet you in the lobby of your Taormina hotel and assist you with your transportation.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Italy: Sicily
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2023 2022

2023 Post-Tour Extension - Taormina

  • Two nights at the Hotel Villa Schuler
  • Transportation from your final land hotel to Villa Schuler
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $445
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $445

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, board your private coach (at 10:00 a.m.) for transportation to Taormina. You arrive to your centrally located charming boutique hotel (by mid-morning) from where you are perfectly positioned to explore this stunning resort town at your leisure. Country Walkers also provides a city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore Taormina on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning complimentary transportation will be provided to Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport based on your departure time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Italy: Sicily
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2023 2022

2022 Post-Tour Extension - Palermo

  • One night at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa†
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information
  • Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

1 Night From $198
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $148

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore Palermo on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning complimentary transportation will be provided to Palermo’s Falcone Borsellino Airport based on your departure time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
19 on-tour meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Archi and one extra night in Palermo Check
Airport car service for arrival and departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

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See my review comments below. The tour was fabulous in many ways and we would do this again.

Terry, State College PA

Italy: Sicily

Exceptional variety in the walks: volcano, seacoast, history. Great food. Relaxed pace that allowed us to BE in Sicily. Guides set a warm tone that enhanced every minute. I have been a guest for 12+ CW walks. This was among the best.

Suzanne,

Italy: Sicily

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