The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily is an undeniable natural beauty that boasts a diverse blend of history and culture. Each town of this Italian island conveys a unique identity and character. Syracuse is a landscape of important Greek and Roman monuments, while in Monreale, you’ll discover Norman-French, Byzantine, and Arab influences. Trek the slopes of Mt. Etna, through fragrant forests and across corridors of hardened lava. Stay in sophisticated estates with lush gardens, ideal for a relaxing stroll. Fuel your walking tour of Sicily with Mediterranean meals, savoring the flavors of local olives, artichokes, nuts, and fruits. Join Country Walkers on one of best guided tours of Sicily and discover this land of long summers, ancient culture, and amazing cuisine.
Badia Nuova Residence
In the heart of Trapani’s old town (and just a one-minute walk from the beach), this tasteful city hotel offers a contemporary but comfortable home base. The hotel’s convenient location puts you right near the boardwalk and within easy walking distance of historic attractions, such as the Church of Sant’Agostino and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. While at the hotel, experience gracious Sicilian hospitality, as well as a sun terrace, elegant restaurant, and free WiFi.IWiFiIAir ConditioningI
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Located in central Palermo, the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is ideally situated for shopping and sight-seeing. Featuring a lavish inner courtyard with a retractable glass ceiling, this historic hotel is a renovated 16th-century monastery built inside Palermo’s stock exchange building. Well-appointed guest rooms include modern amenities such as air conditioning, with WiFi available in the lobby.
Una Hotel Palace Catania
Located just a ten-minute walk from Catania Cathedral and Massimo Bellini Opera House, the UNA Hotel Palace offers a tranquil respite in the heart of the city. Housed in a restored, historic luxury hotel, it offers a fitness center, Turkish hammam, roof garden, as well as a terrace restaurant and bar with panoramic views sweeping out to Mount Etna.
Located in the in the historic center of Syracuse, the Ortea Palace Luxury Hotel is a glamourous, water-side retreat, just steps away from the city’s notable monuments, shops, and restaurants. The hotel’s bright, spacious rooms have an Italian flair and include modern amenities such as air conditioning and WiFi.IWiFiIAir ConditioningI
Planeta Estate - La Foresteria
Set amid the vineyards of the renowned Planeta winery, this secluded 4-star resort features spacious guest rooms with individual terraces, swimming pool and steam bath, walking paths, and exclusive fine dining.
Agriturismo Vecchia Masseria
Originally built as an accommodation for farm workers tilling the local fields, this rural estate was lovingly restored in 1996 with environmentally friendly materials and respect for the hotel’s history. Enjoy panoramic views of the rolling countryside, as well as the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pub, and restaurant. Your room offers simple comforts. Please note it is not furnished with a telephone.
Zash Country Boutique Hotel
Offering stylish rooms and suites, Zash Country Boutique Hotel & Spa is a sophisticated hideaway at the base of Mt. Etna. Relax in the ample 30-acre estate, enjoying countryside views and the rejuvenating scent of the citrus gardens. The property is ideal for walking, jogging, or if you like, exploring on the provided bicycles. Rooms are spread throughout the estate and all include modern amenities such as air conditioning, WiFi, a hair dryer, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV. IWiFiIAir ConditioningI
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Taormina
2 Nights From $498
per person, double occupancy
Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon your arrival at Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport, please retrieve your luggage and clear customs, then meet your driver at Bar Sicilia in the arrivals hall. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Taormina hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Schuler
Today is yours to explore this chic resort town perched idyllically above the Mediterranean, with a history dating back millennia. Discover dreamy streets, medieval churches, and a beautifully preserved Greek theater. Later, you might relax at one of the spectacular beaches you can see from the city’s panoramic position high above the Ionian Sea and easily accessible by cable car. Your family-run hotel in the heart of the historic center, surrounded by its exotic gardens, gives you access to all the best of this beguiling city. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Schuler
After a relaxing breakfast at your hotel, a complimentary transfer 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 transfer.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Palermo
1 Night From $198
per person, double occupancy
Today is yours to explore more of this historical coastal town. Not to be missed is the spacious botanical gardens, praised by Goethe as “the most beautiful place on earth” nor the Massimo Theater, Italy’s largest indoor theater where the final scenes of The Godfather trilogy were filmed. After a full day of exploring, relax at your centrally located hotel with a massage or aperitivo before savoring your last Sicilian dinner. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Pizza Borsa
Ciao! This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Palermo’s Falcone Borsellino Airport based on your departure time. (Your departure transfer time will be communicated to you on tour by your guides.)
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 2 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Catania and one extra night in Palermo|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
A native of the Sicilian town of Acireale, Maurizio Musmeci lives in Aci Castello, a small village built on hardened Mt. Etna lava. Having lived in several Italian cities, he eventually returned to Sicily, where he is proud to be part of an organization that publicly supports businesses and public officials who do not pay protection money to organized crime. He has a degree in environmental planning and has been working for years as a hiking and nature guide. Maurizio wants to share Sicily with all visitors so they can know it for what it is: a beautiful land, full of contradictions, with an amazing natural and human cultural heritage.
With a love of languages and travel, native Sicilian Orietta Piazza studied English, German, and Spanish at the University of Catania, graduating with a degree in modern languages. In addition to guiding walking tours, Orietta leads tours exploring Sicilian genealogy for many visitors to the island who are of Sicilian heritage. In addition to traveling, she is fond of gardening and plays the guitar.
With degrees in Economic Development and International Cooperation as well as Democratic Governance and Human Rights, Ermes Riccobono has spent years working in social tourism and as a cultural mediator and brings a special cultural understanding to his guiding work. With an extensive knowledge of history, flora, and fauna, and as a native of Palermo, Ermes looks forward to sharing his local expertise alongside his co-guides.
With his American mother and Sicilian father, Keegan Alagna grew up in a bilingual home in the Umbrian countryside near Assisi. From his childhood on a working farm to post-graduate work in geology, he has always pursued his passion and curiosity for the outdoors, through teaching, guiding, and exploring. He brings his depth of knowledge of geology, nature, Italian history and culture to his walking tours and to his position as a key member on Italy’s premier outdoor group—the CAI, the Club Alpino Italiano.
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