Sicily history tour, Italy

“Our only cultural tour that does a full circuit of Sicily, travelling in a small group for 9 days around amphitheatres, cathedrals, Greek city ruins and a lot of wonderful restaurants. ”

Highlights

Catania | Mt. Etna | Siracusa | Neapolis Archaelological Park | Noto | Ragusa Ibla | Agrigento's Valley of the Temples | Selinunte | Erice | Zingaro Nature Reserve | Monreale Cathedral | Cefalu' |Taormina

Description of Sicily history tour, Italy

Tours of Sicily are ideal for any responsible travellers wishing to be elevated to a higher plane with the entire circumference of the island covered to allow history buffs and nature lovers to really get to grips with one of Italy's most fascinating cultural crossroads.

This nine day tour of Sicily is pretty much all encompassing with the coastline offering a wealth of archaeological and cultural treasures alongside fabulous ocean scenes and traditional coastal communities.

From the Phoenicians and Greeks to the Romans, Arabian and Norman influences, this Sicily tour enables travellers to uncover the island's back story through first-hand experiences with the sites of Siracusa, Agrigento and Selinunte combining with smouldering Mount Etna to great effect.

Italians love their food and Sicily tours reveal that this island is absolutely no exception so expect to sample a lip-smacking arrangement of seasonal fare and regional delicacies alongside some classic Sicilian red wines and bulbous bright yellow lemons, fit to burst.

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Bring hiking boots so you don’t miss out on the Etna climb. And always have swimgear in your backpack.
Trip type:
Small group, max.16p eople, min. age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
3-4* hotels.
Included:
Flights from London, accommodation, all breakfasts, wine tasting, all transport, tour leader, entrance fees.
Meals:
Only breakfasts included. Allow €8-15 lunch, €20-30 dinner.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Activity:
We try to operate on a ‘leave no trace’ basis, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of waste and being sure to leave any flora, fauna and historical sites undamaged. By using local drivers for transfers, local restaurants and small shops, we make daily contributions to the economy and the community. Using local guides also has the mutual benefit of creating employment opportunities in the region, whilst clients have the advantage of in-depth expertise of the country. By visiting a number of archaeological sites, baroque temples, honey coloured towns and areas of natural beauty, we generate funds which support the maintenance of these important historical and natural places.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend the week using comfortable, locally owned hotels. All accommodation is locally staffed and sometimes family run, which has a positive effect on employment levels and economy in the region. Most lodgings are located in proximity to the UNESCO historic sites we visit, which reduces further the need for carbon producing transfer vehicles on the trip. Sicilians are very proud of their local produce and so where meals are provided, fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used as much as possible- which benefits suppliers in the area. Free mealtimes are a valuable chance to explore the wide variety of cafes and restaurants on our route, serving tasty and authentic dishes. If there is time, guides can also direct clients to the daily market in Syracuse, which sells seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and regional cheeses, sausages and preserves.

Local Craft and Culture:
Cuisine is a huge part of Sicilian culture and so we include frequent stops at locally owned businesses to introduce traditionally crafted produce and customary specialties. For example, At Mount Etna, we arrange a wine and cheese tasting in one of the famous wine cellars of the area. Made at local vineyards, we can sample a range of wines, including the famous Sicilian desert wine, Marsala. Locally crafted cheeses including ricotta and pecorino are also prominent. By purchasing these products and other handmade items (paintings, ceramics, embroidery), we help to sustain traditional methods of craftsmanship.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 09 Jul 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the historic sites, the scenery and the food. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by

So many memorable things - the Greek temples, Roman mosaics, Palermo's street markets and Byzantine churches - swimming, sunshine etc etc. Amazing food. Excellent, although the schedule could be improved in one or two areas and one or two of the hotels were quite basic. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by

The most memorable was the walking trail at Mt Etna and the various temples at Agrigento. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2017 by

All of it. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2017 by

Sicily is very beautiful if a little run down. Reminded me a lot of the Balkans. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 May 2016 by

The locations of the temples at Agrigento and Selinunte were truly spectacular. Entering the Cathedral at Monreale made everyone go "wow!" Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

Very much exceeded our expectations. Good value for money. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2015 by

Excellent. Learn a bit of Italian, especially for food items - makes it just that bit easier and more enjoyable! (Makes the locals happy too). Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2015 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was getting to see most of the Greek temples in Sicily, massive! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2015 by

A very good introduction to Sicily. We used local hotels, local guides and local shops so we hope it benefitted Sicilians. Our guide was dedicated to improving the environment and educating children about how to care for wildlife and nature. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2014 by

Excellent. In terms of short 'adventure' holidays it was one of the best we have been on. Read full review

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