FAMILY TOUR IN EASTERN SICILY

Regions

East and Southeast

Starting Point

Catania

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

8 - 10 days

Best for

from 4 years

Activity Level **

3/5

Smoking volcanic slopes, crystal clear turquoise waters and ancient history - Sicily offers the perfect combination of outdoor activities, relaxation and excellent gastronomy - what else could you look for on a perfect family holiday? Our tour along the eastern coast lets you experience some of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Sicily while enjoying fun outdoor activities like canyoning, snorkeling or sea kayaking. Explore the ongoing volcanic activity and geology of Mount Etna, learn about the history of the mafia and indulge in delicious Sicilian pasta, seafood and gelato all along the way. A true family adventures for all senses!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ family adventure tour between Taormina and Syracuse
✓ learn how to cook like a Sicilian and feast on homemade pizza or Arancini
✓ follow in the footsteps of the mafia on a fun-filled donkey tour through a historic village
✓ fun-filled family body-rafting adventure in the spectacular Alcantara gorge
✓ guided hiking tour among the young craters and the smoking slopes of the mighty Mount Etna
✓ UNESCO world heritage in the historic towns of Taormina and Syracuse

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Taormina
Day 2 - donkey ride tour following in the footsteps of the mafia - overnight in Taormina (60km)
Day 3 - body rafting in the Alcantara gorge - overnight in Taormina (80km)
Day 4 - free day to enjoy in Taormina - family cooking class - overnight in Taormina
Day 5 - Etna craters discovery tour - overnight in Syracuse (170km)
Day 6 - boat and snorkeling adventure around Ortigia Island - overnight in Syracuse (20km)
Day 7 - cycling tour on Ortigia Island - Neapolis Archaeological Park - overnight in Syracuse
Day 8 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL - PIZZA/ARANCINI MAKING CLASS
Arrive to Sicily and transfer to your accommodation in Taormina. After check-in, you will get your first taste of the delicious Sicilian cuisine at a pizza or Arancini making class, which you will get to enjoy for a family dinner!
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 2 – A DONKEY RIDE THROUGH THE GODFATHER VILLAGE SAVOCA
Take a trip to the idyllic Sicilian village of Savoca overlooking the Ionian sea. The medieval village is often described as one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily and Italy and came to fame as one of the filming locations of the godfather movies. A very special tour will take you through the village to visit churches, catacombs and ancient ruins on the back of a donkey while you follow in the footsteps of the mafia! The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy in Taormina.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 3 - BODY RAFTING IN THE ALCANTARA GORGE
The Alcantara River is one of the few rivers on Sicily that runs all year round and has carved its path into the basalt over a period of several thousands of years. A canyoning adventure along the gorge is a great activity for the whole family and you will have hours of fun jumping into the refreshing waters, sliding down ravines, climbing along the cliffs or walking along the riverbed as you will go to places where only the water goes. The difficulty level can be adjusted to the children's age and capability.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 4 - FREE DAY IN TAORMINA
You have the day to stroll through the beautiful historic streets of Taormina shaped by the Greek, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. Visit the Greek Theatre carved into the hillside offering fantastic views over the surrounding areas, enjoy Sicilian gastronomy at the Piazzas and relax at the beautiful beaches below Taormina. We can also look after arranging other activities, such as sea kayaking or snorkeling for the day on request.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 5 - ETNA CRATERS TOUR
Dominating the eastern side of Sicily, Mount Etna is Europe's largest volcano, with several vast craters and a height of 3,300m. Etna is also one of the world's most active volcanoes and it offers breath-taking views and great hiking for visitors. Today, your guide will take you along the southern and western slopes, to discover small volcanic cones, cultivated crops and recent lava flows.
Overnight in Syracuse.

DAY 6 - BOAT TRIP AROUND ORTIGIA ISLAND
Ortigia Island is the oldest part of Syracuse and it's a bustling mix of temples, churches, museums, piazzas, bars and shops. A boat trip around the island will let you admire the historic buildings and monuments from the sea before exploring the sea caves off the coast of Syracuse. Jump into the crystal clear waters and enjoy the wonderful views of the coastline before heading back to Syracuse. You will have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy in Syracuse.
Overnight in Syracuse

DAY 7 - CYCLING TOUR ON ORTIGIA ISLAND - ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
Enjoy a relaxed morning while cycling through the historic streets of Ortigia Island before visiting the Neapolis Archaeological Park. The park contains the Greek Theatre from the 5th century BC and the Roman Amphitheater from the 3rd century AD, making it one of the greatest archaeological sites in Sicily and Italy and giving it UNESCO World Heritage status since 2005.
Overnight in Syracuse.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard family friendly hotels or guesthouses
- private car hire or transfers for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
It is possible to visit Sicily all year long, but the best times to travel are May, June, September and October. Summer is lovely, but it can get very hot over July and August and the seaside resorts and towns can become crowded.
While the weather is quite changeable and sometimes rainy in spring, the summer months are arid and temperatures can go as high as 34 degrees. Once the temperatures fall in autumn, the rainy period begins. Temperatures fall further over the winter months, but apart from the higher areas, most of Sicily hardly ever experiences temperatures below freezing.
The northern and particularly the northeastern parts of Sicily get the most rain over the year, which is mainly down to the more mountainous terrain. Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall during the warm summer months are common, especially in the areas East of Mount Etna. The flatter plains in the southern and southwestern part of Sicily get relatively little rainfall throughout the year.

How to travel
The international airports in Sicily are Trapani in the west, Palermo in the northwest, Catania in the east and Ragusa in the southeast of the island. International connections within Europe are good and Sicily is served by all major and some regional European airlines. Direct long-haul connections from outside Europe are rare, in this case it is easiest to connect in mainland Italy like Milan or Rome.
It is possible to take flights from mainland Sicily to the island of Pantelleria from Trapani or Palermo.
The other islands can be reached by ferry. The hydrofoils for the Aeolian Islands leave from Milazzo to Lipari, from where it is then possible to connect to the other islands. As connections are not always frequent and perfectly timed, you should plan the whole day for traveling if you plan to connect from Lipari to another island. The Egadi islands can be reached by hydrofoils from Trapani. Sailings take place frequently over the day and the trip takes less than one hour.
Sicily has a good network of motorways and national roads, making it easy and fast to get around. Infrastructure tends to be a bit more remote in the south, center and mountainous areas. Toll is required on the A18 and A20 motorways.

Travelling with children
Travelling in Sicily with children is easy and Sicilians love children. Hotels, restaurants and bars are eager to accommodate families and children. Menus don’t usually serve a dedicated kids menu, but offer smaller or half portions.
Siesta plays an important way of life in Sicily and shops close between 1 and 5pm. Dinner time in Sicily is usually not before 9pm and especially over the summer months kids are out and about until midnight.
Not all activities are suitable for small children, but Sicily has plenty to offer if you are looking for a fulfilling trip for the whole family. Kids will love to explore the cobbled ancient streets of the historic towns, will be fascinated by the volcanic heritage and of course love the outstanding Sicilian food. The sandy beaches in the south are perfect for a couple of relaxing days and farms and agri-tourism accommodation especially cater for families and offer activities centered around nature and the outdoors.

What to bring
If you are travelling to Sicily between May and September, prepare for warm, sunny and dry days, so light summer clothes, light shoes, swimming gear, sun lotion, sunglasses and sun cover should all make it into your luggage. For those heading to Sicily's mountains and volcanoes, steady hiking boots, a headlight/torch, warm jumper and a rain and windproof jacket are advisable. Also mosquitos tend to annoy people over the summer months, so an insect repellent will do no harm. Some of the churches and religious buildings require covered shoulders, so bring a scarf or t-shirt.
While casual leisure wear is totally fine during the day, you should pack a nice outfit for going out in the evenings. There is no dress-code in most bars or restaurants, but clubs might be a different story. Sicilians like to dress to impress at nighttime, so unless you want to stand out, you might want to do the same.

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Sicily, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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