SECRETS OF THE NORTHERN COAST
Best time to travel
The hidden gems of beautiful Taormina on a guided food & wine tour
Hike on the Northern slopes of the majestic Mount Etna
Volcanic heritage on the beautiful Aeolian Islands
Norman UNESCO World heritage and authentic street food in Palermo
Relax on the beautiful Egadi Islands
While the Northeast of Sicily is dominated by larger towns and the volcanic activity of the impressive Mount Etna and around the beautiful Aeolian Islands, the Northwest is characterized pristine coastal areas and offshore islands. From Taormina to the Aeolian Islands and Palermo all the way to Trapani on Eastern Coast, this tour will take you to beautiful traditional towns and relaxed islands which are waiting for you with a rich cultural heritage and plenty of outdoor activities.
DAY 2 – HIKING ON ETNA'S NORTHERN SLOPES (B, L)
Today you will explore the Northern area of the Etna National Park with its amazing scenery of large woods and volcanic formations like lava caves and grottoes. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at an old farmhouse before returning to Taormina. Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 3 - SEA KAYAKING TO THE ISOLA BELLA (B)
Spend the morning in the beautiful old Greco-Roman town of Taormina, set on the foot of Etna on the coast. Stroll through the ancient alleys before you head down to the coast to enjoy a kayaking trip between the big rocks created by an old submarine eruption around the Islola Bella. Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 4 - TRANSFER TO LIPARI - SUNSET WINE TASTING (B)
After breakfast, you will transfer to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. You will have the day at leisure to enjoy the lively marina, visit the castle overlooking the village or visit the scenic viewpoint Belvedere Quattrocchi for the best views over Lipari and the neighboring Vulcano Island. An unforgettable wine tasting with fantastic panoramic views over the islands is awaiting you to finish the day at sunset. Overnight on Lipari.
DAY 5 - HIKING ON VULCANO ISLAND AND SNORKELING IN THE HOT SEA (B)
Today's trip will take you to the neighboring island of Vulcano, characterized by its smoking volcanic crater and sulfurous fumes rising to the surface. Spend the day climbing the crater and strolling over black beaches before discovering the amazing underwater scenery on a snorkeling adventure in the crystal clear, naturally heated waters that can be found all around the island. Overnight on Lipari.
DAY 6 - CEFALU - PALERMO (B)
Return to mainland Sicily after breakfast and transfer to Palermo. You will stop at the bustling fishing village of Cefalu, dramatically nestled under a great, sheltering rock. A walking tour will take you through the old, walled town to stroll along Corso Ruggiero fringed with shops, bars and cafes, and to admire the mosaics inside the cathedral. Overnight in Palermo.
DAY 7 - PALERMO (B, L)
Settled by the Phoenicians in the 8th century, Palermo first fell to the Romas, then the Arabs, who chose Palermo for their capital, making Palermo one of the most powerful and magnificent cities in the world. The Norman kingdom was marked by an exotic mix of cultures and manifested in their administration and the architecture. A walking tour will take you through Norman Palermo and the historic quarter while getting to taste some of Palermo's delicious street food. Overnight in Palermo.
DAY 8 - SEGESTA - ERICE - TRAPANI (B)
The temple ruins of Segesta are often referred to as being the most romantic ruins in Sicily. Alongside with the theater and the sanctuary, these are the only remains of an ancient city tugged away between rugged mountains and green hills. Continue to the beautiful medieval village of Erice, built from locally quarried white stone on top of a cliff above Trapani. The ancient temple once served as a beacon to sailors before being replaced with a castle in the medieval ages. Enjoy the fantastic views and enjoy a traditional lunch before continuing on to Trapani. Overnight in Trapani.
DAY 10 - DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer to the airport after breakfast and departure.
OUR SERVICE FOR YOU
The itinerary is flexible and we have plenty of adventure in store, so should you wish to make minor changes to the suggested itinerary or extend your stay, we will be happy to talk to you.
DAY 9 - EGADI ISLANDS (B)
The small three islands are about 20 minutes by hydrofoil and are a great spot for relaxing on a summer's day. Spend the day exploring the caves on Levanzo with their Paleolithic and Neolithic paintings, exploring the rocky coves on Favignana or take a dip in the crystal clear blue waters around Marettimo. Overnight in Trapani.
DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SICILY (D)
Arrive to Sicily and transfer to your accommodation in Taormina. Spend the day at leisure to explore the old city before joining a guided tour in the evening to find out about Taormina's best food and wines. Overnight in Taormina.
Superior middle-class hotels and guesthouses
Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as outlined
Activities, tours & visits as outlined
Qualified, English speaking guide on all tours, activities and experiences
Expert travel planning, trip preparation and on tour support
Taxes and insurances for the activities