The best of Sicily Tour
Sicily Small Group Tour
Want to explore the best of Sicily from iconic attractions to the lesser-known places with the locals? Click to learn more about The Best Of Sicily Tour 2024!
How to see the best of Sicily with A Small Group Tour
Are you dreaming of seeing the best of Sicily and doing it with a small group of like-minded people over 50? You landed in the right place! Read what guests say about the Rocky Travel Best of Sicily Tour.
What Our Tour Guests Say - Testimonials!
Here below are just a few of the many testimonials we received from our lovely guests. On this page you have instant access to 4 video recordings (2-4 min) and listen what the ladies say about our Best Of Sicily Tour.
My friend and I traveled with Michela on the Best of Sicily Tour in May-June of 2019 and what an awesome trip it was! We had not been to Sicily before and this trip showcased the beautiful island in a wonderful way. I felt like we were truly off the beaten path with the excursions and destinations. There were many delightful experiences and one of my favorites was the visit to the small town of Sant' Angelo Muxaro near Agrigento. We explored this charming town of about 1,200 people and then had lunch with a local family. The lunch was outstanding and the family was so welcoming. A lot of what we ate came right from their garden and it was delicious. Another favorite was our visit to the Villa Romana del Casale where we saw beautiful mosaic tiles. We had the best guides-Palermo resident and knowledgeable guide Alessandro and bus driver Sergio from Agrigento were so kind. You could tell they were proud of their island and happy to show it off. Michela was great, very responsive before and during the trip. I would highly recommend this Sicily Tour and loved the fact that it was a small group tour of 10 people, many of whom were seasoned, active hikers and walkers. A perfect vacation!
LAUREL PALMER | St. Augustin, USA
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Sicily. Travelling with Rocky Travel was so easy and well-organized. Michela and our local guide Angela always ensured we had enough time to see everything while bonding with other women travelling in the group. The accommodations were well chosen and often located where walking into town during our free time was easy. While in Sicily in May 2023, we had to deal with bad weather, cancel some of our excursions, and replace them with new tours. This was done without any downtime and with options that exceeded my expectations. My experience with Rocky Travel in Sicily was super good, and I highly recommend any tours organized by Rocky Travel.
MARIE-JOSÉe Vinet | Toronto, CANADA
The Best of Sicily Tour was a perfectly planned trip. It hit all the highlights, as well as those out of the way places and local people that you will never find in guidebooks or online. It was with a very comfortable minibus with a friendly group of 10. Our guide, Alessandro, was well informed and entertaining who kept us on schedule along with a superb driver Sergio, both Sicilians. Michela, the trip organizer, also Italian, was extremely helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. It was a fabulous introduction to Sicily, and I highly recommend it, especially if you are not familiar with Sicily. Very reasonably priced and good value for money. For sure I’ll be back.
VIVIEN TROY | New York, USA
This Sicily small-group tour is an ideal introduction to Sicily's many and varied attractions, ranging from architecture to food to archaeology. Zoom calls beforehand meant I already knew the other participants when it started. The meals were an excellent introduction to Sicilian cuisine. The tour guide was outstanding, and her local knowledge gave us valuable insights into many aspects of Sicilian culture, history and food. Poor weather meant some of the attractions were closed. Our tour leaders, Michela and Angela, organised excellent replacement activities using local contacts and insider knowledge. I definitely recommend this tour to solo female travellers 50+ who want to visit a more unusual destination and make new friends. This was my first tour, and I wondered if I'd like it. I'm now a big fan of small group tours with hand-picked like-minded travellers. I'll be looking out for more!
Marion Halliday | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Michela, Angela and Francesco did their best to create and provide a lovely tour of Sicily. Patience and attentiveness were well executed throughout the trip, and no questions were left unanswered. The knowledge demonstrated throughout was much appreciated, especially when we needed to shift gears due to weather concerns. I highly recommend this tour by Rocky Travel. Michela, the organiser, and Angela’s tour guide expertise were exceptional.
ChARMAINE HARKINS | West Hartford, USA
DETAILS OF THE BEST OF SICILY TOUR 2024
Who is this guided Tour of Sicily good for?
When Is The Sicily Trip in 2024?
Next Sicily Trip Dates: 13th - 22nd May 2024
- DAY 1 - PICK UP AT CATANIA TRAIN STATION
Exploring Sicily's most picturesque town, Taormina, with its Teatro Greco (Greek theatre) and views of Mount Etna. A walking tour, free time and a welcome dinner in Taormina.
- DAY 2 - A DAY AT THE EOLIAN ISLANDS
Transfer by ferry and day out to exploring Lipari + Vulcano. Walking to the crater and/or Hot Bath Mud Springs.
- DAY 3- CEFALÙ + MONREALE
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Cefalù and a visit to the Monreale Cathedral (Palermo) in the afternoon.
- DAY 4 - EXPLORING PALERMO
Go on a morning walking tour of the city with a street food tour. Free time to enjoy Palermo, with aperitivo time and music concerts.
- DAY 5 - VISIT THE AGRIGENTO TEMPLES REGION
A full day exploring the Valley of Temples, the most significant archaeological site in the world. Visit St. Angelo Muxaro village with home-cooked lunch by the locals.
- DAY 6 - RAGUSA IBLA + PIAZZA ARMERINA
Dive into the Sicily's 2 Unesco world heritage sites. We spend the day here visiting the Roman Villas in Piazza Armerina and old Ragusa Ibla.
- DAY 7 - ISPICA CAVES' TREK
A easy to moderate trek across the green canyon between Modica and Ispica. Food and Wine tastings. A visit of Scicli with a special sensorial experience.
- DAY 8 - VISIT NOTO + NOTO ANTICA
An archaeological area and baroque township of NOTO, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Exploring the new Noto. And the surroundings area.
- DAY 9 SYRACUSE + ORTIGIA
Spend one and half day along the stuning South East coast of Sicily, visiting Syracuse and the beauty of medieval and baroque architecture of Ortigia. Market Food Testing + Walking Tour of Ortigia. Farewell Dinner.
- DAY 10 - TRANSFER TO CATANIA AIRPORT
End of the tour and privare bus transfer to the Catania Airport.
Our Best Of Sicily Tour - Images from our previous Sicily Trips
To get an idea of what this tour of Sicily Italy is all about, click to see the Bes of Sicily tour itinerary. You can also watch these short videos interviews with our guests on tour.
Tour Details For The 10-day Round-Trip of Sicily 2024
TOUR PRICE AND TOUR CONDITIONS
Price: € 2.595 per person in twin or double room.
*If you are female and travel solo, we can pair you to share a twin room, to avoid the upgrade option.
**Upgrade Option: For booking a double room for single use, there is a SGL of 375 Euro.
*** Tour is confirmed with min 12 participants and max 13.
Please take a look at what the tour price covers and and doesn't include, as stated here below!
What the Tour Price of 2.595 € includes:
- 9 Overnights* in 4*** Hotels with Cont. Breakfast.
* You can upgrade to a double room for single use for +375 Euro.
- 3 Dinners At The Hotels (drinks excluded).
- 1 Welcome Dinner in Taormina (in restaurants incl. drinks).
- 1 Farewell Dinner in Siracusa. (in restaurants, incl. drinks).
- Street Food Tour and Walking Tour + Lunch. (Day 4).
- Home-made cooked Lunch with a family. (Day 5).
- 1 x Local Produce + 1 x Cheese Tastings. (Day 5).
- 1 x Ice Cream tasting. (Day 6).
- Trek Guide of Ispica's Caves. (Day 7).
- Food & Wine tastings + Lunch. (Day 7).
- Sensorial Nursery Experience in Scicli. (Day 8).
- Food & Cheese Tastings. (Day 9).
- All National Parks, Heritage Sites entrances. (+70 €).
- All Group Transfers in Modern Coach to/from Hotels. (incl. pick up @Catania Rail Station. Drop-off @Catania Airport).
- All Outdoor Guided Walks and Excursions.
- Ferry to Aeolian Islands (Milazzo-Lipari-Vulcano-Milazzo).
- English Speaking Tour Leaders & Private Drivers
Extra Bonuses included in the Tour Price:
- 3 Live Zoom Group Call of 60 min each. The first after tour confirmation. The second in Jan and the last one in March. We share and discuss all things about flights, accommodation bookings, travel insurance, things to know about your Sicily Trip in Italy.
- Sicily Trip Planning Support with Q&A. via email or in our Facebook Group and on Live Zoom Call.
- Monthly Email Updates: only for Tour Members, and include videos and content about flights and accommodation bookings, travel insurance, what to pack and wear for the trip).
- A Private Facebook Group For Tour Members. for sharing info, updates about Sicily, plus recorded live Calls, and Videos.
- A WhatsApp Private Group For Tour Members : from 1 month prior to our Sicily Tour, during and after the trip.
What this Tour Price does not include
- Everything which is not listed in "Tour price includes" is automatically excluded.
- Entrance to the Vulcano Hot Mud Springs.
- City Tax imposed by city councils (about 2.-2.50 Euro per night/hotel to be paid at each hotel. Stand as per May 2023).
- Optional activities as stated in the Tour Brochure.
- International Travel & Med Insurance for Italy.
- Tips For All Tour Guides Leaders.
THE TOUR REGISTRATION FOR THE BEST OF SICILY TRIP
Bookings. Please note that this tour is open to active adults +50 years (females/males, as a solo traveller, or with a travel companion) who are active, love walking and being in the outdoors.
HOW TO BOOK THIS TOUR: DEPOSIT AND BALANCE
Deposit and bookings. Payment of € 630* will reserve your space on the Best of Sicily Tour 2024. Once this group tour is confirmed (12 people is the minimum required) we will notify via email. Balance is due in Dec 2023.
*YOUR SPACE IS CONFIRMED WHEN YOU PAY THE DEPOSIT INVOICE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR BEST OF SICILY TRIP
Any questions? Click the title to scroll through these 8 FAQs. Or click to fill in this inquiry form.
The payment of the deposit of 630 € is to be made when signing up via the booking form. Once you have paid the deposit your space on tour is confirmed, and you will receive a brochure of about 15 pages with the details of the tour itinerary, hotels, excursions, and the logistics.
Yes, you need travel & Med insurance. If you are not an Eu citizen, you need to look into international travel insurance. Travel medical insurance is necessary to cover any potential incidents or injuries that may occur during your stay in Italy and on tour, as well as flight and tour cancellation due to illness or force majeure.
You can cancel the tour within 7 days after paying the deposit. And you will get a full refund. Due to the nature of our small group tour, we cannot refund after 7 days.
The deposit is needed to reserve your space on this tour. The Balance is due in Dec 2023. We don't accept instalments for the balance.
5 dinners, 4 lunches + several tastings are included in the tour price, see details of what's included in the tour price. Other meals are at your charge. The average cost for a meal, at a restaurant in Sicily is between 15-30 Euro.
We stay in 4 stars hotels, and most have a swimming pool too. We stay in six different hotels: in Taormina, in Cefalu, in Palermo (2 nights), in Agrigento, near Ragusa (2 nights) and in Siracusa (2 nights). You can see details of the hotels from a 15-page tour brochure that you get when you sign up for the tour.
Yes, mostly all walks. These are while visiting places, towns, the Valley of the Temples, and the Vulcano Crater and in the Ispica Caves. You must be able to walk comfortably in nature on uneven surfaces, with stones, small rocks.
This tour is for female travellers. In 2023 we had 100% women participants. We however can accept male travellers in the tour, but have only have 2 spaces available for male participants.
Have more questions about this tour?
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We came together, all females from Canada and America except for one lucky male person (me) from Australia. Michela had provided beforehand, full information on what to expect on the trip. Then on the weeks leading up to the trip a few tour blogs. So, by the time we were sitting down for our first “get to know each other” dinner, we were well on the way for making new friendships. Michela had also provided last-minute tips, for example, an overview of Catania, recommended hotels to stay at and the best way into town from the airport. If possible, do a small tour group like the Rocky Travel Best Of Sicily Tour. That way, you have better customer service, and the little bus provides greater mobility, while the unavoidable toilet stops are not as long. The Rocky Travel Sicily Tour touts for the active and adventurous type which suited me and most of the others on tour, so I was with like-minded people! This Sicily Tour had a right balance of organised activities and free time. In Palermo there were too many activities for one day, so, a bit rushed. I also found the location and standard of the hotels on tour excellent.
JAMES BURKE | Perth, Western Australia
The Rocky Travel Best of Sicily Tour, more than lived up to the promise of its name. Our small group visited major cities and towns such as Palermo, Syracusa, and Taormina. Unusual and beautiful places in nature were important destinations as well, including treks on Sicily’s iconic Mt Etna and through other dramatic landscapes. World-famous and less well-known, but fascinating, archaeological ruins and other sites also were part of our wonderful trip, including the Greek temples in Agrigento and the fascinating Ispica Cave with its ancient necropolis and dwellings carved into the hillside. And, one thing I liked was that Rocky Travel made sure we had authentic experiences. Two that stand out are the Palermo “street food” tour, led by a local guide, Raffaella. We tasted delicious and authentic Sicilian tidbits, got to relax around a special set-up table, and we even met the gracious cooks who made those treats. The second was the lunch prepared by a family in a lovely, very un-touristy hilltop village, San Angelo Muxaro. Among my most favourite memories are those from the beautifully situated seaside city of Syracusa, with its rich Greek and Roman history, culture and archaeological sites and its numerous medieval and baroque architectural treasures. Amazingly, you can see all these different cultures on one place: the baroque Cathedral in Syracusa’s historic center, which incorporates Doric columns from a 5thc BC Greek temple. The Cathedral and the other stunning architecture in the surrounding square are especially magical when lit up at night. I’ll always remember this scene and many more from the tour.
I’d recommend Rocky Travel to anyone who likes active travel with small groups and who is interested in really getting to know Sicily and all its cultural, historic and natural aspects. Michela, our organizer, Alessandro, our Sicily expert guide and our wonderful driver, Sergio were incredibly helpful and informative throughout the trip planning and during the journey.
Mary Kelly | Washington, USA
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