Sicily (6280)

8 Day Tour from Palermo to Palermo

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Join us on a budget-friendly vacation in Sicily—the Mediterranean’s largest island, just off the toe of Italy’s “boot.” You’ll begin in Palermo, a colorful city of churches, squares, marketplaces, and palazzos of every style. Your sightseeing tour includes Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) in Monreale, built in the 1100s, with byzantine mosaics depicting famous scenes from The Bible. Next, take in stunning views with a cable-car ride to the medieval hilltop town of Erice—with cobblestone streets, fortifications, and ancient churches. Enjoy a guided tour of Trapani, set on a harbor that was once a powerful trading network, and visit Marsala, known for its famed Marsala wine.

See the Acropolis and its temples in Selinunte, and take a guided visit to spectacular ancient temples near Agrigento. Visit the Roman Villa at Casale, famous for its mosaics, like the “Bikini Girls.” Visit elegant Taormina and the coastal town of Cefalù. Enjoy an excursion on Mount Etna, the majestic volcano overlooking the city of Catania, the verdant valleys and the shimmering blue Mediterranean waters. Your affordable vacation in Sicily returns to Palermo for an overnight to celebrate your Sicilian adventure.

Small-Group Discovery

Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Archeological area of Agrigento
  • Mount Etna
  • Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY

Check into your hotel. Spend the rest of your day exploring this great city. Tonight meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 PALERMO

A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to Baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent Cappella Palatina. Later, maybe join an optional excursion to complete your day.

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Day 3 PALERMO-TRAPANI-ERICE-MARSALA

Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide. Set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice, the city center stretches along the port and was built primarily in baroque style. Next, visit the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by cable car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breathtaking views over the Gulf of Trapani and Egadi Islands. On clear days, see all the way to the African coast. Overnight in nearby Marsala.
Today’s Distance: 105 mi/ 170 km

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Day 4 MARSALA–SELINUNTE–AGRIGENTO

This morning spend some time on your own in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Then head towards Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. Here, you will see the remains of the acropolis, with its temples and fortifications. Continue to Agrigento.
Today’s Distance: 96 mi/ 155 km

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Day 5 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–TAORMINA AREA

Guided visit of the spectacular Doric temple of Concord, and the temple of Juno Lacinia, archaeological jewels of the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento. On to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the well-preserved Roman villa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls”.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km

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Day 6 TAORMINA AREA. EXCURSION TO MOUNT ETNA

Drive up the heights of Mount Etna with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions). Descend to sun-kissed Taormina, magnificently situated on a 700-foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea. The heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, and maybe taste a refreshing granita or a sumptuous cannolo.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 120 km

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Day 7 TAORMINA AREA–CEFALÙ–PALERMO

Arrive in the coastal town of Cefalù with its medieval squares, streets, and churches. During your visit, see the Norman cathedral, a 12th-century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers. Later, return to Palermo. During your final day in this glorious city, catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore more of the city on your own.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km

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Day 8 PALERMO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi, cable car to Erice

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CLAUDIO APREDA

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

Born in the South of Italy, I grew up surrounded by nature, along with, historical and archaeological sites. From a young age, I always dreamed of being an ambassador of my country so that I could make everyone aware of its outstanding beauty. Today, I am proud to take people from North to South and introduce them to the wonders of Italy. Come to visit us: Italy is always a good choice!

Tour Director - CLAUDIO APREDA

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Palermo
Marsala
Taormina Area

Palermo

Exclusive private visit to the Palazzo Alliata of Pietratagliata

Exclusive private visit to the Palazzo Alliata of Pietratagliata

Get a true taste of ancient Palermo, capital of Sicily, on this fantastic excursion featuring an exclusive visit to the private noble Palazzo Alliata of Pietratagliata.

Price Range: $

Splendors of Palermo with Dinner

Splendors of Palermo with Dinner

Explore the wonders of Palermo, capital of Sicily, on this fascinating orientation tour with a delicious dinner of fresh, locally-caught fish.

Price Range: $$

Marsala

Sicily Salt Mines & Marsala Wines

Sicily Salt Mines & Marsala Wines

Wine and salt are two of the products Sicily is famous for! Visit the islands vast and captivating underground salt mine, then stop by a famous winery for a tour and tasting session! Magnifico!

Price Range: $

Taormina Area

Sicilian Dinner and Folklore

Sicilian Dinner and Folklore

Taste a delicious Sicilian style dinner enjoying some folk music and entertainment

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Cosmos European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Cosmos tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience. For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party. Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $1,715*
18 guests in a party: $332*

Contact Cosmos or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Cosmos Private Touring.

*Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2021 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.


* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).

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