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9 Days
1 Country

Italy

10 Cities

Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Marsala, Agrigento, Ragusa, Modica, Syracuse, Catania, Taormina

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Sicily’s vibrant palette of colors comes alive on this trip. Sip local wine on the slopes of Mount Etna, wander the chic streets of Taormina and meet the locals in colorful fishing villages. Top it all off with a sweet treat – all the Modican chocolate you can lay your hands on.

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Day 1

Welcome to Palermo

Start your Sicilian journey in Palermo, whose rich trading history has left its unforgettable mark on the city’s Italian, Arab and Norman-styled piazzas, street markets and churches. Enjoy some free time to relax before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner to kick-start your Sicilian adventure.

Cathedral Palermo, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Garibaldi Palermo
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Explore the Capital of Sicily

Head to Monreale on the slopes of Monte Caputo where a Local Specialist will guide you through one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture, the 12th-century Cattedrale di Monreale. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience to the beautiful fishing village of Sferracavallo, at the foot of Mount Capo Gallo? Here you’ll feast on Palermitano specialties, perfectly paired with delicious Sicilian wine.

Cathedral of Monreale, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Garibaldi Palermo
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Detailed Exterior of Monreale Cathedral in Monreale, Italy
Visit Monreale Cathedral

The sombre exterior of the cathedral at Monreale gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the walls glitter with 12th-cen...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit to Cefalu in Italy
A Visit to Cefalù

Take a drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalù. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Fresh food at the market in Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Hidden Palermo and Local Colorful Market

Your local specialist will take you for a stroll through the heart of Palermo with some hidden gems. This discovery will take you to the most excit...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Sferracavello, Italy
Sferracavallo with Dinner

Join us for a drive to the coast of Sicily, where we’ll arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. You’ll have the chance to sample a d...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Ancient Marsala

Discover hidden Palermo as you join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, and learn about the civil anti-mafia movement. Leaving Palermo behind, we head to Erice, the hilltop 'Town of a Hundred Churches'. You’ll have some free time for lunch before continuing to Marsala, home to the nutty-flavoured wine which shares its name. Dive Into Culture along the way, stopping at the salt pans to visit the Infersa Mill to learn about the ancient 'culture of salt' and industry which has shaped this region. You’ll be thrilled with an evening at leisure in picture-perfect Marsala with its marble streets and expansive piazze filled with colorful restaurants. 

City Street Erice Sicily, Italy
Accommodation Seawater Hotel Marsala
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Explore Sicily's 'Culture of Salt' at the Salina della Laguna
Discover the 'Culture of Salt' at the Salina della Laguna

Explore Sicily's 'Culture of Salt' at the Salina della Laguna.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience See the medieval archictecture and sea views in Erice, Italy
Explore the Ancient Town of Erice

Led by your Travel Director, explore the quiet alleys of this ancient walled town, as if you've stepped into the Middle Ages. See the medieval chur...

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Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Uncover Palermo's Rich History

On a one-of-a-kind experience, team up with a local to learn about the civil anti-mafia movement as you discover the lesser-known history of the ancient city of Palermo. 

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Sample Marsala wine and visit wine cellars in Italy
Flavors of Marsala

No visit to Marsala would be complete without a tasting of the famous wine named after the town. Visit a restored 19th century baglio, where vines ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Agrigento and Ragusa

Today’s first stop is Agrigento where you’ll join a Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples. You’ll explore one of the world’s most treasured centers of Greek art and architecture, including the seven sandstone Doric temples overlooking the city. There’s time for lunch before we head to Ragusa, a city with two very different souls – the lower and older Ragusa Ibla and higher Ragusa Superiore are separated dramatically by a deep ravine, the Valle dei Ponti.

Temple of Hercules in Agrigento, Italy
Accommodation Poggio del Sole Hotel Ragusa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Ruins in Agrigento, Italy
Agrigento City Tour

A Local Specialist will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concor...

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Explore Beautiful Baroque Modica

This morning we pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Modica. Your Travel Director will show you the sights on an orientation of this Baroque beauty before we Dive Into Culture  and learn the secrets of Modican chocolate. Later, we return to Ragusa to learn about the rebuilding of the city following a 17th-century earthquake which destroyed most of it. Your Local Specialist will reveal how this devastating seismic event led to the development of an entirely new city on a nearby ridge, while some of its brave residents remained to rebuild what was lost. You’ll hear how it was only in the early 20th century that the two were eventually fused together. This evening is yours to enjoy at leisure, or perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to a unique local farm restaurant.

Visit Modica Town in Sicily, Italy
Accommodation Poggio del Sole Hotel Ragusa
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Learn how the local Modica chocolate is made and enjoy a chocolate tasting
Discover the tastes of Modica chocolate

Learn how the local Modica chocolate is made and enjoy a chocolate tasting.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Experience an insightful look into Ragusa's districts, Italy
Ragusa City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on an insightful look into the historic devastation at the root of Ragusa's two distinctive districts. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner with the Russino family farm in Ragusa, Italy
Aromas of Sicily

This evening, a scenic drive takes us to a unique family farm, where an out-of-this-world sensory experience awaits. The Russino family’s passion f...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Off to Historic Syracuse

Once a major Mediterranean power and the birthplace of Archimedes, the historic city of Syracuse takes center stage this morning as you join your Local Specialist for in-depth insights into its colorful past. You'll see some of its treasures at the Archaeological Museum, then visit the island of Ortygia, the ancient heart of the city connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. Your afternoon is open to spend as you wish. This evening you’ll join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.

Cafe's on the waterfront in Syracuse, Italy
Accommodation Mercure Siracusa Prometeo Syracuse
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit Syracuse in Sicily, Italy
Syracuse City Tour

Walk with a Local Specialist through the historic island of Ortygia and visit the Archaeological Museum of Syracuse. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Venture Past Mount Etna to Taormina

Continue up the coast to Catania, the city that lies in Mount Etna’s shadow. You’ll have some free time to explore on your own and perhaps sample arancini, a favorite Catania snack. Later join a Local Specialist to delve into the history and culture of the ancient town of Taormina. A particular highlight of this afternoon will be a visit to the beautifully preserved ruins of the Teatro di Taormina. Imagine masked actors performing against the backdrop of glorious sea views more than 2,500 years ago. You’ll have an evening on your own to spend as you wish or consider joining our Optional Experience evening enjoying Sicilian specialties.

View of Taormina, Italy
Accommodation Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience See the Duomo in Catania, Italy
Catania Orientation

During an exploration with your Travel Director see the Duomo, Piazza and the noble buildings of Palazzo Senatorio.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Ruins in Taormina, Italy
Taormina Greek Ampitheatre Visit

Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Specialist. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the cru...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Castelmola, Sicily, Italy
Dinner in Castelmola

Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy a tasty Sicilian Dinner with local wine in a characteristic restaurant with...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Wine tasting and dinner in Catania, Sicily
Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

Join us for a fantastic Sicilian evening where we’ll enjoy a dinner of Southern Italian specialties with musical entertainment.

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Taormina Free Day

Taormina is yours for the taking today. You could choose to visit the 10th century Palazzo Corvaja with its Islamic-style tower or explore the elegant boutiques along Corso Umberto. Work up an appetite and stop for some of the city's signature cannoli or cool down with a famous Sicilian granita, a half-frozen dessert served with a piping-hot brioche. Movie buffs will delight in an Optional Experience to Mount Etna and Savoca, the hilltop village of 'The Godfather'. Later this evening, learn the art of Sicilian cuisine on a charming Be My Guest experience.

 

 

Church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Italy
Accommodation Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Learn how to make homemade macaroni and sit down to a delicious meal with the locals of Castiglione di Sicilia
Enjoy a Local Meal and Learn How to Make Macaroni with the Locals of Castiglione Di Sicilia, a Jewish Village

Learn how to make homemade macaroni and sit down to a delicious local meal with your charming hosts, the locals of Castiglione di Sicilia, a Jewish Village.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Enjoy a drive & tour of Mt Etna in Italy
Mt Etna, Savoca and The Godfather

Discover rustic village life with your Local Specialist as we visit Savoca, the Sicilian setting for 'The Godfather'. Enjoy the stunning views befo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Farewell Sicily

Your journey through Sicily has come to an end. All that's left is to say a fond farewell to new friends and take your airport transfer for your return journey home.

Greek Theatre and Mount Etna in Taormina, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Visit Monreale Cathedral

The sombre exterior of the cathedral at Monreale gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the walls glitter with 12th-cen...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the 'Culture of Salt' at the Salina della Laguna

Explore Sicily's 'Culture of Salt' at the Salina della Laguna.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore the Ancient Town of Erice

Led by your Travel Director, explore the quiet alleys of this ancient walled town, as if you've stepped into the Middle Ages. See the medieval chur...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Uncover Palermo's Rich History

On a one-of-a-kind experience, team up with a local to learn about the civil anti-mafia movement as you discover the lesser-known history of the ancient city of Palermo. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Agrigento City Tour

A Local Specialist will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concor...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the tastes of Modica chocolate

Learn how the local Modica chocolate is made and enjoy a chocolate tasting.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ragusa City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on an insightful look into the historic devastation at the root of Ragusa's two distinctive districts. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Syracuse City Tour

Walk with a Local Specialist through the historic island of Ortygia and visit the Archaeological Museum of Syracuse. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Catania Orientation

During an exploration with your Travel Director see the Duomo, Piazza and the noble buildings of Palazzo Senatorio.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Taormina Greek Ampitheatre Visit

Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Specialist. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the cru...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Local Meal and Learn How to Make Macaroni with the Locals of Castiglione Di Sicilia, a Jewish Village

Learn how to make homemade macaroni and sit down to a delicious local meal with your charming hosts, the locals of Castiglione di Sicilia, a Jewish Village.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Palermo, Monreale, Valley of the Temples, Ragusa, Syracuse and Taormina 
Discover Modica and Catania
Visit Monreale Norman Cathedral, Erice, Infersa Mill in Marsala, Valley of the Temples, the Syracuse Archaeological Museum, Ortygia and the Greek Theater in Taormina
View Mount Etna (optional)

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
A Visit to Cefalù

Take a drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalù. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hidden Palermo and Local Colorful Market

Your local specialist will take you for a stroll through the heart of Palermo with some hidden gems. This discovery will take you to the most excit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sferracavallo with Dinner

Join us for a drive to the coast of Sicily, where we’ll arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. You’ll have the chance to sample a d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flavors of Marsala

No visit to Marsala would be complete without a tasting of the famous wine named after the town. Visit a restored 19th century baglio, where vines ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Aromas of Sicily

This evening, a scenic drive takes us to a unique family farm, where an out-of-this-world sensory experience awaits. The Russino family’s passion f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Castelmola

Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy a tasty Sicilian Dinner with local wine in a characteristic restaurant with...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

Join us for a fantastic Sicilian evening where we’ll enjoy a dinner of Southern Italian specialties with musical entertainment.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mt Etna, Savoca and The Godfather

Discover rustic village life with your Local Specialist as we visit Savoca, the Sicilian setting for 'The Godfather'. Enjoy the stunning views befo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Sicily: The official language of Sicily is Italian. Sicilian, a distinct regional language, is also spoken by a significant portion of the population.
  • Currency used in Sicily: The currency used in Sicily is the Euro (€).
  • Capital City: Palermo
  • Time Zone(s) in Sicily: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Sicily for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Sicily
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

Sicily has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summers in Sicily are typically very warm, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F) and sometimes reaching into the 40s (over 100°F). Winters are mild and relatively wet, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10 °C (50°F). Spring and autumn are pleasant seasons with comfortable temperatures and less rainfall.

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Fred Trovato
Review date: Sunday, May 12, 2024
Service
Vacation
I really enjoyed the tour! Giuseppe and the other tour guides did a great job explaining the areas we visited. It g as be my family a good understanding of the history of Sicily and why my grandparents migrated to the US.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Service
We saw so much of sunny Sicily including Mt. Etna. Wonderful memories. Wonderful tour guide, Antonella and bus driver Simone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring Sicily. We are so happy to hear that! Thank you for writing a review and leaving your feedback. We appreciate it!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Very well organized and fun tour around the island of Sicily seeing most of its iconic locations. Tour director and bus driver were first-rate.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 18, 2022
Service
I have booked my trips with GET for many years. They are very helpful and on this trip helped me get better flight plans.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your trip to Sicily and so glad we were able to help you plan it. Thank you so much for your repeat business and your kind words. Both are very much appreciated. We hope you will call us when you are ready to plan and book your next adventure. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
We had a wonderful guide whose knowledge and personality enriched our learning experience.Sicily has had an eventful history and we had some great local guides.
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