12 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Malta

11 Cities

Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Cefalu, Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa, Syracuse, Catania, Sliema, Valletta, Mdina

17 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch with Wine

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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See every slice of Sicily and experience the heart of Malta during this 12-day guided tour. Take off to Paradise Quarry in Syracuse with a Local Expert, who will show you its Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped limestone grotto: call out to your fellow travelers here, and your voice may echo as many as 16 times. Visit the Palatine Chapel to marvel at the glittering gold mosaics for a stunning sight. Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalú and stroll to the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the harbor. In Taormina, perched above the Ionian Sea, join a Local Expert at the city’s cliffside Greek theater, from which you can see Mount Etna, the island’s active stratovolcano. Venture from your waterfront hotel in Sliema to the capital of Malta. In Valletta, meet a Local Expert who will guide you through the Fortress City, filled with golden-hued buildings and anchored by St. John's Cathedral. Later, in Mdina, join a Local Expert on a walk through the fortified Silent City, nicknamed for its peaceful atmosphere. Then, toast to an incredible journey during a final celebration dinner with your fellow travelers.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Giardini Naxos

Welcome to Sicily. Relax in your hotel or take a stroll along the beach before meeting your Travel Director and traveling companions this evening. Your Sicily and Malta adventure begins with two glorious nights on the Taormina Riviera.

A view over Catania in Sicily, Italy
RG Naxos Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

RG Naxos Hotel

About the Hotel

Taormina, Italy

Overlooking the Ionian Sea, the RG Naxos Hotel boasts traditional Mediterranean hospitality and fabulous rooms and facilities, including an outdoor pool and private beach. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Beach Access
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional

Day 2

Taormina and the Dawn Coast of Europe

Your hotel faces east, so early risers may learn why D.H. Lawrence christened this 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.' After breakfast, perhaps take an Optional Experience through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Travel to the old town of Taormina, which clings to the side of Mount Tauro, overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. With your Local Expert, visit the Greek theater set on a cliff and open to the sky. Take a moment to sit in this ancient theater and admire the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna. Stroll through the old town and admire Taormina's grandest building and along the elegant Corso Umberto.

Greek Theatre of Taormina, Sicily
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Greek Theatre of Taormina, Sicily
Taormina Greek Ampitheatre Visit

Visit the ancient Greek Amphitheater with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbl...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Riviera Orientation Taormina, Italy
Admire the Taormina Sunrise

Should you awake early, you may see why this is known as 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.'

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Enjoy a drive & tour of Mt Etna in Italy
Mt Etna

Where myth and legend merge to reality! With a Local Expert we'll drive up Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Ascend through the fertile fo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Dinner in the Clouds

With one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive high above the sea, a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. You'll a...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Cefalu and Palermo

Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. The town's imposing cathedral was erected to fulfill a vow made by the Norman King Roger II. Stroll down to the medieval stone fountain and seek out the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the little harbor. Later, travel onwards to Palermo.

The Temple of Juno, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
NH Palermo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Palermo

About the Hotel

Palermo, Italy

Overlooking the beautiful gulf of Palermo, the understated NH Palermo is adorned with modern and stylish décor, perfectly complimenting the surrounding views. Located in a central location, perfect for those wanting to explore the historic architecture or foodies wanting to indulge in local cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sea Views, Cefalu, Italy
Cefalu Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the cathedral, built to fulfil a vow. Walk to the medieval stone fountain in the old fishermen's quarter, find t...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Dinner in Palermo

Sicilian dining is one of life's true pleasures! We'll indulge in great food made from the freshest ingredients, accompanied by the island's delicious wines.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Palermo & the Golden Age of the Normans

Explore Palermo with Insight Choice. Choose a walking tour with a visit to the spectacular 12th century Palatine Chapel with a Local Expert. Alternatively, join the Anti-Mafia tour of Palermo, part of a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and find out how locals are working together in modern day Palermo. In your free time this afternoon, you could visit Palermo Cathedral which has been altered many times over the years and observe its unique blend of architectural styles. For your dining pleasure, you can experience the foods the locals like to eat and experience how they like to eat it on your Dine-Around Evening.

Anti Mafia walking Tour, Sicily, Italy
NH Palermo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Palermo

About the Hotel

Palermo, Italy

Overlooking the beautiful gulf of Palermo, the understated NH Palermo is adorned with modern and stylish décor, perfectly complimenting the surrounding views. Located in a central location, perfect for those wanting to explore the historic architecture or foodies wanting to indulge in local cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Enjoy your meal onboard
Palermo Dine-Around Evening

Fun exploration of Palermo's tasty culinary scene on a Dine-Around evening.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Palatine Chapel Visit, Sicily, Italy
Palatine Chapel Visit

Visit the spectacular 12th-century Palatine Chapel. Its sombre exterior gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the wall...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter
Uncover Palermo's Rich History

Learn about the civil anti-mafia movement and discover the lesser known history of Palermo. This experience supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities.

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Hidden Palermo

Walk the ancient streets of the historical center and learn, through the eyes of our Local Expert, how the Palermitani live. You’ll discover hidden...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Exploring Palermo

Prepare to be swept away by the captivating city of Palermo, where every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the vib...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Explore the Valley of the Temples and on to Ragusa

Journey to Agrigento. Explore the Valley of the Temples with a Local Expert and see the massive Temple of Concordia and the clifftop Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Your travels continue to the hilltop town of Ragusa.

The Temple of Juno, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Mediterraneo Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Mediterraneo Palace

About the Hotel

Ragusa, Italy

A hotel next to the Santa Domenica Valley and crossed by three historic bridges. Located in a strategic position of the city, just a few minutes away on foot to the Municipal Gardens of Villa Margherita.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Bronze head of a colossus statue in front of Greek temple ruins, Agrigento, Italy
Agrigento City Tour

Admire magnificent Hellenistic remains in the Valley of the Temples, such as the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Dinner In Ragusa

Indulge in the varied and complex flavors of Sicily, at this evening's dinner. Sicillian shores are washed by three different seas, so fish is a mu...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Ancient Syracuse and Catania

Sightseeing with your Local Expert takes you to Syracuse’s Paradise Quarry with its unusual Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped grotto with an unusual echo. See the superb Greek theater, carved out of solid rock, one of the largest of the ancient world. There is time to explore the atmospheric Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces, sprawling over the island of Ortygia. It was here that the famous geometrician Archimedes ran naked through the streets, crying ‘Eureka!' Continue to Catania to celebrate your time in Sicily over Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Cefalù, Sicily, Italy
NH Catania Centro View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Catania Centro

About the Hotel

Catania, Italy

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Greek Theater Syracuse Sicily, Italy
Syracuse City Tour

Walk through the gardens of Paradise Quarry, listen to the acoustics in the mysterious Ear of Dionysius and visit the Greek theater.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Guided Tour Of Ragusa Ibla

Join a Local Expert to explore the jumble of churches, houses, old squares and civic palazzi that make up Ragusa Ibla. Devastated by the earthquake...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Fly from Catania to Malta

During your private transfer to Catania airport, appreciate the vistas of Mount Etna one last time. Board your short flight to Malta where on arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and settle into your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for dinner.

Grand Marina Sliema, Malta
Waterfront Hotel Sliema View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Waterfront Hotel Sliema

About the Hotel

Sliema, Malta

Situated perfectly along the Sliema promenade, Waterfront Hotel Sliema provides guests with views of the incredible harbor and its central location is within walking distance to bars and restaurants and several shopping outlets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Sliema Dinner

Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers at your luxury hotel in Sliema.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 8

Free time in Sliema

Your day is at leisure. You may want to explore the World Heritage Site of Haġar Qim and Mnajdra temples before proceeding to the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk, enjoy a stroll around the many market stalls whilst admiring the colorful ‘luzzu’ fishing boats in the harbor.

 

Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta
Waterfront Hotel Sliema View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Waterfront Hotel Sliema

About the Hotel

Sliema, Malta

Situated perfectly along the Sliema promenade, Waterfront Hotel Sliema provides guests with views of the incredible harbor and its central location is within walking distance to bars and restaurants and several shopping outlets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Luzzu Fishing Boat Marsaxlokk, Malta
The Temples and Marsaxlokk

Start with a visit to the World Heritage Site to explore the megalithic temples of Haġar Qim and Mnajdra. The complex of Hagar Qim is located atop ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Explore Valetta

With a Local Expert, you’ll visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the impressive St. John's Cathedral, designed in a baroque fashion. Find yourself captivated by the abundance of history as you walk through the elegant streets to see why it is named The Fortress City with its restored golden-stone buildings that mould the cityscape.
For lunch feast on delicious meal made from fresh local ingredients.
This afternoon visit the National War Museum. Learn about Malta’s important role in WWII with a lecture from an historian. 

St. Paul's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta​
Waterfront Hotel Sliema View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Waterfront Hotel Sliema

About the Hotel

Sliema, Malta

Situated perfectly along the Sliema promenade, Waterfront Hotel Sliema provides guests with views of the incredible harbor and its central location is within walking distance to bars and restaurants and several shopping outlets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences The National War Museum in Sliema, Malta
Visit the National War Museum with an Art Historian

Visit the National War Museum, site of a former air raid shelter. Learn about the important role Malta played during WWII over a lecture by an historian.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valetta, Malta
Valletta City Tour

Explore the capital with your Local Expert. Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and get lost in its beautiful 16th century buildings including St John...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 10

Free Day in Malta

Today is free for you to relax at leisure on the rooftop terrace. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll along the promenade lined with restaurants and bars. If you’re feeling active, why not take an Optional Experience with lunch on Gozo Island? Calypso Cave, found on the island, is said to be the one Homer wrote about in his acclaimed epic poem, The Odyssey.

Sliema, Malta
Waterfront Hotel Sliema View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Waterfront Hotel Sliema

About the Hotel

Sliema, Malta

Situated perfectly along the Sliema promenade, Waterfront Hotel Sliema provides guests with views of the incredible harbor and its central location is within walking distance to bars and restaurants and several shopping outlets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Gozo Day Excursion, Gozo, Italy
Full Day Excursion To Gozo

Drive to the north of Malta for a twenty minute ferry crossing to Gozo. Smaller, greener and more rural, Malta's sister island is a haven of tranqu...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Mdina the Silent City

Head to Mdina with a Local Expert in the late afternoon to explore this golden city, known also as the silent city for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere. Experience Palazzo Falson on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Enjoy dinner at a wonderful local restaurant where you’ll toast to your trip with your fellow travelers.

Beautiful Streets of Mdina, Malta
Waterfront Hotel Sliema View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Waterfront Hotel Sliema

About the Hotel

Sliema, Malta

Situated perfectly along the Sliema promenade, Waterfront Hotel Sliema provides guests with views of the incredible harbor and its central location is within walking distance to bars and restaurants and several shopping outlets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights St. Paul's Cathedral and city walls, Mdina, Malta 
Mdina City Tour

Explore Mdina with a Local Expert in the late afternoon to explore this golden city. Known as the Silent City for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying their Celebration Dinner
Mdina Celebration Dinner

Toast to your trip with your fellow travelers and enjoy a Celebration Dinner at a wonderful local restaurant. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Make Travel Matter Meet the beekeeper of Apidae in Geneva, Switzerland
Visit Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Experience the ambiance of Palazzo Falson, a prestigious museum that highlights the rich heritage of the island. Visit the exclusive rooftop garden...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 12

Depart Malta

It’s time to say goodbye to this beautiful island and your fellow travelers, as a transfer takes you to Malta International Airport for your onward journey.

St. Paul's Cathedral and city walls, Mdina, Malta 
Included Meals Breakfast

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Taormina Greek Ampitheatre Visit

Visit the ancient Greek Amphitheater with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbl...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Admire the Taormina Sunrise

Should you awake early, you may see why this is known as 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.'

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cefalu Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the cathedral, built to fulfil a vow. Walk to the medieval stone fountain in the old fishermen's quarter, find t...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Palatine Chapel Visit

Visit the spectacular 12th-century Palatine Chapel. Its sombre exterior gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the wall...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Uncover Palermo's Rich History

Learn about the civil anti-mafia movement and discover the lesser known history of Palermo. This experience supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Agrigento City Tour

Admire magnificent Hellenistic remains in the Valley of the Temples, such as the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Syracuse City Tour

Walk through the gardens of Paradise Quarry, listen to the acoustics in the mysterious Ear of Dionysius and visit the Greek theater.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit the National War Museum with an Art Historian

Visit the National War Museum, site of a former air raid shelter. Learn about the important role Malta played during WWII over a lecture by an historian.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Valletta City Tour

Explore the capital with your Local Expert. Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and get lost in its beautiful 16th century buildings including St John...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mdina City Tour

Explore Mdina with a Local Expert in the late afternoon to explore this golden city. Known as the Silent City for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Experience the ambiance of Palazzo Falson, a prestigious museum that highlights the rich heritage of the island. Visit the exclusive rooftop garden...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch with Wine

Palermo Dine-Around Evening

Fun exploration of Palermo's tasty culinary scene on a Dine-Around evening.

Sliema Dinner

Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers at your luxury hotel in Sliema.

Mdina Celebration Dinner

Toast to your trip with your fellow travelers and enjoy a Celebration Dinner at a wonderful local restaurant. 

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

RG Naxos Hotel
NH Palermo
Mediterraneo Palace
NH Catania Centro
Waterfront Hotel Sliema

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
Mt Etna

Where myth and legend merge to reality! With a Local Expert we'll drive up Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Ascend through the fertile fo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Clouds

With one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive high above the sea, a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. You'll a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Palermo

Sicilian dining is one of life's true pleasures! We'll indulge in great food made from the freshest ingredients, accompanied by the island's delicious wines.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hidden Palermo

Walk the ancient streets of the historical center and learn, through the eyes of our Local Expert, how the Palermitani live. You’ll discover hidden...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Exploring Palermo

Prepare to be swept away by the captivating city of Palermo, where every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the vib...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner In Ragusa

Indulge in the varied and complex flavors of Sicily, at this evening's dinner. Sicillian shores are washed by three different seas, so fish is a mu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Tour Of Ragusa Ibla

Join a Local Expert to explore the jumble of churches, houses, old squares and civic palazzi that make up Ragusa Ibla. Devastated by the earthquake...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Temples and Marsaxlokk

Start with a visit to the World Heritage Site to explore the megalithic temples of Haġar Qim and Mnajdra. The complex of Hagar Qim is located atop ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Full Day Excursion To Gozo

Drive to the north of Malta for a twenty minute ferry crossing to Gozo. Smaller, greener and more rural, Malta's sister island is a haven of tranqu...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Italy & Sicily

  • Official Languages across Italy & Sicily Italian is the official language of Italy and Sicily.
  • Currency used in Italy and Sicily: The Euro (€) is used in Italy and Sicily.
  • Capital Cities: Rome (Italy) and Palermo (Sicily)
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy and Sicily Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Italy and Sicily passport, visa, and entry requirement information 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 Italy or 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.

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

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.

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.

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Joseph Elias
Review date: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Service
We use the same agent for booking all of our trips. She has done an excellent job for us over the years ad knows our preferences and is always quick to respond.
Vacation
Beautiful scenery, good hotel locations and very good food options.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, November 3, 2023
Service
Barb, and her colleagues are always promptly responsive to enquiries. Good back-up support.
Vacation
Fabio is an an excellent 5+ star tour director -very personable, responsive, reliable, and all other superior adjectives one could add. Claudio was an excellent driver, always helpful, always on time, and of course personable. Obviously Claudio and Fabio make a great team. Local experts shared all we needed to know, and in depth for those who asked questions. Sicily has great sights and a long history over thousands of years. We hit all the best spots within in the time frame. The wine stop visit near Marsala on the trip to Erice was a perfect break. Large cites have wonderful sights, Catania markets, Palermo's wonderful 4 corners, Capella Palantino, cannolis a the La Dolceria di Santa Caterina; but the major cities seem a bit unkept between the sights. Countryside is totally different than the major cities - cool and relaxing vibe. The only disappointment from keeping a 5* were that the hotels were not as good as a previous as a Insight tour; but not much time in the room with added activities....
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your wonderful review of your Sicily trip. We apologize for the inconvenience of some of the hotels quality but it sounds like overall the trip was a major success.
Monday, November 6, 2023
Kevin Cresta
Review date: Friday, September 1, 2023
Service
All was good. the trip and our tour guide Fabio was great. My only complaint would be that the scheduling of the airfare to get there and back, between the layovers was very tight twice on the way over and on the way back we were delayed to the point where we almost did not make our flight. I realize GET has no control of the airlines, but I would try to get more time between the connecting flights.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Sicily is a difficult place to get to and from with limited flight options, but we will pass this valuable information along to our Airline Department and we appreciate you letting us know about your experience. Thank you!
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Vacation
Fabio was fantastic and our driver Claudio was great both did very well all around. Helped out when needed every time!
Wendy Spinney Cresta
Review date: Friday, September 1, 2023
Service
Rob Rainwater is always helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable. We have booked twice with Rob and would book again in the future with Rob. Just wish we were informed that there was a 5 day extension to Malta that we could have added on, because we would have.
Vacation
Fabio and Claudio were a perfect team. They made sure everyone was accounted for and all their needs meet. All the excursions and optional excursions were wonderful and the history by the local experts were excellent! The only thing I wish we knew ahead of time was that there were pools at two of our hotels and one hotel had a beach, we would have packed our swimsuits had we known. Overall, we made new friends, had a lot of fun and we enjoyed this tour immensely!
Rosemarie Williams
Review date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Service
I don't understand why I had to take three flights from Italy to JFK when direct flights are available from Rome.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You are correct about direct flights from Rome, but your tour ended in Catania so an additional flight was required and unfortunately it did not meet the timing to connect up with the nonstop flight to JFK. We always book the most direct flights that are available. We are happy to see that you did enjoy Italy and the trip overall. Thank you!
Monday, November 12, 2018
Vacation
Tour was enjoyable. Itinerary covered the history but also included fun and out of the way locations
Maureen Moscatello
Review date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Service
The restaurants we were take to the food was poor to just plain bad. Palermo was filthy which I know was not your fault. The hotels were just average except for the Hilton which was very nice. We were with GET two times before this and we had a great time. Beside the sites Italy is a place that you go for the food and this food just didn't make it. The last time went to Italy the restaurants we were taken to had music and some entertainment. This had nothing.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that the food and restaurants fell short of your expectations. We will be sure to share your comments with the Quality Control team at Insight Vacations and hope they can improve on this issue. We appreciate your feedback.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Vacation
The food just turned us off.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, August 31, 2018
Service
You were able to switch people at almost the last minute. We had a group of 10 family members. Our grandson at Drexell University did not dare to sign up in the early Spring and the tour was full when he realized he could go. Meanwhile, his dad started a new job and really felt he needed to stay home. Your staff allowed the swap to happen and all went smoothly. We all had a great time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy to hear we could help make your travel experience go as smoothly as possible! We'll share your compliments with the team, they'll be glad to know you had such a great time in Sicily! Thank you for sharing.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Vacation
It was a lovely trip. I gave less stars since some of the meals and hotels were not that great.
Grace Beaman
Review date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Service
Caitlyn Ryan, who explained everything to me and from whom I purchased the trip was wonderful to work with---very responsive and clear and up front with all explanations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Caitlyn is wonderful to work with and we'll be sure to pass along your lovely complement to her! So glad you enjoyed Sicily, what an amazing trip to take! Our Travel Directors and local specialist really do make a vacation, in such a beautiful place, that much more incredible. Happy to have you as part of our travel family!
Friday, June 1, 2018
Vacation
It was worth every penny. This was truly worry free travel. The tour director and guides were just wonderful. They were very knowledgeable and professional. They saw to every detail.
Rosemarie Greene
Review date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Service
The tour director was exceptional and the local tour guides were quite knowledgeable and professional.
Vacation
Very reasonable price for total experience.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 27, 2017
Service
We were very pleased with their service and attentiveness. They answered all questions without hesitation. Insight vacations proved to be one of the best tours we've ever taken.
Vacation
Our tour guide "Mitch" was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. He definitely made the trip most enjoyable,
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your trip to Sicily and hope to see you again soon.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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