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$3200 Double / $3900 Single

Do you know Sicily? If you’ve been once, it’s just scratching the surface. In this tour, we will surprise and delight return visitors, and also welcome first-timers who prefer the quiet of the country and the pace of village life. We don’t want to spoil the surprises, so the following is an outline. This tour compliments our Highlights tour, and can be done together for a full Sicilian experience.

We will meet in Taormina, and go directly to investigate Mount Etna, up close and personal. Our tour will take us to the lush southeast, full of Baroque architecture, then to the far west and the Egadi islands, and finish with the best beach on the island in the charming village of Cefalu.

Sicily is a passion for Sarah, who co-Authored the Rick Steves Sicily book and has spent a decade exploring every corner of the Mediterranean’s largest island. This tour is shaped by Sarah’s mission to connect visitors with the soul of the island through history, food, off-beat sights, and traditions.

We have enjoyed our small groups so much that we will continue to keep numbers low and personal attention high. We will take a maximum of 16 guests in 2022.

March tour is lead by Sarah.

For more info see our Sicilian Pleasures Tour Diary 2022!

Day One

Overnight: North Face of Etna

Benvenuti in Sicilia

Today we will meet in the town of Taormina for our orientation meeting, and then head off to the north face of Etna. We will dine together at our countryside hotel and sample the famous local wines.

Day Two

Overnight: North Face of Etna

Mamma Etna

We will get a fully immersive experience with the mother of Sicily, Etna. First, we will take a cable car and 4×4 vehicle to the top and inspect the smoking craters. Then, we will head into wine country and sample the culinary gifts of this famous volcano.

Day Three

Overnight: Ragusa

Baroque Sicily

The goal today is to explore the Baroque side of the island. The southeast corner is full of lovely architecture, and we will visit the best in Noto and our homebase of Ragusa.

Day Four

Overnight: Ragusa

Southeastern Sicily

Today will be a joyride through the lush countryside around Ragusa. We will sample chocolate in Modica, walk on the beach, and visit a palace.

Day Five

Overnight: Marsala

Wild West

After a morning drive, we will tour Europe’s largest archaeological park at the Greek city of Selinunte. We will enjoy a beachfront lunch, and then check in to our country hotel near Marsala.

Day Six

Overnight: Marsala

Islands and Salt

Our day today will be determined by the time of year and weather. If it’s summery, we will take an excursion to the Egadi Islands. In the colder months, we will explore the town of Marsala and the nearby salt flats.

Day Seven

Overnight: Cefalu

Western Sicily

Leaving Marsala, we will visit the mystical hilltop village of Erice and sample their famous pastries. After lunch, we will all get a chance to sing our hearts out in a functioning Greek theater at Segesta. To finish our day, we will check in and have an orientation stroll around the fishing village of Cefalu.

Day Eight

Overnight: Cefalu

Relax at the Seaside

Our final full day will be spent however you want. You may choose to swim or lay on the sandy beach, hike to the top of the rock that hover over the city, or eat a granita in the town square. Tonight, we will gather for a traditional seafood feast and toast to our adventure.

Day Nine

Tour over after breakfast

Our sweet farewell is after breakfast. Your guide can help you arrange transportation to the Palermo airport. Arrivederci!

Price: $3200 (Air not included). Single Supplement is $700. We welcome singles and can try to pair you with another single to room with, but the single supplement will be required if we can’t.

What’s included: 3 dinners and 3 lunches, 8 nights lodging in a clean, comfortable, and centrally located hotel. All admissions and fees for group activities. Transport within the tour and private guides, tips included.

Deposit Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $600 per person is due upon booking.

Tour begins in Taormina, Catania Airport (CTA) is 90 minutes away. Tour ends in Cefalu, 90 minutes from Palermo airport (PMO).

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If you would like to book this tour just for your own group of friends or family (minimum 6 people), we can offer a private tour with different dates to suit your travel needs.

I have been visiting friends and showing them my photos from the Piemonte tour. I was telling them how great it was to become immersed in this area and see things you would not normally have the opportunity to do or know about. Having a caring and inquisitive guide who delights in sharing where she lives brings so much to the experience. Go visit Piemonte with Lisa- you will have such an amazing time and fond memories to share and relish!

Patricia Eaganafter a tour in Piedmont, Italy with Lisa

I have had the joy of traveling with Adventures with Sarah many times, from Thailand, to Turkey, and many places in between. I choose to book with AWS because I can rely on a tour that is paced well, varied in activities, with great food and even greater guides. As a frequent traveler to Europe, I really enjoy AWS tours due to a small group size and the opportunity to go in depth into a region and really experience the culture of the area I’m visiting. And every time, with every group, I meet fellow travelers who are now friends. Adventures with Sarah is a tour company that I would recommend without hesitation. In fact, I have 3 tours booked for this year!

Betsy McGregorafter multiple tours with Adventures with Sarah

Fantastic look at more "out of the way" spots and wonderful experiences of food and wine. No crowds, just the Sicilian countryside and lovely towns. Traveling in April was fantastic with all the wildflowers. And walking on Mama Etna's shoulders was a highlight!

Barbara B.Sicily Pleasures tour

It really was a wonderful trip. This was our first group trip, and the size was just right. We all got along well which was a bonus. Everything was smooth, and Sarah had picked out some really wonderful things for us to do. I felt like we were getting "sneak peeks" of special things regular tourists don't get to do. We were willing participants for her to try out new things on this trip. The hotels were lovely, and the wine lunches perfect! There was a good balance of planned activities and free time which I appreciated. I will definitely be looking for more trips to go on with Adventures with Sarah!

Leslie P.Sicily Pleasures tour

Good accommodations in the heart of all important areas. Food experience was excellent with incentive to try new foods. Sarah is very personable and has each tour member's concerns and needs in mind. Love the small groups.

Larry C.Sicily Highlights tour

We had a great time! Perfect mix of free time and planned group excursions/tours. The food was amazing! Our accommodation was comfortable and our views were unforgettable! I would book another trip with this company.

Jen R.Dalmatian Staycation tour

My husband and I had a great time touring Dalmatia with Sarah and the local guides that joined us. A favorite activity was sailing on a traditional sail boat from the island of Vis. Lovely group of travelers and many memories made!

Dawn R.Dalmatian Staycation tour

Food and wine blitz in beautiful areas of Slovenia and Croatia. You will appreciate it most if you are a true wine lover. Meetings with young enthusiastic, creative winemakers were the highlight.

Betsy W.Harvest tour

We had a wonderful trip with no issues at all. Gorgeous area, plenty of delicious food, perfect weather and knowledgeable guide!

John G.Harvest tour

What a perfect way to get back into European travel. It was obvious from the start that Trish had put her heart and soul into the planning of the Hidden Paris tour. It was a great mix of adventures and I throughly enjoyed my travel group, who became like family, and it was obvious to see why most had traveled with adventures with Sarah before, Our local guide, Julian, was excellent and it was fun finally getting to also meet Sarah and sons. Merci beaucoup, Trish for this great time and I hope to travel with you again in the future.

Leslie A.Paris Staycation tour

A thoroughly enjoyable trip. George, our leader, was super-knowledgeable, helpful, energetic, and fun. His knowledge of people and places gave us experiences we couldn't have duplicated on our own. The itinerary was great - I thought the pace was good and we had a variety of experiences. The only thing I didn't like was that the weather in late April was rather chilly and often wet, more so than I expected. However, traveling later in the spring would have meant missing Orthodox Easter, which was the highlight of the trip for me. We spent it in a rural village, and participating in the villagers' traditions was a rare privilege that I'll never forget. So take an umbrella and some warm clothes and prepare for a special experience. Maybe you'll get the sunshine that we mostly didn't get!

Melissa M.Romania tour

Our guide Susanna was both professional and thoughtful. She cared for our health and happiness! I had some health issues and was treated with kindness and help! Our accommodations were both comfortable and clean. The bus driver was fearless and professional. I will travel with Susanna again!

Melva O.Sicily Pleasures tour

This was a wonderful trip! Susanna was such a wonderful tour guide, thoughtful, funny, informative. I can’t imagine a better guide for this trip! Our accommodations were wonderful as were all the varied activities and dining experiences. I enjoyed the other travelers in our group and felt as if we were family. I have made new friends that I will keep in touch with. Thank you!

Anne B.Sicily Pleasures tour

We had a wonderful tour with our guide Susanna and fellow travelers. The tour was well planned out touching on most all the main destinations in Sicily. Susanna was super well organized, kind and considerate and a lot of fun to travel with. She was a great communicator before, during and after the tour and was helpful with day to day needs like finding laundry service, restaurants and transport to the airport. The local guides, meals, accommodations, etc were all top notch. We had a great small group of 7 travelers that all got on very well. The spacious van we used for traveling was very comfortable and the driver Giuseppe was highly skilled at driving the chaotic streets in Sicily’s cities and towns. We highly recommend booking a tour with Adventures with Sarah and especially with Susanna Perrucchini!!

Randal D.Sicily Highlights tour

In short, we will travel with AWS again and would highly recommend them! Oh!! We also felt that we received far more in value and experience than the price for the tour.

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