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Tour Description

  • 15 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Hit the road and circle Sicily on this two-week itinerary. You’ll cover off the island’s highlights, including clifftop Taormina, the baroque towns of the Val di Noto, Agrigento (home to the UNESCO-protected Valley of the Temples) and the beach resort of Cefalu. You’ll also have a few days to discover San Vito Lo Capo, a town relatively unknown to British tourists, which boasts some of the best beaches in all of Sicily. 

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At a glance
  • Two-week road trip around Sicily
  • Admire the volcano views from Taormina
  • Visit baroque towns like Noto, Modica and Ragusa
  • Tour the temples of Agrigento
  • Relax on the beaches of the north coast

Suggested Itinerary

Days 1-3: Taormina

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Points of Interest

Map of Days 1-3: Taormina

After touching down in Catania, you’ll pick up your hire car and head north to Taormina. The town’s cobbled streets and piazzas sprawl across a hilltop, with spectacular views over the bay to Mount Etna. The best vistas come from the beautiful Villa Comunale park and the Piazza IX Aprile (head there at sunset for pink skies and a buzzing atmosphere).

You’ll have two full days to explore here. We’d recommend devoting one to the volcano – we can arrange a visit to its slopes and even a wine tasting at a volcanic winery.

If the sun’s out, you could head down the cliff to the pebbly bays of Taormina Mare or hike up to Castelmola, a pretty village perched high up on a clifftop. 

Days 4-5: Syracuse

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Points of Interest

Map of Days 4-5: Syracuse

An hour and a half’s drive south will bring you to Syracuse, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

The island of Ortigia, Syracuse’s historic quarter, is the heart of the city. Its narrow streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and trattorie set in grand old townhouses. In the centre is one of Italy’s most beautiful squares, Piazza del Duomo. Here, you’ll find the baroque cathedral and a scattering of cream-coloured palazzi decorated with wrought-iron balconies.

Ortigia’s daily market is well worth a visit, with stands selling fresh produce and little eateries that open up at lunchtime with tables and chairs squeezed between the stalls.

Just outside of town is an archaeological park, where you’ll find remains of ancient temples and theatres. 

Days 6-7: Modica & Ragusa

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Points of Interest

Map of Days 6-7: Modica & Ragusa

Today, set your sat nav for the Val di Noto as you head into Sicily’s baroque heartland. Stop off at Noto along the way – this hill town boasts a spectacular cathedral and ornate buildings crafted from golden limestone.

You’re heading for the twin towns of Modica, Scicli and Ragusa, all set on hillsides in this UNESCO-protected region. They’re perfect for exploring on foot, with beautifully carved baroque cathedrals and churches, plus winding streets that snake up to amazing viewpoints.

While in Modica, make sure you call in to one of the chocolatiers – the town is famous for its rich, dark, crumbly chocolate. Try it plain, or infused with local flavours like orange or cinnamon.

Days 8-9: Agrigento

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Map of Days 8-9: Agrigento

On day eight, you’ll be motoring west towards Agrigento. It’s best-known for its complex of Greek temples, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – staying two nights here will give you a full day to tour the archaeological site.

As well as the temples, the site is also home to the Garden of Kolymbethra, a peaceful patchwork of fragrant citrus groves, mulberry bushes, and almond, olive and carob trees.

Days 10-11: San Vito Lo Capo

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Points of Interest

Map of Days 10-11: San Vito Lo Capo

Trace your finger north-west on the map and you’ll hit your next stop: the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo. This is where you’ll find some of the best beaches on the island, with sugary white sands and shallow, crystal-clear waters. It hasn’t really registered on the radar of most British holidaymakers yet, so it’s a bit of an undiscovered gem.

Nearby, there’s Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, where you’ll find olive groves, palm-lined paths, unspoilt coves and scenic viewpoints. 

Days 12-15: Cefalu

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Map of Days 12-15: Cefalu

Fill your boots at breakfast on day 12; it’s a good two-and-a-half hours’ drive from San Vito Lo Capo to Cefalu, the final stop on your Grand Tour of Sicily.

With its laid-back attitude and lovely sandy beaches, Cefalu is perfect for a spell of relaxation at the end of your trip. Don’t miss a visit to its Norman cathedral or a wander through the surrounding narrow streets of the medieval district.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can tackle the walk up to the top of La Rocca, where you’ll find the remains of an ancient temple, or hop in the car and drive into the nearby Madonie Natural Park for a hike in the hills.

On day 15, drive to Palermo Airport for your flight home. If you fancy extending your stay, you could opt for a couple of nights R&R at the hillside Relais Santa Anastasia, or a few days over in the Aeolian Islands to see a completely different side of Sicily.

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Flight Information

Flights from the UK to Sicily arrive into Palermo (PMO), Catania (CTA) or Comiso (CIY) airports. Flights to Palermo are available from London Gatwick and London Stansted and take approximately 2 hours 50 minutes, while flights to Catania depart from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester and take approximately 3 hours. Flights to Comiso depart from London Stansted and take approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.