Sicily is a sun-drenched world all its own, with a fascinating 3,000-year-old history and flourishing traditional culture. On this captivating island, you’ll hike coastal trails above a turquoise sea, explore ancient Greek ruins in Siracusa and Taormina, and head into Sicily’s wild inland mountains, a pastoral world of tiny farms and villages. Our adventures include a breathtaking hike on Mt. Etna, the rock tombs of the Pantalica Gorge, and the phenomenal mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale. Along the way, you’ll feast on fragrant cuisine infused with a tangy mélange of flavors—wonderful frutti di mare, arancini, caponata. This is Sicily!
The chemistry between our three guides was good, each complementing the other, making the trip fun and lighthearted. They made us feel welcomed in Italy and were eager to share their love of the island, its people, and the beauty of this ancient land.
— Pierre J., Fountain Hills, AZ
Palermo / Segesta / Zingaro Nature Reserve / Monreale / Cefalú
Our exploration of Segesta’s stunning Greek temple is followed by a cove-to-cove hike above isolated beaches at Zingaro Nature Reserve. After a hike through vineyards and fruit orchards, we visit Monreale’s 12th century cathedral, one of Europe’s medieval treasures, to see its dazzling Greek and Byzantine mosaics. From the seaside town of Cefalú, we head to the Madonie Mountains, where Sicily’s deeply rustic culture still thrives, for a hike through oak, maple, and holly woodlands.
Piazza Armerina / Pantalica Gorge / Siracusa
View the extraordinary mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale, then enjoy a cooking class and wine tasting at a local winery. A hike in the Pantalica Gorge reveals thousands of rock-hewn Neolithic tombs adorning the canyon walls, and in Siracusa, we explore breathtaking Greek and Roman ruins on foot.
Mt. Etna / Taormina
Our hike on Mt. Etna leads across extraordinary lava landscapes, and in Taormina, perched high above two sweeping bays, we explore the town’s palazzi-lined streets and 3rd century BC Greek amphitheater, still in use today for concerts. Depart on Day 11.