We are pleased to introduce our Sicily tour for 2019!
We are offering several options to travel around this incredible island, bursting at the seams with culture & history. You will explore these towns with a local Italian guide who knows the ins & outs and off-the-beaten path places to stop. Travel like an Italian, with Italians! We take pride in ensuring each hotel is hand-picked by our staff, highlighting only the best of the best, unique and authentic places for our guests to stay.
Green Italy Tours focuses on full immersion into the best of Italy. We specialize in award-winning restaurants and local cuisine, the best wineries with organic wines and accommodation at only hotels that meet our high standards. Our team personally vets each location to ensure it meets our expectations. We are a diverse team here at Green Italy and with that comes a good balance of luxury, quaint & friendly, family run, authentic and comfortable. From hotels on the sea to charming country estates, we can accommodate any request based on our clients needs.
Our collection of accommodation is something we’ve been working on for decades. We only include the hotels that leave us wanting more! Each with its own special touch, our hotels have wonderful staffs to welcome you warmly and they always leave a positive impression on our guests.
For our 2019 Sicily tours we have three options:
Option #1: 7 days / 6 nights starting from Taormina
Option #2: Extended stay - 10 days / 9 nights starting from Taormina
Option #3: Jewish Heritage Tour of Sicily starting from Palermo
Option #1 + Option #2
2x nights in Taormina
Day #1: Arrival in Sicily! We will welcome you at the Catania airport (*see note below for alternative travel options) and bring you to your accommodation in the famous resort town of Taormina, perched high over the sea. After getting situated in our hotel, we’ll go explore the town on foot and visit the town’s center. There we’ll have the chance to visit the incredible theater that was begun in 3rd century BC by the Greeks, and then rebuilt by the Romans. With a view of Mount Etna in the distance, you’ll have your first introduction to Sicily and its history, landscape and sea all at your fingertips. You’ll have some time to relax at your accommodation or we can go out for an aperitivo before enjoying dinner in the center of town.
Day #2: Today you have two options as to how to spend your morning. Option #1: Relax at one of Taormina’s famous sandy beaches. Option #2: Partake in a guided excursion to visit Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano! You can climb to the summit or take the railroad that runs around the base to see the volcano from below. After either option, we’ll head to a winery for a wine tasting and lunch before heading into Catania in the afternoon. Catania has a famous shopping strip that amazingly ends with a magnificent view of Etna. We’ll see the Piazza del Duomo, one of the most imaginative lava-built Baroque buildings in Sicily and enjoy a Sicilian cannoli. We’ll head back to Taormina to relax at your hotel or on the beach before going out for dinner.
Platinum & Platinum Plus Luxury Option: For our Platinum Luxury Plus Package, we have the incredible Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea. This secluded resort is just a 3 minute drive from the town’s center (with rides provided by the hotel as requested). Belmond has a full restaurant, luxury spa, pool with pool bar, beach bar and romantic rooms. This luxury option will not disappoint. Upgrades to suite options for Platinum Plus.
Gold Option: For our Gold Package, we offer guests one of two options: Villa Le Terrazzo or Iancu Charme Apartments. Villa Le Terrazzo has beautiful, grand terraces with panoramic views that let guests view everything from Etna to the Naxos Bay. The Iancu Charme Apartments are conveniently located near town center and are equipped with private balcony and a community pool.
Silver Option: For our Silver Package, we offer guests the Porta Del Tocco, a quaint 3-star hotel with lovely accommodation in a very convenient location.
2x nights in Siracusa (Syracuse)
Day #3: We’ll begin the day with a visit to Mikveh - Jewish ritual bath, the most archaic that has ever been found in all of Europe. We’ll then head to our accommodation in Otygia, the old town of Siracusa. Siracusa was the most important Greek city from the 5th to 3rd centuries, and according to Roman consul Cicero, also the most beautiful. After getting settled into our accommodation, we’ll visit the extradorinaiy Duomo, begun in 1728. After lunch, we’ll do a walking tour of the old town where we’ll see some of the highlights of Siracusa: Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, Santa Lucia all Badia, Fonte Aretuse among others.
Day #4: Today you have the option of doing a boat tour or cooking course. If you choose the boat tour, we’ll go out in the morning for an excursion to explore the Ortygia Island and stop for lunch. You’ll be able to swim in the sea and see Sicily from the water. If you choose the cooking course, you will learn the secrets of Sicilian cooking in an authentic Italian kitchen. The course will be followed by lunch! In the afternoon, we’ll relax on one of the many gorgeous beaches that line the coast before reuniting for dinner at the always wonderful Don Camillo.
Platinum Plus Option: For our Platinum Plus Package, we offer guests an exquisite stay at Hotel Henry’s House. Featuring authentic antique furniture and artwork by local Sicilian artists, this hotel is the utmost in luxury. Panoramic views on stunning terraces.
Platinum Option: For our Platinum Package, we offer guests a stay at Algila Ortigia. Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel stands on the ancient “Mastra Rua”, a street that from the 14 th century was where the most important noblemen of the city had their residences. The refined historic building that houses the hotel is the result of the fusion of two buildings and a recent restoration has preserved the original structure, creating an intriguing distribution of the rooms that is fascinating.
Gold Option: For our Gold Package, we offer guests a stay Alla Giudecca. This ancient building maintains its original personality with stone floors and museum exhibits on every wall, in every corner and every high vaulted and echoing corridor.
Silver Option: For our Silver Package, we offer guests this 3-star bed & breakfast Maison Ortigia. In the heart of Ortigia, behind the Duomo Square next to the Teatro Massimo di Siracusa, Maison Ortigia B & B and Apartment is a completely refurbished and finely furnished dwelling.