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Sicily Walking & Hiking Tour

Sicilian Charm from Palermo to Mount Etna

From $4,699 - $5,399 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,530 to $1,700 for sgl. occ.)

"Fertile the isle," said Shakespeare of Sicily. And how true those words ring. Warmed by the Mediterranean sun, salted by the sea air and nurtured by the rich volcanic soil of legendary Mount Etna, Sicily's natural treasures flourish. They're in the landscape, the food and the wine. They've shaped the history, the art and the architecture. And they're the pride of the island's warm and passionate people. The Bard said it best in Winter's Tale, but Sicily dazzles year-round.

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Start Palermo / End Catania

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Highlights

  • Voyage from authentic Sicilian fishing towns to dramatic Mount Etna, taking in the island's captivating landscape
  • Hike trails through Sicily's varied terrain—lush vineyards, alpine forests, coastal cliffs and ancient black lava fields
  • Enrich your Italian journey with wine tastings, legendary cuisine and leisure time at luxurious Mediterranean hotels
  • Activate all of your senses and take in the sights, sounds and flavors of dazzling Taormina and peaceful Cefalù
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Start Palermo / End Catania

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Start your hiking journey walking postcard-perfect paths in the medieval coastline-hugging village of Cefalù | Wander mazelike walkways between sunbaked buildings artfully adorned with greenery | Hike mountain trails on La Rocca for sensational views | Take a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea from our hotel's private dock | Follow a trail from the charming hamlet of Castelbuono, known for its ancient Arab-Norman castle | Immerse yourself in this slow food paradise—dine on fresh-caught seafood and taste the island's prized and peppery Nero d'Avola wine.

Days 3-4 Catch your first glimpse of mythical Mount Etna, Europe's highest volcano and one of the world's most active | Hike wooded trails and across black lava on the lower flanks of this dramatic peak, made legendary in literature from Homer to Goethe | Sample local wines in the tranquil vineyard-laden region of Catania | Lounge poolside at our elegant boutique hotel | Take in an unforgettable panorama as you hike Etna's picturesque northern slopes from Piano Provenzana | Explore the cool and fascinating network of volcanic caves at Grotta dei Lamponi | Greco-Roman history, exquisite cuisine and luxury accommodations await in hilltop Taormina, known as the Pearl of Sicily.

Days 5-6 Take in Sicily's captivating landscape from Castelmola, a quiet medieval town nestled among the mountaintops | Climb up to the remains of an ancient castle for 360-degree views stretching across the water | Follow trails among marbled cliffs and lush Mediterranean vegetation on Monte Venere | The sense of history is almost palpable on a visit to Taormina's ancient Greek theater | Raise a glass to an extraordinary week before a decadent Sicilian dinner by the sea.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,399 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,499 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,599 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $9,199 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,699 - $5,399 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,530 to $1,700 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Le Calette, Italy
Le Calette

Cefalù (2 nights)

Villa Neri, Italy
Villa Neri

Linguaglossa (1 night)

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Italy
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Taormina (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Sicily

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Le Calette, Italy

Le Calette

Cefalù (2 nights)

An exquisite bougainvillea-laced coastal retreat featuring private beaches, tranquil gardens and elegantly minimalist rooms with Sicilian flair. (pool)

Villa Neri, Italy

Villa Neri

Linguaglossa (1 night)

Chic and modern but with a traditional sensibility, private patios at this boutique resort overlook Sicily's picturesque vineyards, olive groves and oak forests. (pool, spa)

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Italy

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Taormina (2 nights)

Beautiful views over Mount Etna and the Tyrrhenian Sea are even more so when accompanied by the luxurious yet understated Italian décor at this world-class property. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 3* 200 5* 800 6 1000
2 3* 300 5* 1100 9 1300
Guided Tour of Castelbuono (1 Hour)
3 2* 200 7* 300 8 800 14 1600
4 4 800 6* 1000 8 1500
5 2* 900 4 1000 7 2300
6 2 300
Guided Tour of Taormina & Greek Amphitheater
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Service Standards

The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Sicily is one of the highlights of this spectacular island and is reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other regions. Because dining is an event unto itself here, our restaurants encourage you to slow down and enjoy a leisurely paced meal. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the Sicilian way of life.

Why Travel with Backroads in Sicily

More Leaders to Support You

On our Sicily trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Sicily—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Sicily

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Sicily, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Great Bikes Included

Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Navigate Your Way in Sicily

Your ride comes equipped with a GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Sicily trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Sicily, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Sicily live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Service Standards

The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Sicily is one of the highlights of this spectacular island and is reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other regions. Because dining is an event unto itself here, our restaurants encourage you to slow down and enjoy a leisurely paced meal. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the Sicilian way of life.
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