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City Tax: Following the example of Rome, Paris and New York, a few Sicilian cities have begun to tax hotel stays. The law prohibits billing or collection of the "city tax" by travel agents, so you may be required to pay this tax of €2-€4 directly to the hotel at check-out.

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Save with Winter prices!300 euro discount for two persons (€150 each) if you reserve this 9-day tour for any date from January 1st to March 20th 2017.


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Itineraries.This solution offers the convenience and pricing of a (small) group tour personalized to your preferences. It's simple. Our tours make a continuous circuit around Sicily almost every week of the year – the exception is the second week of August. You can join us at Palermo, Taormina or Siracusa for a week, a few days or even a one-day excursion. The week-long plans are clear in the following chart, while a 7-day tour that begins in Palermo is our popular Golden Sicily. Excursions include, for example, those from Palermo to Agrigento (on Sunday), and to Segesta-Erice (every Tuesday).

The links in the yellow squares take you to our reservation system. Pricing depends on the length of your tour, so please CONTACT US for a precise quote if your tour does not include the entire itinerary as shown in the chart. Details and purchase conditions follow the chart. Please forgive our boasting, but we're the only company in the world that offers scheduled tours of Sicily 51 weeks of the year. For still more personalized services, visit our sister site Sicily Concierge.

Please note that these tours, which begin in late March, substitute the Sicilian Impressions and Red tours we offered for many years.

The Read more link will take you to a page indicating the price and other details of each specific tour.

Step by Step Itineraries
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Begins: Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Arrival Airport Palermo Airport Palermo Airport Palermo Airport Palermo Airport Catania Airport Catania Airport Catania Airport Golden
Sat Arrive Palermo           Arrive Palermo
Sun Agrigento Arrive Palermo         Agrigento
Mon Palermo Monreale Palermo Monreale Arrive Palermo       Palermo Monreale
Tue Segesta Erice Erice Segesta Erice Segesta Arrive Palermo     Erice Segesta
Wed Piazza Armerina Piazza Armerina Piazza Armerina Piazza Armerina Arrive Taormina Piazza Armerina
Thu Taormina Taormina Taormina Taormina Taormina Arrive Siracusa Taormina
Fri Siracusa Siracusa Siracusa Siracusa Siracusa Siracusa Arrive Siracusa Depart Taormina
Sat Ragusa Modica Ragusa Modica Ragusa Modica Ragusa Modica Ragusa Modica Ragusa Modica Ragusa Modica
Sun Depart Siracusa Agrigento Palermo Agrigento Palermo Agrigento Palermo Agrigento Palermo Agrigento Palermo Agrigento Palermo  
Mon Depart Palermo Palermo Monreale Palermo Monreale Palermo Monreale Palermo Monreale Palermo Monreale  
Tue   Depart Palermo Erice Segesta Erice Segesta Erice Segesta Erice Segesta  
Wed     Depart Palermo Piazza Armerina Piazza Armerina Piazza Armerina  
Thu       Depart Taormina Taormina Taormina  
Fri         Depart Taormina Siracusa  
Sat         Depart Taormina  
Sun              
Departure Airport Catania Airport Palermo Airport Palermo Airport Palermo Airport Catania Airport Catania Airport Catania Airport
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Summary & Accommodation (lodging):

Prices: On the page linked from Read more or upon request, payable by bank wire transfer or major credit card. See our general tours page and Conditions (below) for purchase conditions and cancellation policies.

Includes: Accommodation in 4-star superior hotels listed here or the equivalent substitution (to be confirmed 20 days before beginning of your tour but usually Excelsior, Plaza Opera, Ai Cavalieri, Garibaldi or Principe Villafranca in Palermo and Hilton Giardini Naxos, Villa Diodoro, Caparena or Miramare in Taormina (which you can view here), transportation (coach or minibus) and tour escort for the entire trip, with all breakfasts, 1 light lunch at an olive farm (if Segesta-Erice is included), all taxes except local city tax.

Does not include: Beverages, tips (gratuities) to escorts (or guides/drivers), airfare, meals not indicated, entrance fees at archeological/historical sites (total approx. €70), trip insurance, airport transfers (may be purchased separately), porterage and baggage handling, options, anything not mentioned under "Includes" above, city tax (see below).

Accommodation: Double room with private bathroom. Single room with supplement ("single occupancy").

Guide/Escort Language: English.

Group Size: From 2 to 18 participants.

Reservation Confirmation: In most cases we can accept a reservation 20 days prior to departure. However, to guarantee your place(s) we require reserving/confirming at least 30 days before the tour's start date.

City Tax: Following the example of Rome, Paris and New York, a few Sicilian cities have begun to tax hotel stays. The law prohibits billing or collection of the "city tax" by travel agents, so you may be required to pay this tax of €2 - €4 directly to the hotel at check-out.

Dates offered: Departures every week (except the 7 days beginning 6 August 2016) from 26 March 2016 to 25 March 2017. No other agency in the world offers a Sicily tour with this frequency and number of departures!

Reservations:
To reserve contact us at tours@bestofsicily.com indicating "Step" in the subject line, or by phone at +39 091 626 9685, or fax +39 091 380 9900. From the United States or Canada you may also contact us at 312-239-0420. (Please remember that there's a six-hour time difference between Central European Time here in Italy and American Eastern Time in Toronto and New York.) Or... you can pay online with a credit card (under "Notes" please indicate the tour, start date and number of participants). A 250 euro minimum deposit is required when you reserve.

This tour is organized by Chat & Tour (Tradizione Turismo), Via Gen. Sirtori 25, 90145 Palermo, Italy. Visit our general tours page for faqs and purchase conditions regarding this and other tours.

Optional Excursions/Activities in Taormina:
This tour includes just about everything while allowing for free time and offering a few exceptional choices, yet without structuring the itinerary as a mere "frame" for a series of options and extra excursions. This permits you to choose which one, if any, is best for you. (Or you might simply choose to relax, go to the beach or go shopping!) If you decide to participate in an excursion or cooking class, please mention this when you reserve your tour. Each presumes a minimum of two participants.

ATV option to our jeep tours. 1) Etna Jeep Excursion & Country Snack: You'll be taken by jeep to the higher altitude of the volcano slopes, including Fontana Peak the 'extinct' craters of the Sartorius Peaks and the lava flow from the 2002 eruption. Then you'll enjoy a snack at a farmhouse offering typical Sicilian cuisine. Returning to Taormina, the partially off-road drive will pass the Alcantara Gorge. €140.00 per person (8:30-2:30). We also offer a series of excursions on ATV 4x4 Quad Bikes (shown here) on the slopes of Etna and in the scenic Alcantara Valley nearby.

2) Market Gourmet Cooking Class: This is the epitome of food preparation from start to finish. Independent transfer to a local restaurant (near your hotel) where you'll be met by your chef. At an open-air market you'll select the fresh ingredients of your culinary creation - which (accompanied by the perfect wine) you'll enjoy as your lunch, followed by dessert. Preparing and tasting this piece of Sicily is an experience you'll never forget. The class runs from 9 AM to 2 PM (lunch time). €90.00 per person (available 15 March to 15 November).

Airport Transfers & Extra Nights (immediately before/after the tour):
Please mention these when you reserve your tour.

Airport Transfer: While there are buses, trains and taxis into Palermo and Taormina from Palermo's and Catania's airports, we can arrange a personalized transfer from €70.00 per person (based on a minimum of two passengers). Transfers can also be arranged to/from Siracusa. Travel time in each case is approximately 40 minutes. Please note that pricing of these transfers varies somewhat by day and season; you'll be provided a precise price when you inquire or reserve.

Extra Night in Palermo: Double occupancy (double or twin) €75.00 per person, Single occupancy €110.00. Whenever possible, lodging will be in the same hotel used during the tour.

Extra Night in Taormina: Double occupancy (double or twin) €110.00 per person, Single occupancy €170.00. Lower rates during low season. Whenever possible, lodging will be in the same hotel used during the tour.

Extra Night in Siracusa: Varies by season. Whenever possible, lodging will be in the same hotel used during the tour.

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Conditions and Terms for 2016 Tours
Client will be advised of specific hotels to be used in his/her tour 20 (twenty) days before the tour's start date. Payment may be effected by bank wire transfer or major credit card. Prices are indicated in euros and valid through 31 December 2016. In the event of currency conversion to euros, the conversion rate shall be that of the day of payment; in the event of several payments for a single service the conversion rate may vary slightly based on the day's current exchange rate. All services are to be prepaid at least sixty days prior to the beginning of the tour ("start date" herein also referred to as the "departure"), with an initial payment or deposit (of at least 20% of the total cost) required to reserve a place in the tour, and in any event the balance or full price made payable within 60 (sixty) days of departure. In the event of cancellation by the client, the following portion of the total tour price will be claimed by the agency: €100.00 fixed fee 60+ days prior to departure, 25% 45-59 days before departure, 50% 15-44 days before departure, 80% 8-14 days before departure, 100% within 7 (seven) days of departure. At its discretion, the tour operator agency may waive such claims.

If purchased directly from the Italian tour operator (i.e. Tradizione Turismo by Chat & Tour Srl) via this website, service shall be governed by the laws of the Italian Republic and the European Union. Local laws may also apply for any tour purchased through a travel agent outside Italy. It is the responsibility of each participant to be in possession of the necessary travel document, such as a valid passport. Basic services are insured in compliance with Italian law. Certain fees indicated (i.e. costs cited which are outside the actual tour price), particularly admission fees at archeological sites, are understood to be beyond the tour operator agency's control and therefore subject to change without notice.

Hotel ratings are those established by the Italian travel commission and may differ from those indicated in privately-published travel guide books or websites. Tours begin in Palermo or Taormina, as indicated, on the dates specified. Unless the tour is purchased by a travel agent representing us, billing is processed through the tour operator, based here in Palermo, Italy (i.e. Chat & Tour's Tradizione Turismo). In the event that the tour operator agency effects cancellation of a tour at any time prior to departure, its sole responsibility and liability is limited to refunding the client the amount it has received in payment for the tour up to that date. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control (force majeure).

Read more...Book Offer: One book per couple in double occupancy or per person in single occupancy ("1 book per room") for any reservation made before 30 June 2016 for any Golden Sicily or Step-by-Step tour in 2016. Your book will be delivered to your hotel in Palermo at the beginning of the tour. The book offer is valid through 30 June 2016 when this tour is purchased from Best of Sicily and the promotion code (XP14) is indicated at the time of purchase. Three titles are available; please indicate one as your preference – The Peoples of Sicily or Women of Sicily or The Kingdom of Sicily.

LEGAL STUFF: Tour of Sicily by Chat & Tour, Via Generale Sirtori 25, 90145 - Palermo, Italy. Full Travel Agency Licence Number: 996/VII/Tur-Sicily • IATA Tids 96 27583 0 • VAT (Partita IVA): IT04943140824 • ASTA Member Number: 900166379 • Site Member: ID 9310610 • NTA Member: TID 034 250.

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