Day 1 Palermo - Monreale - Selinunte

Today we’ll meet in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its streets for a mafia themed tour. Then, it’s onwards to Monreale, where we’ll pay a visit to the impressive cathedral. Tonight, a welcome dinner awaits at our idyllic farm stay in Selinunte. (D)

Day 2 Selinunte - Sciacca - Vabara

This morning, we’re in for a culinary treat. Prepare to sample some of the farm’s tasty olives, award-winning olive oil, breads and more! En route to Favara, we’ll stop by the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Back in the times of Ancient Greece, its natural thermal springs were a great attraction. There’s plenty of time to explore before we move on to our hotel. (B,L)

Day 3 Favara - Ragusa

After breakfast we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples with a local guide, who’ll reveal the history of the archaeological site as we look around. En route to Ragusa, we’ll make a stop at Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. (B,L)

Day 4 Ragusa - Modica - Ragusa

We’ll have one thing on our minds today: delicious food. This morning we’ll be treated to chocolate and cheese tastings, as well as a cheese workshop. Next, our trail will take us back to Ragusa, where we’ll have the rest of the day to stroll around the town. (B,L)

Day 5 Ragusa - Noto - Syracuse

Sicily is famous for its sweets, many of which are made from almonds grown on the island. Today you’ll have a chance to enjoy this centuries old tradition as we pay a visit to an almond farm and enjoy a light lunch. Afterwards, we’ll depart for beautiful Syracuse, where we’ll visit a fascinating archaeological park. (B,L)

Day 6 Syracuse 

Seaside Syracuse, which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece, awaits on your free day. Take the time to wander the temples and sacred caves, and lose yourself in the city’s winding streets, which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views. (B)

Day 7 Syracuse - Mount Etna - Carruba

Today, it’s time to take a closer look at Mount Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape. Then, we’ll move on to a local farm for a local lunch and wine tasting before journeying to Carruba, where we’ll spend the next two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Carruba - Taormina - Carruba

This morning we’ll make tracks to Taormina, where you’ll have a free day to take in the 13th-century Cathedral of San Nicola and the splendid Greek Theatre. After a day of exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well deserved. (B,D)

Day 9 Carruba - Catania

Today, our tour will end in Catania – but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to a local market, you can stock up on foodie souvenirs to bring home including favourites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine. (B)

This tour can be combined with Malta Highlights and/ or Italian Indulgence.

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Departure dates and prices 2019 The Splendours of Sicily - tour code BEHSSPC-9

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code TT

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June 8, 15, 22


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August 31


April 17, 27g


September 7g, 14g, 18g


May 11, 18, 25g, 29


September 28


June 1g


October 5


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Back-Roads Touring
The Splendours of Sicily

9 days / 8 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2498

Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum, wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and a volcano to golden beaches. And this tour lets you in on it all.

Small groups up to 18 guests.

To book this pictureque 9 day The Splendours of Sicily tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price.

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The Back-Roads Difference

  • Mafia themed walking tour of Palermo

  • Discover the iconic Mt Etna

  • Visit an organic farm where award-winning olive oil is produced

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation

  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 5 light lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D)

  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Monreale Cathedral and Cloister, Valley of Temples in Agrigento, Villa Romana del Casale

Why Back-Roads Touring?

Smaller groups of up to 18

With a maximum group size of 18 people on Europe tours (22 on French barge tours) and 14 people on Asia tours, Back Roads pride themselves on ensuring that each guest has a personalised holiday experience.


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Hand Picked Boutique Accommodation

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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