A week in Sicily

Discover Palermo and the Aeolian Islands

A week in Sicily

Price from : 800 €
Ideal duration : 8 days –
7 nights

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The Mediterranean’s largest island awaits you in a dream climate, where you can enjoy all its natural and cultural treasures. Its breathtakingly varied landscapes welcome you with open arms. To visit Sicily is to rub shoulders with its volcanoes. It’s also about getting lost in its verdant parks and nature reserves, wandering through its impressive gorges and strolling along its heavenly beaches. Discovering the mythical cities of Palermo and Taormina and their ancient remains is a must, as is taking the time to breathe in the sea air, scented by the nearby fig trees. Immerse yourself in this unique culture, founded by so many different civilizations, and let yourself be seduced by beautiful Sicily and its history…

 

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  • Live cooking and local wines
  • Discover historic jewels and colorful cities
  • The Aeolian Islands, as if frozen in time
  • Active volcanoes to see
  • Charismatic, jovial people

Day 1: Palermo

Fly from France to Palermo, where you’ll pick up your car and drive to your centrally-located hotel in a former palace.

Nestled between sea and mountains, bustling and frenetic, deeply Sicilian and mixed, Palermo is one of Italy’s most fascinating cities. It boasts a gigantic historic center, criss-crossed by narrow, dark streets that lead to both sumptuous palaces and ruined monuments. From the Norman Palace to the famous Mondello beach, dozens of monuments await you. This is partly due to the fusion of Western, Byzantine and Islamic cultures, which at one point in history had the upper hand here, one after the other. Don’t wait another second to enter the Norman Palace and discover its Palatine Chapel, entirely covered in gold mosaics. Then visit the famous cathedral, a splendid example of the fusion of arts and cultures. And when evening falls, don’t miss a trip to one of the city’s markets, teeming with life and beautiful produce!

Day 2: Palermo

Second day in Palermo. Take a tour of less-frequented neighborhoods that are just as rich in discoveries, such as the still-popular port district, where dilapidated buildings stand alongside Baroque churches and majestic palaces. Backing onto the port, the lovely piazza Marina, with its garden shaded by gigantic ficus trees, invites you to pause and admire the superb palazzos that line it, while sitting at a terrace. Take time to enjoy your accommodation, where attention to detail and a love of interior design merge to create a warm ambience and make you feel right at home.

Day 3: Aeolian Islands – Salina

This morning, head east to the town of Milazzo, where you’ll take the ferry to the Aeolian Islands. You’ll be staying on the island of Salina in a small haven of peace, offering you the delicacies of a Michelin-starred restaurant and the setting of an infinity pool overlooking the sea. Here, where nature and the sea mingle with Sicily’s oldest traditions, you’ll experience absolute relaxation.

Day 4: Aeolian Islands – Vulcano and Lipari

The Aeolian Islands really do exude a special, enchanting atmosphere… Dolce Vita, unshakeable traditions. But also, spirits of character, exuberant nature, influences from all over the Mediterranean, turquoise waters. Then, perched villages, generous dishes, cicadas in the shade of thousand-year-old buildings… Discover it all today. Visit Lipari, the archipelago’s main island. Stroll along the seafront, reach the castle, tour the archaeological museum, churches and quiet lanes. Then head for the neighboring island of Vulcano. Today, the island’s splendid beaches, exceptionally pure sea water, sunshine and wildly beautiful landscapes make it a privileged destination. Nevertheless, the acrid smell of sulfur is the solemn guest of visitors to Vulcano. If you wish, you can discover the volcano’s impressive crater and its geysers of water vapor. A change of scenery and a lunar atmosphere are guaranteed.

Day 5: Taormina

Today, we leave the Aeolian Islands and head for the mainland to Taormina. Its location on the slopes of Mount Tauro facing the Mediterranean offers some of the finest views on the island. A visit to Taormina in Sicily is the best way to immerse yourself in the island’s fascinating history and the special atmosphere that has inspired so many artists over the centuries. Drop off your luggage at a hotel in an exceptional setting overlooking the Ionian Sea, with a view of Mount Etna. The lush gardens are the perfect place to read a book and relax, and the rooftop restaurant serves local specialties made with fresh, seasonal produce, just like at breakfast.

Day 6: Taormina

Visit the town’s impressive Gallo-Roman theater, surprisingly well preserved. You can also take the Taormina cable car for breathtaking views of the cliffs and theater, attend the Taormina Art Festival and visit the villas and the Duomo cathedral-fortress, a major point of interest in the town. Enjoy these last few days in Sicily’s mild climate before heading back to Catania to catch your plane.

Days 7 and 8: Catania

Reach Catania today to discover its wonders, and the next day return your car to the airport and fly back to France.

Further information

From €800/person (based on 2 people).

This price includes: outward flight Paris-Palermo and return flight Catania-Paris, airport taxes and fuel surcharges, one piece of hand luggage per person, rental of a Fiat 500L or similar mid-size car for the duration of the trip, 7 nights in a double room in charming accommodation, round-trip ferry tickets Milazzo-Salina.

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