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Sicily by Train
Syracuse Coast
Taormina bay
Taormina bay
Ortigia Island
Mount Etna

Sicily by Train (Tour code: 12955)

Starts and Ends
Taormina to
Travel Periods
21 Apr 24 - 20 Oct 24
Travel Style
Rail Escorted Tours
Prepare for an extraordinary journey through Sicily by Train, starting from the historic sites of Taormina and progressing through the Sicilian Baroque marvels of Ragusa, Modica, and Noto. Conclude your adventure in Palermo and savour the picturesque charm of Cefalù.


Small group sizes of max 20 passengers. Professional English speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour

Worry-free luggage porterage service at railway stations and/or “luggage bus” (that delivers luggage from hotel to hotel)

Stay in charming 4-star luxury boutique hotels

Embark on a picturesque ride aboard the Circumetnea train, a vintage railway that offers stunning views of the Mt Etna and the picturesque Sicilian countryside!

Visit the historic center of Ragusa, Modica, and Noto, all UNESCO World Heritage sites, known for their baroque churches and palaces

Discover the Temples' Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site where well-preserved ancient temples stand as a testament to the island's rich history

8 days
AUD 4,386
per person, twin share
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Begin your Sicilian adventure in Taormina, exploring its ancient sites and marveling at Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano. Take a scenic ride on the Circumetnea train, enjoy food and wine tastings at a local winery, and then journey to Syracuse for its rich history, the Archaeological Park, and Ortigia's charming streets.

Explore Ragusa, Modica, and Noto, renowned for Sicilian Baroque architecture, and visit Agrigento's UNESCO-listed Temples' Valley. Conclude in Palermo with Teatro Massimo and Monreale Cathedral. Enjoy a day in picturesque Cefalù. Your Sicilian journey will be a tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, woven with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories.

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7-nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
Worry-free luggage porterage service at railway stations
Train transfers in First class
Luxury air-conditioned coach on route (not covered by railway)
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 2 lunches
Professional English speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour
Guided visits in Taormina/Letojanni, Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Palermo

Intro Map

Day 1 Taormina

Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel in Letojanni, check-in and take your time to settle.

In the afternoon meet your group and the tour leader. After an introductive briefing, reach Taormina and enjoy a guided walking tour of one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sicily. Admire its natural terrace
overlooking the sea dominated by the majestic volcano Mount Etna and visit the Greek-Romans Theater.

Back to your hotel partake a welcome dinner.

Overnight stay in Taormina (Letojanni) at Hotel Albatross in a Standard Room. 


Day 2 Taormina Mt Etna Taormina

Today you will discover the Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe.

After breakfast walk along the beach to Letojanni train station and reach the village of Giarre where you’re going to get on the Circumetnea train an historic railway inaugurated in 1898 which travels around the volcano passing through many villages, offering to its travelers’ picturesque glimpses of this unique view.

The excursion will continue by bus to reach “Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). Enjoy food and wine tasting in a local winery and have the option to reach higher peaks by jeep. Return to hotel in Letojanni.

Overnight stay in Taormina (Letojanni) at Hotel Albatross in a Standard Room. 

Taormina → Mt Etna → Taormina
Etna View

Day 3 Taormina Syracuse & Ortigia Ragusa

Today you will admire the coast and the sea from your train window travelling from Taormina to Syracuse, one of the most interesting sites on the island.

A guide will lead you to the discovery of the Archaeological Park, famous for its Roman amphitheater, the Greek theater, and the ear of Dionysus. Continue your visit by going to the island of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city, characteristic for its narrow alleys, for its sea views and for the wonderful square with its splendid cathedral.

In the afternoon continue the journey by bus and reach your next destination, Ragusa.

Overnight stay in Ragusa at Hotel Mediterraneo Palace in a Standard Room.

Taormina → Syracuse & Ortigia → Ragusa
Siracusa, Sicily

Day 4 Ragusa Modica & Noto Ragusa

A full day to discover the less known part of Sicily, dominated by the sumptuous and majestic Baroque style of the buildings, characterized by the numerous UNESCO sites, also known for the television series “Il Commissario Montalbano”.

Start your visit from the historic center of the city of Ragusa, “Ibla”, the aristocratic city of Val di Noto, characterized by the numerous baroque churches and palaces, as well as by the characteristic domes that dominate the city.

Continue to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage city especially known for its chocolate as well as for its wonderful buildings. Last stop will be Noto, the capital of late Sicilian Baroque. Cross the famous Arco, stroll in the center admiring the wonderful aristocratic palaces with the famous decorated balconies, the sumptuous churches full of decorations, the cathedral with its staircase, and the city theater, all built in Baroque style.

Return to the hotel in Ragusa for overnight.

Overnight stay in Ragusa at Hotel Mediterraneo Palace in a Standard Room.


Day 5 Ragusa Agrigento Palermo

After breakfast departure by bus for Agrigento.

Upon arrival in Agrigento, enjoy a lunch overlooking the Temple Valley.

After lunch, meet the guide who will reveal all the secrets of the Temples’ Valley, including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the whole Greek world), the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Castor and Pollux.

At the end of the visit, reach Agrigento Centrale Train Station and embark on an extraordinary train journey through the Sicilian countryside to reach Palermo. Upon arrival in Palermo transfer to the hotel and check in.

Overnight stay in Palermo at Hotel NH Palermo in a Standard Room. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Ragusa → Agrigento → Palermo
Valley of Temples

Day 6 Palermo Monreale Palermo

Full day dedicated to the discovery of Palermo: in the morning a walking tour of the city center, starting from Teatro Massimo continue the walk through the famous “u Capo” local market and taste some Sicilian specialties as Arancina or drink the famous “AUTISTA”, an “explosive” lemonade. Continue to the Cathedral and walk to “I Quattro canti”.

After some free time for lunch take the local bus to Monreale, a lovely town on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world.

Overnight stay in Palermo at Hotel NH Palermo in a Standard Room. 

Palermo → Monreale →  Palermo

Day 7 Palermo Cefalu Palermo

Today, with your tour leader, reach Cefalù by train in half an hour. Cefalù is a beautiful medieval fishers’ village, at the slopes of a promontory, hosts as well as Unesco World Heritage site, the Arabic-Norman Cathedral, that looks like a fortress.

You will have the whole day at your disposal to relax on the beach, do shopping or hike up La Rocca! Back to Palermo by regional train, enjoy your last night in Sicily!

Overnight stay in Palermo at Hotel NH Palermo in a Standard Room. 

Palermo → Cefalu →  Palermo

Day 8 Palermo

After breakfast, our trip to the discovery of the Italian beauties comes to an end, hoping you always keep this unique experience in your heart. Feel free to book some extra nights in Sicily or a private transfer to Palermo’s airport (not included).



Hotel Albatross

Hotel Albatross Letojanni is a charming coastal retreat that beckons travelers with its idyllic setting and warm hospitality. Nestled in the picturesque town of Letojanni, Sicily, this boutique hotel offers a delightful fusion of modern comfort and traditional Italian charm. With its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and easy access to the sandy beaches, guests can unwind and revel in the beauty of their surroundings. The hotel's tastefully designed rooms and suites provide a cozy sanctuary, while the on-site restaurant tantalizes taste buds with authentic Sicilian cuisine. Whether one seeks relaxation by the poolside or ventures out to explore the nearby attractions, Hotel Albatross Letojanni promises an unforgettable stay filled with tranquility and adventure.

Mediterraneo Palace Hotel

Mediterraneo Palace Hotel 
is a modern and elegant 4-star property located in the historic centre of Ragusa close to the town's major attractions, such as Piazza Libertà, Corso Italia and the imposing Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista. All rooms are bright, spacious and equipped with every comfort.

Hotel NH Palermo

The NH Palermo Hotel is a captivating oasis of hospitality nestled in the heart of Palermo, Italy. Offering a delightful blend of modern comfort and traditional charm, this luxurious hotel caters to the needs of both business and leisure travelers. Situated conveniently near the city's main attractions and the bustling waterfront, guests can easily explore the vibrant streets and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Sicily. The NH Palermo boasts elegantly appointed rooms, each designed to provide a serene retreat after a day of exploration. With a rooftop terrace showcasing breathtaking views of the city and the sea, it offers a perfect spot to unwind and savor authentic Italian cuisine. Exceptional service and warm hospitality make the NH Palermo a standout choice for a memorable stay in this beautiful Italian city.

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