Palermo, The Aeolian Islands And Taormina

TYPOLOGIES

Car-Free Holidays

Settings

City, Coastal, Island

Activities/Interests

Cultural, Hiking, Room with a view

£ 2550 per person - 14 nights

Sicily three ways is a bustling city break, an island retreat and a chic hilltop town, all rolled into one car-free holiday.

Holiday at Glance

Get your fill of Palermo's street markets and historical treasures before retreating to a rural idyll on the Aeolian island of Salina, then end your holiday in style in fashionable Taormina

Discover Mt Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and the Stromboli, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.

Duration

14 nights

From

from £ 2550 per person

Including

Travel planning

Daily breakfast

Private airport transfers

4 nights on a BB basis sharing a sharing a Superior double room at the Palazzo Brunaccini in Palermo

7 nights on a BB basis sharing a sharing a Superior double room with balcony sea view at the Hotel Principe di Salina in Salina

3 nights on a BB basis sharing a sharing a Deluxe double room with sea view at the Hotel Villa Carlotta in Taormina

We can help with

International flights

Private guided tours of Palermo's highlights

Street food walking tour

Tickets for the Opera House

Boat rental

Trekking excursions to the Stromboli

Bike scooter hire

Excursion to Mt Etna North and South sides

Wine cellar and farm visits

Day 1- 5: Palermo

City of art, history, colors, flavours, culture and traditions ... Palermo is certainly the ideal destination to start your holiday in Sicily.

 

Over the centuries, Palermo has undergone several dominations: the Phoenicians built it, and then it was conquered by the Romans, the Arabs, the Normans and the Spaniards. It was one of the most active European capitals during the Enlightenment Age and subsequently it became the Liberty Style capital of Sicily.

 

Walking through its streets, from architecture, to culture and to food, you can feel the changes of the different eras that the city has experienced.

 

4 days will be just enough to visit all the best attractions in the city. You will also have time to visit the splendid Cathedral of Monreale, one of the most beautiful in Sicily, and, perhaps, even a day in Cefalu '

 

Stay in the heart of the action at the Palazzo Brunaccini.

 

Perfectly located in an atmospheric piazzetta close to Palermo’s Ballarò market, the stylish hotel has modern studios, suites and apartments and a charming courtyard for breakfast and evening drinks.

Day 5-12: Salina

By contrast, life on Salina, the greenest of the spectacular Aeolian Islands, is all about slow and easy living. Wander down to the sea for an early morning dip, linger over a granita at Da Alfredo’s and enjoy some great hiking on trails across the island’s two volcanic cones.

 

By day, you can ferry hop over to neighbouring Lipari and by night, enjoy the dramatic fireworks display from Stromboli’s volcanic explosions. The best way to explore the island is by scooter or by boat, with a spot of snorkelling in the crystal clear water for good measure.

 

Your stay on Salina is at the Hotel Principe di Salina, a very fine boutique hotel with a fabulous restaurant, a lovely pool and views to die for. It's also walking distance to village's amenities and the beach.

Day 12-15: Taormina

Finish your holiday with a few days in Taormina, one of Sicily’s most charming seaside towns. With just 23 bedrooms, the luxurious Hotel Villa Carlotta is one of the hottest stays in town, set amongst lush terraced gardens, with a pool. Breakfasts are legendary, accompanied by rooftop views over the bay. The hotel is just a short walk from Taormina’s lively town centre.

 

Ask us about a day trip to nearby Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, with a visit to one of the vineyards and wineries that dot its slopes. Should you wish to go further afield, Catania and Syracuse are easily accessible.

andrew Smith
andrew Smith
16:49 02 Aug 20
Expertoitaly (and Antonio) first came to our attention in 2014 when we were... planning a celebratory trip to Italy for 2015. Although we approached a number of household names about our plans and itinerary by e-mail Antonio immediately stood out. He phoned back almost straight away to get to know something about us and what we liked to do. On the back of that discussion he quickly put together a trip and budget. Given his obvious knowledge of the country and his quick grasp of what we were looking for together with the attention to detail it was a 'no brainer' to put our trust in this company. As a consequence we duly enjoyed a 3 week multi-stop trip in July 2015 tailored to suit us perfectly! On return we almost immediately booked to return in October for a short break to 2 of the locations in Tuscany we particularly enjoyed - Lucca and Montepulciano both of which are delightful. We fell in love with Italy and have returned several times since then all courtesy of Antonio: 2016 - A short break to attend the Opera in Verona. 2017 - 2 weeks in Sicily 2018 - the same - we love Sicily and would urge anyone to go. (where we finally got to meet Antonio in Ragusa which was great) We were due to return to Italy this year for a 3 week road trip - albeit with private transfers rather than actual driving - from Verona to just south of Naples - all immaculately put together by Antonio of course. Alas Covid-19 had different ideas. We can only say that Expertoitaly have dealt with this professionally and as speedily as circumstances allowed and have refunded all the monies. We have no reservations about using them again in the future. In fact Antonio is already on standby to reprise the 'lost' trip as soon as this madness ends and unhindered travel becomes possible again - just extended an improved. Andrew & Susan Smith Tadworth Surreyread more
Vittorio S.
Vittorio S.
11:22 19 Nov 19
Very comfy!
Jane Domb
Jane Domb
17:12 28 Aug 19
If you are looking to go to Italy for a holiday, Antonio at Experto Italy is... amazing. We have just come back from our fourth holiday he has arranged for us. He sent us to places that days of googling would never have found.He also has a knack of keeping to budget even with my numerous demands! Fabulous fabulous!!read more
Debbie Law
Debbie Law
11:10 27 Aug 19
Just returned from a fab trip to Italy - all organised by Antonio. His time... and effort to get what was just right for us was amazing.. he had a lot to put up with! We have used Expertoitaly before and will do again. We visited Ischia and Naples. Both very different and wonderful. Ischia is perfect for a good rest (visits to the Giardini La Mortella and the Ravino Gardens are a must). The Gardens & Villas Resort is a beautiful setting, very private, calm with amazing staff. Also the little town of Lacco Ameno has some really nice restaurants. Naples was very HOT! but we still managed to spend 7 hours walking about just soaking up the atmosphere and visiting some of the fantastic historic sights. Visit to the underground roman town is well worth it - it is mind boggling to think it was built thousands of years ago.read more
julie frenchman
julie frenchman
09:16 09 Jul 19
This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for... me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with Expertoitaly.read more
Kay James
Kay James
12:08 03 May 19
We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days... then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
Grant Stupart
Grant Stupart
18:31 16 Aug 18
Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely... responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
Jonathan May
Jonathan May
18:06 01 Aug 18
July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day... holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
Amanda Chapman
Amanda Chapman
22:28 25 Aug 17
Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two... beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to Italy.read more
Susan Davidson
Susan Davidson
09:04 19 Jun 17
This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the... first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
Andrew Rogers
Andrew Rogers
09:36 09 Jul 16
We have just made an amazing journey by train, taxi, boat and bus through... France, a night in Paris, then a night on a mountain in Switzerland, train across the alps on the Bernina Express, 5 days on Lake Como and 6 days on Lake Maggiore. We stayed in the most glorious quality hotels. We made visits to local towns and attractions using buses and boats. Every connection on the journey was planned and executed wonderfully. This is 5 star planning, 5 star service, 5 star experience all personally organised by Antonio at ExpertoItaly. We must never forget the James Bond moment of being whisked across Como by Luca in his luxury Taxiboat from Varenna to the Hotel Filario in Lezzeno with Pavarotti as our musical accompaniment then met on the jetty by a lovely suited receptionist. A dream. Thanks Antonio. See views from our rooms Como then Maggiore.read more
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