Say buongiorno to the rich history, tradition, and culture of the Mediterranean's largest island with the guided tour of Sicily! Through opportunities like cooking classes, free time for exploration, and the chance to enjoy home-hosted meal with a Sicilian local, you can help with club development in Italy on this Discover Journey.
Although there is no traditional overnight home-hosting on this Journey, there will be a home-hosted meal with a local family.
Live With a Local
- Ambassadors will have the chance to join a local at their home in Palermo to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Italian. You’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about Sicilian culture and traditions from a new perspective.
- View a complete itinerary here
- Palermo Cathedral
- Home-Hosted dinner in Palermo
- Agrigento's Greek ruins
- Piazza Amerina
- Syracuse Cathedral
- Sicilian cooking class
- Views of Mount Etna
- Taormina's Greek theater
Join Friendship Force staff member, Kerstin Hogan on this Journey, an excellent opportunity for club development through meeting locals.
Discover Sicily: A Cultural Journey
11 Days / 10 Nights Program and Itinerary:
September 3, 2019 – September 12, 2019
Coordinator: Kerstin Hogan, FFI
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Sept. 2, 2019 - Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Palermo today
Sept. 3, 2019 - Arrival in Palermo
Welcome to Italy!
Gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner
Sept. 4, 2019 - Sightseeing tour of Palermo & Monreale
This morning, embark on a guided tour of bayside Palermo, situated at the foot
of Mount Pellegrino
Visit the architecturally diverse Palermo Cathedral and see the stunning artwork of the Cappella Palatina
Continue on to nearby Monreale where you’ll pay a visit one of the town’s magnificent cathedrals
Tonight, join a local at their home in Palermo to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Italian. You’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about Sicilian culture and traditions from a new perspective.
Sept. 5, 2019 - Free day in Palermo
Enjoy a free day in Palermo or add an excursion – Ancient Ruins: Segesta & Erice
Sept. 6, 2019 - Transfer to Agrigento & sightseeing tour
Travel south through the Sicilian countryside to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the city’s fascinating Greek ruins.
Then, sit down for an included dinner.
Sept. 7, 2019 - Syracuse via Piazza Amerina
On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Amerina and view the
stunning mosaics in Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Later, sit down for an included dinner.
Sept. 8, 2019 - Sightseeing tour of Syracuse & cooking class
Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a historic city known for its rich Greek history.
Visit the Greek theater, the most complete ancient Greek theater still in existence
Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that Caravaggio dubbed “The Ear of Dionysius” for its unique acoustics
Visit the Roman amphitheater, then cross a bridge to the Island of Ortygia to see the Temple of Apollo and Syracuse Cathedral
Tonight, take part in an interactive cooking class where you’ll learn how to make traditional Sicilian cuisine.
Then, enjoy an included dinner
Sept. 9, 2019 - Free day in Syracuse
Spend a free day in Syracuse or add an excursion – Traditions of Sicily: Villa Lunch & Noto Village
Sept. 10, 2019 - Transfer to Taormina & sightseeing tour
Transfer to Taormina, where a local guide introduces you to this scenic town perched high above the sea.
Enjoy views of Mount Etna, Taormina Cathedral, and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament
Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater
Spend a free evening in the Taormina region or add an excursion – Traditional Sicilian Dinner & Wine Tasting
Sept. 11, 2019 - Free day in the Taormina Region
Enjoy a free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion – Mount Etna: Sicily’s Volcanic Landscapes
This evening, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner
Sept. 12, 2019 - Departure
Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home
$3750 USDPrice Includes: Nine nights in handpicked hotels, nine breakfasts, six dinners with beer or wine, one cooking class, guided sightseeing tours, Expert Tour Director & local guides, and private deluxe motor coach.
Know before you go
- Journey number 19003.
- This Journey includes a guided tour, that involves walking for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads, at high altitudes.
- This Journey does not have any home-hosting, but by partnering with Go Ahead Tours, we have the chance to focus on club development in Italy by meeting locals.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.