What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, including a Sicilian cooking session
    6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, including a Sicilian cooking session
  • 6 nights hotel based on sharing twin-rooms in beautiful boutique hotels
    6 nights hotel based on sharing twin-rooms in beautiful boutique hotels
  • All activities, from body rafting to off-road cruising, included. Flash Pack guide & driver
    All activities, from body rafting to off-road cruising, included. Flash Pack guide & driver
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Private minibus transportation & airport pickup any time on Day 1
    Private minibus transportation & airport pickup any time on Day 1

Learn the secrets of Sicilian cooking at a local chef’s home and body-raft down the rivers and ravines of the Alcantara Gorges. Go off-road over the lava fields of Mount Etna in a convoy of 4x4s, and explore a jaw-dropping lava cave. Relish the very best of Sicilian wine at a vineyard near Catania, and marvel at golden architecture and beaches in the UNESCO town of Noto. Savour delicious Italian cuisine and ancient ruins in Palermo and Taormina, and lounge by the pool at a series of boutique hotels

 

There’s a saying among Sicilians that “to have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all”. Originally declared by German writer Goethe back in 1787, the beautiful architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and golden sands all remain the same in 2018. Today, Sicily’s ancient civilisation is home to a modern helping of lively bars and exhilarating activities to sate the senses and soothe your soul. Our week-long dose of Italian escapism seeks to get beneath the sun-baked skin of this Mediterranean island, veering off the beaten track in search of authentic Italian adventure. Come river trekking through the jagged beauty of the Alcantara Gorges, and learn how to rustle up a delicious Sicilian feast in a local chef’s home in Palermo. Cruise the lava slopes of Mount Etna in a fleet of 4x4s, and be dazzled by the golden buildings (and equally golden beaches) in the UNESCO city of Noto. Head underground to explore an extraordinary lava cave, followed by local wine tasting at a Sicilian vineyard. Prepare to discover ancient theatres suspended between the sky and sea in Taormina, and track down neighbourhood osterias and markets in the back streets of Catania. A timeless island with epic views, amazing food and flowing vino – what more do you need?

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Learn the art of Sicilian cuisine at a cooking class in a local chef's home
  • Body-raft and river trek through the wild beauty of the Alcantara Gorges
  • Cruise off-road through the lava fields of Mount Etna in a convoy of 4x4s
  • Stay at a series of boutique hotels, with pools and elegant décor
  • Pop by a Calabrian vineyard to try out delicious regional wines
  • Visit the UNESCO Baroque city of Noto, and lounge on its golden beaches
  • Head underground into a magnificent lava cave under the slopes of Mount Etna
  • Explore the architectural wonders of Palermo and Taormina on guided walking safaris

Itinerary

Day 1: BENVENUTO TO ITALIA

Take a private airport transfer to your ornate hotel in central Palermo. Toast your arrival to Sicily with welcome drinks, and get to know your guide and fellow Flash Pack pals as you wander the streets of the vibrant capital

 

Step off the plane, put on your shades and prepare for a week of Mediterranean escapism. The sparkling isle of Sicily is your home for the next seven days. Get set to embrace the largest island in the Mediterranean, and a land of beautiful architecture, shimmering coves and fiery volcanoes. The adventure begins in Palermo, the lively capital and largest city in Sicily, with great views overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. From here we’ll transfer you to your hotel to check in and meet your fellow Flashpackers. After freshening up, there will be a welcome meeting with your guide and fellow Flashpackers, along with some arrival drinks to toast your new adventure. Head out into the streets and soak up the buzz and energy of the capital. Benvenuto to Italia!

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Arrive in sparkling Palermo

Soak in the hustle and bustle

Check into your elegant hotel

It radiates old-school Italian charm

Admire Palermo's majestic cathedral

Welcome to a city of architectural beauty

Savour your first taste of Sicilian life

This is only the beginning...

Day 2: COOK UP A SICILIAN STORM

Amble through the sun-dappled streets of Palermo, and pick up fresh ingredients for your Sicilian cooking class. Learn how to conjure up regional delicacies in a local chef’s home, before dining on the fruits of your labour. Hop over to the pretty hillside town of Monreale for a mosey around, and return in the evening to soak in the buzzing bar scene of Palermo

 

Rise and shine in sunny Palermo, fresh for a day of exploring your charming surroundings. We’re heading into the heart of this captivating city to wind your way through Palermo’s bustling markets, streets and squares. Overlooked by the rugged beauty of Monte Pellegrino, here the buildings are steeped in rich history with architectural gems around every corner. You also can’t come to Sicily without embracing its amazing cuisine, so we’ll stop along the way to pick up fresh ingredients for your Sicilian cooking class. Here you’ll be shown into a local chef’s home for a masterclass in authentic Sicilian cooking. Learn your caponata from your cannolis, before tucking in for lunch. Then, tastebuds refreshed and recipes noted, enjoy a scenic drive to the hilltop town of Monreale. Famous for its mosaic-filled cathedral, explore this enchanting location with your camera at the ready. We’ll then head back to Palermo where you can make the most of this vibrant city on a sizzling Mediterranean evening. The lively bars, restaurants and clubs are at your disposal, get some drinks in and enjoy!

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Soak in the buzz of the lively markets

Stock up on fresh ingredients for your cooking class

Learn how to cook Sicilian specialities, such as caponata

Try your hand at Sicilian cannoli

Master the art of homemade Italian cuisine

Mooch around the sun-dappled streets of Palermo on a guided trip

It's a city that bursts with energy and life

Discover the best local hangouts

Watch out for the colourful tuk tuks weaving here and there

Pop over to Monreale, for a mosey around the beautiful cathedral

Make the most of the capital's after-dark delights

Day 3: GLADIATORS, ARE YOU READY?

Travel over to the gorgeous hilltop town of Taormina, and follow your guide around the labyrinth of ancient streets here. Stop at the Greek theatre – a one-time venue for gladiator battles – and soak in sweeping views of the turquoise bay and Mount Etna on the horizon. Settle in for a lavish Sicilian dinner and wine with your Flash Pack buddies

 

Today we’ll be say arrivederci to Palermo and travel onwards to Taormina. Along the way, we’ll stop to soak in epic views of mountains and sun-soaked valleys. Then, watch the shimmering bay spool out invitingly before you, as the the hilltop town of Taormina comes into sight. This popular spot is where the high-rollers go to play and it’s a must-see city, despite the many tourists. Your guide will lead you though its charming twists and turns, including the incredible Greek theatre. Perched above the cascading rooftops of Taormina, these ancient ruins once held gladiatorial battles. Now hosting operas and film screenings, there may be no chariot-racing anymore but the panoramic views of Mount Etna remain the same. Take in the volcanic views alongside the sparkling ocean before heading back into town for dinner. Enjoy another taste of authentic Sicilian cuisine – wine optional but highly recommended. 

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Explore the ancient ruins of Taormina's Greek Theatre

This town is pure Instagram gold

Wander along a maze of squares and alleyways

Look out to sweeping views of Mount Etna

Explore the striking ruins of the theatre

It was built in the third century BC

Head to a local restaurant for a delicious Sicilian dinner

Watch the sun set over the mountains and the sea

Important notes

Fly into: Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport

Fly out of: Catania International Airport (Vincenzo Bellini)

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

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