Flavors of Sicily with Malta

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Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina, Catania, Syracuse & Mellieha

Embark on a delectable journey through southern Italy with our Flavors of Sicily and Malta food and wine tour. On this 12-day journey, we’ll savor a number of diverse dishes from several special cities, including panelle (chickpea fritters), crocche (fried mashed potatoes), and caponata e sfincione (thick pizza) in Palermo; traditional olive oil, cheeses, grilled meats, and cassata cakes in Agrigento; Bronte’s famous pistachios; and sipping on local wines in Syracuse and so much more! This tour doesn’t just stop at food – we’ll learn and explore the rich culture and history behind some of the most famous sites in Sicilian and Maltese cities, like Palermo, Syracuse, and Valletta, to name a few. We’ll even visit Mt. Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano and UNESCO site!

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 9-day Flavors of Sicily tour visiting Sicily’s highlights from Palermo to Syracuse.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 3 nights in Palermo
  • 3 nights in Taormina Area
  • 2 nights in Syracuse
  • 3 nights in Mellieha (Malta)

Tour Highlights

  • Walking tour of Palermo with street food tastings
  • Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
  • Homemade lunch at rural farmhouse
  • Learn about honey bees at Mt. Etna farmhouse with honey and olive oil tastings
  • Pistachio tasting
  • Taormina Tour with Greek Theatre
  • Cooking Class in Chef's private Catania home
  • Ragusa and Noto guided tour with gelato tasting
  • Syracuse & Ortiga guided tour
  • Wine tasting at ancient castle
  • Sample Maltese Platters and drink on Valletta waterfront
  • Valletta Walking Tour with local tastings

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • Porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 17 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners plus 8 additional tastings
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Sicily

Welcome to Sicily! Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package will be greeted at the Catania airport and escorted to our hotel in Palermo, the capital city. Along the way, stop in Cefalu to walk around the coastal town and enjoy a cannoli tasting at a bakery. This evening, our Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at an ancient palace overlooking Palermo's Cathedral.

Accommodations: Ucciardhome Hotel Palermo or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Palermo

Day 3: Palermo at Leisure

Day 4: Palermo – Agrigento – Taormina

Day 5: Taormina

Day 6: Catania Excursion

Day 7: Taormina – Ragusa – Noto – Syracuse

Day 8: Syracuse

Day 9: Syracuse – Mellieha (Malta)

Day 10: Mellieha

Day 11: Mellieha

Day 12: Depart Malta

Guided Tour Pricing

Plan ahead to maximize your savings!

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Sep 6–18
$5,799 $5,499
Sep 7–18
$4,299 $3,999
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Sep 20–Oct 2
Flights not available
Sep 21–Oct 2
$4,299 $3,999
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Oct 4–16
$5,499 $5,199
Oct 5–16
$4,299 $3,999
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Oct 18–30
Flights not available
Oct 19–30
$3,999 $3,699
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Trapani & Erice Excursion

Sister Island Gozo Excursion

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Please note that the Mount Etna excursion is approximately 6,500 feet above sea level. Many of the cities and villages visited are on cobblestone and you will encounter hills, climbs and stairs. Travelers are responsible for handling their luggage on the ferry rides to/from Malta. If the ferry is not available, we will fly to/from Malta.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.