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Sicilian Heritage Tour: Palermo to Taormina

11 days
11 days
Group size1428 travelers

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Find your family roots under the bright Sicilian sun.

Spectacular landscapes, enduring culture, mouthwatering flavors—experience the best of Sicily on this one-of-a-kind trip, created in collaboration with Ancestry®. You’ll journey from Palermo to Syracuse and Taormina, uncovering pieces of your genealogy along the way. As you gain new perspective on the place your ancestors came from, the country just might start to feel like home to you, too.

Your tour package includes

  • AncestryDNA® kit
  • Pre-trip family history review with AncestryProGenealogists®
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • Special AncestryProGenealogists® sessions
  • Cappella Palatina
  • Monreale Cathedral
  • Agrigento’s Greek ruins
  • Piazza Armerina
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Palermo today.

Palermo3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Palermo
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director, genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®, and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Palermo & Monreale
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, get an introduction to Sicilian genealogy and the ways you will be tracing your heritage with your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®.

Then, embark on a guided tour of the bayside city of Palermo and the hilltop town of Monreale.

  • Discover the city’s Baroque architecture as you pass the Quattro Canti piazza in the historic center
  • Step inside the Cappella Palatina to see the stunning mosaics and artwork
  • Head to nearby Monreale and enter Monreale Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site that combines Norman, Arab, and Byzantine architectural styles
Day 4: Free day in Palermo
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Palermo or add an excursion.

Tracing Heritage: The Trapani Region

From $85 per person

Enna Region1 night
Day 5: Enna Region via Agrigento
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south through the Sicilian countryside, stopping in Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the city’s fascinating Greek ruins.
Then, continue on to the Enna region and enjoy an included dinner at an agriturismo, or farm stay.

Syracuse3 nights
Day 6: Syracuse via Piazza Armerina
Included meal: Breakfast

On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Armerina and view the stunning mosaics in Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Syracuse
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a city known for its rich Greek history.

  • Enter the ancient Greek theater, the most complete of its kind still in existence
  • Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that artist 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

Sit down for an included dinner featuring local cuisine.

Day 8: Free day in Syracuse
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Syracuse or add an excursion.

Traditions of Sicily: Villa Lunch & Noto Village

From $175 per person

Taormina Region2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Taormina & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament
  • Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater

This evening, venture into the foothills surrounding Mount Etna for a traditional Sicilian dinner and wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Day 10: Free day in the Taormina Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend a free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion.

Tonight, your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® shares a summary of all you’ve learned about Sicilian heritage. Then, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Mount Etna: Sicily's Volcanic Landscapes

From $129 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home.

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    A trip to remember
    8/23/19 by 1st-time traveler Richard

    We just returned from the Ancestral Tour of Sicily-I cannot say enough about what a wonderful tour it was. From the start, GoAhead-you guys were always there to answer questions before we took our trip. Once we got to Sicily--our Tour Guide, Sylvania T. was beyond fantastic! She anticipated our need...

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    Ancestry Tour of Sicily
    10/26/18 by 2nd-time traveler Barbara

    The ancestry tour of Sicily was by far one of the best tours I have ever taken. It was well planned, well organized, all hotels and meals were far beyond excellent. All the local tours were fabulous, and the timing of all events was impeccable. The coordination between the Go Ahead Tour Guide and th...

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    Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/19/18

    Dear Barbara, We work hard to create smooth and st...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel Mercure Palermo Centro
    Hotel Mercure Palermo Centro

    This modern hotel is located in the Palermo city center. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a bar, and a spacious lobby. Nearby, you'll find Teatro Politeama, T...

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    Excelsior Palace Hotel Taormina
    Excelsior Palace Hotel Taormina

    This historic hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, sun deck, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find Corso Umberto,...

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