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Sicily for Solo Travelers

8 days |  11 days with Rome extension
8 days |  11 days with Rome extension
Group size1528 travelers

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Chase the sun down the beaches and through the towns of Sicily’s luminous coast with other solo travelers.

Whether you’re visiting Sicily for its multicultural history or its delectable street food, the island has a rustic charm that sets it apart from mainland Italy. Experience the enigma, ancient ruins, and natural beauty of this Mediterranean destination, journeying through Palermo, Syracuse, and Taormina. And if your heart longs for more time in Italy—and how could it not—extend your trip to Rome for an eternally good time.

Your tour package includes

  • 6 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class
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Included highlights

  • Cappella Palatina
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Sicilian cooking class
  • Island of Ortigia
  • Syracuse Cathedral
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Palermo today.

Palermo2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Palermo
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Settle into your hotel in Palermo, Italy’s fifth-largest city and the capital of the island of Sicily. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner, served with beer or wine. 

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Palermo
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

This morning, embark on a guided tour of the bayside city of Palermo. You’ll find yourself on a crescent of land on the Tyrrhenian Sea in an area known as the Conca d’Oro—the golden shell—thanks to its rich soil and abundant citrus orchards.  

  • Discover the city’s Baroque architecture as you pass the Quattro Canti piazza in the historic center. Officially known as Piazza Vigliena, the vibrant square features four matching facades, each adorned with ornate sculptures, fountains, and statues representing the four seasons, as well as the patron saints of Palermo.  
  • Step inside the Cappella Palatina, a 12th-century chapel that showcases Byzantine, Islamic, and Norman architectural elements. Gaze up at the intricate geometric design of the wooden muqarnas ceiling and spend time poring over the details of the chapel’s elegant mosaics that seem to drape down its walls.  
  • Cap your walking tour with a tasting of a sweet local specialty. 

This afternoon, you’ll venture west of Palermo if you add the trip to the ruins of Segesta. There, between rolling hills and olive groves, you’ll find a Doric temple dating back to the 5th century B.C., as well as a Greek theater carved into the hillside. If you prefer to spend your free afternoon on your own, head to Palermo’s Old Town to wander its narrow alleys and lively squares. 

Ancient Ruins of Segesta

From $119 per person

Syracuse2 nights
Day 4: Syracuse via Piazza Armerina
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Armerina and view the stunning mosaics in the UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale, renowned for its remarkably preserved floor mosaics which offer insight into Roman life and culture in the 4th century. The comune, or town, of Piazza Armerina is itself a charming mix of cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and Baroque churches—the quintessential Sicilian backdrop.

Later today, continue to Syracuse and sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine. Tomorrow, you’ll dive into the history and mythology of this corner of the southeastern coast of Sicily, steeped in Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, and Norman cultures.

Day 5: Cooking class & sightseeing tour of Syracuse
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

No trip to Sicily is complete without a family-style feast. This morning, you’ll start the day at a market, learning about the just-picked produce you’ll use to craft an authentic Sicilian meal during a hands-on cooking class led by a professional chef. Join (flour-covered) hands with your fellow solo travelers in cooking—and promptly devouring—a traditional lunch. You’ll enjoy your creation with beer or wine, of course.

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

  • Visit the Greek Theater, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to the 5th century B.C. From its location, carved into the limestone rock of Temenite Hill, it overlooks the city and sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea. Theater productions and concerts continue there to this day, especially in the summer months.
  • Tour the massive Latomia del Paradiso, or Paradise Quarry, and gardens. The quarry played a crucial role in the city’s development and prosperity during ancient times and the limestone extracted from the quarries was used to build the temples and fortifications that made Syracuse into a Mediterranean power.
  • Experience the mind-bending echoes of the Ear of Dionysius, a large limestone cave formerly used as a prison. The tyrant Dionysius I used the cave’s unique acoustics to eavesdrop on prisoners.
  • Visit the Roman amphitheater, then cross a bridge to the island of Ortigia to see the Temple of Apollo and Cathedral of Syracuse. Still standing as a testament to Syracuse’s Greek history, the Temple of Apollo retains some of its original Doric columns. (Not bad for a 2,600 year old!) Officially known as the  Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Holy Nativity of Mary, the Cathedral of Syracuse is famous for its Baroque decorations and prominent bell tower. Inside, look for the colorful frescoes, marble sculptures, and embellished altars that decorate the seat of the Archbishop of Syracuse.
Taormina2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Taormina & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Taormina, where a local guide will introduce you to this scenic town perched high above the azure waves of the Ionian Sea. Look familiar? This lush Sicilian gem was featured prominently in the series The White Lotus. And understandably so: Its rugged cliffs, ocean-view piazzas, and streets lined with sprays of bougainvillea were, and remain, a magnet for jetsetters.  

  • Stroll along the city’s cobblestone paths to see the Cathedral of Taormina, its elegant bell tower rising proudly above the town’s skyline. Continue to visit the medieval walls of the Palazzo Corvaja, the home of the first Sicilian parliament. 
  • Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater which, on clear days, offers panoramic vistas of Mount Etna. One of the most iconic—and active—volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna is an ever-present companion in Taormina, inspiring myths, legends, and art in the region.  
Day 7: Free day in Taormina
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your free day, add an exploration of Sicily’s World War II history to your itinerary with an optional visit to the Museo Storico dello Sbarco. The interactive exhibit features striking photographs and a life-size model of a wartime bunker. When you join the excursion, you’ll also get time in Catania, a city renowned for its Baroque architecture, much of which was rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1693.  

If you’re setting off on your own (or with another solo traveler as your companion), we recommend a stroll along Corso Umberto for shopping, people-watching, and a host of trattorias. You can also hike to Castelmola, an adorable hilltop village above Taormina that boasts epic views of the coastline.  

Celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner this evening, served with beer or wine and featuring live music played by local musicians. 

Museo Storico dello Sbarco & Historic Catania

From $89 per person

Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home. Or, if you’d like to squeeze in a few more sips of Aperol spritz or scoops of gelato into your trip, treat yourself to a few days in Rome. You’ll continue your tour of antiquity through romantic piazzas and mysterious catacombs with your fellow solo-travelers-turned-new-friends.

Extension to Rome
Rome wasn’t built in a day and, if you ask us, it wasn’t meant to be enjoyed in a day either. We know you’ll want to take your time in the Eternal City. Whether you play time-traveler while hopping between historic sites or live out your best take on Roman Holiday, it’s in your hands, and we’re here to help. Ask your Tour Director for their favorite ways to savor the city—like their secret spot for pasta carbonara—and get going!
Rome3 nights
Day 8: Flight to Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Rome and spend a free evening in the Italian capital on your own. You can unwind in your hotel or use your free evening to explore the city. Not only will you see Rome’s monuments illuminated at night, but you’ll also take part in a beloved Italian tradition: the passeggiata, or traditional evening stroll. Grab one of your fellow solo travelers, find a gelateria, and enjoy people-watching at its best.  

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Lose yourself in a chaotic symphony of honking Vespas, busy markets, and secret alleyways. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour of Rome, a living tapestry of contradictions where age-old ruins coexist with a vibrant, modern spirit.

  • Stroll past the Spanish Steps, where Pietro Bernini’s Baroque-style Fontana della Barcaccia has stood since the 1600s, and head to the intricately carved Trevi Fountain. The latter—a romantic, Baroque beauty carved of Travertine stone—has served as the dreamy backdrop to La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday. Legend says that if you throw one coin into the fountain, you’re bound to return to Rome.
  • Enter the Pantheon, home to the world’s largest unenforced concrete dome. There, you’ll learn about the engineering skills of the ancient Romans and how they created this well-preserved temple.
  • End at Piazza Navona and see Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, commissioned by Pope Innocent X in the 17th century. It symbolizes the four major rivers of the four continents where papal authority had spread at the time.

You won’t want to skip the guided tour of St. Paul’s Basilica—one of Rome’s four major papal churches. Add it to your itinerary to view the final resting place of St. Paul, and to take a subterranean journey to Rome’s ancient catacombs.

Prefer to spend the afternoon on your own? Whether you want to take it easy over an Americano or take in the beauty of the Galleria Borghese’s art collection, the day belongs to you.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs

From $125 per person

Day 10: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

On your free day in Rome, you can discover the hidden gem of Trastevere, a bohemian and mostly car-free neighborhood filled with narrow streets and delectable trattorias.  

Need a moment of respite? Visit the picturesque Aventine Hill, home to the peaceful Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) and the famous keyhole view of St. Peter’s Basilica—which you can visit by adding the guided tour of Vatican City to your day. Here, you’ll also experience the grandeur and serene beauty of the Vatican Museum, as well as the Sistine Chapel’s venerated ceiling fresco. The day is yours to seize. 

You may also choose to get your hands dirty—with flour, that is—by adding a pasta-making class to your itinerary. You’ll learn traditional techniques for preparing and rolling out fresh pasta before digging into the dishes you prepared. 

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. 

Iconic Sights: Vatican City

From $175 per person

Pasta-Making Class & Dinner

From $175 per person

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    4/6/24 by 2nd-time traveler Wanda

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    A Week of Adventure
    4/6/24 by 3rd-time traveler Katie

    What a memorable time in Sicily. The tour had a nice pace to it with ample amount of down time to explore as you wish and a solid amount of activities built into the day. My favorite excursion was going to the food market and cooking in the chefs restaurant. Such a personal, fun experience. This tou...

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    4/6/24 by 2nd-time traveler Krista

    Sicily was my second tour with EF, which I booked with seven other friends whom I met on an EF Solo Tour of Ireland in May, 2023. Having experienced traveling with EF once before, there were a few things on this tour that I felt didn’t quite meet expectations. First off—the five hour layover I had i...

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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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    Grand Hotel Villa Politi
    Grand Hotel Villa Politi

    This grand hotel is located near the historic archeological zone. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find the Greek Theater of Sy...

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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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    UNAWAY Hotel Empire Roma
    UNAWAY Hotel Empire Roma

    This historic hotel is located in the heart of Rome. Guests enjoy the architectural features from the original noble Venetian family, piano bar, and o...

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