18 days in Sicily Itinerary

18 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily trip planner

Make it your trip
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Syracuse
— 10 nights
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Agrigento
— 1 night
Drive
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Palermo
— 5 nights
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Syracuse

— 10 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Explore Syracuse's surroundings by going to Portopalo di Capo Passero (Scialai Comfort Beach Cafe & Isola delle Correnti), Casa Vinicola Feudo Rudini (in Pachino) and Noto (Spiaggia Calamosche, Chiesa Santa Chiara, &more). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Ortigia, delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, contemplate the long history of Scicli, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ragusa Ibla.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Syracuse is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Syracuse. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Agrigento

— 1 night

Valley of the Temples

Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Scala dei Turchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valle dei Templi, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Agrigento day trip planning site.

You can drive from Syracuse to Agrigento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Agrigento, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Palermo

— 5 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta), Cefalu (Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento, Duomo di Cefalu, &more) and Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Conte Federico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Di San Giuseppe Dei Falegnami, Facolta Di Giurisprudenza, Universita Di Palermo.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Palermo tour planner.

You can drive from Agrigento to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.