10 exclusive tours for luxury travel in Sicily

Sicily, the wonderful island combining sea, sun, history, food and culture. Those who are lucky enough to experience it will soon realize there is so much to see and understand about this mystical place. To really get the best taste of Sicily, you should view it through as many lenses as possible.

We have compiled this list of best experiences in Sicily so that you can be assured that your time in Sicily will be the most optimum, and you will return in the knowledge that you have discovered the most significant sights, tasted unmissable dishes, and experienced the best of the best!

The following are 10 of our top travel suggestions if you are looking for exclusive tours for luxury travel in Sicily. If you want to find out more read also the best private day tours from main cities in Sicily.

However, we, as exclusive Sicily travel planners, can make real any travel ideas you have in mind. Get in touch with our experts and start dreaming about your next luxury trip to Sicily.

Mount Etna helicopter tour

Viewing Etna by helicopter is a truly unique experience and one of the most popular luxury tours you can book in Sicily. As you ascend from solid ground and begin to hover, you will feel something shift inside you.

As you leave control and daily worries at the ground, the adrenaline kicks in and you are in the hands of the dependable pilot.

Those who have experienced helicopter travel will tell you about the unique sense of freedom it offers.

The lightness and openness of the aircraft allows you to engage with your surroundings in a way that’s truly extraordinary.

As you gaze down upon the magical and contrasting land of Sicily, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for the ground we inhabit each and every day.

In the words of the French pilot Philippe Perrin, “It’s only when you’re flying above it that you realise how incredible the Earth really is.” This can also be true of Sicily!

Perhaps you wish to compliment this unique activity with a special dinner or aperitivo, combine the trip with travel to another Sicily destination, or have professional insight with the company of an Etna expert.

Whatever your request, our helicopter tours are completely customisable and your wish is our command and can be combined with other Mount Etna private tours.

View of Etna from Helicopter

Private visit to Palazzo Gangi and lunch at the Princess’  House (Palazzo Alliata di Pietratagliata)

While in Sicily, your experience will not be complete without witnessing the wonders of its grand interiors.

Inside the walls of the palaces and villas, you will be enchanted by stories of Sicily’s varied past, while getting a taste for how wealthy Sicilian aristocrats used to live.

During this experience, you will have a unique chance to visit two ancient noble palaces: Palazzo Gangi and Palazzo Alliata di Pietratagliata, both in the city of Palermo.

Palazzo Gangi

Considered the most sumptuous private residence in Sicily, Palazzo Gangi became almost legendary when Luchino Visconti decided to film the magnificent ballroom scene of «Il Gattopardo» (The Leopard) there in 1963.

Palazzo Alliata di Pietratagliata

Palazzo Alliata di Pietratagliata encompasses five centuries of Sicilian art history with its majestic fortified tower, which was the city’s tallest at the end of the fourth century.

The beautifully maintained interiors are one of the finest examples of Sicilian Rococo architecture. The palace has never changed owner, remaining in the same family for six centuries.

The current owners — Princess Signoretta and her husband — live in the palace and with great passion and meticulous dedication have given back to the palace in which splendor has perpetuated over the centuries.

The princess herself will provide the tour of the palace, and you will then be treated to a delicious lunch in one of its finest rooms.

If you want more information about the visit to these palaces and design a private visit get in touch with our travel advisor.

Private guided visit of the Cathedral of Monreale with live organ music

The Norman Cathedral of Monreale rises above the very fertile valley of ‘’La Conca d’oro’’ (‘’The Golden Shell’’) where the almond, orange and olive trees grow.

You will be enchanted by the gold mosaics of the Cathedral, which cover almost the whole interior of the church.

An exclusive tour will let you capture the beauty of the Cathedral, without having to make your way through the crowd of noisy tourists, which can take away from the beauty of this place.

Entering through the majestic bronze portal, made in 1179 by Barisano from Trani and decorated with figures of saints, you can immediately notice the amazing size of this building, 102 meters long and 40 meters large, entirely covered in golden mosaics which cover an astonishing 6340 square meters surface, the second biggest Byzantine mosaic work in the world (the first one is in Saint Sophia, Istanbul).

Inside, you can look around you and take a deep breath.

You’re experiencing Monreale Cathedral empty: as almost nobody else does, or has ever been able to (aside from the Sicilian kings).

Live organ music creates a truly magical atmosphere: you will feel as though your feet have left the ground and that you have been transported to somewhere heavenly.

If you want more information about the tour or book it get in touch with our travel advisor.

Taormina ancient theatre private visit

One of the most remarkable monuments of Sicily is the Ancient Theatre in Taormina, set in a breathtaking location with an unbeatable view of Mount Etna and the beautiful coastline of the Ionian Sea.

The Greek-Roman theater is made up of:

  • The scene
  • The orchestra
  • The auditorium

The theatre was constructed in the third century BC, using the rock of Mount Tauro as its foundation, and it was designed to seat thousands of spectators at one time.

The theatre shape could allow, at the same time, a perfect listening opportunity from any area of the auditorium.

The perfect time to visit the theatre is in the evening when the gates are closed for other visitors, and you are free to wander and appreciate this treasure from a previous lifetime.

All of the passersby will wonder where you’re going as a custodian unlocks the Theatre’s gate for you and walks you right in.

You will be alone with your guide so you can experience the Ancient Theatre as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.

Walking inside the theatre, you will feel immediately humbled by the grandeur and resilience of the place. It is truly an antithesis to modern life.

Our exclusive private tour offers a chance to see the Theatre as it was meant to be seen – imposing, impressive and exquisite – this experience will give you memories to last a lifetime!

Taormina has a lot more to offer. If you are planning your stay here make sure to read also: The best things to do in and around Taormina and The best luxury and boutique hotels in Taormina.

If you want more information about the private visit to the theater and book it get in touch with our travel advisor.

View of ancient theatre Taormina

Wine tasting and dinner at the sunset in the most romantic Sicilian winery

For the most romantic experience in Sicily, you cannot do better than a special candlelit dinner in a winery.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening dining among the rows of Nerello Mascalese Vineyards.

The Nerello Mascalese is considered to be the superior red grape variety of Mt. Etna, with the slopes of Europe’s largest and most active volcano providing the perfect conditions for it to thrive.

What better way to try it than amongst the vines themselves, appreciating it at its best: alongside the most complimentary food pairings.

The sunset, Mt. Etna and the vineyards will be the perfect backdrop for your evening: relax in a candlelit setting, prepared just for you.

The table situated on the fertile soil of the volcano, dressed in with fine tableware provides a picture perfect scene.

Sit down to a dinner in which you will savor traditional yet refined dishes of the Sicilian cuisine paired with Etna DOC wines. It will be truly a ‘pinch-me’ moment for romantics and wine lovers alike!

Find out our favorite wineries in Sicily you can visit with a private wine tour or contact us for planning a customised one.

Yoga at Isola Bella during sunrise

One of the most renowned places in Taormina — Isola Bella – is defined as the Pearl of the Mediterranean by the famous German Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden.

On the ‘beautiful island’ you are surrounded by a vast variety of flora and fauna while surrounded by the unique rocky coast of Taormina.

Thanks to its unique nature and geographical form, the island has been declared a monument of historical and artistic interest and value.

Make your way through rocky, tree-lined paths as you make your way to our designated panoramic terrace, prepared just for you with everything you need for a peaceful, invigorating yoga session.

Practicing mindfulness on this special botanical island is an opportunity to connect with yourself and nature at the same time.

Surrounded by the sounds of the waves, we challenge you to find a more tranquil location.

Our expert yoga teacher will guide you on a journey to become at peace in body and mind.

You will be left truly energized for the day and filled with a sense of gratitude and connection to the incredible surroundings you find yourself in.

View from yoga at Isola Bella

Sail with a private yacht in the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are some of Sicily’s greatest treasures.

Made up of 7 secluded lands each tied together by the sparkling Ionian Sea.

They consist of:

  • Lipari
  • Vulcano
  • Salina
  • Panarea
  • Stromboli
  • Filicudi
  • Alicudi

Each with its own character, you will not want to pass up the chance to experience them all.

This group of islands is named for Aeolus, the ancient Greek and Roman god of the winds.

Feel this ancient wind in your hair and enjoy the beautiful volcanic archipelago in the Thyrrenian Sea with its active volcanoes and magnificent views.

Each island has its own unique characteristics.

For example, Panarea is a small but enchanting island, the ideal place for a great photo shoot!

The landscape of Panarea is truly unforgettable, looking around you will realise you are surrounded by a mergence of blues: from turquoise to cobalt.

The island of Stromboli is the most recent of the Aeolian islands to have emerged. Stromboli erupts lava, clouds of gas, and ashes, often oozing down “La Sciara” and creating an impressive scene.

The ultimate way to experience these treasures is of course by private yacht.

Cruise between these magical lands in style and freedom, with the opportunity to adjust your plan accordingly. Eat the freshest ingredients onboard, cooked by renowned local chefs, as you sip Sicilian wine and become at one with the sea that surrounds you.

Imagine sitting back on the comfort of your yacht, witnessing volcanic eruptions, endless sea views, and appreciate the rich flora and fauna of these unique islands.

Stepping onto the land, you can enjoy long lunches in the islands’ typical local restaurants, or embark on a walking tour to find out about the tales and traditions of these archaeological gems.

Have an intimate and exclusive aperitivo at sunset in Noto the baroque city

Noto is a small Sicilian baroque city surrounded by orange, almond and olive trees.

The magnificent churches and palazzi are all built using fine local stone that reflects a splendid golden tint and shines in the sunset light. Prepare to be seriously charmed by this Sicilian treasure of a town.

Enjoy a private guided visit that will culminate at the Church of San Carlo Borromeo, along the main street of Noto. This is one of the most stunning baroque buildings designed by the famous 18th-century architect Rosario Gagliardi.

Making your way up the narrow stairs of the tower-façade, you will reach an amazing terrace to enjoy a spectacular view of Noto at sunset and have an exclusive aperitivo on a private terrace.

Simply sit back and appreciate the chance to be amongst the incredible baroque during the golden hour, a stunning scene that not many have the chance to view in such an elevated and undisturbed setting. With an unrestricted view of the stunning Cathedral, relax as you sip on local wine accompanied with the ideal Sicilian appetizers, and say ‘Salute’ to a dream-like day.

View of Noto Cathedral from terrace

Cooking with Mamma and dinner on a private terrace of Ortigia overlooking the Cathedral

This is an ideal experience for those wanting to have a taste of authentic Sicilian home cooking while enjoying one of the most impressive views in the charming island of Ortigia, the old town of Siracusa.

You will be welcomed with open arms by our Sicilian “mamma”, who will show you how to make the most of the freshest ingredients, using traditional methods and recipes for a delicious Sicilian meal, to be enjoyed while sipping a glass of local wine and enjoying a remarkable cathedral view, high above the crowds.

The first activity of the day is a trip to the market with Mamma, who will guide you through this first important step to cooking a genuine Sicilian meal.

Visit the nearby market to learn how to choose the freshest local ingredients, not having travelled far from the Sicilian land & sea.

Then, arriving at Mamma’s apartment, in one of the most beautiful historical buildings in Piazza Duomo, you will be immediately taken back by the breathtaking view of the Cathedral.

Tie your apron and get cooking as Mamma guides you along the way to successfully create a typical Sicilian menu.

Get stuck in as you learn how to make the most of your fresh ingredients to prepare some delicious recipes. You will have the chance to learn some traditional culinary techniques and will certainly become the envy of your foodie friends back home!

Hear how Mamma has been preparing Sicilian specialties in her kitchen the old-fashioned way for years, and discover a few of her culinary secrets, while learning about some traditions and customs of the Sicilian kitchen.

You’ll be enchanted by the passion of Mamma for this cooking art, which is truly infectious and the result of the deep Sicilian love for food and fresh ingredients.

With your meal ready, imagine yourself sitting comfortably while enjoying a delicious aperitivo.

Let yourself be enchanted by the soft light of the sunset with the busy square at your feet.

Admire the most impressive architectural Baroque wonders of Syracuse from the elegant and charming setting of the exclusive terrace.

view of Siracusa in sicily

Sicilian style Ape and Sicilian cart ride in Catania

The Sicilian Cart is the symbol of folklore and craftsmanship. It represents the desire and pursuit of beauty by the Sicilian people – due to its nature of being a practical transportation vehicle used for work, yet made into a stunning piece of art. If you have the pleasure of seeing one, then its intricate and rich beauty will remain vivid in your mind when you think about Sicily.

Today, the Sicilian cart appears primarily at special events and weddings. It is the perfect addition of Sicilian tradition that brings an authentic presence and is loved by guests young and old. Due to its traditional beauty and interesting history, many visitors to Sicily love to get familiar with the Sicilian cart.

Why not sit back and enjoy being at the centre of attention as you ride through the heart of Catania on board a traditional Sicilian colorful cart. Alternatively, you could discover the secrets of Catania through its beautiful buildings and churches onboard a Sicilian Ape Car decorated by a local artist.

You will have the chance to learn about the history of the Sicilian cart and its traditional uses while appreciating its intricate patterns up close.

Sicilian cart experience Catania

To book any of these experiences, contact our team of Sicily experts and we will be delighted to plan your perfect itinerary of Sicily. We will help you to create lasting memories of this special place that stay with you for a lifetime.