Welcome to Tyrrhenian Coast


Few sun-worshippers head inland from these sybaritic summer playgrounds to visit the nearby Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, but those who do are swiftly seduced. These superb natural landscapes enfold hilltop villages where the lifestyle is traditional, the sense of history palpable and the mountain cuisine exceptional, featuring wild forest mushrooms, suino nero (pork from local black pigs), and ricotta straight from the sheep.


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$62.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Lipari & Vulcano from Cefalù - Aeolian Islands - Full Day

Your adventurous day exploring Sicily’s volcanic archipelago begins with a pickup at your Cefalù-area hotel. You’ll be transported via a comfortable, air-conditioned coach to the port of Milazzo.At Milazzo, board a yacht and head to the island of Lipari, the largest in the Aeolian archipelago. After you arrive in the port, head off on a guided tour of the island's archaeological sites, after which you’ll have time to yourself to explore Lipari Town. Go for a shopping excursion, or sit down for a fresh, Mediterranean lunch.The next stop on the tour is the neighboring (and appropriately named) island of Vulcano, which, with its crater and thermal activity, is a memorable destination. Take advantage of its geological activity and enjoy a mud bath and a paddle in its thermal waters.On the way back to Milazzo, take the opportunity to admire the views from the yacht; you’ll pass beautiful grottos, rock formations, and natural pools as you go. Once you arrive at the port of Milazzo, board a bus back to Cefalù, where you’ll be returned directly to your hotel in the late afternoon.

$57.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Monreale & Palermo with Local Street Food Tasting - departure from Cefalù

After pickup from select Cefalu hotels and locations by coach, relax on the scenic 1-hour drive along the Tyrrhenian coast to Monreale, on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Monreale was named for the once numerous citrus orchards that dotted the fertile La Conca d’Oro valley below.Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world, built as a royal complex in the 12th century. The exterior of the cathedral is rather unassuming, but step inside to be mesmerized by towering arches, glorious golden mosaics and famous artworks. Follow your cathedral tour with some free time to explore the town and enjoy views over the valley.Hop on the coach for a quick drive to Palermo, situated in a wide Tyrrhenian bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s capital, teeming with impressive art and ruins, Byzantine buildings and Baroque churches. Learn why there are so many Arab-Norman monuments scattered throughout the city, a legacy of both dynasties ruling in Palermo.Visit Piazza Bellini to see La Martorana church, one of Palermo's most famous Norman churches with spectacular Byzantine mosaics inside. Pause for photos outside of Palermo Cathedral, with its elegant Arabic arches and blue-gray dome.After some free time, continue to Teatro Massimo, the opera house, and then saunter through colorful Ballarò Street Market or Mercato di Capo to browse heaving stalls of fresh food and Arabic handicrafts.Then, enjoy some free time for lunch — choose from a variety of local restaurants and cafes to enjoy a traditional Sicilian meal (own expense). In the afternoon, head to the fascinating Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, built in the 16th century by Palermo’s Capuchin monastery. Originally intended as a burial crypt for monks, the catacombs became a status symbol for Sicilian society. Follow your guide through a spooky web of subterranean passages featuring some 8,000 mummified bodies still dressed in their absolute best. Back above ground, hop in the coach for your return drive to Cefalu. Your tour concludes in the evening when you arrive back at the departure point.

$62.80 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dinner in the Madonie Mountains - TUI COLLECTION

We will reach one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the Madonie National Park, San Mauro Castelverde. It is Located at the altitude of 1015 metres and it is famous for its Medieval churches and typical small squares where you will can admire a beautiful landscape of the mountains and the sea. After this unforgettable visit we will reach 'Trattoria la Posada', which is located in Karsa, a small hamlet of San Mauro village and run by a very hospitable family, where a real Sicilian feast will be awaiting. Chef Rosa will be also happy to show you the secrets of her culinary art and everything you will taste will be organic foods produced in the surrounding farms. Rosa will demonstrate three different starters, using fresh seasonal ingredients, and you’ll get to taste the finished product – alongside other Italian staples like pasta and meat – when you sit down to dinner. For the main course, you’ll try a warm vegetable omelette with a tomato sauce.  To keep you company during the dinner, some typical Sicilian music will be played until late night.A typical day would be:15.30 - 16:15 Depart resort 17.00 Arrive at San Mauro Castelverde and visit this little hilltop village 18.00 Back on coach to Karsa 18.30 Arrive Trattoria La Posada and Cooking course. Dinner and sometimes dance22.30 Departure 24.00 Return to hotels

$79.92 Tours & Sightseeing

Aeolian Islands : Panarea and Stromboli from Cefalù

Depart in the morning from your hotel in Cefalù to Milazzo Port. The first islands you will reach will be Panarea, the smallest island in the Aeolian Archipelago and once called Euonymos. It is also one of the most attractive, because of its unspoiled natural beauty and its interesting evidence of ancient civilizations.Arrive in Calayunco Bay to enjoy free time for visiting the town, going to the beach or having a therapeutic mud bath. Depart from Panarea and transfer to Stromboli, an island of volcanic origin (in fact the island is itself a volcano). Stay until the sunset.Continue towards 'Sciara del Fuoco' to admire the spectacular night activity of the volcano from the boat. The volcano creates a splendid play of light, lightening up the darkness with the intensity of its explosive energy.Return to Cefalù around midnight.

$101.61 Cultural & Theme Tours

MONTALBANO FULL-DAY FROM MESSINA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: La Madonnina del Porto, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe stele was raised by the will of Archbishop Angelo PainoPass By: Fontana di Nettuno, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe fountain of Neptune is the second fountain created in Messina by Giovanni Angelo MontorsoliPass By: Chiesa di S. Francesco all'Immacolata, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyIt is an impressive temple, the second in size for the churches of MessinaStop At: Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe Sanctuary of Cristo re is located in the panoramic point of the city where we will do a short stop at the end of our tour. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Borgo Medievale, Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, SicilyA medieval village within which is located a beautiful Norman Castle Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Castello di Federico II, Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, SicilyThe castle of Montalbano Elicona was born as a defensive garrison on a pre-existing Arab-Byzantine fort, in an area crossed by ancient military and commercial roads.Duration: 1 hour

$101.61 Cultural & Theme Tours

ARGIMUSCO TREKKING AT MONTALBANO ELICONA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Borgo Medievale, Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, SicilyA medieval village within which a Norman castle is locatedStop At: Megaliti dell’Argimusco, Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, SicilyThe place is made up of giant rocks that are millions of years old and are characterized by particular forms of rare beauty.It is also called the Sicilian Stonehenge Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Duomo di Messina, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyOne of the main attraction of Messina. Pass By: La Madonnina del Porto, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe stele was raised by the will of Archbishop Angelo PainoPass By: Fontana di Nettuno, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe fountain of Neptune is the second fountain created in Messina by Giovanni Angelo MontorsoliPass By: Chiesa di S. Francesco all'Immacolata, Messina, Province of Messina, SicilyIt is an impressive temple, the second in size for the churches of Messina