Sicily Tour

Sicily is like the prettiest girl in the room.

You know you want to be her friend, but you could use an introduction.

Well, I think you’d get along like a house on fire. She’s a blast.

Her style is relaxed and welcoming — meals al fresco, cocktails under the lemon trees, poolside bonding, soaking in thermal waters at the spa, market shopping, swimming in crystal clear water, wandering through Baroque cities.

I’d like to personally invite you to come and meet Sicily from June 1st to June 11th, 2017.

Just show up. We have everything planned for you.

The skinny

See magical Sicily on the ultimate girls’ getaway.

10 nights at incredible hotels: killer pools + spas + views.

Curated itinerary based on Bianca’s personal holiday faves.

Travel with a Sicilian local.

Expect outstanding customer service.

See/eat/have the stuff you’d never find alone.

No stress. Just show up and we’ll take care of you. Airport transfers included.

Only 1 date in 2017.

June 1 – June 11

Location

You’ll sleep in Palermo >
the Aeolian Islands >
Taormina > Modica.

We’re traveling to where the Italians go on vacation.

Sicily is where picky locals and Europeans holiday. After hearing about it from my Italian friends I knew I had to go.

Of course, I fell in love with the island my first time there (there are few who don’t). Right away, I knew I wanted to share this place with others.

Truthfully, it’s taken me years to artfully piece this trip together. I’ve built it from my personal travel highlights during my Sicilian holidays — things that have rocked my world and made my life feel sparkly and well-lived.

I could never have built this trip alone, though, so I’ve invited a charming Sicilian co-host along. Tommaso was born and raised on the Aeolian Island of Salina. While we’re staying at our hotel, he’ll be staying at his villa right next door. Seriously.

He’s helped hundreds of people travel Sicily and now it’s your turn. Getting to know Italy with the help of deep personal contacts is essential to having an amazing Italian experience.

Why would you visit Italy alone?

Travel with us and tap into The Italian Fix Factor.

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We Speak Italian

Which means you’ll never struggle with directions or the menu, or with anything! Don’t let not knowing the language keep you from a true Italian experience.

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Decades

We have a decade’s worth of experience living, working and traveling Italy, which means we know what it takes to have a good time here. Now you will too.

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Fierce Love

We’ve got your back. We protect our people, serve our people and love our people. You travel with a unicorn-powered forcefield of fierce love around you. Nobody effs with fierce love.

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Connections

In Italy, connections are everything. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We’ve nurtured amazing relationships with locals over the years — you’ll meet them because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-notch food, service and smiles because you’re with us.

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Italian Family

We have roots and homes in Italy. We leverage family and personal networks to deliver you value and safety.

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Heart-Centered Service

You’re not a reservation number — you’re an honored guest. No matter what time of day or night (even 3am), you can count on us. We’ve built this business from nothing to sold-out-in-hours tours because we truly care about people.

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The Friend Factor

Ever dreamt about jet-setting with a stylish well-traveled friend who knows the best food, cocktails and shopping in a drop-dead gorgeous place? A friend who’s positive, uplifting and makes you laugh but who’s also super grounded and drama free? Now you can.

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Gold Standard

You know what sucks rocks? Subpar food, lackluster service and treating tourists like dollar signs. There are tons of tourist traps in Italy and you need to know how to avoid rip-offs (on hotels, meals, taxis and events). We don’t touch dud businesses with a ten-foot pole.

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Best of Both

We really “get” you. We know what you want to see, do and experience in Italy because we were vacationers too. But now we get the nuances and navigate like locals. This unique perspective gives you a “best of both worlds” experience.

This is a vacation… with benefits.

Right now, if eating Ben & Jerry’s in bed is the highlight of your week, then listen up ‘cause ten days absorbing the sheer beauty of Sicily might be your escape.

Renewed inspiration
and fulfillment.

Connecting to inspiration fuels a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Feeling inspired infuses your life with joy and meaning. Those who seek inspiration find it.

Live your dreams,
right now.

Too many people save travel for retirement, but traveling requires good health, which you likely possess right now. If you have dreams, don’t put them on hold for some distant future that might never come. When you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to pasture?

Increased health
and energy.

Immerse yourself in an exotic and safe Sicilian experience. Every day you’ll eat a Mediterranean diet full of fresh vegetables and local seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, surrounded by nature and swimming in the ocean.

Be taken care of.

Are you blessed with a full life?
Got work? Deadlines? Chores? Kids? To do lists comin’ out the wazoo? Do you feel like you’re always “giving” but have very little time for yourself? We thought so, and we get it. What if, just for a change, someone were to take care of you? Well, that’s our job. We want you to kick back and leave the planning to us. Because you need time to think about more important things: like if you’re gonna drink a third cappuccino at breakfast.

Connect to a more carefree version of yourself.

When did we all get so busy? And tired? In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person you’re meant to be?

Itinerary.

  • Day 1
    Arrive on June 1st in Palermo and we’ll pick you up from the airport and whisk you away to a grand hotel. It’s smack dab in the historical center, on a pedestrian street and close to everything. We’ll gather in the covered courtyard for a sunset aperitivo before eating a Sicilian feast. This cozy table among new friends has your name on it.
  • Day 2
    We’ll show you the fascinating city of Palermo, a place dripping with mystery and contradictions. On side streets and grand boulevards we’ll lead you to markets and landmarks. But this isn’t about ticking the sights off your list. It’s about gaining insight into how people build, live, create and thrive in a culture different than ours.
  • Day 3
    Today we’ll depart Palermo and head to the glorious Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily. The volcanic “Isole Eolie” are the stuff of myths and movies, named after the demigod of the winds, Aeolus. Our base is Salina — enchanting, relaxing and tiny. Our hotel has a spa with local thermal waters and you’ll slide into island time instantly.
  • Day 4
    Lounge poolside with a book and a cappuccino. Or go to the spa and treat yourself to a massage. Whatever you do, take in every last drop of this gorgeous place. After lunch we’ll jump in our boat and island hop to Panarea and Stromboli to swim in the best spots. When darkness comes you’ll see lava explode from an active volcano in the middle of the sea.
  • Day 5
    The most important decisions to make today are these: should I walk down to beach or just stay at the pool? And should I have one granita today, or three? You’ll have time to ponder these questions before an afternoon trip around the island, after which we’ll head to the location where the film, Il Postino, was shot.
  • Day 6
    You may have sworn by now that you’ll never leave the Islands but today you must, because we have more gems to show you. We’re heading to Taormina, a town teetering on a cliff overlooking the Ionian sea. People come here for the ancient Greek theater, and the picturesque mountains and sea. We’ll experience all of that. And the tiramisu.
  • Day 7
    Today is a free day to explore Taormina and we’ll help you with whatever you need. There’s so much to see and do (or not do if the pool is calling you). You can stroll, swim, eat, shop or just flood your Facebook feed over lunch with “Living La Dolce Vita” selfies of you and the cute waiter.
  • Day 8
    We’ll leave Taormina in the dust and travel to the baroque city of Modica for our final days together. On the way we’ll visit Syracuse for a Greek and Roman archaeology fix before heading inland. Our Modica hotel (brag alert) has been featured in dozens of magazines because it’s so unique and stunning. You’ll adore it as much as we do.
  • Day 9
    Check out the beautiful town of Modica — just head down the cactus-lined path to the main street. Modica is famous for chocolate, so we’ll sacrifice ourselves and go and taste some of the good stuff. But don’t stay out too late wandering the streets because the sunset from our hotel terrace is a must-see. We’ll meet you there!
  • Day 10
    This is our last day in Italy together so let’s make it awesome. Which of course we will. This includes venturing to some nearby villages in picturesque southern Sicily and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Italy.
  • Day 11
    June 11th is departure and check-out. We’ll bring you to Catania airport for your flight or if you’re staying in Sicily longer, we’ll drop you off at your hotel. You can lean on us for expert advice. Whatever you need, we’re here for you.

Are you coming?

We travel Sicily June 1st to June 11th, 2017.

If you’ve traveled mainland Italy, it’s time to #traveldeeper.

Sicily isn’t as visited these days as Tuscany or the Cinque Terre, which is precisely the hook.

To be perfectly frank, Sicily is really relaxed. The people are incredibly friendly (that’s the first thing I noticed) and the landscape is more exotic than the mainland. It feels magical and otherworldly — Greek, Arab and Norman history mix with incredible beaches and a softer version of modern life.

Sicily is Italy with a totally different vibe.

Speaking of vibe, you should know that the vibe of our trips is less about museum line-ups and more about feeling good.

Which means being surrounded by great people in great places. It’s not science — it’s an art that sets us apart.

Your investment.

The trip fee is $5895.

We also have an awesome payment plan for a limited time (it’s 8 payments of $749 USD).

Your trip includes:

  • 10 nights at outstanding hotels. (Listed below.)
  • Transfers from airports. (Arrive Palermo, depart Catania.)
  • All ground transportation, including ferries to Aeolian Islands.
  • Boat trip to Panarea and Stromboli.
  • Day trips, guides, transportation in Palermo, Cefalu, Milazzo, Aeolian Islands, Taormina, Syracuse, Ortigia, Modica, Catania.
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners with wine.
  • All tips for guides, drivers and restaurants.
  • Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms (please add $1200 USD). You can submit a request when registering.

The trip fee does not include your flight to Italy.

Your awesome trip perks

Zero Packing Stress

Say no to hellish overstuffed luggage and “what should I wear” drama with our Simple Strategies for Packing Nirvana. Our printable guide will walk you through EXACTLY what you will need (and what you don’t!) on this trip.

Hassle-Saving Factor

Pack your luggage in half the time.

Airport Transfers

Everything is organized, so you stay sane. Our private driver will get you to and from the airport.

Hassle-Saving Factor

Don’t stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.

Personalized Service

Hello peace of mind. Are you there? Italian Fix delivers you personalized instructions, so you never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you expert advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

Hassle-Saving Factor

You can fly early and visit any Italian city, and still have the inside scoop on how to find us.

Email Support

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in Italy and shake hands. Feel fully supported and confident with expert Italy advice for all your burning questions. You’ll also have Bianca’s Italian mobile number, so the minute you land in Italy, support is just a phone call away.

Hassle-Saving Factor

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

Private Facebook Group.

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect to others before you go, ask us questions, and maintain friendships when you return.

Hassle-Saving Factor

One hub for all your Italy trip needs.

There are plenty of tour groups of fifty people traveling around Europe in a big bus.

We’ve limited our Sicily tour to 16 women. We want you to feel like you’re traveling with friends, not a sports team.

Sure, we could pack dozens of people on this trip like most tour companies would (we have had over 100 people sign up for the interest list for this trip). We could easily raise our numbers.

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on tours. We want you to travel Italy beautifully, so we keep our numbers low. We know small group travel is a great balance of fun and ease, and it’s better than traveling alone. The reality is that this isn’t group travel — it’s personalized service from a caring team.

Here are the perks of traveling in our bubble:

  • 1It’s so much more fun than traveling alone.
  • 2It’s easier than traveling with a spouse or friend because we handle all the planning.
  • 3You cultivate new friends and worldwide connections.
  • 4 You have the luxury of drivers and guides helping you with everything.
  • 5 When you go on a trip, do you normally hire experts for day trips who know the locals and have the lowdown on what exactly to see/do/eat while you’re there?

The truth is, we have a special knack for attracting positive, generous and amazing women from around the globe to join us in Italy. Our guests always comment that they’re not normally group travel people, but they’re surprised how Italian Fix makes travel easy and fun.

Which is why we’re limiting guests to 16 on this Sicily tour.

Is this trip right for you?

Have you already been to Italy?

Sweet… so you know how amazing it is. But think of how amazing it could be when you travel with someone who knows the language, knows the locals and knows all the secret spots. Unless you’ve traveled with an Italian friend and stayed at her home, it’s almost impossible to not feel like a tourist in Italy. We offer an alternative to that.

Will this be your first trip to Italy?

Then you’ll love the safety of the group, the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, getting ripped off, hassling with foreign currency, or trying to communicate in Italian. We take care of everything.

This trip isn’t for everyone.

It IS for you if:

  • You gravitate towards insider knowledge — you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You enjoy eating, walking, and off-the-beaten-path ideas. You like holidays near the ocean but also enjoy the city.
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others

 

This trip is NOT for you if:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You don’t like Italian food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet (like no wheat), we have yummy options for you.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

Meet our Headache-Free Guarantee

When you book with us, you receive our Headache-Free Guarantee

Our Headache-Free Guarantee means that if, for ANY reason, you can’t travel with us, you get back your fees, minus a $395 USD non-refundable portion.

That means you can go ahead and reserve your spot today, even if your plans change tomorrow. And it doesn’t matter why you need to cancel. We don’t hassle you for reasons. We completely support your decision, whatever it is — it’s cool with us. We’ll refund your payments, minus the 395 bucks, and you’ll be on your way. You can take advantage of our Headache-Free Guarantee anytime between now and 60 days before your tour begins and your money will be refunded, no strings attached. After that time, if you can’t make it for ANY reason, we will bend over backwards to fill your spot from our wait list before we travel. Also, your spot on this trip is fully transferable to another person.

Hear what past guests have to say about traveling with us.

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maria says…
Bianca is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Throughout the trip she made sure everyone was okay, enjoying themselves and feeling included. I was truly made to feel like a friend and not a client.
Maria Schock, Montana
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jo says…
Bianca’s tour was so enjoyable and I am still floating on cloud 9. My mood has been lifted. Bianca’s attention to detail was outstanding, as were her stellar professionalism, her staff, and her knowledge of the region and language. I just couldn’t ask for more from a tour company.
Jo Kilpatrick, Nevada
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caren says…
Before I booked, I had been uncertain that a group trip was a good fit for me, but the whole thing was magical. The level of experience was superb and not have to worry about any logistics was priceless. It freed me up to focus on being in the moment.
Caren Troutman, Texas

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Reserve your spot.

It’s easy to come to Italy with us.

The trip fee is $5895.

We also have an awesome payment plan for a limited time (it’s 8 payments of $749 USD). Remember, our Headache-Free Guarantee means you can cancel your trip for any reason up until 60 days before your tour begins.

Click “I’M IN” to reserve your spot on this trip. There are just 16 spots available and we’re expecting a sell out.

Travel with confidence. We’re here for you every step of the way.

*Please note airfare not included.

Frequently asked questions.

Where are we staying?

You’ll sleep in 4 different Sicilian locales. In Palermo at Hotel Piazza Borsa for 2 nights. On Salina (Aeolian Islands) we’ll stay at the boutique hotel, Signum (with pool and spa), for 3 nights. Then we’ll head over to Hotel Villa Diodoro (with pool) in Taormina where we’ve booked the nicest seaview rooms. In Modica we’ll stay at stunning Casa Talia with sweeping sunset views and lush gardens.

Can I extend my stay?

Great idea. We’ll give you tips.

What airport do I
fly into?

Fly into Palermo International Airport (PMO – Palermo Punta Raisi) and out of Catania International Airport (CTA – Catania Fontanarossa). We provide airport transfers for free.

I have more questions, can you help?

We thought you’d never ask. Email ciao@italianfix.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’m not a “tour person” and I usually plan my own trips.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your trip.

Will I be too old, too young?

Our guests range in age from being in their 20s to being in their 70s. Age means nothing because we’re all searching for a better life.