Essence of Sicily

Devoted to luxury, hand-crafted journeys & one-of-a-kind trips in the beautiful island of Sicily

Essence of Sicily

Essence of Sicily is a boutique DMC offering luxury and unique experiences in Sicily and Aeolian Islands to suit any individual or group. Our customized luxury tours are chosen to offer a balance of Sicilian history, culture and cuisine, bringing you all the best that the beautiful island has to offer. All of our tours go above and beyond the normal remits – with private guides, private transfers and a personalized service, tailoring the experience exclusively for our clients. We pride ourselves on the connections we have on the island, ensuring we can offer proven quality from start to finish.

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Italy trip

By: mb

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Essence of Italy was fantastic! Their guides were wonderful and very carefully selected for each city and site we visited. The local team was very prompt when we needed their help to coordinate with one of our hotels and they communicated well with our Departure Lounge Travel Advisor back in the US.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Shraibati
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By: Cheryl

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018

Our tour of Mount Etna, helicopter ride and tour of the Valley of Temples were incredible! We highly recommend all of our tours.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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By: Familyfun

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

All was great with all of the hotels where we stayed. They were perfect - location and accommodations and food. The tour guides were fabulous, and their recommendations for meals, etc. were great! The drivers were excellent. Only complaint was that one event was not as promised, and if we had been given accurate information, we would not have done it.
Travel Advisor:  Lynne Adams

Wonderful Sicily

By: Nancy h

Reviewed on: 28 May 2019

Essence of Italy was fantastic., the itinerary was fabulous , we toured the whole area for 7 days with our van, driver and excellent and professional guides in each place . We totally bonded with our terrific driver , and added bonus of cooking class plus hiking around mt etna ... will be sure to travel with essence of Italy again soon.
Travel Advisor:  Robin Fox

Essence of Sicily

By: Scheck

Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2019

They did a superb job getting us around and sharing local information. The drivers were very professional. When we had a problem, it was fixed immediately
Travel Advisor:  Angela Caes

Italian Advenures

By: Bella

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2019

I wish there was a maybe button. The beginning of our trip was not as fabulous as the end. I was disappointed with a change in our schedule and also unhappy with the first hotel. The hotel/resort clearly was fabulous at one time. They were not on their A game when we were there and it was very expensive. For the price we paid it should have been 100 percent.
Travel Advisor:  Crisney Lane

Essence of Italy

By: Duke

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2019

Very nice itenerary
Travel Advisor:  Karen Schmiser

Essence ofSicily


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2019

It was an outstanding experience. Every connection—and there were several of them—was perfect, every driver was friendly and good behind the wheel and every guide was easy to understand and willing to share their vast store of knowledge with us.
Travel Advisor:  Deb Velli

Nice day

By: JP

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2019

She was very helpful and listened to us and made it more of a trip for us not just a local highlight film. Fun day...
Travel Advisor:  Gregg Robert Humble

Sicily Honeymoon

By: Heather Haiduk

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2019

We were overly impressed with how Essence of Sicily created such a VIP experience for us in Sicily. We had a private wine tasting at the most beautiful vineyard! Our drivers were always so professional and took care to introduce us to local guides and accommodate for our special needs during the trip. The tour guides were fabulous and truly private. We just loved the experience. It would not have been the same trip without their guidance and recommendations with so much knowledge of their region. We had the trip of a lifetime and so many memories. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

Sicily and Sorrento

By: Happy Traveller

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2019

We had private tour guides to Mt Etna, and two walking tours in Taormina and Palermo. I highly recommend the 'private guides'. All three of these tours were fantastic! The guides were so enthusiastic and eager to tell you whatever you wanted to learn or discuss. Also, they go at the pace of the tourist, so we enjoyed not feeling rushed through places, or not understanding what the guide was discussing. They took their time to enjoy the sights with us.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Beckett

Very nice trip

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2019

The trip was overall, excellent, the drivers were very professional and punctual with very clean and luxurious vehicles. Perhaps their English could have been a little better, but substantially better than my Italian. The guides were very professional and knowledgeable about their venues, as well as punctual. We chose hotels that were very comfortable, but not five star. They each had unique characteristics. The hotel in Favara was excellent, but the town had many abounded buildings, which was strange. Since a number of sights we attended were in Agrigento, that might have been a better location
Travel Advisor:  Lori Seeley



Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2019

We loved every minute of every tour.
Travel Advisor:  Amber Ringler


By: arlina

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2019

Tour guides were always prompt, very professional and well informed. In addition, they were very receptive to client needs and nimble if weather was a factor.
Travel Advisor:  Louisa Gehring

True local knowledge

By: Marilyn

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2020

Thank you Viviana. Your accommodation of our requests was much appreciated. The guides were very knowable and hospitable. The drivers accommodating and prudent. We were amazed at how much we were able to see within a week. Never felt rushed and always felt that our request were honored. Everything went off without a hitch and always on schedule.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Schild

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