I have a confirmed reservation on the 09/20/22 Best of Sicily tour. I want to reserve pre-tour nights at the tour hotel in Palermo soon. This forum post is especially directed to those who have taken this tour in past years.
How many days before the tour began did you arrive in Palermo? Did you wish you'd arrived earlier? My tour begins on Tues. at 3:00 p.m., and I am deciding between arriving on Saturday or Sunday. Prior to the tour, I anticipate seeing sites in Palermo (especially churches) but will likely not take day trips out of Palermo.
Did you stay in Catania after the tour ended? My preliminary thinking is no, unless I think staying 1 more night would enable me to return to the WW2 museum and see it in detail in an unhurried way (I know it's on the tour itinerary; WW2 museums are special interests of mine).
Flight from USA to Sicily: did you arrive in Rome (FCO) in the morning and fly on to Palermo on the same day? Or spend 1 night in Rome before flying to Palermo? (I love Rome and have visited it 3 times in the past 5 years; I don't know if I will want to sightsee in Rome before/after the Sicily tour. For now, I'm assuming not).
Flight from Sicily to USA: did you fly from Catania to Rome, spend 1 night in Rome, then fly to the USA the next morning? That's my preliminary plan.