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Discover Sicily

From $2,699
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Jun 2022 - Oct 2023
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From $2,699
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Jun 2022 - Oct 2023
Tour Overview
As you explore Italy's largest island you'll discover a host of highlights. Its most famous landmark is Mount Etna, and you can choose to ascend Europe's tallest active volcano by cable car. Perched high on a cliff is Taormina, and here you'll see its incredible Greco-Roman theatre. On to Syracuse next, where a Greek theatre carved into the hills is one highlight of your tour. A visit to the Villa del Casale reveals a rich collection of Roman mosaics, while Sicily's capital, Palermo, is a feast for the eyes with its diverse mix of architectural styles and the exquisite mosaics housed inside the Capella Palatine chapel. Explore Monreale Cathedral, which boasts many sparkling treasures and enjoy a stroll around Cefalú, a lovely seaside town which is also blessed with many sightseeing highlights.
  • Leisurely Touring
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide 
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 15 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners including welcome drink & farewell get-together 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport* and porterage 
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Included Holiday Highlights

 

  • Taormina
  • Syracuse
  • Visit the Roman Villa del Casale 
  • Palermo & Monreale 
  • Palermo street-food experience
  • Cefalú

Itinerary

Day 1 Letojanni

Make your own way to the hotel where your Tour Manager will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Taormina

Mount Etna is Europe's tallest active volcano, standing at approximately 3,329m high. Globally significant, this immense peak is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is hugely popular, attracting thousands of visitors each year. If you choose to visit this magnificent volcano on our optional excursion this morning you'll enjoy a truly memorable experience as you journey up in a cable car. You'll also have a further option to take a thrilling journey higher up the volcano in a 16-seater 4x4 vehicle in the company of an Alpine guide.
After our exploration of Mount Etna we'll call at a traditional farm for a tour. We'll see the huge vineyard here, and the farm's 900 beehives. We'll learn all about the fascinating way that honey is made and we'll try a selection of different flavours. We'll also taste locally produced olive oil, olives and vegetable pate, along with three different wines.
Taormina is perched on a cliff top, overlooking two beautiful sweeping bays. During our included afternoon excursion we will also visit the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Syracuse

​During our included visit to the historic city of Syracuse we'll explore the old town of Ortigia and see the magnificent Greek theatre carved into the hillside​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Piazza Armerina

The fascinating Villa del Casale, a Roman villa built in the 4th century, is another of the island's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This fascinating structure, located just outside the town of Piazza Armerina, boasts the richest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, and is said to be one of the most luxurious of its kind. We pay a visit en route to our next hotel. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Monreale & Palermo

Watching over Palermo is the beautiful Monreale Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in the world. The pleasant yet unremarkable exterior of the cathedral offers no clue as to the exquisite golden paintings and spectacular mosaics you'll discover when you venture inside.
We'll then move on to Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, which boasts a wealth of architecture ranging in style from Arabic to Art Nouveau. Our first stop is the market, where we'll be treated to a street food experience in a local cafe. Snacking on the street is a proud, centuries-old tradition in Palermo and we're going to taste an array of authentic Sicilian delicacies. Prepare to feast on scrumptious arancine, deep-fried rice balls filled with bolognese sauce, chickpea fritters served with minty potato croquettes and sfincione, thick Sicilian pizza. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Campofelice Di Roccella - at Leisure

The ancient town of Agrigento showcases Sicily's Greek past. On an optional excursion today your Local Guide will introduce you to the Valley of the Temples, one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture, and one of Sicily's major attractions. You'll also discover the fascinating Temple of Concord and the Temple of Zeus, the largest temple built by the Greeks. Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Cefalù

​The popular seaside town of Cefalù is set on a rocky headland and boasts lovely sandy beaches. We will visit this pretty fishing port today. It is dominated by one of Sicily's finest Norman cathedrals, which houses some of the island's earliest and best-preserved Byzantine mosaics. This evening, gather with your travelling companions for a farewell get-together​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Pools are typically open from May-October, at the discretion of the hotel.

Please note - 16 June 2023 & 8 September 2023 departures are women-only tours 

Accommodation

Complesso Antares

The 4-star Complesso Antares Hotel is located on a hill overlooking the town of Letojanni. The hotel has a wellness centre, which includes a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, a sauna and a fitness room. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool (typically open May-Sept). Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, minibar and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Acacia Resort

Set on its own private beach, the hotel's facilities include a restaurant, bar, health club and outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, TV, fridge and balcony or patio. Swimming pools are typically open May to September.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your trip before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Italy - Prebookable Package - Valley of the Temples / Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Italy - Prebookable Package - Valley of the Temples / Discover Mount Etna by cable car

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre-bookable excursion package.
You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre-bookable excursion package....

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Italy - Pre-bookable Package - Valley of the Temples / Discover Mount Etna by cable car and jeep

Italy - Pre-bookable Package - Valley of the Temples / Discover Mount Etna by cable car and jeep

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre-bookable excursion package.
You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre-bookable excursion package....

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Italy - Discover Mount Etna by Cable Car and Jeep

Italy - Discover Mount Etna by Cable Car and Jeep

Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views as you journey up Mount Etna in a cable car, where you’ll be surrounded by a unique lunar landscape. The mountain itself has pockmarked surfaces created by past lava flows and impressive craters. Once you’ve reached the Piccolo Rifugio area (2500m), you'll head off on a jeep adventure with an Alpine guide for even more amazing views of this majestic mountain.
Please note: Even on a sunny day it can be cold and windy at the summit. You will need to wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, however it is possible to hire these at Etna.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views as you journey up Mount Etna in a cable car,...

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Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples

This afternoon you will visit one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Sicily, the monumental Valley of the Temples. Set amongst a harmony of both nature and ancient monuments, this UNESCO World Heritage Site plays host to the temples of the 5th century made of sandstone and shine an amber colour that will leave you breathless when contrasted against the green fields.
This afternoon you will visit one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Sicily, the monumental Valley of the Temples. Set amongst a harmony of both nature and ancient mon...

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Italy - Discover Mount Etna by Cable Car

Italy - Discover Mount Etna by Cable Car

Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views as you journey up Mount Etna in a cable car, where you’ll be surrounded by a unique lunar landscape. The mountain itself has pockmarked surfaces created by past lava flows and impressive craters.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views as you journey up Mount Etna in a cable car,...

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