Holiday Itinerary Classic Sicily

Day 1 - UK/Catania

Depart on your flight to Catania. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel in the picturesque coastal village of Giardini Naxos, situated close to Taormina. You will stay here for three nights, so relax and settle in before enjoying dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2 - Taormina

We're off to Taormina today, a fascinating town perched on a clifftop and overlooking two sweeping bays. After a stroll you can choose to visit the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre or simply soak up lovely views of the sea and the island's famous volcano, Mount Etna. Before we head back to the hotel we'll make a stop for a tasting of granita. This semi-frozen dessert originated here, comes in many delicious flavours and is utterly refreshing. (B, D)

Day 3 - Giardini Naxos - at Leisure

It's Sicily's most famous attraction, its name known the world over, and today you can see Mount Etna up close if you join our optional excursion. You can ascend Europe's tallest active volcano by cable car to enjoy breathtaking views. 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 shop for a tour. 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 pâté , along with three different wines. ​(B, D)

Day 4 - Villa del Casale - Campofelice di Roccella

We're going to head to our next base today, Campofelice di Roccella, near Cefalù, but not before the chance to revel in some Roman history. Our journey takes us to the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale, close to the town of Piazza Armerina. Here, excavations have revealed one of the world's richest and most complex collections of Roman mosaics. As you view them you'll be amazed by their excellent condition. We'll continue to our hotel and once you've unpacked why not head out for a stroll and explore your surroundings. ​(B, D)

Day 5 - Palermo and Monreale

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. Palermo is famous for its street food tradition and we'll experience this first hand at the market, where you'll be treated to a street food experience in a local bar. You'll be able to sample a wide variety of dishes, such as deep fried tuna, a cheese made from sheep's milk, and arancini, which are rice balls filled with ragu sauce. Also on the menu will be caponata, a sweet and sour dish made with aubergines and other vegetables, served in a tomato sauce. It promises to be a treat for your tastebuds!

After you've eaten you could take some time to explore the light-filled Capella Palatine chapel, which proudly exhibits intricate Byzantine mosaics.​​ (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Campofelice Di Roccella - at Leisure

How you spend today is entirely up to you. Relax by the pool or on the beach, or maybe you'll join an optional excursion to Agrigento. This ancient town dates back to the 6th century and is a wonderful showcase of Sicily's Greek past. With a Local Guide you'll discover the Valley of the Temples, which is dramatically situated on a high ridge overlooking the sea. Explore the Temple of Concord, famed for its surprisingly well-preserved columns, and the Temple of Zeus, the largest to be built by the Greeks. (B, D)

Day 7 - Cefalù

Today you'll head to nearby Cefalù, a pretty fishing port. There's lots to discover here, including its winding medieval streets, sandy beaches and one of Sicily's finest Norman cathedrals. If you peer inside you'll see some of the island's earliest and best-preserved mosaics, with the spectacular Christ Pantocrator above the altar, particularly memorable. (B, D)

Day 8 - Catania/UK

There's time to enjoy the facilities at your hotel a little longer before we transfer you to Catania for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Meals Included: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner

London Garwick Departure Dates and Prices 2020 Classic Sicily

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Dates

Prices from Dates Prices from
April 23 £1059 August 13 £1235
May 7 £1179 September 3 £1254
June 4
£1219 September 10 £1254
June 11
£1159 September 17 £1254
June 18 £1159 October 1 £1140
June 25 £1159

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Classic Sicily

2020 Holidays by Air 8 Days from £1059

On this delightful Sicilian journey, you'll discover evocative landscapes sweeping down to pretty seaside towns, Roman villas overloaded with art treasures and Mount Etna, Europe's most imposing active volcano. Explore Taormina, a fascinating town which overlooks two sweeping bays and home to a magnificent Greco-Roman theatre. Marvel at the brooding Mount Etna, which forms a dramatic backdrop to your discoveries, with opportunities to journey to the top. Your journey continues via the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale and onto Palermo and its beautiful Monreale Cathedral. Palermo is also famous for its street food tradition and we'll experience this first hand at the market. Finish your tour in the pretty fishing port of Cefalu, where you can explore winding medieval streets

Classic Sicily

What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights half-board in 4-star hotels
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Taormina with granita tasting 
  • Visit the Roman Villa del Casale​
  • Sicily's capital Palermo and Monreale Cathedral
  • Palermo street food experience 
  • The pretty fishing port of Cefalù​

Optional Excursions

Italy - The ancient town of Agrigento from £58

Located on a high ridge overlooking Sicily’s southern coast, the city of Agrigento dates back to the 6th century and is home to the fascinating Valley of the Temples. You’ll visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site – one of the greatest legacies of ancient Greece – in the company of a Local Guide where you will discover numerous Doric temples, necropolis, ancient houses and streets. Of particular note are the Temple of Concord, famed for its wonderfully preserved columns, and the Temple of Zeus, the largest temple built by the Greeks.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Historical Interest

Italy - Discover Mount Etna by cable car from £48

Italy - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Italy - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and jeep from £86

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. Half Day – Spectacular Views/Must See – Strenuous walking at the higher level (9000ft a.s.l.) You will travel to a height of 2500m by cable car and up to 2920m by jeep. The duration of this is will be approximately 2 hours.

Italy - Prebookable Package - The ancient town of Agrigento / Discover Mount Etna by cable car from £100

Italy - Prebookable Package - The ancient town of Agrigento / Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Accommodation

Caesar Palace Hotel, Giardini Naxos - Day 1 - 3

Near Taormina you will stay in the Hotel Caesar Palace, which is situated in the resort of Giardini Naxos. Facilities include a bar, lounges, swimming pool and restaurant with an extensive buffet.

Acacia Resort, Campofelice Di Roccella - Day 4 - 7

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.


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