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The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It is home to superb Norman architecture, vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired gardens, and probably the fi nest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world. Alongside this, the island has some magnifi cent natural scenery, from volcanic Mount Etna to quiet beaches in the south. This tour takes you to the best that the island has to offer.
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & fl ight upgrades available
- Average group size - 18 people (max 26)
- Direct international fl ights with British Airways
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 7 breakfasts & 1 dinner
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airport
- Welcome drink
- Wine tasting near Mount Etna
- Sample traditional Sicilian pastries at Grammatico in Erice
- Included visits to Ragusa, Erice & Monreale
- Explore the Valley of the Temples & the Palatine Chapel
- Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Small group size - average 18 people (max 26)
Day 1: Fly to Catania • Syracuse
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Catania with British Airways. Transfer to Syracuse and stay at Grande Albergo Alfeo for 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink.
Day 2: Syracuse • Noto
Tour of Syracuse including visits to the Greek theatre, considered one of the most important examples of its kind, the Ear of Dionysius, and the island of Ortygia. Continue to the town of Noto, a Unesco world heritage city due to its magnificent baroque architecture.
Day 3: Catania • Cefalù • Palermo
Morning drive to Catania to view the cathedral and Piazza Stesicoro. Continue to Cefalù to visit the Norman cathedral with its exquisite mosaics. Continue to Palermo and stay at the Mercure Palermo Excelsior for 2 nights.
Day 4: Monreale • Palermo
Morning drive to Monreale to visit the Norman cathedral, founded in 1172 and considered a leading example of Norman-Arab architecture. Return to Palermo for a city tour including the magnificent Arab-Norman cathedral, the Palatine Chapel, located within the Norman palace and covered in Byzantineinfluenced mosaics, and the historic old town. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour to Monte Pellegrino, the promontory overlooking Palermo with its Sanctuary of St Rosalia, picturesque fishing village and the Catacombs of Cappuccini.
Day 5: Erice • Selinunte • Agrigento
Morning visit to the town of Erice, a medieval town with imposing fortified walls overlooking the city of Trapani. Continue to the Temple of Selinunte, an excellent example of Doric architecture. Stop at Grammatico, the worldfamous pastry shop, for some marzipan and biscuit tasting. Drive to Agrigento and stay overnight at the Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.
Day 6: Valley of the Temples • Piazza Armerina • Taormina
Morning visit to the Valley of the Temples, one of the world’s most impressive ancient Greek sites. Afternoon drive to the elegant resort town of Taormina via Piazza Armerina to view the Roman mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale. Stay 2 nights at the Villa Diodoro (or similar).
Day 7: Mount Etna
Visit the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, for panoramic views. Stop at Barone di Villagrande for wine tasting. Afternoon guided tour of Taormina.
Day 8: Fly to London
Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London with British Airways.
Dioscuri Bay Palace, Agrigento
Located on the promenade at San Leone, the Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace is a 102-room property just a short distance away from the Valley of Temples. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), American bar and the restaurant, Baia degli, which is situated on the first floor and offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Grande Albergo Alfeo, Syracuse (Sicily)
The 4-star Grande Albergo Alfeo is located near Ortygia in the centre of Syracuse. The 39 rooms offer air conditioning, double glazed windows, satellite television, electronic safe, minibar, telephone and free wireless internet access.
Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior, Palermo, Sicily
The Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior is located in the city centre on the Viale della Libertà, a street known for its luxury boutiques, and is within easy reach of the city's port. The art nouveau building is surrounded by greenery, including the English Garden. All guestrooms offer comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and refined style.
Hotel Villa Diodoro, Taormina, Sicily
Close to the historical centre of Taormina, the Hotel Villa Diodoro is a century-old property that retains its historical elegance and exclusivity. The pool area looks out over Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos and during the summer months the hotel's restaurant opens out onto a poolside terrace offering alfresco dining with a view.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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