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 finest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world. Alongside this, the island has some magnificent 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.
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• Wine tasting near Mount Etna
• Street food experience in Palermo
• Sample traditional Sicilian pastries at Grammatico in Erice
• Included visits to Ragusa, Erice & Monreale
• Explore the Valley of the Temples & the Palatine Chapel
• 4* Grand Albergo Alfeo
• 4* Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel
• 4* Hotel Principe di Villafranca
• 4* Hotel Caparena
• International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
• UK departure and overseas airport taxes
• Accommodation, itinerary and meal basis as described
• Local transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
• Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
• Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
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.
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.
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 Hotel Principe di Villa Franca for 2 nights.
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 Byzantine-influenced mosaics, and the historic old town. Afternoon street food experience; learn how Palermitan food has been shaped by the region’s history.
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 (Superior room).
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 Hotel Caparena (or similar).
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.
Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London with British Airways.