6 days from £699 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
From its bubbling capital Palermo to age-old Roman and Greek ruins, sundrenched sands and the ever-present, smouldering Mount Etna, Sicily is an island overflowing with treasures One such treasure is the picturesque coastal town of Cefalu. Situated on the northern coast, Cefalu is a typical Sicilian small town producing olives, grapes, fruit and citrus fruits. The roads and alleyways that burrow through the medieval town centre are a delight to explore and there is really no better place to enjoy an aperitif or a wonderful Italian ice cream than the main piazza in the shadow of the magnificent Cathedral. Cefalu is perfectly located to explore the wonders of the island at the charming Tourist Hotel is a home from home, located right on the beachfront just 15 minutes gentle walk from the historic centre.
We depart from selected airports for our flight to Sicily. Upon arrival we will be met by our guide and transferred to the beautiful coastal town of Cefalu with arrival at our hotel for the next five nights.
This morning we enjoy a morning walking tour of Cefalu. Whilst we stroll medieval district, our guide will point out such sights as the town’s Duomo, an attractive two-towered Norman cathedral. Imposing and attractive, the building’s interior is decorated with lovely mosaics dating back to 1138. Following the walking tour the remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to climb the massive crag called the Rocca. It’s a steep climb to the top of the mountain (take a bottle of water) but well worth the effort. Near the top you’ll reach the splendid ruins of the Tempio di Diana, an ancient megalithic stone structure that was given a modernisation in the 5th century BC in the classical Greek style. Around the summit of the Rocca are superb views and various bits of old fortifications, including a stretch of battlements. For those not as adventurous, why not simply admire the picturesque harbour, alleys and medieval buildings.
Today we discover the ancient Greece in Sicily. We visit Segesta, a truly remarkable site boasting a Doric temple and amphitheatre. The temple was build by the Elymian people, probably around 430-420 BCE, but it was never completely finished. The amphitheatre, stands at an elevation of 400 meters above sea level. It has 20 tiers of steps, which served as seats, divided into 7 sections by aisles that lead to the U-shaped stage area. The seating area is known as the “cavea” and a good part of it was carved out of the solid rock of the mountain. Later we continue to the medieval hill top town of Erice, the only Sicilian town that has been inhabited since pre history. The oldest structure in the town is the protective thick boundary wall, which dates back to Punic times. Since then, the town has been home to the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks and the Romans, the Arabs, and the Normans – here myth and history intermingle in the varied architecture that greets you with every turn.
Today we will have another chance to enjoy the full day at leisure in Cefalu.
Today we enjoy a full day tour to Taormina & Mount Etna.Taormina was discovered by the British aristocracy in the mid-1800s. Facing Etna and the blue Mediterranean, this peaceful panoramic resort was colonized by the Greeks who built a theatre in the Hellenic period – 3 B.C. The present Teatro Greco, altered by the Romans, is the venue for classical plays every summer. The main street, the elegant Corso Umberto, with its cafés, restaurants and boutiques is a bustle of nationalities. We will enjoy some time at leisure to marvel at the unique views overlooking Giodini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. Then, drive up to Mt. Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe. The climb to the crater takes us through an everchanging landscape and picturesque villages. The lower slopes of the volcano are extremely fertile with groves of oranges, lemons and other Mediterranean flora and of course vines, which produce Sicily’s, best wines. We climb approx 2000m where we will enjoy time at leisure to take in the panoramic view of the vast base of Mt Etna and and the effects of more recent eruptions.
Today we sadly have to depart for the airport for our return flight back to the UK.
The Hotel Tourist
The 3* Hotel Tourist has its own private beach and swimming pool with parasols and sun beds. The friendly bar has an open-air terrace and the restaurant offers both local specialties and a range of international cuisine. Most rooms have balconies with views of the sea, town or pool, all have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, television, mini-bar, safe and telephone.
• Return flights from selected UK airports
• Return airport transfers
• 5 nights accommodation
• Welcome drink on arrival
• 3 course dinner on 3 evenings
• Sicilian dinner on 1 evening
• Fish buffet/BBQ on 1 evening
• Excursions and admissions as stated in itinerary
What’s not included
• Travel insurance
• Single Supplement
“Cefalu is so picturesque, our group enjoyed walking along the promenade from our hotel into the town. We all loved the Tourist hotel, the staff were excellent and the food was exceptional” Arthur – Group Organiser – May 2015
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or firstname.lastname@example.org