Sicily – East to West
8 days from £999 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Famous for its blue skies, warm autumns, Greek ruins, cultural diversity, gastronomic delights and fabulous scenery, Sicily has so much to offer. Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been influenced by the Greeks, Normans, Phoenicans and the Moors, each leaving their mark, and providing a rich collection of stunning temples, churches, medieval towns and hidden gems.
Day 1 – We fly to Catania. On arrival we meet our tour manager and transfer by coach to our hotel in Acireale, which will be our base for the next 3 nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 2 – After breakfast we head to the delightful town of Taormina to enjoy its tiny streets, the cathedral and the beautifully preserved 3rd century B.C. Greek amphitheatre (entrance included). Taormina has a charming atmosphere, and offers history and culture, as well as elegant squares, churches, shops, cafès and pastry shops. In the afternoon we visit Mount Etna and enjoy spectacular views of the island. Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and dominates the island’s rocky landscape, as well as serving as a vivid reminder of the awesome power of nature. Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.
Day 3 – Today we explore Siracusa with a local guide. Once home to Archimedes, the city is divided into two parts: an archaeological site and the peninsula of Ortigia. The archaeological site contains a great number of Greek and Roman remains including a Greek theatre from the 5thC BC. Ortygia is home to over 2,500 years of history, from the Greeks and Romans to the Normans and Baroque. We will visit the Archaeological Site & Cathedral (entrance fees included). Return to the hotel with dinner at leisure.
Day 4 – We check out of the hotel to head west, stopping at the Roman Villa Casale to see beautiful mosaics from the 3C and 4C AD. We will also visit the charming Piazza Armerina with its historical quarter which has some beautiful churches, including a Baroque cathedral. Our hotel for this evening is located in Agrigento. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
(Approx 2 hrs from Acireale to Piazza Armerina and a further 2 hrs to Agrigento)
Day 5 – After breakfast we spend most of the day at one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions, The Valley of the Temples, just outside Agrigento. We will have a guided tour of this splendid archaeological park which consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Late afternoon we take the approx. 2 hour coach journey north to Castellammare del Golfo. We check into our hotel for the next 3 nights. Dinner at leisure, any of the restaurants within the town or by the port.
Day 6 – Today we explore bustling Palermo with a local guide pointing out the vast range of architectural styles and its artistic masterpieces. Included in our highlights tour is the Palatine Chapel, a magnificent blend of Byzantine, Islamic and Norman styles lavishly decorated. We then travel to the beautiful Cathedral at Monreale, one of the great Norman sites in Sicily. Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.
Day 7 – We first visit Segesta, the spectacularly situated unfinished Doric temple. We will continue to Erice in time for lunch. Erice is a charming medieval town perched atop Monte San Giuliano, overlooking Trapani. It has preserved its medieval character with two castles dominating the town: the Moorish Pepoli Castle and the Norman Venus Castle. Dinner included in a local restaurant.
Day 8 – After check out we head back to Catania (via Cefalu if flight times permit) for our return flight to the UK.
(Please note that is approx. 2 hours driving time to Cefalu and a further 3- 3.5 hrs to Catania airport)
The exact order of excursions is subject to change
Grand Albergo Maugeri, Acireale
The 4 star (local rating) Grande Albergo Maugeri is located in the heart of Acireale, within walking distance from the Cathedral and the Basilica of San Sebastiano. The hotel has 2 restaurants, and an American Bar, but due its location is within easy reach of the many nearby shops and restaurants. All en-suite rooms are classically decorated and are furnished with wooden floors, and have air conditioning, TV, safe deposit box, hairdryer, minibar, and work desk. Bathrooms are with a shower.
Colleverde Park hotel, Agrigento
The 4 star (local rating) Colleverde Park Hotel overlooks the Valley of the Temples, and is a 15-minute walk from Agrigento’s famous archaeological site. The restaurant serves typical Sicilian cuisine and offers lovely views of the Valley. The hotel has charming gardens and the public areas are decorated with 19th-century ceramics and furniture. All en-suite rooms are classically decorated and offer air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, and a bathroom with shower and hairdryer.
Al Madarig Hotel
The 3 star Al Madarig hotel is a traditional hotel located in a square overlooking the sea in the lovely coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo. It is within easy walking access to the town and port, with plenty of good restaurants to choose from. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation and all rooms have en-suite facilities. The hotel has a lift and a small bar.
• Return flights from the UK
• Tour Manager
• 3 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation in Acireale
• 1 night half board accommodation in Agrigento
• 3 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation in Castellammare
• 2 dinners
• Porterage at all hotels
• Whisper sets
• Itinerary as detailed
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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