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From your attractive coastal base visit the clifftop town of Taormina, UNESCO-listed Palermo, the charming fishing village of Cefalu & more

Letojanni - Taormina - Piazza Armerina - Palermo - Monreale - Agrigento - Cefalu

Discover evocative landscapes sweeping down to pretty seaside towns, Roman villas overloaded with art treasures and Europe’s most imposing active volcano in delightful Sicily. For the chance to explore another island, a 4-night stay on Lipari is offered.

Touring

8 Days from £899

Sep 2017 - Oct 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights half board in 4-star hotels
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 The clifftop town of Taormina with granita tasting
  • View Roman mosaics at the 4th century Roman Villa del Casale
  • Visit Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and beautiful Monreale cathedral
  • The pretty fishing port of Cefalù

Itinerary

Depart on your flight to Catania. On arrival, you’ll transfer to the pretty coastal village of Giardini Naxos, situated close to Taormina. You will stay in this picturesque resort for three nights, so relax and settle in before enjoying dinner.

Today, join our included visit to the fascinating town of Taormina. Perched on a clifftop and overlooking two sweeping bays, this lively town’s thriving contemporary culture is perfectly complemented by its well-preserved, ancient past. There’s the option to visit the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre, or simply enjoy the excellent panoramic views of the sea and Mount Etna. You’ll also be treated to a tasting of granita - a delicious dessert originating in Sicily.

It’s Sicily’s most famous attraction, its name known the world over – and today you can join our optional three-quarter-day excursion to see for yourself the might of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano. Ascend the volcano by cable car to enjoy breathtaking views.


While you are here you’ll also have the option (payable locally) to take a thrilling journey higher up the volcano in a 16-seater 4x4 vehicle in the company of an Alpine guide.

Revel in captivating Roman culture today. En route to the resort of Campofelice di Roccella, near Cefalù, we include a visit the fascinating Roman Villa del Casale today. Built in the first quarter of the 4th century and close to the town of Piazza Armerina, the site boasts the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.

Your hotel in Campofelice di Roccella is the Acacia Resort, which features fantastic gardens, an extra-large swimming pool, private beach and sports facilities surrounded by lush tropical plants. You will stay here for four nights.

Today’s included full-day excursion takes in UNESCO-listed Palermo, Sicily’s vibrant capital, in the company of a Local Guide. Marvel at the city’s wealth of architecture – ranging in style from Arabic to art nouveau – and browse the many outdoor markets selling seafood, souvenirs and antiques; perhaps explore the stunning Cappella Palatine chapel, whose walls emit a natural glow as light bounces off the marble and gold mosaics that adorn them.


You’ll also visit the beautiful Monreale cathedral, perched on the hilltop in this pretty town and watching over Palermo below. Inside, wander the Romanesque cloisters and admire the glittering Byzantine mosaics.

Relax on the beach, enjoy the facilities at your lovely hotel, or join our optional full-day excursion to Agrigento, an ancient town dating back to the 6th century and a wonderful showcase for 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, as well as the Temple of Zeus, the largest temple to be built by the Greeks.

Enjoy a visit to the pretty fishing port of Cefalù. Discover the town’s winding medieval streets, its sandy beaches and one of Sicily’s finest Norman cathedrals, which houses some of the island’s earliest and best-preserved Byzantine mosaics. The spectacular mosaic of Christ Pantocrator above the altar is particularly memorable.

Spend the remainder of your holiday enjoying the facilities at your hotel before transferring to Catania airport for your return flight to the UK.


Please note: Entrance fees are not included. Approximate cost €45 per person paid locally.


On certain departure dates the running order of your itinerary may change.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Mount Etna experience

Mount Etna experience

from £46

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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. Feeling adventurous? Once you’ve reached the Piccolo Rifugio area (2500m), why not take a journey further up the volcano (in a jeep at extra cost) for an even more thrilling experience.
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.

Three-quarter Day – Spectacular Views/Must See – Choice of strenuous walking at the higher level (9000ft a.s.l.) or moderate walking at the coach park level (6000ft a.s.l.)

The ancient town of Agrigento

The ancient town of Agrigento

from £56

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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

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £97

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You can save money and enhance your holiday with this prebookable excursion package...

Agrigento / Mount Etna

Accommodation

The 4-star Caesar Palace is ideally located in reach of Sicily.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and a TV.
The 4-star Acacia Resort is ideally located within Compodelice di Roccella on a pristine beach.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, a large swimming pool and lovely gardens. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer and a TV.

Caesar Palace Hotel, Giardini Naxos

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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Thursday 28 June 2018

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Thursday 06 September 2018

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Thursday 13 September 2018

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Thursday 20 September 2018

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Thursday 27 September 2018

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Thursday 11 October 2018

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Thursday 18 October 2018

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Thursday 21 September 2017

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Thursday 28 September 2017

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Classic Sicily with Aeolian Islands Add-on

Extend your holiday to 12 days from £490

May 2018 - Sep 2018 Departures
Extend your holiday in Sicily with a four-night stay on the beautiful Aeolian island of Lipari, where you'll stay in the 4-star Aktea Resort. Located in a peaceful setting close to the harbour and Lipari's historic centre, your hotel is well placed if you want to explore. Why not take a ferry to other islands in this volcanic archipelago, including Stromboli, which is dominated by a single large volcano that erupts regularly much to the delight of onlookers. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on. This stay is on a B&B basis.

Customer Quotes

Every Travelsphere customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below are a selection of customer quotes taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

The holiday was a perfect introduction to Sicily, so good in fact that it has made us want to revisit. A lot of this was down to the professionalism of our tour manager Roberto who was attentive and informative... Congratulations and well done Travelsphere on creating a wonderful holiday experience.
Ms Walden - Hemel Hempstead
 
Classic Sicily - Sep 2015
A wonderful holiday on a beautiful island with friendly people, this was made all the better by having a truly excellent tour manager, also a special mention for the first rate coach driver.
Mr Everton - Lowestoft
 
Classic Sicily - Sep 2015
A lovely holiday very much enhanced by the efficiency of our tour manager Sue. She was always on hand to help. She was vey knowledgeable about the local area and gave us a great deal of help and advice to make the most of our holiday. We liked Sicily very much and found the tour very enjoyable and extremely interesting.
Mrs Pocock- Bristol
 
Classic Sicily - Sep 2015

What our Tour Managers say

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because Sicily is a beautiful island and this tour shows a variety of landscapes and gives an insight into Sicilian culture.
Rosemary Engelmann - Tour Manager
 
Classic Sicily - September 2016
I love this tour because of the amazing amount of cultural attractions and the wild beauty of the island.
Roberto Vultaggio - Tour Manager
 
Classic Sicily - September 2016
I love this tour because of the friendly locals and the beautiful and rich nature of Sicily.
Franco Francesca - Tour Manager
 
Classic Sicily - May 2016

Palermo: Italian Capital of Culture 2018

The Sicilian capital has been named the Italian Capital of Culture 2018, beating the likes of Alghero, Montebelluna and Recanati to achieve this prestigious recognition. Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily, and is considered one of the most beautiful Italian cities, home to an enviable cultural and historical legacy.

Visiting Palermo is a fascinating experience as a result of its multi-layered history, evident today in the vast range of architectural styles, place names and the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes. This city is the perfect place to visit if you want to embark on a little adventure, to discover things for yourself and to dig into the very fabric of the city to understand what makes Palermo so special.

Palermo, is a city with its own very distinct atmosphere and the often faded grandeur of many of its beautiful palaces and churches in its buzzing Mediterranean centre. The streets are often lined with markets, whose Arabic origins are still evident today in their noise, smells, colours and the splendid array of food and other goods. At the markets you can expect a taste of authentic Sicilian cuisine. Specialities include chickpea-flour fritters, potato croquettes with anchovies and cheese.

Expect to find artistic delights around every corner. Iconic sites and experiences include Palermo Cathedral, Teatro Massimo, Catacombs of Capuchins and the array of outdoor markets.

Palermo - Italian Capital of Culture 2018
Palermo - Italian Capital of Culture 2018
Palermo - Italian Capital of Culture 2018