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Classic Sicily

8 Days from £849

Brooding Mount Etna forms a dramatic backdrop to your discoveries as you revel in Roman history and uncover medieval treasures.

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Departure from: Apr 2018 - Oct 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • 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
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Included holiday highlights

  • Taormina with granita tasting
  • Visit the Roman Villa del Casale
  • Sicily's capital Palermo and Monreale cathedral
  • The pretty fishing port of Cefalù

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Catania

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

DAY 2 Taormina

We're off to Taormina today, a fascinating town perched on a clifftop and overlooking two sweeping bays. After a stroll you can choose to visit the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre or simply soak up lovely views of the sea and the island's famous volcano, Mount Etna. Before we head back to the hotel we'll make a stop for a tasting of granita. This semi-frozen dessert originated here, comes in many delicious flavours and is utterly refreshing.

DAY 3 Mount Etna

It's Sicily's most famous attraction, its name known the world over, and today you can see Mount Etna up close if you join our optional excursion. You can ascend Europe's tallest active volcano by cable car to enjoy breathtaking views. You'll also have a further option to take a thrilling journey higher up the volcano in a 16-seater 4x4 vehicle in the company of an Alpine guide.

DAY 4 Piazza Armerina

We're going to head to our next base today, Campofelice di Roccella, near Cefalù, but not before the chance to revel in some Roman history. Our journey takes us to the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale, close to the town of Piazza Armerina. Here, excavations have revealed one of the world's richest and most complex collections of Roman mosaics. As you view them you'll be amazed by their excellent condition.
Your hotel in Campofelice di Roccella features an extra-large swimming pool, a private beach and fantastic tropical gardens. Once you've unpacked why not head out for a stroll and explore your surroundings.

DAY 5 Palermo & Monreale

Your full day of discovery begins as you journey to UNESCO-listed Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital. As you explore, your Local Guide will talk you through the city's wealth of architecture, which ranges in style from Arabic to Art Nouveau. There's time to browse the many outdoor markets selling everything from seafood to antiques, or perhaps you'll head to the Cappella Palatine chapel. The marble and gold mosaics inside are a real talking point.
Our next stop today is the beautiful Monreale Cathedral, perched on a hilltop overlooking Palermo. Venture inside to wander its Romanesque cloisters and admire glittering Byzantine mosaics.

DAY 6 Agrigento

How you spend today is entirely up to you. Relax by the pool or on the beach, or maybe you'll join an optional excursion to Agrigento. This ancient town dates back to the 6th century and is a wonderful showcase of 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, and the Temple of Zeus, the largest to be built by the Greeks.

DAY 7 Cefalù

Today you'll head to nearby Cefalù, a pretty fishing port. There's lots to discover here, including its winding medieval streets, sandy beaches and one of Sicily's finest Norman cathedrals. If you peer inside you'll see some of the island's earliest and best-preserved mosaics, with the spectacular Christ Pantocrator above the altar, particularly memorable.

DAY 8 Catania/ UK

There's time to enjoy the facilities at your hotel a little longer before we transfer you to Catania for your return flight to the UK.

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


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 3 :

Caesar Palace Hotel, Giardini Naxos
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.

Day 4 - 7 :

Fiesta Sicilia Resort, Campofelice di Roccella
Hotel Fiesta is a 4 star resort situated in stunning Campoflice di Roccella and is only 2 minutes away from Himera and just 3 minutes away from Antiqurium di Himera Kartodromo Lascari, and targa Florio Museum are also located within 12 minutes. The hotel boasts a private beach which is exclusive for the guests staying at the hotel and the hotel also offers a full daily programme of sport for those who want to be a bit more active as well as relax. The indoor pool has spectacular sea views as well as a fully equipped gym. Enjoy days relaxing by the lagoon pool or opt to relax by the garden beach pool. All rooms are nice and spacious with a private balcony or terrace. Enjoy views of the lush gardens or the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Rooms also have a TV, air conditioning, heating and much more.


Dates and Prices

 
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DEPARTURE
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THU 19 APR 18

London (Gatwick)

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£899

£849

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 19 April 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 26 April 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 03 MAY 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,049

£999

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 03 May 2018

Departs

07:10 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 10 May 2018

Departs

12:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:30 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 10 MAY 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,059

£1,009

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 10 May 2018

Departs

07:10 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 17 May 2018

Departs

12:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:30 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 07 JUN 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,099

£1,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 07 June 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 14 June 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 21 JUN 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,099

£1,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 21 June 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 28 June 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 06 SEP 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,199

£1,149

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 06 September 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 13 SEP 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,199

£1,149

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

12:00 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 20 SEP 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,199

£1,149

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 27 September 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 04 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,099

£1,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 04 October 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 11 October 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 11 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£999

£949

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 11 October 2018

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 18 October 2018

Departs

12:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

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.

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.

Prebookable Package

FROM £99

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

Agrigento / Mount Etna

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Mount Etna experience

FROM £46

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.)

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The ancient town of Agrigento

FROM £58

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

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Local Knowledge

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

Favourite Moments

Sandy beaches, superb Norman architecture and the alluring medieval streets of the town centre –charming Cefalù has it all.


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