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Classic Sicily

8 Days from £974.28

On this delightful Sicilian journey, you'll discover evocative landscapes sweeping down to pretty seaside towns, Roman villas overloaded with art treasures and Mount Etna, Europe's most imposing active volcano. Explore Taormina, a fascinating town which overlooks two sweeping bays and home to a magnificent Greco-Roman theatre. Marvel at the brooding Mount Etna, which forms a dramatic backdrop to your discoveries, with opportunities to journey to the top. Your journey continues via the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale and onto Palermo and its beautiful Monreale Cathedral. Palermo is also famous for its street food tradition and we'll experience this first hand at the market. Finish your tour in the pretty fishing port of Cefalu, where you can explore winding medieval streets and discover sandy beaches for a relaxing end to your holiday.

Departure from: Apr 2020 - Oct 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights half-board in 4-star hotels
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and 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
  • Palermo street food experience
  • 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 which overlooks two sweeping bays. After a stroll, join your Tour Manager on an included visit to the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre here, perched dramatically on a clifftop. As well as exploring this ancient site, built around the 3rd century BC, you can take in panoramic views of the sea and Sicily's famous volcano, Mount Etna, which looms in the distance.​
Before we head back to the hotel we'll make a stop for a tasting of granita. This semi-frozen dessert, that originated here, comes in many delicious flavours and is utterly refreshing.

Day 3 Giardini Naxos - at Leisure

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. 
After our exploration of Mount Etna we'll call at a traditional farm shop for a tour. We'll learn all about the fascinating way that honey is made and we'll try a selection of different flavours. We'll also taste locally produced olive oil, olives and vegetable pâté , along with three different wines. ​

Day 4 Villa del Casale - Campofelice di Roccella

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.
We'll continue to our hotel and once you've unpacked why not head out for a stroll and explore your surroundings.​ 

Day 5 Monreale & Palermo

Watching over Palermo is the beautiful Monreale Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in the world. The pleasant yet unremarkable exterior of the cathedral offers no clue as to the exquisite golden paintings and spectacular mosaics you'll discover when you venture inside​.
We'll then move on to Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, which boasts a wealth of architecture ranging in style from Arabic to Art Nouveau. Palermo is famous for its street food tradition and we'll experience this first hand at the market, where you'll be treated to a street food experience in a local bar. You'll be able to sample a wide variety of dishes, such as deep fried tuna, which is a cheese made from sheep's milk, and arancina, which are rice balls filled with ragu sauce. Also on the menu will be caponata, a sweet and sour dish made with aubergines and other vegetables, served in a tomato sauce. It promises to be a treat for your tastebuds!

After you've eaten you can take some time to explore the light-filled Capella Palatine chapel which proudly exhibits intricate Byzantine mosaics.​​

Day 6 Campofelice Di Roccella - at Leisure

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.


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
Near Taormina you will stay in the Hotel Caesar Palace, which is situated in the resort of Giardini Naxos. Facilities include a bar, lounges, swimming pool and restaurant with an extensive buffet.

Day 4 - 7 :

Acacia Resort, Campofelice di Roccella
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.


Dates and Prices

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Thursday 23 April 2020

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Thursday 13 August 2020

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Thursday 17 September 2020

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Thursday 01 October 2020

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THU 23 APR 20

London (Gatwick)

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Thursday 23 April 2020

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11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Thursday 30 April 2020

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THU 07 MAY 20

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Thursday 07 May 2020

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Thursday 14 May 2020

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London (Gatwick)

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Thursday 04 June 2020

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11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Thursday 11 June 2020

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Thursday 11 June 2020

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Thursday 18 June 2020

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Thursday 18 June 2020

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Thursday 25 June 2020

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14:20 London (Gatwick)

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Thursday 25 June 2020

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07:00 London (Gatwick)

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11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Thursday 02 July 2020

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Thursday 13 August 2020

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07:00 London (Gatwick)

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11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Thursday 20 August 2020

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THU 03 SEP 20

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Thursday 03 September 2020

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Thursday 10 September 2020

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Thursday 10 September 2020

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Thursday 17 September 2020

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Thursday 17 September 2020

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Thursday 24 September 2020

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THU 01 OCT 20

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Thursday 01 October 2020

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Thursday 08 October 2020

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14:20 London (Gatwick)

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Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. 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.

Italy - The ancient town of Agrigento

FROM £58.00

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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Italy - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

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Italy - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

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Italy - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and jeep

FROM £86.00

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. Once you’ve reached the Piccolo Rifugio area (2500m), you'll head off on a jeep adventure with an Alpine guide for even more amazing views of this majestic mountain. 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. Half Day – Spectacular Views/Must See – Strenuous walking at the higher level (9000ft a.s.l.) You will travel to a height of 2500m by cable car and up to 2920m by jeep. The duration of this is will be approximately 2 hours.

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Italy - Prebookable Package - The ancient town of Agrigento / Discover Mount Etna by cable car

FROM £100.00

Italy - Prebookable Package - The ancient town of Agrigento / Discover Mount Etna by cable car

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Italy - Prebookable Package - The ancient town of Agrigento / Discover Mount Etna by cable car and jeep

FROM £137.00

"You can save money and enhance your holiday with this prebookable excursion package.
Agrigento / Mount Etna with Jeep Adventure"

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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 £463.92

May 2020 - Sep 2020 Departures

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

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