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Secret Sicily

8 Days from £1,049

Delve deep into Sicily's history and culinary traditions as this tour reveals the island's hidden side.

Departure from: Sep 2019 - Oct 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Lecturer
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
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Included holiday highlights

  • Stagnone saltpans​
  • Cruise to Mothya island and Marsala wine-tasting
  • Discover Montalbano's Sicily
  • Ragusa visit and chocolate-tasting in Modica
  • Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento


Please note entrance fees are not included in the price of your holiday, and will amount to approximately 16 euros.

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Palermo

Today you'll dep​art on your flight to Palermo. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel in Mazara del Vallo, where you'll stay for three nights.

Day 2 Stagnone saltpans & Marsala

A great included day out starts after breakfast, when we head to the Stagnone saltpans. Here, amongst a landscape dotted with medieval windmills, you'll take a tour and learn all about the ancient tradition of sea-salt production. You'll also hear about the many species of wildlife that thrive in this habitat.
Next you're going to cruise to the small island of Mothya. Set within the scenic landscape of the saltpans, this was one of the three main Phoenician settlements in Sicily, and was razed to the ground in 397 BC by Dionysius I. With little remaining of this ancient site, our visit will focus on the Whitaker Museum, named after a wine trader of British origins, who bought the island at the end of the 19th century. The museum displays important archaeological items found on the island, including the extraordinary marble statue the 'Youth of Mothya', which dates back to the 5th century BC. Your final stop is at the famous Florio vineyard where a lovely end-of-the-day treat is a tasting of the sweet fortified wine, Marsala.

Day 3 Segesta & Erice

You can choose to spend today at leisure, or discover more of the island on an optional excursion to a pair of little-visited towns.  
Segesta was the main center of the Elymian people, refugees from Troy who settled in the west of Sicily. Here, we'll view its ancient amphitheatre sat atop Monte Barbaro and its incredible Doric Temple, which mysteriously was never completed.
Our next destination is the medieval hilltown of Erice, whose steep lanes are surrounded by defensive walls and topped by a magnificent castle.

Day 4 Ragusa

We're heading to the west of the island today to our new base of Marina di Ragusa, which will be our home for four nights. On the way we're going to stop at the impressive Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. This wonderfully preserved example of classical Greek architecture is one of Sicily's most fascinating archaeological sites.
After our visit we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 5 Modica & Ragusa

​We're going to spend a further day exploring the 'real' Sicily, starting Modica, whose medieval buildings are cut into a deep gorge and are a spectacular sight. One highlight here is Gagliardi's masterpiece the Church of San Giorgio, although for some, the real highlight of the day is a chocolate tasting! The town is famous for its richly flavoured chocolate, and as well as shops selling this delicious treat, you might also get to see chocolatiers at work. There's free time here too, so you'll have ample opportunity to buy some confectionary to take home as a souvenir.
We then move on to the UNESCO-listed Baroque town of Ragusa where we will have some free time for lunch. After this we'll take a tour of its highlights with a local guide. 

Day 6 Montalbano’s Sicily

If you're a fan of the popular TV series 'Inspector Montalbano', based on the novels of Andrea Camilleri, you'll love today's included exploration of Montalbano's Sicily. We'll visit the former fishing village of Marzamemi, whose large piazza is just a few steps from a lovely stretch of sandy beach, and Puntasecca. This is the fictional 'Marinella' in the TV series, where you'll see Montalbano's beach house. Finally, we'll take in the sights of UNESCO-listed Scicli, which is framed by cliffs and boasts an array of wonderful Baroque architecture.

Day 7 Syracuse & Noto

The choice is all yours today, you can spend the time relaxing at your hotel or maybe get out and about and explore Ragusa at your own pace.
Alternatively, you can soak up some more fabulous historic sights on an optional excursion. In the company of your knowledgeable Tour Lecturer you'll discover the Greek theatre at Syracuse, which dates back to the 5th century BC. Its seating area is among the largest ever built, with 59 rows able to hold 15,000 spectators. The Roman amphitheatre here, where gladiators and wild animals would battle for gory entertainment, is an equally impressive highlight.
You'll also visit Noto, a beautiful town which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693 and subsequently rebuilt. Its historic centre is a wonderful sight, almost entirely made up of crumbling Baroque palaces, churches and houses.

Day 8 Catania/UK

​Today we'll transfer you to Catania for your return flight to 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 :

Hotel Mahara
Your hotel is located in Mazara del Vallo, close to the beach. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge bar and pool.

Day 4 - 7 :

Acacia Marina Palace - Marina di Ragusa
Situated in front of the sea, Marina di Ragusa is a seaside town on the south east Coast of Sicily. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, private beach 100m in front of the hotel, Ristorante e Bar and gym. Bedrooms have private facilities.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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8 days

Thursday 05 September 2019

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£884

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8 days

Thursday 19 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£864

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8 days

Thursday 03 October 2019

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£784

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THU 05 SEP 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,299

£1,149

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 05 September 2019

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

THU 19 SEP 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,179

£1,129

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 19 September 2019

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 26 September 2019

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

THU 03 OCT 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,099

£1,049

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 03 October 2019

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 10 October 2019

Departs

11:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

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 - Pre-bookable package - Segesta and Medieval Erice / Syracuse and Noto

FROM £81

Pre-bookable package

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Italy - Segesta and Medieval Erice

FROM £35

Discover the best of Western Sicily on this full day tour which visits the impressive Greek Temple in Segesta and the medieval hilltown of Erice. Your day begins as you arrive in Segesta, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent temple with its ancient theatre and acropolis standing proudly on a remote hillside. Its then on to the medieval hill town of Erice. Its steep lanes are surrounded by defensive walls topped by a magnificent castle.

Please note we recommend that you wear appropriate footwear on this excursion due the gradient/ uneven ground. Walking shoes are not necessary.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Amazing views!

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Italy - Syracuse and Noto

FROM £50

Syracuse is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, many of which you will have the chance to explore on today's excursion in the company of a Local Guide.
The main attraction is probably the Greek theatre dating back to the 5th century BC. Its seating area is among the largest ever built, with 59 rows able to hold up to 15,000 spectators. Also impressive is the Roman amphitheatre, where gladiators and wild animals would provide gory entertainment for the baying crowds.
Later, we will make a stop at the beautiful town of Noto, considered Sicily's 'Baroque city'. It was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1693 and was rebuilt from scratch. Its historic centre is almost entirely made up of crumbling golden-hued Baroque palaces, churches and houses and is a delight to explore.

Half day – moderate walk with some steps – historical experience.

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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:

Secret Sicily with beach stay Add-on

Extend your holiday to 11 days from £590

Sep 2019 - Sep 2019 Departures

ADD-ON

Beach stay
3 nights from £390

You can extend your holiday at the lovely beach resort of Marina di Ragusa. Available on dates marked with *.This add-on will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.​




Local Knowledge

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

Local Knowledge

"Don’t leave the island without trying arancini. These tasty balls of rice with a savoury filling are a street food favourite"

Our recommendation

If you choose to visit the Baroque town of Noto, we recommend you pop into Caffè Sicilia on its main street and try the Sicilian speciality of cannoli. These sweet fried tubes of dough are delicious filled with pistachio cream.