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Secret Sicily

8 Days from £1,029

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

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Departure from: Apr 2018 - Oct 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • 7 nights half board in 4-star hotels
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • 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
  • Lunch overlooking the Valley of the Temples


Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Palermo

Today you'll depart 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

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. Archaeological highlights here include the 'Cappidazzu', a place for religious sacrifice, parts of the island's ancient defensive walls and a necropolis. 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 Trapani & 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. Formerly a Phoenician trading port, Trapani is our first stop and its Old Town still bears the evidence of its medieval past. A stroll gives you the chance to admire churches and palaces as well as the 14th century offshore fortress Torre della Colombaia. Looming over Trapani's harbour is our next destination, the medieval hilltown of Erice. Its 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 Ragusa, which will be our home for four nights. On the way we're going to stop for lunch at a restaurant which offers marvellous views of the Valley of Temples.

DAY 5 Ragusa

We're going to spend a further day exploring the 'real' Sicily, starting with our base, the UNESCO-listed Baroque town of Ragusa.
We then move on to Modica, whose medieval buildings are cut into a deep gorge and make 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.

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 a knowledgeable Local Guide 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 you'll transfer 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
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Day 4 - 7 :

Hotel Mediterraneo - Ragusa
et in Ragusa centre, Mediterraneo Palace Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Ragusa Cathedral. It offers soundproofed rooms with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The modern and spacious rooms at Mediterraneo Palace are all air conditioned. They come with a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The Hotel Mediterraneo Palace’s restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and Sicilian specialities, along with a savoury and sweet breakfast buffet. A bar-patisserie is also available.


Dates and Prices

 
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THU 26 APR 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,159

£1,109

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 26 April 2018

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

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Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 03 May 2018

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

THU 10 MAY 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,179

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 10 May 2018

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 17 May 2018

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

THU 14 JUN 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,229

£1,179

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 14 June 2018

Departs

05:45 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 21 June 2018

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

THU 06 SEP 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,299

£1,249

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 06 September 2018

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

11:00 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:15 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

THU 13 SEP 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,229

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

11:00 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:15 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

THU 20 SEP 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,179

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 27 September 2018

Departs

11:00 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:15 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

THU 04 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,079

£1,029

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Thursday 04 October 2018

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 11 October 2018

Departs

11:00 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:15 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

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.

Trapani and Erice

FROM £30

This not to be missed excursion takes you to the little-visited towns of Trapani and Erice. Formerly a Phoenician trading port ideally located for trade with Africa and the western Mediterranean, Trapani's old town still bears the evidence of its medieval past and a stroll will give you the chance to admire churches and palaces as well as the 14th century offshore fortress Torre della Colombaia.
Your tour concludes in the medieval hill town of Erice, whose steep lanes, surrounded by defensive walls and topped by a magnificent castle, loom over Trapani's harbour.

Half day – moderate walking with some steep passages – cultural experience.

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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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Prebookable Package

FROM £76

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

Trapani and Erice / Syracuse and Noto

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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:

Local Knowledge

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