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Discover the lesser-known gems of Sicily, where picturesque towns, ancient ruins and stunning Baroque architecture are revealed

Mazara del Vallo - Stagnone - Mothya - Trapani - Erice - Segesta - Marsala - Ragusa - Modica - Marzamemi - Puntasecca - Scicli - Syracuse - Noto

This journey to Sicily’s undiscovered side reveals Greek and Roman ruins and the splendour of Baroque architecture that tells tales of years gone by. More than just a feast for the eyes, the island is also famed for its Modica chocolate and Marsala wine.

Touring

8 Days from £1,119

Was from £1,199

Apr 2017 - Oct 2017 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • 7 nights on a half-board basis in 4-star hotels
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included holiday highlights

  • 
Visit the well-preserved ruins at Syracuse and the town of Noto
  • Discover Montalbano’s Sicily
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Ragusa, and Modica, for a chocolate tasting
  • See the impressive Greek Temple at Segesta
  • Discover medieval gems in little-visited Trapani and Erice
  • Stagnone saltpans with boat trip and Marsala wine tasting

Itinerary

Today you’ll depart on your flight to Palermo, transferring on arrival to your hotel, where you will stay for three nights.

After breakfast join your Tour Manager on today’s included excursion, which begins as you head to the Stagnone saltpans. During your tour you’ll see a landscape dotted with medieval windmills and learn about the ancient tradition of sea-salt production. You’ll also hear about the many species of wildlife that thrive amongst this habitat. Later, you’ll board a boat for a cruise to the small island of Mothya, where archaeological remains include the ‘Cappidazzu’, a place for religious sacrifice, as well as parts of the island’s ancient defensive walls and a necropolis. Your day is rounded off perfectly with a tasting of the sweet fortified wine, Marsala, at the famous Florio vineyard.

Your included full-day tour today 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 hilltown of Erice, whose steep lanes, surrounded by defensive walls and topped by a magnificent castle, loom over Trapani’s harbour.

You’ll transfer to the west of the island today, where you will stay for the next four nights. On the way we’ll make a stop at the impressive Greek temple at Segesta. The temple is a delight to explore, with its ancient theatre and unfinished acropolis standing proudly on a remote hillside.

Your exploration of the ‘real’ Sicily continues today with a full-day tour starting in Ragusa, a UNESCO-listed Baroque town which boasts a stunning position high on a hill between two valleys. Later your tour continues to Modica, an atmospheric town whose medieval buildings are cut into a deep gorge. Admire the splendour of Gagliardi’s masterpiece the Church of San Giorgio and enjoy a tasting of the town’s speciality – the richly flavoured chocolate for which it is famed. Chocolate shops are plentiful here, so there will be lots of opportunities to purchase some confectionery to take home, and you might get to see chocolatiers as they work.

Join your Tour Manager and Local Guide on today’s included excursion to discover Montalbano’s Sicily. This journey around some of Sicily’s most picturesque towns may be familiar to fans of the popular TV series ‘Inspector Montalbano’, based on the novels of Andrea Camilleri. Highlights of your tour will include the former fishing village of Marzamemi, whose large piazza is just a few steps from a lovely stretch of sandy beach, and Puntasecca, the fictional ‘Marinella’ in the TV series, where you’ll see Montalbano’s beach house. Today you’ll also visit the UNESCO-listed town of Scicli, which is framed by cliffs and boasts wonderful Baroque architecture.

Syracuse is home to a staggering number of wellpreserved Greek and Roman ruins, many of which you will have the chance to explore on today’s full-day 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.

Today you’ll transfer to Catania for your return flight to UK.


Please note: Entrance fees are not included in the price of your holiday. Approximate cost €26 per person paid locally.

This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps, often with no hand rails to offer assistance.

Accommodation

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Hotel Poggio del Sole is a 4 star hotel in the Ragusa countryside. The hotel formerly a masseria is now an elegant and moren hotel compromising of two restaurants and a lounge bar, onsite spa and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms are large and bright, have private facilities, air conditioning, safe, telephone and wifi.

Hotel Mahara

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.

Dates and Prices

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Duration

Was

Now

Status

 

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 27 April 2017

8 Days

£1,119

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 27 April 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 04 May 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 04 May 2017

8 Days

£1,199

£1,149

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 04 May 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 11 May 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 18 May 2017

8 Days

£1,219

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 18 May 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 25 May 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 01 June 2017

8 Days

£1,269

£1,219

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 01 June 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 08 June 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 15 June 2017

8 Days

£1,269

£1,219

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 15 June 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 22 June 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 22 June 2017

8 Days

£1,269

£1,219

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 22 June 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 29 June 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 07 September 2017

8 Days

£1,269

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 07 September 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 14 September 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 14 September 2017

8 Days

£1,269

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 14 September 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 21 September 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 21 September 2017

8 Days

£1,269

£1,219

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 21 September 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 28 September 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Thursday 05 October 2017

8 Days

£1,199

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Thursday 05 October 2017

Departs

05:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:40 Palermo (Punta Raisi)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 12 October 2017

Departs

11:05 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

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 Syracuse Add-on

Extend your holiday to 11 days from £300

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017 Departures

What our Tour Managers say

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

I love this tour because it is a cultural dive into several civilizations who passed and left a rich heritage in this beautiful island, crowned by a magnificent generous luxurious land and sea. The places, the culture, the people and the spectacular choice of food, wine and gelato will certainly help to make this holiday unforgettable.
Lorenza Berrini - Tour Manager
 
Secret Sicily - June 2016