Day 1 UK - Catania
Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Catania today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel. You will stay here for three nights, so relax and settle in before enjoying dinner this evening.Meals included: D
Day 2 Mount EtnaIt'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 breath taking 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 pate, along with three different wines. Meals included: B,D
Day 3 TaorminaWe'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. Meals included: B,D
Day 4 Villa del Casale - Campofelice di RoccellaWe'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. Meals included: B,D
Day 5 Campofelice di RoccellaToday you can choose to join our optional excursion 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. Meals included: B,D
Day 6 Valley of the Temples
Today 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 Monreale & PalermoWatching 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 a local bar, where you'll be treated to a street food experience. 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. Meals included: B,L,D
Day 8 Lipari
Depart the hotel and transfer to the beautiful Aeolian island of Lipari, where you'll stay for another four nights. You'll have plenty of time to explore Lipari's historic centre at your own pace.Meals included: B
Day 9 Lipari
Your day is free for you to spend as you wish. After a busy week exploring the beautiful island of Sicily why not take the opportunity to relax and unwind at the hotel. Alternatively you may wish to explore nearby Canneto beach.Meals included: B
Day 10 Lipari
Continue to explore the island at your own pace. Why not take a ferry to other islands in this volcanic archipelago including Stromboli. Stromboli is one of the eight Aeolian Islands and is dominated by a single large volcano that erupts regularly, much to the delight of onlookers.Meals included: B
Day 11 Lipari
Your day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Why not take a leisurely stroll along the peaceful harbour. Alternatively you may wish to wander into the old town and sample the local cuisine.Meals included: B
Day 12 Catania - UK
Your Aeolian adventure comes to an end today as you transfer back to Catania airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).Meals included: B