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The Best of Sicily

From £1,524.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Sept 2024
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From £1,524.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Sept 2024
Tour Overview
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.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights half-board in 4-star hotels
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Taormina with granita tasting 
  • Ascend Mount Etna by cable car 
  • Visit the Roman Villa del Casale
  • Explore the ancient Valley of the Temples
  • Sicily's capital Palermo and Monreale Cathedral
  • Palermo street food experience 

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Catania

Make your own way to the airport for your flight to Catania. 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 Etna

It's Sicily's most famous attraction, its name known the world over, and today you can see Mount Etna up close. You can ascend Europe's tallest active volcano by cable car to enjoy breathtaking views.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Taormina

We're off to Taormina today, a fascinating town which overlooks two sweeping bays. After a stroll, join your Holiday Director 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 Roccella

We're going to head to our next base today, Campofelice di Roccella, near Cefalu, 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 Valley of the Temples & Agrigento

Today with a Local Guide you'll discover the Valley of the Temples which is an archaeological site in Agrigento and 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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Campofelice di Roccella - at Leisure

Today is free for you to explore, you could take a local shuttle to nearby Cefalu, 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 7 Palermo & Monreale

Today we’ll visit 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 in a local restaurant, 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, a cheese made from sheep's milk, and arancini, 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 could take some time to explore the light-filled Capella Palatine chapel, which proudly exhibits intricate Byzantine mosaics.
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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Catania - UK

We transfer you to Catania for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Hotel Caesar Palace

Hotel Caesar Palace is a modern and unique hotel located close to the beach, which can be reached with a complimentary shuttle bus. 

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and a TV.

Acacia Resort

Set on its own private beach, the hotel's facilities include a restaurant, bar, health club and outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, TV, fridge and balcony or patio. Swimming pools are typically open May to September.

Personalise your trip

Choose to extend your stay with an organised add-on. 

The Best of Sicily with Aeolian Islands Add-on

The Best of Sicily with Aeolian Islands Add-on

Extend to 13 days from £1,074.00 Departures from: May 2024 - Sept 2024

On this extended version of Best of Sicily tour you will spend eight days in delightful Sicily followed by a leisurely four days on the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Island of Lipari. You'll get the chance to explore Taormina, marvel at the brooding Mount Etna, visit the the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale and then onto Palermo and its beautiful Monreale Cathedral. For the remaining four days you will be staying on Lipari, largest of the Aeolian Islands famed for its beauty, tranquil atmosphere and the unique flavours of its food and wine, followed by a final night in the city of Catania back on Sicily.

On this extended version of Best of Sicily tour you will spend eight days in delightful Sicily followed by a leisurely four days on the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Island of Lipari...

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