Overview

Catania - 1 night
Vulcano Island - 2 nights
Noto - 2 nights
Ragusa - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

SECRET SICILY

Explore Sicily’s cultural and natural heritage in the footsteps of ‘Inspector Montalbano’, to the Baroque towns of South-east Sicily, the Godfather village and Sicily’s ‘secret’ Aeolian islands

The successful TV programme ‘Inspector Montalbano’ reveals delightful settings in south-east Sicily including a rewarding group of UNESCO World Heritage Baroque towns such as Noto, Caltagirone, Modica, Ragusa and Scicli, all re-built in harmonious style after the 1693 earthquake. The mayor of Scicli moved office as fans of the series wish to view it, whilst the real owner of his beachside ‘home’ started a B&B!

Of course the excellent food is not a fiction, so some special meals are included and time is allowed to dine out and sample Sicily’s wines and regional specialities.

The Aeolians, Sicily ‘secret’ islands are now a UNESCO World heritage Site with still active volcanoes that have given their name to two of the main types of eruption, Vulcanian and Strombolian. Stay at a fine hotel with views of all the islands and nearby volcanic hot pools (option of a cruise to view the lava of Stromboli island, which is of course where Jules Verne’s adventurers emerged from their ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ in his classic novel!). Film aficionados will also enjoy a visit to the Sicilian village of Savoca used in filming ‘The Godfather’.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Improved Itinerary
Historic / 5-Star Hotels
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 8 – 25

Special Events

Sicily from the Inside

A private visit to Palazzo Fiorini in Acireale; a tour by private appointment with specialist guide in Ragusa Ibla of the ‘Circolo di Conversazione’ club, the Donnafugata theatre and the private garden of Palazzo Arezzo-Bertini.

An excellent tour guide (Maurizio), with excellent hotels, a right balance of sights versus 'down time'...

Charles Blacker

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Day 1 Fly London Gatwick to Catania. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Principe centrally located and surrounded by a good selection of restaurants.

Day 2 Travel north to Milazzo and sail to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago. Check in for two nights at the contemporary 5-star Hotel Therasia on Vulcano island with fine views of the islands. In the afternoon, sail to Lipari island to visit the citadel. Free time on the island before sailing back to Vulcano island. B, D)

Day 3 Free day or optional cruise departing late morning to visit the islands of Panarea and Stromboli with its active volcano, including free time on both islands and then cruising back past Stromboli at sunset to see the lava flow (£55, pre-bookable). (B)

Day 4 Sail to the mainland. Visit Savoca village, hillside setting for ‘The Godfather’ film and enjoy a private visit to a palazzo in Acireale, an unique insight into an historic building. Two nights and dinner at Villa Favorita, a charming 18th-century country house near Noto. (B, D)

Day 5 Visit the Roman villa of Tellaro decorated with extremely refined mosaics on the floor. Light lunch with wine tasting at Villa Giulia, a country manor. Travel to Sicily’s southern-most point and the charming fishing village of Marzameni. Walking tour of Noto, UNESCO cultural site, including the cathedral and exuberantly Baroque Palazzo Nicolaci. Free time for dinner in Noto. (B, L)

Day 6 Visit the caves of Ispica, an ancient necropolis. Continue to Scicli with the mayor’s office and the ‘home of Inspector Montalbano’ coast at Punta Secca. Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Villa Carlotta, 10 minutes drive from Ragusa overlooking the Hyblaean plateau. (B, D)

Day 7 Private tour of Ragusa Ibla including the Gardens of Palazzo Arezzo Bertini, the Theatre of Donnafugata and the “Circolo di conversazione”. Explore the city centre and the cathedral. Free time for lunch in the old town. Visit Donnafugata Castle in the Province of Ragusa. Free time for dinner in Ragusa. (B)

Day 8 Travel to Catania for a walking tour including the Amphitheatre and cathedral. Return flight to London. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
April 21 £1545
May 5 £1545
May 19 £1595
June 2 £1595
June 16 £1545
September 1 £1595
September 15 £1595
September 29 £1545

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £295

Accommodation Upgrades

Sea view (Hotel Therasia) £75

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £125

Optional Excursions

Panarea & Stromboli Cruise £55

Extension Options

Extra nights- Catania
Hotel Principe (per night) £65
Single supplement £42
Departure transfer £32

Independent Arrival

Save £220
Arrival transfer add £32
Departure transfer included with group

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, entrance fees, itinerary as described, services of a guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, tipping, any government or local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2.50 (Catania),  €1.50 (Noto), €2.00 (Modica) per person per night.

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