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

Spendology - Widgets


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 – 22

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.

Day 1 Fly from London to Catania. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Principe centrally located and surrounded by a good selection of restaurants. Afternoon walking tour of Catania, including the Amphitheatre and cathedral. (B)

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 (Les Sables Noirs for 2023) 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 return flight to London. (B)

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


This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
The itinerary at Aeolian Islands depends on weather conditions.


per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
October 11 £1595


per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
April 18 £1695
May 9 £1745
May 23 £1795
June 6 £1795
September 5 £1795
September 19 £1745
October 3 £1695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £365 (2023 £295)
(Singles not available for 11 Oct 2022)

Accommodation Upgrades

Hotel Therasia (2022)
(Singles not available for 11 Oct 2022)

Sea view Twin/Double £105
Sea view Single £210 

Les Sables Noir (2023)
Sea view Suite Twin/Double £225
Sea view Suite Single £225

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.

An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €1.50 and €3 per person per night.

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