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£3425

Treasures & Secrets of Sicily

A heady blend of ancient sites, stunning scenery, charming towns and glorious churches, this is our ‘grand tour’ of Sicily, its highlights varying from Aeolian Isles to UNESCO sites, Mount Etna to Marsala wine, and the Scicli film locations of Inspector Montalbano

Our ‘Secret Sicily’ and ‘Treasures of Sicily’ tours have always been very popular. Now, following requests from Jules Verne travellers to combine the two, we are delighted to have tailor-made our own ‘grand tour’, a full fortnight of sumptuous Sicilian discovery. Circling coastal highlights, crossing to inland ‘unmissables’, and sailing to offshore islands, the route includes the features of both the shorter tours, and adds a medieval mountain village, Phoenician relics on a tiny islet, and the Savoca setting of The Godfather film.

It visits every one of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the ancient Greek ruins of Agrigento to the exquisite Roman mosaics of Vila del Casale, from the slopes of iconic Mount Etna to the volcanic landscapes of the Aeolian Islands, from the Baroque beauty of Noto to the castle and theatres of Syracuse, the rock tombs of Pantalica, and the grandiose Gothic cathedrals and gilded Byzantine churches and chapels of Palermo, Cefalu and Monreale. Enroute are villas and palazzos, white-washed villages and wind-whipped cliffs, spectacular views and atmospheric alleys in photogenic Taormina, and time to taste Erice’s traditional almond pastries and Marsala’s eponymous wine.  

Overview

  • Palermo  - 2 nights
  • Marsala  - 2 nights
  • Agrigento  - 1 night
  • Noto  - 3 nights
  • Castelmola  - 2 nights
  • Vulcano Island  - 2 nights
  • Palermo  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • La Martorana's Biblical Gold Mosaics
  • The Ancient City of Segesta Atop Monte Barbaro
  • The Medieval Mountain-Top Village of Erice
  • Wine-Tasting at Marsala Local Winery
  • The Legendary Blazing Mount Etna Volcano
  • Sail Around the Aeolian Islands

A heady blend of ancient sites, stunning scenery, charming towns and glorious churches, this is our ‘grand tour’ of Sicily, its highlights varying from Aeolian Isles to UNESCO sites, Mount Etna to Marsala wine, and the Scicli film locations of Inspector Montalbano

Our ‘Secret Sicily’ and ‘Treasures of Sicily’ tours have always been very popular. Now, following requests from Jules Verne travellers to combine the two, we are delighted to have tailor-made our own ‘grand tour’, a full fortnight of sumptuous Sicilian discovery. Circling coastal highlights, crossing to inland ‘unmissables’, and sailing to offshore islands, the route includes the features of both the shorter tours, and adds a medieval mountain village, Phoenician relics on a tiny islet, and the Savoca setting of The Godfather film.

It visits every one of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the ancient Greek ruins of Agrigento to the exquisite Roman mosaics of Vila del Casale, from the slopes of iconic Mount Etna to the volcanic landscapes of the Aeolian Islands, from the Baroque beauty of Noto to the castle and theatres of Syracuse, the rock tombs of Pantalica, and the grandiose Gothic cathedrals and gilded Byzantine churches and chapels of Palermo, Cefalu and Monreale. Enroute are villas and palazzos, white-washed villages and wind-whipped cliffs, spectacular views and atmospheric alleys in photogenic Taormina, and time to taste Erice’s traditional almond pastries and Marsala’s eponymous wine.  

Notes:

This is a busy and full itinerary and entails morning departures and late evening arrivals at hotels. Sightseeing involves many visits on foot and uneven surfaces.

Due to traffic controlled areas in Sicily, bus/coach may not be able to drop off or pick up as close to site entrances or hotels (in this case you may need to take your luggage up to the hotel).

Itinerary at Aeolian Island depends on weather conditions.

Accommodation

Hotel Plaza Opera - Palermo

A 4-star hotel in the heart of Palermo, a few steps away from the historic city centre. Lounge bar, WiFi (free) and 47 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally.

Hotel Stella d'Italia - Marsala

A 4-star hotel located in the historic centre of Marsala facing the cathedral and Palazzo VII Aprile. Breakfast room, bar (serving snacks) and WiFi (free). 35 air-conditioned rooms with safe, mini-bar and TV.

Colleverde Park Hotel - Agrigento

A classic-style 4-star hotel, surrounded by a lush park, overlooking the Valley of the Temples and the sea and a 10-minute drive to the city centre. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 48 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally.

Villa Favorita - Noto

A charming 18th-century country house near Noto. Restaurant, outdoor pool, terrace, gardens and WiFi (free). 30 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €1.50 per person per night.

Villa Sonia - Castelmola

A historic hotel in Castelmola, near Taormina. Restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 44 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally.

Les Sables Noirs Hotel & Spa - Vulcano Island

A 4-star boutique hotel recently renovated and located on the Aeolian Island of Vulcano. Private beach, restaurant, pool, spa, lounge bar overlooking the sea and WiFi (free). 53 air-conditioned rooms all equipped with kitchenette and terrace and with hairdryer, safe, fridge and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Palermo before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Hotel Plaza Opera (per night) £95
Single supplement £45
Arrival or departure transfer £35

Hotel Plaza Opera - Palermo

A 4-star hotel in the heart of Palermo, a few steps away from the historic city centre. Lounge bar, WiFi (free) and 47 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally.

Optional Excursions

Panarea and Stromboli Cruise

On this optional excursion, explore Panarea and Stromboli, part of the majestic Aeolian Islands. Although it’s the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea has beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy a quick swim stop before reaching the island. Upon arrival free time to discover the main town with time for lunch. Later on, take a boat towards Stromboli, known to be one of the most active volcano, in Europe. The island itself is beautiful with black sand beaches, clear blue waters and charming villages. Around sunset, take the boat towards Strombolicchio, a big reef near the lava flow. While on the boat, you will gaze out at the “sciara del fuoco” (stream of fire) from a distance, in hope to experience the explosion of the mighty Stromboli Volcano (not guaranteed).

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

September
September 3 (Tuesday)
  • 3 Places Remaining
September 10 (Tuesday)
  • Sold out
September 17 (Tuesday)
  • Sold out
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, entrance fees, transfers, 14 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

 

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

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £595
Flight Options
  • easyJet from Luton
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Panarea and Stromboli Cruise (2024)
  • £55
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £210
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £60

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