Overview

Palermo - 2 nights
Marsala - 2 nights
Agrigento - 1 night
Noto - 2 nights
Catania - 1 night
Castelmola - 2 nights
Vulcano Island - 2 nights
Palermo - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

Treasures & Secrets of Sicily

A ‘Grand Tour of Sicily’ from the capital to the ancient sites of Syracuse, Agrigento, Segesta and Selinunte, the Aeolian Isles, Marsala – and ‘in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano’

Following requests to combine our popular ‘Treasures of Sicily’ and ‘Secret Sicily’ tours, we have utilised British Airway’s Heathrow service to Palermo to create a ‘Grand Tour’.

This includes the features of both tours plus western Sicily, visiting all of Sicily’s UNESCO sites from the natural wonders of Mount Etna and the Aeolian Isles to the ancient wonders of Agrigento, Syracuse and Villa Romana and the religious heritage of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù. The Baroque towns of the South-East are not forgotten, including sites and scenes featured in the atmospheric TV series, ‘Inspector Montalbano’.

Indeed Sicily is a large and richly rewarding island that repays detailed exploration, including the west which was exposed to contrasting influences through the ages from Punic and Byzantine to Moorish, Norman and Spanish.

Ancient Segesta and Mozia contrast with hilltop towns, traditional ports and Baroque and Liberty style villas, not forgetting Sicily’s most famous wine, Marsala.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
9 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Guide Throughout
Group Size: 8 – 22

Special Events

Sicily from the Inside

Private visits to palazzos Conte Federico, an unique insight into this historic building, guided by the countess or count, Fiorini and Arezzo-Bertini garden. Visit ‘Circolo di Conversazione’ club and the Donnafugata theatre at Ragusa. 

Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Palermo. Two nights at the central 4-star Hotel Excelsior or Palazzo Brunaccini. Enjoy a welcome drink at the hotel.

Day 2 A city tour includes the cathedral, Palatine Chapel and churches of La Martorana and San Cataldo. Visit Monreale’s Gothic cathedral and Byzantine mosaics. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Trapani in the western province. Visit Segesta’s Greek temple and theatre, then the medieval mountain village of Erice. Two nights at the central 4-star Hotel Stella d'Italia in Marsala. (B)

Day 4 Visit Marsala town, known for its wine production. By boat to the island of Mozia to see the excavations by Joseph Whitaker who discovered the Phoenician settlement. (B)

Day 5 Follow the coast to Selinunte’s Greek temples. Continue to Agrigento’s famed ‘Valley of Temples’. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Dioscuri on the waterfront. (B)

Day 6 Visit Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina. A private tour of Ragusa ’from the inside’, then visit the cathedral. Continue to Noto for two nights at the historic Villa Favorita, a country house still owned by the original noble family. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit Scicli, including the mayor’s office, then the ‘home of Montalbano’ at Punta Secca. Walking tour of Noto. Free time for dinner in Noto. (B)

Day 8 Visit ancient Syracuse with its castle and Greek and Roman theatres. Visit the historic centre on Ortigia peninsula and the Baroque cathedral. Travel to Catania for overnight at the central 4-star Hotel Principe. (B)

Day 9 A walking tour of Catania. Travel to ‘royal’ Acireale to visit Palazzo Fiorini. Visit Mount Etna by coach (extra charge for a 4-wheel drive mini-bus ride towards the summit). Two nights at the historic Hotel Villa Sonia in Castelmola above Taormina with fine views. (B)

Day 10 Visit the small town of Savoca in Messina province, setting for ‘The Godfather’ film, perhaps call at ‘Café Vitelli’. Visit Taormina and its Greek theatre. (B)

Day 11 Travel to Milazzo and sail to the Aeolian Islands. Visit Lipari and sail around it to Vulcano island for two nights at the 5-star Hotel Therasia on the coast with wonderful views of all islands. (B, D)

Day 12 Free day to enjoy the island or relax at the hotel. Alternatively join an optional cruise (weather permitting) departing late morning to visit the islands of Panarea and Stromboli, with free time for dinner and then cruising back past Stromboli at sunset to see the lava flow (£48, pre-bookable). (B)

Day 13 Sail to the mainland then travel to Cefalù, a medieval town whose Norman cathedral has exceptional Byzantine mosaics. Free time before returning to Palermo for two nights. (B)

Day 14 Visit the Baroque part of Palermo including the Villa Malfitano and Teatro Massimo. Private palazzo visit. (B)

Day 15 Return flight to London. (B)

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

Notes

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

2019

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

Date Price
September 3 £2595
September 10 £2595
September 17 £2495
September 24 £2495
October 1 £2395

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow 
(easyJet from Gatwick – Apr 21)

Date Price
April 21 £2495
May 5 £2595
May 19 £2645
June 2 £2595
June 16 £2545
September 1 £2645
September 8 £2645
September 22 £2595

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £595

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £195

Optional Excursions

Stromboli and Panarea cruise £48

Independent Arrival

Save £150
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £35

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 at most hotels, currently between €1.50–€3.00 per person per night.
There are no BA flights available for Sep 17 & 24 and Oct 1.

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