Overview

Catania - 2 nights
Agrigento - 1 night
Palermo - 2 nights
Castelmola - 2 nights

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TREASURES OF SICILY

Our top Italy tour, a comprehensive journey, exploring Sicily’s cultural heritage and ancient sites, visiting Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Selinunte, Marsala, Monreale, Cefalù and Mount Etna

Nowhere of comparative size can compare with the historic treasure house that is Sicily. Not only did Greeks and Romans occupy it but they, together with the Normans, Phoenicians and Saracens, bequeathed splendid examples of their civilisations still visible today.

Syracuse was once ranked amongst Greek cities only after Athens in importance. Here Archimedes enjoyed his ‘Eureka’ moment and invented his scientific innovations. Picturesque Ortigia peninsula is the historic centre with a fine Baroque cathedral (once the Temple of Minerva!). In Agrigento, the ‘Valley of the Temples’ dramatically reveals the ancient city. Villa Casale is a Roman villa of the late Imperial period with wonderful mosaics and coastal Selinunte was once a major city of Magna Graecia. Palermo reveals Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Norman influences, alongside the Gothic of Monreale Cathedral with its Byzantine frescoes. Picturesque Taormina, with narrow atmospheric streets and a fine Greco-Roman theatre, is spectacularly sited overlooking the coastline and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Central Hotels
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Guide Throughout
Solo Group Departure

Special Event

Palazzo Visit

In Palermo visit a Palazzo. A unique insight into a historic building and beautifully decorated home.

Day 1 Fly to Catania. Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Principe in Catania centrally located and surrounded by a good selection of restaurants. Welcome aperitif. 

Day 2  Short walking tour of Catania and its central square. Travel to ancient Syracuse with its Greek theatre and Roman amphitheatre. Walk through the historic centre on Ortigia peninsula and visit the Baroque cathedral with original columns from the Greek temple in the walls. (B)

Day 3 Travel inland to Piazza Armerina to visit the Roman Villa del Casale, a UNESCO site revealing one of the richest and largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. Continue to Agrigento to explore the ‘Valley of the Temples’, a UNESCO site with a collection of ancient Greek temples. Overnight at the 4-star Colleverde Park Hotel (Hotel Dioscuri 2022 & 3 Oct 2023). (B)

Day 4 Follow the coast to Selinunte‘s Greek temples overlooking the sea. Continue to Marsala town, for a wine tasting. Two nights at the Best Western Ai Cavalieri (Hotel Politeama for 2023), centrally located in Palermo to allow you to sample Sicily’s cuisine. (B)

Day 5 Visit the church of La Martorana, a great example of multiplicity of styles, the cathedral with the tombs of emperors and royal figures and the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace. Palazzo visit. (B)

Day 6 Visit Monreale and its Gothic cathedral with Byzantine mosaics and its cloister. Travel to Cefalù, a medieval town with a Norman cathedral. Continue towards Castelmola for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Villa Sonia. (B)

Day 7 Visit Mount Etna, up to 1,900 metres by bus (extra charge for cable car and 4-wheel drive towards summit-2,920 metres). Visit Taormina and the Greco-Roman theatre. Free time to explore the town and its gardens. Sicilian aperitif with appetisers. (B)

Day 8 Transfer to Catania. Return flight. (B)

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

Notes

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

2022

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
November 1 £1395
November 8 £1395

2023

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow (easyJet from Gatwick Mar/Apr & Nov)

Date Price
March 21 £1575
April 11 £1645
April 25 £1595
May 9 £1645
May 16 £1645
June 6 £1695
September 5 £1695
September 19 £1675
October 3 £1595
November 7 £1575
Solo Group Departure

7 November 2023

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Solo Group Departure
(No Single Supplement)
2022: Nov 8
2023: Nov 7

Single supplement £295 (Nov 2022 £245; 2023 £325)

Accommodation Upgrades

Balcony upgrade at Hotel Villa Sonia £30 (2023 £65)

Extension Options

Extra nights Pre-Tour Catania
Hotel Principe (per night) £65 (2023 £75)
Single supplement £42 (2023 £50)
Arrival transfer £32 (2023 £35)

Extra nights Post-Tour Castelmola
Villa Sonia (per night) £75 (2023 £100)
Balcony upgrade £15 (2023 £20)
Single supplement £30 (2023 £50)
Departure transfer £55 (2023 £65)

Tour Only

Save £250
Arrival transfer add £32 (2023 £35)
Departure transfer add £55 (2023 £65)

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, entrance fees, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 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, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€3 per person per night.

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