Overview

Catania - 2 nights
Agrigento - 1 night
Palermo - 2 nights
Giardini Naxos / Taormina - 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
No Single Supplement
Group Size: 8 - 28

Special Event

Palazzo Private Visit

In Palermo a private visit to Palazzo Conte Federico in the surviving tower of the city wall. An unique insight into this historic building, guided by the countess or count. Enjoy an aperitif in their beautifully decorated home.

We both came away feeling we had had a great vacation.

Ed Foley -
Treasures of Sicily

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

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 Hotel Dioscuri on the waterfront near a choice of restaurants. (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 4-star Hotel Excelsior in Palermo, centrally located to allow you to sample Sicily’s cuisine. Two nights at the classic Hotel Excelsior in Palermo (Feb-Mar 17 Hotel Plaza Opéra). (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 private visit. (B)

Day 6 Visit Monreale and its Gothic cathedral with Byzantine mosaics. Travel to Cefalù, a medieval town with a Norman cathedral and is cloister. Continue to Taormina. From 25 Feb 2020 onwards enjoy a performance of traditional Italian songs and arias in Taormina. Two nights at the 4-star RG Naxos Hotel in Giardini Naxos below Taormina (Oct 22-Nov 2019 Villa Diodoro in Taormina). (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.

2019

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
(easyJet from Gatwick Oct 22-Nov)

Date Price
September 17 £1395
September 24 £1395
October 8 £1295
October 15 £1295
October 22 £1195
October 29 £1145
November 5 £1095

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
(easyJet from Gatwick Feb-Mar 17 & Oct 20-Nov 3)

Date Price
February 11 £1195
February 25 £1195
March 10 £1245
March 17 £1245
March 31 £1295
April 14 £1395
April 28 £1345
May 12 £1345
May 26 £1395
June 9 £1395
June 23 £1395
June 30 £1345
August 25 £1345
September 8 £1395
September 22 £1395
October 6 £1345
October 13 £1345
October 20 £1295
October 27 £1245
November 3 £1195
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2020: Feb 11 & 25, Mar 10 & 17

Single supplement £295 

Accommodation Upgrades

Sea view upgrade at RG Naxos Hotel £40

Flight Options

easyJet from Gatwick – nil
easyJet from Manchester
(May-Oct) – nil

Extension Options

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

Extra nights Post-Tour Giardini Naxos
RG Naxos (per night) £90 (Jul-Sep £110)
Single supplement £65 (Jul-Sep £85)
Sea view £20

Departure transfer £55

Extra nights Post-Tour Taormina
Villa Diodoro (per night) £65 (Oct £110)
Single supplement £55 (Oct £100)
Departure transfer £55

Independent Arrival

Save £250 
Arrival transfer add £32
Departure transfer add £55

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 by all guests. Currently €2 per person per night (Giardini Naxos), €2.50 (Catania), €3.00 (Agrigento) and €2.00 (Taormina and Palermo).

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