Overview

Catania - 2 nights
Agrigento - 1 night
Palermo - 2 nights
Giardini Naxos / 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
Group Size: 8  25

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.

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.

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 Best Western Ai Cavalieri, centrally located 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 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. Enjoy a performance of traditional Italian songs and arias in Taormina. Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Villa Sonia in Castelmola. (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.

2021

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways/easyJet from Gatwick or Manchester
(Mar - April & Nov easyJet from Gatwick or Manchester only)

Date Price
March 16 £1195
April 6 £1295
April 20 £1295
April 27 £1295
May 11 £1345
May 18 £1395
June 8 £1445
June 22 £1445
September 7 £1395
September 21 £1395
October 5 £1345
October 19 £1295
November 2 £1195
November 9 £1195
Regional Flight Options
Solo Group Departure

9 November 2021

Prices Reduced

Save up to £100
(March - April 2021)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Solo Group Departure
(No Single Supplement)
2021: Nov 9

Single supplement £295 
(16 Mar 2021 £195)

Accommodation Upgrades

Balcony upgrade at Hotel Villa Sonia £30

Flight Options

easyJet from Gatwick – nil
easyJet from Manchester – 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 Castelmola
Villa Sonia (per night) £75
Upgrade Balcony £15
Single supplement £30
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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