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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

8 Days From £899*
Departing April-October 2015
* Price shown: 11 Oct 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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Italy's southern island outpost

Discover Sicily with a stay beneath the towering cone of Mount Etna, visiting the volcano's lava-strewn slopes and nearby Taormina's stunning Greek Theatre. See ancient Syracuse and Agrigento, the offshore Aeolian Isles and Palermo, the island's capital, and enjoy a beachside stay close to delightful Cefalu.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Spend three nights in the foothills of Mount Etna
  • Discover Europe's most celebrated active volcano
  • Hill-top Taormina is one of the Mediterranean's treasures
  • Syracuse was one of Ancient Greece's most important cities
  • Spend a day exploring the beautiful Aeolian Islands of Lipari and Vulcano
  • Enjoy a stay in a wonderful beach-side hotel close to Cefalu
  • Discover and explore Sicily's capital, Palermo
  • The monastery at Monreale is one of Italy's greatest glories
  • Explore medieval Piazza Armerina and Agrigento's Greek temples
  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at four-star hotels in Acireale (3 nights) and near Cefalu (4)
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Sicily
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Sicily, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for dinner and your first night on the island. Depending on your arrival time, you'll have the chance to explore your surroundings.

Day Two

Today you'll experience Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, situated in a vast natural park and offering spectacular views, especially on clear days. Taormina is equally stunning, with its Greek Theatre - used by the Romans for gladiatorial contests - competing with peerless views of distant Etna and the sea.

Day Three

Syracuse was once a vibrant centre of the Ancient World. Temples of Apollo and Athena once stood here, and today the streets of the Old Town, with its harbour, piazza, Cathedral and Archaeological Museum, echo with history. Explore under your own steam, and perhaps enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch, after a short orientation tour.

Day Four

Today you'll visit medieval Piazza Armerina, set in wooded hills and close to the fascinating Roman villa at Casale. Continue to Agrigento, a vast archaeological area boasting fine Ancient Greek relics, and where magnificent temples are laid out beneath where an acropolis once stood.

Later we'll continue to our second hotel base, close to the attractive resort town of Cefalu.

Day Five

Relax and enjoy your hotel's wide range of amenities, or join today's optional excursion to Segesta. Here, a remarkable Doric temple dates from the Fourth Century BC. Continue to Erice, a historic mountain town with narrow streets, hidden squares, a Norman gate and a historic castle.

Day Six

Journey to Milazzo and board the ferry for the one-hour crossing to the volcanic Aeolian Isles, which rise out of the blue waters. You'll call at the largest island, Lipari, passing Vulcano with its brooding crater. Then dock in Marina Lunga and spend a pleasant couple of hours in Lipari Town.

Day Seven

This morning's visit to Palermo will include guided visits and the chance to explore at leisure. Get to know the historic Sicilian capital - founded by the Phoenicians, later home to Carthaginian, Greek and Norman conquerors, and once the richest city in Europe.

Return for an afternoon in Cefalu, a fishing port and welcoming resort where shops, restaurants and cafes line the streets around the 12th-century cathedral. The town is dominated by a towering rocky outcrop, 'la Rocca', and the more energetic might even consider climbing its slopes to the Temple of Diana.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Sicily, transferring back to Catania for your return flight to the UK.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
London Gatwick19 Apr 2017 £899.00
London Gatwick26 Apr 2017 £959.00
London Gatwick10 May 2017 £959.00
London Gatwick24 May 2017 £1029.00
London Gatwick31 May 2017 £959.00
London Gatwick07 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Gatwick21 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Gatwick30 Aug 2017 £1009.00
London Gatwick06 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Gatwick13 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Gatwick20 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Gatwick27 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Gatwick04 Oct 2017 £949.00
London Gatwick11 Oct 2017 £899.00
London Luton26 Apr 2017 £959.00
London Luton10 May 2017 £959.00
London Luton24 May 2017 £1029.00
London Luton31 May 2017 £959.00
London Luton07 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Luton14 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Luton21 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Luton30 Aug 2017 £1009.00
London Luton13 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Luton20 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Luton27 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Luton11 Oct 2017 £899.00
London Stansted19 Apr 2017 £899.00
London Stansted26 Apr 2017 £959.00
London Stansted24 May 2017 £999.00
London Stansted14 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Stansted21 Jun 2017 £989.00
London Stansted06 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Stansted13 Sep 2017 £1009.00
London Stansted04 Oct 2017 £949.00
London Stansted11 Oct 2017 £899.00
Manchester19 Apr 2017 £979.00
Manchester10 May 2017 £1039.00
Manchester31 May 2017 £999.00
Manchester07 Jun 2017 £1029.00
Manchester14 Jun 2017 £1029.00
Manchester30 Aug 2017 £1049.00
Manchester06 Sep 2017 £1049.00
Manchester20 Sep 2017 £1049.00
Manchester27 Sep 2017 £1049.00
Manchester04 Oct 2017 £989.00

Etna, Taormina and Classic Sicily Touring Hotels

You will be staying in two well-located hotels, both of which will be of European four-star standard.

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Further Information

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Meals in Italy

Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

Entrance fees

Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Mount Etna excursions

These tours take in the extinct craters at Monte Silvestri, at 1800 metres. Should you wish to climb further - to 2,600 metres - by cable-car and off-road vehicle, a supplementary charge is payable locally.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Etna, Taormina and Classic Sicily Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Etna, Taormina & Classic SicilyScores 7.6 out of 10 based on 245 reviews
(8 out of 10)

CHRISTOPHER

Manchester Couple
This was a really good tour and enables you to see a reasonable amount of the island.
The tour rep and driver were excellent, some of the roads being narrow and terraced in hillsides were difficult to traverse the driver was brilliant! Surprised by the mountainous scenery we expected it to be flatter, you need to be fairly mobile for some places visited.
We didn't realise that many entrance fees (usually Eur 10) were not included so that needs to be factored in. Some early starts also 7am leaving for the cruise around the Eolian isles and on the day of transfer due to distance covered. Optional trip to Erice is worthwhile.
Some fantastic views and a lot of archaeological sites are seen so it suits someone interested in history.
Hotel Golden Fiesta Beach for 2nd half of the holiday had great service and buffet, the Orrizonte for first part was more remote (cannot walk out and no pavements) so a taxi would be need to go to town, also this was a set meal for 3 nights due to the season.
A good guided tour overall and recommended . . .very comfortable hotels and coach
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 07 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

ROY

South Croydon Couple
Reviews of the hotels suggested that the first was old fashioned, in need of decoration, and dared to serve pasta! In fact, the first hotel is the better of the two - the plumbing works, the staff couldn't be more helpful and the place requires no decoration at all - and the pasta was exquisite. The second hotel - massive and more up to date with levers rather than taps, was less efficient and shabbier because the iron furniture damaged the wall papers!
The tour manager /leader (Sandra) was first rate and the other guides were excellent. The driver was a marvel - in all, a great tour - we got at last to the Sicily I've often lectured about as a historian but never seen, the weather was very kind. I might even be tempted to go again!!!
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 04 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

Sicily Single traveller
First Class. Well organised. Good choice of locations. Could have had a stop during long coach journeys.
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 04 November 2016
(7 out of 10)

Henry,

Catford SE London Single traveller
First hotel rather disappointing and inflexible. Dinner was too late, always served much later than advertised and in a chaotic manner.
We were an "older" group, and should have been warned that the walk around the top of Etna was likely to be extremely cold and very windy on an unstable surface.
Too many early starts!
Second hotel much better.
The TM was knowledgeable and local guides excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 04 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

MARIA

Cranleigh Couple
Wonderful holiday, out your manager, Sandra, was great & was so informative & helpful. We got to see so much of the beautiful island of Sicily. We were disappointed that there was nowhere we could walk to from both hotels. We preferred the 2nd hotel near Cefalu, lovely gardens & beach, good food but very big, noisy hotel! All in all great time
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
(7 out of 10)

DAVID

Sutton Coldfield Couple
First hotel too far from amenities. Very busy roads and no pavements (trapped !!!). Second hotel better facilities but once again out on a limb. Could have done with more free time. Too much time on the coach, too many early starts, not enough time for breakfast.Too many Cathedrals and ruins. Back to the cruise ships for us.
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

KATHRYN

Glossop Couple
Some confusion about boarding passes being printed out. We weren't the only ones to not realise that we had to do this before leaving home.
We really enjoyed our holiday although it was very tiring. The hotel accommodation was generally good. Food not so good in first one. Tea and coffee facilities would have been welcome. The guides were very good. The tour manager was exceptional and very patient with some holiday makers.There was one day when we had a substitute coach which was below standard and in my opinion, dangerous.
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016