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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

8 days from £859*
Departing: October 2016 - October 2017
* Price shown: 19 October 2016 from London Luton - LTN - EWS
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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.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 October 2016 £859.00 NF6EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 April 2017 £879.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 April 2017 £939.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 31 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 August 2017 £989.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 October 2017 £929.00 NF7EWQ12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 October 2017 £879.00 NF7EWQ12
London Luton
London Luton 19 October 2016 £859.00 NF6EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 26 April 2017 £939.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 10 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 24 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 31 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 07 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 14 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 21 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 30 August 2017 £989.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 13 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 20 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 27 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWS12
London Luton
London Luton 11 October 2017 £879.00 NF7EWS12
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 April 2017 £879.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 26 April 2017 £939.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 May 2017 £939.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 June 2017 £969.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 October 2017 £929.00 NF7EWT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 October 2017 £879.00 NF7EWT12
Manchester
Manchester 19 April 2017 £899.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 10 May 2017 £979.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 31 May 2017 £979.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 07 June 2017 £1009.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 14 June 2017 £1009.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 30 August 2017 £1029.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 06 September 2017 £1029.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 20 September 2017 £1029.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 27 September 2017 £1029.00 NF7EWR12
Manchester
Manchester 04 October 2017 £969.00 NF7EWR12

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.

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 € and 3 € 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.

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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily reviews verified by Reevoo

Etna, Taormina & Classic SicilyScores 7.5 out of 10 based on 175 reviews
(5 out of 10)

Marie

Liverpool Couple
too much packed into this holiday not enough time to see places. Also hand never out of your pocket for admission fees these added up quite a lot. Sorry but would not recommend this trip.
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 24 July 2016
(8 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Dover Couple
A very enjoyable experience, friendly and educational. not to be missed. The highlight being the climb up Mount Etna.
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 22 July 2016
(8 out of 10)

MARILYN

Derby Couple
Good tour, hotels good, meals in the 1st hotel a bit repetitive, the 2nd hotel were buffet style with plenty of choice.
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 20 July 2016
(7 out of 10)

REX

Maidstone Couple
Hotels were very good apart from there locations. If you wanted to go off site to visit the area in an evening you couldn,t. Both hotels were very limited for vegetarians. Rooms were good and clean we had issues with the showers in both hotels. Staff were very friendly.
Too many cost add ons on trips would have been better to have all been included. Brochure could explain trip requirements as we went up Etna and were not aware we needed walking shoes and coats until we were in Scicily.
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 20 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

VALERIE

Canterbury Couple
Well planned excursions, a good introduction to Sicily. Tour manager could have been a little more informative although she was very friendly and helpful.
The Orrizonte Hotel was excellent but we were all very surprised at the Fiesta, most saying it was like a holiday camp, more suitable for families with children (of whom there were many). However, we soon adapted and enjoyed the facilities available .
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 19 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

BRIAN

London Couple
An excellent holiday but a little to hot in July
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 19 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

MICHAEL

London Couple
Everything was fine except the hotels. They could have been better. They were both isolated with no place to walk to.
The food at the first hotel was rather poor.
The second hotel was too too large with no personal touches. A couple of small things that were requested by us were completely ignored. ie an early wake up call, an extra pillow, and reported ants in the room.
Everything else was well organised, planned and executed. The tour manager was wonderful.
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 13 July 2016