8-day Holiday, departs
September 2014 - October 2015
Mediterranean island jewel
Join us on one of the Mediterranean's most fascinating and beautiful islands for the chance to holiday in charming hotels and enjoy warm waters, fine dining, Sicilian hospitality and - on optional excursions - explore beguiling sights, such as the stunning hill-top town of Taormina, the ancient treasures of Agrigento and snow-capped Etna.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Sicily
- Seven nights' half-board or bed and breakfast accommodation in one of our carefully chosen hotels
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Set between the toe of Italy and Africa, Sicily has been influenced by many cultures. It's also a place of breathtaking natural beauty. Picturesque resorts and beaches dot the coast, while, inland, quaint hill-towns cling to volcanic slopes, and a wealth of ancient monuments awaits discovery.
Forty-five minutes from the Sicilian capital Palermo, and boasting a superb, sandy beach, Cefalu is part fishing port and part welcoming resort. Shops, restaurants and cafes line the streets surrounding the 12th-century cathedral, and the town is dominated by a towering rocky outcrop, 'la Rocca'.
This collection of intimate resorts sits along the bay beneath famous Taormina, the labyrinth of alleys, flower-decked terraces and romantic squares a short bus or cable-car ride away. Each resort has its own charms and offers a seafront promenade backed by shops, bars, pizzarie and gelaterie.
During your stay, you can choose to join a selection of great-value excursions to many places of interest.
Palermo (Day Three from Cefalu Hotels)
This half-day excursion takes us to Sicily's stunning capital, which reveals its varied heritage both in its buildings - the Cattedrale, the Royal Palazzo dei Normanni and the Archaeological Museum - and in its vibrant, cultured inhabitants.
Agrigento (Day Three from Taormina Mare Hotels, Day Seven from Cefalu Hotels)
Journey to the Valley of Temples to see some of the finest Ancient Greek relics in the Mediterranean. The magnificent temples of Hera Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, the Dioscuri and Hephaistos are laid out along a ridge above the medieval town of Agrigento.
Mount Etna (Day Four from Taormina Mare Hotels)
Join us for a 'circular navigation' of Europe's most famous active volcano, with its strange, scarred landscape of solidified lava and ancient craters.
Etna and Taormina (Day Five from Cefalu Hotels)
Join us to explore the moon-like, pockmarked landscape of Europe's highest active volcano. The day also includes a visit to exquisite Taormina, with its squares and flower-decked terraces, and the stupendous Teatro Greco.
Taormina (Day Five from Taormina Mare Hotels)
The proximity of these resorts to spectacular Taormina affords the opportunity for a half-day exploration of the exquisite town. Built on the slopes of Monte Tauro, the town's medieval palazzi, flower-strewn piazzi and monumental Teatro Greco will be brought thrillingly to life by our guide.
Syracuse (Day Seven from Taormina Mare Hotels)
This ancient city was a vital link between mainland Greece and the Greek colonies of the western Mediterranean. Temples of Apollo and Athena were built on its island, and today the streets of the Old Town, with its harbour, Cattedrale and Archaeological Museum, still echo with history.
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