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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

8 days from £879*
Departing: August 2017 - October 2018
* Price shown: 18 October 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

Italy's southern island outpost

Discover Sicily on a holiday during which you'll 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.

Sicily Holiday Highlights

  • 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

What does the price include?

  • 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 and upon arrival meet you Tour Manager and make the transfer to the hotel. Dependent upon your arrival time, familiarise yourself with your surroundings and enjoy dinner in the hotel.

Day Two

The first of the included tours takes in fabled Mount Etna and the stunning resort town of Taormina. Situated in a vast natural park, Etna is Europe's highest active volcano, and the views, especially on clear days, are spectacular, the usually blue sky contrasting with the volcano's famous snow-capped peak. Taormina is no less stunning, its Greek Theatre - cut into the mountainside and used by the Romans for gladiatorial contests, and now home to modern performances - competing for the audiences' attention with the peerless views of distant Etna and the sea.

Day Three

The treasures of one of Sicily's most enthralling historic cities are unearthed today, as you make the short journey to discover the once impregnable city of Syracuse. Former centre of the Greek empire, the city sits on an offshore island upon which great temples - of Apollo and Athena - were built, and which today, in the intertwined streets of the Old Town, with its harbour and piazza, its great Cathedral and Archaeological Museum, echoes with history and fascination.

Enjoy a short orientation tour, then spend a fascinating time in exploration - or perhaps enjoying a typically Sicilian lunch - under your own steam.

Day Four

Bidding farewell to Acireale, you'll journey to the medieval town of Piazza Armerina, set in wooded hills, and close to which the Roman villa at Casale gives a fascinating insight into Imperial life, before you continue on to fabled Agrigento, a vast archaeological area boasting some of the finest and best preserved Ancient Greek relics outside of Greece itself. The magnificent temples of Juno, Lacinia, Concord, Hercules, Zeus and Vulcan are laid out along the Valle dei Templi beneath a ridge upon which an acropolis once stood, and where medieval Agrigento now surveys the scene. From here, you'll continue on to the second hotel base, close to the attractive resort town of Cefalu.

Day Five

Rest and relax in the hotel, enjoying its wide range of amenities, or join today's optional excursion, calling first at Segesta, where, high on a hill, sits the remarkable Doric temple, dating from the 4th-century BC, and the last relic of a settlement pre-dating it by some 800 years.

Continuing west, you'll arrive next in Erice, an historic mountain town whose narrow streets and hidden squares resonate with a sense of times past. It's easy to lose oneself in the maze, which stretches from the Norman gate to the ancient castle, built on the site of a magnificent temple.

Day Six

On our included tour today, you'll journey to the north coast port of Milazzo, where you'll board the ferry for the one-hour crossing to the glorious, volcanic Aeolian Isles, which rise out of the blue waters. You'll make landfall on the largest island Lipari, passing Vulcano with its brooding crater, and after docking in Marina Lunga, it's a short transfer to Lipari Town to spend a pleasant couple of hours.

Day Seven

Enjoy this morning's included visit to Palermo, the colourful, frenetic island capital that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Founded by the Phoenicians, and later home to Carthaginian, Greek and Norman conquerors, the city, once the richest in Europe, offers a glimpse of the entire history of Southern Italy in one place. Some five miles west, Monreale's Benedictine monastery is one of Sicily's greatest glories, its Norman abbey cathedral a fascinating mix of Romanesque, Byzantine and Arab design. The morning will include a mix of guided visits and the chance to explore at leisure, before you return to spend the afternoon in Cefalu.

Dominated by a mighty cathedral and the craggy outcrop of 'La Rocca', Cefalu is part fishing port, part warm and welcoming holiday resort. The cathedral, dating from 1131, is home to one of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world, and the surrounding maze of medieval cobbled streets is a delight to wander through. The more energetic might even consider a climb to the Temple of Diana, on the slopes of La Rocca. The town
boasts a superb beach of fine sand, and there is a good selection of shops, restaurants and pavement cafes.

Day Eight

It's "Arrivederci, Sicilia" as today you bid farewell to the hotel and transfer back to the airport and the return flight to the UK, at the end of a wonderful exploration of a truly fascinating island.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol
Bristol 03 September 2018 £1039
Bristol
Bristol 10 September 2018 £1039
Bristol
Bristol 17 September 2018 £1039
Bristol
Bristol 24 September 2018 £1039
Bristol
Bristol 01 October 2018 £1019
Bristol
Bristol 08 October 2018 £939
Bristol
Bristol 15 October 2018 £929
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 August 2017 £1079
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 September 2017 £1009
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 October 2017 £949
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 October 2017 £879
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 April 2018 £919
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 May 2018 £979
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 May 2018 £979
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 May 2018 £999
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 May 2018 £999
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 June 2018 £1019
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 June 2018 £1019
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 June 2018 £1019
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 September 2018 £1039
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 September 2018 £1039
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2018 £1039
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2018 £1039
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 October 2018 £979
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 October 2018 £919
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 October 2018 £919
London Luton
London Luton 30 August 2017 £1059
London Luton
London Luton 27 September 2017 £1009
London Luton
London Luton 18 October 2017 £899
London Luton
London Luton 25 April 2018 £919
London Luton
London Luton 02 May 2018 £979
London Luton
London Luton 09 May 2018 £979
London Luton
London Luton 16 May 2018 £999
London Luton
London Luton 23 May 2018 £999
London Luton
London Luton 06 June 2018 £1019
London Luton
London Luton 13 June 2018 £1019
London Luton
London Luton 20 June 2018 £1019
London Luton
London Luton 03 September 2018 £1039
London Luton
London Luton 10 September 2018 £1039
London Luton
London Luton 17 September 2018 £1039
London Luton
London Luton 24 September 2018 £1039
London Luton
London Luton 01 October 2018 £979
London Luton
London Luton 08 October 2018 £919
London Luton
London Luton 15 October 2018 £919
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 October 2017 £969
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 May 2018 £999
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 June 2018 £1019
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 June 2018 £1019
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 September 2018 £1039
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2018 £1039
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 October 2018 £979
Manchester
Manchester 30 August 2017 £1179
Manchester
Manchester 27 September 2017 £1049
Manchester
Manchester 04 October 2017 £989
Manchester
Manchester 18 October 2017 £919
Manchester
Manchester 25 April 2018 £929
Manchester
Manchester 02 May 2018 £999
Manchester
Manchester 09 May 2018 £999
Manchester
Manchester 16 May 2018 £1029
Manchester
Manchester 23 May 2018 £1029
Manchester
Manchester 06 June 2018 £1059
Manchester
Manchester 13 June 2018 £1059
Manchester
Manchester 20 June 2018 £1059
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2018 £1079
Manchester
Manchester 10 September 2018 £1079
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2018 £1079
Manchester
Manchester 24 September 2018 £1079
Manchester
Manchester 01 October 2018 £1019
Manchester
Manchester 08 October 2018 £939
Manchester
Manchester 15 October 2018 £939

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.

*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Etna, Taormina & Classic SicilyScores 7.6 out of 10 based on 281 reviews
(9 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Lincoln Couple
Overall a very good holiday, the second hotel was exceptional. The included visits were very good, particularly Mount Etna, the mosaics at Piazza Armerina, Agrigento's Greek temples & visit to Cefalu. A couple of the tours meant long days with an early start, but it is understandable as Sicily is a very large island and so the travelling time a little long.
The tour manager, Sandra, was very helpful, knowledgeable & friendly.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 26 June 2017
(7 out of 10)

CLIVE

York Couple
Great day trips and excellent guides/tour manager.

The optional tour to Segesta was cancelled due to insufficient numbers and we have not yet received a refund for this excursion!?

The first hotel (3 nights) was good in terms of rooms and facilities but was let down by unimaginative meal options. Also the location meant that there was nowhere nearby to seek a good evening meal. The meals always consisted of pasta to start followed usually by meat/fish with a salad (no dressing) + dessert. Fairly plain tasting food considering that we thought Sicilian food was meant to be good.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017