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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

8 days from £979*
Departing: May - October 2018
* Price shown: 15 October 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW


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

Sicily Holiday Itinerary

Day One: Fly from the UK to Sicily

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: Included Mount Etna tour

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: Included Syracuse city tour

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: Included Sicily countryside tour

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: Optional Segesta day trip

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: Included Aeolian Island cruise

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: Included Palermo guided tour

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: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to Sicily, transferring back to Catania at the end of a delightful holiday to Sicily.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol 03 September 2018 £1399
Bristol 17 September 2018 £1319
Bristol 24 September 2018 £1219
Bristol 01 October 2018 £1129
Bristol 08 October 2018 £999
Bristol 15 October 2018 £989
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 May 2018 £1039
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 May 2018 £1009
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 May 2018 £1219
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 June 2018 £1079
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 June 2018 £1079
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 September 2018 £1194
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 September 2018 £1099
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2018 £1099
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2018 £1099
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 October 2018 £1039
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 October 2018 £979
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 October 2018 £979
London Luton
London Luton 09 May 2018 £1079
London Luton
London Luton 16 May 2018 £1009
London Luton
London Luton 23 May 2018 £1099
London Luton
London Luton 06 June 2018 £1079
London Luton
London Luton 27 June 2018 £1079
London Luton
London Luton 03 September 2018 £1199
London Luton
London Luton 10 September 2018 £1129
London Luton
London Luton 17 September 2018 £1099
London Luton
London Luton 24 September 2018 £1099
London Luton
London Luton 01 October 2018 £1039
London Luton
London Luton 08 October 2018 £979
London Luton
London Luton 15 October 2018 £979
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 May 2018 £1009
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 September 2018 £1119
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2018 £1129
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 October 2018 £1039
Manchester 09 May 2018 £1109
Manchester 16 May 2018 £1139
Manchester 06 June 2018 £1179
Manchester 27 June 2018 £1119
Manchester 03 September 2018 £1139
Manchester 17 September 2018 £1139
Manchester 24 September 2018 £1139
Manchester 01 October 2018 £1079
Manchester 08 October 2018 £999
Manchester 15 October 2018 £999

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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**Low deposit of £49pp applies to new bookings made between6th March and 29th March 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. 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 7.5 out of 10 based on 341 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Haywards Heath Couple
We saw lots of different towns & churches/temples etc. & most were 10e entry fee, which we wouldn't have seen if we'd gone by ourselves although getting up early most mornings was a bit of a struggle, the first hotel was beautiful but disappointing that there was no where to walk in the evenings, the second hotel was great if you were younger or had family with you but evening meals were so very noisy as it was buffet, slight disappointment that we had to buy drinking water at both hotels & wine or beer was quite expensive.
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2017
Published on: 08 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


Single traveller
A very enjoyable holiday, packed with activity (which was what I wanted and expected in order to be able to see everything on the itinerary.) The weather was ideal, not too hot to appreciate everything, and the archaeological sites very impressive. The hotels were ok, very busy , we were out most of the time so I wasn't expecting luxury. The guide, Sandra, was excellent, although it was the last week of the season there was no sign of her being tired or jaded with the tour, her English was excellent and she had a nice sense of humour.
Reviews I checked before the holiday mentioned the ambiguity about costs for trips so I had contacted the company before my holiday to ask for list of excursion costs ,which was then provided. I think this list should be sent to everyone as some people had not budgeted or taken enough cash for excursions they would like to have taken.
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


St Albans Couple
Our first hotel Orrizonte at Acireale was distinctly average. Food , location and staff were not great. The second hotel Fiesta Garden Beach was far better, with good food, friendly staff and comfortable rooms.
We would have preferred to have entry fees included in the holiday as our tour manager was asking us for cash everyday usually 20 Euros each and people started running out of cash. Our tour manager was extremely pleasant but we felt we weren't get as much information as we should to get the most out of our trip.
Most of the group were disappointed that we only had 2 hours maximum in the capital Palermo and that we weren't abletoa visit to the famous palace.
The group we travelled with were very friendly and we all got on. This and fabulous weather on an extremely interesting island meant a very enjoyable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 18 October 2017
Published on: 18 November 2017