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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

8 days from £919*
Departing: April - October 2018
* Price shown: 15 October 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £79 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 30TH SEPTEMBER*

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
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 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 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 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 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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 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 291 reviews
(8 out of 10)

GEOFFREY

Couple
excellent tour guide

first hotel disappointing, location and food
second hotel v good

you should be more up front about all the extra costs of the visits, admission charges etc

good bunch of fellow travellers, 30 a good number. I imagine with 50 the tour would have been less enjoyable.
Confirmed traveller: 06 September 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017
(8 out of 10)

JANE

Walmer Deal Couple
A very enjoyable holiday but the first hotel- Orrizontole at Acireale had a very limited dinner choice, with repetitive salad as the only vegetable served with each dinner meal and no choice of desserts, at one dinner it was just a slice of watermelon! The hotel itself was fine with a lovely pool.
Confirmed traveller: 28 June 2017
Published on: 27 July 2017
(4 out of 10)

Carol

Chelmsford Couple
Arrived in Sicily no Tour Manager only driver who spoke no English to drive 8 people in vehicle with only 7 seats 3 hours to hotel. At hotel no Tour Manager they had gone to bed!. Room very basic. Hotel in middle of nowhere. Food disgusting. Same menu every day of luke warm pasta, breaded meat or fish (which was tasteless and damp) three tiny pieces of potato and a bowl of "salad" lettuce, shredded carrot and a little tinned sweetcorn to share amongst whole table. Second hotel miles better. As for tour once you have seen 1 ancient Greek theatre your don't need to see another. One you have seen 3 or 4 old temples you don't need to see another 6.
Confirmed traveller: 28 June 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

DAVID

near Weymouth Couple
The first hotel (Orrizonte) was lovely, but food service slow, and the main courses poor, although the desserts were very good.
The second hotel (Fiesta Beach), not really suitable for tours, more geared to families who want the beach and games facilities, e.g. there was a loud beach disco every night until midnight. The buffet had steps, awkward for older people who tend to use tours, and many of the chalets were not very close. To be fair, the rooms at the Orrizonte and the chalets at the Fiesta Beach were very comfortable - huge beds!
The itinerary was very comprehensive, covering many of the major attractions on Sicily, and a great introduction to the island. The trip to the Aeolian Islands was a real bonus not offered by most companies. Our tour guide was excellent, so knowledgeable and thoughtful, and the driver also excellent. The temperature was in the 30s, and by the end of the week reached 40+, so anyone contemplating Sicily should travel earlier if they don't like it hot!
To sum up, it was a memorable holiday, and we would recommend it. Quite a lot of walking involved, but (surprisingly for Italy!) not rough walking.
Confirmed traveller: 28 June 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017