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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

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

  • 23rd May
  • 6th June
  • 27th June

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 £1399
Bristol
Bristol 17 September 2018 £1319
Bristol
Bristol 24 September 2018 £1369
Bristol
Bristol 01 October 2018 £1179
Bristol
Bristol 08 October 2018 £999
Bristol
Bristol 15 October 2018 £989
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 June 2018 £1079
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 June 2018 £1079
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 September 2018 £1244
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2018 £1099
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2018 £1334
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 06 June 2018 £1129
London Luton
London Luton 27 June 2018 £1079
London Luton
London Luton 03 September 2018 £1199
London Luton
London Luton 17 September 2018 £1099
London Luton
London Luton 24 September 2018 £1209
London Luton
London Luton 01 October 2018 £1039
London Luton
London Luton 08 October 2018 £1049
London Luton
London Luton 15 October 2018 £979
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2018 £1129
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 October 2018 £1039
Manchester
Manchester 06 June 2018 £1179
Manchester
Manchester 27 June 2018 £1179
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2018 £1139
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2018 £1139
Manchester
Manchester 24 September 2018 £1139
Manchester
Manchester 01 October 2018 £1079
Manchester
Manchester 08 October 2018 £999
Manchester
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.

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.

**This offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 23rd May & 6th, 27th June 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

***Low deposits of £79pp apply to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes: Lapland; Andre Rieu in Maastricht; Andre Rieu in Vienna; Deep South Rhythm, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Canada's Rocky Mountaineer; Seychelles Island Cruise; Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom; Classic South Africa; Victoria Falls to Cape Town - Under African Skies; Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safari; 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 353 reviews
(8 out of 10)

FRANCES

Couple
Too much pasta at the first hotel!!
WiFi only at the reception desk at the second hotel and then the first night it was not functioning!
Confirmed traveller: 02 May 2018
Published on: 12 May 2018
(9 out of 10)

ANNETTE

St. Austell Couple
A great adventure not a relaxing by the beach holiday saw lots of Sicily and got a real flavour of the Island all of which was made by Sandra the excellent tour guide.
Confirmed traveller: 02 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(7 out of 10)

DIANE

Hastings Couple
this was a good holiday and introduction to the main sites of sicily. It was packed and probably a couple of the trips could have been half day trips so as to enjoy the latter half of the week at the Garden fiesta hotel which had lovely grounds and pools. Our main criticism is that the first Hotel Orrizontel is classed a 4 star which it certainly isnt. The grounds and pool are nice but the outside area is quite small. We were almost the only group there so not crowded so we enjoyed it. The food was a big let down. The breakfast very inadquate and the evening meals consisted mainly of the lots of pasta to start with followed by very small portions of not very good or tasty meal with no choice either fish or meat and both were served in very small quantities.

The rooms were ok but the hotel rooms are very dated and bathrooms clearly need updating as do the rooms.

On that basis I give the hotel a 3 star rating and I would say without exception nearly everyone on the trip thought the same.
Confirmed traveller: 02 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018