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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily

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Italy's island outpost

Join us for a two-centre holiday that reveals the treasures of Italy’s southern island outpost, and its stunning natural wonders.

Combine a three-night stay beneath the towering, snow-capped cone of Mount Etna with a four-night beachside stay close to Sicily’s historic capital, Palermo. Set foot on Etna’s lava-strewn slopes and explore nearby hilltop Taormina. Spend a memorable day cruising through the Aeolian Islands and another in the heart of colourful Palermo. A visit to Archimedes' ancient Syracuse and the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to visit both Segesta’s remarkable Doric Temple and mountain-top Erice, complete your holiday.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at four-star hotels in Acireale (3 nights) and near Santa Flavia (4)
  • Return flights to Sicily
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Catania or Palermo, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to familiarise yourself with your surroundings before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

  • Your first included tour takes you up to Mount Etna and the stunning hill town of Taormina. Situated in a vast natural park, Etna is Europe’s highest active volcano, and the sight of it, especially on clear days, is spectacular - the usually blue sky contrasting with the dark mass of the volcano’s triangular peak.

    Taormina is no less stunning, with its Greek Theatre – cut into the mountainside, used by the Romans for gladiatorial contests and still home to modern performances – competing with the peerless views of distant Etna and the sea for your attention.

  • Unearth the treasures of one of Sicily’s most enthralling historic cities, today, as you make the short journey to the once impregnable city of Syracuse. Once a vibrant centre of the Ancient World, the city sits on an island just off the Sicilian shoreline upon which great temples of Apollo and Athena once stood. Today, the intertwined streets of the Old Town, with its harbour and piazza, great cathedral and Archaeological Museum, echo with history.

    Enjoy a short orientation tour, then spend a fascinating few hours exploring – or perhaps enjoying a typically Sicilian lunch – under your own steam.

  • Bidding farewell to Acireale, this morning, 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 call at the largest island, Lipari, passing Vulcano with its brooding crater, before docking in Marina Lunga. From here it’s a short transfer to Lipari Town where you'll spend a pleasant couple of hours before returning to the mainland to continue to your second hotel, close to the typically Sicilian town of Santa Flavia.

  • Rest and relax in hotel, today, enjoying its wide range of amenities. Alternatively, head to the private beach, or take a short taxi ride into the centre of Santa Flavia, where the ruins of ancient Soluntum and a number of unpretentious fish restaurants serving the daily catch, are among the attractions.

  • This morning’s included visit to Palermo will reveal the colourful, energetic island capital. The land here has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and the city itself was founded by the Phoenicians. Over the centuries it has been home to Carthaginian, Greek and Norman conquerors, was once the richest city in Europe, and still offers a glimpse of the entire history of Southern Italy in one place.

    Wander the streets of Palermo's four historic quarters (the Quattro Canti) and perhaps watch the lively local world go by from a seat in one of the city’s bars and cafes. 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 designs that you'll see before returning to the hotel later this afternoon.

  • Make the most of your last full day at the hotel, or join today’s optional excursion on which you'll call, first, at Segesta. Here, high on a hill, sits the remarkable Doric temple dating from the Fourth Century BC - the last relic of a settlement that actually predated it by some 800 years.

    Continuing west, you’ll arrive in Erice, a historic mountain town whose narrow streets and hidden squares resonate with a sense of times past. Lose yourself in its maze-like heart, which stretches from the Norman gate to the town's ancient castle, which was built on the site of a magnificent temple, before returning to the hotel for a last evening.

  • Say "Arrivederci, Sicilia", today, as you bid farewell to your hotel and return to the airport to catch your flight home at the end of a wonderful exploration of a fascinating island.

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Etna, Taormina and Classic Sicily Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes and approximately two hours and 30 minutes on departure.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.


    Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be:

    • Less than 10 years old on the day you return home – please check the "date of issue"
    • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home – please check the "expiry date"

    These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.


    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges are applied by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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