Sicily Holidays & Hotels
Let us put together your perfect itinerary. With time on your hands you may enjoy a totally relaxing holiday in just one hotel or you may prefer to discover the diversity of Sicily and stay a couple of nights in several different hotels. If you don't have the luxury of time you can enjoy a short break and just book a couple of nights away.
Set high on Sicily's Monte Tauro in picturesque natural beauty and commanding breathtaking views over two rugged bays below, Taormina has captured the imagination of great travellers and writers for many decades. It is widely considered the most beautiful town in Sicily with its semi-tropical palms, bougainvillea and orange trees. With its charming pedestrianised streets and small piazzas, it enjoys stunning views of the coast with Mount Etna rising in the distance.
Cefalù is a captivating seaside town with a tangle of tempting medieval streets and golden sandy beaches, some of the best in Sicily. Explore the majestic Duomo and its glorious mosaics, the pretty churches and the ancient Temple of Diana that commands spectacular views from the mountain that overlooks the area.
Medieval streets form the historic core of the city of Agrigento, while to the south, the Valley of the Temples is home to the most impressive ancient Greek temples outside Greece.
The capital of Sicily, Palermo is a cosmopolitan city of artistic and cultural life, bristling with Norman, Arab and Spanish influences and atmosphere. Its inspirational monuments draw visitors, as does the vibrant street market in Vucciria. With the mildness of its climate and splendour of its buildings, majestic Palermo always enchants.
Nestling between two natural harbours, the port of Syracuse was originally a Greek settlement. Today the peninsula Ortigia retains the maze of medieval streets of the old city, crowned by a Baroque Duomo.
AEOLIAN ISLANDS (VULCANO)
Named after Aeolus, the demigod of the winds, the seven Aeolian Islands sit in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily. Known for their outstanding natural beauty, they've been luring island lovers to their shores for many years. The island of Vulcano is where, according to legend, the Greek God Vulcan had his workshop at the towering peak of the island's volcano. Volcanic activity may have ceased, but visitors take the two-hour walk to the top, for a godlike view over the glittering sea. Back on the beach, the waterside caves make for some excellent swimming, whilst the volcanic mud in Vulcano's thermal springs is said to be therapeutic for skin and back problems.
Please Note: Excursions operate seasonally.
Mount Etna & Alcantara (from Taormina and Giardini Naxos): An enjoyable exploration of Etna's amazing volcanic countryside, incorporating a stop at the unique Alcantara Gorge. You will be able to enjoy Sicily's most famous natural landmark and experience the most magnificent view from 1,900 metres. An optional ascent to 2,900 metres by cable car and jeep is also available to book (Premium Mount Etna & Alcantara from £84pp).
Full Day from £39pp
Mount Etna & Taormina (from Cefalu): A coach will take you to Taormina where you'll have some free time to explore this beautiful town, which dates back as far as 358 B.C. and is home to some of the most well-preserved buildings and medieval courtyards. Sip a cappuccino in the Piazza Nove Aprile, browse the chic boutiques, or check out the town's star attraction - its ancient Greek-Roman theatre. You will then travel to Mount Etna, Sicily's most famous natural landmark, and experience magnificent views from 1,900 metres. An optional ascent to 2,900 metres by cable car and jeep is also available to book (from £93pp).
Full Day from £50pp
Syracuse (from Taormina and Giardini Naxos): Here in Sicily's capital city, the architecture is a mix of Gothic, Norman, Baroque, Moorish and Arab styles. Included in the excursion is a visit to a local market with its colourful stands. After a tour of the old city taking in the Teatro Massimo of Godfather 3 fame, you will have some free time for shopping or to visit the beautiful cathedral.
Full Day from £42pp
Temples of Agrigento & Piazza Armerina (from Taormina and Giardini Naxos): Explore Italy's finest classical Greek temples at Agrigento and the outstanding Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, marvellously preserved in the villa Romana del Casale. This is a fascinating insight into Sicily's Imperial Age.
Full Day from £45pp
Islands of Lipari & Vulcano (from Taormina and Giardini Naxos): Thanks to the whitewashed villages, olive groves and beautiful flowering plants, Sicily's Aeolian Islands are truly breathtaking. The big attractions here are the mud baths and the volcano that belches sulphurous smoke out in dragon puffs.
Full Day from £63pp
In the Godfather's footsteps (from Taormina and Giardini Naxos): A laid back, fun excursion which takes in some breathtaking scenery. You will re-live some of the Godfather scenes, sit in Marlon Brando's chair in the famous Bar Vitelli, walk down the alleys in Al Pacino's footsteps and visit the Church used in the film.
Half Day from £30pp
Wine tasting in Castelbuono (from Cefalu): The Madonie Mountains are scattered with picturesque hilltop towns, and possibly the prettiest of all is Castelbuono. After a stroll through its medieval town centre, visiting the majestic castle, you will be able to sample some of the local cured meats, spicy cheese, honey and bread, all washed down with some special wine of the area.
Half Day from £32pp
Sicily's Capital Palermo (from Cefalu): Enjoy a guided tour through the capital's busy streets and admire the unique mixture of Moorish, Arab, Gothic, Norman and Baroque architecture. You'll take a panoramic bus tour before a guided walking tour in the historical market of Ballarò, after which you'll have free time for lunch, shopping and visiting the beautiful cathedral.
Full Day from £30pp
Dinner in the Madonie Mountains (from Cefalu): Drive through the Madonie National Park to reach "Trattoria La Posada" for a real Sicilian feast. Everything you will taste will be organic and produced in the surrounding farms. During the dinner some typical