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Tour Description

  • 12 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Sicily is an island best explored by car. We’ve suggested this itinerary as a great way to see four of its most popular destinations in less than two weeks. You’ll tick off Mount Etna, the Valle dei Templi and UNESCO-listed Ortigya, and still have plenty of time to hit the beaches.

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At a glance
  • Circular route taking in Sicily’s highlights
  • Driving lets you explore at your own pace
  • Visit the historic sites at Syracuse and Agrigento
  • Climb the slopes of Mount Etna
  • Sample Sicily’s unique cuisine and local wines 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Syracuse

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Map of Day 1: UK - Syracuse

Pick up your car at Catania airport and take the spectacular coastal road to the ancient Greek city of Syracuse (approx. one hour). Check in to your hotel, then head out to explore the town and grab some dinner – we'd highly recommend sampling some traditional Sicilian specialities.

Days 2-3: Syracuse

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Map of Days 2-3: Syracuse

Syracuse boasts a rich Greek history and culture and is the birth place of Archimedes, the ancient Greek mathematician. Today, why not explore the archaeological wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, in particular the historic centre of Ortigia, and the Greek Theatre dedicated to the Goddess Athena.

Day 4: Syracuse - Agrigento

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Map of Day 4: Syracuse - Agrigento

Drive to the historic town of Agrigento (approx. 2.5 hours). Check in to the 17th-century Villa Athena, situated in the Archaeological Park of The Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), and admire the views over the ancient temples from the hotel's terrace.

Day 5: Agrigento

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Map of Day 5: Agrigento

Thanks to an exclusive entrance to the Valle dei Templi, it’s just a 200-metre stroll from your hotel to the Temple of Concordia, the nearest of the complex’s 10 temples. Once you’ve toured the temples, stop by the archaeological museum, which showcases statues and ceramics from the area.

Day 6: Agrigento - Cefalu

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Map of Day 6: Agrigento - Cefalu

Drive to the seaside town of Cefalu (it'll take around two hours) and check in to your hotel, before making your way to the medieval district to see the glorious mosaics and monumental twin towers of the Duomo. 

Days 7-8: Cefalu

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Map of Days 7-8: Cefalu

With a couple of days in Cefalu, there’s plenty of time to relax on the town’s sandy beaches. If you’re feeling active, head to La Rocca, the enormous rock that rises above Cefalu. Hike up to the top for photo-worthy views and ruins of an ancient temple. 

Day 9: Cefalu - Taormina

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Map of Day 9: Cefalu - Taormina

Today, you’ll move on to the beautiful town of Taormina. The drive from Cefalu takes around two hours. Once you’re settled into your hotel, head out and make a beeline for Corso Umberto, where you’ll find gelaterias, cafes and boutiques. 

Days 10-11: Taormina

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Map of Days 10-11: Taormina

There’s plenty to keep you busy in Taormina. Visit the ancient Teatro Greco, an al fresco amphitheatre with views of Mount Etna, or take the cable car down to the beach for a few hours. No stay in Sicily would be complete without a visit to the highest active volcano in Europe – pre-book our Etna Sunset excursion to see it at its most spectacular. 

 

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Take in more of the destination or relax in a spa at the end of your trip by adding few extra nights stay in one of these hand picked hotels.

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Flight Information

The closest airport to Syracuse is Catania (CTA), which is about 1 hour from Syracuse. Direct flights to Catania are available from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester and take approximately 3 hours.

Direct flights from London Standsted are also available to Comiso (CIY), which is about 1 hour 30 mins away and take approximately 3 hours 15 mins.