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Tour Description

  • 8 days
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From Europe’s largest active volcano to golden sandy beaches and historic ancient Greek ruins, we’ll help you navigate the top sights and attractions of this wonderful island on our Sicily Escorted Tour. Spend eight days taking in pretty villages perched on mountains, bustling markets full of local delicacies, traditional vineyards and excellent Baroque architecture. Try Sicilian street food, fresh olives, Etna wine and lots more as you chat to locals and take in the stunning landscapes.

Tour departures

24 Apr 19, 01 May 19, 08 May 19, 25 Sep 19, 02 Oct 19, 09 Oct 19

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At a glance
  • Visit the majestic Mount Etna and maybe see smoke from the top
  • Explore temples, ruins and buildings dating back to ancient Greece
  • Take in the beautiful Baroque architecture of the area
  • Visit Sicily’s largest market and try local delicacies and street food
  • Try fine local wines and appetisers in a traditional winery
  • Wander through cobbled streets which overlook the sparkling Mediterranean
  • Immerse yourself in the Greek mythology of ancient times
  • Exclusive to Citalia
  • Maximum group size 18

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Catania

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Map of Day 1: Arrive in Catania

Arrive at Catania Airport. A driver will be waiting to take you to your first hotel, Mercure Excelsior Palace Catania, where you will stay for one night. Enjoy a welcome drink and the famous Italian hospitality of the staff at the hotel. Later, a delicious traditional Italian dinner will be served.

Accommodation: Mercure Excelsior Palace Catania (or similar)

Day 2: Cefalù - Palermo

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Map of Day 2: Cefalù - Palermo

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before meeting your local English speaking guide. Set off by car to Cefalù, which is located on the northern coast of Sicily. Take in the whitewashed and sandy buildings which jostle for position on the seafront, enjoy the beautiful beaches, pretty squares and sophisticated bars. Visit Cefalù Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the Norman times and offers beautiful architecture along with ornate interiors. The Arabian bathhouse is next on your list. Wander through the dark, monastic style interiors and pretty courtyard, before you return to your hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: Palazzo Sitano (or similar)

Day 3: Palermo Market – Street Food Tasting - Monreale

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Map of Day 3: Palermo Market – Street Food Tasting - Monreale

Start the day with a visit to one of Palermo’s biggest markets, the Capo Market. Your English speaking guide will take you through the bustling lanes and vibrant stalls as you watch the locals haggle for fresh Sicilian produce and succulent street food. Taste some of the delicious varieties of street food, with rich varieties and influences from Arabic, Mediterranean and traditional Italian cuisine.

 

Spend the rest of the day wandering through the pretty streets and taking in the tangle of houses, juxtaposed by the peaceful courtyards, churches and gardens your guide will lead you through. Some of the top highlights include the ornate Palatine Chapel, the impressive Cathedral with its blend of European and Moorish architecture and the majestic Martorana church. Your last stop is the Cathedral of Monreale, where you can take in the intricate patterns of the mosaics and breath taking views. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Palazzo Sitano (or similar)

Day 4: Erice – Marsala Wine Tasting

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Map of Day 4: Erice – Marsala Wine Tasting

Your driver will take you from Palermo to Erice, where you can soak in the small-town, rural charm of Sicily. Erice is located at the top of a hill and has a fascinating ancient history, which dates back to mythical tales of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Wander through the narrow cobbled streets of the town, catching glimpses of the salt fields and sparkling Bay of Bonagia between the golden glow of the buildings. Spend the day taking in this beautiful town before driving through the salt flats to reach the wine cellar in Marsala. Here you can enjoy some of the fine wines the region is well known for, as well as small appetisers featuring local delicacies. You will then be driven to your hotel in Agrigento where you can enjoy a delicious dinner before spending the night.

Accommodation: Scala dei Turchi Resort (or similar)

Day 5: Agriento – the Valley of the Temples - Piazza Armerina the Roman Villa

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Map of Day 5: Agriento – the Valley of the Temples - Piazza Armerina the Roman Villa

Spend the morning on a tour of some of Agriento’s most historic attractions. Visit the Valley of the Temples, which is located on a platform and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Wander through seven partially preserved temples and take in their size, beauty and history which dates back to Greek mythology. The temples are dedicated to Zeus, Hercules, Pollax and more, giving you a fascinating insight into the area’s history and the myths of ancient Greece. In the afternoon your guide will take you to The Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina. Dating back to the 4th Century AD, this villa is steeped in history and offers beautiful mosaics, artwork and architecture typical of the period. Finish the day with dinner at your hotel before spending the night in Catania.

Accommodation: Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos (or similar)

Day 6: Noto - Siracusa

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Map of Day 6: Noto - Siracusa

Spend the morning on a walking tour of Noto, taking in its beautiful Baroque architecture and golden buildings. The town is said to have the most authentic examples of Baroque architecture and is the ideal place to soak in the area’s history and culture.

Spend the afternoon in Syracuse, which was the most important city on the island during the Greek rule. Take in the well preserved buildings and ruins as you visit Ortigia, which is located on a small island stretching into the Mediterranean. Enjoy some free time on the island before visiting the majestic Cathedral with your local guide. The picturesque Arethusa Fountain is a must see, as well as the archaeological area, where you can take in the history of the ancient Greek Theatre and the former stone quarries which are surrounded by luscious gardens.

Accommodation: Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos (or similar)

Day 7: Etna and Taormina

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Map of Day 7: Etna and Taormina

Spend the morning exploring the majestic Mount Etna, which is the highest active volcano in Europe. The bus will take you to 1,900 metres on the south side, and your guide will take you to see lava streams and huge craters. From Autumn to Spring, the mountain is covered with snow and offers breath taking views of the surrounding countryside. Take in the luscious surroundings caused by the humidity and fertile earth from the volcanic activity, and maybe even spot smoke coming from the top of the volcano. Depending on the weather, you can also choose to explore further, for a supplement (approx. €60 per person), and visit the main crater by cable car and jeep.

 

Spend the afternoon wandering through the beautiful streets of Taormina and take in the beautiful architecture surrounded by luscious forests. Take in views down the mountain to the sparkling waters of the sea, visit the Roman-Greek Theatre, and the tranquil Piazza 9th of April, which is located in the heart of the old town. Those wanting to pick up souvenirs, gifts and other items will enjoy Corso Umberto, which is the main shopping street and stretches for a mile. On the way back to your hotel, stop off in a traditional winery and try unique Etna wine which is flavoured by the volcanic landscape. Alongside, your friendly hosts will serve Sicilian cheese, white and black olives, Sicilian flavor patés and dried Sicilian tomatoes. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos (or similar)

Day 8: Return Home

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Map of Day 8: Return Home

Enjoy a continental breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

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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What's included?

  • 7 night’s Half Board accommodation
  • All transfers
  • An English speaking regional guide from day two to day seven
  • Wine tasting in Marsala
  • Palermo street food tasting
  • Panoramic cable car ride from Trapani to Erice (weather dependant)
  • Entrance fees to Palatine chapel Palermo, Martorana Church, Cathedral Monreale, Cloister Monreale, Erice Mother Church, Temple Valley Agrigento, Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina, Archological Park Siracusa, Dome of Siracusa and Taormina Greek Theatre
  • Porters in all hotels
  • A welcome drink in the first hotel

What's not included?

  • Tourist tax (approx. €20 per person)
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Optional Mount Etna excursion to 3000m

Flight Information

Flying is the quickest and easiest way to get to Italy from the UK and there are plenty of direct flights available to most airports within Italy. The biggest choice of flights are available from London and Manchester but you'll also be able to fly to certain destinations from regional airports. Flights take from 2 to 4 hours depending on where you fly from/to.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.