Magical Tour of Sicily

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is a treasure trove of history, culture and natural beauty waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, savouring the renowned Sicilian cuisine and local wines. Explore diverse landscapes ranging from rugged mountains and lush vineyards to golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters and visit magnificent landmarks like the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the breathtaking Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano. The region's history is reflected in the unique architectural styles of its cities, such as Palermo's mix of Arab, Norman, and Byzantine influences. Visitors can also witness traditional Sicilian traditions through folk festivals, artisan workshops and lively street markets. The island's natural beauty is unparalleled, with picturesque nature reserves, enchanting coastal cliffs and azure waters perfect for snorkelling and diving.

During your 8-day tour of this marvellous island, you’ll get to see and do it all here: come face-to-face with well-preserved ancient sites, enjoy pastries at local bakeries and marvel at the mosaics at a Roman Villa. Oh, and did we mention the all-terrain bus excursion?

Tour Highlights:

  • All-Terrain vehicle adventure to Mt. Etna
  • Walking Tour of Palermo
  • Historic Catania
  • Roman villas and ancient sites
  • Photogenic Taormina

  • Duration:

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights

  • Guide Price:

  • 4-Star Package from £1,455pp
  • Price Based On: Based on departure from London Gatwick flying with EasyJet, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing) including transfers. See More

  • Tour Type:

  • Shared Guided Tour (maximum group size: 40)

  • Star Rating:

  • Superior

  • Accommodation:

  • 4-Star Tour Package
  • 4 Hotel Politeama
    4 Hotel Kore
    4 Grand Hotel Yachting Palace
    4 Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa
    4 Grande Albergo Maugeri
    4 NH Catania Centro
  • 4-Star hotels will be as specified above or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • Board Basis:

  • Half Board

  • Departures:

  • On request

  • Start / Finish:

  • Starts and ends in Eastern Sicily

  • Extensions:

  • Contact us if you would like to extend your Sicilian Tour holiday.

Note: Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 7 years old

What's Included:

  • Tour:
  • Magical Tour of Sicily View Full Itinerary

  • Flights:
  • Return flights from chosen UK airport

  • Transfers:
  • Private transfers to/from airport on arrival and departure. Our local representative will meet you at the airport.

  • Accommodation:
  • Accommodation in standard double occupancy rooms in 4* hotels as specified above or ones of a similar standard

  • Meals Included:
  • Breakfasts & Dinners (excluding drinks) according to itinerary

  • Vehicle:
  • Transportation in modern, air-conditioned vehicles

  • Guide:
  • English-speaking tour guides throughout

  • ATOL:
  • ATOL Protection

What's Not Included:

  • Beverages:
  • Beverages are not included during meals

  • Entrance Fees:
  • Admission/entry fees to museums and other sites as per itinerary

  • Tips:
  • Tips for guide, driver and hotel staff

  • Taxes:
  • Local city/tourist taxes where applicable

  • Cancellations:
  • Trip and tour cancellations and no shows

  • Insurance:
  • Please purchase suitable travel insurance

Full Itinerary

Eastern Sicily

Day 1

Arrive in Eastern Sicily and check in at your hotel, where you will meet your tour guide and participate in a live presentation of the tour. Spend two nights at a hotel in Catania or Giardini Naxos.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Eastern Sicily - Syracuse - Noto

Day 2

After breakfast, make your way to Ortigia, a historic city centre that is over 2,700 years old. Explore the lively arts and culture region, along with a visit to the Fountain of Arethusa and the Temple of Minerva. You can also explore the archeological area, which includes a well-preserved Greek Theatre, Roman Ampitheatre, and the Ear of Dionysus. After lunch, go for a walk in Noto, a small town in southeast Sicily with various churches, a royal gate and the Palazzo Ducezio, which was built between 1746 and 1830.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Eastern Sicily - Giarre - Catania - Palermo

Day 3

Have breakfast and then make your way to Giarre, a scenic town with plenty of beaches, ancient Greek sites and the Parco dell'Etna. Whilst here, you will visit the Botanical Park of Radicepura, which contains thousands of botanical species from Australia, Asia, and other parts of the world. From there, proceed to Catania and visit the historic centre, enjoying a light snack whilst there. Then head to western Sicily. Spend two nights at a hotel in the Palermo area.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo - Monreale

Day 4

After breakfast, head to Monreale and visit two famous landmarks: the Cathedral, which was built between 1162 and 1182, and the Benedictine Cloister, with intricately crafted columns depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Return to Palermo, and then go on a walking tour of the city centre. Notable landmarks you will see include the Church of Santa Caterina, the Cathedral of Palermo, and the Piazza Pretoria. Enjoy lunch and free leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo - Erice - Marsala - Selinunte - Agrigento

Day 5

After breakfast, visit either the town of Erice or Trapani. (In some cases, road closures may prevent access to Erice). From there, proceed to Marsala and visit the winery for a tour of the vineyards and a wine tasting session. Have lunch during the excursion and, in the afternoon, head to Selinunte and then Agrigento. Stay overnight at a hotel in the Agrigento area.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Eastern Sicily

Day 6

After breakfast, visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The area consists of the temples of the gods, along with the necropolis and several sanctuaries. From there, proceed to the Piazza Armerina and have lunch. Then visit the Roman Villa to marvel at the famous mosaics. Then go to eastern Sicily, landing accommodation in either Catania or Giardini Naxos. Spend two nights in your final hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Eastern Sicily - Eastern Etna - Taormina

Day 7

Have breakfast and go for an excursion to Mount Etna. Home to an active volcano, guided tours are a regular occurrence, and an all-terrain bus can take you to many of the best vantage points. Whilst in the area, you will also get the chance to sample local honey and enjoy lunch. Depending on weather conditions, you may not be able to ascend as usually desired. In this case, an alternate destination in the area will be arranged. In the afternoon, visit Taormina and explore the Ancient Theatre. The theatre was built during the 3rd century BC, and with a diameter of 107 metres it has the capacity to hold up to 10,000 people. Enjoy free time at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Eastern Sicily

Day 10

After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Your journey officially ends here.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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