- Mount Etna and Taormina
Discover Mount Etna and the ancient site of Taormina on an optional excursion.
- Baroque architecture
Admire the spectacular architecture of Ragusa and Noto. Decorative curves and flourishes embellish many of the buildings and churches, whilst grinning masks that adorn balconies are all typical of the Sicilian Baroque style.
Explore historic Palermo on a guided walk.
Visit Marsala on an optional excursion and visit a wine producer.
- Save £
- All breakfasts and more
Discover the sights, scenery and traditions of Sicily on this fascinating tour
As the largest island in the Mediterranean just over ten nautical miles from mainland Italy, Sicily has been a crossroad of civilisation throughout the ages. It’s a melting pot of culture with a fascinating history to match which you can discover on this comprehensive tour. Explore towns brimming with baroque architecture, unearth centuries of tradition, and take in picturesque landscapes of olive groves and vineyards, mountains and coasts.
12 nights in hotels (2019 departures)
23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 10 dinners (2019 departures)
9 nights in hotels (2020 departures)
17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners (2020 departures)
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Scenic drive of Ragusa province
- Guided walk of Noto
- Palermo guided walk
- Monreale guided tour
- Walking tour of Mazara del Vallo
- Guided walk of Catania
- Tour of Syracuse and the Island of Ortygia
- Visit to the Cappella Palatina in Palermo
- Tour of the Roman Mosaics of Piazza Armerina
- Ragusa guided walk
- Visit to Monreale Cathedral
- Visit to Mount Etna
Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours.
Day 1 UK-Caltagirone
Fly to Catania and transfer to Caltagirone. Stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star NH Hotel Caltagirone Villa San Mauro. D
Day 2 Regusa
Today you can join a full-day excursion that drives into the stunning baroque south-east of the island, visiting baroque Modica and the hilltop town of Ragusa, which was rebuilt in two separate parts following the 1693 earthquake. B, D
Day 3 Syracuse
On another included full-day excursion you will head to Syracuse with its ancient ruins and baroque plazas. Visit the Greek Theatre and the island of Ortygia which is home to the Temple of Apollo and the Cathedral. B, D
Day 4 Caltagirone-Piazza Armerina-Palermo
Check out of your hotel and head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Piazza Armerina, famous for its vast, well preserved Roman mosaics. Continue to Palermo, on the northern coast, pausing en route for lunch in Tenuta Geracello. Spend three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Garibaldi. B, L, D
Day 5 Palermo
This morning, join a guided walking tour of the exotic capital, whose history is reflected in its varied architecture of Arabic, baroque and art nouveau styles. See the Cathedral, Piazza Pretoria and Cappella Palatina before heading to a 15th-century palace, still inhabited, where you can sample local pastries and the ubiquitous limoncello. Later continue to Monreale to see its cathedral, one of the great sights of Norman Sicily. B
Day 6 Palermo
Spend the day at leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion that ventures to the summit of Monte Pellegrino and visits the coastal resort of Mondello. B
Day 7 Palermo-Giardini Naxos
Travel via Cefalu to see its striking cathedral en route to Giardini Naxos, which is set on an attractive bay, backed by Mount Etna. You'll spend your final three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hellenia Yachting Hotel. B, D
Day 8 Giardini Naxos
Spend the day at leisure, or perhaps join an optional tour to Catania. B, D
Day 9 Giardini Naxos
This morning join an excursion that visits Mount Etna and takes you to the Silvestri Craters. Later enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful resort town of Taormina where you will visit a Greek Theatre and take a stroll through Corso Umberto. B, D
Day 10 Giardini Naxos-UK
Travel to Catania airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Monte Pellegrino and Mondello
Head to the summit of Monte Pellegrino for breathtaking views across the city before continuing to the charming coastal resort of Mondello, known for its golden sands, pier and range of gourmet eateries along the beach. Lunch is not included.
Optional on 2020 departures - 9 nights itinerary
This optional excursion visits Catania, an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast which sits at the foot of Mount Etna. The city's central square, Piazza del Duomo is know for its Fontana dell'Elefante statue and the ornate Catania Cathedral. Lunch is not included.
Optional on 2020 departures - 9 nights itinerary