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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

23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 10 dinners

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

Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours.

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Day 1 UK to Ragusa

The old town of Ragusa, Sicily

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Catania and transfer to Ragusa. Stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Poggio Del Sole Resort. D

Day 2 Noto and Scicli


See Noto’s glorious baroque architecture on this morning’s included walk. Later visit the lesser-known town of Scicli, another baroque gem with a charm all of its own, which rests in a gorge overlooked by a rocky outcrop. B, D

Scicli Ragusa Sicily Italy Europe

Day 3 Ragusa


Perhaps take an optional scenic drive to delve further into the stunning baroque south-east of the island, visiting the historic towns of Modica at the region's heart. Chocoholics can look forward to visiting one of the oldest producers of this confectionery in Sicily. B, D

Day 4 Ragusa to Palermo


Head to Palermo on the northern coast, pausing en route for lunch (own cost). Spend three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Garibaldi. B, L, D

Palermo Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 5 Monreale


Enjoy an included excursion to Monreale and its breathtaking cathedral, one of the great sights of Norman Sicily. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B

Monreale Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 6 Palermo


There will be a guided walking tour of the capital this morning. This exotic city has a fascinating history reflected in its varied architecture which encompasses Arabic, baroque and art nouveau styles. Coupled with its glorious coastal setting, it's quite unlike any other Mediterranean city. B

Palermo Palermo Sicily Italy Europe

Day 7 Palermo to Mazara del Vallo

Mazara del Vallo

Head to Mazara del Vallo on the west coast for three nights at the locally rated 4-star Mahara Hotel. A guided walking tour will introduce you to this Arab-influenced town where the old town centre is known as the ‘kasbah’. B, D

Mazara del Vallo Trapani Sicily Italy Europe

Day 8 Mazara del Vallo

Mazara del Vallo

After a morning relaxing at leisure, you may be tempted to join a scenic optional tour of the local area with a wine-tasting session and lunch included at a restored typical rural farmhouse. B, D

Day 9 Mazara del Vallo

Mazara del Vallo

Join an optional lagoon boat trip to see historic windmills once used in the production of sea salt before visiting Marsala, famed for its fortified wine. Here you can enjoy a tasting at a cantina. B, D

Day 10 Mazara del Vallo to Acireale

Giardini Naxos

Travel via Messina 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 11 Giardini Naxos and Catania


This morning, get a feel for local life on an included guided walking tour of Catania. After lunch, your tour manager will give you brief tour of Giardini Naxos before having some free time to explore further at your own pace. B, D

Acireale Catania Sicily Italy Europe

Day 12 Giardini Naxos

Mount Etna

Perhaps join an optional excursion that visits Mount Etna for a close-up look at the old lava flows, then continues to the beautiful resort town of Taormina for a guided tour. B, D

Day 13 Giardini Naxos-UK

Travel to Catania airport for your return flight and your included UK door-to-door travel service. B