- The Piazza Municipio, Noto
Sicily - Jewel of the Mediterranean
- VIP door to door
A circular tour of this magical Italian island
Sicily is home to a unique mix of culture borne of years of foreign domination. From the Phoenicians to the Bourbons, each has left an architectural stamp on the island - culminating in a jumble of historic sites in Palermo, Monreale and utterly charming Syracuse.
As we circle the island, we’ll also seek out some of Sicily’s other treasures, including the Valley of the Temples, and postcard-pretty Taormina. We’ll sip wine produced on the slopes of Mount Etna and taste chocolate and biscuits.
9 nights in hotels
18 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 2 lunches (days 7 and 9) 7 dinners (days 1, 3-4 and 6-9)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided tours of Ortigia (including boat trip), Syracuse Archaeological Park, Palermo (including Palatine Chapel and cathedral), Selinunte, Valley of the Temples, the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, and Taormina
- Visits of Noto, Ragusa, Enna, Cefalù, Monreale (including cathedral entrance), and Mount Etna
- Chocolate tasting in Modica; tasting at Maria Grammatico’s bakery in Erice; lunch at the private Geracello estate; wine tasting and lunch at Cantina Murgo on Mount Etna
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Day 1 UK to Catania to Syracuse
- Day 2 Syracuse and Ortigia
- Day 3 Noto to Ragusa to Modica
- Day 4 Enna to Cefalù to Santa Flavia, Palermo
- Day 5 Palermo to Monreale
- Day 6 Erice to Selinunte to Agrigento
- Day 7 Valley of the Temples to Piazza Armerina to Giardini Naxos
- Day 8 Taormina
- Day 9 Mount Etna
- Day 10 Giardini Naxos to Catania to UK
Grand Hotel Villa Politi
Mercure Palermo Centro
Hotel Baia di Ulisse
Sant Alphio Garden Hotel and Spa
Day 1 UK to Catania to Syracuse
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Catania.
On arrival we drive to Syracuse, where we’ll stay for three nights. Rich in Ancient Greek history, Syracuse has a timeless beauty surrounded by sparkling blue waters.
Day 2 Syracuse and Ortigia
Today we’ll visit Syracuse and Ortigia, with guided walking tours of Ortigia town and Syracuse Archaeological Park. The small island of Ortigia is home to narrow medieval lanes and baroque piazzas that are a joy to explore.
We’ll also hop on a harbour cruise and view Ortigia from the sea. At Syracuse Archaeological Park, we’ll explore the Greek theatre and Roman amphitheatre with our guide.
The afternoon is free to explore.
Day 3 Noto to Ragusa to Modica
We make our way to the lovely baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa, and Modica - rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693. Wander along Noto’s elegant Corso Vittorio Emanuele, with honey-stoned palazzi and churches.
Walk straight onto the real-life set of the TV series ‘Inspector Montalbano’, filmed in and around enchanting Ragusa. We’ll conclude with a tasting of divine Modica artisan chocolate, made using an ancient Aztec method.
Day 4 Enna to Cefalù to Santa Flavia, Palermo
Hilltop medieval Enna provides stunning views across the hills and valleys and we’ll have some free time to explore.
We also spend some time in the pretty beach town of Cefalù on our way to the Palermo area. Wander its narrow lanes, or perhaps treat yourself to a gelato to enjoy by the sandy beach.
We arrive in Santa Flavia later, close to Palermo.
Day 5 Palermo to Monreale
We visit Palermo for a guided tour of this bustling city.
We’ll then travel to Monreale to visit the magnificent cathedral, famed for its multi-coloured marble paintings and mosaics.
Day 6 Erice to Selinunte to Agrigento
Our first stop today is Erice and Maria Grammatico’s bakery, to try her famous pasticcini (soft almond biscuits) - we’ll wash them down with a glass of liqueur.
We then continue, passing Trapani’s ancient salt pans, before Selinunte for a guided tour of this fascinating Greek archaeological site.
In the evening we check into our hotel in Agrigento.
Day 7 Valley of the Temples to Piazza Armerina to Giardini Naxos
We start our day with one of the highlights - a guided visit of the nearby Valle dei Templi, a collection of classic Greek temples scattered across a valley of almond trees.
We stop at the private estate of Geracello for a delicious lunch of local produce. We’ll head east to Piazza Armerina, for a guided tour of the Roman villa reveals an incredible floor mosaic.
We then continue to Giardini Naxos.
Day 8 Taormina
Our walking tour shows us the sights of the cliffside town of Taormina.
You have the rest of the afternoon free.
Day 9 Mount Etna
This morning we take a drive to the slopes of Etna. After a short walk, there’ll be free time to explore this fascinating area at your own pace. Be sure to bring a camera - on a clear day, the views from here are spectacular.
Later, we visit Cantina Murgo winery for a tasting of delicious Sicilian wine and a hearty lunch of regional produce.
Day 10 Giardini Naxos to Catania to UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
A room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.