- Amazing Mount Etna
- Historic Palermo
- Marvellous mosaic
Splendours of Sicily
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Discover the sights, scenery and traditions of Sicily
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. t’s a melting pot of culture with a fascinating history to match. Explore towns brimming with baroque architecture, unearth centuries of tradition, and take in picturesque landscapes of olive groves and vineyards, mountains and coasts.
9 nights in hotels
17 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D)
Saga Tour Manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- Tour of Syracuse and the Island of Ortygia
- Modica walking tour
- Visit to the Cappella Palatina in Palermo
- City tour of Palermo
- Visit to a palace in Palermo with pastries and drinks
- Palermo Cathedral visit
- Tour of Taormina
- Included lunch at a farm
- View Cefalu Catherdral
- Tour of the Roman Mosaics of Piazza Armerina
- Ragusa guided walk
- Visit to Monreale Cathedral
- Visit to Mount Etna
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
Found by accident by a local farmer, the Villa Romana del Casale offers some of the finest Roman mosaics on display in the world today. The origins of this aristocratic villa can be traced to the beginning of the 4th century AD and was in use for over eight hundred years until completely covered by a landslide. The excavation of the villa has led to a greater understanding of the daily lifestyle of a Roman family. One of the most intriguing mosaic’s uncovered has been called ‘Chamber of the Ten Maidens’ and features young women performing sports.
- Day 1 UK-Caltagirone
- Day 2 Regusa and Modica
- Day 3 Syracuse
- Day 4 Caltagirone-Piazza Armerina-Palermo
- Day 5 Palermo
- Day 6 Palermo
- Day 7 Palermo-Giardini Naxos
- Day 8 Giardini Naxos
- Day 9 Giardini Naxos
- Day 10 Giardini Naxos-UK
NH Hotel Caltagirone Villa San Mauro
Hotel Palermo Quattro Canti
Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Day 1 UK-Caltagirone
Fly to Catania and transfer to Caltagirone (45 miles, one hour).
Stay three nights at the 4-star NH Hotel Caltagirone Villa San Mauro (3Q+), with views over old town and the countryside, or the 4-star Hotel Mediterranero Palace (3Q+), in Ragusa. D
Day 2 Regusa and Modica
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
heck 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 (121 miles, two hours and 30 minutes), on the northern coast, pausing en route for a typical Sicilian buffet lunch.
Spend three nights at the 4-star B&B Hotel Palermo Quattro Canti (3Q). 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 (160 miles, three hours), which is set on an attractive bay, backed by Mount Etna.
You'll spend your final three nights at the 4-star Hellenia Yachting Hotel (4Q). 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 (37 miles, 40 minutes) for your return flight to the UK. B
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 9 nights itinerary
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 9 nights itinerary
Post-holiday extension - half board
After your tour spend a further four nights at the 4-star Hellenia Yachting Hotel (4Q), overlooking the waterfront. The hotel's facilities include a buffet-style restaurant, indoor and outdoor bars, terrace with outdoor pool, and a Wellness Centre (extra charge). There are no included excursions on this extension.
If you are flying from Manchester you will depart on either 27th April or 11th May and will have one extra night at NH Villa San Mauro at the start of your tour.