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A Week Of Historic City Hopping On The Island Of Sicily

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£599/per adult

Overview

Kicked by the bottom of Italy’s “boot” and ringed by the raging Mediterranean surf, the island of Sicily enjoys a to-die-for climate, one that makes beach-hopping and frolicking about in teal-coloured waters a fairly common pastime for anybody who steps foot on this Italian beauty. 


It’s not all about the sun, sea and Sbagliato cocktails, though. Sicily enjoys a colourful and diverse history; it took centre stage in the works of Homer, was praised by the poet Virgiland reminders of yesteryear are around every corner in the form of ornate temples, crumbling columns and time-worn statues.


The first stop on your tour will be the city of Syracuse, found on the east coast of Sicily and once described as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all” by Cicero. Its archaeological zone and historic centre called Ortygia, “the Old City”, is bursting at the seams with character. Spaghetti-like lanes intersperse with scruffily stunning Baroque palaces and the well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre and Greek Theatre will make any history buffs in your party swoon. 


A little further along the coast from Syracuse, you’ll find the spectacular World Heritage Site city of Catania, a place described often as youthful and trendy, full to the brim with black and white palazzi and energetic bars. Breathing over Sicily’s second largest city at all times is the growling Mount Etna volcano, making Catania’s landscape both dramatic and beautiful.


Heading up north, you’ll stop off at the charming medieval town of Cefalu’ before plunging headfirst into the ancient abyss of Palermo, Sicily’s capital. Fall in love with the Byzantine mosaics, Baroque churches and Gothic Palaces which litter the streets of this fascinating metropolis. 


You could spend your time wandering the city’s honey-coloured cathedral, brushing up on your history at the Museo Archeologico Regionale or simply marvelling at the sensational Teatro Massimo. You’ll also have the chance to take a detour to Monreale, a suburb sitting 8 km from Palermo which offers stunning views of the city and the sea. 


After soaking up the sun in Palermo’s busy back-alleys, you’ll head to the rugged, historic hilltop town of Erice in the province of Trapani. Here, you’ll find ancient walls and antiquated castles rubbing up against cobbled alleyways and dense foliage - like something out of a fairy-tale. 


It just so happens that the picture-perfect time capsule of Erice contrasts beautifully with the blue-tinted waters of the coastal town of Marsala, the most populated town in all of Trapani. Home to the archaeological site of the island of Motya and a plethora of age-old churches and colonial architecture, Marsala is well worth visiting.


The last spot of city sightseeing will be in Agrigento, a hilltop city located on Sicily’s southwest shore, swarming with architectural wonders and offering a true window to the past.Home to the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, its bright, clay-coloured columns and fallen statues, time-worn yet magnificent all the same, make this city an absolute must-see. 

Whats Included

Cosy hotel stays and jam-packed excursions in dreamy Sicily
  • Return flight from UK
  • A lovely 2 nights’ accommodation in Syracuse
  • An exciting 2 nights spent in bustling Palermo
  • A wonderful 3 nights’ stay in historic Agrigento
  • Half-board basis
  • Sightseeing tour of Syracuse (the Temple of Minerva and Greek Theatre, the Fountain of Arethusa, the Roman Amphitheatre, the stone quarries and the Ear of Dionisio)
  • Take a tour of Noto’s historical centre
  • Visit the city of Catania, a World Heritage Site 
  • Enjoy a stop-off in the beautiful town of Cefalu’
  • Sightseeing in Palermo (the Cathedral and Cloister of Monreale)
  • Take a tour of the charming towns of Erice and Marsala 
  • Exquisite vineyard tour with a sample tasting included
  • A traditional Sicilian cuisine tasting with kumquat / rice or granita with brioche (depending on the season)
  • Visit Selinunte’s fascinating archaeological site
  • Sightseeing in Agrigento (the Piazza Armerina, a Roman villa and the Valley of the Temples)
  • Excursion to Mount Etna and the charming town of Taormina’s antique theatre 
  • Gran Turismo bus and multilingual tour leader from the first to the last day of the trip
  • Local guides on hand to help during the tours of Selinunte, Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina, Taormina, Palermo and Monreale
  • Welcome Cocktail 
  • Use of audio-receivers during the tour 

Highlights

Spectacular tour of Ancient Sicily including Mount Etna!

  • Head off sightseeing in one-of-a-kind Syracuse, a city which exudes history
  • Get lost in the ancient port city of Catania, sitting at the foot of Mount Etna and awarded World Heritage Site status
  • Wander the twinkling paradise of the coastal town of Cefalu’
  • Explore multicultural Palermo, the flamboyant Sicilian capital where delicious cuisine reigns
  • Discover historic Agrigento, home to the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples
  • Try traditional Sicilian cuisine and go on an exquisite vineyard tour
  • Marvel at the mighty Mount Etna volcano from the idyllic town of Taormina sitting close by
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