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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Italy
Resort Sicily
Travel type Fly
Price range From £899
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Uncover one of Italy’s best kept secrets on our escorted tour to the island of Sicily with its coastline and hilltop villages, the Valley of the Temples and Mount Etna.

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The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single and Sea View rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights as indicated, seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all coach tours as mentioned, air conditioned coach travel in Italy, guided tours of Valley of the Temples, Siracusa, Villa at Piazza Armerina and Monreale; visits to Palermo and Etna, services of a Riviera tour manager. Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights in four star hotels with breakfast and dinner
  • Guided tour of Agrigento's Valley of the Temples
  • Guided tour of Monreale's medieval cathedral and cloisters
  • Visit to Palermo
  • Visit to Taormina
  • Guided tour of Siracusa
  • Visit to Mount Etna
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Not included: entrance to Valley of the Temples €13.50, Piazza Armerina €5, Monreale €6, Siracusa archaeological site €10 approximate costs, payable locally. Mount Etna exploration: cable car only €29.20, or cable car, jeep and compulsory guide €60.50, approximate costs, payable locally.

If you are over 65, or under 18, under current Italian law entrance to any state owned museum is free for British and other European Union citizens on production of a photocopy of your passports.€1 is payable locally, however, if you are 65 or over, or under 18 for the Entrance to the Valley of the Temples.

Occasionally the opening times of the places of interest vary, and if this happens we may have to change the order of events.
Day one

Flight to Catania. On arrival, you transfer to Agrigento and to the four star hotel Kaos, set in its own grounds. Some departures will stay in the four star Hotel Baia di Ulisse, situated close to the historic centre with panoramic views, or the Diosucri Bay Palace, overlooking the harbour in San Leone.

Day two

This morning you visit the Greek temples in the Valley of the Temples. Nine of them, visible for miles, sit on a ridge looking out to sea, with the Concordia, similar to the Pantheon in Athens. A guided tour is followed by a visit to the archaeological museum. You then visit Agrigento itself with its stepped streets and quiet shady piazzas.

Day three

Today you visit the 12th century Benedictine abbey at Monreale. It boasts medieval mosaics depicting the Old Testament covering almost the entire interior. Then, on to Sicily’s capital, Palermo, which under Saracen and Norman rule became one of the most important cities in Europe. You see the Norman palace, a former Royal residence, and the 12th century cathedral.

Day four

We leave Agrigento and take the drive to the small town of Piazza Armerina, where one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last century was made: a fourth century Roman villa, possibly owned by one of the joint Emperors, which explains its size and richness of decoration. Buried for centuries, you can still see the remains of pastel-coloured frescoes on the walls, but the mosaics, showing animals and hunting scenes, are the finest we have from Roman antiquity. This palatial building, complete with its baths, illustrates with great clarity the evident high standard of living of the Roman elite. We have a guided tour of the villa before continuing our drive to Taormina. Taormina is one of the most beautiful towns on the island towering 250 metres above the sweeping coastline below, where we have a choice of three hotels in three different locations, staying for four nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day five

This morning we are free in Taormina. Retaining much of its medieval charm, situated on a high ledge, facing Etna and overlooking the sea. Today, its main street is lined by smart, designer boutiques and exclusive jewellers, with the tiny side streets, some of which are so narrow you can touch both sides at once, leading to piazzas, lined with family run restaurants. As you would expect in a country so famous for its cuisine, speciality food shops are everywhere, selling fresh pasta, olives, Sicilian wine and the local Marsala. Street stalls sell Mediterranean vegetables, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers and aubergines, with flowers and window boxes, adding a splash of colour. Taormina’s greatest claim to fame is its theatre, a legacy of the ancient Greeks and still in use today, preserved with its panoramic view of Etna in the background. This afternoon you are free to explore as you wish.

Day six

Today we take the drive to Siracusa, once one of the richest cities in the ancient world, even rivalling Athens. Its most famous resident was Archimedes, who, whilst in the bath, discovered the principle of displacement and ran through the streets naked, exclaiming 'Eureka' (I’ve found it). Today the city is one of Sicily’s most attractive, a collection of limestone buildings, dating mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a Baroque cathedral incorporating an ancient temple, and just opposite is the Bosco palace. The old port area is attractive and very traditional, full of small fishing boats unloading their catch and lined with restaurants and pavement cafes. We have a guided walking tour of the old town then time for lunch; we also take in a panoramic view of the archaeological park, before returning to our hotel.

Day seven

Dominating eastern Sicily is Europe’s highest volcano, Etna. As you near the summit itself you can enjoy extensive views over the whole area.

Day eight

A coach will return you to the airport to take your return flight.
Kaos hotel - four star

Located approximately three miles from Agrigento, where we stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis for three nights, is situated in a quiet location with extensive views over the surrounding countryside and sea, approximately three miles away. The public rooms are decorated in a typically Sicilian style. There is a courtyard where you can have a refreshing drink. The hotel is set in its own extensive landscaped gardens, has its own tennis courts and a large swimming pool. Dinner may be served al fresco in the gardens if the weather allows.

Hotel Della Valle - four star

Situated close to the historic centre with panoramic views over the Valley of the Temples. Set in its own gardens of palm and olive trees, this hotel has a wellness centre, outdoor swimming pool and bar, good quality restaurant serving international and Sicilian cuisine, lobby bar and terrace. All air-conditioned rooms are furnished and have mini bar, safe and hairdryer.

Hotel Sant’Alphio Garden - four star

Situated just a few minutes walk from the sea itself. This hotel sits right in the centre of Giardini Naxos with views of nearby Taormina and Mount Etna. It has a host of facilities including a restaurant serving local and international cuisine, bar, outdoor pool surrounded by shady palm trees and bougainvillaea with poolside bar. The hotel also has a private beach just a short walk away and spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym (available at extra cost). Rooms are modern, air-conditioned and equipped with private facilities, mini-bar, safe and all have a terrace or balcony affording views over the surrounding area.

Sea view with balcony or terrace £65 per person

Hotel Excelsior Palace - four star

A classic building, over a hundred years old, which during its long history has welcomed guests as diverse as the King of Italy to Antonio Banderas. It is situated on a promontory with panoramic views of the sea to one side and Mount Etna on the other, set in its own extensive landscape gardens, and yet centrally located in the old town. The restaurant focuses on local cuisine and the bar/terrace has views of Etna. The large swimming pool, set in the terraced gardens on the end of the promontory has the same views as the hotel itself and its own bar. All rooms are air-conditioned, styled in keeping with the rest of the hotel.

Front sea view (no balcony) £105 per person; Side sea/Enta view (no balcony) £75 per person; Side sea/Enta view (French balcony) £85 per person

Hotel Baia Taormina - four star

Eight kilometres north of Taormina, built in Sicilian style and set into the coastal cliff itself, overlooking the Bay of Taormina. It is a member of ‘Charming Hotels – Independent Luxury Hotels of the World’ one of the world’s most stylish hotel chains and has also received the following comment from one of the world’s most prestigious hotel guides, Johansens:

‘Four stars does not do it justice; every member of staff, every detail shines with courtesy and excellence. . . It is an honour to have you in our guide book.’

This hotel with its stone-faced walls, terracotta tiles and wide arches has two swimming pools, a restaurant specialising in local cuisine (there may also be the opportunity to take dinner on the terrace during your stay); a bar and lounge and a coffee shop, all set into the hillside making use of the topography. The rooms themselves are well-appointed, decorated, and all face the sea. Should you wish to visit Taormina, there is a free shuttle bus, and to avoid the walk you can take this to the beach too, which takes approximately two minutes.

Please note: Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.
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We were particularly impressed by the professionalism, knowledge of history, attention to detail and warm nature of the tour guide Rosario Sulphuro.
Jun 2012
Dr & Mrs Basu

We just want to thank you for an excellent week's holiday in Sicily. It was well planned and executed. Our guide, Alex, was superb-informative, patient, kind and invariably cheerful.
Sep 2011
Mr Rees

We were on the Sicily April 12-19 tour recently and wanted to say how much we appreciated the tour guide, Rosario Solfari, who is one of the best guides we have ever met, warm and outgoing, extremely well-informed, courteous and amusing. Would it be possible for you to forward a message from us to him? Christopher and Tina Lamb
Apr 2011
Christopher and Tina Lamb
I'd like to mention our tour guide, Wendy, she was really excellent, obviously knew her stuff, and was very good at setting the right tone for a pretty mixed group. I briefly worked as a tour guide and I was very impressed.
Mar 2008
Mr J. Salmon & Ms M. Kenfield
We thought that the tour programme was excellent and we have learned a great deal about the history, geography and culture of the island, thanks to our charming and attentive guide Kathryn. Her knowledge of the place was profound and insightful.
Mar 2008
Mr & Mrs Long
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