Sicily is Italy’s most cosmopolitan region and is almost a nation unto itself. The enchanting land where Archimedes taught and Saint Paul preached was a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate and a Norman kingdom. All left traces of their presence in the wealth of monuments and artefacts, which delights visitors today. Sicily is Europe, Africa and Asia on one island; a unique place full of art, archaeology, history, folklore and breathtaking scenery, with its sandy beaches, majestic mountains and Europe’s greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna.
Your tour will take in some of the magical sites of the Island, including an awe-inspiring visit to the volcano.
Day 1 - Depart on a morning flight to mainland Italy for your connecting flight to Palermo. On arrival, transfer by private coach to your hotel, with free time prior to dinner.
Day 2 - Full day guided visit of Palermo with morning visits to the Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palatine Chapel and Catherdral. Afternoon visit to the renowned monastery town of Monreale, to visit the magnificent Cathedral and Benedictine cloister. Continue to the Convento dei Cappuccini, renowned for its catacombs. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 - Depart for the medieval city of Agrigento, with visits en route to Segesta, one of the best-preserved Greek archaeological sites, to view the Greek Theatre and Doric Temple and Selinunte, an abandoned ancient Greek city, to view the Greek Acropolis and Temple. Arrive in Agrigento for dinner.
Day 4 - Morning guided visits in Agrigento, including the Archaeological Museum and famous Valley of the Temples. Afternoon exploration of the new town area of Agrigento. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 5 - Depart for Noto, ‘Sicily’s Baroque City’, with visits en-route to Piazza Armerina and the Roman Villa. Arrive in Noto for dinner.
Day 6 - Full day excursion to Siracusa, the most important city in Magna Graecia, including visits to the Archaeological Park, Greek Theatre and Amphitheatre, Ear of Dionysius and Archimedes tomb. Afternoon trip to Ortygia Island to visit the Temple of Apollo, the Cathedral and mythological Arethusa Fountain. Visit Giardini Naxos on the return journey to Taormina, with arrival in time for dinner.
Day 7 - Morning visit to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano and Sicily’s largest nature reserve. Afternoon visit to the Alcantara Gorge. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 8 - Dependent on flight timings, free time for last minute shopping and sightseeing before your return flight to the UK.
The above itinerary is flexible and can be changed to include any visits of particular interest to your group.
This tour is based on 4 star hotels in a central location. If you wish to include either a higher or lower standard of accommodation within your itinerary than those shown on this page, we will be happy to provide you with a tailor-made tour quotation based on your request.
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Flights are available daily from London Heathrow via the Italian mainland to Palermo (outbound) and from Catania (inbound) with Alitalia. The total air journey time is approximately 4hrs 45mins. Some indirect regional departures are also available. All flights and accommodation are subject to availability. For peak season dates we strongly recommend that you book early.