Sicily Discovery

Offer

Price per person
from £1,252

Price based on
London Gatwick
1st Nov 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Classic escorted tour

Relax and immerse yourself in the gracious towns, dramatic landscapes and stunning ancient treasures of this scintillating island.

At a glance


  • Sorrento Shop for exquisite ceramics and lace-work, and take in magnificent views across the Bay of Naples

  • Mount Etna Visit the thrilling UNESCO-listed volcano

  • Selinunte Explore the crumbling ruins of the ancient Greek acropolis, then visit a salt mill in Marsala

  • Palermo Tour of the bustling Sicilian capital with a local guide, taking in the ornate, gilded Capella Palatina

  • Naples Included guided sightseeing of Naples with free time to explore at your own pace

Sicily Discovery map

What's included

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Relax and immerse yourself in the gracious towns, dramatic landscapes and stunning ancient treasures of this scintillating island.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

On arrival in Rome, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Your tour starts today. The rest of the day is free to explore Italy’s ancient capital. Tonight, meet your local host/Tour Director and fellow travellers.

No meals included

Rome - Sorrento

Day
2

Travel south along the Highway of the Sun to spend the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the charming bayside resort of Sorrento with its cafés, shops, beaches, and colourful alleys.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Villa San Giovanni - Ferry Crossing - Taormina Area

Day
3

Today, travel through the rustic mountainous scenery of Italy’s southernmost region, Calabria, before boarding the ferry for a 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taormina area - Mount Etna - Taormina area

Day
4

Magnificently situated on a 700 foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivalled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, and maybe taste a refreshing granita or a sumptuous cannolo? Later, enjoy a visit to the heights of Mount Etna with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taormina area - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Day
5

Drive to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colourful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the Roman Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” On to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological jewels. Visit the Doric Temple of Concord, one of the finest examples of Greek civilisation existing today, and the hilltop Temple of Juno Lacinia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Selinunte - Marsala - Palermo

Day
6

Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the Acropolis with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local salt mill and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo - Trapani - Erice - Palermo

Day
7

Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a local guide, set on a harbour that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city centre stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by cable car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breath-taking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the way to the African coast. Return to Palermo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo - Overnight Ferry Crossing To Naples

Day
8

A full day to enjoy this busy and colourful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style — from Moorish to baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent Cappella Palatina.  This evening, embark for an overnight ferry crossing from Palermo to Naples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Rome

Day
9

Get to know Naples with a local guide. You'll discover a multifaceted city, elegant and decadent at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colourful. Later, return to Rome, the “Eternal City.”

No meals included

Rome - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends after breakfast today.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter departure: 29th March 2018 

New Years in Taormina: 29th December 2018

 

Tour hotels will be as stated or similar

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Rome: Holiday Inn Parco Dei Medici
  • Sorrento: Tirrenia or Ascot or Moon Valley at Vico Equense
  • Taormina: Albatros at Letojanni or Kennedy at St Alessio
  • Agrigento: Kore at Villa Romana or Della Valle 
  • Palermo: Politeama or Ibis Center

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