The Best of Sicily
On this delightful Sicilian journey, you’ll discover evocative landscapes sweeping down to pretty seaside towns, Roman villas overloaded with art treasures and Mount Etna, Europe’s most imposing active volcano. Explore Taormina, a fascinating town which overlooks two sweeping bays and home to a magnificent Greco-Roman theatre. Marvel at the brooding Mount Etna, which forms a dramatic backdrop to your discoveries, with opportunities to journey to the top. Your journey continues via the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale and onto Palermo and its beautiful Monreale Cathedral. Palermo is also famous for its street food tradition and we’ll experience this first hand at the market.
Your Holiday Includes
Included Holiday Highlights
Day 1 UK – Catania
Depart on your flight to Catania today. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel. You will stay here for three nights, so relax and settle in before enjoying dinner this evening.
Day 2 Mount Etna
It’s Sicily’s most famous attraction, its name known the world over, and today you can see Mount Etna up close. You can ascend Europe’s tallest active volcano by cable car to enjoy breathtaking views.Meals included:B,D
Day 3 Taormina
We’re off to Taormina today, a fascinating town which overlooks two sweeping bays. After a stroll, join your Holiday Director on an included visit to the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre here, perched dramatically on a clifftop. As well as exploring this ancient site, built around the 3rd century BC, you can take in panoramic views of the sea and Sicily’s famous volcano, Mount Etna, which looms in the distance.
Day 4 Villa del Casale – Campofelice di Roccella
We’re going to head to our next base today, Campofelice di Roccella, near Cefalu, but not before the chance to revel in some Roman history. Our journey takes us to the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale, close to the town of Piazza Armerina. Here, excavations have revealed one of the world’s richest and most complex collections of Roman mosaics. As you view them, you’ll be amazed by their excellent condition. We’ll continue to our hotel and once you’ve unpacked, why not head out for a stroll and explore your surroundings.Meals included:B,D
Day 5 Campofelice di Roccella
Today is free for you to explore, you could take a local shuttle to nearby Cefalu, a pretty fishing port. There’s lots to discover here, including its winding medieval streets, sandy beaches and one of Sicily’s finest Norman cathedrals. If you peer inside, you’ll see some of the island’s earliest and best-preserved mosaics, with the spectacular Christ Pantocrator above the altar, particularly memorable.
Day 6 Valley of the Temples
Today with a Local Guide you’ll discover the Valley of the Temples, which is dramatically situated on a high ridge overlooking the sea. Explore the Temple of Concord, famed for its surprisingly well-preserved columns, and the Temple of Zeus, the largest to be built by the Greeks.
Day 7 Monreale & Palermo
Watching over Palermo is the beautiful Monreale Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in the world. The pleasant yet unremarkable exterior of the cathedral offers no clue as to the exquisite golden paintings and spectacular mosaics you’ll discover when you venture inside.
After you’ve eaten you could take some time to explore the light-filled Capella Palatine chapel, which proudly exhibits intricate Byzantine mosaics.Meals included:B,L,D
Day 8 Catania – UK
We transfer you to Catania for your return flight to the UK.