5, 7 or 9 night road trip: East coast of Sicily - Catania - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Driving along at your own pace with included car hire, and returning to your comfortable room after perfect days.
  • Wandering the sun-drenched streets of Noto's UNESCO-listed city centre and gazing at stunning Baroque buildings - freshly-made gelato in hand.
  • Seeing Mount Etna's crater for yourself on the 7-night trip, and tasting the fruity aromas of wines from nearby vineyards.

Your itinerary in brief

Set off on an unforgettable 5, 7 or 9-night road trip along the East Coast of Sicily.

 

Discover the splendour of Catania, with its bustling streets, Baroque palaces and effervescent atmosphere, and soak up the beauty of Taormina, with its breathtaking panoramic views and picturesque cobbled alleyways.

 

Explore Syracuse - a city rich in Greek and Roman antiquity - and be sure to check out the charming island of Ortigia.

 

5-night road trip:

Day 1: Arrival in Catania

Day 2: Catania & Taormina

Day 3: Syracuse & Ortigia

Day 4: Noto & Marzamemi

Day 5: Modica & Ragusa

Day 6: Departure

 

 

7-night road trip:

Day 1: Arrival in Catania

Day 2: Taormina

Day 3: Etna & Catania

Day 4: Syracuse & Noto

Day 5: Marzamemi

Day 6: Modica & Ragusa

Day 7: Cavagrande 

Day 8: Departure


9-night road trip:

Days 1 - 7: Similar to the 7-night itinerary.

Day 8: Caltagirone

Day 9: Scicli or the Chateau of Donnafugata 

Day 10: Departure

 

 

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Your itinerary in detail

5-night road trip

Day 1: Arrival in Catania 

Arrive at Catania airport and pick up your hire car.

  • Night in Catania or Taormina

 

 

Day 2: Catania and Taormina

The pearl of the Sicilian east coast, Catania is a place where history and natural beauty merge all to the backdrop of the imposing Mount Etna.

 

Taormina is considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. The scent of fragrant Mediterranean plants fills the medieval-like streets, and the Greek theatre is a must-see.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Catania or Taormina

 

 

Day 3: Syracuse and Ortigia

Rich in Baroque architecture, Syracuse was once conquered by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, all of whom left an indelible mark on the city's culture.

 

Monuments of great interest include the park of Neapolis and the island of Ortigia where you'll find lively squares and historic sites such as the Temple of Apollo.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 4: Noto and Marzamemi

Noto's historic centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, making it a must-see on your tour of eastern Sicily. Enter the heart of the city through the historic Porta Reale, an imposing nineteenth-century archway overlooking Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

 

Along this street you will find priceless Baroque buildings such as the Church of Santa Chiara with its panoramic terrace and the Cathedral of San Nicolò, the symbol of the city.

 

Marzamemi is a small fishing village characterised by its small yellow houses and the famous Tonnara di Marzamemi.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 5: Modica and Ragusa

Famous for its handmade chocolate, the winding streets of Modica's old town also reveal ornate churches and elegant palaces. 

 

Divided between the old town, Ragusa Ibla, and the new, Ragusa Superiore, Ragusa charms with its remarkable Baroque architecture, sumptuous churches and charming alleyways.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 6: Departure

Depart for Catania airport and return your hire car.

  • Breakfast included

 

 

Please note: This itinerary is an example only. The order of stops depends on where the first hotel is located. The example above starts in the Catania or Taormina area and ends in the Syracuse or Ragusa area. In the event of arrival in the Catania or Taormina region and departure from Syracuse or Ragusa, the order of sops will be reversed.

7-night road trip

Day 1: Arrival in Catania

Arrive at Catania airport and pick up your hire car.

  •  Night in Catania or Taormina

 

 

Day 2: Taormina

See day 2 of the 5-night road trip for a description of Taormina.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Catania or Taormina

 

 

Day 3: Etna & Catania

The most active volcano on the planet, Etna rises to over 3,000 metres and has a lunar landscape of dark stone and glowing lava. Take a day or half-day excursion to admire the various craters. 

 

See day 2 of the 5-night road trip for a description of Catania.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Catania or Taormina

 

 

Day 4: Syracuse & Noto

See day 3 of the 5-night road trip for a description of Syracuse and day 4 for a description of Noto.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 5: Marzamemi

See day 4 of the 5-night road trip for a description of Marzamemi.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 6: Modica & Ragusa

See day 5 of the 5-night road trip.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 7: Cavagrande 

Cavagrande is famous for its spectacular gorges and deep blue lakes. Located near Avola, this enchanting site offers visitors panoramic hiking trails, revealing breathtaking views of canyons, waterfalls and lush Mediterranean vegetation.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 8: Departure

Return your hire car and head back home.

  •  Breakfast included

 

 

Please note: This itinerary is an example only. The order of stops depends on where the first hotel is located. The example above starts in the Catania or Taormina area and ends in the Syracuse or Ragusa area. In the event of arrival in the Catania or Taormina region and departure from Syracuse or Ragusa, the order of sops will be reversed.

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9-night road trip

Days 1 - 7: Similar to the 7-night itinerary.

  • Breakfast included

 

 

Day 8: Caltagirone

Caltagirone's cobbled streets wind between ancient churches and Baroque palaces, but it is it's reputation as a ceramics centre that sets it apart.

 

Colourful workshops display unique artistic pieces, while the emblematic Santa Maria del Monte staircase, adorned with colourful majolica tiles, offers panoramic views over the town.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Catania or Taormina 

 

 

Day 9: Scicli or the Chateau of Donnafugata 

The town of Scicli is a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts magnificently ornate churches, majestic palaces and picturesque alleyways.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

 

Day 10: Departure

Return your hire car and head home.

  • Breakfast included

 

 

Please note: This itinerary is an example only. The order of stops depends on where the first hotel is located. The example above starts in the Catania or Taormina area and ends in the Syracuse or Ragusa area. In the event of arrival in the Catania or Taormina region and departure from Syracuse or Ragusa, the order of sops will be reversed.

Important information about your trip and visits

Hotels that meet local standards are indicative and may be substituted locally for hotels of a similar category. The itinerary may be changed for compelling reasons such as flight delays, weather conditions or other cases of force majeure. The order of visits is also subject to change.

Your hotels

Hand-picked just for you

Maximum room capacity

Relax in comfortable rooms in carefully accommodation during your road trip, which can be located inside or outside the city.

 

In the Catania or Syracuse area:

Zafferana: Hotel Airone Wellness 4*

Noto: Villa Favorita in Noto 4* 

Siracusa: Lantern Magiche Ortigia

Carlentini: Agriturismo Badiula 

 

In the Ragusa or Modica area:

Ragusa: Relais Parco Cavalonga 4*

Modica: Modica boutique hotel 4* 

Modica: Poggio del Sole 4* 

 

 

 

Stay length (depending on road trip chosen):

 

5-night road trip:

3 nights in Catania or Taormina + 2 nights in Syracuse or Ragusa

OR

2 nights in Catania or Taormina + 3 nights in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

7-night road trip:

4 nights in Catania or Taormina + 3 nights in Syracuse or Ragusa

OR

3 nights in Catania or Taormina + 4 nights in Syracuse or Ragusa

 

9-night road trip:

5 nights in Catania or Taormina + 4 nights in Syracuse or Ragusa

OR

4 nights in the Catania or Taormina area + 5 nights in the Syracuse or Ragusa area

 

 

  • Your hotels may not be located directly in the city centre, and you may have to drive a little further to reach them.
  • Parking is available in the vicinity of the hotels, but is not guaranteed.
  • If the hotels listed above are unavailable, you will be provided with comfortable accommodation in similar hotels. Local standards apply. 

 

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Single rooms are not available.
 
The maximum capacity of the rooms is 3 adults, or 1 adult and 2 children, or 2 adults and 1 child. 

Your dining choices

This is a bed and breakfast stay.

 

Your optional excursions

30-minute helicopter flight around Mount Etna

Your optional excursions

Discover Sicily on a high! Fly to the Etna volcano and take in breathtaking views of Sicily. Round off your experience with vineyard vistas before landing at Fiumefreddo heliport, where you can relax in a large pool with solarium and enjoy  the bar and catering services.

Enjoy views of beautiful sprawling coniferous forests, ancient lava flows, extinct craters and the Piano Provenzana ski resort.  Once you've reached an altitude of 3,500 metres, admire the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Calabria before descending the volcano's rugged slopes which offer unique views of Catania.

 

Our advice for a successful excursion? Choose to fly over Sicily at the beginning of your trip! In the event of bad weather, the flight can be rescheduled.

 

Please note: this flight is shared within the limits of our capacity (5 people).

 

Practical information:

- Tour type: Helicopter flight

- Guided: no

- Languages: English

- Availability: Flight available every day

- Accessible to people with reduced mobility: no

- Accessible to pregnant women: no

- Recommended minimum age: 5 years.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

- Maximum weight: For safety reasons, people weighing over 120 kg will occupy two seats, which must be paid for before the flight.

- Duration: 30 minutes flight time + 30 minutes pre-flight preparation / formalities

- Number of seats: 5 passengers

- Transfers: no

- Pick-up and drop-off point: Via Catania Messina, 14, Sicily

 

Price includes:

- 30-minute helicopter flight (excluding registration fee to be paid on site).

 

Price does not include:

- 24.50 € registration fee to be paid per person upon check-in at Helipass.com

- Transfers are not included

- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the "Price includes" section

- Gratuities, if any

- Personal expenses

- Anything not mentioned in "Price includes".

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Excursion to Mount Etna - from Catania

Your optional excursions

Explore Mount Etna on a group tour departing from your hotel in Catania, including hikes around the craters and a visit to a lava cave. End the day with a tasting of local produce at an organic farm in Zafferana Etnea.

Quad adventure on Mount Etna

Your optional excursions

Enjoy an unforgettable experience exploring Mount Etna on a quad bike. Admire explosive craters, cross eruptive fractures and discover a fascinating lava cave on this thrilling excursion.

Private tour of Noto, Modica and Ragusa - departing from Catania

Your optional excursions

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa on a private tour from Catania.

 

Visit Noto for its palaces and balconies, Modica for its Baroque churches and chocolate factories, and Ragusa for its magnificent landscapes and gardens.

Your Journey to Italy

Flights:

You will be able to choose your airline and flight times when you make your booking. This flight may include one or more stopovers. The stopover may be technical (without a change of aircraft) or transit (with a change of aircraft).

Luggage information

Luggage, meals and other services on board may be subject to an additional fee on certain airlines. It is possible to view details of luggage allowances when you choose your flights at the next stage of the booking process. If luggage is not included with your flight, please go to the airline's website before your departure to purchase your luggage for an additional fee.

For domestic flights, airlines do not always offer the option of reserving luggage. In this case, you will need to pay for it at the airport counter.

You will receive all the information you need to check in for your flights after you have made your reservation.

Your destinations

Catania

Sicily has often been described as Italy’s most cosmopolitan region, with so many cultures having passed through the island. Catania is a city that illustrates this rich heritage thanks to its history, culture, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful food.

Whether you prefer to relax and sip an espresso at a sidewalk café or discover Catania and the Sicilian countryside, you won’t run out of things to do in this region.

With a Unesco-listed historic centre, grandiose black and white palazzi tower over baroque piazzas and a vibrant fish market, Catania is a city bursting with life. With a rich history dating back to early 4th & 5th centuries BC, Catania has seen recent renovations in the early 2000s which preserved the story of this unique city.

Come to Catania to discover the sights and sounds. Sample typical products of this region at the bustling fish market, marvel at the stunning views of Mount Etna and take in the inspirational detail of Baroque architecture.

Noto

Welcome to an island of delectable cuisine, vibrant culture, and dramatic, rocky coastlines. Sicily boasts a landscape abundant with art and nature. With Etna and the seas of Jonio, the baroque splendour of Noto (26km) and the beauty of Siracusa all within easy reach, you can explore an unforgettable territory brimming with stories of times past and present

 

Admire Baroque treasures protected by Unesco in the beautiful town of Noto. Lose yourself in the elegant alleys of Ortigia (11km), in Siracusa. Breathe in the silence of the protected reserves and marine areas, (Cavagrande 25km and Plemmirio 11km).

 

This land inspires memorable adventures and discoveries for all. For those who wish to relax on the beaches, this is a paradise as there are many wonderful sandy spots to discover...

Syracuse

The landscape of Sicily is beautiful and varied. In the north-east, Mount Etna, with its fertile slopes and valleys, supports a number of vineyards. In the south-east there are the beautiful forest-covered mountains; the landscape characterised by soft hills, with vineyards, olive groves, almond trees, citrus and the characteristic carob trees. To the west, the landscape becomes gentler with soft, rolling hills, and it is here one finds long sandy beaches. The weather is mild all year round and temperatures will not normally drop below 15 degrees, even in the coldest months.

 

Sicily is rightly considered one of the world’s most iconic travel destinations. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and has long been known as a 'melting pot' of ancient cultures due to its location on the major Mediterranean shipping routes. 

 

Syracuse is a city that combines rich architectural and cultural treasures with the charm of the ancient Sicilian countryside. Rich in Baroque architecture and witness to the splendour of Magna Graecia, it was conquered by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, all of whom left an indelible mark on the city's culture

 

Taormina

Famed for its dazzling coastline, stunningly diverse history and delectable cuisine, Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is a destination that constantly impresses and evolves, welcoming a consistent flock of year-round tourists.

 

Aside from the capital Palermo, another prime spot for your island bucket list has to be Sicily's 'pearl' - Taormina, where captivating views of Mount Etna accompany azure waters, quaint beachside cafés, and a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

 

Make sure to take some time to visit the Teatro Antico di Taormina, a Greco-Roman theatre commanding stunning views of the coastline, or just spend your days lounging on the beach - the beaches of Sicily are bound to have you fall head over heels for this very special destination.

In more detail

Please find practical information about your trip:
This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Pets are not permitted.
Your stay may be subject to an additional city or tourist tax payable directly to the hotel, which is not included in our nightly rate. Please check with hotel directly for further information.

Prices and times are indicative and subject to change. Some facilities/services are subject to a surcharge, payable locally.

 

The general terms and conditions of sale apply.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation as per your itinerary
  • Breakfast included
  • Category B car hire (Fiat 500, Renault Twingo or similar)

 

The tour price does not include:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Personal expenses, tips
  • Local taxes to be paid on site
  • Insurance (optional)
  • Application fees
  • Everything not mentioned in the "price includes" section
 

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy and configuration are not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

 

Travel with peace of mind

 

To ensure a peaceful holiday, our partners are committed to respecting the local health and sanitary measures in force to protect your safety and well-being.

 

Please note: health and sanitary measures may be subject to change in line with government recommendations. Consequently, they may affect access to certain amenities and leisure facilities.

Car hire:

Included category B car hire (Fiat 500, Renault Twingo or similar) 

 

 

Car rental office opening hours:

  • Palermo APT Punta Raisi - Falcone e Borsellino / 08:00 - 23:59
  • Holiday Car Rental (+39-091-591687)
  • Europcar (+39-091-591688)
  • Catania APT Fontanarossa / 08:00 - 21:59
  • Europcar (+39-095-348125) / 08:00 - 23:59
  • Holiday Car Rental (+39-095-346769)

 

The maximum pick-up time for the vehicle is the time provided in the timetables shown above. After this time, if the passenger's flight has been delayed, customers are required to urgently communicate the new arrival time to the car rental agency and as described on their own Sicilissimo voucher.

 

Sicilissimo will not be held responsible for any inconvenience due to undelivered cars due to lack of information given to the charterers by the clients.

 

Hirers may charge customers a surcharge for vehicle delivery after closing time if the wait is confirmed by the hirer to the customers. A credit card will be required on arrival for the deposit (NO debit cards / ‘Bancomat’ or ‘Postepay’ or similar prepaid cards).

 

IMPORTANT: Please note that the main driver corresponds to the first name entered at the time of your purchase.

 

 

Car hire conditions:

Pick-up and drop-off will take place at the airport.

The price includes:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • (V.A.T.) 22% OF THE RENTAL PRICE
  • Airport taxes and charges (12% of the rental price)
  • Insurance (as follows):

CDW: covering the risks of damage to the vehicle with an excess of € 1,210.00;

TW: theft or total or partial fire of the vehicle with an excess of € 1,710.00;

 

The price does not include:

  • Everything not explicitly mentioned in ‘the price includes’.
  • Costs for additional drivers
  • Costs of picking up cars outside office hours
  • Fines and petrol, for which a deposit must be paid by credit card on arrival.
  • The deposit will be refunded on condition that the car is returned with a full tank; otherwise, in addition to the fuel surcharge, an extra service charge of approximately €12.50 will be applied.

 

mportant information:

  • A deposit on your credit card will be requested on arrival at the agency.
  • The deposit will be returned to you provided that the car is returned undamaged and with a full tank of petrol. If this is not the case, an additional charge of approximately €12.50 will be levied for the service.
  • The rates shown are valid for periods of at least 1 day (1 x 24 h).
  • The vehicle must be returned at the same time as it was picked up. Any delay of more than 30 minutes will result in a one-day supplement based on the official local rate applied by the hire company, to be paid on the spot.
  • Minimum age of driver: 25 years old and in possession of a driving licence for more than one year.
  • Please note that between the ages of 21 and 24 there is a ‘Young Driver’ supplement of €21.00 per day, payable on site at the car hire counter.
  • If the car group specified is no longer available, another group with the same or better characteristics will be provided.
  • Only the holder of the rental agreement and additional drivers are authorised to drive if they are written on the rental agreement. Any event caused by a person not authorised to drive the vehicle will not be covered by insurance.
  • The driver: the driver of the car must be in possession of the credit card and the original valid driving licence (no photocopies, no declaration of loss, etc.) will be asked for at the car hire counter. If the home address is not shown on the driving licence, you will be asked for a valid identity card.

 

Conditions of use:

  • The maximum waiting time for car hire is until midnight. After this time and if the passenger's flight has been delayed, the customer must inform the car rental agencies of the new scheduled arrival time.
  • In the event of non-use or partial use of the rental vehicle, no refund will be given.
  • The car rental companies EUROPCAR and HOLIDAY CAR RENTAL only accept the following debit cards, provided solely by banking institutions: VISA DEBIT, MASTERCARD DEBIT, V-PAY. Prepaid and/or electronic cards belonging to the circuits described above and not linked to a customer bank account will not be accepted
  • There is no car rental service at Comiso airport.

 

Important information concerning offers without flights:

To ensure that your hire car is available on arrival, please let us know your flight times within 48 hours of making your booking by filling in the dedicated form in your member account. Without this information, your car may not be available on time.

 

 

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