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

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  • Discovering eastern Sicily with complete freedom with car rental included.
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Your Itinerary in Brief

Set off on an unforgettable adventure along the East Coast of Sicily, with a 5, 7 or 9-night self-drive tour that will take you through the treasures of Catania, Taormina, Siracusa and Mount Etna.

 

This self-drive tour of Sicily's east coast will be an unforgettable experience, combining history, culture, nature and adventure. Discover the splendour of Catania, with its bustling streets, Baroque palaces and effervescent atmosphere. Continuing your journey, soak up the beauty of Taormina, with its breathtaking panoramic views from its ancient theatre and picturesque cobbled alleyways. Explore Syracusa, a city rich in Greek and Roman antiquity, with its fascinating archaeological park and the charming island of Ortigia.

 

5-night itinerary:

Day 1: Catania

Days 2 and 3: Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto and the (wonderfully wild) Vendicari nature reserve

Days 4 and 5: Etna, Taormina, Marzamemi

Day 6: Departure

 

7-night itinerary:

Day 1: Catania

Days 2 to 4: Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto and the Vendicari nature reserve

Days 5 to 7: Etna, Taormina, Marzamemi

Day 8: Departure

 

9-night itinerary:

Day 1: Catania

Days 2 to 5: Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto and the Vendicari nature reserve

Days 6 to 9: Etna, Taormina, Marzamemi

Day 10: Departure

Due to the unique topography and character of your destination, parking may be available in the vicinity of the hotels, although is not guaranteed (unless otherwise stated).
 

It is possible that hotels might not be located directly in the city centre and additional driving time may be required to reach them.
 

Many of the perfectly picturesque streets in Italy are cobbled, narrow, sometimes steep and often part of a one-way system. Our members are invited to contact our Customer Service after booking their tour and in advance of departure - to discover the parking options available.  

Your Itinerary in Detail

5-night Tour

DAY 1: CATANIA

 

Arrive at Catania airport and pick up your car.

 

DAY 2 - 3: SIRACUSA, ORTIGIA, NOTO AND VENDICARI NATURE RESERVE

 

Siracusa 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. Monuments of great interest include the Park of Neapolis and the pretty island of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city.

 

Noto, the capital of Baroque, with a historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, Noto is a must-see stop on your journey to discover eastern Sicily. You will find yourself in a city that was built relatively recently, following the earthquake that struck the island in 1693, which gave rise to numerous masterpieces in the style of the period. You enter the heart of the city through the historic Porta Reale, an imposing nineteenth-century archway overlooking Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you will find priceless Baroque buildings such as the Church of Santa Chiara with its panoramic terrace, the Cathedral of San Nicolò, the symbol of the city, the Palace of the Princes of Nicolaci and Palazzo Ducezio.

 

Vendicari Nature Reserve, one of Europe's most beautiful wild oases, to be discovered on three recommended established itineraries. With 1500 hectares of nature, wild beaches, crystal-clear waters and archaeological sites, the beaches of Eloro, Calamosche di San Lorenzo and Vendicari, dominated by the Tonnara and Torre Sveva, are not to be missed.

 

DAY 4 - 5: ETNA, TAORMINA AND MARZAMEMI

 

Etna, the most active volcano on the planet, rising to over 3,000 metres and offering lunar landscapes of dark stone and glowing lava. You can take a day or half-day excursion to admire the various craters. If you're feeling more sporty, you can reach the highest point of Mount Etna and admire the craters at an altitude of 3,300 metres.

 

Taormina teeters high above the Ionian Sea on the east coast. Due to Sicily's mild climate, it makes an on the east coast, it looks directly out onto. Its on the east coast, it looks directly out onto blends with the colours and scents of the Mediterranean vegetation. The Greek theatre, or Teatro Antico, which dates back to the 3rd century BC, is the city's most representative monument. Come and discover all the colours, flavours and atmosphere of a land that two thousand years ago was chosen as a colony by the Greeks and Romans.

 

Marzamemi is an enchanting fishing village in the province of Siracusa, just a few kilometres from Pachino and the baroque town of Noto. It's sure to charm, with its small yellow cut-stone houses and the famous Tonnara di Marzamemi.

 

DAY 6: DEPARTURE

7-night Tour

DAY 1: CATANIA

 

Arrive at Catania airport and collect your car.

 

DAY 2 - 4: SIRACUSA, ORTIGIA, NOTO AND VENDICARI NATURE RESERVE 

 

DAY 5 - 7: ETNA, TAORMINA, CAVAGRANDE AND MARZAMEMI

 

Cavagrande is the place for Nature lovers. Arid rock, canyons, scrubland, gorges and natural pools will reveal themselves as you go along on a short hike. Discover traces of prehistory carved directly into the rock in many caves.

 

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

9-night Tour

DAY 1: CATANIA

 

Arrive at Catania airport and collect your car.

 

DAY 2 - 5: SIRACUSA, ORTIGIA, NOTO AND VENDICARI NATURE RESERVE

 

DAY 6 - 9: ETNA, TAORMINE, CAVAGRANDE, MODICA, MARZAMEMI AND RAGUSA

 

Discover Modica, a rich and powerful stronghold since the Middle Ages. Its architecture reflects its history. There are buildings designed by the architect Gagliardi, as well as Norman, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Visit a local workshop and taste the best chocolate in Sicily, unique for its crunchy sugar crystals and array of 'profumi' (flavours).

 

Ragusa, totally destroyed after an earthquake in the late 1600s, was rebuilt in the Baroque style and is now divided into two agglomerations: Ragusa Ibla, considered the modern part and Ragusa Superiore, situated on a cliff. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city will amaze you at every turn, immersing you in a rich historical past.

 

DAY 10: DEPARTURE

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 Classic Double Room in accommodation selected just for you during your stay. Please note: Your hotels can be located inside or outside the city:

 

In the Siracusa or Ragusa region:

  • Magiche Ortigia Lantern in Siracusa (or similar)
  • Agriturismo Badiula in Carlentini (or similar)
  • Poggio del Sole 4* in Ragusa (or similar)
  • Relais Parco Cavalonga 4* in Donnafugata (or similar)

 

In the region of Taormina or Catania:

  • Picciolo Etna Golf 4* in Castiglione di Sicilia (or similar)
  • Sicilia's Art in Acicatena (or similar)
  • Hotel Nike 4* in Giardini Naxos (or similar)
  • Airone Wellness 4* in Zafferrana Etnea (or similar)

 

For the 5-night itinerary:

3 nights in the Taormina or Catania region + 2 nights in the Siracusa or Ragusa region

OR

2 nights in the Taormina or Catania area + 3 nights in the Siracusa or Ragusa area

 

For the 7-night itinerary:

4 nights in the Taormina or Catania region + 3 nights in the Siracusa or Ragusa region

OR

3 nights in the Taormina or Catania region + 4 nights in the Siracusa or Ragusa region

 

For the 9-night itinerary:

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

OR

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

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

Fill up on energy every morning before setting off on your adventure with the bed and breakfast stay negotiated especially for you.

 

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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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

Baggage, meals and other services on board certain flights may be subject to a charge. You will find out whether your airfare includes baggage when you choose your airline and timetable. If your fare does not include baggage, please go to the airline's website before your departure with your travel file reference to find out the exact fare and purchase your extra baggage.

If you choose a low-cost airline, you will be able to add your baggage during the booking process.

For domestic flights, airlines do not always offer the option of reserving baggage, so you will have 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...

Siracusa

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. 

 

Siracusa 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 :

Classic Double Room

Breakfast 

Category B car hire (Fiat Panda 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:

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If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

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