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- Each hotel has been hand picked to put you in the best position to explore the wonders of Siciliy
- Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot" - the rich history is reflected in its magnificent sites
- Relax and immerse yourself on this 8 day tour through the gracious towns, dramatic landscapes and stunning ancient treasures of this scintillating island
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Your Itinerary —
Fly to Catania and on arrival meet your tour representative and transfer to your hotel in the Ragusa area for three nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel this evening. Includes Dinner.
After breakfast, follow the trail of fictional Sicilian Inspector Montalbano, star of the cult Italian TV series of the same name. This chunk of southeast Sicily boasts hilly countryside and honey-coloured Baroque towns used as scenic backdrops to the series.
Visit the sleepy fishing village of Punta Secca to view the exterior of Montalbano's beachfront home and call at the port of Donnalucata where scenes of Montalbano swimming in the sea were shot. Continue to the enchanting Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla, and stroll through its romantic streets past palaces and churches. View the domed Basilica of St George and see other locations that starred in the TV series before returning to your hotel. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
Travel to the historic city of Syracuse on Sicily's southeast coast. Home to Greek and Roman ruins, the city's prosperity reached its height between the 5th and 3rd centuries BC when it dwarfed even Athens. Enjoy a guided visit to the archaeological park to see the Greek theatre built in the 5th century BC and the Roman amphitheatre, once the scene of bloody gladiatorial contests.
Visit, too, the Ear of Dionysius, a limestone cave shaped like a human ear. Next, explore Ortigia, the heart of old Syracuse, set on an island connected to the mainland by bridges. After visiting the Greek Temple of Apollo, Syracuse Cathedral, and Arethusa Fountain. Later, head to the quiet town of Avola, lauded for its 'pizzuta d'Avola' almonds and Nero d'Avola red wine. Here, visit a wine cellar to taste some local varietals before returning to the Ragusa area. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
Your explorations continue today in Agrigento, a UNESCO-listed town dating to the 6th century BC. Visit its spectacular nearby Valley of Temples, where nine superbly preserved Greek temples pepper an olive-coated valley. After free time for lunch, drive to your hotel in the Palermo area. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
Today is devoted to Palermo, once one of Europe's most influential cities during in the Saracan and Norman times. As a prelude we visit Monreale Cathedral, established in the 12th century. Admire its gold mosaics and views of Palermo below before descending to Sicily's vibrant capital.
See the Arabic and 17th century European architecture and browse the Capo, the cities busiest outdoor food market. Later, we check out Palermo Cathedral, the 'four corners' Piazza Vigliena and see Piazza Pretoria with its fountain. The rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
After breakfast, depart Cefalu, a small, picturesque fishing port with a Norman cathedral that dominates the skyline. The village also boasts a tangle of streets and a tree-lined piazza as well as some delightful sandy beaches.
After free time for lunch, continue to Taormina, a picturesque town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and offering views to Mount Etna's steaming crater. There's time at leisure to admire the charming town and its many winding streets, fashionable shops and cosy cafés and restaurants or perhaps visit the vast Greek Amphitheatre. Later, continue to the Catania area. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
An unforgettable morning visit to the brooding Mount Etna, one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes - 600,000 years old, its lava-walled crater and smouldering potholes are a breathtaking reminder of the power of nature. Climb to around 6,500 feet where, for the adventurous, there is an optional cable car or jeep excursion up to approximately 7,500 feet. Enjoy some free time for lunch. Later, return to your hotel for the evening. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 8 : Catania area - UK.
Transfer to Catania Airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast.
Your Hotels —
You will stay in a Twin Room on a half board dining basis (breakfast and evening meal, excludes drinks) at the following hotels (or hotels of similar standard)
Sleeps up to
This lovely getaway has a spa, 2 pools and a Sicilian restaurant. Specialising in local dishes, the restaurant also serves wood-fired oven pizza and plentiful continental breakfasts.
The comfortable bedrooms have everything you need for a brilliant stay. The rooms boast traditional furnishings and spacious en-suite bathroom, alongside every necessary amenity.
Enjoy a warm welcome in this modern getaway that offers both a swimming pool and lush gardens. Sample a selection of delicious flavours in the restaurant which faces out to the lovely botanical gardens.
Your elegant room has been recently restored and offers all the necessary comforts for a wonderful stay.
The modern bedrooms have attractive decor, high-quality amenities and all necessary comforts.
Some services may incur additional charges, payable locally.
Your Journey —
Depart Luton 0745
Arrive Catania 1155
Depart Catania 1230
Arrive Luton 1450
Depart Gatwick 0640
Arrive Catania 1040
Depart Catania 1115
Arrive Gatwick 1330
Depart Gatwick 1155
Arrive Catania 1555
Depart Catania 1630
Arrive Gatwick 1845
All flight times are local
Transfers: shared transfers are included as per itinerary.
Free VIP home pick up service within 50 miles from the airport. Live outside 50miles pay £1.70 per additional mile.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Specific flights cannot be selected and confirmed timings will be shown on your official documentation from the tour operator. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.
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