At the crossroads of almost every Mediterranean civilisation, home to the richest cities in the Greek Empire, Sicily was conquered by Rome, the Moors, Normans, Spanish, French and finally the Italians. The island’s magnificent relics include temples, amphitheatres, churches, monasteries, villas and atmospheric old towns. With an enviable climate, a fabulous cuisine plus friendly people, Sicily is a bewitching destination where you will be made welcome.
This tour, like the island itself, encompasses a wide range of sights and experiences - the Valley of the Temples with its Greek temples; the pulsating capital city of Palermo; the charming coastal town of Taormina; ancient, historic Siracusa whose most famous resident was Archimedes; and Etna, Europe’s highest volcano. You have eight days; will it be enough…
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single and Sea View rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights as indicated, seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all coach tours as mentioned, air conditioned coach travel in Italy, guided tours of Valley of the Temples, Siracusa, Villa at Piazza Armerina and Monreale; visits to Palermo and Etna, services of a Riviera tour manager. Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.
Not included: entrance to Valley of the Temples €14.50, Piazza Armerina €6, Monreale €6, approximate costs, payable locally. Mount Etna exploration: cable car only €28.30, or cable car, jeep and compulsory guide €53.30, approximate costs, payable locally.
If you are over 65, or under 18, under current Italian law entrance to any state owned museum is free for British and other European Union citizens on production of a photocopy of your passports.€1 is payable locally, however, if you are 65 or over, or under 18 for the Entrance to the Valley of the Temples.
Ocassionally the opening times of the places of interest vary, and if this happens we may have to change the order of events.
Fly to Catania.
This morning a guided tour of the amazing Valley of the Temples and a visit to the archaeological museum. We also visit Agrigento, awash with medieval atmosphere.
A visit to the north cosat of the island, firstly visiting the magnificent 12th century Benedictine Abbey at Monreale, then on to Sicily's capital Palermo.
We visit Piazza Armerina and its amazing 4th century Roman Villa, before continuing on to Taormina.
Today you are free to explore Taormina, one of the smartest and most exxclusive small towns in Italy.
Today, we have a guided walking tour of the old town of Siracusa - once home to Archimedes. We also have a panoramic view of the Archaeological Park.
Today it's Etna and we drive to as near to the snow-capped summit as possible and you can enjoy extensive views over the whole area.