Treasures of Sicily

8 nights from £1779

8 nights

Treasures of Sicily

Discover Baroque towns and Greek ruins framed by unforgettable scenery .

£1779 pp excluding flights £222 per night
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Sicily is one of the most fascinating islands in Europe, thanks to the indelible marks left by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Spanish civilisations. This comprehensive tour explores its sophisticated cities, picturesque villages, well-preserved archaeological sites, and splendid scenery. It starts with an excursion on Mt Etna, continuing to the towns of Syracuse, Agrigento, and Selinunte - all listed as UNESCO heritage sites. There is also a day in Zingaro National Reserve with magnificent views of the Mediterranean.
  • Cover the island's highlights and best heritage sites in nine days
  • Visit archaeological sites in Siracusa, Agrigento and Selinunte 
  • Explore Baroque heritage in Noto and Ragusa Ibla

On this cultural trip in Sicily, we use a varied selection of three- and four-star hotels. The places we stay are often near historic centres, allowing us to easily explore the towns in the evenings or during our free time. Below are the accommodations we typically use: Viagrande: Grand Hotel Villa Itria (nights 1-2) With an outdoor pool, restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes made with local ingredients, and a cocktail bar-lounge, Villa Itria is an excellent spot to ease ourselves into the trip. There’s also a wellness centre for an additional cost. Noto: Hotel Flora (night 3) Our time in Noto is spent at Hotel Flora, which is ideally located in the historic centre of town. Noto Cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo are just a 10-minute walk away, while the hotel terrace offers views and a spot for a sundowner. Agrigento: Hotel Della Valle (night 4) Now well into the trip, Hotel Della Valle is a great place to relax as a group. When it’s hot, head to the swimming pool area, where you’ll find loungers, parasols and tables, plus a Mediterranean garden with palms and pines. Alternatively, you may prefer to find a shady spot for a drink. Buseto Palizzolo: Baglio Fontana or B&B Trapani Crystal (night 5) In Buseto Palizzolo, we stay at either Baglio Fontana (above) or B&B Trapani Crystal, depending on availability. The former is a historic agriturismo (converted farmhouse) with a working farm producing wines and olive oil, plus there's an outdoor pool. The latter is a contemporary retreat with an excellent location, just a short walk from the ancient wonders of the historic centre. Palermo: Hotel Posta or Hotel B&B Quattro Canti (nights 6-7) In Palermo, the group stays at either Hotel Posta (above) or Hotel B&B Quattro Canti. Hotel Posta has been run by the same family since 1921 and has an excellent location in the historic centre, just a five-minute walk from Teatro Massimo, plus there's a sun terrace and bar. Our alternative stay, Quattro Canti, is within walking distance of the Quattro Canti piazza, where the four ancient quarters of the city meet, plus there’s a rooftop terrace with views over Palermo. Taormina: Hotel Villa Esperia (night 8) Our final night is spent at Villa Esperia. Get the group together by the outdoor pool to toast the adventure and admire the sea views. Alternatively, a cable car to Taormina town centre is just 330ft (100m) from the front door. The hotel also has two restaurants: Bacio di Dama, which serves Sicilian dishes, and Mazzarino, a pizzeria. Worth knowing Some hotels require you to wear a swimming cap in the pool.

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