Classical Sicily

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Giardini Naxos

Scheduled flight from your preferred airport to Catania – transfer with our professional tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Hellenia Yachting Hotel on the seafront at in Giardini Naxos near Taormina.

Day 2 – Mount Etna & Taormina

Morning visit to Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe with beautiful views of the Ionic Sea – guided tour of Taormina taking in the Santa Maria del Gesià Convent, the Palazzo Corvaia, the Duomo and the wonderfully panoramic 4th century BC Greek amphitheatre.

Day 3 – Syracuse & harbour cruise

Guided tour of Syracuse, home to Sicily’s earliest Doric temple, the Temple of Apollo, and the Parco Archeologico featuring the Teatro Romano, the Altar of Hieron II and the spectacular Teatro Greco carved from the hillside – afternoon cruise around the picturesque harbour at Syracuse.

Day 4 –Villa Romana del Casale

Travel inland to Piazza Armerina for a guided tour of some of the finest surviving mosaics from Roman antiquity at the Villa Romana del Casale – travel on to Agrigento and check in to the 4* Grand Hotel dei Templi.

Day 5 – Valley of Temples

Guided tour of the Doric temples dating from the 5th century BC at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, with nine of the ten original temples still visible and some still beautifully preserved – travel on to Palermo and check into the 4* Hotel Plaza Opera in the historic centre.

Day 6 – Palermo & Monreale

Abbey Guided tour of Palermo including La Martorana, the Palazzo Abatellis, the awe inspiring Palatine Chapel in the Palazzo Reale and the Church of San Cataldo – afternoon guided tour of the magnificent cathedral at Monreale, one of the great sites of Norman Sicily adorned with glittering Sicilian and Byzantine mosaics.

Day 7 – Cefalù

Morning at leisure at the medieval seaside town of Cefalù with its splendid 12th century cathedral, mountain top archaeological site and narrow streets full of pleasant shops – transfer to Palermo airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* hotels throughout

All excursions & guided tours included

Half board accommodation in Giardini Naxos & Agrigento

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Sicily

Executive coach in Sicily

One free place per 10 paying passengers

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Guided tour of Taormina

Mount Etna

Syracuse  & the Temple of Apollo & the Parco Archeologico - guided tour

Syracuse harbour cruise

Mosaics at Piazza Armerina & Villa Romana del Casale

Doric temples at the Valley of the Temples

Palermo

Monreale Abbey

Cefalù

Hotel

Three nights on half board basis at the 4* Hellenia Yachting Hotel on the seafront at Giardini Naxos near Taormina on Sicily’s east coast, one night on half board basis at the 4* Grand Hotel dei Templi in Agrigento and the final two nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Hotel Plaza Opera in the historic centre of Palermo.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Segesta - with a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro outside the ancient city, it’s Doric temple dating from 5th century BC is one of the best preserved in the world
  • Erice - a delightful medieval town poised on a crag to the west of the island with stunning views out to sea
  • Castelbuono - mountain town home to a magnificent feudal castle once owned by the Ventimiglia family
  • Lunch at a working farm winery near Siracusa featuring local wines and traditional locally grown food
  • Noto - a beautiful town south of Syracuse famous for its early 18th century buildings, considered among the best examples of the Sicilian Baroque style
  • Scenes from BBC’s Inspector Montalbano - the small village of Punta Secca (just south of Santa Croce Camerina), the town hall of Scicli, Ragusa Ibla’s gorgeous Piazza Duomo, the Baroque town of Modica and Il Castello di Donnfugata, the 19th century home of Baron Corrado Arezzo de Spuches

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Classical Sicily

Date of tour: May 2016

We had a lovely holiday in Sicily. Such a variety of things to see and experience, from Mount Etna, the seaside, a boat trip, Greek temples, Roman mosaics, Norman churches and gourmet food. Our tour manager was wonderful. He couldn’t be faulted and had usually done things before I asked him. The first and third hotels were luxurious, but the one night in Paradise was a misnomer! Thank you again for all your help in making this a wonderful holiday.

JT, Eynsford

Date of tour: March 2015

Just a note to thank you so much for all your hard work on this trip, especially at the last minute. The weather was mixed and we had a few issues, but everyone enjoyed the trip enormously. Overall we are very impressed by Tailored Travel's organisation and attention to detail. All the local guides were excellent, and Rosa (in Syracusa) was outstanding. Topped only by Rosario, the best tour manager that any of us have ever met - not only was he very good at his job, he was the most caring and considerate host, always thinking ahead about people's needs and putting things in place before people needed to ask. Hope to work with you again on our 2016 tour, possibly to Barcelona in September - we'll be discussing at our committee meeting in May this year. With thanks again.

PH, Ilkley

Date of tour: March 2015

I was on the U3A trip to Sicily that got back last night. I would like to say what a wonderful tour manager we had in Rosario. He was so pleasant, considerate to those of us who needed assistance at times and was always looking out for our welfare. He made our holiday memorable. Thank you.

MG, Otley

Date of tour: October 2014

Many thanks again for all your help with our visit to Sicily. The group are still raving about it and it will be a hard trip to follow.

SB, Haslemere

Date of tour: October 2014

Just to confirm all went swimmingly, hotels, guides, transfers etc. The weather was superb. A highlight for those of us who went was the trip to Etna. All the visits were very well received.

MJ, Marshfield

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at 3* hotels throughout
  • with more (or less) dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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