Sicily - Jewel of the Mediterranean
10 days from £1,649 per person
Sicily is home to a unique mix of culture borne of years of foreign domination. From the Phoenicians to the Bourbons, each has left an architectural stamp on the island - culminating in a jumble of historic sites in Palermo, Catania and utterly charming Syracuse. As we circle the island, we’ll also seek out some of Sicily’s other treasures, including Agrigento’s Greek temples and postcard-pretty Taormina, and we’ll sip wine produced on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Your holiday includes:
13 excursions and visits
- Guided tours of Syracuse, Segesta, Selinunte, Valley of the Temples, the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, and Taormina (including Greek theatre and Alcantara Gorge)
- Visits of Aci Castello, Catania, Cefalù, Monreale, Palermo and Mount Etna
- Wine tasting at Cantina Murgo
- 9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 16 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 7 dinners (days 1, 2, 4 and 6-9)
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Catania
Day 1 UK - Catania. Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Catania. On arrival we drive to our first hotel, where we’ll stay for three nights.
UNA Palace Hotel (4-star) or Mercure Catania Excelsior (4-star)
Syracuse - Ortigia
Today we travel south with our local guide to Syracuse, rich in Ancient Greek history. Later we visit Ortigia, a small island joined to Syracuse by a bridge since the 16th century. It’s a joy to explore the narrow medieval lanes and baroque piazzas here.
Aci Castello - Catania
This morning we travel to Aci Castello, whose 11th-century Norman castle is built out of lava. We’ll then move on to Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, and its beautiful historic centre shaped by Mount Etna’s temper. You’re then free for the rest of the day.
Cefalù - Santa Flavia
We spend some time in the pretty beach town of Cefalù on our way to the Palermo area. Wander its narrow lanes, or perhaps treat yourself to a gelato to enjoy by the sandy beach.
Dominia Zagarella Sicily, Santa Flavia (4-star)
Palermo - Monreale
We visit Palermo for a guided tour of this bustling city. We’ll then travel to Monreale to visit the magnificent cathedral, famed for its multi-coloured marble paintings and mosaics.
Segesta - Trapani - Selinunte - Agrigento
Our first stop today is Segesta for a guided tour including a visit to the fascinating Greek temple ruins. We then continue to the fishing port of Trapani. Lastly, at Selinunte, we’ll be joined by a local guide to view the Greek archaeological site. We arrive early evening at our hotel.
Hotel Baia di Ulisse, Agrigento (4-star)
Valley of the Temples - Piazza Armerina - Giardini Naxos
We start our day with one of the highlights - a guided visit of the nearby Valle dei Templi, a collection of classic Greek temples scattered across a valley of almond trees. After time for lunch, we head east to Piazza Armerina. A guided tour of the Roman villa reveals an incredible floor mosaic. We then continue to Giardini Naxos, a lovely coastal resort.
Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa, Giardini Naxos (4-star)
Our walking tour shows us the sights of the cliffside town of Taormina, including its Etna-view Greek theatre. We’ll then continue our journey to nearby Alcantara Gorge.
This morning we take a drive to the slopes of Etna. After a short walk, there will be free time to explore this fascinating area at your own pace. Be sure to bring a camera - on a clear day, the views from here are spectacular. Later, we visit Cantina Murgo winery for a tasting of delicious Sicilian wine and local produce.
Day 10 Giardini Naxos - Catania - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationPlease note: In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
Europe’s largest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, has a recorded history of eruptions dating back to 1500BC. Constant low level emissions mean that explosive eruptions endangering the 25% of the island’s population that live on its slopes are infrequent and, thanks to its fascination for travellers and its richly fertile volcanic soil, this 3km-high icon is Sicily’s single biggest source of income. An excursion to Etna reveals an enthralling geological story and stunning views.
The Valley of the Temples
Recognised with UNESCO World Heritage status in 1998, Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples is a globally signifi cant archaeological site. Here are collected the ruins of the great temples of ancient Akragas, one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of Ancient Greece and lauded by the lyric poet Pindar as the “most beautiful of mortal cities” - amongst them the temples of Hera, Heracles (Hercules), Zeus, Castor and Pollux. The romantically ruined temples and their picturesque setting have inspired countless generations of artists and writers from Virgil to Goethe, Alexander Dumas to E M Forste.
Fly From Your Local Airport
International flights from regional airports are available* or choose a free connecting flight to London, with home transfers all included.
Please call 0800 988 5823 for more information.
*Subject to flight schedules and availability.