The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It is home to superb Norman architecture, vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired gardens, and probably the fi nest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world. Alongside this, the island has some magnifi cent natural scenery, from volcanic Mount Etna to quiet beaches in the south. This tour takes you to the best that the island has to off er.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Catania with British Airways. Transfer to Syracuse and stay at Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa (Deluxe sea-view room) for 2 nights. Welcome drink. (D)
Tour of Syracuse including visits to the Greek theatre, considered one of the most important examples of its kind, the Ear of Dionysius, and the island of Ortygia, the centre of the old city. Continue to the town of Ragusa, a Unesco world heritage site due to its magnificent baroque architecture. (B)
Morning drive to Catania to view the cathedral and Piazza Stesicoro. Continue to Cefalu to visit the Norman cathedral with its exquisite mosaics. Continue to Palermo and stay at the Mercure Palermo Excelsior for 2 nights. (B)
Morning drive to Monreale to visit the Norman cathedral, founded in 1172 and considered a leading example of Norman-Arab architecture. Return to Palermo for a city tour including the magnificent Arab-Norman cathedral, the Palatine Chapel, located within the Norman palace and covered in Byzantine-influenced mosaics, and the historic old town. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour to Monte Pellegrino, the promontory overlooking Palermo with its Sanctuary of St Rosalia, picturesque fishing village and the Catacombs of Cappuccini. (B)
Morning visit to the town of Erice, a medieval town with imposing fortified walls overlooking the city of Trapani. Continue to the Temple of Selinunte, an excellent example of Doric architecture. Drive to Agrigento and stay overnight at the Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace (Superior room). (B)
Morning visit to the Valley of the Temples, one of the world’s most impressive ancient Greek sites. Afternoon drive to the elegant resort town of Taormina via Piazza Armerina to view the Roman mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale. Stay 2 nights at the Villa Diodoro. (B)
Visit the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, for panoramic views. Afternoon at leisure to visit the Greek theatre in Taormina. (B)
Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in
Syracuse and Taormina, and include 2 nights’
accommodation with arrival or departure
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Located on the promenade at San Leone, the Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace is a 102-room property just a short distance away from the Valley of Temples. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), American bar and the restaurant, Baia degli, which is situated on the first floor and offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Rooms are designed in a simple contemporary fashion and all have a balcony and wireless internet connection. There is a complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and the...
The 5-star Hotel des Estrangers et Miramare is located on the seafront in Ortygia, the historic centre of the city, where you can experience fantastic city and harbour views from its rooftop restaurant and bar. The rooms are decorated in warm Mediterranean colours and most have sea views.
Features: 77 rooms & suites; 2 restaurants; 3 bars; wellness & fitness centre.
Room amenities: Air conditioning; television; safe; minibar; hairdryer;...
The Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior is located in the city centre on the Viale della Libertà, a street known for its luxury boutiques, and is within easy reach of the city's port. The art nouveau building is surrounded by greenery, including the English Garden. All guestrooms offer comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and refined style.
Features: 119 rooms, restaurant, bar, fitness centre, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Safe, television, minibar,...
Close to the historical centre of Taormina, the Hotel Villa Diodoro is a century-old property that retains its historical elegance and exclusivity. The pool area looks out over Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos and during the summer months the hotel's restaurant opens out onto a poolside terrace offering alfresco dining with a view.
Features: 102 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, poolside terrace, pool bar, swimming pool, wellness centre.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, safe, minibar,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This extension provides an opportunity to extend your stay in Syracuse and explore this picturesque city at leisure.
Fly from London to Catania with British Airways. Transfer to Syracuse and stay at Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa (Deluxe sea-view room) for 4 nights. (N)
Day at leisure. (B)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
This extension provides an opportunity to lengthen your stay in Taormina and explore this beautiful coastal resort at a leisurely pace.
Stay an extra 2 nights at the Villa Diodoro (or similar). (B)
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
CLS2018: 7 Nights
The astonishing moment of entering the Cathedral of Monreale and the drama of the golden mosaics. Stupendous impact. Dr Jennifer Somerville
At one time an Arab emirate and seat of a Norman kingdom, Palermo became...
Near the south coast of Sicily, the town of Agrigento is largely overshadowed by the nearby Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples)...
Located in southeastern Sicily, Syracuse was first settled by colonists from Corinth in...
Located on the terrace of Mount Etna and a cable car ride away from pretty beaches, once a former capital of Byzantine Sicily...