Occupying an important position between Europe and North Africa, Sicily has interested many great rulers over the centuries. Their legacies can be found in the treasures that they left behind. Delve into the heart and soul of this captivating island and discover magnifi cent Norman cathedrals, Greek temple complexes, Roman villas with exquisite frescoes and Moorish architecture.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Palermo with British Airways. Transfer and stay at the Grand Hotel et Des Palmes in a Superior room (or similar) for 3 nights. Welcome dinner. (D)
Morning visit to the magnifi cent cathedral of Monreale, with its exquisite frescoes and Norman-Moorish architecture. Return to Palermo for a city tour including visits to the cathedral, the Norman Palace and the renowned Palatine Chapel. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour to Cefalu and its cathedral. (B, D)
Morning visit to the medieval village of Erice with its tiny winding lanes. Continue to the ‘Strada del Sale’, or the Salt Way Road, a complex of brackish wetlands, islets and saltpans. Return to Palermo, visiting a winery in Marsala en route, an area renowned for the production of sweet dessert wine. (B, D)
Morning drive to Agrigento to visit one of Europe’s best archaeological sites, the Valley of the Temples. View the temples of Juno, Concordia and Heracles as well as the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. Continue to Piazza Armerina to see the Villa Romana del Casale, which houses one of the largest and fi nest collection of mosaics ever found in a Roman villa. Continue to Taormina and stay for 3 nights at the Hotel Caparena. Located on the coast, it has a private beach and landscaped gardens. (B, D)
Full day at leisure to explore this picturesque coastal town or optional 4x4 tour to Mount Etna to view the Sartorius craters, the Alcantara Gorge and Valley del Bove. (B)
Morning drive to Syracuse. Visit the Neapolis complex, which contains the renowned Greek theatre. Continue to the historical quarter of the city, Ortygia, which is well-known for its baroque architecture. Return to Taormina for an evening farewell dinner at a rooftop terrace restaurant. (B, D)
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.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection at CoxandKings.co.uk/solo-travellers.
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PJI2018: 6 Nights
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