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
magnificent Norman cathedrals,
Greek temple complexes, Roman villas
with exquisite frescoes and Moorish
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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
Morning visit to the magnificent 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 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,
which is renowned for the production of the
sweet desert 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
finest collection of mosaics ever found in a
Roman villa. Continue to Giardini Naxos and
stay for 3 nights at the Hotel Diamond Naxos
(or similar). (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. (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.
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
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4- and
The elegant Grand Hotel et Des Palmes, founded in 1874, has one of the most attractive foyers found in Sicily, following a number of alterations made in 1907 by one of Italy's foremost art nouveau architect, Enrico Ragusa. The hotel exudes old-world glamour and has welcomed a number of illustrious visitors. Prime Minister Francesco Crispi gave political lectures here in 1881 and Richard Wagner finished his opera, Parsifal, here. Indeed, the armchair he sat in is still there. Located within Palermo's historic city centre, the hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Massimo and Politeama theatres and a 10-minute walk from Palermo port, where ferries depart for Cagliari and Naples. Due to the age and design of the building, all rooms vary in size.
Features: 98 rooms, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, parking facilities (charges apply).
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, minibar,...
Located in the picturesque town of Giardini Naxos, the Hotel Diamond Naxos is set within landscaped gardens. The hotel offers a nine hole golf course, climbing wall, heated indoor pool, two outdoor pools and spa. The onsite restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine made with seasonal produce, alongside prestigious national and international wines. The resort town of Taormina is also within 10 minutes' driving distance.
Features: 115 rooms, restaurant, bar, spa, wellness centre, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, Wi-Fi, climbing wall, golf course.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe, minibar, balcony,...
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.
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