Visit Sicily's fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture with experts Olivia Dobell
or Thomas Abbott. Visit the island’s
principal sites, including the Valley of
the Temples, the Palatine Chapel, the
baroque town of Noto and Mount Etna.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Catania with British Airways and transfer to
Syracuse. After a welcome dinner, stay at Grande
Albergo Alfeo (or similar) for 2 nights. (D)
Morning tour of the Roman amphitheatre and
the great Hellenistic theatre, one of the most
important examples of an ancient amphitheatre.
Drive to the island of Ortygia, the historical
centre of Syracuse, to visit the cathedral and the
Temple of Apollo. Afternoon visit to the Unescolisted
town of Noto, renowned for its striking
baroque architecture. (B)
Morning drive to Piazza Armerina to see the
Unesco-listed Villa Romana del Casale. One
of the grandest late-Roman country houses
ever discovered, the villa has more than 50
rooms and beautiful mosaics. Continue to the
archaeological museum in Aidone. Drive to
Agrigento and stay 2 nights at Best Western
Dioscuri Bay Palace (or similar). (B)
In the morning, visit the Valley of the Temples,
one of the most atmospheric sites of the
ancient world, with two almost complete Doric
temples. Next, visit the archaeological museum,
which introduces the splendours of ancient Akragas and offers an insight into the life of the
Greek settlers. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
In the morning, depart to the Archaeological Park
of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean
area with impressive temples and an acropolis. In
the afternoon, proceed to Erice, a medieval town
with several important churches and fortified
walls. Drive to Palermo and stay 2 nights at
Mercure Palermo Excelsior (or similar). (B)
Morning drive to Monreale to see the Norman
cathedral. Founded in 1172 it is considered
the pinnacle of achievement in Norman-Arab
art. Return to Palermo to visit the magnificent
Norman-Arab cathedral, the Palatine Chapel –
located within the Norman palace and covered
in Byzantine-influenced mosaics – and La
Martorana church. (B)
Drive to Cefalù, a charming coastal town and
former fishing village which is also home to a
breathtaking Norman cathedral with dazzling
mosaics. Take a stroll through the city centre to
the cathedral and the medieval wash-house.
Proceed to Taormina and stay 2 nights at Hotel
Villa Diodoro (or similar). (B)
Morning excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (weather permitting).
Ascend the volcano to visit the extinct Silvestri
craters at 2,000 metres above sea level and
for panoramas of the Ionian Sea. Return to
Taormina to visit the Roman odeon and the
Graeco-Roman theatre. Evening farewell
dinner. (B, D)
Day at leisure in the elegant resort town of
Taormina. Transfer to Catania for your flight to
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide where necessary.
This tour is based in 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Olivia Dobell studied
art history at Cambridge
University and has an MA in
18th-century drawings from
the Courtauld Institute.
Currently based in Rome,
she specialises in Italian and
French art and leads tours and lectures in
Thomas Abbott , a
specialist in architectural
history from the baroque
to the 20th century,
graduated in psychology
and art history at Carleton
College, Minnesota, and
completed his studies in the history of art
and architecture at the Technical University
of Berlin. He has also conducted acclaimed
cultural and art tours throughout Europe.
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 4-star Grande Albergo Alfeo is located near Ortygia in the centre of Syracuse. The 39 rooms offer air conditioning, double glazed windows, satellite television, electronic safe, minibar, telephone and free wireless internet access. The hotel also features an interior courtyard, reading room, bar and...
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.
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