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Classic Sicily

Group Tour | General Interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1895

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 finest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world. Alongside this, the island has some magnificent natural scenery, from volcanic Mount Etna to quiet beaches in the south. This tour takes you to the best that the island has to offer.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Wine tasting near Mount Etna
  • Street food experience in Palermo
  • Sample traditional Sicilian pastries at Grammatico in Erice
  • Included visits to Noto, Erice & Monreale
  • Explore the Valley of the Temples & the Palatine Chapel
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Catania - Syracuse

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Catania with British Airways. Transfer to Syracuse and stay at Grande Albergo Alfeo (or similar) for 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Syracuse - Noto

Tour Syracuse, including the Greek theatre, considered one of the most important examples of its kind; the Ear of Dionysius and the island of Ortygia. Continue to the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Noto, renowned for its magnificent baroque architecture. (B)

Day 3: Catania - Cefalù - Palermo

This morning, drive to Catania to view the cathedral and Piazza Stesicoro. Continue to Cefalu to visit the Norman cathedral with its exquisite mosaics. Next, travel to Palermo for your 2-night stay at the Hotel Principe di Villa Franca (or similar). (B)

Day 4: Palermo - Monreale

Morning city tour of Palermo, 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 street food experience; learn how Palermitan food has been shaped by the region’s history.

Drive to Monreale to visit its Norman cathedral, founded in 1172 and considered a leading example of Norman-Arab architecture. (B)

Day 5: Segesta - Erice - Agrigento

Morning visit to the Archaeological Park of Segesta where you see one of Sicily’s best preserved Doric temples. Proceed to the town of Erice with its imposing fortified walls overlooking the city of Trapani. The day continues with stop for marzipan and biscuit tasting. Drive to Agrigento and stay overnight at the Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace in a Superior Room. (B)

Day 6: Valley of the Temples - Piazza Armerina - Taormina

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 Hotel Caparena (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Mount Etna

Visit the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, for panoramic views. Stop at a local vineyard for wine tasting. Afternoon guided tour of Taormina. (B)

Day 8: Fly to London

Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

TOUR EXTENSIONS Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Syracuse and Taormina and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers. Speak to a consultant for details.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Grande Albergo Alfeo
    Grande Albergo Alfeo

    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 restaurant.

  • Hotel Principe di Villafranca
    Hotel Principe di Villafranca

    The Hotel Principe di Villafranca in Palermo is a 34-room boutique, design hotel located close to the Massimo and Politeama theatres in the east of the city. The hotel has a restaurant which serves breakfast only, and a bar for relaxing in after a long day sightseeing. Other amenities include a library, dry cleaning and concierge services.

  • Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel
    Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel

    The Dioscuri Bay Palace is located on the promenade in San Leone, a 15 minute drive from the centre of Agrigento. The hotel overlooks the harbour with views of Agrigento’s Valley of Temples, which is a 10 minute drive from the hotel. The American bar and restaurant are situated on the first floor and offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Rooms are designed in a simple, contemporary fashion and all boast a balcony. There is a complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and the beach. Features: 102 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, terrace, garden, WiFi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, balcony, satellite television.

  • Hotel Caparena
    Hotel Caparena

    Located beside the sea in Taormina Mare, the 4-star Hotel Lido Caparena is a comfortable modern hotel. The 88 rooms each have air-conditioning, a safe, hairdryer and satellite television. The hotel has a selection of resaurants, some of which are seasonal with al-fresco dining. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and wellness centre. The hotel also has a complimentary shuttle bus to the historical centre of Taormina, which operates daily between April and October.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4790 per person

High season from £4790 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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