Located in southeastern Sicily, Syracuse was first settled by colonists from Corinth in...Read more >
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.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Catania with British Airways. Transfer to Syracuse and stay at Grande Albergo Alfeo for 2 nights. (N)Day 2: Syracuse • Noto
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. Continue to the town of Noto, a Unesco world heritage city due to its magnificent baroque architecture. (B)Day 3: Catania • Cefalù • Palermo
Morning drive to Catania to view the cathedral and Piazza Stesicoro. Continue to Cefalù to visit the Norman cathedral with its exquisite mosaics. Continue to Palermo and stay at the Hotel Principe di Villa Franca for 2 nights. (B)Day 4: Monreale • Palermo
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 street food experience; learn how Palermitan food has been shaped by the region’s history. (B)Day 5: Erice • Selinunte • Agrigento
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. Stop at Grammatico, the worldfamous pastry shop, for some marzipan and biscuit tasting. Drive to Agrigento and stay overnight at the Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace (Superior room). (B)Day 6: Valley of the Temples • PiazzaArmerina • 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 Barone di Villagrande 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.Extensions
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Syracuse and Taormina, and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers.Important information Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low season from £4790 per person
High season from £4790 per person
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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.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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