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Classic Sicily

Private Travel | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £4995

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 Ragusa, Erice & Monreale
  • Explore the Valley of the Temples & the Palatine Chapel
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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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 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.


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.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4790 per person

High season from £4790 per person


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 This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid 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

Destinations on this tour

  • Syracuse (Sicily)

    Located in southeastern Sicily, Syracuse was first settled by colonists from Corinth in...

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  • Palermo, Sicily

    At one time an Arab emirate and seat of a Norman kingdom, Palermo became...

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  • Agrigento

    Near the south coast of Sicily, the town of Agrigento is largely overshadowed by the nearby Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples)...

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  • Taormina, Sicily

    Located on the terrace of Mount Etna and a cable car ride away from pretty beaches, once a former capital of Byzantine Sicily...

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