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 Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa (Deluxe sea-view room) for 2 nights. Welcome drink. (D)
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, the centre of the old city. Continue to the town of Ragusa, a Unesco world heritage site due to its magnificent baroque architecture. (B)
Morning drive to Catania to view the cathedral and Piazza Stesicoro. Continue to Cefalu to visit the Norman cathedral with its exquisite mosaics. Continue to Palermo and stay at the Mercure Palermo Excelsior for 2 nights. (B)
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 at leisure or optional tour to Monte Pellegrino, the promontory overlooking Palermo with its Sanctuary of St Rosalia, picturesque fishing village and the Catacombs of Cappuccini. (B)
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. Drive to Agrigento and stay overnight at the Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace (Superior room). (B)
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 Villa Diodoro. (B)
Visit the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, for panoramic views. Afternoon at leisure to visit the Greek theatre in Taormina. (B)
Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in
Syracuse and Taormina, and include 2 nights’
accommodation with arrival or departure
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
CLS2018: 7 Nights
The astonishing moment of entering the Cathedral of Monreale and the drama of the golden mosaics. Stupendous impact. Dr Jennifer Somerville
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Located in southeastern Sicily, Syracuse was first settled by colonists from Corinth in...
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