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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Tour

A well-rounded Mediterranean adventure that explores the many faces of the Sicily region. Discover its beautifully preserved Roman ruins and Greek temples, feel yourself relax in sleepy honey-coloured towns and fishing villages, tuck into authentic street food in Palermo’s bustling food markets, and walk the paths of Sicily’s most precious natural treasure – Mount Etna.

At a glance

  • Inspector Montalbano Tour Visit some of the locations featured in the cult Italian TV series
  • Syracuse Explore the ancient Roman amphitheatre, once used for gladiator contests
  • Agrigento Wander the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas at the Valley of Temples
  • Palermo Weave your way through one of the city’s busiest food markets
  • Mount Etna Climb Europe’s largest active volcano

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

Hotels were variable in quality. Modica place was in a...

6th October 2018
Mr George Scott

Hotels were variable in quality. Modica place was in a poor location, service was very slow, evening meals were average but breakfast was very good. Ran out of wine on wine menu and it was expensive. Ibis Styles was in a poor location beside docks, felt unsafe. Evening buffet was excellent and staff were friendly and efficient. Rooms very dated. Orizzante Acrieale was a lovley hotel, food better than expected and staff were helpful. Breakfast was not great , too many people and not enough staff. Wine was much more economically priced. Tour guide, Soniya was magnificent, a real star. Very informative, efficent and organised. Itineray was good although as with all bus tours some drives were quite long. Antonio our driver was very good and patient.

one hotel was particularly poor value - the Ibis Styles...

6th October 2018
Mr Francis Scouse

one hotel was particularly poor value - the Ibis Styles was poor accommodation. I complained about 5 issues which were dealt with but which it should not have been necessary to change rooms. 1. the kettle was dangerous with steam coming out of the handle 2. the telephone did not work 3. the tv need tuning 4. the hangers were broken 5. a piece dropped off the shower

Exhaustive and exhausting tour! Friendly, relaxed group due mainly to our...

6th October 2018
Trusted Customer

Exhaustive and exhausting tour! Friendly, relaxed group due mainly to our courier. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Her local knowledge was invaluable.

Excellent guide. Delighted to have visited so many places but...

23rd September 2018
Mr Graham Hollamby

Excellent guide. Delighted to have visited so many places but not very impressed by the hotels which seemed to be understaffed and in need of updating. Appalled by being charged 2€ per towel to use the pool towels. The food in all the hotels was extremely disappointing. We realise that this is a new tour for Cosmos and as I said the range of places visited was very impressive. However scheduling cathedral visits on a Sunday was not a good idea as it meant we were really rushed to allow for Mass to go ahead. Also to give us our only free time on a Sunday afternoon when many places were closed was not helpful.

Very good tour guide and informative. Saw some excellent sites...

22nd September 2018
Mr Frederick Simms

Very good tour guide and informative. Saw some excellent sites .

Varied itinery. Reasonably paced travelling. Hotels basic...

20th September 2018
Trusted Customer

Varied itinery. Reasonably paced travelling. Hotels basic to satisfactory.

HOLIDAY GOOD But because of one hotel I can't rate...

16th September 2018
Mrs Joan Clubbs

HOLIDAY GOOD But because of one hotel I can't rate your holiday excellent.enclosed letter regarding the hotel. Dear Cosmos, We want to make a complaint against one of the hotels we stayed at on our recent COSMOS, Sicilian Adventure/18 holiday. The holiday departed from Manchester airport, Wednesday 5th September and returned to Manchester airport Wednesday 12th September. The hotel we want to complain about is the ‘IBIS STYLES’, in Monreale in the Palermo area on 8th and 9th September. On the 8th Sept the shower water flooded the whole of the shower base floor then the whole of the bathroom, next water started to go into the bedroom. I don’t think the drain was clear or the design of the shower wasn’t adequate. The design of the shower didn’t have a shower door on it. We had to get towels to mop up water from the floors. I slipped on the wet floor. I complained to the receptionist and asked to move room, which she arranged. She was very good and helpful, her name started with N. The receptionist next day wasn’t very helpful or pleasant. In the bathroom there was no were to put toiletries just a 3 inch shelf. We put items on the floor. There was only 1 mirror in the bathroom and one long mirror outside on the wall in the small entrance. If your companion was in the bathroom there was no were to put makeup on, unless you put the makeup on the floor or round the corner on the luggage rail. The design of both bedrooms were lacking in storage space and facilities. There wasn’t a wardrobe just an open clothes rail. No drawers or other furniture to put clothes or belongings away in. There was a luggage rail. All these rails were exposed to open sight, no doors. There was a table/for a desk but not storage and no mirror to use to put your make up on. Only one rubbish bin in bathroom so if your companion was in the bathroom, no were to put rubbish until bathroom was available. The holiday very good except for the one hotel. The other hotels were OK. The Sicilian Adventure holiday was very busy and mostly enjoyable. Our tour guide Andra and coach driver Fabio were incredibly efficient, polite, caring and humus. I’ve never experience such a good tour guide and driver, they were incredible. I would like something done about this hotel. Changing to another hotel unless the storage places can be re designed which would be difficult. Some compensation would be welcome. Regards, Joan Clubbs

Group of 37 was too big. Driver excellent. Tour rep....

15th September 2018
Mrs Moira Luff

Group of 37 was too big. Driver excellent. Tour rep. average. First and last hotel ok, clean with nice grounds. Ibis hotel in Palermo was absolute ****. Staff in Modica Palace hotel lovely but nothing was on time! Staff at the other two hotels were just about civil. Food just about average. Fed up with tomato pasta! Enjoyed all the sights but could have done with a local guide in Ragusa and Modica.

Our tour covered a large number of places of interest....

15th September 2018
Trusted Customer

Our tour covered a large number of places of interest.

Evening meals at the Mondici, Ibis and Orrizzontal could have...

19th June 2018
Mr Charles Campbell

Evening meals at the Mondici, Ibis and Orrizzontal could have been better. The Ibis Styled hotel wasn’t best situated. Drinks prices in the Mondici should be clearly displayed. Hilton Hotel in Giardini Naxos was very good. Excellent room and food.

Overview

A well-rounded Mediterranean adventure that explores the many faces of the Sicily region. Discover its beautifully preserved Roman ruins and Greek temples, feel yourself relax in sleepy honey-coloured towns and fishing villages, tuck into authentic street food in Palermo’s bustling food markets, and walk the paths of Sicily’s most precious natural treasure – Mount Etna.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Catania - Ragusa area

Day
1

Fly to Catania and on arrival meet your tour representative and transfer to your hotel in the Ragusa area for three nights.

Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel this evening.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Ragusa area - Punta Secca - Donnalucata - Ragusa Ibla - Ragusa area

Day
2

After breakfast, follow the trail of fictional Sicilian Inspector Montalbano, star of the cult Italian TV series of the same name. This chunk of southeast Sicily boasts hilly countryside and honey-coloured Baroque towns used as scenic backdrops to the series. Visit the sleepy fishing village of Punta Secca to view the exterior of Montalbano's beachfront home and call at the port of Donnalucata where scenes of Montalbano swimming in the sea were shot. Continue to the enchanting Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla, and stroll through its romantic streets past palaces and churches. View the domed Basilica of St George and see other locations that starred in the TV series before returning to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ragusa area - Syracuse - Avola - Ragusa area

Day
3

Travel to the historic city of Syracuse on Sicily's southeast coast. Home to Greek and Roman ruins, the city's prosperity reached its height between the 5th and 3rd centuries BC when it dwarfed even Athens. Enjoy a guided visit to the archaeological park to see the Greek theatre built in the 5th century BC and the Roman amphitheatre, once the scene of bloody gladiatorial contests. Visit, too, the Ear of Dionysius, a limestone cave shaped like a human ear. Next, explore Ortigia, the heart of old Syracuse, set on an island connected to the mainland by bridges. After visiting the Greek Temple of Apollo, Syracuse Cathedral, and Arethusa Fountain. Later, head to the quiet town of Avola, lauded for its 'Pizzuta d'Avola' almonds and Nero d'Avola red wine. Here, visit a wine cellar to taste some local varietals before returning to the Ragusa area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ragusa area - Agrigento - Palermo area

Day
4

Your explorations continue today in Agrigento, a UNESCO-listed town dating to the 6th century BC. Visit its spectacular nearby Valley of Temples, where nine superbly preserved Greek temples pepper an olive-coated valley. After free time for lunch, drive to your hotel in the Palermo area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Palermo area - Monreale - Palermo area

Day
5

Today is devoted to Palermo, once one of Europe's most influential cities during in the Saracen and Norman times. As a prelude we visit Monreale Cathedral, established in the 12th century. Admire its gold mosaics and views of Palermo below before descending to Sicily's vibrant capital. See the Arabic and 17th century European architecture and browse the Capo, the cities busiest outdoor food market. Later, we check out Palermo Cathedral, the 'four corners' Piazza Vigliena and see Piazza Pretoria with its fountain. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Palermo area - Cefalù - Taormina - Catania area

Day
6

After breakfast, depart Cefalu, a small, picturesque fishing port with a Norman cathedral that dominates the skyline. The village also boasts a tangle of streets and a tree-lined piazza as well as some delightful sandy beaches. After free time for lunch, continue to Taormina, a picturesque town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and offering views to Mount Etna's steaming crater. There's time at leisure to admire the charming town and its many winding streets, fashionable shops and cosy cafés and restaurants or perhaps visit the vast Greek Amphitheatre. Later, continue to the Catania area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Catania area - Mount Etna - Catania area

Day
7

An unforgettable morning visit to the brooding Mount Etna, one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes - 600,000 years old, its lava-walled crater and smouldering potholes are a breathtaking reminder of the power of nature. Climb to around 6,500 feet where, for the adventurous, there is an optional cable car or jeep excursion up to approximately 7,500 feet. Enjoy some free time for lunch. Later, return to your hotel for the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Catania area - UK

Day
8

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to Catania Airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

Please note that some local entrance fees are payable locally.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Ragusa area: Hotel Borgo Don Chischiotte
  • Palermo Area: Politeama or Coral Bay at Zagarella
  • Catania area: Orizzonte at Acireale

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