Sicily Discovery


  • Sicily

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Mountains and hills over the sea, archaeological sites, an active volcano, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exquisite food, blue skies, and breathtaking views…this is Sicily. Starting from Rome, you will travel through the south of Italy to reach Villa San Giovanni where you will cross the sapphire-blue waters by ferry to reach Messina.

On this affordable Sicily tour, visit some fantastic historic sights. At Casale, visit the Roman Villa – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally an extravagant residence of a powerful Roman family in the 4th century AD, its mosaics on the floors and walls are well-preserved today.

Agrigento, founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC, is a treasure trove of fascinating remains. Visit its Valley of the Temples, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see vestiges from the classical Greek period. Visit the Doric Temple of Concord, one of the finest examples of Greek civilization – and the Temple of Juno Lacinia, which was severely damaged by fire near the end of the 5th century BC. Also visit Selinunte, an ancient Greek city on the southwestern coast of Sicily that was at the apex of its power before 409 BC. Here, see the remains of the Acropolis, with its temples and fortifications.

Visit the heights of Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. Enjoy a guided tour of Trapani, set on a harbour that was once a powerful trading network; explore Erice, a medieval hilltop town with cobbled streets, fortifications, and ancient churches; and visit Marsala, known throughout the world for its wine. In Palermo, your sightseeing tour includes Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel), built in the 1100s, with byzantine mosaics depicting famous scenes from The Bible.

This tour through Sicily is designed for the value-minded traveller as the best way to explore the beautiful features of this magnificent, yet charming island!

Highlights

Mount Etna Excursion

Piazza Armerina Visit the Roman Villa

Agrigento Guided visit of the Ancient Temples

Selinunte Visit the Acropolis

Marsala Visit a local salt mill

Trapani Guided visit

Erice Visit by cable car

Palermo Guided sightseeing, visit the Cappella Palatina

Naples Guided sightseeing

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Sorrento Area, Italy

Day
1

Check into your hotel in the Sorrento area. Spend the rest of your day getting acquainted with this beautiful resort town.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Sorrento Area - Villa San Giovanni - Ferry Crossing - Taormina Area

Day
2

Today, travel through the rustic mountainous scenery of Italy’s southernmost region, Calabria, before boarding the FERRY for a 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Taormina Area - Excursion to Mount Etna

Day
3

Enjoy a visit to the heights of MOUNT ETNA with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions). Descend to Taormina, magnificently situated on a 700-ft. plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea. The heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, and maybe taste a refreshing granita or a sumptuous cannolo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Taormina Area - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Day
4

Drive to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” On to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological jewels. Visit the DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD, one of the finest examples of Greek civilization existing today, and the hilltop TEMPLE OF JUNO LACINIA.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Selinunte - Marsala

Day
5

Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MILL and learn how this local product is extracted and refined.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Marsala - Trapani - Erice - Palermo

Day
6

Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city centre stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by CABLE CAR. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breathtaking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island. On clear days, see all the way to the African coast. Continue to Palermo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palermo (Embarkation) - Overnight Ferry Crossing to Naples

Day
7

A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. This evening, embark for an overnight FERRY crossing from Palermo to Naples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Naples (Disembarkation) - Rome

Day
8

Get to know Naples with a Local Guide. You'll discover a multifaced city, which is elegant and decadent, while at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colourful. Later, return to Rome, the “Eternal City.”

Rome

Day
9

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures

Easter Departure - 18th April 2019

New Year's in Taormina - 29th December 2019

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Sorrento Area, Italy

Day
1

Check into your hotel in the Sorrento area. Spend the rest of your day getting acquainted with this beautiful resort town.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Sorrento Area - Villa San Giovanni - Ferry Crossing - Taormina Area

Day
2

Today, travel through the rustic mountainous scenery of Italy’s southernmost region, Calabria, before boarding the FERRY for a 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Taormina Area - Excursion to Mount Etna

Day
3

Enjoy a visit to the heights of MOUNT ETNA with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions). Descend to Taormina, magnificently situated on a 700-ft. plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea. The heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, and maybe taste a refreshing granita or a sumptuous cannolo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Taormina Area - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Day
4

Drive to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” On to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological jewels. Visit the DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD, one of the finest examples of Greek civilization existing today, and the hilltop TEMPLE OF JUNO LACINIA.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Selinunte - Marsala

Day
5

Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MILL and learn how this local product is extracted and refined.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Marsala - Trapani - Erice - Palermo

Day
6

Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city centre stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by CABLE CAR. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breathtaking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island. On clear days, see all the way to the African coast. Continue to Palermo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palermo (Embarkation) - Overnight Ferry Crossing to Naples

Day
7

A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. This evening, embark for an overnight FERRY crossing from Palermo to Naples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Naples (Disembarkation) - Rome

Day
8

Get to know Naples with a Local Guide. You'll discover a multifaced city, which is elegant and decadent, while at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colourful. Later, return to Rome, the “Eternal City.”

Rome

Day
9

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departure's

Easter Departure - 18th April 2019

New Year's in Taormina - 29th December 2019

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Rome

Day
1

Your tour starts today. The rest of the day is free to explore Italy’s ancient capital. Tonight, meet your local host/Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Rome - Sorrento

Day
2

Travel south along the Highway of the Sun to spend the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the charming bayside resort of Sorrento with its cafés, shops, beaches, and colourful alleys.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Villa San Giovanni - Ferry Crossing - Taormina Area

Day
3

Today, travel through the rustic mountainous scenery of Italy’s southernmost region, Calabria, before boarding the ferry for a 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Taormina area - Mount Etna - Taormina area

Day
4

Magnificently situated on a 700 foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivalled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, and maybe taste a refreshing granita or a sumptuous cannolo? Later, enjoy a visit to the heights of Mount Etna with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Taormina area - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Day
5

Drive to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colourful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the Roman Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” On to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological jewels. Visit the Doric Temple of Concord, one of the finest examples of Greek civilisation existing today, and the hilltop Temple of Juno Lacinia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Selinunte - Marsala - Palermo

Day
6

Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the Acropolis with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local salt mill and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palermo - Trapani - Erice - Palermo

Day
7

Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a local guide, set on a harbour that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city centre stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by cable car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breath-taking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the way to the African coast. Return to Palermo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palermo - Overnight Ferry Crossing To Naples

Day
8

A full day to enjoy this busy and colourful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style — from Moorish to baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent Cappella Palatina. This evening, embark for an overnight ferry crossing from Palermo to Naples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Naples - Rome

Day
9

Get to know Naples with a local guide. You'll discover a multifaceted city, elegant and decadent at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colourful. Later, return to Rome, the “Eternal City.”

Rome

Day
10

Your tour ends after breakfast today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departure's

Easter Departure - 18th April 2019

New Year's in Taormina - 29th December 2019

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

On arrival in Rome, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Rome - Sorrento

Day
2

Your coach makes its way to stunning Sorrento, where you'll have time to explore this south western Italian town that's home to shops selling beautiful ceramics and lace-work. Soaring cliffs offer ideal vantage points for taking in magnificent views of the Bay of Naples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Villa San Giovanni - Ferry Crossing - Taormina Area

Day
3

Hop on the coach for a drive through the scenic Italian countryside to Villa San Giovanni. Board the ferry bound for the port city of Messina, where the apostrophe-shaped harbour perches on the Ionian Coast of Sicily.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Taormina area - Mount Etna - Taormina area

Day
4

Mt Etna is first on the agenda with an included morning excursion, marvel at the largest UNESCO World Heritage listed volcano Europe. This afternoon, enjoy a stroll across Corso Umberto and visit Piazza Nove Aprile in Taormina. Later, return to your hotel for the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Taormina area - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Day
5

Visit Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th-century, World Heritage-listed villa in Piazza Armerina. When you reach Agrigento you'll have chance to see the important archaeological site with its hilltop Valley of the Temples including the doric, Temple of Concord. A local guide will lead you around the temple of Juno Lacinia, before you board the coach back to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Selinunte - Marsala - Palermo

Day
6

The first stop on today’s itinerary is the historic city of Selinunte. Discover the ancient Greek Acropolis with its crumbling collection of temple remains. Get to know the inner workings of a salt mill in Marsala before travelling on to Palermo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palermo - Trapani - Erice - Palermo

Day
7

See the sights of Trapani, traditionally a trading hub, which now attracts visitors to its historic centre and harbour. Board the cable car to the historic hilltop town of Erice for a bird’s eye view before heading back to your Palermo hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palermo - Overnight Ferry Crossing To Naples

Day
8

Take the whole day to explore the sizzling Sicilian capital, where a local guide will introduce you to the opulent royal chapel, Cappella Palatina, adorned in gilded stuccos and elaborate frescos. Boarding the ferry in Palermo that evening, you’ll awake in Naples in time for breakfast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Naples - Rome

Day
9

Disembark your overnight ferry this morning and transfer to Rome. Explore with time at leisure on your final night in the 'Eternal City'.

Rome - UK

Day
10

After breakfast you’ll board the coach back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departure's

Easter Departure - 18th April 2019

New Year's in Taormina - 29th December 2019

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport and port taxes

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