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The Sicilian

New for 2019

Price per person
from £1,810

Price based on
London Luton
12th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Services of a tour director
  • 10 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

Your 10-day Italy tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches. 

You’ll relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sites, and savour authentic Sicilian culinary specialities that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory. 

As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. 

From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. You’ll visit the Valley of the Temples with its Greek structures that have endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the adorned tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone. 

You’ll travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theatre. You’ll also enjoy seeing the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather – then relaxing with a granita and brioche at a local bar. 

Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch on your beautiful Italy tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.

At a glance

Palermo Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale and the cathedral in Palermo; lunch of Sicilian specialities

Erice Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine

Motya Boat cruise; visit the museum

Marsala area Visit a salt mill; couscous dinner with local specialities

Sciacca Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint

Agrigento Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

Piazza Armerina Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale

Caltagirone See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

Ragusa Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral

Modica Chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant

Noto Guided walking tour, visit San Nicolò Cathedral

Syracuse Guided visit of the archaeological site

Catania See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via Etnea

Savoca See the Church of Santa Lucia; taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli

Taormina Orientation, visit the Greek theatre; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • 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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Make your own way

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Overview

Your 10-day Italy tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches. 

You’ll relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sites, and savour authentic Sicilian culinary specialities that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory. 

As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. 

From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. You’ll visit the Valley of the Temples with its Greek structures that have endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the adorned tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone. 

You’ll travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theatre. You’ll also enjoy seeing the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather – then relaxing with a granita and brioche at a local bar. 

Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch on your beautiful Italy tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners

UK - Palermo, Italy

Day
1

On arrival you will transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Palermo

Day
2

Discover the capital of Sicily with a Local Guide and enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Back in Palermo, see the major sites like the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and visit the magnificent CATHEDRAL. A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese) awaits at the Antica Focacceria San Francesco restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Palermo - Erice - Motya - Marsala

Day
3

Join your Tour Director for an orientation of the hilltop town of Erice, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to try out the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Visit a traditional SALT MILL. Then, the highlight of the day: a relaxing BOAT CRUISE to the island of Motya for a perfect view of the lagoon and visit to the MUSEUM. Later, dinner with local specialties and couscous will be served.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Marsala - Sciacca - Agrigento

Day
4

In Sciacca, take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint before continuing to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES. Even travellers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone - Ragusa

Day
5

Drive to Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of the VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous “Bikini Girls,” discovered in 1960. Before arriving in Ragusa, stop in Caltagirone to discover the imposing STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ragusa. Excursion to Modica

Day
6

Guided sightseeing features a walk through Ragusa's oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful palaces and churches. Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens laid out in the 19th century and then, visit the iconic baroque ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor café! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval center and spectacular baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto I and stop at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily's oldest chocolate factory, for a TASTING. End the day with a dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ragusa - Noto - Syracuse

Day
7

The baroque town of Noto is renowned for its beautiful historic centre that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Meet your Local Guide for a walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the magnificent architecture, and visit SAN NICOLÒ CATHEDRAL. Continue to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th century BC sparkling-white Greek Theatre, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Cordmakers’ Cave. Tonight, join an optional dinner in the enchanting Ortigia district.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Syracuse - Catania - Savoca - Taormina Riviera

Day
8

In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. In the traditional village of Savoca, and see the Church of Santa Lucia, made famous as a location for Michael Corleone's wedding in the movie The Godfather. Enjoy a granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Taormina Riviera.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Taormina Riviera

Day
9

In the morning, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Later, in hilltop Taormina, visit the ancient GREEK THEATRE, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent way to say arrivederci, Sicilia!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Taormina Riviera - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Palermo - Central Palace Hotel Federico II

A fusion of classic and innovative design, Hotel Federico II is a family- run 65 room establishment located near the city's most important streets of culture, tourism and shopping, halfway between the Teatro Massimo and the Teatro Politeama. Breakfast is served with a rich buffet while the in-house restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean dishes revisited along with a great wine selection. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.

  • Location

    Via Principe Granatelli, 60 Palermo, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Marsala Area - Hotel Giardino di Costanza Resort

A 91-room exclusive resort style hotel in Mazara del Vallo, not far from the beautiful beaches of the western coast of Sicily, its spectacular natural setting is dominated by olive gardens and vineyards creating an oasis of peace and serenity. Amenities include a large seasonal outdoor swimming pool equipped with lounge chairs and sun-umbrellas, an elegant Spa & wellness centre with gym and indoor swimming pool, Free Wi-Fi access throughout and a restaurant which offers excellent rich Mediterranean fare highlighted with Sicilians accents.

  • Location

    Via Salemi Km 7,100 Sicily, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Agrigento - Grand Hotel Mose

Grand Hotel Mosè is an elegant 2-floor building entirely made of tuff stone, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with swimming pool and located not far from the Valley of the Temples. The hotel opened in 1993 but it underwent a series of upgrades through the years, until a total refurbishment and expansion of its facilities in 2013. Its rooms are spacious and most of them come with a terrace. La Mimosa restaurant offers menus of local and international cuisine and during Summer meals are served by the pool. A bar for a quick snack or just an espresso is also available. Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the hotel.

  • Location

    Viale Leonardo Sciascia Agrigento, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Ragusa - Poggio Del Sole Resort

Poggio del Sole Resort is beautifully situated in the Hyblean landscape. Those buildings which were once parts of an elegant "masseria" now frame a tastefully and uniquely designed hotel with restaurants, bars and Spa. The hotel, in spite of its rustic location and origins, comes with all modern comfort and is elegantly embellished by a sober mix of contemporary and traditional sicilian furniture. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. An outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a lounge bar are also available.

  • Location

    S.P. 25 Ragusa - Marina Di Ragusa - Km 5,700 Ragusa Area, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Syracuse - Mercure Siracusa Prometeo

The modern, comfortable Mercure Siracusa Prometeo offers 93 rooms with all the comforts. The hotel has a bar/bistro, a fitness room and a wellness centre. In Summer a roof panoramic outdoor swimming pool with a solarium area on the 6th floor will be available. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property.

  • Location

    Viale Teracati 20 Siracusa, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Taormina Riviera - Hilton Giardini Naxos

This luxurious 296 room hotel is set in a fantastic location with superb facilities. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in the guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). The hotel has two beautiful private sandy beaches with a seasonal beach bar, an inviting seafront outdoor pool as well as a spa, wellness and 24 hour fitness centre. Homemade Sicilian pastries and evening cocktails can be enjoyed in the lobby bar, dinner in the hotel's elegant speciality restaurant and classic Mediterranean style lunch in the main restaurant with outdoor terrace dining options at both venues.

  • Location

    Via Jannuzzo 47 Taormina Riviera, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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