This small group tour of Sicily gives you an opportunity to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean’s largest island. Start with a relaxing stay in Taormina followed by visits to the picturesque baroque cities of the South East.
Day 1: Fly to Catania and transfer to your hotel near Taormina where you’ll be based for the next four nights. Relax in the pool or head to the bar for a refreshing drink before meeting your fellow travellers and tour guide in the evening.
Day 2: Today, get to know the lovely seaside town of Taormina on a walking tour. You’ll get to see the Greco Roman amphitheatre, which has stunning views over the town towards Mount Etna. After, enjoy some free time and explore the town at your own pace. Take a walk down Corso Umberto and shop in the boutique stores, relax in the lovely gardens of Villa Communale or take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and relax on the beach.
Day 3: Mount Etna is Europe's highest active volcano and one of the most recognised sights on Sicily. On today’s excursion you’ll get to see it up close and ascend to 1,900 metres high where you can admire panoramic views across the island. In the afternoon, you’ll see the typical Sicilian town of Savoca, an authentic hilltop village that formed the backdrop to the film The Godfather.
Day 4: Today is a day at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel pool and beach.
Day 5: Say goodbye to Taormina today as you travel southwards to visit Syracuse and its beautiful historic centre of Ortigia. This coastal city is brimming with history and beautiful baroque architecture. Wander through Ortigia’s pedestrianised streets, stop for a drink in front of the honey-coloured Duomo and stop off at the daily market that’s bursting with fresh local food.
Day 6: Fans of the popular TV series, Inspector Montalbano will have noticed the TV show’s gorgeous settings which include the little towns of Scicli and Ragusa. We’ll stop off at Scicli where you can admire the beautiful town hall that was used as the 'Police Station' in the show, before moving onto Ragusa, the setting for fictional Vigata. Possibly one of Sicily’s most photographed towns, the colourful baroque buildings of Ragusa spill down the cliff side and are broken up by winding lanes and sunny piazzas.
Day 7: Today, it’s a short drive to see the Castle of Donnafugata, home to the mafia boss in the Montalbano series, but also an interesting example of a Sicilian stately home from the 1800s. Then there’s a quick photo stop at the little seaside town of Punta Secca where Montalbano lives and swims, before enjoying a wine tasting and light lunch in a seaside location.
Day 8: If you have time, enjoy one last swim in the hotel’s pool before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
- 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis (4 nights near Taormina and 3 nights near Modica) with continental buffet breakfast and Sicilian cuisine for dinner (drinks are excluded)
- Walking tour of Taormina
- Excursion to Mount Etna
- Guided tour of Ortigia, Scicli and Ragusa
- Visits to Castle of Donnafugata and Punta Seca
- Wine tasting and a light lunch
- Entrance fees (approx. €32 per person)
- Hotel city tax (approx. €3-4 per person per night)
- Any extras, drinks and personal expenses
Departure dates for 2019
10 and 17 May; 06, 13 and 20 September
Your first four nights will be spent at the four-star Hotel Santa Tecla Palace (173 rooms) near Taormina. It’s perched on the cliffs next to the beach and offers breath-taking views over the Mediterranean Sea. Four restaurants offer a taste of authentic Sicilian cuisine and you can enjoy local wines whilst relaxing by the infinity pool and enjoying the views. Sun loungers have been placed on the bathing platforms below that offer direct access to the sea and the wellness area offers a range of treatments. The more active will appreciate the nearby golf course and tennis courts. Guest rooms have a contemporary feel and each has a private balcony with garden views.
Your hotel in Modica is the lovely Modica Palace Hotel (33 rooms). The rooms at this four-star property are modern in design and offer plenty of space and there’s a large pool surrounded by manicured gardens. The restaurant serves traditional Sicilian cuisine using organic prodiuce and you can relax afterwards with a cocktail at the bar.