Sicily - Jewel of the Mediterranean
Offer: 99pp Deposit for 2018 departures
Sicily, at the geographical and historical heart of the Mediterranean, has been coveted, fought over and colonised for millennia. As such, the island presents a unique culture, best exhibited in its architecture, language and cuisine, which bears the stamp of the Phoenicians, Athenians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Byzantines and Bourbons. This comprehensive exploration introduces you to Sicily’s best-known treasures, including its superbly well-preserved Greek temples, legendary Mount Etna and splendid Monreale Cathedral.
- 9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 16 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 7 dinners (days 1, 2, 4 and 6-9)
- VOX portable audio headset system on excursions
Included excursions and visits: 13
- Tour of Syracuse with local guide
- Visit to Aci Castello and Catania
- Visit Cefalù
- Visit Monreale
- Visit Palermo
- Tours of Segesta and Selinunte with local guide
- Guided visit to the Valley of the Temples
- Tour of Roman Villa at Piazza Armerina with guide
- Tour of Taormina with local guide including the Greek theatre and Alcantara Gorge
- Visit Mount Etna
- Visit to Catina Murgo winery for a tasting of wine and local produce
Plus all these benefits:
- Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service®
- Check-in service by Titan staff with porterage
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- Scheduled British Airways direct flights
- Best available coaches with experienced drivers
- Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
- All airport taxes, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
- UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)
10 Day Itinerary:
Day 1 London - CataniaTitan’s VIP Home Departure Service® collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Catania. On arrival we drive to our hotel for the next three nights, the UNA Hotel Palace (4T), where dinner is included this evening.
Day 2 Syracuse - OrtigiaToday we travel south with our local guide to Syracuse, rich in Ancient Greek history. Later we visit Ortigia, a small island joined to Syracuse by a bridge since the 16th century, but its past goes further back and it is a pleasure to explore the narrow medieval lanes. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 3 Aci Castello - CataniaThis morning we travel to Aci Castello, whose 11th century Norman castle is built out of lava, before moving on to Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, and its beautiful historic centre shaped by Mount Etna’s temper. You are then free for the rest of the day.
Day 4 Catania - Cefalù - PalermoWe spend some time in the attractive maritime town of Cefalù this morning on our way to the bustling city of Palermo. Our hotel, the Hotel Palazzo Sitano (4T) or similar, is centrally-located close to the sea and the lively streets. You will receive a welcome drink on arrival and dinner tonight is at a local restaurant, just a short walk away.
Day 5 Palermo - MonrealeToday we travel to Monreale for a guided visit of the magnificent cathedral, famed for its multi-coloured marble paintings and mosaics. We return to Palermo for a guided tour of the town.
Day 6 Palermo - Segesta - Trapani - Selinunte - AgrigentoOur first stop today is Segesta for a guided tour including a visit to the fascinating Greek temple ruins. We then continue to the fishing port of Trapani. Lastly, at Selinunte we will be joined by a local guide to view the Greek archaeological site. We arrive early evening at the Hotel Baia di Ulisse (4T), where dinner is included.
Day 7 Agrigento - Valley of the Temples - Piazza Armerina - TaorminaWe start our day with one of the highlights - a guided visit, including entrance, of the nearby Valley of the Temples. After time for lunch, we head east to Piazza Armerina for a guided tour of the Roman Villa. We stay at our hotel for the next three nights, the Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa (4T) or similar.
Day 8 TaorminaThis morning we visit the town centre of Taormina and include a visit to the Greek theatre and the Alcantara Gorge.
Day 9 Mount EtnaThis morning we take a drive to the slopes of Etna. After a short walk, there will be free time available to explore this fascinating area. Later we visit Catina Murgo winery for a tasting of wine and local produce. Return to our hotel for a farewell dinner.
Day 10 Taormina - Catania - LondonAfter breakfast, we transfer to Catania Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Sicily - Jewel of the Mediterranean
10 days from
£1,299 per person
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