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Explore an enchanting part of Italy

An enchanting part of Italy, Sicily boasts a wonderful combination of stunning scenic coastline, historic cities and breathtaking landscapes. Visit Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands on this magnificent holiday.

Highlights
  • Visits to Syracuse and Ortigia
  • Excursion to Mount Etna
  • Cruise to the Aeolian Islands
  • Journey on the Circumetnea Railway
  • Taormina
  • Giardini Naxos
What’s Included
  • Journey on the Circumetnea Railway
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Sicily & Mount Etna 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 London to London to Catania
London to London to Catania

London to Catania

Your holiday begins today with a flight to Catania, the second largest city in Sicily. From here, you transfer to Giardini Naxos, a beautiful resort just outside of Taormina. Your home for the next seven nights is the 4* Atahotel Naxos Beach.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Scheduled Flight
Day 2 Taormina
Taormina

Taormina

You enjoy a guided tour of Taormina today, which includes a visit to the stunning Teatro Greco. This incredible brick amphitheatre dates back to the 3rd century BC, yet still hosts performances today. Built during Roman times in a Greek style and the second largest of its kind in Sicily, it is immaculately preserved. From the top of the auditorium, there are views of Mount Etna in one direction, and the peaks of Calabria in another.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Syracuse
Syracuse

Syracuse and Ortigia

Today you head to Syracuse, a prestigious port city with a rich history. Here enjoy a guided tour of Neapolis - which was once the 'New Town', but now an important archaeological park with many of the city's centuries-old public buildings. Amongst the incredible findings here are a Greek amphitheatre that dates back to 500 BC, and the Latomia del Paradiso - a series of limestone caves that haver served a number of purposes over their long years, including serving as a prison during the war between Syracuse and Athens, and as a catacomb.

Later continue to Ortigia, a tiny island connected to Syracuse by a bridge. You can visit its superb cathedral which was built from a former Pagan temple and is reputedly Europe's oldest Christian church. Ortigia is also the home of the majestic Fountain of Arethusa, on Ortigia's seafront. This freshwater spring has been celebrated by poets from Virgil to Milton, and is fascinating to see.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Giardini Naxos
Giardini Naxos

At leisure in Giardini Naxos

Your entire day is free for you to relax in the hotel and enjoy the coastal views, or perhaps revisit Taormina, to explore the many attractions of this lovely town. Perhaps visit Villa Comunale, to take in Taormina's attractive public gardens.

Here gorgeous blooms line the paths, which are shaded by magnolia trees. Otherwise you could shop for souvenirs in the glamorous shops along the Corso Umberto and the side alleys surrounding it.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Mount Etna
Mount Etna

Mount Etna

Take an excursion to mighty Mount Etna today, Europe's largest active volcano. Pass through the rugged lava plains along the higher slopes and see the impressive Silvestri Craters where the ash has created a depression in the mountain's flank - making an awe-inspiring sight. From here, you are free to take in the view, or perhaps take the cable car to the top, where the summit's active crater is clearly visible - often casting out smoke, accompanied by lumps of tiny red and grey lava, an incredible phenomenon to behold.

Later take the Circumetnea train around the mountain's base, taking in the delightful surrounding villages as well as the breathtaking landscape. Established in 1898, the train's route allows passengers to soak up wonderful views of Etna and the surrounding landscape.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Aeolian Islands
Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands

Today you take a boat cruise to the Aeolian Islands, a small volcanic archipelago boasting UNESCO World Heritage status. You stop at Lipari, the largest and most active of these islands, though Lipari Town - a colourful seaport town - is the closest thing to a capital city. The further away from the bustling harbour, with it's pastel-coloured houses, the scenery turns wilder, with dense greenery and rugged hillsides rising out of the water.

Next up is Vulcano, famed for its hot springs and volcanic peaks emitting their visible sulphurous smoke. Believed by the Romans to be a byproduct from the God of Fire's underground workshop, they named the island in his honour, and today it still has a feel of the mysterious about it, with its black beaches, natural mud baths and rugged coastline.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 At leisure in Giardini Naxos
At leisure in Giardini Naxos

At leisure in Giardini Naxos

Spend today at leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the hotel's two swimming pools. Otherwise you might like to relax on one of the town's beaches. If you enter the water there is an abundance of sea life to admire, all mixed in with the usually unseen, fossilised lava flows from age-old Etna eruptions.

For a more sedate way to pass the time, why not make your way to the pedestrianised seafront, lined with shops, restaurants, pizzerias and cafés.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Return to London
Return to London

Return to London

You make the journey home today. Transferring to Catania Airport, fly back to the UK where your tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager
  • Return flights from London to Catania
  • Rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Visits to Syracuse and Ortigia
  • Excursion to Mount Etna
  • Cruise to the Aeolian Islands
  • Journey on the Circumetnea Railway
  • Guided tour of Taormina

 

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
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