Classic Sicily

Classic Sicily

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Classic Sicily

8 Days Starting in Catania, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy and ending in Taormina

Visiting: London, Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Cefalù, Palermo, Monreale, Temple of Segesta, Erice, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina, Taormina, Mount Etna

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It is home to superb Norman architecture, vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired gardens, and probably the finest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world. Alongside this, the island has some magnificent natural scenery, from volcanic Mount Etna to quiet beaches in the south. This tour takes you to the best that the island has to offer.

Highlights

  • Wine tasting near Mount Etna

  • Street food experience in Palermo

  • Sample traditional Sicilian pastries at Grammatico in Erice

  • Included visits to Noto, Erice & Monreale

  • Explore the Valley of the Temples & the Palatine Chapel

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Fly To Catania - Syracuse
Location: London, Catania, Syracuse
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grande Albergo Alfeo
Meals Included: No Meals

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Catania with British Airways. Transfer to Syracuse and stay at Grande Albergo Alfeo (or similar) for 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink. (N)

Day 2 : Syracuse - Noto
Location: Syracuse, Noto
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grande Albergo Alfeo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Syracuse, including the Greek theatre, considered one of the most important examples of its kind; the Ear of Dionysius and the island of Ortygia. Continue to the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Noto, renowned for its magnificent baroque architecture. (B)

Day 3 : Catania - Cefalù - Palermo
Location: Catania, Cefalù, Palermo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Politeama
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, drive to Catania to view the cathedral and Piazza Stesicoro. Continue to Cefalù to visit the Norman cathedral with its exquisite mosaics. Next, travel to Palermo and stay two nights at the Hotel Politeama (or similar). (B)

Day 4 : Palermo - Monreale
Location: Palermo, Monreale
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Politeama
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, drive to Monreale to visit the Norman cathedral, founded in 1172 and considered a leading example of NormanArab architecture. Return to Palermo for a city tour including the magnificent Arab-Norman cathedral; the Palatine Chapel, located within the Norman palace and covered in Byzantine influenced mosaics; and the historic old town. During an afternoon street-food experience, learn how Palermitan cuisine has been shaped by the region's history. (B, L)

Day 5 : Segesta - Erice - Agrigento
Location: Temple of Segesta, Erice, Agrigento
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Colleverde Park Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning visit to the medieval town of Erice, with its imposing fortified walls overlooking the city of Trapani. Continue to the Temple of Selinunte, an excellent example of Doric architecture. Stop at Grammatico, the world-famous pastry shop, for some marzipan and biscuit tasting. Drive to Agrigento and stay overnight at the Hotel Colloverde Park (or similar). (B)

Day 6 : Valley Of The Temples - Piazza Armerina - Taormina
Location: Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina, Taormina
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Diodoro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning visit to the Valley of the Temples, one of the world's most impressive ancient Greek sites. Afternoon drive to the elegant resort town of Taormina via Piazza Armerina to view the Roman mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale. Stay two nights at the Hotel Villa Diodoro (or similar). (B, L)

Day 7 : Mount Etna
Location: Mount Etna, Taormina
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Diodoro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, for panoramic views. Stop at Barone di Villagrande for wine tasting at a local vineyard. Afternoon guided tour of the Taormina Amphitheatre. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8 : Fly To London
Location: Catania, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

What's Included

  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

  • Hotel porterage

  • Accommodation

    4-star accommodation included.

  • Fully Guided

    Experienced local tour manager included.

  • International Travel

    Direct international flights with British Airways included.

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner and Welcome drink, Farewell dinner included.

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • Optional

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  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum average group size is 14 people.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As Detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4-star accommodation is included.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, Guided sightseeing & entrance fees included.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking tour guide on this tour.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single supplement available from £455.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Direct international flights with British Airways is included.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms. The Solo Travellers collection of small group tours is specially created to include accommodation based on single occu

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • What are the four tour categories

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews of this Operator

Mark  

Very Good Experience

17-Apr-2022

This is the second trip we've booked with Cox & Kings and as with the first trip, the booking experience has been very good. We tried to do this trip in the autumn but were defeated by the ever-changing testing requirements. Cox & Kings quickly reconfirmed the itinerary when we revived the idea in the spring and kept us informed at every stage

Jessica  

Knowledgeable Staff and Excellent Service

01-Oct-2021

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'goes the extra mile'. I have been on several holidays through Cox and Kings over the last 20 years and have always been more than satisfied

Haig  

Exceptional Service

02-Feb-2022

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they never disappoint. They organise whatever I want and the great thing about their group tours is that they always include some free time. Other companies tend to pack far too much in to their schedules. I have found everyone I have ever dealt with keen to provide the best possible service.

Paul  

A Relaxed Way to Book a Holiday

13-Aug-2021

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number of times and have always booked direct with them. For this latest trip, I again contacted them direct and spoke to their travel advisor for the chosen area for a tailor-made holiday. I found him empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding of my requirements. An initial itinerary was prepared which after due consideration and discussion was cheerfully amended and agreed on. There was no pressure put on me and I found it, as usual, a good experience. Holiday now booked and I am looking forward to the trip.

Susan  

Ultimate Professionals

27-Apr-2022

I've travelled with C&K before to Egypt and had a marvellous time so well looked after and wonderful hotel choices so I decided to book another trip for next year to Istanbul and Turkey now that we are able to travel. So looking forward to another adventure.

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    Cox & Kings requires a minimum deposit of 15% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cox & kings charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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