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Sicily, Italy’s hidden gem, is one of the Mediterranean’s most beloved islands. Home to varied and dramatic landscapes, from foreboding volcanoes to glistening oceans, this is an island that offers more than simply dazzling sands and the beating sun. Based in the east, along the coastline, we’ll discover the quaint and rustic streets of Taormina before venturing out to sea, sailing over warm, turquoise waters and exploring mesmerising bays. Further inland lies the imposing Mt Etna, the island’s volcanic centrepiece, where we’ll discover the startling contrast between the sparkling beauty of the coastline and the rugged drama of the land surrounding the volcano itself.

But the island offers more than just a gorgeous landscape – Italy itself is known for its culinary prowess, and Sicily is no different. With sumptuous culinary delights and local wines, this is a food lover’s paradise. So, whatever you’re looking for this summer, whether it’s rich culture, stunning landscapes, or mouth-watering delicacies, Sicily is the perfect way to experience it all!

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the ancient, crumbling remains of Taormina's Greek Theatre
  • Walk on the barren lands of the foreboding Mt Etna
  • Experience the tantalising flavours of authentic Sicilian foods
  • Set sail on gleaming waters around the coastline
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  • Dates & Prices

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    July 27 - August 3, 2020 (8 days)


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    A view of the coastline of Taormina, the land is coated with thick green fauna and Mt Etna can be seen in the background, towering over the landscape
  • Cheese shop with large selection of cheeses in Sicily. Bulb shaped cheeses hang from the ceiling with an array of different cheeses below.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers (UK prices only)
    • 7 nights' accommodation at Villa Esperia Hotel in Mazarro
    • All breakfasts and one lunch
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of a local guide
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Taormina Walking Tour and Greek Theatre Visit
    • Sicily Coastline Boat Trip
    • Mt Etna Visit and Local Winery
    • Taormina Food Market and Cooking Class (optional - £85)
    Cobbled steps between pastel yellow painted houses with various pots of plants lining the path

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Monday 27th July

Today we travel to Sicily and transfer to our hotel. Located just above the bustling city of Taormina, this is the perfect base to explore the island. With the cable car to the city mere moments away, enjoy the tranquillity of being set just out of town whilst retaining ease of access.

Overnight in Mazzaro.

Tuesday 28th July

After breakfast we’ll set out to the cable car for our journey to Taormina centre. Here we’ll meet with our local guide, who will take us on a journey filled with culture, architecture, history and Sicilian tradition. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks and the Normans, Taormina is a unique blend of cultures and styles that has created its own distinctive identity. We’ll visit the impressive Greek Theatre, the pearl of the Ionian Sea, widely considered the town’s most iconic feature. Here we’ll discover the theatre’s impressive ruins and its history. We’ll then proceed to the very heart of Taormina, home to colourful streets adorned with flowers and olive groves, where we’ll experience the very essence of city. Along our route we’ll take in some of Taormina’s most important monuments and areas, such as Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, the Duomo Stairs and Del Carmine Church.

Following our tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Our local guide will bid farewell to us in one of the towns beloved Piazza’s, the perfect spot to take a break in a local café or head out to enjoy more of the town.

 

Breakfast included. Overnight in Mazzaro.

Wednesday 29th July

Today is completely at leisure. You may wish to lounge by the hotel pool or head back into the centre of Taormina. Sicily itself is home to a number of wonderful and unique towns, so you may wish to visit another part of the island!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Mazzaro.

Thursday 30th July

After a gentle start to the day, we head to the waters for a private boat tour around the coastline, past small, secluded beaches and picturesque caves. We’ll stop inside the Marine Park of Isola Bella, with time to dip in the sparkling, turquoise waters and bask in the beating Mediterranean sun. Once back on board, there will be a refreshing drink and fresh fruits to replenish your energy! We’ll continue on to the Bay of Mazzaro and the Bay of Mermaids, before returning to the shore.

The rest of the day is at leisure, you may wish to take the cable car back into Taormina to wander its quaint streets or relax on Isola Bella beach, taking in the Mediterranean air.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Mazzaro.

Friday 31st July

With another day at leisure, this is the perfect time to head out and explore other parts of the island. For those with an interest in all things culinary, and a taste of Italian cuisine, there is the option to take part in a market tour and a traditional cooking experience! Our local and knowledgeable guide with walk us through the bustling markets, where the aromas of local meats, cheeses, and spices will surround us. We’ll collect our ingredients before heading to the kitchen where we’ll cook up a storm before sampling the fruits of our labour!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Mazzaro.

Saturday 1st August

Starting early this morning, we venture out on a tour across the island to the Etna region. After around an hour drive, we will start passing through the dramatic and impressive Etna landscape before reaching the base camp of Refuge Sapienza. Here we’ll visit the Silvestri craters and have some free time to walk on the old lava flows. During our free time, there is the option to travel to the main crater area at 3000masl via the cable car.

Following our visit of the volcano we shall travel to a local mountain winery, where we’ll partake in some wine sampling! Here, we’ll taste 5 different wines from the region alongside appetisers made with local produce. After our appetisers a main course will be served followed by a sumptuous dessert. Once we have finished our meal, we’ll return back to our hotel for the night.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Mazzaro.

Sunday 2nd August

Today is our last full day left on this enchanting island. Use this time to top up your tan, bask in the beating Italian sun and take a dip in the refreshing Mediterranean sea.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Mazzaro.

Monday 3rd August

Enjoy your last Sicilian breakfast this morning and make sure to grab some last-minute sun by the pool! Our flight departs late in the evening, so take some time today to wander the streets of Taormina one last time, relax on the pebble sand beach of Isola Bella, and soak up the very last of the sun!

Breakfast included.

Single supplement – £200