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So much to discover

  • Explore the Valley of the Temples, one of the world's greatest
    archaeological sites.
  • Uncover the best of Palermo, Sicily's capital with a medieval and
    baroque centre to rival Rome.
  • Visit an authentic Roman Villa complete with stunning frescoes and ancient
    mosaics.
  • Witness Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano.
  • Marvel at the riches of Syracuse, home of Archimedes and one of ancient Greece's richest cities.

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7 nights in 4-star accommodation
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Overview

Unique culture and beauty

Sicily has been at the crossroads of almost every Mediterranean civilisation for thousands of years, leaving the island with traces of their culture, architecture, and history.

In character, Sicilians are markedly different from the rest of Italians, with their own Sicilian language and dialects, as well as a uniquely vibrant cuisine. Influences come from Africa as well as Europe for its food and culture.

Sicily’s landscape is just as varied, with rugged, snow-capped mountains, meadows of wildflowers, citrus and olive groves, and a stunning coastline with red volcanic rocks and wide sweeping bays.

From the ancient Greeks to the Romans, Moors, Normans, Spanish, French, and finally Italians, the island has absorbed so much culture and history, and their relics can be seen all over the island from ancient amphitheatres to monasteries, temples, villas, and more.

Italians are famous for being friendly and accommodating, and Sicilians especially so, so there is no doubt you will be made welcome on this beautiful island.



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN SICILY

You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Catania. On arrival a coach will take us to the hotel, where we stay for three nights with breakfast and dinner. Depending on the date of departure you will stay at either the Kaos Hotel or the Hotel Baia di Ulisse.

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4* Hotel Kaos - Agrigento

Chosen for its quiet location and stunnning views.

  • Large terraced swimming pool
  • Classic Sicilian style
  • Restaurant serving Sicilian and Italian dishes

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4* Hotel Baia di Ulisse - Agrigento

Chosen for its relaxing coastal location.

  • Private stretch of beach
  • 2 relaxing terraced pools
  • Comfy bar, lounge and restaurant

DAY 2 - VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES

This morning we visit what can truly be described as one of the wonders of the ancient world: the amazing Greek remains in the Valley of the Temples. There are six of them in total, situated largely on a ridge looking out to sea. Visible for miles and standing proud as they do, they must have made a statement of sheer absolute power and confidence to any passing mariner or shepherd, leaving none in doubt as to who were the masters. The best of them, Concordia, similar in design to the Parthenon in Athens, is almost perfectly preserved, with just the roof missing. With its wonderful tapering columns and beautiful light golden colour it is absolutely captivating. One can only wonder as to what was going through the builders’ minds thousands of years ago, toiling under a hot sun whilst creating a masterpiece. We enjoy a guided tour of the site and you may also visit the excellent museum, displaying finds from both the temples and surrounding area, including a unique collection of vases. We also visit Agrigento itself, awash with medieval atmosphere, swimming in tiny stepped streets and quiet shady piazzas overlooking the blue Mediterranean in the distance. We return to our hotel during the afternoon to relax.

DAY 3 - MONREALE & PALERMO

DAY 4 - PIAZZA ARMERINA & TAORMINA

DAY 5 - FREE DAY

DAY 6 - SIRACUSA

DAY 7 - MOUNT ETNA

DAY 8 - RETURN FLIGHT

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"When I was young my plan was to travel the world, but Sicily is so fascinating that it keeps calling me back; I've been visiting for 46 years and I still haven't seen everything it has to offer."

 

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport  First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport  Transfer time
Catania Airport Agrigento 2 hrs 30 mins Forza d'Agró Catania Airport 1 hr
Giardini Naxos 45 mins
Taormina 1 hr

FAQs

Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What’s included in the price?

The price is per person, based on two people sharing a room and includes:

  • Return flights 
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • A light lunch in a rural restaurant
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Entrances to Valley of the Temples, Villa at Piazza Armerina and Monreale
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Please note: where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.

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