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Sicily: Classic and Undiscovered for Solo Travellers

8 days from only £1,199pp

Experience more with so much included

  • See the historic sights of Syracuse on a coach tour, before exploring the picturesque old town of Ortygia with a local guide
  • Admire the beautiful Baroque architecture in hilltop Noto, a town completely rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake
  • Explore Modica’s medieval old town and its superb Baroque architecture, and visit a chocolatier to taste the town’s Aztec-inspired sweet treat
  • Spend a day at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, where incredible ancient Greek ruins date as far back as the 6th century BC
  • Follow a local guide through charming old town of Ragusa, with time to explore the adjacent 'new town' at leisure
  • Visit a number of locations featured on the Italian detective show, ‘Inspector Montalbano’
  • Admire the fantastical 4th-century mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, one of the world’s finest collections
  • Sample the Sicilian 'dolce vita' in elegant Taormina, beautifully situated between a sweeping bay and towering Mount Etna
  • Ascend Mount Etna through an otherworldly landscape and perhaps take the cable car to get even closer to its smouldering peak
  • Visit a vineyard on the lower slopes of Etna for a tour and wine-tasting, followed by a farewell dinner in magical mountainous surroundings
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Your tour manager’s drinks reception and a welcome dinner on the first day to meet your fellow travellers
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Departures from April to October 2019

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

It may sit within touching distance, but Sicily is much more than a mere extension of mainland Italy. It's the largest of the Italian islands, but the laidback Sicilians have an identity and a still-thriving language of their own, and life moves at a slower pace. Its position in the middle of the Mediterranean means that Sicily has long attracted settlers from all sides, resulting in an infusion of influences – from the founding ancient Phoenicians to the Greeks, the Romans, the Moors, the Normans, the Spanish, the French and, of course, the Italians. This can be seen in the eclectic collection of historic sites and landmarks, from exceptional Greek temples to a treasure trove of Roman mosaics. Add beautiful Baroque churches and palaces, built after 17th-century earthquakes reduced entire towns to rubble, atmospheric streets and striking modern additions, and you have an island, built on the bones of ancient civilisations, that surprises and delights visitors with its intriguing cultural collage.

Nature has also bestowed Sicily with a generous cache of treasures. Ringed by shimmering blue sea, its coastline dips into sandy bays backed by craggy cliffs, which lead to a largely unspoilt landscape with fragrant citrus and olive groves, colourful wildflower meadows, dense pine forests and soaring mountains – the most impressive of all being the tempestuous Mount Etna, which simmers ominously over the towns in its colossal shadow.

Its incredible natural beauty is matched by an abundance of home-grown produce. Market stalls piled with ripe Mediterranean vegetables, pavement cafes offering a constant stream of orange juice, tiny shops selling olive oil, jam and honey, green ice-cream made with the precious Bronte pistachios… the list goes on. Of course, fresh fish and homemade pasta feature on every menu, but there are a few surprises here too – couscous from Tunisia and the ricotta-filled Cassata cake, a sweet legacy of the 10th-century Arab invasion.

As we travel down the eastern coastline and along southern Sicily, you'll be dazzled by the myriad cultural, natural and historical gems of this island, and charmed by the affable locals who live there.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on one person in a double/twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, welcome drinks reception, all tours as mentioned, scheduled flights as mentioned, airport departure taxes, all local accommodation taxes, transfers and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions: chocolate tasting experience in Modica, guided visit to Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, guided visit to Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, final evening wine-tasting and pairing dinner.
 

Useful Information

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 Syracuse 1 hr 15 mins Marina D'Agro Catania Airport 1 hr 15 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 40 mins to 30 hrs
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

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