New for 2020

Discover Sicily

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,859pp £1,759pp with flights

Just off the 'toe' of Italy's 'boot' sits Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands. Rich in history, we'll uncover the best this gorgeous island which will seduce you with its dazzling diversity of landscape and cultural treasures.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Palermo - one of the best cities in the world for street food
  • Discover the magnificent Valley of the Temples at Agrigento
  • Visit a traditional Sicilian household where you'll make and taste traditional regional recipes
  • See the elaborate Byzantine mosaics found in the charming fishing village of Cefalu

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 evening meals and 4 lunches
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Full-day excursions with all essential transport
  • 1 cooking lesson, 2 wine tastings, 1 cheese-making demonstration and 1 chocolate class
  • Half-day guided tours with a local guide at Palermo, Segesta, Syracuse and Agrigento
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Upon arrival, you'll be met at Palermo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. There will be time to settle in and meet your fellow guests and Tour Manager before we sit down for dinner.

Hotel Ibis Styles Palermo - Sicily

The Ibis Styles Palermo sits overlooking Palermo harbour with local amenities within easy walking distance. Featuring comfortable modern rooms, this property is an ideal choice for those looking to discover Palermo at their leisure.


Foodies rejoice! Today starts with a guided tour of the historic centre of Palermo – a city that ranks as one of the best in the world for street food. We’ll wander through the colourful markets, trying some of the best local specialities as we go, with our local guide revealing the secrets of Sicilian street cuisine. In the afternoon, out tour continues, taking in the highlights of Palermo including the Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral and Quattro Canti.

Hotel Ibis Styles Palermo - Sicily

The Ibis Styles Palermo sits overlooking Palermo harbour with local amenities within easy walking distance. Featuring comfortable modern rooms, this property is an ideal choice for those looking to discover Palermo at their leisure.


This morning, we’ll transfer to Segesta where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Greek theatre set in stunning scenery, as well as the well-preserved Doric temple, dating to the 420s BC. Afterward, we'll head to the town of Marsala, famous for its fine fortified wines. Here we'll take a tour of a local winery and partake in a spot of wine tasting! In the afternoon, we continue towards Agrigento and the ancient Akregas. A guided tour for the magnificent Valley of the Temples will allow us to discover the history of this splendid archaeological park, which consists of eight temples built between 510 BC and 430 BC.

Colleverde Park Hotel - Sicily

Today we discover Favara, a small town near Agrigento, where we'll have a short walking tour ending at a private house. Here, one of the locals will introduce us to Sicilian gastronomy. We’ll have a cookery course and make a three-course meal from scratch! Of course, we’ll have to sample some of the local delicacies too! Later in the day, we’ll transfer to the Baroque gem of Ragusa where we’ll stay overnight.

Hotel Dimora De Mauro - Sicily
Dimora De Mauro offers air-conditioned apartments in a 19th-century hamlet in the historical centre of Catania, just a 5-minute walk from Catania Cathedral. Pescheria Market is 700 yards from this property.

This morning, you will have some free time to explore the historical centre of Ragusa, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily. The town is part of the Val di Noto UNESCO World Heritage Site and 18 of its buildings are protected. Later we'll travel to a family-run farm in the countryside near Ragusa for a cheese-making demonstration and a tour around the farm, where we can sample some delicious cheese including the famous handmade ricotta. Next, it’s on to Modica, famous for its chocolate which is still processed as the Aztecs did all those years ago. Here, we visit a chocolate laboratory where we discover its history, its origins and production. Again, there is plenty to taste and we can also join a chocolate class to create your own bar of chocolate. Our final stop of the day is Syracuse, the most powerful city-state in the Greek world and briefly the capital of the Byzantine Empire. We’ll stay here overnight before continuing on tomorrow.


After breakfast we travel to Neapolis, the archaeological park of Syracuse. Here, we’ll be taken on a guided tour of its spectacular Greek theatre and early Imperial Roman amphitheatre. Later, it’s off to Etna - the highest, most active volcano in Europe. We’ll enjoy a delicious wine tasting, complimented by local produce, in one of the famous wine cellars in the area.

Hotel Ibis Styles Palermo - Sicily

The Ibis Styles Palermo sits overlooking Palermo harbour with local amenities within easy walking distance. Featuring comfortable modern rooms, this property is an ideal choice for those looking to discover Palermo at their leisure.


Our final day of activities brings us to the beautiful resort of Taormina, perched rather spectacularly on the side of a mountain. Afterward, we come back down to sea level as we explore the city of Cefalu, a fantastic coastal city. Here you can explore at your own pace, perhaps visiting the impressive Norman cathedral or simply meandering through the winding Medieval streets. Later in the day, we’ll travel back to Palermo for our final evening together.


On departure day, you will be transferred back to Palermo Airport in good time for your flight home.


What to Bring

Guests should bring suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain. Please also allow €60 for entrance fees.

Guest Reviews

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Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy : £43 per night
  • Entrance fees not included, please allow €52 per person
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh.   £139
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

7 nights from £1,859pp £1,759pp with flights

New for 2020

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