Discover Sicily

Italy

Code: PMLEL

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • History
  • Outdoors
From £1,589.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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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

Price Includes

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 evening meals and 3 lunches
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays leader.
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport.
  • 1 cooking lesson, 2 wine tastings and 1 cheese making demonstration.
  • Half-day guided tours with Local Guide at Palermo, Segesta, Syracuse and Agrigento.
  • €52 for entrance fees.
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers.

Accommodation

Hotel Ibis Styles Palermo

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.

The hotel has a:

  • Bar
  • Resteraunt
  • Snack Bar
  • Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service
  • Parking (Limited Spaces)

Our holidays at Hotel Maksymilian are on a Bed and Breakfast basis.

The Ibis Styles Palermo features an on-site breakfast room offering a continental breakfast selection, the Terrazza Marine barbecue restaurant, and a modern bar serving a choice of refreshments.

Colleverde Park Hotel

The hotel offers 48 bedrooms.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Shower/Bath Combo

The Hotel has a:

  • Garden with a sun terrace and outdoor furniture.
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Free private parking
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared Lounge/TV Area

The Hotel has a free breakfast buffet.

For dinner, the hotel has an on-site restaurant:

Lumie di Sicilia – Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specialises in regional cuisine. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Hotel Dell'Orologio 

The hotel offers x bedrooms.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Free WiFi
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Phone
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Free toiletries
  • Bath or Shower

The Hotel has a:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wellness Facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating

Breakfast in the room

The Clock Terrace Restaurant

La Terrazza dell'Orologio is located in Ragusa Ibla in Via Chiasso Arestia 12/13, at the corner of Via XI Febbraio, a few steps from the Chiesa del Purgatorio less than 10 minutes walk from the Duomo. The structure dating back to the 18th century is thought to have been one of the deposits of the ancient castle of Ibla.

Typical Sicilian cuisine embraces tradition with a touch of elegance. 
The choice of quality raw materials and excellent service are the perfect combination for a unique culinary experience.

You will be thrilled by the magnificent panoramic view of Ragusa Ibla, UNESCO heritage and center of the baroque, which you can admire sitting on the  terrace, enjoying our specialties accompanied by a good glass of Sicilian wine.

In addition to the dining area, the Terrazza dell'Orologio has a wine bar.

Grande Albergo Alfeo

Located in the city centre of Syracuse at Grande Albergo Alfeo, you will be within walking distance of Ortygia Island.

  • When it comes to the bedrooms, this 4 star hotel has spared no expense to ensure that the guests' comfort is a priority. Adorned with rich colours, lines and fabrics, the rooms are stylishly decorated with minimalist furnishings and luxurious fittings.
  • As standard, each room comes complete with shower or Jacuzzi, hairdryer, fireplace, large LCD Satellite TV, mini bar, air conditioning and heating, writing desk, electronic safe, direct dial telephone line and free high speed Wi-Fi internet connection.
  • The rooms also come with soundproofed doors and double-glazed windows to ensure that your room serves as an oasis of comfort and tranquillity which serves as a home away from home.

The Hotel has a:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee House
  • Street Parking
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Lounge
  • Heating
  • Safety Deposit Box

A buffet breakfast is included as part of your booking in the on-site restaurant.

On-site Restaurant:

Olimpia

Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Local

Open for: Dinner, Cocktail hour

Hotel Dimora De Mauro

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.

The hotel offers 12 bedrooms.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • 32" TV
  • Living area with kitchenette
  • Bathroom with washing machine, hairdryer and toiletries
  • Free WiFi

The Hotel has a:

  • Bar
  • Outdoor area with a sun terrace and outdoor furniture
  • Secured Parking
  • Cleaning Services
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating

An Italian breakfast is available daily at a cafè nearby.

Evening

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, either independently or with your fellow guests.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.

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Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays Tour Manager may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

 For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; Please allow up to €52 per person for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

 Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your Tour Manager will help smooth the way.

Arrival Day

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.

Day 2: Palermo

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.

Day 3: Segesta & Agrigento

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. Afterwards, 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.

Day 4: Favara

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. 

Day 5: Ragusa & Modica

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.

Day 6: Syracuse

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.

Day 7: Taormina & Cefalu

Our final day of activities brings us to the beautiful resort of Taormina, perched rather spectacularly on the side of a mountain. Afterwards, we come right 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.

Departure Day

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

What to Bring

Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
9 May 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 May 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 May 2020, 11:05 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Palermo Bocca Di Falco

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 May 2020, noon
  • Arrive: 16 May 2020, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Palermo Bocca Di Falco
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,859.00 £1,759.00 Save £100 per person Book Now
9 May 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily - Without Flights 7 £1,689.00 £1,589.00 Save £100 per person Book Now
13 Jun 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily - Without Flights 7 £1,689.00 £1,689.00 Book Now
13 Jun 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Jun 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jun 2020, 11:05 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Palermo Bocca Di Falco

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Jun 2020, noon
  • Arrive: 20 Jun 2020, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Palermo Bocca Di Falco
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,859.00 £1,859.00 Book Now
12 Sep 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Sep 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Sep 2020, 11:05 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Palermo Bocca Di Falco

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Sep 2020, noon
  • Arrive: 19 Sep 2020, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Palermo Bocca Di Falco
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,859.00 £1,859.00 Book Now
12 Sep 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily - Without Flights 7 £1,689.00 £1,689.00 Book Now
10 Oct 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Oct 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Oct 2020, 11:05 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Palermo Bocca Di Falco

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 17 Oct 2020, noon
  • Arrive: 17 Oct 2020, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Palermo Bocca Di Falco
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,859.00 £1,859.00 Book Now
10 Oct 2020 PMLEL - Discovery Tour Sicily - Without Flights 7 £1,689.00 £1,689.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £43 per night
  • Allow approximately €52 for sightseeing
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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