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Wonders of Sicily and Sorrento

Overview

Travel by Coach
5 Included Excursions
  • Discover the history of the ancient city of Naples
  • Explore Inspector Montalbano's Sicily
  • See Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples
  • Marvel at Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire stunning Sorrento
  • See Mount Etna with our local guide

Uncover two Italian treasures; first stunning Sicily, one of southern Italy's pearls with imposing Mount Etna and stunning coastlines, then historical Sorrento, close to Naples and situated along cliffs festooned with lemon and olive groves.

Come with us as we travel to the beautiful island of Sicily, with its amazing views out over the Mediterranean Sea and wonderful culture. We’ll enjoy a fantastic holiday on this little island, packed with exciting excursions to nearby attractions and destinations, as well as stays at comfortable hotels throughout our journey.

From the bustling port of Naples, with its bay and lovely sea views, we'll board our overnight ferry to the island of Sicily. Arriving early, we'll disembark in Palermo and continue onto Agrigento. This city is famous for its history, which stems from ancient Greece, and we’ll tour the many temples that can still be found there today. Continuing on, we'll arrive in Modica in the south of the island where we'll stay for two nights. Here we'll also explore the homeland of fictional detective, Inspector Montalbano, and visit towns such as Ragusa, Punta Secca and Scicli.

We'll then move to our next base in Giardini Naxos on the eastern side of Sicily for three nights, where we will explore Syracuse and Catania. Our next excursion will take us to the formidable Mount Etna, an active volcano that looms in the background of many towns and cities in this part of the world.

Leaving Sicily, we'll head back to the mainland and continue to Sorrento where we'll stay for three nights. Here we'll explore Sorrento itself and well as the incredible Pompeii. See the streets, bath houses, and many artefacts perfectly preserved to have a real understanding of how the ancient Romans lived.
Why not join our optional excursions to a Limoncello tasting, a traditional Neapolitan theatre show, or to the spectacular Amalfi coast?

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to France
Relax aboard your Grand Tourer coach as we cross to Calais then travel to France for an overnight stay, with dinner en route. (D)

Day Two - France to Switzerland
Our journey continues to Switzerland, where we overnight at a comfortable hotel before continuing our journey. (B,D)

Day Three - Switzerland to Tuscany
We’ll travel through the heart of the Apennines to overnight in Tuscany. (B,D)

Day Four - Tuscany to Naples (overnight ferry to Palermo) 
Onwards to Naples for a guided city tour. This city is known for its incredible panoramic views out over the Port of Naples, with the Mediterranean Sea forming a backdrop throughout the city. We’ll then board the ship to Sicily with en suite cabins, dinner and breakfast included on board. Remember to take an overnight bag with you for the ferry! (B,D)

Day Five - Palermo to Modica
Following an early morning arrival into Palermo we continue on to Agrigento before continuing to Modica to the Hotel Modica Palace for a two night stay. (B,D)

Day Six - Montalbano region
Our guide shoes us the highlights today of Inspector Montalbano's Sicily, seeing Ragusa Ibra, Punta Secca and Scicli. (B,D)

Day Seven - Modica to Giardini Naxos 
Our tour continues as we call at Syracuse and Catania before going onto to our two night stay at the four-star Hellenia Yachting Hotel. (B,D)

Day Eight - Giardini Naxos
A day at leisure, or join our optional excursions to Taormina. (B,D)

Day Nine - Mount Etna
In the morning, we’ll take an included trip to the impressive Mount Etna, where we’ll be joined by a guide to gain even more insight into the history of this active volcano. (B,D)

Day Ten - Giardini Naxos to Sorrento
We’ll travel across to the mainland by boat, and then continue to Sorrento, staying at the Hotel Michelangelo. (B,D)

Day Eleven - Pompeii
We’ll enjoy an included trip to Pompeii today, visiting this incredible ancient site and learning more about its discovery. (B,D)

Day Twelve - Sorrento
Join our optional tour of the Amalfi Coast to see the amazing coastline and to enjoy the spectacular views, or relax at leisure. (B,D)

Day Thirteen - Sorrento to Tuscany
We’ll depart Sorrento and travel up to beautiful Tuscany for our overnight stay. (B,D)

Day Fourteen - Tuscany to Switzerland
We’ll cross the border into Switzerland and travel onwards for an overnight stay and dinner. (B,D)

Day Fifteen - Switzerland to France
We’ll continue to France for an overnight stay. (B,D)

Day Sixteen - France to UK
We’ll travel to Calais, across to UK then home. (B)

Grand Hotel Michelangelo

Centrally located in Sorrento, the Grand Hotel Michelangelo offers tranquil surroundings in which you can relax and unwind in style.

Rooms at this hotel


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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Agrigento Temples

Agrigento is an ancient town dating back to the 6th century and is a wonderful showcase for Sicily’s past. Discover the valley of the Temples stretching along a ridge to the south of the city surrounded by olive groves, a sight worthy of comparison to the Acropolis. 

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En route Syracuse And Catania

Sicily’s second largest city, Catania sits on the island’s east coast and features amazing views over the Ionian Sea. The dramatic Mount Etna volcano serves as a backdrop to the city, which also enjoys some excellent examples of Sicilian Baroque architecture, including the ornate cathedral and the Basilica della Collegiata.

Catania is also home to many stunning historical attractions, many dating to Greek and Roman times. There’s the Greek-Roman Theatre of Catania, the Greek Acropolis of Montevergine, the remains of the Roman Aqueduct and Forum, and countless Roman baths. 

Syracuse was once the largest in the entire world during ancient times - even surpassing Athens and Corinth. It is known for having been incredibly important during these times, which can be shown by its elegant architecture, varied culture and rich history. A truly beautiful location, Syracuse is an incredible place to visit, with its mixture of chic pavement cafes, mesmerising architecture, historical attractions and excellent shops. 

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Full Day Discover Montalbano's region

"Inspector Montalbano" is a popular TV show both in Italy and here in the UK. Salvo Montalbano, the police chief inspector of the fictional town of Vigata. Much of the show was filmed in the province of Ragusa, and Montalbano's headquarters are actually in Scicli. Join us as we explore this beautiful corner of Sicily, learning more about the TV show, but also simply enjoying the true Sicilian lifestyle and architecture. 

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Mount Etna

Famous for being Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna is a magnificent sight. We’ll visit Mount Etna during our time on Sicily, and so will be able to experience the sheer scale of this awesome volcano.
For the adventurous there is the chance to reach the summit at an additional cost. 

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Pompeii Guided Tour

Pompeii is famous the world over for being the ancient city that was literally stopped in its tracks by the exploding volcano Mount Vesuvius. The volcano’s lava caused mass destruction and devastation to the city, and to the nearby Herculaneum and many other ancient towns, but this also meant that life here was very well preserved. 

Today, Pompeii is a marvellous example of Roman life, with the streets, houses and public buildings showcasing how Romans living here would have carried out day-to-day activities. We’ll take a trip to Pompeii to examine all of this, entering the famous archaeological site to discover the remains of art, pottery, furniture and various tools that have been discovered since the catastrophe of 79AD. 

While much of the city is still submerged, we’ll be able to marvel at its incredible discoveries.

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Optional Excursions

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is an absolutely stunning stretch of coastline in Italy, and it provides some of the best views of the Sorrentine Peninsula and out over the Tyrrhenian Sea. We’ll take a drive down the Amalfi Coast in order to admire these breath-taking views.

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Half Day: Taormina with Guided Tour

Join us as we visit the fascinating mountain-top town of Taormina. The town overlooks two sweeping bays and is home to a stunning Greek Amphitheatre, which is still used for concerts and plays to this day.

We’ll discover a town that is full of restaurants and shops, so we’ll be able to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and some excellent shopping opportunities. As well as this, we can enjoy the lovely atmosphere of this picturesque town with help from an experienced tour guide.

Our guide will show us the local sights, many of which relate back to the town’s fantastic history. There have been some very notable archaeological finds in Taormina over the years, including the Greek Amphitheatre, as well as the town’s Saracen castle, the ruins of Taormina’s ancient walls and many other ancient finds.

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Half Day: Teatro Tasso

Enjoy a true taste of the Neapolitan Riviera at the spectacular Tasso Theatre musical show. A medley of popular Neapolitan song and dance that will certainly set toes tapping!

This colourful show will give us an evening of fantastic entertainment, with music and dance to take in. This traditional Sorrento musical makes for a superb night out, complete with local traditions, folk dancing and some of the most famous Neapolitan songs to enjoy. 

Everyone is sure to have a great time, with traditional dress, spectacular dancing and wonderful music to make the most of - the ideal night of entertainment during our holiday!

 

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Limoncello factory visit and tasting

One of the many things that Sorrento is known for is limoncello, a delicious drink that can be enjoyed after a fantastic meal in the town. Limoncello is made with lemon rind, water, sugar and alcohol and is one of the most popular digestifs in Sorrento. 

While in Sorrento, we’ll be treated to a guided tour of a local limoncello factory, so we can find out more about how this tasty drink is made.

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