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Wonders of Sicily & Sorrento

 

Taormina & Gardini Naxos Beach, Sicily
  • Overview

    highlights

    • 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.  Read More

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    • Great for - As seen on TV
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


    Sorrento

    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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  • The Hotels

    YOUR HOTELS


    VIEW ALL HOTELS Grand Hotel Michelangelo Hellenia Yachting Hotel


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

    • Grand Hotel Michelangelo
    • Grand Hotel Michelangelo

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

    • All bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, minibar, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and internet access with broadband
    • Restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine
    • Swimming pool
    • No. of rooms: 121
    • Lifts: 2
    • Official rating: 4 star
    Hellenia Yachting Hotel
    The elegant Hellenia Yachting Hotel in Giardini Naxos offers guests a fantastic place to stay, just a short distance from the Recanati Beach. With spacious guest rooms and great facilities, guests are sure to enjoy their time here.
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    Hellenia Yachting Hotel

    • Hellenia Yachting Hotel
    • Hellenia Yachting Hotel
    The elegant Hellenia Yachting Hotel in Giardini Naxos offers guests a fantastic place to stay, just a short distance from the Recanati Beach. With spacious guest rooms and great facilities, guests are sure to enjoy their time here.
    • All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning and satellite TV
    • Lift access
    • Bar area
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Wi-Fi
    • Official four-star rating
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Agrigento
    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. 

    View of Sicilian village and Mount Etna
    En route Syracuse & 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. 
    Ragusa
    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. 

    View of Sicilian village and Mount Etna
    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. 

    Pompeii
    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.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Amalfi Coast
    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.

    Taormina & Gardini Naxos Beach, Sicily
    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.
    Neapolitan Teatro Tasso
    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!

     

    Sorrento
    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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What's included

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Nine nights half-board accommodation
  • Five sightseeing excursions
  • Porterage
  • Free Home Connect service
  • Services of a dedicated tour manager
  • Personal audio guide
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Grand Hotel Michelangelo

Grand Hotel Michelangelo

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

Learn more about the hotel

Grand Hotel Michelangelo

  • Grand Hotel Michelangelo
  • Grand Hotel Michelangelo

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

  • All bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, minibar, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and internet access with broadband
  • Restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine
  • Swimming pool
  • No. of rooms: 121
  • Lifts: 2
  • Official rating: 4 star
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