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Treasures of Eastern Sicily

Baroque towns, Greek temples & volcanoes
 
Discover Sicily’s natural and architectural riches on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Admire the Baroque splendour of Ragusa, take a cable car up Etna’s dramatic slopes, and visit the dazzling Grand Tour resort of Taormina, from three elegant hotels of character.
Treasures of Eastern Sicily . 8 nights
Treasures of Eastern Sicily . 8 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Eastern Sicily

Sicily's appeal lies in its heady blend of natural and architectural riches, bestowed and periodically altered by the forces of nature and the hands of those who, through centuries of conquest and settlement, have sought to claim this Mediterranean prize as their own.
Heightened by the warmth of its people and the ravishing simplicity of its food and wine, nowhere is that opulence more seductive than in the east where the most prized of Sicily's possessions strut their beauty in the warming sun, beneath the ever-present gaze of Mount Etna.
Here, ancient monuments and Baroque towns vie for your attention, while the mountains and coastal regions beyond invite you on a discovery of frozen lava flows, shimmering beaches and compelling panoramas.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Ragusa
    Night 1: at Relais Cavalonga (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Ragusa
    There are several options for your time in Ragusa. After exploring the town itself, drive to nearby Scicli, the Baroque parts of which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites in recognition of the handsome architecture. Scicli was once an Arab stronghold and later a royal city under Norman rule, and boasts a ruined Arab castle and numerous mansions. It's just a short drive in the other direction to Villa Romana del Casale, close to Piazza Armerina, where the world's finest surviving Roman mosaics can be found.
  • Ragusa to Siracusa: 2hrs by car
    Driving east today, pause to take in the sunlit splendour of Noto’s cathedral, its twirling palaces and graceful squares – perhaps the most harmonious blend of Baroque there is. Stretch your legs in the Vendicari Nature Reserve, where paths meander among beaches and reed beds, before arriving in Siracusa where the Antico Hotel Roma 1880 is your base for three nights. (Pay locally for parking.)
  • Explore Siracusa
    Remembered by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”, Siracusa’s superbly preserved Greek theatre and Roman amphitheatre demand attention; while, in the old quarter on Ortigia island, there are peeling palazzi  and narrow streets that host colourful morning markets. Take a short drive to Cava Grande, Sicily’s ‘Grand Canyon’, a wild and romantic gorge where ancient burial chambers lie within limestone cliffs; and where a sharp, 280-metre descent takes you to the deliciously cooling lakes and emerald pools of the River Cassabile.
  • Siracusa to Zafferana Etnea: 1.5hrs by car
    Driving north, divert to the Necropolis di Pantalica, where you can walk past the foundations of a Bronze Age palace and a troglodyte village to discover the extraordinary Anapo Valley. Continuing beyond Catania, you arrive at the Monaci delle Terre Nere in Zafferana Etnea, where the black volcanic earth was tilled by monks to create the extensive vineyards still evident today.
  • Explore from Zafferana Etnea
    You may wish to spend your last day exploring Mount Etna itself by taking a cable car and visiting the volcano's craters on foot with a guide, or as part of a guided jeep tour (pay locally in both cases). Alternatively, discover the nearby town of Bronte, famed for its pistachios; or Nicosia with its renowned pasticceria. You could also drive along the coast to Taormina, a fashionable Grand Tour resort. Sitting on one of the original limestone benches in the ancient Greek theatre, gazing over the coast and turquoise sea backed by magisterial Mount Etna, it's hard to dispute Goethe's assertion that “no audience in the world had a better view”. Certainly, there’s no more fitting end to your exploration of eastern Sicily.
 

Accommodation

You enjoy high standards of hospitality and comfort at our carefully chosen hotels.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Wherever you stay, we recommend adding an extra night in Ragusa to give you more time to relax on the beach; to visit the crumbling, gold-coloured, Baroque architecture in Noto; or to see the world-renowned Roman mosaics in the nearby Villa Romana Casale.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 8 nights: 07 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 24 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    7 - 28 Apr 2019 £1295 £575
    29 Apr - 24 May 2019 £1385 £610
    25 May - 22 Jun 2019 £1465 £675
    24 Aug - 24 Sep 2019 £1425 £670
    25 Sep - 23 Oct 2019 £1355 £610
    3rd & 4th person discount -£90
    Single traveller supplement £90

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 8 days' category B car hire (eg Lancia Ypsilon or similar with manual transmission)
    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement is payable locally if hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point

    Driving time to the first hotel: Catania 1h20, Palermo 3h25
    Driving time from the final hotel: Catania 0h45, Palermo 2h45

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Monaci delle Terre Nere, Zafferana Etnea
    Suite: 07 Apr - 31 May 2019 £50
    Suite: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £60
    Suite: 24 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £60
    Suite: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £50

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's hire car.
    Relais Cavalonga, Ragusa (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £98 £122
    01 May - 30 Jun 2019 £105 £133
    24 Aug - 09 Sep 2019 £105 £133
    10 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £98 £122
    Monaci delle Terre Nere, Zafferana Etnea (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Apr - 31 May 2019 £175 £285
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £205 £340
    24 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £205 £340
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £175 £285
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Catania, Palermo

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Catania (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM,  KLM 
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    Bristol - Catania easyJet 
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    Liverpool - Palermo easyJet 
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    London City - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Catania Alitalia,  British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Palermo British Airways 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Catania easyJet 
    Luton - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Catania Air Malta 
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    Stansted - Palermo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Catania easyJet 
    Manchester - Palermo Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 1 dinner
    8 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire
 
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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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