Cultural Tour of Eastern Sicily

28th September – 4th October 2018

Image : Teatro Greco - Syracuse

Sicily is now an intrinsic part of our touring calendar, and we are delighted to offer for the third time our Eastern Sicily itinerary. We divide the tour between Catania (3 nights) and Syracuse (3 nights). We shall use direct flights from London to Catania, and our driver and companion will once again be Peppe, this time on his home territory. In both cities, we shall use hotels in 18th-century buildings in the heart of the Old City.

Catania has a distinguished history starting in Greek times (it has significant classical remains), a marvellous Baroque centre full of palaces and churches, and excellent museums. Its 17th-century cathedral is a show-case for Sicilian Baroque. On Day 3 we travel out to that Giant of Nature – Mount Etna, and we shall spend an unforgettable day in the company of local geologists.

On Day 4 : we move to Syracuse, one of the key cities of the Ancient World. Its classical heritage is stunning and includes a terrific Greek theatre and Roman Amphitheatre. En route we pause in one of Sicily’s most important and glorious sites – the Roman Villa at Piazza Armerina. This extensive and wonderfully preserved site boasts a world-class display of Roman mosaics.

We have two days in Syracuse, time to do full justice to its excellent museums, its artistic heritage (which includes a Caravaggio) and its picturesque and atmospheric Old City. We spend part Day 6 in Noto, ‘one of the most beautifully built little towns in Europe’ (Douglas Sladen in 1905). This Baroque gem boasts over 40 churches (we shan’t visit them all), numerous palaces and one of the fine wines of Sicily.

This is a tour which contains an abundance of unforgettable sights and experiences from the 8th century BC to the present day: Greek and Roman theatres and amphitheatres, some of the best mosaics in the world – medieval churches, Baroque palaces, beautiful cathedrals, stunning landscapes whether inland (including Europe’s greatest active volcano) or coastal, and scrumptious food and wine.

Tour details

Tour dates : 28th September – 4th October 2018

Number of days :7

Price : £2135 (Prices are per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room).

Single supplement : £210

Fully inclusive : Flights, transfers, accommodation and meals are all included.

Number in party : 12 – 16

Tour leader : Chris Pollard and Moses Laachiri

Hotel

Hotel :  Hotel Royal in Catania and Il Parco delle Fontane in Siracusa

Both 4-star hotels in Baroque buildings

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