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Classical Sicily including

Malta


Route:
  • UK
  • Catania
  • Ragusa
  • Aci Castello
  • Malta
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £269pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend an extra 3 nights in Malta
  • Discover Sicily's most prestigious baroque architecture in 'Montalbano Country', Noto and Syracuse.
  • Visit Agrigento's fascinating archaeological complex, Valley of Temples
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Catania's historic old town.
  • Journey to the Silvestri Craters atop Europe's highest Volcano, Mount Etna and wind across old lava flows on a Circumetnea train, offering incredible sea views
  • Explore pretty Taormina with stunning views over the Ionian Sea

Extension from £269pp

Tour + Extension from £1118pp

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Malta Extension

Extend your stay in historic Malta with this 3-night add-on. Explore more of Malta's fascinating history in Valletta, go shopping in Sliema's many boutiques or simply relax, the choice is yours.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Catania

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Catania. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to Ragusa for your three-night stay.

  • Dinner
2
Ragusa

Experience the grandeur of Sicily's most scenic and historically noteworthy towns. Perched atop a soaring hilltop, begin today's exploration in 'Montalbano Country', or as it is more formally known, the province of Ragusa on Sicily's picturesque South Eastern coast. Having famously been divided by a devastating earthquake in 1693, the re-built and lovingly restored neighbourhoods of Ragusa, characterised by charming avenues and stunning baroque architecture, has more recently been put on the map as a filming location for the popular television series 'Inspector Montalbano'. Next, journey to the nearby town of Modica, renowned for its delectable chocolate production, created using traditional Aztec recipes, and later discover a golden display of resplendent baroque Piazzas and churches, which line the streets of Noto. After a guided walk around this enchanting town, make a final stop in Syracuse and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the authentic Sicilian sights of Ortygia. Dominating the expansive marbled Piazza Duomo, marvel at the district's distinctive Cathedral of Syracuse, whose arresting white facade is lavishly adorned with intricate carvings and columns.

  • Breakfast
3
Ragusa

Enjoy a guided tour of Agrigento's fascinating Valley of Temples, a captivating archaeological complex comprising of eight temples and other ancient remains, dating from between 510BC and 430BC. Regally assembled on the site of where an ancient civilisation once stood, wander through a landscape of ruins and excavations scattered amongst a tranquil green oasis. Marvel at the spellbinding UNESCO World Heritage structures, including the impressive Temple della Concordia, arguably the best-preserved temple of the collection, as well as the Temple of Heracles, whose crumbling eight columns, partially destroyed by wars and natural disasters, are all that remains of the oldest construction in the Valley.

  • Breakfast
4
Ragusa to Aci Castello

Travel towards to the charming seaside town of Aci Castello, stopping en route in Sicily's second largest city, Catania. A compelling guided tour through the heart of Catania's Old Town leads to the Piazza Duomo, whose vast centre, wide streets and collection of grey baroque buildings wear the effects of a substantial volcanic eruption in 1669. Concealing former Roman baths, the imposing Cathedral of Saint Agatha, which was restored most noticeably in baroque style after the 1693 earthquake, stands majestically at the centre of the old town, overlooking the city's striking but emblematic U Liotru elephant fountain - a truly unique sight to behold. Journey to Aci Castello for your four-night stay.

  • Breakfast
5
Aci Castello

Relax in your hotel or take the opportunity to explore Aci Castello at your own pace; to experience a laidback ambience, unwind in one of the town's copious teeming cafes, restaurants and bars, or alternatively, immerse yourself in rich Sicilian history with a visit to the commanding 11th century Norman Castle, positioned on an extraordinary basalt crest protruding from the sea. A prospering botanic gardens and civic museum, exhibiting historical artefacts, ranging from the prehistoric ages to the medieval era, are obscured within the grounds of this fascinating former fort and are accessible merely through a stone stairway which connects the ridge to the mainland.

  • Breakfast
6
Aci Castello

A grandiose feature of Sicily's backdrop, head to Mount Etna this morning - Europe's highest smouldering Volcano. A striking ascent with breathtaking panoramas over the emerald Ionian Sea, wind through old lava flows and across a unique terrain of black lava rock to reach the Silvestri craters, positioned nearly 1,900m above sea level. From the summit of this rock-strewn landscape, climb on board a Circumetnea train and travel along a path that showcases the sheer beauty of this natural phenomenon, passing small villages, rustic landscapes and fertile greenery along the way. Arriving in 'the black town' of Randazzo, characterised by a large majority of historically significant structures which were constructed with volcanic lava stone, explore this medieval village nestled in the foothills of Mount Etna and discover the magnetic charm which attracts guests to the closest town to Etna's summit. Later today, return to tonight's hotel by coach.

  • Breakfast
7
Aci Castello

Affording incredible views of the ocean and Mount Etna, embark on a guided walking tour to discover the stylish resort of Taormina, whose idyllic mountainside location is just one of its many draws. Admire aweinspiring views overlooking the 'pearl of the Ionian Sea' from an impressive vantage point at the Piazza IX Aprile, before heading to the Corso Umberto, a vivacious promenade lined with boutiques, jewellery and clothes stores. Not to be missed, catch a glimpse of the remarkable St Nicolas Cathedral of Taormina situated at the top of this quaint avenue. An afternoon at leisure follows, offering the perfect opportunity to take in some of the magnificent coastal views or heading to the 3rd century Theatre of Taormina (at an additional cost). Framed by arched openings and Corinthian columns, the theatre's main stage, which spectacularly overlooks Sicily's azure shoreline, is a majestic exhibition of Greek architecture.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
8
Aci Castello to the UK

Depart your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your scheduled return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast
9
Aci Castello to the UK

Depart your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Malta, upon arrival check in to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
Malta

Relax at your chosen hotel or explore the island of Malta.

  • Breakfast
11
Malta

Enjoy a day of leisure in Malta.

  • Breakfast
12
Malta to the UK

Depart your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your scheduled return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your trip to Italy. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight to Catania Airport is with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow, Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at Check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. Please note that all flight times are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

The main tour is a fully escorted with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Historic Malta extension but there is no guide so your time will be free.

Currency Information

The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
Grand Hotel Excelsior
13 Sep 202023 Sep 2020£439£1089£1528Book Now
04 Oct 202014 Oct 2020£439£1069£1508Book Now
08 Nov 202018 Nov 2020£439£849£1288Book Now
2021 DATES
18 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£449£999£1448Book Now
16 May 202126 May 2021£449£1049£1498Book Now
13 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£449£1149£1598Book Now
12 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£449£1089£1538Book Now
10 Oct 202120 Oct 2021£449£949£1398Book Now
07 Nov 202117 Nov 2021£449£879£1328Book Now
2020 DATES
Preluna Hotel and Spa
13 Sep 202023 Sep 2020£329£1089£1418Book Now
04 Oct 202014 Oct 2020£299£1069£1368Book Now
08 Nov 202018 Nov 2020£299£849£1148Book Now
2021 DATES
18 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£269£999£1268Book Now
16 May 202126 May 2021£329£1049£1378Book Now
13 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£329£1149£1478Book Now
12 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£329£1089£1418Book Now
10 Oct 202120 Oct 2021£329£949£1278Book Now
07 Nov 202117 Nov 2021£329£879£1208Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Euro

Average Flying time

2 hours

Min/Max temperature

15 °C / 30 °C

Spoken languages

Italian

When to go

Weather can vary, please see the charts below

Palermo

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Ruck sack
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Light rain coat
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