Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
- Explore Sicily & the Aeolian islands on this 7-night guided holiday.
- Stay in the popular resort town of Giardini Naxos, perfect for enjoying Sicily’s famed beaches.
- Enjoy panoramic views from Sicily’s highest point on a visit to Mt. Etna.
- Discover a wonderfully preserved ancient Greek theatre in the town of Taormina.
- Get a feel for Sicilian culture on a guided day excursion to the cities of Catania & Piazza Armerina.
- Learn about Sicily’s history on an excursion to Syracuse & its UNESCO protected archaeological area.
- Sail to the Aeolian Islands of Lipari & Vulcano for a day of exploring idyllic seaside villages.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Sicily
Join us to discover the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily, on this guided group holiday. This Italian island’s long history has resulted in a rich and unique culture that has attracted holidaymakers for centuries. On this incredible guided Italy trip, we’ll discover traces of former civilisations including Phoenician settlements, Roman amphitheatres, Greek temples and Aragonese churches. We’ll also visit the highest point in Sicily, the imposing Mount Etna, and explore the Aeolian islands, an archipelago located off the northern coast of Sicily. These volcanic islands exhibit incredible natural beauty, earning them a place on UNESCO's World Heritage list. This perfectly paced holiday also allows plenty of free time to soak up the Sicilian culture on your own, with helpful recommendations from your expert guide.
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Sicily
Transfer to Giardini Naxos
Upon landing in Catania or Palermo, you will be met by our local representative in the airport, who will escort you to your hotel. As you travel to your hotel, your guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy and answer any questions you may have.
Mount Etna & Taormina
Trip to Mount Etna
Let’s join our guide this morning for a full day excursion discovering this fascinating Mediterranean island. Following breakfast, we will travel to the slopes of magnificent Mount Etna to savour panoramic views over the coast and countryside.
This afternoon we visit hilltop Taormina, a delightful coastal town just 6km from Giardini Naxos. With our guide, we will explore the colourful maze of narrow streets and terraces. Our walking tour will include a guided tour of the famous Greek Theatre.
Free Time in Giardini Naxos
Today is a free day, to relax and discover the charms of Giardini Naxos. Unwind as you enjoy the superb range of facilities at the hotel or take a stroll along the beach to dip your toes in the Mediterranean Sea!
Our expert local guide will be happy to suggest activities and advise on must-see local highlights.
At Leisure or Optional Activity
Free Time in Giardini Naxos
Today will be free for relaxing, shopping and sightseeing at your own pace. Our guide will be pleased to suggest places of interest to see and visit and provide information on getting around in the local area.
Optional Pizza Making Class
Optional half day pizza making class held in a Taormina restaurant. See optional excursions list below for further information.
Full Day Trip to Syracuse
Join us for a full day guided excursion to include a city tour of the spellbinding city of Syracuse, whose historic heart is located on the island of Ortigia. We will discover many highlights today including the Arethusa Fountain, the fascinating Cathedral, as well as the city’s UNESCO protected archaeological area.
The Archaeological Park of Neapolis is home to the Greek Theatre, the fascinating Latomie caves and the Ear of Dionysius, a 23 metre high grotto with exceptional acoustic properties.
Aeolian Islands of Lipari & Vulcano
Fully Guided Tour of Aeolian Islands
This morning, let’s join our guide on a wonderful adventure to the Aeolian Islands! We travel by coach to Milazzo in the northeast of Sicily where we will continue our journey by boat. Our first visit is to Lipari where we have time to explore the charming old town before sailing to Vulcano. Here we’ll discover the rock formations, caves and crystal-clear waters of Aeolian legend before returning to Milazzo, viewing the picturesque village of Gelso and its lighthouse on our journey.
Explore Sicily at Your Own Pace
Today is a free day, to relax at the hotel or explore the surrounding area. Perhaps take a trip to Taormina for some last-minute souvenirs, enjoy a delicious gelato or savour a lazy lunch of local delicacies.
Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.