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Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, the magical isle of Sicily has been fought over and coveted for millennia by the Phoenicians, Greek, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Byzantines, all of whom bequeathed to the island's splendid examples of their civilisation which can still be seen today.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to Catania, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel for a welcome dinner.
Following breakfast the day will begin with a visit to the quaint hilltop town of Taormina to visit Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the medieval Palazzo Corvaja. One of Taormina's highlights is a visit to the magnificent Teatro Greco, a 3rd century BC amphitheatre whose incredible acoustics mean that even a stage-whisper can be heard in the back row. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Transfer to the charming city of Cefalu. Once you have checked into your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Depart on a fascinating half day tour of the historical centre of this quaint little city, with the outstanding highlight being Cefalu's cathedral. Dating back to 1131, this Norman style Roman Catholic church houses stunning examples of Byzantine mosaics. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore for of this captivating city.
Depart Cefalu and travel to San Vito Lo Capo. Stop en route for a city tour of Monreale and its cathedral, famed for its glorious mosaics and two striking Romaneque bronze doors, of which just a handful remain throughout Europe. Perched on the hilltop of this pretty town, those who have the energy to climb the steps to the roof will appreciate a beautiful panoramic view of Palermo and the surrounding countryside stretching to the sea.
This morning, depart for the Reserva dello Zingaro, a natural reserve that stretches along 7km of unspoilt coastline off of the Gulf of Castellammare. As well as beautiful beaches, the reserve is awash with endemic flora and fauna. Encounter rabbits, weasels, hedgehogs and a plethora of birds including the elegant Bonelli Eagle.
En route to Agrigento stop off at the hill top town of Erice. Located on the top of Mount Erice, this quaint settlement provides impressive views over Trapani, Marsala and the Aegadian Islands. Take in the grandeur of the striking Norman style castle, known as Venus Castle. This impressive stronghold looks as though it has been carved out of the very rock it sits atop. Enjoy some free time for lunch or shopping before departing for your hotel.
Depart in the morning for a guided walking tour of the incredible Greek remains in the Valley of the Temples. There will be some free time for lunch before an absorbing tour on foot of the historical old town including Via Atenea, a delightful strip lined with trattorias, boutiques and palazzos concealed within the winding streets. Depart in the afternoon for your flight back to the UK.
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.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 10 days cover||£21||£42||£62|
|Up to 17 days cover||£27||£48||£68|
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.
Your flight to Catania Airport is with British Airways (BA), departing from London Gatwick, North Terminal. 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.
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.
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.
The minimum number of passengers on your tour will be 20, and the maximum number of passengers will be 30. If in the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum passenger numbers 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.
This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
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.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however we would recommend approximately EUR3.00 per person per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|24 Apr 2018||01 May 2018||£1059pp|
|15 May 2018||22 May 2018||£1219pp|
|12 Jun 2018||19 Jun 2018||£1229pp|
|11 Sep 2018||18 Sep 2018||£1399pp|
|09 Oct 2018||16 Oct 2018||£1159pp|
|30 Oct 2018||06 Nov 2018||£1029pp|
Single rooms available at no supplement.
Private tours are available, however the exact itinerary is subject to change. Please contact our reservations team for a quotation.
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