Sicily Discovery: a 2-week fly-drive holiday

14 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Multi-Centre Holidays in Sicily

Settings

City, Coast, Countryside

Activities/Interests

Food and Wine, Sightseeing

£ 2300 per person - 14 nights

Get a taste of the best of Sicily on a self-drive trip around the island that incorporates a beach, city and gastronomic break in one.

Holiday at Glance

Discover the impressive landmarks and bygone eras in Siracusa, Palermo and Taormina.

Indulge in Sicilian food and wine in two wine resorts in Ispica and Menfi

Relax along sandy beaches and swim in crystal clear water

Duration

14 nights

From

from £ 2300 per person

Including

Travel planning

Daily breakfast

Fully comprehensive car hire

3 nights on a BB basis sharing a Deluxe double room with terrace sea view at the Hotel Villa Angela in Taormina

4 nights on a BB basis sharing a Superior double room at the Torre Marabino in Ispica, Val di Noto

4 nights on a BB basis sharing a Classic double room at the Planeta la Foresteria in Menfi, Western Sicily

3 nights on a BB basis sharing a Superior double room at the Palazzo Brunaccini in Palermo

We can help with

International flights

4x4 excursion to Mt Etna guided by a speleologist

Private tours of the towns and archeological sites

Bike rentals

Vineyards visits

Golf Club reservation

Bicycle hire

Wine tasting and cellar tours

First stop Taormina

While the views from Taormina are undoubtedly a highlight, this is a town that is chic, glamorous and home to excellent restaurants, shops, beaches, and, of course, the highest active volcano in Europe.

 

Step into the glossy interior of the centrally-located Hotel Villa Carlotta and enjoy a few days of indulgence, gorgeous views and, arguably, the best breakfast in town.

Next, beach and baroque in South East Sicily

Around two hours by car from Taormina, Ispica sits in the heart of baroque Sicily, in the midst of beautiful countryside.

 

Alternate relaxing days of sunbathing and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Porto Palo and Pozzallo, reputedly Sicily’s top beaches, with visits to the stunning baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa.

 

A stay at Torre Marabino, a 7-room boutique hotel on an organic farm in south east Sicily, means that you can combine the best of sightseeing and beachlife as the hotel is just a ten minute drive to the coast. Breakfast on fresh ricotta and homemade cakes, jams and pastries amidst gardens dotted with olive trees in the Sicilian countryside, then laze by the large pool in the heat of the sun.

Continue to the vineyards of Western Sicily

Travel along Sicily's south coast, passing by the extraordinary Greek archaeological temples at Agrigento. It is a five hour drive to Menfi which sits at the heart of the local wine-growing area and has several wineries. The Greek site at Selinunte is close by.

 

At Planeta Foresteria, activities range from wine tasting and cooking classes to cycling and general beach life. Visited by vintners from all over the world throughout the year, the winery is extremely highly regarded in wine and gastronomic circles.

End in ... Palermo

The lively Sicilian capital is the perfect end to this fly'n'drive holiday. Explore the churches and palazzos in the historic centre where Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, the Bourbons and the Italians have all left their mark; dip into the mouth-watering street food; and do as the Palermitans do and head for the beach at Mondello.

 

Housed in a Palazzo in the atmospheric Ballarò market, Hotel Palazzo Brunaccini combines modern comforts with historic charm. Centrally located, everything from Palermo's Cathedral and markets to its theatres are close by.