Touring Holidays In Sicily
Join us for the perfect mix of breathtaking scenery, warm weather and fascinating history on our guided holidays to Sicily. The majority of our holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers, excursions and award-winning local guides, so forget the stress of planning and navigating once you get there.
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Top Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions in Sicily
Europe's largest volcano and one of the world’s most active, Mount Etna is situated on the tectonic plate boundary between the continents of Africa and Europe. At over 3,300 metres high, this impressive volcano dominates the landscape of eastern Sicily. Mount Etna and its slopes have been part of the national park, Parco Naturale dell'Etna, since 1987. With alpine forests and deserts of lava on its upper levels, the volcano’s lower slopes are home to vineyards, orchards and even a golf course. On our holidays to Sicily, we’ll visit the top of the mountain for panoramic views of the island.
A colourful maze of narrow streets and terraces, teeming with cafés, restaurants and boutiques, Taormina sits atop a steep hill, providing breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna. The city’s remarkable Greco-Roman amphitheatre, set into the hillside, is open to the public to view. A cable car service links the town to the shingle and pebble beaches below with warm, shallow waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. We’ll get to explore the town of Taormina on a full day trip as part of our holidays to Sicily.
The Aeolian Islands are an archipelago consisting of seven islands just off the northern coast of Sicily. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, there islands are part of a volcanic ridge measuring 200km, which stretches from Mt. Etna to Mt. Vesuvius. The impossibly blue sea and dramatically beautiful landscapes are among the reasons why the directors Roberto Rossellini and Michael Radford chose the Aeolian Islands as the location for their memorable films. The island’s fishing communities welcome holidaymakers, Italian fashionistas and film stars alike, throughout the summer season.
Founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians, the city of Palermo has played an important role in history for over 2,000 years. Today, Palermo is the capital of Sicily and known for its buzzing atmosphere. From the colourful Ballaro market to the impressive Norman Palace and the stunning Palermo Cathedral; visitors to Palermo will be able to see the unique blend of Roman, Norman, Moorish and Byzantine influence throughout the city. On our holidays to Sicily, we’ll enjoy a day trip to Palermo to take in some of the city’s beautiful sights and fascinating history.
The historic Syracuse archaeological park offers a unique testimony to the development of Mediterranean civilisation over three millennia. The site contains outstanding vestiges dating back to Greek and Roman times, such as the Temple of Athena, a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheatre, a fort and more. Another interesting feature of the park is the Ear of Dionysus, a limestone cave carved out of the Temenites hill. Legend has it that Dionysus held political prisoners within the cave as the acoustics allowed him to hear their whispered secrets and their tortured screams would be amplified as a warning to others.
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Located just off the toe of Italy, the island of Sicily is the largest in the Mediterranean and has played host to a number of civilisations over its history including Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Moorish and Norman. The island is home to many fantastic examples of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, the most spectacular of which is the Syracuse Archaeological Park. On our holidays to Sicily, we’ll visit traces of former civilisations including Phoenician settlements, Roman amphitheatres, Greek temples and Aragonese churches. Beyond its incredible heritage, Sicily also boasts spectacular scenery including volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters. Our holidays include plenty of time to soak up this awe-inspiring terrain and absorb the atmosphere of the island. We offer a variety of different holidays to Sicily to suit your needs, including a Solo Traveller option for those looking to make new friends.
Sicily Holiday FAQs
What is included in my holiday?
Travel Department holidays include flights, transfers and hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast, half board or full board basis, and excursions as specified.
All items that are included are clearly stated in our documentation. Add-ons such as insurance, bags and single room supplements are mentioned separately. In some cases you may have to pay a local departure tax or local transport cost. This will be detailed in your documentation and our local guides will assist you with these. Tipping is not included in your holiday price and information regarding tipping will also be included with your travel documents.
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 Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
What is the deposit and when is full payment due?
Deposit is required on booking and is dependent on your holiday type and starts at €100pp for city breaks. Full payment is due 10 weeks before departure hence if you book less than 10 weeks from departure full payment will be due when you book.
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.