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    Sicilian Escape
    7 nights
    from $2,400* per person twin share
    Do as much or as little as you like on this laid-back holiday to Giardini Naxos, one of Sicily’s best beach resorts. Over the course of a week, we’ll meander through Taormina’s winding lanes, discover Syracuse’s baroque beauty and spend a morning at Radicepura Garden Festival, Sicily’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show. We’ll also allow plenty of time to slow down and enjoy ‘la dolce far niente’ - the sweetness of doing nothing.
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    Inclusions

    Itinerary

    Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • 14 meals (7 breakfasts & 7 dinners)
    • 7 nights 4 star accommodation
    • Guided tour of Taormina
    • Guided visit and drinks tasting at Radicepura Garden Festival
    • Full day excursion to Ortigia (including guided tour and boat trip)
    • 3.5 days of free time to explore independently or join optional excursions
    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrival

    Day 2 – Taormina

    Day 3 – Giardini Naxos

    Day 4 – Radicepura Garden Festival – Acireale

    Day 5 – Giardini Naxos

    Day 6 – Syracuse

    Day 7 – Giardini Naxos

    Day 8 – Departure day

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    Based on 1st October 2024 *other dates available please contact your personal travel manager for more information
    Offer expires
    31 Mar 2024 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrival

    Today you will arrive at Giardini Naxos, a lovely coastal resort in Sicily’s north-east corner and meet your fellow travellers. (D)

    Day 2

    Taormina

    After a leisurely start, we’ll head off to Taormina. This pretty town perches on the clifftops just above Giardini Naxos – have a look down from one of the viewpoints and you might even spot our hotel. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of the town, introducing us to the highlights (and a few hidden gems as well). It’s a great way to get your bearings and work out what you might like to come back and see more of during the rest of the week. (B & D)

    Day 3

    Giardini Naxos

    You’ve got the day to yourself. Take it easy at the hotel, or spend some time exploring Giardini Naxos. If you fancy heading back up to Taormina, the bus stop is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Go for lunch at a trattoria hidden in the backstreets or maybe treat yourself to a fruity granita (Sicilian-style sorbet), traditionally enjoyed with a flaky brioche pastry. (B & D)

    Day 4

    Radicepura Garden Festival - Acireale

    The botanical gardens at Radicepura play host to a biennial festival that celebrates garden design and landscape architecture. We’ll spend the morning enjoying a guided tour around some of the beautifully created gardens. Admire all sorts of Mediterranean plants and flowers, breathe in the scent of herbs and fruit trees, and look out for the quirky artworks dotted throughout. While we’re here, we’ll pause for a tasting experience of some locally produced drinks. After free time in nearby Acireale, a baroque town set on a hillside, our route back to Giardini Naxos takes us via the seaside town of Aci Castello, where you’ll have time for a wander and perhaps an espresso at one of the cafés. (B & D)

    Day 5

    Giardini Naxos

    Enjoy another free day today, or join us for an optional trip to Mount Etna. As well as stepping on the crunchy cooled lava of this mighty volcano, you’ll enjoy lunch and a volcanic wine tasting at a local winery. Then you’ll visit a local beekeeper and taste their delicious honey. (B & D)

    Day 6

    Syracuse

    Today, we’ll journey down the coast towards Syracuse. We’ll make our way to Ortigia, the old part of the city and one of Sicily’s loveliest spots.  A local guide will lead us through the maze of narrow streets, lined with countless cafés, restaurants and – of course – gelaterias. We’ll emerge onto Piazza del Duomo, edged by beautiful baroque palazzi all carved from creamy local limestone. As the name suggests, the square’s centrepiece is its Duomo – our guide will show us its treasures. After some free time, we’ll enjoy a harbour boat trip to allow us to admire Ortigia from the water. (B & D)

    Day 7

    Giardini Naxos

    Your final full day in Sicily is at leisure. Relax by the pool or on the beach, or go for a stroll along the seafront. Alternatively, catch the bus up to Taormina to pick up a few last-minute souvenirs and gifts – maybe a bottle of Etna wine or a colourfully painted ceramic plate. (B & D)

    Day 8

    Departure Day

    Today you will farewell your fellow travellers after breakfast (B)

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    Room taxes not included (EUR1-5 per person per night) payable direct to hotel. Prices are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Pricing and availability on alternative dates is subject to change. Prices are per person and exclude flights to and from Sicily. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions for the destination you wish to visit and the protocols implemented by the country before departure. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details. Further conditions may apply. Speak to your personal travel manager for more details.