Sicily Discovery:  a 2-week fly-drive holiday

Sicily Discovery: a 2-week fly-drive holiday
(14 Nights/15 Days)

from £ 2100 *per person

A whistle stop tour that combines the best of Sicily's culture, gastronomy and beach and city life

  • Accommodation For the gourmet
  • Suitable For Couples, Food & Wine
  • Holiday at a 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

Sicily Discovery: a 2-week fly-drive holiday

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


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.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and holidays can be organised combining any hotel, duration and method of travel.
What’s included
  • Travel planning
  • Bed and breakfast basis
  • Private airport transfer in Palermo
  • 3 nights in Taormina
  • 4 nights in South East Sicily
  • 4 nights in Western Sicily
  • 3 nights in Palermo
  • 12 days fully comprehensive car hire
  • 4 x dinners
Optional Add-ons
  • International flights
  • Theatre and sport event tickets
  • Private and group excursions

Itinerary

  1. Day 1-3 Taormina
    Pick up your car hire (Fiat Punto or similar) from Catania airport and make your way to Taormina (approx 50 minutes)

    Check-in to the Villa Carlotta in a Deluxe double woom with sea view

    We can help you with:
    • 4x4 excursion to Mt Etna guided by a speleologist
    • Guided walking tour of Taormina
    • Tickets for the events at the Greek Theatre
    • Tips to help you customise your stay in Taormina
    Meals : Breakfast
  2. Day 4 - 8 Ispica - Val di Noto, South East Sicily
    Make your way to Ispica 

    Check-in to the Torre Marabino in a Superior double room

    We can help you with:
    • Arrange a guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale on your way to Ispica  
    • Arrange visits to dairy farms to see the production of the Ragusano cheese
    • Guided tours of the Baroque towns
    • Bike rentals 
    • Walking tours of the Ispica Caves
    • Tips to help you customise your stay in South East Sicily
    Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 8-12 Menfi - Western Sicily
    Make your way to Menfi

    Check-in to the Planeta Foresteria in a Classic double room

    We can help you with:
    • Planeta Foresteria has a rich program of wine and food related activities depending on the season
    • Should you wish for a swim, Planeta's guests have a reserved palce at the Beach Club Lido dei Fiori
    • Arrange a guided visit of the Greek Temples of Agrigento on your way to Menfi  
    • A round of Golf? At 40km you'll find the Verdura Golf Resort
    • Tips to help you customise your stay in Western Sicily
    Meals : Breakfast
  4. Day 12-15 Palermo
    Leave the car at Palermo airport

    Check-in to the Palazzo Brunaccini in a Superior double room on a BB basis 

    Private transfer to Palermo airport 

    We can help you with
    • Private guided tours of Palermo's highlights
    • Street food walking tour
    • Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo & Monreale Cathedral tour
    • Tickets for the Opera House  
    • Tandem paragliding flight over Palermo
    • Bicycle hire
    Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Villa Carlotta

Hotel Villa Carlotta

Taormina

This luxury boutique hotel with a pool superbly pairs a personable service with beautifully appointe

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Planeta Foresteria

Planeta Foresteria

Menfi

Wine-tasting and gastronomy on a prestigious wine estate close to the sandy beaches of south-west Si

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Palazzo Brunaccini

Palazzo Brunaccini

Palermo

Contemporary comforts hidden away in a historic palazzo in Palermo’s atmospheric Ballarò market

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Torre Marabino

Torre Marabino

Ispica

Rural bliss in the countryside of south east Sicily, close to sandy beaches and the Baroque towns of

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