- Visit the ancient Archaeological Park of Neapolis
- Admire beautiful baroque architecture in Noto
- Take a tour of Mount Etna, followed by a wine tasting experience
- Hike along the picture-perfect Path of the Gods
- Boat along the Amalfi Coast at sunset
- Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii
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Kick off your Sicily and Amalfi adventure with a full-day tour of Syracuse, a historic city nestled in the charming countryside. The tour will introduce you to all the ancient sites and includes a visit to Ortygia, the city’s charming Old Town which is home to an impressive Baroque cathedral and numerous museums. After a hearty Italian breakfast, explore the spectacular city of Noto before heading to the Natural Marine Reserve of Vendicary.
Your luxury getaway to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast begins today with an afternoon direct flight from London to Catania. The journey takes approximately three hours, so sit back and relax as you speed above the clouds. Upon arrival, pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel, nestled in the sleepy Syracuse countryside, where you will be staying for the next three nights. The drive takes just under an hour, so you'll have plenty of time this evening to unpack, settle in and savour an authentic Sicilian dinner in a local restaurant. Then it's time for an early night ready for a busy day of exploring tomorrow.
TOUR OF SYRACUSE
Your Sicily and Amalfi adventure properly starts today with a half-day tour of Syracuse. Journey in your rental car to Syracuse, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide and start your exploration at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. Home to a historically important Greek Theatre dating back to the fifth century BC, and one of the largest Roman Amphitheatres ever built. Next, move on to the Catacombs of St John, which were built during the fourth and sixth century AD. Although this vast tangle of tunnels was originally built as a Christian cemetery, World War II saw it used as an air raid shelter.
After a delicious Italian lunch - we can recommend a few places to tickle your taste buds – you can continue your day by exploring Ortigia, Syracuse's Old Town, where you can stroll the charming streets at your own pace and see some beautiful architecture and sites. Explore the Piazza Duomo and its impressive Baroque cathedral; visit the Church of Santa Lucia alal Badia, which houses a world-famous Caravaggio painting; gaze at the legendary Spring of Aretusa; delve into history as you walk around the ruins of the Apollo Temple; and get wonderfully lost into the old Jewish Quarter.
If you have time, we can recommend some more museums and galleries to visit, including the Museum of Papyrus, Bellomo Museum of Medieval Art or Archaeological Museum of Paolo Orsi. After a culture-filled day, you'll arrive at the hotel in time for supper.
TOUR OF VENDICARI, MARZAMEMI AND NOTO
Get up bright and early today and fuel up with a hearty breakfast, ready for a jam-packed day exploring the beautiful Baroque city of Noto and its sublime surroundings. A short 30 minutes and you’re at your first stop, the wonderful Natural Marine Reserve of Vendicary. Spend the morning wandering along gentle paths with your private guide, heading to virgin white sand beaches and salt lakes and keeping your eyes peeled for birds - this is a great spot for bird watching. As you walk along the coast, admire the magnificent Mediterranean vegetation and see traces of ancient civilizations as you pass monuments and important archaeological sites.
As the day is beginning to heat up, cool off with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of a small reserve harbour. Then hop back in your rental car for a short 20-minute drive to the quaint fishing village of Marzamemi where you can stop in one of the local seafood restaurants for an excellent traditional lunch.
After lunch, you will drive to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque style. Here, you can walk through the winding old streets adorned with stunning baroque churches up to the famous street Via Nicolaci, where you'll see some of the most beautiful Baroque balconies in the world. Then after some more exploring around this wonderful white-walled town, head back to your hotel.
TO MOUNT ETNA
After a leisurely breakfast, pack your bags and drive to your hotel, where you'll be staying for the next two nights. The drive takes just over an hour, leaving the rest of the day to spend as you wish. After your busy day yesterday, you may choose to take it slow and relax at the hotel by catching some sun in this tranquil spot, or opt to wander around the grassy foothills of Mount Etna.
MOUNT ETNA TOUR
Mount Etna is a must on any luxury getaway to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast, so today you'll rise early to start your tour. Your 4x4 driver will meet you at the foot of the volcano to drive you over 6,500ft up Etna, with plenty of stops along the way to soak up the dramatic views.
Next, you'll swap four wheels for two legs as you enjoy a walking tour around the otherworldly Silvestry Craters and the crater of the 2002 eruption. If heights are your thing, then hop onto the cable car which will take you a further 1,600ft higher, or even in a special vehicle which takes you up to the grand height of almost 10,000 ft. If you choose to go to these exciting altitudes, you'll be at the closest point to the main craters, where you can visit the crater of 2003.
From the slopes of Mount Etna to the Gambino Winery in Linguaglossa, where generous glasses of wine and a lunchtime spread await. You’ll then take a one-and-a-half-hour transfer back to your hotel. The rest of the evening is yours do enjoy as you wish, whether you want to relax, read a book or tuck into a feast using local ingredients from the region.
After your busy day yesterday, indulge in a leisurely breakfast. Next, make your way to Catania airport - a 40-minute drive away - to drop off your hire car and board your direct hour-long flight to Naples.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will be staying here for the next four nights so unpack, settle in and drink in the picture-perfect views before indulging in dinner.
PATH OF THE GODS
Soak up the splendour of the Amalfi Coast today as you hike from Bomerano to Nocelle along the achingly picturesque Path of the Gods. Journey to the start of the hike, where you’ll be met with your private guide, before making your own way along the winding trail - that's complete with jaw-dropping ocean views. The walk takes approximately three hours - a little longer, perhaps, if you factor in time spent snapping shots.
From here, travel by bus back to the hotel and treat yourself to a well-earned Mediterranean feast.
AMALFI COAST SUNSET BOAT TRIP
Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the best that the Med has to offer, with a lunchtime stop to quell stomach rumblings ready for an evening spent sunset chasing. You’ll board a traditional gozzo (an Italian fishing boat) and boat to Conca dej Marini as the sun dips into the phosphorescent waters. You’ll stop for drinks in a local beachside restaurant just in time to catch the last of the sun's rays and everchanging skyline, as you toast to a trip well spent.
After you've had your fill of the Amalfi Coast’s boundless beauty, you'll journey back to your hotel.
AMALFI AT LEISURE
For the penultimate day of your Sicily and Amalfi trip, enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you fancy spending some time relaxing at your hotel or maybe you'd prefer using the day to continue exploring the surrounding area while hiking in the hills or swimming in the ocean. The choice is yours and Amalfi is your oyster.
TOUR POMPEII BEFORE HEADING HOME
Today is the final day of your Sicily and Amalfi trip but the fun isn't over yet. After checking out of your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport in Naples via Pompeii for a guided tour. On your two-hour tour of the vast archaeological site of Pompeii, explore the excavated ruins of streets and houses and learn about this once-thriving Roman city which was buried under ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
From Pompeii, it's on to Naples to catch your early-evening flight back to London, a journey that takes approximately three hours.
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