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Volcanic beauty, ancient ruins & traditional cuisine in Sicily

Learn traditional recipes from a Palermo chef, encounter the historical beauty of Taormina and explore the lava fields and caves of Mount Etna.

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Volcanic beauty, ancient ruins & traditional cuisine in Sicily

7 Days | From £2379

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation

About your trip

The azure shores of Sicily are imbued with history, mythology and culinary secrets, which are yours to unearth on this week-long adventure.

Master traditional family recipes with a Palermo chef, and embrace the terroir of local wines fresh from the vineyard. Immerse yourself in Sicily’s dramatic landscape, from wild river rafting to volcanic cave exploration. And uncover ancient ruins in Taormina, before relaxing on the sparkling beaches of Isola Bella.

Sicily is one of our favourite European destinations, and we think you’ll be enchanted too.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.


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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Buongiorno, Sicilia

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    The sparkling isle of Sicily will be your home for the next seven days; a land of beautiful architecture, mysterious coves and fiery volcanoes. Take a private transfer from the airport to your hotel, before meeting your fellow travellers and guide over welcome drinks. Come evening, head out with your group to explore the lively streets, lined with aperitivo bars and restaurants, and settle in one of our favourite spots to dine together on your first evening (we have lots to choose from) – buon appetito.

  • Day 02 Uncover the secrets of Sicilian cuisine

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    This morning, head straight into the beating heart of Palermo. Dive into the market stalls to pick up some fresh ingredients, which will be transformed into culinary delights in the home of a Palermo chef. Learn your caponata from your cannoli in a hands-on cooking class, before digging into a well-earned lunch with your group. The afternoon will see you drive over to the hilltop town of Monreale to explore its alleys and beautiful mosaic-adorned cathedral. After your light culture fix, head back to Palermo and experience the thrum of the city by night.

  • Day 03 Sun-kissed ruins in Taormina

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    Say arrivederci to Palermo as we journey onwards to Taormina, a Roman hilltop town in the shadow of Mount Etna. Follow your guide through its twisting streets, until you reach the ancient Greek theatre, whose crumbling walls date back to the 3rd century. These ruins once held gladiator battles and chariot racing. Whilst they now host operas and film screenings, one thing remains the same: the incredible backdrop of Mount Etna. Channel your inner gladiator in the ancient arena, before heading back into town for dinner with your group.

  • Day 04 River adventures in the Alcantara Gorges

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    Head over to the Alcantara Gorges this morning, where you’ll raft down its rivers through the ravines. Instead of using an actual raft, however, simply pretend your body is the raft as you glide effortlessly downstream. Float through rock pools and gullies framed with wildflowers, swimming and free-diving down a series of small waterfalls as you go. After an active morning, take the afternoon to relax in Taormina. Catch the cable car into the Old Town for dinner, or wander down to a nearby beach to catch some evening sun.

  • Day 05 Hike across the lava fields of Mount Etna

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    Jump into a convoy of jeeps and hit the road to Mount Etna, where you’ll venture off-piste into its lava fields and stony tracks. Equipped with helmets and torches, head underground to explore a lava cave hidden beneath the volcanic slopes. Back above ground, enjoy a light lunch in the sunshine paired with delicious wines at a local vineyard. Appetites sated, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the ancient port city of Catania. With its vibrant markets, baroque cathedrals and medieval monasteries, Catania is a city brimming with heritage.

  • Day 06 Baroque streets & turquoise shores

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    Today’s adventure will take you to Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting regal architecture and elegant streets. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, the city was rebuilt from the ruins into the baroque beauty you see today. Wander through the streets with your group, absorbing the architectural riches and historical detail surrounding you. Dive into one of the street cafes for platefuls of arancini or pasta alla norma – our recommendation – before heading down to the beach for a sun-soaked afternoon. As evening falls, gather with your group for a farewell feast back in Catania.

  • Day 07 Ciao, Sicilia

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    Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel, then it’s over to you to make your own way onwards. Want to see more of Italy? Perhaps a weekend in Venice & the Prosecco Hills could be your next destination.

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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Grand Hotel Wagner, Palermo

A gilded hotel in central Palermo

Taking its namesake from the German composer, this opulent hotel combines rococo influences with sumptuous comforts.

Why we stay here

Unwind in the elegant rooms after days of sightseeing. And with a bar and a fitness room at your disposal, you can keep up your healthy (and not-so-healthy) routines with ease.

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Plaza Hotel, Catania

Modern hotel overlooking the Mediterranean sea

Smart and comfortable rooms, with doorstep access to the beach, markets and osterias of Catania

Why we stay here

With an excellent location, this hotel offers the best of Catania at your fingertips. Breakfast is served up on the roof terrace, with sweeping views over the Sicilian coastline.

Important Notes

  • Fly into Palermo Airport (PMO) and fly out of Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).

  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.


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