Explore the treasures of Sicily and meet the popular presenter of Secret Italy

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce a new date for a tour of scintillating Sicily with TV presenter Alex Polizzi.

The island at the foot of Italy has been a crossroads of the Mediterranean for millennia - almost nowhere else on the planet is there such a fascinating mix of sights, from Greek temples to Norman churches and Baroque palazzos. You will take in many of the highlights on this superb, expert-led escorted tour.

And who better to join as a special guest than Alex Polizzi? The popular presenter's family roots can be traced here, which inspired her to share her passion for Sicily in the brilliant TV series Secret Italy and Italian Islands. This will be a Sicilian adventure to remember.

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Your special guest

Alex Polizzi
Italy and its cuisine

Alex comes from a long line of hoteliers and is the grand-daughter of Lord Forte. Following a degree in English at Oxford University, Alex trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, worked for Marco Pierre White at the Criterion, and has worked at Rocco Forte Hotels around the world.

In 2008, Alex started presenting the highly acclaimed Channel 5 show, The Hotel Inspector, which was followed by two series for Channel 5 in which she explored her Italian heritage: Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy and Alex Polizzi's Italian Islands.

Price includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Nine nights' four-star accommodation
  • Two talks from Alex Polizzi
  • All excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers and taxes
  • Most meals
  • All overseas transport with English speaking guide
  • Tour manager throughout

Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 30, 2019
To
Thu, Thu, May 9, 2019
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£2,495*
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* Based on two sharing. Subject to availability.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Sicily
    Palermo, Italy

    April 30, 2019

    Begin your exploration of Sicily with a walking tour of Palermo. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner in a local restaurant.

    Accommodation - Principe di Villafranca, Palermo (or similar)
    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Palermo
    Palermo, Italy

    May 1, 2019

    After breakfast, we will depart our hotel for a full day trip to Palermo. We will visit the Palatine Chapel, marvel at the gold leaf mosaics at Monreale, and stroll through a typical street market.

    After a short evening rest at the hotel, we will enjoy a meal with explanation of the tuna fishing industry in Sicily.

    Accommodation - Principe di Villafranca, Palermo (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Erice & Segesta
    Calatafimi Segesta, Italy

    May 2, 2019

    This morning we make a leisurely departure to visit to the medieval Arabic hilltop town of Erice, with free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Greek temple and amphitheatre at Segesta, arriving back at the hotel in time for an evening meal at a typical local trattoria in Palermo.

    Accommodation - Principe di Villafranca
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Selinunte
    Marinella di Selinunte, Italy

    May 3, 2019

    In the morning, we will depart from our hotel and visit the Greek site of Selinunte. This site is one of the largest and most impressive Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, on a par with many found in Greece itself. Lying abandoned for more than 2,000 years, it encompasses the ruins of numerous temples, acropolis and agora.

    Then take a long, leisurely lunch at the fabulous Da Vittorio Ristorante, a fish restaurant located on the beach in Porto Palo di Menfi (as seen on Sicily Unpacked and Rick Stein's Great Mediterranean Escapes). There is no set menu - dishes depend on the fishermen's catch that day.

    In the afternoon, take a scenic coastal drive to Agrigento, where we will arrive at our hotel in the early evening. A light evening meal will be served at the hotel, our home for the next two nights.

    Your accommodation is conveniently positioned for forays to archaeological sites, and has lovely gardens and terraces, plus Sicilian cuisine and a buffet breakfast. Enjoy the obliging service and the free Wi-fi in the lobby/rooms.

    Accommodation - Colleverde Park Hotel (or similar), Agrigento
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Valley of the Temples
    Agrigento, Italy

    May 4, 2019

    We will depart for a morning visit to the Greek archaeological site, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

    A Unesco World Heritage site, and one of the finest examples of its kind anywhere, th Valley of the Temples consists of eight temples and numerous other remains built between 510BC and 430BC. After a late lunch and a visit to the working olive oil farm of Mandranova, (including, of course, an olive oil tasting), we will visit the Agrigento archaeological museum.

    We will return for a light evening meal at the hotel.

    Accommodation - Colleverde Park Hotel (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Villa del Casale
    Modica, Italy

    May 5, 2019

    This morning we will say farewell to Agrigento. We will drive to the Roman Villa del Casale, near Piazza Armerina. We will have a guided tour of the villa and free time for lunch at the site itself.

    We will have an afternoon drive to the Baroque south east, where we arrive in early evening at Modica and check in to our hotel, where we will be based for the next three nights. This evening, you will enjoy dinner at a local trattoria.

    Accommodation - Principe D’Aragona, Modica (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Modica & Scicli
    Modica, Italy

    May 6, 2019

    This morning, we will enjoy a leisurely morning walk around the Baroque treasure of Modica, including a short guided tour. There will be free time for a snack lunch, and perhaps even chocolate tastings - for which Modica is renowned, hosting an international festival every year.

    There will be an afternoon visit to Scicli, featured in popular scenes from the detective series Montalbano, to discover its fabulous churches and Baroque architecture.

    We will return to our hotel for a short rest, before enjoying an evening meal at a local trattoria.

    Accommodation - Principe D’Aragona, Modica (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Ibla Di Ragusa
    Ragusa, Italy

    May 7, 2019

    This morning we will visit the nearby Baroque town, Ibla di Ragusa, a UNESCO gem, including a short guided tour. There will be free time for a snack lunch before we return to Modica for some time at leisure in the afternoon.

    This evening, Alex will joing the group for dinner at the superb boutique Agriturismo the Relais Torre Marabino, an ex-Norman fortress which produces its own organic fare and wines. This dinner is made even more memorable by a special presentation from Alex Polizzi.

    Accommodation - Antico Hotel Roma 1880, Ortigia (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Ortigia (Siracusa)
    Siracusa, Italy

    May 8, 2019

    We will have a morning visit to the stunning Baroque peninsula of Ortigia (Siracusa), with a guided tour and lunch in a typical trattoria. After lunch, we will check in to our final hotel, leaving you free time in the afternoon before an evening drinks reception.

    Accommodation - Antico Hotel Roma 1880, Ortigia (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Day
    10
    Fly to UK
    Catania, Italy

    May 9, 2019

    After breakfast, we will be transferred to Catania airport for the flight home, arriving in to London Gatwick around lunchtime.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Antico Hotel Roma 1880

4
Siracusa, Italy

Housing guests in the heart of Siracusa since 1880

20 minutes' walk from the centre of Syracuse, the hotel neighbours a museum, a temple and a theatre. Grand pillars and arcs in the hotel lobby add to the historic feel of the hotel. Rooms, however, are modern and feature private terraces, garden views and spacious bathrooms.

Colleverde Park Hotel

4
Agrigento, Italy

This is very conveniently positioned for forays to archaeological sites, and has lovely gardens and terraces, offers Sicilian cuisine and buffet breakfast. Enjoy the obliging service and the free Wi-fi in the lobby/rooms.

Hotel Principe D'Aragona

4
Modica, Italy

Four-star hotel on the main road of Modica's historic centre

Nestled right in the historic centre of Modica, The Hotel Principe D'Aragona offers bright, terracotta-coloured guest rooms, a large outdoor pool with sunbeds and a terrace where you can enjoy breakfast surrounded by views of Modica.

Principe di Villafranca

4
Palermo, Italy

Contemporary art and design hotel in Palermo

This four-star boutique hotel in Palermo is elegantly decorated with Sicilian antiques and modern designs. The 32 guestrooms boast top quality beds, marble bathrooms and wooden floors.

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Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 30, 2019
To
Thu, Thu, May 9, 2019
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£2,495*
Hurry, only a few places left
* Based on two sharing. Subject to availability.
Call now to book 01425384812
Quote ref: Alex Polizzi