Two of Sicily's highlights are in the spotlight on this exclusive-to-TUI tour. You'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valley of the Temples, to step back in time in amongst a captivating archaeological site, then head to one of the top ten most unique coastlines as named by TripAdvisor, Scala dei Turchi.First up will be one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, the immense Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It packs in countless temples perched on a high ridge, all of which you'll see, including the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Concordia Temple at the end of the Sacred Way. You'll be given headphones to hear your guide, too, so you'll not miss any details.Afterwards, you'll make your way to the bright white Scala dei Turchi, a natural limestone staircase that descends into the blue sea. You'll have time for a swim before heading back to the hotel.
The day will kick off with a scenic trip through the impossibly green Alcantara Valley to take in some of Sicily's famed panoramas. You'll stop by one of the gorges carved out by the river to take a photo and then continue to Randazzo, located on the northern foot of Mt Etna. Every Sunday is about its local market, which you'll get to browse. Time to wash it down with some Sicilian wine, which you'll try at Vini Patria winery in its vineyard overlooking Mt Etna. To end the day on a sweet note, you'll then swing by Linguaglossa to try some of Pino Azzuro's Sicilian almond delicacies.
Passion is the No.1 ingredient in Sicilian cuisine. And during this cooking lesson with a local chef, you'll see just how passionate Sicilians are about food. We'll head to the 4-star Hotel Baia del Capitano for a cookery class that'll leave you infused with the flavours of the Mediterranean's largest island. You'll set off along the coast to Baia del Capitano, a 4-star hotel with clifftop views over the sea. It's famed as much for its views as for the delicious dishes prepared at its Kefalè restaurant. It's here that you'll enjoy a hands-on Sicilian cooking experience in a group of no more than 12 guests.Under the guidance of the head chef, there's a three-hour masterclass on the art of Sicilian cooking. You'll prepare a starter, first course, main course and dessert, using seasonal, fresh and organic ingredients. And to cap it all off, you'll be dining on the meal you've prepared, washed down with good local wine.
Mother Nature's two greatest gifts to eastern Sicily were the spectacular Alcantara Gorge and Europe's largest active volcano, Mt Etna. Your adventure starts in the Alcantara Gorge, where you'll have free time to take in the natural beauty and paddle in its pools. Surrounded by lots of lush vegetation, it's an amazing spot. After you've dried off, it's on to Mt Etna. Most of the journey up the volcano will be by coach. You'll then transfer to a Unimog – a kind of 4x4 minibus - and a guided walk will take you to the Sapienza refuge at 1,900 metres above sea level from where you'll catch a cable car up to 2,900 metres for even better views.
Move over ancient Greece, Sicily's Greek ruins are just as impressive, and this day trip takes you to the best of them. After an early start, you'll arrive in Agrigento mid-morning to the Valley of the Temples. Although it's called a valley, the seven temples sit high on a ridge known as the Sacred Way. The Temple of Zeus was the largest Greek shrine ever constructed. After free time for lunch, you'll spend the afternoon in the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Also UNESCO-listed, this luxury villa houses the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
Palermo takes its food very seriously, so this tour combines a shot of sightseeing with a plateful of food tasting. Once you've arrived in the city, you'll need to be ready to take a bite out of Palermo. This walking tour will feature a nice mix of art, history, traditions and architecture while wandering around the main monuments and historical streets. You'll explore ‘Il Capo' market to try some authentic bites, and head to places only locals go such as typical bakeries and inns. There's the option to visit the Capuchin Catacombs, home to an extraordinary collection of mummies.
Mt. Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and a true icon of Sicily. By coach, cable car and minibus you‘ll ascend 2900 mts above sea level to the famous mountains main crater. On a clifftop overlooking sweeping bays, Taormina is home to some of the best-preserved historic landmarks in the world. Take time to sip a cappuccino in the piazza, browse the boutiques, or check out the town's ancient Greek-Roman theatre. Once you've had your fill of sightseeing, it's on to Mount Etna. But the coach can only take you so far. So you'll grab a cable car or an all-terrain vehicle and journey up to 2,900 metres for the grandstand views.
Rugged, peaceful and not on the tourist trail, the Madonie Mountains are real back-to-nature stuff. Our first stop is Abbazia Sant'Anastasia Winery, a traditional vineyard. A full tour of the cellars is followed by a taste of their organic wines. Then it's on to Castelbuono. All cobbled lanes and medieval architecture, get lost in its maze of streets during free time, or stop by the 'borgo' and the chapel of Sant'Anna. There's a final stop in Fiasconaro to taste a typical panettone pastry treat and manna – a local sweetener made from ash tree resin.
The rustic villages in the hills around Taormina are steeped in history as you'll discover during this exclusive excursion culminating with a delicious dinner. Casalvecchio Siculo and Limina are the stars of this Sicilian-infused evening. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.As you head inland along the Agrò valley, you'll encounter hilltop hamlets that have barely changed since the Middle Ages. This is the forgotten Sicily, just a short drive from the cosmopolitan coastal towns. At Casalvecchio Siculo, you'll visit the Norman-era church of Saints Peter and Paul, which looks much like it did back in the 12th century, and is exclusively opened for TUI guests.Next, head to Limina for a Sicilian dinner at the family-run U Lantirnaru – ‘the Lantern Maker' – restaurant. A cooking demonstration from Eleonora will show how macaroni and arancini are made. And then enjoy most homely dinner imaginable, with drinks and folk music included.
Take part in a walking tour of Cefalù to discover the city's historic center and its rich street food tradition!
Thanks to its mineral-rich volcanic landscape, Sicily's waters are full of life. And you'll get a chance to explore them on this half-day scuba diving trip. Making your own way to the port, you'll set off cruising along the coast into the island nature reserve of Isola Bella. Mooring up in the Grotta Azurra and Grotta Del Giorno sea caves, you'll slip into scuba gear and dive in. And your expert diving instructors will have you feeling like a pro in no time. The waters here are calm and clear so expect to see fish, sea urchins, starfish, shrimp and eels. Then, after a couple of dives, it's back on the boat for a leisurely return to the port.
'We're going to make you an offer you can't refuse'. Well, this used to be Mafia country, after all. First up will be Savoca, where you'll find the church that Al Pacino's character, Michael Corleone got married in. You'll walk in his footsteps as you discover the winding alleyways, and even sit in his chair in Bar Vitelli. After a ride through the countryside, you'll soon arrive in medieval Forza d'Agro, a small mountain village, where you'll see the Church of Annuncation, also of Godfather fame. Even if you're not a fan of the films, the views from these clifftop villages are second to none.
Watching the sky light up in a variety of orange hues and then burn out into darkness while standing atop a volcano is unique sensation. This dramatic tour takes you to Mt Etna – a must-visit when in Sicily. You'll head to a height of almost 3,000 metres to catch the sunset and then feast on a traditional meal. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.As part of a select group of no more than 19 guests, you'll go on a minibus drive to Mt Etna. As the terrain becomes rockier, we switch to a 4x4 vehicle. There'll be stops to take in the harsh, lunar-like lava-smothered landscape as we make our way to 2,900m above sea level – the highest point that's safely reachable.Make sure you're wearing comfortable walking shoes and warm layers – it gets cold at high altitude. After admiring the views from what's almost the top, an expert alpine guide will take to a less exposed 2,500m, where you'll watch the sunset in comfort. Then on the way back, we'll stop at a chalet for a typical Sicilian dinner.
All vine-covered peaks, thick woodlands and tucked-away villages, the Madonie Mountains are a snapshot of rural Sicilian life. On this tour, you'll explore the medieval village of San Mauro Castelverde before feasting on a typical Sicilian dinner. In San Mauro you'll have time to check out the architecture and browse the shops, before a cooking course with Mrs Rosa. She'll demonstrate three starters, using fresh ingredients, and you'll get to taste the end product. When you sit down to dinner, you'll enjoy Italian staples like pasta, meat and wine. Then, once you've had your fill, there'll be time for some traditional dancing.
See two of Sicily's star turns in just one trip – the spectacular Alcantara Gorge and Europe's largest active volcano, Mt Etna. Your adventure starts with a drive to the ancient canyon at Alcantara. You'll have free time to take in the natural beauty of the 50-metre-high black lava walls or paddle in its crystalline pools. Surrounded by lots of lush vegetation, it's an amazing spot. After you've dried off, it's on to Mt Etna. The journey up the volcano will be by coach to the Sapienza refuge, 1,900 metres above sea level. Once there, you can admire the scenery or catch a cable car up to 2,900 metres for even better views.
Europe's highest active volcano looms large over everyday life in Sicily. On this thrilling tour, you'll hop on a 4x4 off road Safari to explore some of the hardest-to-reach parts of the north slope of Mt Etna. You'll visit the Sartorius Craters as well as lava fields and caves, and also drop into a winery for a tasting. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.After arriving at a quarry at the foot Mt Etna, you'll travel off-road in a 4x4 off-road safari along the lava flows from the 1928 eruption – the last to destroy a town – towards the Sartorius Craters at 1,800 metres above sea level. Stroll through lava fields and learn about what life is like next to an active volcano, and about the versatile vegetation that grows thanks to it.There's a rest at the Ragabo refuge – lunch optional – and a visit to a hidden lava cave before an afternoon tour of the Gambino winery to taste aromatic wines and typical products of Mt Etna's slopes.
Limited to just eight people, this full-day yacht experience from Cefalu is all about making your day exactly what you want it to be. Learn the ropes of sailing a yacht from the on-board crew, or sit back, sunbathe and take in the views. A full Sicilian lunch completes your day, too.Ideal for groups and families wanting a day out with a difference, this day out at sea ticks all the boxes – and even throws in some swimming stops far away from the crowded beaches. You'll hop aboard in the mid-morning and cast off from Cefalu where your skipper will happily show you how to hoist the sails, take the helm and trim the main.Or, if you don't fancy lifting a finger, you've got the sun deck to chill out on and the spacious lounge below deck. And once lunchtime comes around, you'll be served a typical sailor's lunch, including starter, main course, dessert and coffee.
Mount Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe and a true icon of Sicily. This is your chance to venture 1900 mts above sea level to one of the famous mountains‘ main craters. Nature trails, caves, woods and lava flows typify the landscape that leads to the top of Mt Etna. And after pick-up, you'll be driven 1900m above sea level to Rifugio Sapienza, on the south side of the mountain. On the way, you'll learn all there is to know about Mt Etna, before exploring yourself during some free time. You'll have time to take in the views, head out towards the craters, or just admire the landscape atop Europe's highest, active volcano.
The past comes to life in Syracuse – a city packed with classical heritage as well as flamboyant Sicilian baroque architecture. With more than 2,700 years of history behind it, Syracuse is one of Sicily's most fascinating cities. Your journey through time kicks off at the Archaeological Park in the west of the city. Discover the Greek Theatre, which held 15,000 spectators in its heyday, and still awes despite the ravages of time. There's also the Altar of Hiero, the Ear of Dionysius as well as the Roman amphitheatre. You'll then cross the bridge to Ortygia island. Its labyrinthine streets are packed with churches, palaces and castles.
The beautiful simplicity of Sicilian cuisine has made it one of the island's best attractions, right up there with Mt Etna, classical ruins and baroque architecture. This cookery class in Taormina is a chance to learn more about the island's cuisine, and sharpen your cooking skills at the same time.The fun begins at Taormina market, where you'll be given tips on how to shop for the best meat, fish and vegetables. Your guide will then take you on a short walk through the town, to a nearby restaurant. There, you'll get a two-hour cooking lesson from an experienced local chef. He'll start by giving you a demonstration of how to prepare a Sicilian meal.Then, it's over to you to have a go at cooking it yourself. You'll get to judge your own culinary skills afterwards, as what you've prepared will be served for lunch. A sommelier will also help to pick out the best wines for your meal.