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Family Active Sicily
Italy, Sicily - Trip code FSI Family
Days 8
Deposit From £157
Price from £1569
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

Sicily, an island that offers adventure with a rich historical backdrop. This active trip blends a variety of activities with the cultural highlights of Palermo and Taormina. Activities include; sea kayaking, snorkelling, cycling, a water park, climbing, archery, power fan (falling from a high platform attached to a safety harness), walking on Mt Etna and a pasta/pizza cookery lesson. Activities are graded easy and just require an enthusiasm for adventure! Each evening we return to the comfort of our hotel and even a tree tent!

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 7

      Dinner: 7

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader

      Activity Guide(s)

      Boat Crew

      Driver(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

      Boat

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      Accommodation

      6 nights standard hotel

      1 nights simple tree-house

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      Trip pace:

      Moderate

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      Group Size:

      14 - 20

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Join trip in Palermo

    Arriving at Palermo, Sicily's capital, there may be free time to explore the city which boosts Islamic culture, Byzantine magnificence and the vigorous world of medieval Europe that all merge into a fascinating mix of architecture and decoration. Why not visit the Gothic Cathedral which was founded in 1185 by the Englishman, Walter of the Mill, and its extensive mosaics and beautiful cloisters.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Dinner

    Day 2 - Full day exploring Palermo

    Overlooking the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Palermo is one of Sicily's cultural and historic highlights. We spend the day exploring some of its treasures today, stopping off at the Piazza Marina to visit Villa Garibaldi - a small garden set amidst some of Palermo's best-known historic buildings. This afternoon we enjoy a cookery lesson of pasta and or sfincione (local style pizza) and try out our culinerary skills.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 3 - Madonie Adventure Park and stay in Tree Tents

    After breakfast this morning we drive 2hrs to the Madonie Adventure Park, for a full day amongst the wooded landscapes near Petralia Sottana. We have a full day to enjoy the parks many delights. You can choose to either brave the assault course through the trees, with zip-lines, rope ladders and 'Tibetan bridges' or try your hand at archery, tree climbing and 'Power fan' (which involves free-falling from high platforms whilst attached to a safety harness).

    There are five tree tents within the trees set around 6 meters off the ground surrounded by the forest. The tents can accommodate three people per tent with another five tents on the ground which are positioned on platforms for those wanting to sleep nearer the forest floor! The area is illuminated at night and there are toilets close by (just in case you were wondering !).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Tree-House

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 4 - Visit Etna Land

    Pack your swimsuits, water shoes, sunscreen and goggles as we experience the islands largest water theme park. The award winning water park boasts over 14 slides all designed for excitement and adventure including; The Black Hole (guests are seated on a 2-person dinghy that slides through a dark and twisting tunnel), Jungle Splash (20 seater boat with a drop of 30 meters towards the splash zone below), Hydro and Dark Kamikaze slides both with steep drops where your back sometimes doesn't even touch the slide, Twin Twister (four slides linked together over 120 meters) and Rafting River with a 4-person dinghy that slides right into the pool. The Wave Pool, the largest in Europe, comes to life every hour for splashing fun. Take a break from the excitement by enjoying a relaxing float around the Lazy River or at the Blue Lagoon, an oasis of rocks and waterfalls. You can also enjoy a hydro massage at the relaxing Hydro Pool.

    There are some height restrictions on certain attractions up to 1.4 meters high

    Later in the day we head to our hotel based in the fertile Alcantara valley with an elevated swimming pool and terrace with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 5 - Trip to Mount Etna

    One of the highlights of our journey is a visit to the slopes of Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe (3330 meters) and one of the largest in the world.

    We'll drive up the mountain this morning, passing through citrus groves and beech woods to Linguaglossa Rovittello where we taste a selection of dairy products and salami. We continue to Curva Sparita which is where the lava flow of 2002/2003 engulfed a part of the old road to Mareneve before arriving in Piano Provenzana (1,800m) where there is the opportunity to view photographs of previous eruptions that have been taken by a local well known photographer. We continue by foot along a path that goes up to the crater of the Northeast side of the volcano to an altitude of about 2,300 m, stopping off at an old Bottoniera (numerous craters formed in 1923 including the longest one on the volcano) where we also stop for lunch. We continue the walk for around 1 ½ hours returning to Piano Provenzana where we meet our transport and visit a volcanic cave which is one of more than 200 caves in the area (1,750 m) before returning by bus to our hotel.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 6 - Explore Alcantara Gorge: walk and Sea Kayak

    We spend today exploring the landscapes that lie along the Alcantara River. Carved from basalt rock, the gorge drops down over 50 meters, following the course of the river and providing us with some stunning but short walking trails. We hike up to the Terrace of Venus this morning, before continuing along the Gorge Trail to view the surreal monoliths of lava that lie strewn across the valley floor. Total 2km/1hr walking. After lunch we then travel to Aci Castello where we will sea kayak along a guided course exploring the protected marine park of Isole Ciclopi for a few hours which includes a circumnavigation of the towering sea rocks of the Faraglioni di Actirezza before returning back to Acicastello - life jackets, tuition and auto draining 2 or 3 seater kayaks are provided

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 7 - Tour of Taormina and Snorkeling

    This morning, we depart for the town of Taormina. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, this pretty town is home to an ancient Greek theatre which is famous for one of the most iconic views in Sicily - that of snow-capped Etna, historic churches and a number of lively bars and cafes. We then drive to Naxos where we pick up our snorkeling gear. We visit the Isola Bella Marine Park by rib boat and snorkel in two spots, the Blue Cave Bay and Isola Bella South Side. Snorkelling equipment is provided including; fins, mask, snorkel, wet suit and life jacket.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 8 - Trip ends Catania airport

    After breakfast we drive to Catania airport where the trip ends.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Italy

    Climate

    April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Italian

    Sicily

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family.

    Madonia Adventure Park
    Day 3: Mountain biking. There are a maximum of 10 bikes to hire, this activity is not guided. No charge.

    Clothing

    In summer you will need clothing for hot, humid conditions. Sunhat, sunglasses, long trousers and long sleeved shirt recommended for protection from the sun. In May and October half-term the sun should still be strong but temperatures will certainly be lower than in the summer months, particularly at night when you will need some warmer clothing and jackets.

    At any time of year you will feel cold at the top of Mount Etna, therefore you should bring warm clothes, which will also be useful for our night in the tree tents at Madonie Adventure Park.

    Footwear

    We recommend a good pair of sturdy recreational shoes/walking boots for the short walks, Mount Etna, cycling and climbing and activities in Madonie Adventure Park. Trainers and/or sandals for travelling/beach time.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.

    Equipment

    A water bottle, sunhat and high factor sunscreen are all essential. You will need a swimsuit and swim hat and towel for the gorge, as well as beaches and pools, a swim hat is a requirement for the hotel in Francavilla.

    You may also wish to bring cycle gloves for cycling and while undertaking the ariel course, water shoes for both kayaking and Alacantara gorge and of course cycle helmets for the cycling (though one is provided). A torch is useful in case of powercuts/ emergencies and for inside the tents in Madonie.

    Tipping

    Explore leader
    At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

    Accordingly, you should allow £20 per family member for tipping

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    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £5.00 - 10.00
    Dinner price
    £15.00 - 20.00
    Beer price
    £2.00 - 4.00
    Water price
    £1.00 - 2.00
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    Major towns.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Larger hotels and restaurants.
    Travellers Cheques
    Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.

    Sicily

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Foreign Exchange
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Boat

    Accommodation notes

    One of the many attractions of this holiday is staying in tree tents within the Madonie Adventure Park. There are five tree tents within the trees set around 6 meters off the ground and surrounded by the forest. The tents can accommodate three people per tent with another five tents on the ground which are positioned on platforms for those wanting to sleep nearer the forest floor! The area is illuminated at night and there are toilets close by. The forest is also rich in biodiversity and has a wide variety of plants and trees including Chestnut, Pine, Poplar and Beech.

    The hotel that we stay at for the second half of the trip is located in the traditional Sicilian town of Francavilla di Sicila in the fertile Alcantara valley, rich in history with a choice of restaurants offering fresh dishes from the local area as well as a bakery and ice cream shop. The hotel features an elevated swimming pool and terrace with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Family swimming

    Enjoy the hotel swimming pools and enjoy dips in the sea including a snorkelling trip

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Italy: Visas are not required by UK, E.U Nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Included activities

    Due to the volcanic dust and sulphur fumes, we ask asthma sufferers or customers with heart conditions of any kind to take these factors into consideration before taking part in any included activities on Mt Etna.

    Ability to swim

    An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

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    Vaccinations

    Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Sicily

    Family information
    Triple rooms: This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on all night stops within the holiday, with the exception of the tree tents which are suitable for two people in each tent. If you would like this option please ask our Sales team for further information.

    Average Age: As a guide we have identified the actual average age of the children who have travelled on this trip over the last 5 years, to help you decide whether it's the right one for your family. The average age on this trip is 14 years old, this trip is suitable for active teenagers.
     
    Additional Information

    Why book this trip

    This is an epic adventure with lots going on and activities a plenty - from spending the day in a water park that boasts a kamikaze slide to staying in a tree tent - this is no ordinary holiday. We will be mountain biking, walking through gorges, sea kayaking, snorkelling and walking on the slopes of Mount Etna plus trying out pizza making - a great adventure for all the family and for any capability.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Sat 27 Jul 2019 - Sat 3 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
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    Price from £1195
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    Child Price From £1075
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    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 3 Aug 2019 - Sat 10 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
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    Price from £1295
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    Child Price From £1165
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    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 10 Aug 2019 - Sat 17 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
    FSI_2019
    Price from £1295
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    Child Price From £1165
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    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 17 Aug 2019 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
    FSI_2019
    Price from £1295
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    Child Price From £1165
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    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 27 Jul 2019 - Sat 3 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
    FSI_2019
    Price from £1569
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    Child Price From £1419
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    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 3 Aug 2019 - Sat 10 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
    FSI_2019
    Price from £1575
    Save £55 was £1630
    Child Price From £1429
    Save £50 was £1479
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 10 Aug 2019 - Sat 17 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
    FSI_2019
    Price from £1635
    Save £35 was £1670
    Child Price From £1489
    Save £30 was £1519
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 17 Aug 2019 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 Guaranteed departure
    FSI_2019
    Price from £1640
    Save £30 was £1670
    Child Price From £1489
    Save £30 was £1519
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Palermo
    Time and place
    21:30 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Catania Airport
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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