£499pp – Sicily: 7-night self-drive holiday with flights
Spend a week discovering Sicily's ancient past and diverse landscapes
Autumn is "balmily perfect" for exploring Sicily, according to the The Daily Telegraph. This £499-per-person deal from Broadway Travel includes stays in the cities of Palermo and Catania, and includes car hire, so you can create your own itinerary.
- Return flights
- Accommodation in deluxe hotels
- Three nights in Palermo**
- Three nights in Catania**
- One further night in Palermo**
- Daily breakfast
- Car hire for the duration of the trip
Depart from London (Luton or Stansted), Liverpool or Manchester on select dates from 24 September-17 October.
Fly from Gatwick or Heathrow from £519 per person.
You can also travel on select dates in July and August from £619 per person.
About Palermo and Catania
Palermo -- the capital of Sicily -- is full of history and impressive architecture; Lonely Planet sums it up as "a city at the edge of Europe and at the centre of the ancient world". Highlights include the 12th-century cathedral containing royal Norman tombs and The Palatine Chapel, which features glistening with gold mosaics, marble floors and an intricately carved wooden ceiling known as Muqarnas.
Be sure to browse Palermo's Ballarò street market, named one of the best markets in Italy by L'Italo-Americano.
Catania, on the east coast, is Sicily's 2nd-largest city. Visit its "beating heart" (Condé Nast Traveller), the pescheria (fish market), and check out the day's catch, or wander through the city's beautiful streets and alleys.
You could also take a day trip to Etna National Park, around 40 minutes' drive from Catania. It's home to the largest volcano in Europe; previous eruptions have carved hundreds of caves in the park and views from the peak are "breathtaking", says Lonely Planet.
Taormina, a hilltop town with a Greco-Roman theatre, is a 50-minute drive from Catania.
Car hire & baggage
Car hire from Palermo Airport is included in the offer. Add checked luggage from £40 per bag, return.
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**Specific hotels or similar will be confirmed two weeks prior to departure. Palermo hotel options include Hotel Tonnara Trabia, Hotel ibis Styles Palermo, Hotel Porta Felice or Zagarella Domina Sicily or similar. Catania hotel options include Hotel Capo dei Greci, Hotel Orizzonte, Grande Albergo Maugeri or Hotel Venus Sea Garden or similar.