Short Break to Taormina, Sicily
Wednesday 11 May 2022 (5 Days)
Why not treat yourselves to a holiday in Sicily?
Sicily has long been a crossroads and crucible of Mediterranean culture, and the island today is a fascinating palimpsest in which Greek temples, Norman churches and Baroque palazzos emerge from the rich fabric. But it also has natural wonders aplenty, from the smoking craters of Mount Etna to the still relatively undiscovered beaches of the southern coast.
With parts of the island on the same latitude as the North African coast, Sicily has a mild climate that makes it an attractive destination for much of the year: spring and autumn are sheer delight and though high summer (July, August) temperatures really do soar, sea breezes in coastal areas take the edge off the heat.
As soon as you arrive in Taormina, you will feel the magical, mythical atmosphere spread all around which has enchanted visitors from all over the world for years and years. Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the European highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over almost one hundred miles of Mediterranean sea.
Taormina really seems to be born as a tourist resort since past times, when ancient people like the Sicels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards chose it as their residential site thank to its favourable position, mild climate and magic atmosphere..
Since the opening of the first hotel in 1874, Taormina has become one of the world top tourist destinations where visitors can experience a perfect combination of old times charming atmosphere, preservation of history and culture, an elegant and lively way of life to be enjoyed in relaxing walks through the old town pedestrian areas.
Syracuse (or Siracusa) was the most important city of Magna Graecia. It defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes. At the height of its economic, political and military powers, the city had a population of 300,000 and, according to Cicero, was “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”.
For those travelling to Sicily today, Siracusa is not to be missed. It is relatively easy to visit in a day, though obviously deserves rather more time. A visit can be split into two easy parts: one dedicated to the archaeological site, the other to the island of Ortygia.
Located near the sea, between Mazzarò and Sirene Bay, Hotel Villa Esperia stands in one of the most picturesque areas of Taormina, it is near the cable way station which connects it with the historical town centre. It is a building recently restored, with many comforts and services: from the big swimming pool to sun treatment terraces, to the internal garage, to the panoramic garden, to the private beach on payment, to the bar.
So if you love fantastic views, lovely beaches, snow-capped mountains , history, trying different cuisine, then you would just love this short break to Taormina
Optional Excursions include
Siracusa Day Trip
Mount Etna (Half-Day) with optional light lunch
Agrigento & Piazza Armenina Day Trip
Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre in Small Group
Hop-On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus
• Return Flights from Manchester
• Resort Transfer to/from Catania Airport
• 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
• 4* Hotel Villa Esperia at Taormina
• 1 Item of Cabin Baggage (10kg) Per Person
• All Road Tolls and Airport Taxes
• Local City Tax
• Full ATOL Protection
• Scheduled Airline Failure Insurance
• Tour Manager
Child under 12 yrs: £399 (sharing with 2 adults)
Single Supplement: £120
Day 1- Depart Manchester Airport to Catania
Day 2 – Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 3 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 4 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 5 – Transfer to Catania airport for return flights to Manchester
4* Hotel Villa Esperia is close by the sea in a particular corner of Taormina, overlooking Mazzarò and Baia delle Sirene and 100 meters away from the cable car that will take you to Taormina city center.
Very contemporary hotel with lots of comfort, bar, panoramic pool with sundeck, garage, lido and laundry service
Classic Standard Rooms
These rooms have got the classic standard, minibar, phone, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe deposit box, hair conditioning, bathroom with bathtub or shower and a set of our amenities.
Hotel Website: http://www.hotelvillaesperia.com/eng/
Upgrade to Superior Room with Sea-View: £175 per room
Upgrade to Executive Room with Sea-View: £290 per room
Upgrade to a Suite with Sea-View: £400 per room
Manchester - Catania - Manchester (Easyjet)
All times shown are in the local times applicable to that country
Flight supplements: no other flight options
All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.
1 x Small Cabin Bag (45x36x20cm)
See “Extras” for additional luggage with charges
Door2Door Transfers: £85pp return (Sheffield and Rotherham areas only)
NEW Easyjet Luggage Policy
As from 10 February 2021 Easyjet are changing their luggage policy.
For all tours after that date, the options will be
A) Cabin Baggage Only (1 Small Bag 45 x 36 x 20cm) to be placed under the seat in front of you
This is included with all bookings.
B) Front Seats (Rows 2 – 6) and Extra Legroom Seats will be allowed 2 bags £36
( 1 Case/Bag Max 56x45x25cm and 1 the included Small Bag 45x36x20cm)
C) 15kg Check-In Luggage £60
D) 23kg Check-In Luggage £70
Prices are shown for the return.
Option B will be subject to availability at the time we book the flights.
Should this option not be available, then we will contact you.
Please note that if one person in your party selects Option B and the others select another option, then you will not be sat together on the aircraft.
Door 2 Door Transfers
These are currently only available from Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield areas
Manchester £85pp return
Hotel Upgrades – see Accommodation
Room Upgrades – see Accommodation
Optional Excursions – Further details will be e mailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure
Add-Ons – not available for all tours
Special Assistance - If this is required at the airport please notify us when booking