7 nights starting from
• Charming Modica – our base for seven nights
• Siracusa – dating back to Greek times
• Wonderful Baroque architecture – in Ragusa and Noto
• Lovely villages and towns – the fishing village of Marzememi and UNESCO gem Scicli are delightful
• A day in the foosteps of TV detective, Montalbano
This wonderful tour to Sicily focusses on the Baroque towns and villages of the Southeast corner of Sicily, popularised in recent years by the atmospheric TV series Inspector Montalbano.The area is rich in artistic and architectural heritage as well as charming piazzas and lanes reminiscent of an age gone by, that also happen to serve as settings for the TV series.
|30 - September - 2019||£ 1249.00||Travel Info Book Now||booking-journey/#/start/BSI/30 September 2019/|
Departing: 30th September 2019 at 11:45
Returning: 07th October 2019 at 16:30
|28 - September - 2020||£ 1149.00||Travel Info Book Now||booking-journey/#/start/BSI/28 September 2020/|
Departing: 28th September 2020 at 11:45
Returning: 05th October 2020 at 16:30
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Catania.
On arrival, transfer from Catania airport to Modica for check in to the hotel for seven-night stay on bed and breakfast basis. Welcome drink on arrival at the hotel.
Day 2: Morning tour of Modica.
Comprised of two separate areas “Alta” (high) and Bassa (low), connected by flights of steps, Modica offers a wealth of sights and is the ideal central base from which to explore this stunning region of the Mediterranean’s largest island. Highlights include the Duomo, a remarkable example of Sicilian Baroque, Santa Maria di Betlem, San Pietro, the main street, Corso Umberto I lined with impressive palazzi, churches and the Corso Regina Margherita in the Alta district. The afternoon is free – perhaps a chocolate tasting for which Modica is famous.
Day 3: Full day to the capital of the south east of Sicily, Siracusa, dating back some 27 centuries.
Visit the Neapolis archaeological area, including the impressive Greek amphitheatre and the ‘Ear of Dionysus’. There will be free time, too, to wander around the mystical peninsular of Ortigia, surrounded on all sides by the Mediterranean, with a wealth of sights from the Roman era through to the Baroque.
Day 4: Full day tour by coach to the stunning baroque centre of Ibla di Ragusa, located in a dramatic canyon.
Also divided into two distinct districts – Ragusa, built in Baroque style after the 1693 earthquake, and much older Ibla. Highlights include the Duomo, Archaeological Museum, many more gorgeous churches, piazzas and streets. Many scenes from Montalbano were filmed here.
Day 5: Full day to Noto and Marzememi.
Again rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, Noto boasts magnificent Baroque architecture, unique in Sicily. Highlights include the cathedral, Palazzo Ducezio, Palazzo Trigona and churches of Santa Chiara and San Carlo al Corso. The streets here are perfect for a leisurely stroll amongst the stunning architecture. Continue down the south east coast to the delightful fishing village of Marzememi with its whitewashed houses and lovely waterfront location.
Day 6: Day at leisure to explore Modica.
Day 7: In the tracks of Montalbano.
We visit the small UNESCO gem of Scicli, where Montalbano’s police station is located. Admire the architecture and many small baroque churches in Scicli’s narrow lanes. Afternoon spent along the lovely southern coastline with a stop at Montalbano’s house in Punta Secca.
Day 8: Transfer from Modica to Catania airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 35 passengers.
Hotel Principe d’Aragona, Modica
The Hotel Principe d'Aragona is a small and modern four-star hotel with just 35 rooms, located in the historic centre of Modica within walking distance of the main attractions and shopping areas. Facilities include an outdoor pool, sun terrace, free wi-fi and lounge bar serving light snacks as well as drinks. Bedrooms all have a private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, safe, minibar and hairdryer.
Hotel Principe d’Aragona Website
OUR VIEW OF THE HOTEL
The hotel’s superb location is its main selling point, but the hotel also offers comfortable rooms and close proximity to a host of restaurants, including one of TV chef’s Giorgio Locatelli’s Sicilian favourites, Locanda Del Colonnello.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-May-2019
This was an excellent holiday, my first to Sicily. A great variety of places to visit, and tour manager Tullio was calm, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. I would certainly consider going on another holiday with him at the helm. I also enjoyed the company of my fellow travellers, a definite bonus in a small group of 13.
Review by Kurti who travelled 20-May-2019
I loved this tour! Having watched successive series of Inspector Montalbano on BBC4 in recent years, it was a treat to be given the opportunity to travel to the area of Sicily where the programme is based and filmed. However, there was far more to this tour than that. I enjoyed visiting the working landscape of the south-east of Sicily and visiting the different cities as well as the coastal fishing villages and experiencing how people lived and worked. The local guides that showed us around each of the cities (Modica, Syracuse, Ragusa, Noto) were excellent and conveyed their enthusiasm easily to the group. Modica was an excellent base for the tour. The hotel was conveniently situated, the rooms comfortable and the staff very friendly. In particular, I have to praise the quality of the breakfast on offer each morning - I really appreciated the trouble the breakfast room staff took to give us a taste of Sicily by freshly preparing local delicacies (both hot and cold) for breakfast. Finally, I must mention the tour manager Tullio who made every effort to ensure that everyone in the group enjoyed their holiday from the moment he first met us at the airport. I appreciated (and took advantage of) the optional excursions he offered us - two opportunities to dine out in the evening and a fascinating daytrip along the south-east coast on Friday allowing us to learn about refugees attempting to enter Europe through Sicily, allied force landings on the beaches there during World War II and finally, after an excellent lunch at a fishing port, watching the local fishing fleet arrive and sell their catch at the fish market. In a bid to improve future tours, I'd suggest that some more time is spent in each of the cities visited. Occasionally, I had to choose between having lunch and doing some independent sightseeing. It was well worth sacrificing lunch on the visit to Noto to be able to climb the tower of the church of Santa Chiara to enjoy the panoramic views of the city. Well done, Travel Editions, for offering a tour of this part of Sicily that is quite distinct from other tours of Sicily offered by your competitors.
Review by Burns who travelled 20-May-2019
I would prefer for you to send me documents instead of having to find and print these of myself. I did not find this easy. Our tour guide Tullio was excellent he was very knowledgeable, friendly and made us feel at home in Siciily. Thank you.
Review by Gaylard who travelled 20-May-2019
Tour Manager was superb, on the button, knowledgeable, reliable. Tour guides were knowledgeable and passionate about their respective baroque cities too. It was a pleasure to meet all of them. I wasn’t 100% about more than 1 visit to a farm/house but I was a minority. I’d have preferred to go to a restaurant in Modica as a group on the last evening. Overall, an exciting rich trip with the added flavour of walking in Montalbano’s footsteps.
Review by Stutter who travelled 20-May-2019
I was more than satisfied. All the guides were excellent.
Review by Cosgrove who travelled 20-May-2019
Tour guide ,Tullio, was very good with interesting selection of tours. (not his fault that Syracuse was overwhelmed with school students). in the hotel our room was quite small and single beds very narrow. breakfasts were fantastic. excellent coach driver. Gatwick difficult to access and expensive for anyone outside the south-east.
Review by Langton who travelled 21-May-2018
Travel marked “poor” because conditions at Catania airport were appalling. Sightseeing marked down because Siracusa was an ordeal: squads of school kids meant our guide was often inaudible - an earpiece system would have been good. Admin: would it be possible to send out EasyJet booking nos earlier? Rather last minute arrival of these details meant the best seats were already booked when we logged on to check in. All in all, an interesting and enjoyable holiday, but perhaps not our best TE trip ever. PS - the hotel breakfasts WERE the best ever!
Review by Woodforde who travelled 21-May-2018
The flights with Easyjet were appallingly disorganised and overcrowded.
Review by who travelled 21-May-2018
THe hotel room was dark and rather small, and we collided with the projecting wooden surround round the bed. Our IPad and phone did not work, and despite their efforts the hotel staff were unable to help. They scared us by saying the Palermo bus left at 5am which was not true, as the Tourist Information Centre and our guide assured us that there was a bus at 8am. Our guide was very helpful throughout.
Review by Mrs Celia Clark who travelled 19-May-2017
The hotel itself was nice; but its position on the main road meant that it was quite noisy. Catania airport is a nightmare. A base in Ragusa rather than Modica could work better
Review by Mr Philip Batty who travelled 19-May-2017
Review by Mr John Rail who travelled 19-May-2017
Hotel very good & staff pleasant & helpful. However one problem, free WI-FI was only for Smartphones as you could not access it via a Tablet as it was actually a Free-FI network. Tour Manager probably the best we have been with.
Review by Mr Bryan Clark who travelled 19-May-2017
We enjoyed the holiday very much. The guides were excellent. We felt the hotel was only 3 star and the beds were rather small and uncomfortable. .On the plus side the food and service were good. Finally, we felt that there was little information sent about the hotel; for example that there is a swimming pool!
Review by Mr Raymond Skingley who travelled 05-October-2016
There was clearly a mix up with the tour "manager" so we did not get the service/local info we have become used to. Could you possibly persuade the bus guides & the walking tour guides to be more selective in the info that they bombard us with? It becomes too much 7 virtually everybody felt the same. Perhaps they could ask us what we are interested in? The radio/whisper set are a great innovation but, again, all the walking tour guides over-ran their time thus reducing our free time. We left most of the walking tours before the end.
Review by Mr John Macbean who travelled 05-October-2016
Dangerous beds with a protruding wooden base. Room small so hard to avoid injury. .I am on Warfarin(which thins the blood) and had a serious haematoma on my shin. most people had bruising or cuts to their shins. otherwise good.
Review by Mr Iain Paterson who travelled 05-October-2016
Tour managers knowledgeable about area and history but information not always well communicated to a large group. Hotel rather disappointing for a four star hotel. Tours well chosen but not much time allowed for individual exploration. Guided tours often rather lengthy leaving little time for refreshment, sometimes several hours with no coffee break or loo break for instance. Large group made guided tours difficult. Sometimes we lost the group or could not hear the guide.
Review by Mrs Rosemary Hughes who travelled 05-October-2016
Review by who travelled 05-October-2016
The emphasis on Inspector Montalbano seemed overdone for those of us with no particular interest in this programme. The visit to the brick yard on the way back from Noto was a complete waste of time. Street maps for the towns visited would have been helpful
Review by Mr Philip Gabriel who travelled 05-October-2016
I enjoyed the holiday very much. My negative comment about admin is for several reasons. Twice I had phonecalls asking me for information which I am sure I had given on the on booking form. I had to request that my boarding passes were printed by you. When the 8 of us compared the information we'd be sent some of us had far more details than others. On the day we went to Scicli and Punto Secco we had a long time by the sea and only a brief glimpse of Donnafugata Castle, and some of us would have preferred more time to visit the castle properly. However these are minor points and I will certainly use your company again.
Review by Mrs Sarah Wootton who travelled 05-October-2016
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Review by who travelled 05-October-2016
Hotel good, not 4 star but not important. Tour managers x 3 original one not able to come. Sometimes too much information (repeated) sometimes too little. Admin excellent except for flight reference. Overall enjoyable nice people and interesting sights.
Review by Dr Michael Schachter who travelled 05-October-2016
Tour Manager coped very well with unexpectedly bad weather. Two local guides good but Syracuse guide substandard. If repeating this tour Scicli could be an even more attractive base. Despite the downpours we much enjoyed the trip!
Review by Mr Simon Hocombe who travelled 21-September-2016
More emphasis should be made about the physical difficulty of the terrain.
Review by Mr Peter Towey who travelled 21-September-2016
Review by who travelled 21-September-2016
Monday is not a good idea for a free day in Italy as most museums and churches are closed
Review by Ms Frances Walker who travelled 21-September-2016
Generally the tours were very good. The one tour that might need a rethink was the Noto and Marzememi. Noto was pleasant and had Inspector Montalbano connections but Marzememi was a waste of time being not particularly attractive and too small to have anything of interest. An optional tour was available which, I understand, visited a large house and a ceramic making town/village, (I didn't go on this so my knowledge is rather vague). This was found interesting by those who went and travelling more into the interior of Sicily gave a different aspect to the island. I know that perhaps it wouldn't gel with the title of Baroque but perhaps combining this visit with Scicli and putting Noto with Punta Secca might work. I'm sure another optional tour, perhaps to the coast combined with another small town, could be found.
Review by Mr Andrew Parker who travelled 14-October-2015
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and we will look at your content suggestions for future tours. We were pleased to learn you enjoyed the tour overall..
My only real complaint is that on the Itinerary Monday 19 October was stated to be a "Free Day" with no mention of any optional trips being available locally. We consequently made our own arrangements via the Internet prior to our departure to go to Piazza Armerina, only to discover on our arrival that an optional Sightseeing tour was available at a much reduced cost which we would have taken instead had we been told about it,
Review by Mr Michael Brenchley who travelled 14-October-2015
However the small coach used on the additional tour to Piazza Armerina had very poor air conditioning which made for a most unpleasant long coach ride on a hot day.
Review by Mr Stephen Swinfin who travelled 14-October-2015
Beds in hotel too narrow and pillows too firm and breakfast choice a bit weird. We needed prior warning re extra activities for rest day and final evening. They were not mentioned in our itinerary.We had to alter our plans.
Review by Mr John Allen who travelled 14-October-2015
Enjoyed the trip overall but felt it needed some tweaking.Didnt appreciate the 300+ step climb on our first morning walk around Modica and felt in-ear Whispa guides would be helpful when groups are large.Staff at the hotel were very helpful.
Review by Mrs Margaret Pinder who travelled 23-September-2015
Review by Mrs Irene Carter who travelled 23-September-2015
An excellent opportunity to visit the south-east corner of Sicily. There is a lot of Baroque! Lovely to stroll through the various towns admiring the architecture and enjoying the cafés. Hotel is ideally situated in Modica and to enjoy the various restaurants in the evenings.
Review by Mrs Sarah Smith who travelled 23-September-2015
A wonderful area of Sicily - great architecture, food and wine. I would have appreciated more time in Scili on the last day, rather than travelling in the footsteps of Montalbano! The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, but the rooms were not that comfortable. Great to have Tullio as tour manager again.
Review by Miss Patricia Harrison who travelled 23-September-2015
Review by who travelled 23-September-2015
Review by who travelled 23-September-2015
Tullio was excellent, local guides very poor, impossible to comprehend and sspoke for too long.
Review by Mr Christopher Smith who travelled 23-September-2015
Tullio was an attentive tour manager. The trips were very good. The hotel, unused to large holiday groups, did everything they could to meet our expectations and the reception staff were very helpful. A very enjoyable holiday.
Review by Mrs Susan Sings who travelled 23-September-2015
An enjoyable tour taking in another aspect of Sicily away from the temples tours provided by many operators. Our tour manager Tullio Scurrio was first class in all respects. We cannot praise him too highly in connection with the resolution of a minor medical problem we encountered during the trip.
Review by Mrs Mary Korna who travelled 23-September-2015
Our tour manager Tullio Scurria was very helpful, particularly when ordering food & drinks in restaurants as we do not speak any Italian.
Review by Mr Christopher Bartlett who travelled 23-September-2015
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