Panoramic view of Cefalu
Peace of Mind
Back
Best of Sicily and Malta
Thumbnails
Panoramic view of Cefalu
Erice
Malta's Anchor Bay
Ragusa
The Cathedral of Palermo
The impressive Greek Theater, Taormina
Valley of Temples, Agrigento
Italy

Best of Sicily and Malta (Tour code: 12391)

Starts and Ends
Catania to
Valletta
Travel Periods
20 Apr 24 - 19 Oct 24
Experience
Travel Style
Escorted Group Tour
Go deep into the beauty of Mediterranean with a 12-day adventure across the greatest sites of Sicily and Malta.

Highlights

Exclusive tour for small groups up to 20 People Maximum.

A unique blend of escorted tour exclusively in English in Sicily and indipendent touring in Malta with multilingual local guides

Enjoy gastronomic and enological experiences throughout your tour!

Stay in charming Hotels located In the historical centres of the main sicilian towns!

12 days
From
AUD 4,731
per person, twin share
Travelling with kids? Read more 
All services are subject to availability.

Book Now

Only $100pp deposit to Book Now

Visit our Agent Portal for more info.

Make an enquiry

Overview

 The tour's unique blend of escorted and independent touring will fill your wanderlust with unforgettable experiences in Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Taormina, and Valletta.

Gain insight into the fascinating culture and history of the largest island in the Mediterranean by visiting ancient towns and archaeological areas, including Agrigento, where remains of Doric temples are found; Syracuse, home of very ancient Greek ruins; and Erice, a medieval walled town with sweeping views of the sea.

To tick off from your bucket list the most active and highest volcano in Europe, you may join an excursion up Mount Etna. Take a splendid flight to Valletta, the beautiful capital of Malta, and explore the island’s major attractions, such as the Upper Barrakka Gardens and St. John’s Cathedral. Walk back in time as you wander around the silent city of Mdina, an old capital teeming with Baroque structures, ancient catacombs, and religious treasures.

Peace of mind booking plan
  1. ENTIRE Cooling-Off Period
  2. ENTIRE AUD Prices
  3. ENTIRE Change of Mind
  4. ENTIRE Industry Accredited
  5. ENTIRE On Ground Support
  6. ENTIRE Australian Owned

Inclusions

11-night accommodation in 4-star hotels
Flight: Catania/Valletta in Economy class (1 piece of luggage max 20 kgs per person and a hand luggage max 10 kgs)
Transportation by deluxe coach or minivan
Transfer from Taormina Hotel to Catania Airport on day 8
Daily Breakfast
3 Dinners (Catania on day 1, Ragusa on day 3 & Malta on day 8)
Street food experience/tour in Palermo and in Catania
Cheese tasting in Ragusa and Almond pastries tasting in Erice
Visit of a cellar and Wine tasting in Marsala, on Mount Etna
Half day Regular Tour of Marsaxlokk Market & Blue grotto
Half day Regular Tour Valletta & Malta Experience
Full Day Regular Tour to Mdina with lunch included
English-speaking tour escort in Sicily
Local guides where necessary
Porterage at hotels
"Whispers" (audio guide) throughout the itinerary

Day 1 Catania

Make your way to the hotel in Catania. Tonight, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner.

Overnight stay in Catania in a 4* hotel.

Dinner
Catania
Catania

Day 2 Catania Siracusa Catania

After a buffet breakfast, travel to Siracusa

Visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park, including the famous Greek Theatre, the Latomia del Paradiso (entrance tickets not included) and the Ear of Dionysus. Continue to the Island of Ortigia, the small baroque city centre of Siracusa. Visit the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Free time at disposal to stroll through the streets of the centre and for shopping.

In the afternoon, return to Catania and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to experience the city on your own. 

Overnight stay in Catania in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Catania → Siracusa →Catania
Syracuse

Day 3 Catania Ragusa

After a buffet breakfast, departure for a nice walking tour of Catania, stroll through the city centre with your professional guide who will charm you with the history of the city and visit the famous fish market “A PISCARIA”, one of the largest fish markets in Sicily. Here you will have the chance to taste the delights of typical Catania’s street food.

Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches; together with other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will continue to the hotel where you have time at disposal to realx at the swimming pool or at the Spa. In the evening, have dinner at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Ragusa in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Catania → Ragusa

Day 4 Ragusa Agrigento Marsala

After a buffet breakfast, proceed to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (entrance tickets not included). Enjoy a guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, the temples of Juno and Heracles.

Free time at disposal for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll proceed to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Arrival at Baglio Oneto dei Principi di San Lorenzo Resort .
Here you will do a tour of the resort's wineries, starting from the vineyards, where the whole wine-making process begins. In the evening, we’ll reach Marsala city centre and have free time at disposal to discover the historical centre by walking and free time for dinner. 

Overnight stay in Marsala in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Ragusa → Agrigento → Marsala
Valley of Temples

Day 5 Marsala Erice Palermo

After a buffet breakfast, departure to Erice, via the spectacular “Salt Route”, a road flanked by the salt pans, windmills, and the “salt houses” where they still extract the sea salt as the Phoenicians. Arrival in Erice, placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands: walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, the winding lanes and, inner courtyards and stop for marzipan and biscuit tasting.

Continue to Palermo, the capital of Sicily. We will enjoy a “street food” lunch in the centre of the town and, then, we’ll visit the Cathedral, one of the most important architectural monuments.

We will continue our visit by walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to reach "I Quattro Canti di Città” Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and we’ll visit the Church of Santa Caterina.

Overnight stay in Palermo in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch
Marsala → Erice → Palermo
Palermo

Day 6 Palermo Cefalu Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, departure to visit the town of Monreale, situated on a hill at few kms far from Palermo in panoramic position. Visit of the Cathedral (entrance tickets not included), one of the most beautiful monuments in the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments in Arab-Norman style.

Then departure to Cefalù a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built into rock. Proceed to Taormina through the coastal road passing through Messina from where we’ll have the chance to admire the suggestive scenery of the Strait of Messina. 

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Taormina in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Palermo → Cefalu → Taormina
Cefalu'

Day 7 Taormina Mt Etna Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, across fascinating landscape with different kind of vegetation, a mixture of citrus groves, vineyards and fruit trees. We will reach a height of 1800 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where we’ll enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea. Stop at a local vineyard on the eastern slopes of Etna and visit a prestigious cellar . We will have the opportunity to taste different local wines accompanied by local cheese and cold cuts.

In the afternoon back to Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea": enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Taormina in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Taormina → Mt Etna → Taormina
Taormina

Day 8 Taormina Catania Valletta St Paul

At the appointed time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport.

Enjoy a flight to Valletta, Capital of Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Then, you'll be transferred to your hotel in St Paul’s Bay. 

Tonight enjoy a dinner in your hotel.

Overnight stay in St Paul at Dolmen Resort or Similar.

Breakfast, Dinner
Taormina → Catania → Valletta →  St Paul
Valletta

Day 9 St Paul Marsaxlokk St Paul

After Breakfast, departure to the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market.

Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat ride price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in St Paul at Dolmen Resort or Similar.

Breakfast
St Paul → Marsaxlokk → St Paul
Marsaxlokk

Day 10 St Paul Valletta & Malta Experience St Paul

After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of Valletta, Malta’s heritage-rich capital.

Visit the highlights like the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral (entrance tickets not included), home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the "Malta Experience", an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life.

Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure.

Overnight stay in St Paul at Dolmen Resort or Similar.

Please note: from April to June and in October, the excursion “Valletta+Malta experience” will take place in the afternoon.

Breakfast
St Paul → Valletta & Malta Experience→ St Paul
Valletta

Day 11 St Paul Mdina St Paul

After breakfast, today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city.

The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After having lunch, we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali.

At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. Return to your hotel and the rest of the day is on your own.

Overnight stay in St Paul at Dolmen Resort or Similar.

Breakfast, Lunch
St Paul → Mdina → St Paul
Mdina

Day 12 St Paul Valletta

The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Entrance tickets Supplement

The Entrance tickets to sites and museums include:

  • The Neapolis in Siracusa and the Dome;
  • Valley of Temples in Agrigento;
  • Santa Caterina Church in Palermo;
  • The Dome in Monreale;
  • St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Malta.

In case of price increases for the entrance fees, we will update you at the time of the booking.

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Transfer from Catania Airport to Catania

One way transfer from Catania Airport to Catania Hotel.

*There will be a surcharge for arrivals between 22:00 and 07:00. In addition, a supplementary fee will be applied to all transfer services on the designated bank holidays: January 1st and 6th, Easter Sunday and Monday, April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd, August 15th, November 1st, December 8th, 25th, and 26th.

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.
  • A minivan with driver/guide, normally not equipped with wifi, will be provided if the number of participants is equal to or less than 6. In this case, the tour could be operated in two languages.
  • For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In this case, our supplier ensures similar visits and excursions in accordance with the spirit of the tour program.
  • ​It is important to know that the Catania Malta flight (on day 8), operated by the Air Malta Company, is scheduled for the morning at 7:00am. The arrival at the Hotel in Malta is expected at around 9:30 am; Conventionally, check-in is scheduled from 13.00pm. Only based on the availability of ready rooms, the hotel may assign the room before this time but it is not an obligation.

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package (Entrance tickets to sites and museums)

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Welcome to Entire Travel Group. We offer exceptional travel experiences across our extensive range of Entire Holiday Packages, Entire Group Journeys, Entire Rail Journeys, and Entire Cruise Journeys. With our industry-leading Peace of Mind Booking Plan, you can Book Now with flexibility and confidence.

Entire Travel Group is celebrating over 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family-owned, award-winning business with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday experience.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is both ATAS and CATO Accredited. ATAS is actively administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is the trade association representing the land supply sector of the Australian Travel Industry.

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was honoured at the 2023 National Travel Industry Awards with Most Oustanding Wholesaler - Product / Service.

As our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, it was exciting to have this acknowledged with the highest recognition. The award is also a testament to the quality of our partners around the globe, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their tremendous support of our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of Entire Travel Group's attributes, we have settled on "When Experience Matters" as the quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. We have the experience to ensure your itinerary makes the dream holiday possible. Our continually enhanced technology allows our team to provide a quality customer service experience, and our partnerships with outstanding operators ensure we are confident of the on-ground experience for our customers.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.

What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?

  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.

How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?

  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.

How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group

When experience matters
INDUSTRY ACCREDITED
AWARD WINNING
TRAVEL SUPPORT
50 YEARS EXPERIENCE
HANDPICKED SUPPLIERS
UNRIVALLED EXPERIENCES