Fire & Ice – The Wonders of Sicily, Italy & Austria

16 days from £1599pp.

Stromboli Volcano

Visit: Stromboli Volcano, Italy


Visit: Pompeii, Italy

Mount Etna

Visit: Mount Etna, Italy


Visit: Rome, Italy

Grossglockner Glacier

Visit: Grossglockner Glacier, Austria

This grand journey of discovery captures Europe’s most spectacular volcanoes, glaciers and ancient wonders. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    To the Parma area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Continue south, past Rome, to reach the Sorrento Peninsula for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included excursion to see the haunting ruins at Pompeii, which was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, then drive up to Mount Vesuvius itself, which commands spectacular views over Naples. You can walk the final kilometre to the summit to view the crater which is usually still smouldering. (There is a local charge of approx. €10 to visit the crater).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included excursion to Sorrento, one of the most popular resorts on the Neapolitan Riviera. From here you may wish to join our optional excursion to the Isle of Capri. Sail across the Bay of Naples to this lovely island where Gracie Fields once lived, and see the whitewashed houses, smart villas, colourful gardens and open-air cafés. Take in the views back to the mainland and, in particular, the imposing site of the cone of Mount Vesuvius

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Mount Vesuvius

    To Sicily for a five-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today’s included excursion takes us to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano at 3350 metres. Our coach takes us to within 1900 metres and, if the weather is good, you can visit the summit by local bus (optional). Later, enjoy free time in Taormina.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Mount Etna

    Free day to relax in resort.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Enjoy a fantastic, full-day optional excursion, starting with a boat trip from Milazzo to the island of Panarea. There will be free time for you to explore or perhaps go swimming at Zimmari beach. In the evening, the boat leaves for the island of Stromboli to view the mighty volcano at night – the best time to see the mountain’s fiery explosions. We watch from offshore, before returning by sea to Milazzo, with a light dinner of pasta, wine and water included on board.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Optional excursion with a guide to enjoy the delights of perhaps the most beautiful town in Sicily, Syracuse, once the most powerful of all Mediterranean cities and home of the famous Archimedes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Fiuggi near Rome for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Rome, where you can join our optional, guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot, seeing the Colosseum (admission extra), Trevi Fountain and many other famous sights. Continue to our overnight hotel in Tuscany.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To the Austrian Tyrol for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Having seen plenty of ‘Fire’, today we see the ‘Ice’. Our included excursion takes us along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse to the top of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner (Big Bell), where you can view Austria’s longest glacier from the viewing platform. A truly formidable sight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Krimml Falls

    To Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

    Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £279; travel insurance from £49.95.

    Please Note:

    This tour is not suitable for mobility scooters.  Wheelchairs are acceptable, though the terrain may cause some difficulties.  

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    You will stay in minimum 3-star hotels for one night in the Parma area of northern Italy; one night in Fiuggi, to the south of Rome; and one night in Tuscany.

    You will spend three nights on the Sorrento Peninsula in a 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Mary in Vico Equense, followed by five nights on the island of Sicily at a minimum 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Kennedy in Sant Alessio in Siculo.

    In the Austrian Tyrol you will spend two nights in a minimum 3-star hotel.

    Overnight stays in northern France and Belgium are in city-style hotels.


    Hotel Sonnschein


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    A warm welcome awaits you at the family run Hotel Sonnschein. Situated in its own gardens and parkland, the hotel is located on the edge of the quiet village of Niederau in the Wildschonau Valley. Gill Thaler provides a typically Tyrolean welcome – even though your hostess is actually originally from Birmingham! All bedrooms are beautifully furnished with en-suite facilities, television, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The spacious restaurant, bar and sun terrace provide the ideal meeting place to relax. Leisure facilities include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools (subject to season), table tennis, mini-golf (small charge), sauna, steam bath and whirlpool.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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