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

16 days from £1649pp.

Stromboli Volcano

Visit: Stromboli Volcano, Italy


Visit: Pompeii, Italy

Mount Etna

Visit: Mount Etna, Italy


Visit: Rome, Italy

Grossglockner Glacier

Visit: Grossglockner Glacier, Austria

Join us on this Grand Explorer holiday for a journey of discovery, as we capture some of Europe’s most spectacular natural and ancient wonders. From vast volcanoes to the Rome Colosseum, our tour begins with the mighty Mountains of Italy, as we take in the vast Vesuvius, the haunting ruins of Pompeii and the mighty Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Guests also have the opportunity to join a boat trip to Stromboli, to see the spectacular volcano, which has been continually erupting for over 2000 years. In contrast, we then visit Austria’s highest mountain, the icy Grossglockner glacier, which offers breath taking views of the surrounding alpine scenery. On this grand coach tour we also spend time in the popular resort of Sorrento, visit the ancient wonders of Rome and give guests the opportunity to visit the Isle of Capri and the Sicilian town of Syracuse. 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
    Mount Vesuvius

    Mount Vesuvius

    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

    To Sicily for a five-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Mount Etna

    Mount Etna

    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

    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 a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Krimml Falls

    Krimml Falls

    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

    To Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 15 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 13 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • ‘Fire’ – Pompeii & Vesuvius - Volcano-hit preserved Roman town and active volcano
    • Sorrento - Picturesque resort
    • ‘Fire’ – Mount Etna - Europe’s highest active volcano
    • Taormina - Mythical atmosphere
    • Rome - The eternal city
    • ‘Ice’ – Grossglockner Glacier and Krimml Falls - Austria’s longest glacier and spectacular waterfall

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • ‘Fire’ – Stromboli - Evening volcano views
    • Syracuse - Beautiful Sicilian town
    • Rome Guided Sightseeing
    • Isle of Capri - Magical views across the Bay of Naples


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

    Single Room Supplement from £279.00 (16 days).

    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



    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.


    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
    It could be either - This will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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