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Sicily School Trip on a Shoestring


4 days from £555pp

based on 47 students travelling with 5 teachers (free places)

Sicily has it all; beautiful beaches, vibrant towns and cities, great food, ancient history and stunning volcanic landscapes. The good news is that a school trip to Sicily is more affordable that you might think, especially if you are on a budget.

Your school trip could begin with a journey to the snowy summit of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano and later the same day you may find yourselves soaking up the sunshine in the Greek ruins of Taormina.

If you are wondering what there is to see and do for a short trip to Sicily, we’d suggest talking to our travel specialists to help you plan a trip that includes all the activities, excursions and sights important to your group.

What's included

  • Return flights
  • Hold luggage
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • All meals
  • Professional guide on days 1 to 3
  • Activities as per itinerary e.g. Visit to Mount Etna by 4x4 and cable car, Southern Flank Hike, Alcantara Cliff gorge Walk, Taormina visit, Pizza Making Dinner, Day trip to Vulcano
  • Cost of Covid testing that may be required to fulfil the trip
  • Our Covid Assurance
Sicily was a fantastic destination for our Geography trip. We had an excellent time and thoroughly recommend this trip again.
Ms Hughes, George Heriots School
Day 1

Catania and the Cyclops Riviera

You’ll land in Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, famous for its unique cuisine and proximity to Mount Etna.

Your group will hop aboard your coach and arrive at the sparkling blue waters of the Ionian Sea on the stretch of coastline known as the Cyclops Riviera.

This 12km stretch of coast is names after a legend of Greek mythology but also serves as an ideal case study for geography or science students interested in how the power of the sea has shaped the island.


Day 2

Mount Etna Summit, Lava Caves and Museum

This highlight of any Sicily tour is to reach the summit of Mount Etna. Your students may need to wrap up warm for the ascent of the 3000m volcano (that is two and a half times the height of Mount Vesuvius!)

You’ll travel part way by cable car before boarding 4×4 vehicles to reach the peak of the mountain. As you walk around the crater rim you will be led by an experienced alpine guide, who will answer any of your questions.

After taking in the views you will see a totally different side of the volcano by delving into the spectacular lava caves formed by Etna’s eruptions, followed by a visit to the interactive Museo dell’Etna where you will learn more about how the volcano behaves.

Day 3

Alcantara Gorge and Taormina

Thousands of years ago, following an eruption of Mount Etna, a lava flow met the cool waters of the Alcantara River. This lava cooled quickly forming the giant basalt column walls of the Alcantara Gorge.

The Alcantara Gorge is great for geologists and non-geologist alike. The rushing blue waters are great for water sports but there are also calm waters where locals cool off in summer

Back in Catania, your school trip group will walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks in the ruins of Taormina. This old amphitheatre is also an excellent place to capture a unique view of Etna.

Day 4


Your time in Sicily is over and it is time to say Ciao until next time.

Trip Notes:

This tour price has been based on 47 Students + 5 Teachers (free places) taking place in March 2022. You can add an additional teacher for only £10pp extra. There are so many free things to see and do in Sicily but if you decide to include something extra we have a wide range of activities which are designed for school groups. For example you could swap your evening meal for a pizza making evening or get closer to Alcantara Gorge with a river tubing experience. Talk to our team about how your trip can be designed to fit your student’s needs.
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