Island Adventures on Gozo and Sicily
- Transfers: return airport transfers and required activity transfers are included
- Accommodation: 7 nights at St Patrick's Hotel in a double valley view room, 7 nights at Hotel Arathena Rocks in a double room
- Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: scuba diving, sea kayaking, Eco day, cycling, Etna trekking, snorkelling (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
Leave mainland Europe behind and prepare yourselves for exciting island activities on this two-week Mediterranean getaway. You and the family will spend seven nights on Gozo in the Maltese Archipelago, followed by seven more on the Italian island of Sicily.
As far as destinations go, Gozo is a little-known highlight of this part of the world. It has an incredible natural environment, with excellent scuba diving sites and grand coastal cliffs, as well as beautiful countryside – all this makes it perfect for outdoor activities. You can look forward to learning scuba diving from a PADI-certified trainer and trying out your skills in the sea. Back on the surface, you can enjoy views of the coast as you kayak together over the Mediterranean.
We have provided some free days, letting you and the kids explore the island at your own pace. The stunning cliffs of Gozo are definitely worth visiting, and we recommend adding a climbing class to your itinerary, which is a thrilling way to experience them – please see the 'Personalise' section for more information.
Gozo is also an island with a rich cultural history, meaning that it has many fascinating traditions. This family holiday features a unique 'Eco Day', which takes you right to the heart of Gozitan life, showing you things like local trades and letting you sample some truly delicious homegrown food.
You will then take a short flight over to Sicily, where Italian culture meets a scenic island environment that has its own selection of activity hotspots. The whole family will love cycling through the Sicilian countryside, travelling past a pretty village and fields of fruit. No family holiday on Sicily would be complete without a visit to the iconic Mount Etna – spend time trekking up its slopes like real explorers.
On Gozo, you will stay at the St Patrick's Hotel in pleasant Xlendi Bay. The hotel has a rooftop splash pool and jacuzzi and is close to a variety of restaurants and shops. The Arathena Rocks will be your hotel on Sicily, which has a splendid outdoor pool and terrace restaurant.
Credits: Sicily Adventure and Pete Bullen
Day 1 Arrival and Welcome
Once your flight reaches Malta International Airport, you will be greeted and privately transferred to St Patrick’s Hotel. This will take around two hours, including 25 minutes on a ferry – all in all, a relaxing way for you and the kids to get familiar with the Maltese Archipelago.
You will have an evening introduction session with a local guide, discussing the itinerary for your time on Gozo. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about your stay!Included Meals: None
Day 2 Discover Scuba Diving
Following breakfast, you can walk over to the diving club, which is just 100 metres from the hotel. Here, you will be taken through the basics of scuba diving, heading into a swimming pool to learn about the equipment and how to swim and breathe below the surface. This will be led and supervised by a fully trained professional from PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
You will then stroll over to a nearby diving site where you can test out your newly acquired skills in the waters of the Mediterranean with a guide to supervise you. Before reaching here, you can stop off at a café or restaurant to fuel up with some lunch. During the dive, you may have the chance to feed a shoal of bream! Children under the age of 10 will be snorkelling here – an easy way to enjoy the water and see the incredible world below.
This activity will finish in the mid-afternoon, leaving you time to unwind and freshen up before trying one of the local restaurants for dinner.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Free Day
Today has been left free, allowing you and the kids to make the most of Gozo your way. After a lazy breakfast, you might like to relax on the scenic hotel terrace. A fun time can be had in the splash pool on the roof, and you can also head over to the beach to play by the sea. Should you wish to head into town, there is a local hop-on, hop-off bus service which can take you around.
Why not book an exciting optional activity? The cliffs of Gozo offer a range of incredible climbing spots which you can explore under the guidance of an instructor. Reaching the top, you can take in marvellous views before abseiling down like a real adventurer! Please see the 'Personalise' section and speak to our Travel Experts for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Sea Kayaking
With breakfast done, a morning of sea kayaking will get underway! You will be transferred to the starting area, where an instructor will give you a full safety briefing and demonstrate how to use the kayaks and paddles.
Everyone will then move onto the water in two-person sit-on-top kayaks, following a guide on a journey along the seashore, getting wonderful views of the coastal cliffs. There will also be stops for a bit of snorkelling and looking around, and you will have a picnic lunch.
Children aged ten years and under must be sat between two adults when taking part in this activity. It will finish in the mid-afternoon, after which you will be driven back to the hotel.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Free Day
On this second free day, you can return to the hotel splash pool, spend time on the beach close by, sign up for a session of climbing, or spend the day exploring town – the choice is yours! Once again, you can also take a bus into town to get familiar with island life.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Eco Day
Finishing breakfast, you and the children will be in for a rather unique treat. The Gozo Eco Day is all about discovering the friendly people and rich traditions that make this island so special. Without ruining the surprises in store, we will simply say that you will be immersed in the sights and sounds of everyday Gozitan life, learning about local artisan trades and pastimes and seeing some splendid locations. What’s more, you’ll also get to try some exceptional island food at lunchtime!Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Free Day
After breakfast, you can enjoy a final free day on the island of Gozo. If you haven’t had a chance to go climbing, we definitely recommend booking for today, as it makes for a thrilling end to your time on the island. Of course, you might like to unwind in the hotel pool or see more of town before the delights of Sicily!Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 From Gozo to Sicily
Tuck into a final breakfast on Gozo before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Sicily. The journey will take around two-and-a-half hours (including 25 minutes on a ferry) and will give you some lovely vistas of the Mediterranean.
Having reached Sicily via a 50-minute flight, you will be driven from the airport to Hotel Arathena Rocks, which is a villa-like building sat by the sea in the Giardini Naxos commune. In the past, this used to be a colony of the Ancient Greeks.
After checking in, you will have a wonderful welcome dinner in one of the local restaurants, as well as a second introduction session to get you up to speed with the Sicily part of the itinerary.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Cycling
Following breakfast, you will zoom through the open spaces of Sicily on a cycling excursion. This is the perfect way to get acquainted with the scenic landscape and appreciate the island’s countryside history.
You will cover a total distance of around 18 kilometres (11.2 miles), beginning at 700 metres on the slopes of Mount Etna and then making your way through the Alcantara Valley and a small village where Sicilians go about their everyday lives in the Mediterranean sunshine. You will also ride through brightly-coloured fruit fields before stopping for a picnic lunch.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a swim in one of the natural pool in the Alcantara Valley before meeting your driver who will take you back to your hotel.
The route is largely downhill with only a small portion of uphill. You'll cycle on paved roads and also off-road. However, the whole route can be adjusted as per the group’s requirements and experience and may change due to weather conditions.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Free Day
After breakfast, you will have a free day on Sicily – why not start by trying out the Arathena Rocks’ open-air pool or taking a stroll along the shore?
It will be possible to go on a sightseeing excursion to learn more about Sicilian history and nature – this can be booked locally. Your guides will be happy to recommend something for you.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Snorkelling and Lunch on Board
Finishing breakfast, you will have a two-hour snorkelling session in Isola Bella, an enchanting marine park based in a tranquil bay. You will journey there on a small boat that can take a maximum of 22 passengers. Snorkelling in the Mediterranean with the equipment provided, you will see several different species of fish. Lunch will be had on board (please note there will be other guests on board today). In total, you’ll be out for around four hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Free Day
After breakfast, you will have another free day on Sicily to relax and bask in the glorious sunshine. Or, why not explore the area at your own pace? You can head out to explore Giardini Naxos and look around the town. You can also travel further to Taormina, located on the side of a mountain. The ancient theatre here is well worth a visit!Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 Etna Trekking
Today’s adventure will begin at around 3 pm this afternoon (depending on the weather conditions).
Your trek up Mount Etna will start at an altitude of around 1,600 metres, lasting three hours and reaching a top altitude of about 1,800 metres before you journey back down. This will take you on pleasant forest paths and you'll also be passing through a volcanic cave before starting your hike. Reaching the amazing Sartorius Mounts – craters formed in a lava flow of 1865 – you will have the choice to head all the way up to the summit (subject to availability), which can be done for an additional cost (payable locally).
Afterwards, you will stop for a meal (not included) before being transferred to the hotel.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Free Day and Farewell Dinner
After your final day in Sicily, spent at your own pace in the beautiful warm weather, it will be time for a delicious farewell dinner cooked by your hosts.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15 Departure
After breakfast, you will be taken to Catania Airport to begin your journey home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
St Patrick's Hotel
Based by scenic Xlendi Bay and just three kilometres from Gozo's capital of Victoria, the St Patrick's Hotel is surrounded by grand rocky walls with the blue waters of the Mediterranean just a stone's throw away. With comfy rooms and a restaurant stretching out to the shore, the hotel also boasts a lovely rooftop splash pool and sunbathing area. A selection of restaurants, souvenir shops, and diving schools can be found close by, making it very well located.
- Unwind in the rooftop splash pool and jacuzzi as you take in views of the surrounding cliffs.
- You and the kids can build up Vitamin D relaxing in the sunbathing area on the roof.
- Look out over the water as you dine in the welcoming restaurant.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the 24-hour reception, so you can keep friends updated with your family snaps.
Double Valley View Room: ideal for families of three and offering a view of the square before the hotel and the valley in the distance, each Valley View room comes with a double bed with a fold-out bed for one child. An en-suite bathroom, a hairdryer, air conditioning and ceiling fans, a cable LCD television, a direct-dial telephone, and a minibar are also provided.
Family Valley View Room: why not upgrade to a family room? Offering a bit of extra space than a double valley view room, and the advantage of the view of the beautiful valley in the distance, this room will make for a delightful option during your stay. These rooms can accommodate up to 4 people and have their own ensuite bathroom. They also come with a hairdryer, air conditioning and ceiling fans, a cable LCD television, a direct-dial telephone, and a minibar. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.
Photography by St Patrick's Hotel
Hotel Arathena Rocks
Facing the sea, Hotel Arathena Rocks is grand and welcoming with an impressive villa feel. Set just one kilometre away from the town of Giardini Naxos, it is filled with an artistic selection of sculptures, tiling, and handicrafts. Even though the room facilities are simple, the rooms offer everything you need and have scenic views. You can also upgrade for an additional cost to have a room with a sea-view balcony.
- Savour a spread of local and international delicacies at the hotel restaurant, sat on a pretty terrace.
- The American bar offers a selection of refreshing drinks to help you keep cool.
- Swim in the outdoor seawater swimming pool while absorbing the sunshine.
- Go swimming and snorkelling in the Ionian Sea straight from your hotel
Please note: beach/pool towels are available from Hotel Arathena Rocks for 1EUR per towel. Each time you replace the towel there is an additional 1EUR charge.
These come with a double bed. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, and hairdryer. The double rooms also have air-conditioning, a telephone and satellite television, a mini-bar, and a safe.
The triple rooms contain a double and a single bed. The bathroom comes with a shower, hairdryer, and toilet. These air-conditioned rooms also have a satellite television, a telephone, a mini-bar, and a safe.
These rooms have one double and two single beds. Each room has a bathroom with a toilet, shower, and hairdryer. The quadruple rooms are air-conditioned and come with a telephone, satellite television, a mini-bar, and a safe.
Personalise this tour
Gozo's rocky coast is full of amazing climbing spots, which offer splendid Mediterranean views. On this half-day excursion, you will be taken to a specially selected location to try this fantastic sport for yourselves. Having been taken through the basics and received a full safety briefing, you will make your way up under the watchful eye of an instructor. At the top, you can make the most of the panoramas before abseiling back down!Read more
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Minimum number: 3 people
Minimum age: 8 years oldFrom £46 per adult
During this activity, you will find yourself paddling over the azure waters and along the beautiful coastline in an area of the sea which is close to the hotel. Along the way, you will have a short stop for a swim in the picturesque bay of Naxos. We recommend wearing clothes which you don't mind getting splashed and to pack sun cream and a hat!Read more about this activity
You will be in plastic sea kayaks, which can take two people each, or one child sharing with two adults. As these don’t have rudders, you will control them with skilful paddle strokes – a guide will take you through all the basics and give you a safety briefing, so you will be fully prepared. This area has a very relaxed current with just a few boats, so you won’t have to worry about water traffic. You will paddle for around two and a half hours in total.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours in total
Minimum number: 4 people
©Sicily AdventureFrom: £45 per adult
From: £35 per child
Dates & Prices
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Please note: Those aged 18 years and over must pay an Eco Tax of €0.50 per person per night (not exceeding the threshold of €5.00 per person). This must be paid locally.
Price based on 2 adults (12+) sharing a room with a child in an extra bed.
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you do proceed, then a further deposit of £350 per person will be payable. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation. Please note: pre-sales prices do not include flights.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 and maximum 16 persons (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
It is vitally important that you advise us prior to departure of any medical or dietary condition relating to any member of your party so that we may notify our local staff before you arrive. We recommend only drinking bottled water from bottles with unbroken seals and be vigilant about the use of ice in drinks and ice cream.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are correctly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc.) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
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