Sicilian Sunshine

Relax & Discover

8 Days from £1,449

May 2020 - Sep 2020 Departures

Soak up the unique culture and delectable cuisine of Italy's largest island at your own pace with our sensational Sicilian Sunshine Tour. You'll stay 400 metres from the beach in the idyllic village of Giardini Naxos and enjoy a week venturing around the island's vineyards, cruising along its golden coastline and sampling traditional Sicilian gastronomy. Why not sign up to our optional Godfather trail tour or Mount Etna Jeep adventure which let you experience even more of this sleepy Italian paradise? ​

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We’re confident our holidays offer the best prices around, so if you find an identical holiday cheaper, not only will we match it we’ll also give you an extra £100 towards another trip.

Your holiday at a glance

RELAX & DISCOVER
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MAX GROUP SIZE 35

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host 
  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways 
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel 
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Visit to Murgo Winery on Mount Etna with a typical Sicilian dinner
  • Specialist Local Guide 
  • Welcome drink 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage 
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Audio Guide


Included excursions

  • ​Visit Ortygia
  • Mini cruise around Syracuse with lunch
  • Walking tour of Catania
  • Street food tasting experience
  • Wine tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna 
  • Special farewell dinner around the hotel pool




Optional excursions

  • Godfather Trail tour
  • Mount Etna Jeep adventure
  • Farmhouse cooking course & lunch
  • Aeolian Island's cruise

Your itinerary

You'll fly into Catania and be transferred to your hotel in the peaceful resort of Giardini Naxos. It's located just 400 metres from the sea, with convenient free shuttles to Taormina during the day. ​

Start your discovery of beautiful Sicily with a visit to Ortygia, a small island in Syracuse's city centre that's packed with ancient landmarks. Explore its highlights – including Castello Maniace and the fresh water Fountain of Arethusa – and take a turn around the traditional market before a 50-minute cruise across the Gulf of Syracuse.

​We'll sail under the Saint Lucia and Umbertino bridges and up the Anapo and Ciane estuaries that are enchantingly named after a Greek water god and a nymph. Tuck into a wonderful light lunch of typical Sicilian fare on board as we glide around the coast.

Today you'll have the option of relishing the tranquillity of Giardini Naxos or signing up to our optional Godfather Trail tour. Particularly great for film buffs, it'll see you travelling to Savoca and Forza d'Agrò, two pretty medieval coastal hamlets used as shooting locations in Francis Ford Coppola's iconic films.

The tour will start in Savoca, a little village that's widely thought of as the prettiest in Italy. Perched atop a hill and enveloped by vineyards and citrus groves, it's a beautiful place where time seems to have stood still. Enjoy views over the Gulf of Taormina before ducking into Savoca's Capuchin Convent, filled with wonderful artwork and the catacombs of 18th century aristocracy.

​Next up is the almost-equally-pretty Forza d'Agrò. The peaceful village stood in as Corleone in the famous Godfather movie trilogy, and you'll understand why it was chosen when you witness its stone-paved streets, quaint churches and ruined Norman castle. 

Enjoy a lazy morning in Giardini Naxos or sign up to our optional Jeep excursion to legendary Mount Etna. We'll go off-road along a volcanic trail, passing ancient lava flows and fascinating vegetation, to Valle del Bove on the southeast edge of the mountain. Take a stroll along the crest and craters of the volcano with a Local Guide who will enlighten us about the geology of the valley. The tour concludes at a volcanic cave where you'll discover more about Etna's destructive eruptions.

​You'll have the afternoon completely to yourself before we all journey to the Murgo Winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. Thanks to the volcanic soil, the vineyard grows a unique variety of grapes with distinct and complex flavours. Sip on the region's earthy wines during a tasting session and traditional meal.  

We've left today free for more leisure time in serene Giardini Naxos. Soak up the sun on the resort's glorious golden beach or take the free hotel shuttle bus to Taormina where you can join in with our optional cookery class at the Agriturismo Terrenia. Learn how to make maccheroni (macaroni) pasta and whip up a traditional Sicilian dessert before tucking into both for lunch. ​

Enjoy another day to yourself or join our optional full day excursion to the Aeolian Islands of Lipari and Vulcano. We'll depart from Milazzo harbour at 9am and sail smoothly across to Lipari, an island famed for its white pumice mountains and huge Petra Lunga and Petra Menalda rocks.

Lipari Town, the island's capital, is awash with colourful buildings overlooking the crystal-clear ocean. Explore the town's major highlights, including the majestic ruins of Lipari's 16th century citadel and the Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano that's jam-packed with ancient artefacts and undersea treasures rescued from local shipwrecks.

​We'll then hop on the boat to nearby Vulcano, a small volcanic island that's known for its thermal waters, therapeutic sulphurous mud and dramatic black sand beaches. Take it easy with a mud bath or trek up to the mouth of the island's steaming volcano crater for panoramic views of the land and sea.  

Catania is one of Sicily's most visually stunning cities, thanks to beautiful Baroque architecture decorated with gargoyles, cherubs and floral motifs. We'll take you on a Local Guided tour of the city's main sites, beginning at the UNESCO World Heritage Palazzo Biscari built by Sicilian nobility during the 17th century.

​Next, venture through Catania's fish market and along Via Vittorio Emanuele that's lined with Baroque era palazzos and the striking Convitto Cutelli school with its circular courtyard. Admire even more wonderful structures along Via Crociferi – including Sant'Agata Cathedral and the grand Bellini Theatre – before indulging in an afternoon Sicilian street food tasting experience at a local bar. In the evening, the group will gather for a memorable farewell dinner by the hotel pool.

Today we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Godfather Trail

Godfather Trail

from £29

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This morning you will head out to Savoca which is one of the two locations known to tourists of where the Godfather was filmed but known to Italians as one of the loveliest villages in the country. Set on a rocky hilltop amidst vineyards and groves of citrus and olives you will stroll through the village to see views over Taormina and even visit some of the locations made famous by Coppola's masterpiece. When you walk down Forza D'Agro's narrow stone paved streets you will understand why Coppola chose this location due to the peaceful atmosphere, fascinating churches and the ruins of the Norman castle.

Aolian Islands Cruise

Aolian Islands Cruise

from £74

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On this full day excursion you will leave the hotel in the morning to head to Milazzo harbour where you will board your ship to set sail towards Lipari. Lipari is the largest island of the Aeolians and has a beautiful contrast of the blue of the sea and the white of the pumice mountains. Whilst on Lipari make sure to pay a visit to the castle or the archaeological site of Contrada Diana. The island also offers great shopping in the picturesque streets of the historical town. After Lipari you will then navigate to Vulcano which is famous for thermal waters and sulphurous muds along with beautiful black sand beaches. If fitness is your thing make sure to trek to the main crater where you'll get 360 panoramic views of all the other islands. After exploring this wonderful island you will set sail again back to Milazzo to be transferred back to your hotel.

Farmhouse cooking course and lunch

Farmhouse cooking course and lunch

from £64

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Italy - Farmhouse cooking course and lunch

Mount Etna Jeep Experience Day

Mount Etna Jeep Experience Day

from £69

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Italy - Mount Etna Jeep Experience Day

Accommodation

An outstanding hotel, nestled between the gentle slopes of the hills around Giardini Naxos. The careful arrangement of the surroundings, the comfort, elegance and charm of the rooms and suites and the style and functionality of the meeting spaces and recreational areas allow guests to experience Italian excellence in the world of hospitality. In addition, they have the benefit of staying in a modern structure, built in accordance with the latest guidelines on environmental sustainability, with easy access for the disabled and services to meet all customers’ needs. The hotel has got a swimming pool, spa, bars, restaurant, private beach, free Wi-Fi.

Diamond Resort Giardini Naxos

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

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8 days

Friday 15 May 2020

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£1,294

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8 days

Friday 05 June 2020

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£1,394

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8 days

Friday 19 June 2020

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£1,394

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8 days

Friday 03 July 2020

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£1,394

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8 days

Friday 04 September 2020

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£1,394

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8 days

Friday 11 September 2020

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£1,344

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London (Luton)

Friday 15 May 2020

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£1,598

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Easyjet

Friday 15 May 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Luton)

Arrives

12:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet - EZY

Friday 22 May 2020

Departs

12:45 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:10 London (Luton)

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Easyjet

Manchester

Friday 15 May 2020

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£1,548

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Easyjet

Friday 15 May 2020

Departs

08:00 Manchester

Arrives

12:20 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet - EZY

Friday 22 May 2020

Departs

13:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

15:45 Manchester

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Easyjet

London (Gatwick)

Friday 15 May 2020

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£1,449

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Easyjet (Groups)

Friday 15 May 2020

Departs

10:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Friday 22 May 2020

Departs

15:00 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

17:25 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Friday 05 June 2020

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£1,549

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Friday 05 June 2020

Departs

07:15 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 12 June 2020

Departs

12:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

14:50 London (Gatwick)

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London (Luton)

Friday 05 June 2020

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£1,698

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Easyjet

Friday 05 June 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Luton)

Arrives

12:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet - EZY

Friday 12 June 2020

Departs

12:45 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

15:05 London (Luton)

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Manchester

Friday 05 June 2020

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£1,698

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Friday 05 June 2020

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08:00 Manchester

Arrives

12:20 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 12 June 2020

Departs

13:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

15:45 Manchester

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London (Luton)

Friday 19 June 2020

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£1,698

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Friday 19 June 2020

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08:00 London (Luton)

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12:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Friday 26 June 2020

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12:45 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:05 London (Luton)

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Manchester

Friday 19 June 2020

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£1,648

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Friday 19 June 2020

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08:00 Manchester

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12:20 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 26 June 2020

Departs

13:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:45 Manchester

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London (Gatwick)

Friday 19 June 2020

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£1,549

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Friday 19 June 2020

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10:15 London (Gatwick)

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14:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 26 June 2020

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16:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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18:50 London (Gatwick)

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London (Luton)

Friday 03 July 2020

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£1,698

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Friday 03 July 2020

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08:00 London (Luton)

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12:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 10 July 2020

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12:45 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:05 London (Luton)

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Manchester

Friday 03 July 2020

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£1,648

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Friday 03 July 2020

Departs

08:00 Manchester

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12:20 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Friday 10 July 2020

Departs

13:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:45 Manchester

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London (Gatwick)

Friday 03 July 2020

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£1,549

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Friday 03 July 2020

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11:45 London (Gatwick)

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15:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 10 July 2020

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16:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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18:55 London (Gatwick)

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London (Luton)

Friday 04 September 2020

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£1,698

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Friday 04 September 2020

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08:00 London (Luton)

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12:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 11 September 2020

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12:45 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:05 London (Luton)

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Manchester

Friday 04 September 2020

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£1,648

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Friday 04 September 2020

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08:00 Manchester

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12:20 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 11 September 2020

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13:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:45 Manchester

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Friday 04 September 2020

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£1,549

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Friday 04 September 2020

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11:45 London (Gatwick)

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15:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 11 September 2020

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16:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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18:55 London (Gatwick)

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Friday 11 September 2020

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£1,648

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Friday 11 September 2020

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08:00 London (Luton)

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12:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 18 September 2020

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12:45 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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15:05 London (Luton)

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Manchester

Friday 11 September 2020

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£1,598

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Friday 11 September 2020

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08:00 Manchester

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12:20 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Friday 18 September 2020

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13:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

15:45 Manchester

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London (Gatwick)

Friday 11 September 2020

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£1,499

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Friday 11 September 2020

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11:45 London (Gatwick)

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15:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Friday 18 September 2020

Departs

16:30 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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18:55 London (Gatwick)

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