Sicily Tour from Catania 2017
7 nights-8 days # 25
5 % Early bird discount for 2017 bookings made before 15 Jan 2017
With charming hotels located in historical centers and carefully selected typical Sicilian meals. Tour is conducted in English only with optional excursions
Departures in 2017: Apr 15, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 24, July 8, 22, Aug 26, Sep 2, 9,16,23,30,
Oct 7,14, 2017
Day 1. Saturday. Catania
Arrive on your own in Catania to your hotel, Il Principe in Catania. Meet your guide for welcome cocktail and briefing. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Private car transfer form the airport can be arranged upon request as per price below the itinerary. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight at your Hotel.
Day 2. Sunday: Catania Syracuse Ragusa
Enjoy your breakfast buffet style then depart to Syracuse to visit the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. After visiting the ancient sites we will go to the city center, a forme island called Ortigia, where we will have a chance to visit the interesting Cathedral and The Arethuse fountain. Time for lunch to stroll around the historic city and lunch on your own. Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical center, Ibla, with its Baroque palaces and churches. We will taste some typical products of the island in a nice bar in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio del Sole.
Day 3. Monday: Ragusa Caltagirone Piazza Armenia Agrigento
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone famous centre of the Sicilian ceramics production. Continue to Piazza Armerina and visit the well known Villa Romana del Casale renowned for its well preserved mosaics dating back to Roman times. The owners of the villa is still unknown. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give you the opportunity to taste the local specialties. Depart to Agrigento and visit the Valley of the Temples, the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world: the Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor and Pollux temples. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight.
Day 4. Tuesday: Agrigento Palermo Monreale
Breakfast, then departure to Palermo. Check in for accommodation at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa . Time at leisure and lunch on your own. In the afternoon visit of Monreale: the Cathedral , one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its fantastic golden mosaics depicting the Old and new Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Continue to visit the historical centre of Palermo, one of the largest of Europe (including the Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace). Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Palermo.
Day 5. Wednesday: Palermo Segesta Erice Trapani Palermo
Today we depart for Segesta to visit the Temple dating back to 430 B.C. and the Theater surrounded by a suggestive landscape. Continue to the medieval hill top village of Erice with excellent view over the salt field of Trapani and the islands of Egadi, an authentic Sicilian panorama. Let’s take a walk through its tiny and characteristic streets. Lunch on your own. We’ll descend by our bus for a panoramic view to Trapani, located below Erice on sea level. Trapani is famous for its salt windmills that have been in use through historic time and are still working. Return to Palermo. Dinner and Overnight in your Hotel.
Day 6. Thursday: Palermo Cefalu Parco Dei Nebrodi Taormina
Today after breakfast we depart to charming Cefalù and visit the pretty Arab-Norman Cathedral and the exotic looking medieval wash house. Enjoy a walk down the streets of this small village full of shops and antiques. Continue to the Park of Nebrodi and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit the Etna park from an unusual point of view, the North part of it, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, in the center of Taormina.
Day 7. Friday: Taormina Optional Excursion to Mt Etna – Taormina
This morning is free to spend it at your leisure. For those who will be interested, there is possibility of an optional excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, across fascinating landscape we will reach a height of 1800 meters,where we will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon visit Taormina, the small medieval village called “the pearl of the Ionic Sea”. Enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman – Greek theater on your own. In the late afternoon return to the Hotel. In the evening be ready for a farewell dinner at your Hotel.
The Mt Etna excursion can be pre-booked up to two weeks prior to departure or on the spot up to 4 days prior the excursion and subject to availability (needs minimum 10 people to operate) Cost Euro 45 payable locally.
Day 8. Saturday: Taormina
After a buffet breakfast, end of services. Optional transfer to Catania airport can be requested or stay longer in charming Taormina.
Prices per person in Euros 2017
Euro 1080 per person based on double, Single supplement: Euro 250, 3rd passenger in triple room: Euro 1045
* 7 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star charming hotels in historical centers
* Transportation in deluxe motorcoach or minivan
* Visits to monuments to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ragusa, Syracusa, Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Caltagirona, Mt Etna
* 7 dinners, 2 lunches and 7 breakfast, Welcome cocktail
* Special menus in local restaurants of Sicilian specialties
* Services of English speaking escort and local guides, tour conducted in English only
* Porterage at the hotel
* Typcial product tasting in Ragusa
* Optional tour to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.
* Entrance fees (payable locally aprox. 65 Euros)
* Transfers from airport to hotel and back
Hotels used on the tour:
IL Principe in 2016
HOTEL POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT (4 stars) or similar
HOTEL DIOSCURI BAY PALACE (4 stars) or similar
GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA or similar
VILLA DIODORO (4stars) or similar.
Extra nights if needed in 2016:
Il Principe in Catania: euro 63 per person per night with breakfast in dbl/twin room, euro 99 in Single room, euro 46 for the third person in the room.
Private Transfer in Catania from Airport to Hotel in Catania or v.v.
Euro 41 per car (maximum 2 people) or euro 65 per minibus up to 8 people
Private transfer form Taormina hotel to Catania Airport or v.v.
Euro 100 per car (max 2 pax) or euro 153 for minivan max 8 people
Extra nights in Taormina at Villa Diodoro:
Euro 101 per person based on double occupancy
Euro 139 per person based on single occupancy
Euro 92 per person in triple room