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Sicily and Malta Combination – Tour IT757

Malta-neolitic-temples

11 nights / 12 days

A blend of escorted and independent touring in English.

2019 Guaranteed Departures on Saturdays:
Apr 13, 20, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, Jul 6, 13, 20, Aug 24, 31, Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19

Visit: Catania, Siracusa, Ragusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Salt Route (Trapani Area), Palermo, Cefalu, Nebrodi Park, Taormina, Mt Etna (optional), Malta, Marsaxlokk Market, Blue Grotto, Valletta, Mdina

A unique tour, which includes the best of Sicily and a chance to discover the rich heritage of Malta. This tour gives you 7 days in Sicily and 4 days in Malta. Extra nights can be arranged on request. Flights between Sicily and Malta are included. A wonderful chance to capture the history, culture and cuisine of these two fascinating islands.

Day 1 Saturday – CATANIA
Arrive in Catania, make your own way to the hotel IL PRINCIPE. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2 Sunday – CATANIA – SIRACUSA – RAGUSA
Drive to Syracuse to visit the fascinating archaeological area. Continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Next, we travel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of traditional delicacies of the island. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio Del Sole. (BD)

Day 3 Monday – RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE – PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO
Drive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight. (BLD)

Day 4 Tuesday – AGRIGENTO – PALERMO – MONREALE
Travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale including the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we visit Palermo and the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa. (BD)

Day 5 Wednesday – PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) – PALERMO
Today we depart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Greek Theatre. We then continue to the medieval village of Erice, located on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. We then return to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel. (BD)

Day 6 Thursday – PALERMO – CEFALU’ – NEBRODI PARK – TAORMINA
Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built into the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi National Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near the historic center of Taormina. (BLD)

Day 7 Friday – TAORMINA – MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) – TAORMINA
Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 meters and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman – Greek theatre on your own. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight. (BD)

Day 8 Saturday – TAORMINA – CATANIA – MALTA
Breakfast in Hotel. At the appointed time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, the capital of Malta, a delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to Hotel Dolmen Resort located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Dinner and overnight. (BD)

Day 9 Sunday – MALTA “MARSAXLOKK MARKET & THE BLUE GROTTO” Extended Half Day Excursion
The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colorful luzzus and unique character makes this a perfect setting for the local market. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s beautiful villages, with its the main square, the hub of the village and its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD)

Day 10 Monday – MALTA “VALLETTA + MALTA EXPERIENCE” Half Day ExcursionSicily Greek Theatre Taormina
Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta – Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD)

 Day 11 Tuesday – MALTA “MDINA” Full Day Excursion
Today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts center at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. (BLD)

Day 12 Wednesday – MALTA
The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta. (B)

Includes:

  • 11 night’s accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 11 Dinners (D)
  • 3 Lunches (L)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • Sicilian traditional products tasting (wine, chocolate, biscuits) in Ragusa
  • Transportation Deluxe motor-coach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 people
  • English speaking tour escort
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Whispers Kit
  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily
  • Transfer Taormina Hotel/Catania Airport
  • Flight Catania/Valletta in Economy class. Ticket includes 1 piece of luggage max 20 kgs per person and a hand luggage max 10 kgs
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11) English language guaranteed
  • Transfer Airport Malta/Hotel Malta/Airport or Port Malta
  • All entrance fees in Sicily including Siracusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale, Segesta.

Excludes:

  • Transfers into Catania (can be requested please inquire)
  • City Tax: some City Councils may charge a tourist tax that has to be paid directly at the Hotel
  • Beverages
  • Extra luggage (to be paid at the airport by the passenger)
  • Entrance fees in Malta
  • Tips

Hotels (or similar):

  • Catania:  Il Principe Hotel 4*
  • Ragusa:  Poggio Del Sole Resort 4*
  • Agrigento: Dioscuri Bay Palace 4*
  • Palermo: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4*
  • Taormina: Villa Diodoro 4*
  • Malta: Dolmen Resort 4*

Price Per Person in Euro:

US$ rate varies depending on exchange rate

Additional Services:

  • Airport transfers can be arranged in Catania on request
  • Additional nights in Catania and Malta can be added if required please inquire.