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Sicily Short Vacation from Catania to Palermo – Tour IT726

4 nights / 5-days – Fully escorted tour

2019 Departures on Saturdays:Sicilian-restaurants
Apr 14, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 23, Jul 7, 21, Aug 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13

Visit: Catania, Siracusa, Ragusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale, Palermo

Day 1 Saturday – CATANIA
Independent arrival at the Hotel Il Principe in Catania. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.

Day 2 Sunday – CATANIA – SIRACUSA – RAGUSA
After a buffet breakfast we depart to Syracuse.  Here we will visit the archaeological area of “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and Ear of Dionysius. We then continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque city center of Siracusa.  We will visit the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch on your own. We then depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical center “Ibla”, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches.  Along with the other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a tasting of traditional products of the island on the way. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio Del Sole.

Day 3 Monday – RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE- PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTOAgrigento-temple
After breakfast we depart to Caltagirone, a small town in the inland of Sicily, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is also famous production of terra cotta wares and pottery. Majolica an Italian tin-glazed pottery that dates to the Renaissance. We will have a panoramic visit and you will have the opportunity to do some shopping. Continue to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialities. Depart to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition. Accommodation and dinner at hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight.

Day 4 Tuesday – AGRIGENTO – PALERMO – MONREALE
After breakfast we depart to Palermo. This special day will be dedicated to discovering the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Arrival in Monreale and visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Lunch on your own. Proceed to Palermo to visit the historical center, one of the largest of Europe, including the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.

Day 5 Wednesday – PALERMO
After breakfast, end of tour.    

Includes:

  • Accommodation in centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 4 breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) included at all meals
  • Entrance fees at all sights detailed in itinerary in Siracusa, Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale.
  • Tasting of local traditional products as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Transportation by Bus GT max comfort or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 people
  • English speaking tour escort  
  • Guided visits according to the program
  • Porterage at hotels

Excludes:

  • Airport transfers at the start and the end of the tour. Transfers can be arranged with us on request.   
  • City Tax: Charged per person per night and is collected directly by the hotels
  • Drinks not indicated as included above. (Coffee and wine at meals in the hotels)

Hotels:

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

Price Per Person in Euro:

US$ price will vary with the exchange rate. Includes entrance fees.

Additional Services:

  • Airport transfers are available on request
  • Additional night’s accommodation in Catania or Palermo are available on request.