BREATHTAKING SICILY 8 DAYS
Day 1: PALERMO - Meet the rest of the participants at your hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: PALERMO – MONREALE – PALERMO: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, departure to Monreale and enjoy a visit to the Cathedral, famous for its mosaics as well as the Benedictine cloister and the Palatine Chapel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure: you may opt for an excursion to Erice, a small medieval village in the province of Trapani. Dinner. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: PALERMO – SEGESTA – TRAPANI – AGRIGENTO: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Departure to Segesta to visit the Doric temple surrounded by a splendid landscape. Then the trip continues with a panoramic view of Trapani Saltworks on the way to Selinunte where you will enjoy a special lunch at a local farmhouse including an olive oil tasting. After lunch, departure to Agrigento. Visit of the Valley of the Temples where you get to admire the best-preserved temples in the whole Magna Grecia. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – RAGUSA – CATANIA: Buffet breakfast at your hotel and departure to Piazza Armerina, visit the “Villa Romana del Casale” with its splendid Roman mosaics. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afternoon departure to Catania. We will then head to Catania where we will stop in a bar in the city centre to taste typical pastries of the region and then to head off for a panoramic walking tour of the city. This city, the most important of the eastern coast, is particularly interesting for its buildings made of volcanic stone from Etna. Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: CATANIA – ETNA WITH LUNCH AT A LOCAL FARMHOUSE – TAORMINA – CATANIA: Buffet breakfast at the hotel and, weather permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3345 m). The bus will bring you up to the “Rifugio Sapienza” at 1800 m. Visit of the extinguished Craters of Mount Silvestri. Wonderful variety of fauna and flora and moony landscapes can be seen on the way. Proceed to a farmhouse where you will taste the most special Sicilian dishes. The tour continues to Taormina: the elegant and romantic town overlooking the Mediterranean. Free time at your own pace with a visit to the famous Greek Theatre with a splendid view of Mount Etna and the Ionian sea or head out for a spot of shopping and stroll through the picturesque lanes of the city centre. Back to Catania. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: CATANIA – SIRACUSA WITH LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT – NOTO – CATANIA: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Departure to Syracuse and enjoy a guided tour of this venerable city highlights of the Archaeological Area, The Greek Theatre, Latomia del Paradiso and the Cave of Dyonisius’ Ear. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon the tour heads to Noto to admire the Cathedral. Return to Catania. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: CATANIA – MESSINA – CEFALÙ WITH LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT – PALERMO: Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Messina for a panoramic visit of the city including some beautiful views on the Straits which separates Sicily from the mainland. The journey continues to Cefalù. Lunch at a local restaurant. Cefalù is a splendid village and seaside resort. Visit the huge Norman Cathedral, founded in 1131 by Roger II. Time at leisure to stroll through the narrow lanes of the historical centre full of shops and restaurants. Continue to Palermo. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: PALERMO: Breakfast at hotel. End of our services.
HOTELS OR SIMILAR
Palermo: Palazzo Sitano 4*
Agrigento: Hotel della Valle 4*
Catania: Hotel Mercure Catania Excelsior 4*
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach; Multilingual escorted tour with a minimum of 9 pax; from 1 to 8 pax English speaking driver only; Accommodation in 3/4 star hotel; Panoramic visits as per itinerary.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Tips; Drinks and meals; Transfers; Entrance fees 69€ (not commissionable) include Palatine Chapel in Palermo, Cloister in Monreale, Temple in Segesta, Valley of Temples in Agrigento, Roma Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Archeological area in Siracusa. Headset € 12,00; Extras; Everything not mentioned in the paragraph “Price includes”.