Best of Sicily and Malta - 2022

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Best of Sicily and Malta – Summer 2022

Become immersed in the diversity of stunning Sicily during this all-inclusive tour. Explore neighbouring Malta; with its rich cultural heritage.

Highlights:

Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe’s most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and independent travel.

  • Exclusively English in Sicily
  • Charming Hotels Located In The Historical Centres of the main sicilian towns
  • Visit of the Main Sicilian UNESCO SITES (The late Baroque towns of the “Val di Noto”: Ragusa and Modica, Siracusa, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Etna volcan*, the Arab-Norman Palermo itinerary and the Cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù)
  • Especially Selected Menus in local Restaurants
  • visit of an Artisan chocolate workshop
  • Flight from Catania to Valletta
  • Return airport transfers in Malta
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9–11)
  • Porterage at hotels (in Sicily only)

Please contact us for additional pricing for optional extras.

Departure Dates:

From Catania Every Saturday

From May till October 22nd  (Last Departure)

PRICES

Double room from                        $3599.00 AUD per person.

Single room from                          $4599.00 AUD per person

*$250.00 Per Person Peak Supplement applies for Departures from 18 Jun to 17 September

ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):

$125.00 per person includes:

  • SIRACUSA: Neapolis + Dome
  • PIAZZA ARMERINA: Villa Romana del Casale
  • AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples
  • SELINUNTE: “Eastern Hill” itinerary
  • PALERMO: Martorana Church
  • MONREALE: Dome

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Accommodation in 4* Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 11 Dinners (D), 5 Lunches (L), 11 Breakfast (B)
  • Visit of an artisan chocolate workshop in Modica
  • Sicily only – Wine ¼ & Coffee only at lunch in local restaurants (Sicily only)
  • Transportation de Luxe motor coach
  • English speaking tour escort in Sicily
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Transfer 1: Taormina Hotel/Catania Airport
  • Flight: Catania/Valletta in Economy class  (the ticket includes, in addition to the passenger, 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 2: Airport Malta/Htl Malta/Airport or Port Malta

HOTELS

  • CATANIA Il Principe Hotel****        Mercure Excelsior**** or similar
  • RAGUSA  Poggio del Sole Resort ****   Mediterraneo Palace **** or similar
  • AGRIGENTO Dioscuri Bay Palace****  or similar
  • PALERMO Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa****   Federico II  ****    or similar
  • TAORMINA Villa Diodoro****          Hotel Caparena ****  or similar
  • *MALTA Dolmen Resort****            Qwara, St Paul’s Bay           2402 – Malta

NOT INCLUDED ON TOUR

  • Transfers in (Arrival in Catania)
  • Entrance tickets to sites and museums (in Sicily)
  • City Tax: to be paid directly at the Hotel
  • Beverages: (with the exception of water during the meals included in the program in Sicily)
  • Optional excursion* Etna Volcano on Day 7°  (the optional excursions will take place with a minimum of participants, book and pay on the spot). Approx Euros 48
  • Extra luggage (to be paid at the airport by the passenger)
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”
  • *City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out.

Independent arrival at the hotel in Catania, accommodation, welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight.

Typical Sicilian products tasting

After a buffet breakfast, departure to Syracuse.

Visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Greek theatre, Latomie of the Paradise and the “Dyionisios Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa; visit of 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. In the afternoon return to Catania for a nice walking tour. During the tour in Catania, stroll through the city centre with your professional guide who will charm you with the history of the city. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Catania.

Breakfast and  Dinner included

After a buffet breakfast, departure to Modica a town whose architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe.

Modica is a town with an ancient history, nicknamed “the city of 100 churches” and some of its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of San Giorgio, have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The tour will then continue with a visit inside the Artisan chocolate workshop; there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of  “the Modican’s chocolate”. Lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, continue to the ancient city “Ragusa Ibla“, cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral and the “giardino Ibleo”; followed by free time to explore the town and shopping. Return to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After a buffet breakfast, departure 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. Departure 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, the temples of Juno and Heracles.

Accommodation and dinner at hotel in Agrigento.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After a buffet breakfast departure to Palermo,  the capital of Sicily. At the arrival visit the town of Monreale, situated  on a hill at few kms far from Palermo in panoramic position.

Visit the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments in the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments in Arab-Norman style.

Lunch in a Local restaurant. After lunch continuation for a panoramic tour of Palermo, passing by the Normand Palace, Teatro Massimo and the guided visit of the Cathedral. Then transfer to your hotel, accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After a buffet breakfast, morning dedicated to the visit of the historical centre of the town, one of the largest in Europe; the walking tour will begin from “I Quattro Canti di Città” with Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and internal visit of Martorana Church; we continue to S. Giuseppe dei Teatini Church, “Ballarò Market” and Casa Professa Church with its fantastic marbles.  Departure to Cefalù a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town.

Lunch in a local restaurant; after lunch, enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock.

Proceed to Taormina. At the arrival  accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After a buffet breakfast, morning at leisure or for those who are interested, opportunity to take 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 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular 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, charming city called “the pearl of the Ionian Sea“: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own (Ticket €.12,00 p.p.), with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna.

Return to your hotel, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast in Hotel.

At the appointed time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, Capital of Malta, delightful Mediteranean island.

Transfer to Hotel Dolmen Resort located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Arrival to Hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight. (BD)

The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled 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 unspoilt vlage: the main square, the hub of the vilage with Sparish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD)

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)

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 centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s Majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest.

The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta.

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