Classic Tour of Sicily - 2020

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Classic Tour of Sicily

Experience the best of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is diverse as it is beautiful as is the Sicilian cusine.

Catania • Mt Etna • Taormina • Catania • Siracusa • Noto • Ragusa • Modica • Agrigento • Selinute • Marsala • Palermo • Monreale • Palermo 

  • Beautiful hotels located in the historical centres of the main Sicilian towns or in the most famous tourist areas
  • Visit the main Sicilian tourist attractions, including 4 UNESCO SITES (Siracusa, Noto, Valley of Temples, Mt. Etna)
  • Selected traditional restaurants / farmhouses and especially chosen menus to taste the Sicilian and Italian cuisine. 
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in the historical centre of Taormina and Street Food in Syracuse included.
  •  Mineral Water with all meals; 1/4 of wine and coffee only at lunch in local restaurants
  •  Porterage at Hotel
  •  Guided visits according to the program
  •  Tasting of local products in Selinunte
  • Honey tasting on Mount Etna and Chocolate tasting in Modica
  •  Visit to a winery and wine tasting in Marsala
  •  Visit to a farmhouses and oil tasting in Selinunte
  •  Qualified multilingual tour escort and Local Guides
  •  Deluxe motor coach offering the max comfort 

Languages:

English, Spanish 

*For organisational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In some departures, the visit of Erice could be replaced by the visit of Selinunte; the visit to Ragusa and Modica could be replaced by visits to Acireale and Catania 

Departure Dates Summer 2020 

Every Sunday from March 22nd – October 25th (Last Departure)

Pricing:

Double room                     $1699.00AUD per person.

Single room                       $1999.00AUD per person

Entrance Fees Supplement (Optional):     

Total $125.00 per person    

  • SIRACUSA: Neapolis  + Dome.
  • AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples.
  • SELINUNTE Acropolis.
  • PALERMO: Palatine Chapel + Church of S.Caterina & Cloister.
  • MONREALE: Dome + Benedictine cloister

Special Transfers Rates (Optional)

CATANIA APT/ HTL CATANIA or Vice versa please ask for rates.

Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Full Board: (in Hotels and local restaurants)
  • 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) at all meals
  • 1/4 of wine and coffee only at lunch in local restaurants
  • Tasting of local typical products:
  • Olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives in Selinunte
  • Honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea (Mt Etna)
  • Chocolate tasting in Modica
  • Wine tasting in Marsala
  • Street food in Syracuse
  • Bus GT max comfort, with free WIFI
  • or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 passangers
  • Tour escort at disposal for the whole tour
  • Guided visits according to the program
  • Porterage at hotels

Rate Does Not Include:

  • Transfers in/out
  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • City Tax: to be paid directly at the Hotel
  • Beverages (Coffee and Wine at meals in the Hotels)
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”

*Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended. 

**Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.

You will arrive independently to the 4 star, Grand Hotel Villa Itria. Your hotel is very close to Etna’s Park, in Viagrande, a few kilometers from downtown Catania and the airport. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and an overnight stay in your hotel. 

After a buffet breakfast, you will take an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe – this is based on suitable weather at the time. You will travel across fascinating landscape, and will reach a height of 1900 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over the Ionian Sea. On the way, stop to the village of Zafferana Etnea, “the City of Honey” to visit a beautiful place where they produce honey and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands. Back to your Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, depart to Taormina, charming city called “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”, founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto”  or simply walk through its tiny streets. Individual visit of the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre. Tonight, enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant located in the historical centre. Back to your Hotel in Catania/Viagrande: overnight.

After a buffet breakfast, travel to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of Paradise, the Greek Theatre and Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: here you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Entering Ortigia food market, you will experience the market stalls, admiring artistically arranged stands of vegetables, nuts, fruits, cheeses, meats and fresh fish. Continuing through the vibrant market, you will stop in a traditional Sicilian street food delicatessen for an unforgettable light lunch with several samples of typical Sicilian appetisers. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily and renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The splendid cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Noto. Travel on to Ragusa, where you will check into your 4 star hotel, Mediterraneo Palace for dinner and an overnight stay.

After a buffet breakfast, you will visit the lower and older town of Ragusa – Ragusa Ibla, home to a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches.  It’s Cathedral is situated in the beautiful square of the Duomo of San Giorgio, near the Ibleo Garden. The Giardino Ibleo is the oldest of the four main parks in Ragusa. It is a small, tranquil 19th Century Park with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Travel to Modica to visit the city divided into two parts: Modica “Bassa” and “Alta”. Modica is also a UNESCO site and is famous for its Baroque churches and scenographic squares. Here you will taste the famous chocolate (Xocoatl) made with ancient methods brought to Sicily with Spanish domination.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before continuing on to Agrigento. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In an almost enchanted valley, full of almond trees in bloom, it is the most impressive group of monuments of all of coastal southern Italy. The unique charm of this site is in this blend of cultural environment and natural landscape. See the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition; the Temples of Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilisation in Sicily. Check in to your four star hotel, Dioscuri Bay Palace for dinner and an overnight stay.

Enjoy a buffet breakfast, prior to departing for the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Visit a local farmhouse, famous for olive oil production. Here, you are able to taste the local olive oil.

Continue on to Marsala, a city on the western coast, famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Visit the historical city centre before stoping at a prestigious winery, to enjoy a wine tasting and learn about local wine production. Proceed to Palermo, check into your four star hotel, Palazzo Sitano for an overnight stay.

 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast, before visiting the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Palermo is rich in history and art. You will see the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral (during the Holy Mass, exterior visit only). Plus, the amazing Cappella Palatina – miracle example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how apparently incompatible different cultures, religions and thinking can actually coexist. Also see the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, adorned with XVI century sculptures and the most beautiful Baroque church in Palermo, Santa Caterina and its cloister.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before traveling to Monreale to visit its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World. Experience its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry. The remainder of the afternoon is spent at your leisure, prior to dinner and overnight in your hotel.

After a buffet breakfast, your tour comes to an end.

Tour Details:

Duration 7 Days/6 Nights

Starts Catania

Meals

Some Meals Included

Price From $1699.00AUD *Twin Share

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