Fantasia Siciliana – 2020
History, nature and archeology converge in Sicily. Experience unforgettable days exploring and tasting almonds, olives, olive oil and citrus fruits.
Itinerary: Palermo • Monreale • Erice • Saline della Laguna • Agrigento • Piazza Armerina • Ragusa Ibla • Noto • Siracusa • Taormina
- Entrance tickets to all archaeological sites included!
- Saline della Laguna boat trip* & Lunch!
- Baroque Sicily!
May 7 • 21
June 4 • 18
July 2 • 16
September 3 • 17
October 1 • 15
March 2021 25
Double $1980.00AUD per person
City HOTEL 1st CATEGORY
Palermo Mercure 4*
Agrigento Della Valle 4*
Ragusa Poggio del Sole 4*
Area Taormina Antares 4*
The Tour includes:
- Transportation by deluxe coach
- Monolingual tour-escort in English
- Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star hotels
- Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
- Entrance tickets when included in the itinerary
The Tour does not include:
- Porterage service
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
- City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
- Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour 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.
DAY 1 PALERMO
Arrive in Palermo and make your own way to your hotel. That night, have dinner in the hotel and rest up for the adventure that lies ahead.
DAY 2 PALERMO
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then head out on a morning excursion to Monreale, recently included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, as well as for its fine Norman architecture. Visit the elaborate Cathedral of Monreale and then enjoy some shopping of local delica-tessen and souvenirs.
Travel back to Palermo and continue with a walking tour of the city. Wander the streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history and discovering attractions like Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the impressive-looking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and mosaics – with an incredible mix of influences coming from several dominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 PALERMO • ERICE • SALINE DELLA LAGUNA • AGRIGENTO
Early breakfast and depart for Erice, a medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its labyrinth-like twist of lanes is perfect for a cool and pleasant morning amble. Continue to visit the Saline, an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature and archeology find a perfect synthesis and allow visitors to try different, unique and charming experiences.
Enjoy a lovely boat trip to the islands, located nearby.
Enjoy boat trip to the neighbouring islands within the natural reserve of the Stagnone di Marsala, which is a one of a kind archaeological and naturalistic experience. You will be on boats that have been specifically designed to be able to the lagoon bottoms at low tide (reaching only 25 cm at the lowest tide). With a helpful audioguide, you will admire all the islands of the Lagoon up close, sailing at a speed of 4 knots. You will pass the Island of Mozia, Isola Lunga, Isola di Schola, from the Ancient Via Punica Sommersa. Afterwards, you will enjoy your lunch in a restaurant on the shore of the Lagoon.
Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, your final destination for the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and learn about archaeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord the Temple of Hercules; the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest Doric-style buildings. Check in to your hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 AGRIGENTO • PIAZZA ARMERINA • RAGUSA IBLA • RAGUSA
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and travel to Piazza Armerina, a pretty and historic town nestled into the heart of Sicily. You will visit Villa Romana del Casale to admire the largest, richest and most complex Roman mosaics in the world. This is another of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The mosaics spread over 3,500 sqm show mythological scenes and portrayals of historical daily life.
Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical centre Ibla, with its stunning Baroque palaces and churches. Ragusa is also listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the old gate of San Giorgio, the Giardini Iblei and then walk to Piazza Pola where we will visit the church of San Giuseppe: a little gem. Be enchanted by the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of the Souls in Purgatory and the magnificent Cosentini palace, one of the most interesting late Baroque palaces in Sicily! Arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 RAGUSA • NOTO • SIRACUSA • TAORMINA
After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Visit the Cathedral of San Nicolò, recently restored after an earthquake, and then have a nice walk in the town center.
Continue along the South coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s southeastern tip. Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s famous archaeological area, home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Head inside to see impressive landmarks such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave.
After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to the island of Ortygia – the most ancient part of Syracuse – home to a wealth of Baroque churches and medieval palaces. In the late afternoon arrive in Taormina, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
DAY 6 TAORMINA
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then head off to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock that comprises Etna’s landscape.
If weather permits, you have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). After, return to Taormina, the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Return to Taormina in the afternoon and spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Taormina.
DAY 7 TAORMINA
Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.
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