Sicily Carousel - 2020

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Sicilian Carousel – 2020

Explore Sicily‘s surrounding azure-blue bays, Medieval towns, Greek and Roman architecture and taste amazing gastronomic delights, during this 8-day tour.

Itinerary: Catania • Siracusa • Modica • Ragusa • Piazza Armerina • Agrigento • Palermo • Monreale • Palermo • Erice • Marsala • Salt Route (Trapani Area) • Palermo • Cefalu’ • Nebrodi Park • Taormina • Mt Etna* • Taormina

FEATURES

  • Exclusively in English
  • Very charming Hotels located in the Historical Centres of the major Sicilian towns
  • Visits to the main Sicilian tourist sites
  • Including UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • (The late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa and Modica, Siracusa, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Mt. Etna, the Arab-Norman Palermo itinerary and the Cathedral of Monreale and Cefalù)
  • Especially selected menus in local restaurants
  • Mineral water included in all meals
  • Street food in Palermo
  • Visit to a winery, wine tasting and light lunch in Marsala
  • Visit to a chocolate factory and chocolate class in Modica

SUPPLEMENTS, OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS: (to book and pay on the spot; the excursions will take place with a minimum of participants)

Optional excursion Mt Etna: $95.00AUD per person

Optional excursion Ragusa Ibla by night: $45.00AUD per person

DATES

April              11 • 18
May               02 • 09 • 16 • 23 • 30
June              06 • 13 • 20
July               04 • 11 • 18
August          22 • 29
September    05 • 12 • 19 • 26
October        03 • 10 • 17

RATES PER PERSON:
Double room             $1999.00AUD pp twin share
Single room              $2499.00AUD pp single room.

ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):    

TOTAL $125.00AUD per person.            

Syracuse:                     Neapolis+ Dome

Piazza Armenia:          Villa Romana del Casale, AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples,

Palermo:                      Palazzo Mirto

Monreale:                    Cloister+ Dome

POSSIBILITY TO RESERVE PRE/POST NIGHTS

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS  

Optional excursion Mt Etna: $95.00AUD per person

Optional excursion Ragusa Ibla by night: $45.00AUD per person 

For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice.

RATE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels centrally located
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 6 Dinners, 2 Lunches in local restaurants, 7 Breakfast
  • Street food in Palermo
  • Visit of a winery, wine tasting & light lunch in Marsala
  • Visit of a chocolate factory in Modica and chocolate class
  • Mineral Water (1/2 per person) included at meals
  • Transportation  De Luxe motorcoach  or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax, with FREE WI-FI
  • English speaking  Tour Escort
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Porterage at hotels

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Transfers in/out
  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • City Tax: some City Councils  may introduce a tourist tax that it has to be paid directly at the Hotel
  • Beverages
  • Optional excursion Mt Etna on Day 7 (the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants).
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”

ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):    

TOTAL $125.00AUD per person.            

Syracuse:                     Neapolis+ Dome

Piazza Armenia:          Villa Romana del Casale, AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples,

Palermo:                      Palazzo Mirto

Monreale:                    Cloister+ Dome

POSSIBILITY TO RESERVE PRE/POST NIGHTS

*The excursions will take place with a minimum of participants

Independent arrival at the hotel Il Principe in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.

After a buffet breakfast, travel to Syracuse: visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: 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. Depart 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 and is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. The tour will then continue with a visit inside a real chocolate factory: there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of chocolate. It will also be possible to create, with your hands, own bar of Chocolate to bring with you. Accommodation and dinner at Poggio Del Sole Resort. Optional: visit “by night” of the ancient city Ragusa “Ibla”, cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo” (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Overnight.

After a buffet breakfast, travel 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.

Enjoy 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, Juno and Heracles. Overnight accommodation and dinner at hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.

After a buffet breakfast 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. Back to Palermo, you will have the chance to taste Palermo’s street food, one of the most renowned all over the world,  while wandering around its historical centre, one of the largest of Europe. Visit the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto, located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa, near Piazza Marina. Dating back to the 17th century, the building served as the Palermo residence of the Filangeri family for four centuries, and offers visitors a glimpse of the lavish, lost world of the Sicilian nobility. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. Overnight.    

After a buffet breakfast, depart to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands: walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, the winding lanes and, inner courtyards. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Stop at a prestigious winery for a guided tour of the historic Wine Cellars + tasting of wines (white, red and marsala) with local food pairings. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner on your own. Overnight in your Hotel.

After a buffet breakfast, travel to Cefalù, a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit  the Etna park from an unusual point of view – the north facing side – surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel Villa Diadoro, located near historic centre of Taormina.

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. There is the possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

After buffet breakfast, end of the tour.

Tour Details:

Duration 8 Days/7 Nights

Starts Catania

Meals

Some Meals Included

Price From $1999.00AUD *Twin Share

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