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 • 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 of a winery, wine tasting & light lunch in Marsala
  • Visit of a chocolate factory and chocolate class in Modica

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

Private transfer from Catania airport to hotel Il Principe in Catania or similar. Accommodation. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

 

After breakfast in your hotel you will visit Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site. The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius.

Your tour will continue with a visit to the splendid Ortigia, a small island, which is the historical centre of Syracuse. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The present façade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition, but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple. The cathedral is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Enjoy free time for lunch. 

After lunch your will travel to Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical centre Ibla, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches. Together with another seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a tasting of traditional local produce of the island along the way. Spend dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio Del Sole.

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone, a small town in the inland of Sicily, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous worldwide for the production of pottery and in particular majolica (Italian tin-glazed pottery that dates back to Renaissance and decorated in bright colors) and terracotta wares: panoramic visit and opportunity of shopping.

Continue 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 an exclusive menu which provides the opportunity for you to taste local specialities. Depart to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, Juno and Heracles. 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. Enjoy free time for lunch.

Proceed to Palermo to visit the historical centre, one of the largest of Europe, including the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borja.

Enjoy a buffet breakfast, before departing for Segesta to admire the magnificent Doric Temple (420 BC to 430 BC), and the Theatre, one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites, surrounded by a beautiful landscape.

Continue to the Medieval village of Erice, placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Enjoy walking through its tiny and characteristic streets, the winding lanes and inner courtyards.

Enjoy free time for lunch before heading to the Trapani area for a scenic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo for dinner and 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 visit the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the Medieval wash-houses built in the rock.

Drive through the Park of Nebrodi and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a traditional local menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit the Etna park. You’ll be  able to appreciate Etna from a unique point of view – the north facing side – surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

You will travel to Taormina for accommodation and dinner at hotel  Villa Diodoro, located near historic centre of Taormina.

After a buffet breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure or for those who are interested, you have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, you will travel across fascinating landscape, and you will reach a height of 1800 metres.

Here, you can see the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy spectacular scenery over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Enjoy free time for lunch.

Spend the afternoon in Taormina, a charming city called the Pearl of the Ionian Sea. Enjoy some time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets.

You have the option to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre independently, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

After buffet transfer from hotel to Catania airport and 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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