Sicilian Carousel Italy Tour

Sicilian Carousel offers an itinerary to discover Greek, Roman and Norman archaeological remains and Baroque palaces, and today’s World Heritage Sites, all nestled in a natural setting that takes the breath away.
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Tour Details

Sicilian Carousel Escorted Tour

Catania • Siracusa • Catania • Modica • Ragusa • Piazza Armerina • Agrigento • Palermo • Monreale • Palermo • Cefalu’ • Taormina • Mt Etna* • Taormina

Starts: Catania | Ends: Taormina
Price: $2172 Twin Share | $2637 Single Room
Date: April 2nd till October 22rd- Departing Every Saturday
Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights Meals included: 7 Breakfast | 5 Lunch | 7 Dinner

*Optional

Contact us to book for 2022 or for 2023 enquiries

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Exclusively in English
  • 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 Cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù)
  • Especially selected menus in local restaurants
  • Mineral water included in all meals
  • Wine and coffee included at lunch
  • Whispers kit
  • Visit to an artisan chocolate factory and a class in Modica

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: 

Optional Excursion:

Mt Etna: €48,00 per person

Optional Supplements: 

TOTAL $99 AUD per person

  • SIRACUSA: Neapolis + Dome
  • PIAZZA ARMERINA: Villa Romana del Casale
  • AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples
  • PALERMO: Martorana Church
  • MONREALE: Dome

What the tour includes: 

  • Accommodation in centrally located 4 star Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 Dinners, 5 Lunches in local restaurants, 7 Breakfasts
  • Visit to an artisan chocolate factory and a chocolate class in Modica
  • Mineral Water included at meals (as provided by the restaurants)
  • Wine & coffee (as provided at lunch by the restaurants)
  • 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
  • Retevacanze staff assistance

What the tour 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 (Coffee and wine at hotels)
  • Optional excursion to Mt Etna on Day 7 (the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants).
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”

**For organisational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice

 

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

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 in a local restaurant. 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.

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.

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.

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 of 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.

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.

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.

 

After buffet breakfast, end of the tour.

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