Sicily Coast to Coast - 2020

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Tour Details

This relaxed itinerary explores Sicily’s coastline including some of the most evocative towns; and includes major highlights in the surrounding areas.

Palermo • Monreale • Erice • Saline della Laguna • Agrigento • Piazza Armerina • Ragusa Ibla • Noto • Siracusa • Taormina

Features

  • Entrance tickets to all archaeological sites included!
  • Saline della Laguna boat trip & Lunch!
  • Baroque Sicily!

Departure Dates

April                16
May                 7 • 21
June                4 • 18
July                  2 • 16
August             20
September      3 • 17
October           1 • 15

Prices (1st Category) 

Double.        $1980.00AUD per person twin share.
Single           $2529.00AUD single room.

City                       HOTEL (1st CATEGORY)

Palermo                      Mercure 4*
Agrigento                    Della Valle 4*
Ragusa                       Poggio del Sole 4*
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:

  • Tips
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • 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.

 

Arrive in Palermo and make your own way to your hotel. Have dinner in your hotel and rest up overnight for the adventure that lies ahead.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then head out on a morning excursion to Monreale. Monreale has recently been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is 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 produce and souvenirs. You will 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 this impressive place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and mosaics – with an incredible mix of influences coming from several denominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

After an early breakfast, you will travel to 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 wander. The tour continues with a visit to Saline della Laguna; an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature and archeology find a perfect synergy. There is a functioning Sicilian salt mill that draws thousands of tourists each year. The picturesque site, with its windmills set against the backdrop of the sea, makes a lovely place to stop and take photos allow the visitor to try different, unique and charming experiences. Have a nice boat trip to the islands, located nearby.

The tour of the natural reserve of the “Stagnone di Marsala” is a one of a kind archaeological and naturalistic experience. You will board special boats, designed specifically to be able to navigate in the lagoon bottoms that at low tide reach only 25 cm. With a helpful audioguide, you will admire all the islands of the Lagoon of the Stagnone up close, remaining comfortably seated in the boat, sailing at a speed of 4 knots. You will pass from the Island of Mozia, Isola Lunga, Isola di Schola, from the Ancient Via Punica Sommersa.

After this wonderful experience, enjoy your lunch in a restaurant by the lagoon. Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, which is the final destination of 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 an overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Piazza Armerina a pretty and historic town nestled into the heart of Sicily. Entrance in Villa Romana del Casale to admire  the largest, richest and most complex Roman mosaics in the world. It is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy since 1997. The mosaics spread over 3,500 sqm show mythological scenes and portrayals of daily life. Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches; together with other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is 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 in Hotel dinner and overnight.

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Visit Cathedral of San Nicolò, recently restored after a earthquake, and then have a nice walk in the town’s 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 Amphitheatre 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.

Breakfast at 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 leisure. Dinner and overnight.

Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.

Tour Details:

Duration 7 Days/6 Nights

Starts Palermo

Accom 4*

Meals

Some Meals Included

Price From $1980.00AUD *Twin Share

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