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The Best of Sicily and Malta - 2020

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The Best of Sicily and Malta – 12 Days/11 Nights

Become immersed in the diversity of stunning Sicily during this 12-day tour. Explore neighbouring Malta; with its rich cultural heritage.

Itinerary: Catania • Siracusa • Ragusa  • Piazza Armerina • Agrigento • Palermo • Monreale • Palermo • Erice • Salt Route (Trapani) • Palermo • Cefalu’ • Nebrodi Park • Taormina • Mt Etna (Optional) • Taormina • Catania • Malta • Marsaxlokk Market • The Blue Grotto • Malta • Valletta and Malta experience (Half Day Excursion) • Malta • Mdina (Full Day Excursion) • Malta

Features

Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and independent travel.

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 11 breakfast (B), 3 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)
  • Welcome drink in Catania; visit of a chocolate factory in Modica; Street Food in Palermo; visit of a winery, wine tasting and light lunch in Marsala
  • Coach transportation
  • English-speaking tour escort
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Flight from Catania to Valletta, early morning
  • Return airport transfers in Malta
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9–11) – English Guaranteed
  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily

Exclusions Pre-tour transfers; entrance fees; optional excursions; drinks; tips

OPERATING 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                         $3499.00AUD per person.

Single room                          $4599.00AUD per person.

SUPPLEMENT DEPARTURES 20.06 to 19.09.20       $ 250.00 per person

ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):       $125.00 per person

  • SIRACUSA: Neapolis + Dome
  • PIAZZA ARMERINA: Villa Romana del Casale  AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples.
  • PALERMO: Palazzo Mirto .
  • MONREALE: Cloister  + Dome

HOTELS 4 STARS or similar

CATANIA          IL PRINCIPE HOTEL 4*

RAGUSA          POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT 4*

AGRIGENTO    DIOSCURI BAY PALACE 4*

PALERMO        GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA 4*

TAORMINA      VILLA DIODORO 4*

*MALTA            DOLMEN RESORT 4*

RATE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 11 Dinners (D), 3 Lunches (L), 10 Breakfast (B)
  • Visit of a chocolate factory in Modica
  • Street Food in Palermo
  • Visit of a winery, wine tasting & light lunch in Marsala
  • Transportation  De Luxe motorcoach  or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 passengers
  • English speaking  tour escort
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily
  • Transfer Taormina Hotel/Catania Airport
  • Flight Catania/Valletta in Economy class (the ticket includes, in addition to the passenger, 1 piece of luggage max 20 kgs per person and a hand luggage max 10 kgs)
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11) – English language guaranteed
  • Transfer Airport Malta/Htl Malta/Airport or Port Malta

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Transfers on arrival
  • 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
  • Extra luggage (to be paid at the airport by the passenger)
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”

*possibility to reserve a different 4 star Hotel in Malta, only on request and if available.

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

 

Arrive in Catania and make your own way to your hotel – Il Principe. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening.

Dinner Included.

Drive to Syracuse to visit the marvelous archaeological area then continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Travel to Modica, a baroque town part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy: visit a real chocolate factory, where it will 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 (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). 

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Drive to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics, depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Eat lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. 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. In the afternoon, visit the historical centre of Palermo: the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto a noble residence located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Depart to Segesta to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. 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 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.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built within the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic centre of Taormina.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic 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: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman – Greek theatre on your own. Return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and Dinner Included.

Enjoy your hotel breakfast prior to transferring from Taormina to the Catania airport where you will board a flight to Valletta, the capital of Malta, adelightful Mediteranean island. Transfer to Hotel Dolmen Resort located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 star hotel. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta – Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardents and St John, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel.

Please note: from April to June and in October, the excursion “Valletta + Malta experience” will take place in the afternoon.Please note: from April to June and in October, the excursion “Valletta + Malta experience” will take place in the afternoon.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta.

Breakfast Included.

Tour Details:

Duration 12 Days/11 Nights

Starts Catania

Meals

Some Meals Included

Price From $3499.00AUD *Twin Share

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