Tour Sicily and the Aeolian Islands - 2020

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Tour Sicily and the Aeolian Islands – 2020

Experience Sicily and the Aeolian Islands to see undiscovered islands, active volcanoes and some of Italy’s most beautiful cities.

Palermo • Monreale • Marsala • Saline • Agrigento • Piazza Armerina • Ragusa Isla • Catania • Lipari • Panarea • Stromboli • Salina • Taormina 

 

Pricing

Low Season April/May/October

$2399.00AUD per person twin share

$3199.00AUD single.

High Season June/September

June/September

$2499.00AUD twin share

$3329.00AUD single room.

July/August

 $2757.00AUD twin share

$3799.00AUD single room.

Departures

Operated on Tuesday from April to October 2020

Hotels (charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre):

Palermo    

Mercure Palermo Centro
Ibis Styles
Palermo Cristal 4* or Similar

Agrigento 

Baia Di Ulisse Wellness and Spa 4* or Similar

Catania 

Il Principe Hotel
Romano House Hotel 4* or Similar

Taormina

Villa Diodoro 4* or Similar

Lipari

Hotel Bougainville
Hotel Mea 4* or Similar

NB: Please note the company is not responsible for any disruption due to weather and sea conditions concerning all hydrofoil and ferry crossings among the islands.

*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 independently to your hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.

 

After breakfast in your hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale; its huge Norman Cathedral. The cathedral has been proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style, boasts admirable masterpieces of art, sculpture, and marquetry in semi-precious stones.

Later we will discover the stunning city of Palermo, one of the richest towns on the Island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact, employed both Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. Throughout the tour, we will stop for food – a surprise from a local bakery. Enjoy some  free time for lunch before continuing our walk to admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

The tour will continue along the charming and well-known town of Marsala, where Garibaldi went ashore in May 1860. Marsala is a modern Mediterranean city, divided between sea and land, featuring unforgettable colors: bright yellow, intense blue, strong red, dazzling white and natural green. It preserves several ruins of Phoenician, Arab and Norman dominations and a wide artistic heritage with sanctuaries and caves, hypogeums, underground roads, necropolis and thermal baths. We will discover the lovely city center and its aristocratic buildings, monuments and imposing Baroque churches.

We will proceed to the West coast of Sicily to visit the popular Salt Road; here the salt marshes have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala, the Salt Road is now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology. When it is time for lunch, enjoy wine with a lunch of typical cuisine from a local winery.

Transfer to Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Set amongst hundreds of almond trees, rests the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th Century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Today we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known. This majestic villa, belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments.

After some free time for lunch, travel to Ragusa Ibla and visit its historical centre, known as the Cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location for the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano TV series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This precious little ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Your tour will continue with the Aeolian Islands extension without a tour leader. After breakfast, you will have free time to enjoy beautiful Catania. Its city centre is declared UNESCO World Heritage site for its stunning beauties, the late-Baroque architecture and the unique lava stone buildings. In the late morning, you will take a private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding the hydrofoil to Lipari island. When you arrive at Lipari island you will transfer to your 4* hotel. Enjoy an afternoon of free time to explore the island and dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and depart for Lipari harbour for a full day excursion to Panarea and Stromboli.

Before leaving Lipari, the boat will stop at the Cave of Pumice to enjoy an unforgettable swim. The excursion will then continue to Panarea, where you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful bay of Calajunco, above which lies the prehistoric village of Cape Milazzese, and swim in Zimmari beach. As you proceed, the boat will skirt among the small islands nearby and you will stop in the charming Cava degli Innamorati.

In Panarea, you will have free time to have lunch, take a stroll through the elegant streets, or visit the prehistoric village and have a nice swim. In the afternoon, the excursion will continue to Stromboli. The first stop will be Ginostra, a fascinating small fishing village. Once on the island, enjoy dinner and free time to stroll, take a swim or do some shopping. In the warmer time of the year, among dips and long swims, it will be possible to enjoy stunning beaches and volcanic caves. You head back to the boat at sunset, to admire Strom bolicchio, a gigantic rock and the Sciara del Fuoco, a stunning volcanic explosion of reddish lapilli creating lava rivers reaching the sea!

 

After breakfast, enjoy full day excursion to Lipari and Salina islands. Leaving the harbour, the boat will skirt the Lipari coast and you will have views of the Castle of Lipari, the Monte Rosa and Canneto. You will have time to swim in the crystalline blue water of Pumice Cave beach. Traveling on to Salina, the captain will show you the famous Acquacalda Bay. The first stop will be on Santa Marina Salina, the biggest town on the island. Our tour goes on along Salina’s east side, visiting from the sea, Malfa village, Capofaro town and its Malvasia wineries. You will also stop inside the Pollara bay, famous for the movie “Il Postino” -shot by Massimo Troisi.

The boat will then stop in the charming fishermen’s village, Lingua where you will have free time to visit the island, its Lago Salato or enjoy traditional restaurants. On the way back, we will visit the most beautiful grottos in Lipariand you would have time for a swim in Vinci beach, in front of the Faraglioni. Back to Lipari in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, before transferring to Lipari Harbour to take the hydrofoil to Milazzo. Once you arrive in Milazzo, there will be a driver waiting for you, for a private transfer to Taormina. Taormina is a charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. You will have some free time for a lovely walk among the traditional, narrow, picturesque Medieval streets. Alternatively, you could go shopping and look around the local handcraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and end of services. Private transfers or excursions available.

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