Classic Sicily 2019

Agrigento, Caltagirone, Catania, Cefalù, Erice, Monreale, Mount Etna, Palermo, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Segesta, Siracusa, Taormina, Trapani
8 Days, 7 Nights

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Day 1, Saturday – Catania

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

Day 2, Sunday – Catania – Siracusa – Ragusa

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse: visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city center 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 on your own. Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical center “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. Enjoy a tasting of typical products of the island in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio del Sole.

Day 3, Monday – Ragusa – Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento

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. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialties. Depart 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, Juno and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight.

Day 4, Tuesday – Agrigento – Palermo – Monreale

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. Lunch on your own. Proceed to Palermo to visit the historical center, 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 Borsa.

Day 5, Wednesday – Palermo – Segesta – Erice – Salt Route (Trapani Area) – Palermo

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Segesta to admire the magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C, and the Theater, 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: walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, the winding lanes and, inner courtyards. Lunch on your own. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 6, Thursday – Palermo – Cefalù – Nebrodi Park – Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit the Etna park from an unusual point of view – the north facing side – surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic center of Taormina.

Day 7, Friday – Taormina – Mt. Etna (Optional)Taormina

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 5900 ft. 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 Theater on your own, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel: dinner and overnight.

Day 8, Saturday – Taormina

After buffet breakfast, end of the tour.

 Package includes:

  • Accommodation in 4-star Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 Dinners, 2 Lunches, 7 Breakfasts
  • Sicilian typical products tasting (wine, chocolate, biscuits, etc) in Ragusa
  • Mineral Water (1/2 per person) included at meals
  • Transportation Deluxe motorcoach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax
  • English speaking Tour Escort
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Whispers Kit
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Entrance fees to Neapolis + Dome in Siracusa; tourist train in Caltagirone; Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina; Valley of Temples in Agrigento; Palatine Chapel in Palermo; Cloister + Dome in Monreale; Doric Temple in Segesta

Package DOES NOT include:

  • Airfare
  • Transfer in/out
  • City tax to be paid directly to the hotel
  • Beverages
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the above ‘Package includes’

For organizational reasons the itinerary may change or be inverted without notice.