DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN PALERMO
Arrival in Palermo. Meet your private driver/guide. Visit of Palermo, transfer to your 4* hotel and overnight
DAY 2: CEFALU – CAPO D’ORLANDO – TAORMINA
After a buffet breakfast, meet your private driver/guide and depart to Cefalù, a charming coastal town, a former fishing village, which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral with dazzling mosaics. Take a stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Capo d’Orlando along the Tyrrhenian coast and stop for lunch on your own. Continue towards Taormina called "the pearl of the Ionic Sea", founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto” or simply walk through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the fascinating Roman - Greek theatre. Accommodation at your 4* hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight.
DAY 3: CATANIA – Mount ETNA – TAORMINA
After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating landscape, you will reach a height of 2000 metres, where we will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Lunch on your own. Back to Catania, the town known for its original baroque style and for its streets built with black lava stone from Mount Etna. Walking tour through Via Etnea, the Baroque street "Via Crociferi", the Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral and the "Liotru" statue, symbol of the city, the roman Amphitheatre, the Opera House (external visit), the University, and the noble Palace of Biscari (external visit). At the end back to your hotel in Taormina. Dinner on your own and overnight.
DAY 4: CATANIA – SIRACUSA – NOTO – RAGUSA
After a buffet breakfast, meet your private driver/guide and depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa, built by the Aragonians: here you can admire the Cathedral and the “Fontana Aretusa”. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, depart to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Proceed to Ragusa and accommodation at your 4* hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight .
DAY 5: – RAGUSA – MODICA – CALTAGIRONE – SAN MICHELE di GARANZIA
After a buffet breakfast, visit Ragusa, a city that is divided into two parts: the upper part built after the earthquake in 1693 and the lower part that is called Ragusa Ibla, one of the most important testimony of the Baroque architecture. Proceed to Modica, one of the most picturesque cities of all Sicily, rich of important churches such as San Giorgio and San Pietro and panoramic tour. Lunch on your own. Continue to Caltagirone famous for the production of ceramics and pottery: visit of a ceramics laboratory and opportunity of shopping. At the end departure to San Michele di Garanzia. Accommodation in a beautiful Farm House. Dinner on your own and overnight.
DAY 6: PIAZZA ARMERINA - VILLA ROMANA – AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, meet your private driver/guide and depart to Piazza Armerina; visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world. Lunch on your own. Continue to Agrigento: visit of the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Accommodation at your 4* hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight.
DAY 7: SELINUNTE – ERICE - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Proceed to Erice, a medieval town full of myth, history and art which sits on top of mt. Erice, overlooking the city Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Lunch on your own. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation at your 4* hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight.
DAY 8: MONREALE – PALERMO – departure
After a buffet breakfast meet your private driver/guide and departure to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery with Moorish architecture. Lunch on your own and transfer service to Palermo Airport or Port.
The program may be modified according to the tour driver/guide’s suggestions
The itinerary and program could change according to closing and opening hours or for
technical reasons not depending on our responsibility
RATE WITH TRANSPORT
Auto Peugeot 307 or similar
Minivan Citroen C8 or similar
€ 780,00 per person
€ 800,00 per person
THE RATES INCLUDE:
- 2 nights at Hotel **** Palermo (the first and the last nights);
- 2 nights at Hotel **** Taormina;
- 1 night at Hotel **** Ragusa;
- 1 night at Farm house **** San Michele Di Ganzaria/Catania
- 1 night at Hotel **** Agrigento;
- Accommodation in double classic room;
- BB arrangement (7 BB);
- Private Leisure transport service*** for 2 people with English speaking driver/guide**** for the excursions as mentioned in the program from the 1RD to the 8TH day, including parking and driver’s meals and accommodation (night use excluded);
- VAT and taxes
****The Driver - guide is a Licensed Tourist Guide — ( The Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city ) and he can escort people inside the monuments.
THE RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Flights to/from Sicily;
All meals and beverages;
Entrance fees for monuments/museums;
City taxes (where compulsory);
Tips and extras in general;
anything not specified under “The rates include”.
EXCURSIONS ( TO BOOK IN ADVANCE) :
- EXCURSION ON MOUNT ETNA: up to 2.500 by cableway (€ 35,00 p.p.) – complete excursion
by cableway + 4x4 up to 2.920 mt including compulsory mountain guide (€ 69,00 p.p.).
- visit of a wine cellar and wine tasting on Etna from € 18,00 per person
- Local cheese tasting in Ragusa from € 15,00 per person
- Chocolate tasting in a famous shop in Modica from € 6,00 per person
- Sicilian street food fish tasting in Catania from € 14,00 per person
This program is based on ground services costs into force on 20th JANUARY 2017. Any increase of the tariffs will be reflected in the price of services.