DAY 1 SATURDAY – Catania
Arrival at hotel in Catania. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 SUNDAY – Catania - Siracusa - Ragusa
After a buffet breakfast depart for Siracusa, visit the archaeological area including the Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisos "Ear". Continue to the island of Ortigia, the baroque historical centre of the city to visit the Cathedral (built on the site of the Temple of Minerva), legendary Arethuse fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch at leisure. Depart for Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical centre "Ibla" with its stunning baroque palaces and churches. The city was divided in 2 after the earthquake of 1693 and together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tasting of typical products on the way. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.
DAY 3 MONDAY – Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Agriento
After a buffet breakfast depart for Caltagirone, a small town in the inland of Sicily. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site it is known worldwide for its production of fine Sicilian ceramics and terracotta. Panoramic visit and time for shopping. Continue to Piazza Armerina to visit the famous mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a typically Sicilian restaurant. Depart for Agrigento a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples for a guided tour including the Teimple of Concordia, Juno, Zeus and Heracles. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 TUESDAY – Palermo - Monreale
After a buffet breakfast depart for Monreale to visit the Cathedral with its Moorish architecture housing very fine mosaics representing a complet cycle of the Old and New Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Lunch at leisure. On to Palermo and a visit of the historical centre of the city including the Cathedral, Palatine Chapel and Royal Palace. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY – Segesta - Erice - Trapani - Palermo
After a buffet breakfast depart for Segesta to visit the famous Doric Temple from 420 BC or 430 BC and the Greco-Roman Theatre (one of the best preserved Greek architectural sites) amid stunning countryside. Continue to the medieval hill-top village of Erice overlooking Trapani and the Egadi Islands. stroll through its tiny characteristic cobbled streets. Lunch at leisure. Continue to Trapani for a panoramic tour of the working salt mills. Return to Palermo for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 THURSDAY – Cefalu - Nebrodi Park - Taormina
After a buffet breakfast depart for Cefalu a former fishing village, now a charming coastal resort with its imposing Arab Norman Cathedral. Stroll through the ancient narrow street and see the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Continue to the park of Nebrodi stopping for lunch at the Miraglia Forest with a typical menu. Continue to Cesaro, Randazzo and visit the Etna park from the North side. On to Taormina for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 FRIDAY – Taormina - Optional excursion to Mt. Etna
After a buffet breakfast the morning either at leisure to explore this elegant resort with its splendid Roman-Greek Theatre or possible optional excursion to Mt. Etna (numbers and weather permitting) climbing to a height of 1800 metres. Visit the Sylvester Craters and enjoy the spectacular panorama over the Ionian sea (supplement payable on the spot). Lunch at leisure. Return to Taormina with time free to stroll along the Corso Umberto enjoying the wonderful array of cafes, pastry shops and smart boutiques or visit the delightful hill-top village of Castelmola perched above Taormina. Farewell dinner and overnight in Taormina.
DAY 8 SATURDAY
After a buffet breakfast end of tour.
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified.
Highlights of the tour
- Exclusively in English
- Very charming hotels mainly located in the historical centres of the main Sicilian towns
- Visit of the main Sicilian monuments including 5 Unesco sites (Ragusa, Siracusa, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Mount Etna)
- Tasting of typical Sicilian products in Ragusa Ibla, in one of the most enchanting squares
- Optional visit of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe
Hotels - 4 Star
(For organizational reasons the hotels may be modified)
Catania - Il Principe Hotel ****
Address: Via Alessi 20/26 (Tel: +39 095 2500345)
Ragusa - Poggio Del Sole Resort ****
Address: S.P. Ragusa/Marina di Ragusa Km 5,7 (Tel: +39 0932 666452/668521)
Palermo - Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa ****
Address: Via dei Cartari, 18 (Tel: +39 091 320075)
Agrigento - Dioscuri Bay Palace ****
Address: Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino (Tel: +39 0922 406111)
Taormina - Villa Diodoro ****
Address: Via Bagnoli Croci, 75 (Tel: +39 0942 23312)