5 Nights - Saturday to Thursday
This Tour starts in Catania and ends in Palermo. Full Board. This Tour is in English only.
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DAY 1 SATURDAY – Catania
Transfer to hotel in Catania. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight in Catania.
DAY 2 SUNDAY – Siracusa - Catania
After breakfast depart for Siracusa, visit the archaeological area including the Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisos "Ear". Continue to Ortigia, the baroque historical centre of the city to visit the Cathedral and the Arethuse fountain. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon return to Catania for a guided walking tour of the city. Dinner and overnight in Catania.
DAY 3 MONDAY – Modica - Ragusa
After breakfast depart for Modica whose architecture is an outstanding example of baroque art. Also famed for production of chocolate using traditional methods you will visit an artisan chocolate workshop and discover the techniques leading to the production of "the Modican's chocolate". Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon depart for the ancient city of Ragusa. A city divided in 2 by an earthquake in 1693 the lower medieval Ragusa Ibla is home to winding narrow streets and the superb baroque church of San Giorgio. The upper town of Ragusa Superiore is connected by a long flight of steps and is dominated by its impressive Cathedral. Free time to explore at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.
DAY 4 TUESDAY – Piazza Armerina - Agrigento
Depart for Piazza Armerina for a guided visit of the famous mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale which depict mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant. Afternoon departure to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Concordia which is in an almost perfectly preserved condition as well as the temples of Juno and Heracles. Dinner and overnight in Agrigento.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY - Monreale - Palermo
After breakfast depart for Monreale a small town situated in a panoramic position on a hill just a few kilometres from palermo to explore Monreale's splendid Cathedral. Admire its Moorish architecture and Benedictine cloister built in the 12th Century and encrusted with magnificent mosaics. On to Palermo and lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch proceed for a panoramic tour of the city of Palermo taking in the Norman palace, Teatro Massimo and a guided visit of the Cathedra. Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 6 THURSDAY – Palermo
After breakfast end of the tour.
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified.
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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)
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4 Nights - Tuesday to Saturday
This Tour starts in Palermo and ends in Taormina. Half Board - plus lunch on Day 3. This Tour is in English only.
DAY 1 TUESDAY – Palermo
Arrical at hotel in Palermo. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY – Palermo - Monreale
After breakfast transfer from your hotel to Monreale a small hilltop town situated just a few kilometres from Palermo. This panoramic location is home to Monreale's magnificent Cathedral with its Moorish architecture and Benedictine cloiser housing fine mosaics. Return to Palermo for lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch there will be a panoramic tour of Palermo taking in the Norman Palace, Teatro Massimo and a guided visit of the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 3 THURSDAY – Palermo - Cefalu - Taormina
After breakfast a morning walking tour of Palermo's historic centre to admire its rich delights including the Quattro Canti, Piazza Bellini and Martorana church. Continue with a visit to the Ballaro market. Depart for Cefalu a former fishing village, now a charming coastal resort. Lunch on arrival in a local restaurant followed by a walk in the historic centre to see its imposing Arab Norman Cathedral. Stroll through the ancient narrow streets and see the medieval wash-house built into the rock. Continue on to Taormina. Dinner and overnight in Taormina.
DAY 4 FRIDAY – Taormina - Optional excursion to Mt. Etna
After breakfast the morning will be either at leisure to explore this elegant hilltop resort with its splendid Roman-Greek Theatre or possible optional excursion to Mt. Etna (supplement to pay locally and numbers and weather permitting) climbing to a height of 1800 metres. 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 5 SATURDAY – Taormina
After breakfast the end of the tour.
Taormina - Villa Diodoro ****Address: Via Bagnoli Croci, 75 (Tel: +39 0942 23312)orCaparena hotel **** (seaside location)Address: Via Nazionale, 190 (Tel +39 0942 652033)
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