5 Nights - Saturday to Thursday
This Tour starts in Catania and ends in Palermo. Includes 4 breakfasts & 2 dinners. This Tour is in English only and the approximate number of participants is 18 - 20.
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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. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon visit the Cathedral and the Arethuse fountain follwed by a little free time to explore further on your own. Return to Catania to enjoy the city with dinner at leisure. Overnight in Catania.
DAY 3 MONDAY – Ragusa
After breakfast depart for a guided walking tour of Catania. Visit the famous fish market - one of the largest in Sicily. Taste the delights of Catania's street food. 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. As Ragusa is also renowned for its cheese production there will be a tasting of artisan cheeses. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.
DAY 4 TUESDAY Agrigento - Marsala
After breakfast depart to the hillside town of 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. Time at leisure for lunch. Afternoon departure to Marsala a city on the western coast most famous for its sweet Sicilian wine. Arrive at the 5* Baglio Oneto dei Principe for a tour of its wineries starting with the vineyards and finishing in the aging cellar. Tasting of 3 different wines. Time at leisure to enjoy the hotel's facilities. An evening excursion iinto Marsala centre to explore with free time for dinner. Overnight in Baglio Oneto.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY - Salt Route - Erice - Palermo
After breakfast depart for Erice via the spectacular "Salt Route", a road flanked by the salt pans, windmills and "salt houses" where sea salt is still extrancted. On arrival at Erice - a small medieval hilltop town with cobbled streets overlooking Trapani and the Egadi Islands stop for marzipan and biscuite tasking. Lunch at leisure. Afternoon departure for a tour of Sicily's capital city Palermo. Highlights here include the Norman Palace, Teatro Massimo, Martorana church and guided visit of the Cathedral. Finish with a tour of Palermo's famous street food market to sample the dilights on offer. Evening at leisure for dinner and to explore Palermo by night. 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 - Katane ****Address: Via Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile, 110 (Tel: +39 095 7470702)
Ragusa - Poggio Del Sole Resort ****Address: S.P. Ragusa/Marina di Ragusa Km 5,7 (Tel: +39 0932 666452/668521)
Marsala - Baglio Oneto resort *****Address: Contrada Baronazzo Amafi, 8 (Tel: +39 0923 746222)
Palermo - Grand hotel Piazza Borsa ****Address: Via dei Carteri, 18 (Tel: +39 091 320075)orHotel Politeama Palace ****Address: Piazza Ruggiero Settimo, 15 (Tel: 091 322777)
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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
After breakfast morning and lunch at leisure. After lunch there will be a guided tour of Palermo. Highlights here are the Norman Palace, Teatro Massimo, Martorana church and a guided visit of the Cathedral. The afternoon will finish with a visit to Palermo's famous street food market to sample some of its delights. Evening at leisure to have dinner and experience palermo by night. Overnight in Palermo.
DAY 3 THURSDAY – Monreale - Cefalu - Taormina
After breakfast depart for Monreale situated in a panoramic position just a few kilometres from Palermo. Visit the famous Cathedral with its Moorish architecture and Benedictine Cloister build in the 12th Century and encrusted with magnificent mosaics. Continue on to Cefalu a former fishing village, now a charming coastal resort with its imposing Norman Cathedral and medieval wash-house built in to the rock. Time at leisure to explore the town with its ancient narrow cobbled streets with time for lunch. Continue on to Taormina passing through Messina on the way. Arriving in Taormina in the late afternoon there will be time at leisure to explore this breathtaking hilltop resort with its stunning view of Mt Etna. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Taormina.
DAY 4 FRIDAY – Taormina - Optional excursion to Mt. Etna
After breakfast excursion to Mt. Etna (weather permitting) climbing to a height of 1800 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters. Stop at a local vineyard on the eastern slopes of Etna to visit a prestigious cellar for wine tasting accompanied by local cheeses and cold cuts. Return to Taormina with time free to visit the stunning Greek-Roman theatre, stroll along the Corso Umberto and enjoy the wonderful array of cafes, pastry shops and smart boutiques or visit the delightful hill-top village of Castelmola perched above Taormina. Time at leisure for dinner. Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 5 SATURDAY – Taormina
After breakfast the end of the tour.
Palermo - Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa ****Address: Via dei Cartari, 18 (Tel: +39 091 320075)
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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