DAY 1 CATANIA
Arrival in Catania. Transfer to the hotel. Free time for leisure.
In the evening you will meet the tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel
DAY 2 CATANIA
Breakfast in hotel. Morning city tour visiting Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site! The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. We will continue visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical center of Syracuse. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. From Piazza Duomo you will reach a wide terrace on the waterfront surrounding the famous Arethusa’s Fountain, one of the most famous fresh-water sources of the Greek world. Free time for lunch. Departure to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. We will visit Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style and once the residence of Don Giacomo Nicolaci. Back to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Leave to visit Etna, the highest (c. 3350m) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its regional park protects 59.000 hectares of unique geology, flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wine manufacture, stonework and carpentry. Views of stunning landscapes will amaze you heading to Rifugio Sapienza. We will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. Later we will visit a company of beekeeping: visit of the honey extraction lab, tasting of homemade honey and typical products of the area. We will proceed to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Lunch in a typical restaurant where you will assist to a show-cooking lesson of some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. In the afternoon we will visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, and then you will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and looking around the local handcraft. The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera Dei Ciclopi. Back to your hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 PALERMO
Breakfast in hotel. Today we will visit the historical center of Catania stated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The walking tour will start across the “pescheria” (the ancient fish market) to reach the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here we will reach University Square and we will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via Dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. Before going on along the precious city center, we will stop in a historic bar of the city to taste the typical “granita & brioche”. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Cefalù, charming Medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. We will visit its stunning Norman Dome and you will have free time to stroll through the town or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum. Proceed to Palermo for overnight. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby.
DAY 5 PALERMO
Breakfast in hotel. Spend the morning visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later we will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. Visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martian Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina. During the tour we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Visit the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 6 PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Free time at leisure. Transfer on your own to Airport for international return flight.
Dates & Prices
Prices are in EURO, per person and based on double & single occupancy
Weekly departures every Saturday
|Dates||Category||Selected Hotels||5 nights|
|March/April/May/June||4*||Il Principe Hotel Catania/ Hotel Frederico II / Cristal Palace Hotel||1050 €||855 €|
|July/August/September||1100 €||890 €|
|October November||990 €||800 €|
· Accommodation in 4* hotels categoryalf board (Daily breakfast & Dinner – 3 main courses)
· 1 lunch in Taormina on day 3 (fixed menu, beverages not included) and show-cooking
· All transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
· Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide
· Visit of the main suggestive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Syracuse, Noto, Etna, Catania city centre, Cefalù, Monreale, Palermo.
· Tasting of Sicilian typical products in Etna, Catania & Palermo
· Airlines ticket & Airport taxes
· Travel insurance: $20 per person
· City taxes (where compulsory)
· Other entrance fees at monuments/museums
· Personal expenses