Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe’s most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and independent touring.
Available from April till October
11 nights / 12 days
In English only
1st DAY / SATURDAY – CATANIA
Arrive in Catania and make your own way to the hotel Una Palace. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening.
2nd DAY / SUNDAY - CATANIA - SIRACUSA - RAGUSA
(with Sicilian typical products tasting)
Drive to Syracuse to visit the marvelous archaeological area then continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Travel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio Del Sole.
3rd DAY / MONDAY - RAGUSA - CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
Drive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Have lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus and Castor & Pollux. Accommodation and dinner at hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight.
4th DAY / TUESDAY - AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALE
Travel to Palermo and spend some time exploring at your leisure. Visit Monreale this afternoon: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Enjoy a city tour of Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation and overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.
5th DAY / WEDNESDAY - PALERMO - SEGESTA - ERICE - TRAPANI - PALERMO
Depart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Continue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
6th DAY / THURSDAY - PALERMO - CEFALÙ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA
Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the pearl of the Ionic sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic center of Taormina.
7th DAY / FRIDAY - TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINA
Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Across fascinating landscape, you will reach a height of 1800 metres and you will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
8th DAY / SATURDAY – TAORMINA - CATANIA - POZZALLO - MALTA
Morning at leisure. In the early afternoon, transfer from Taormina to Catania by private car. Transfer to Pozzallo port to board the hydrofoil to Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to Hotel San Antonio located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Accommodation, dinner and overnight.
9th DAY / SUNDAY - MALTA “THE THREE CITIES”
Take in some of Malta’s historical highlights on a morning tour. Visit the imposing Church of St Lawrence and the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa before continuing to Senglea for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour and its fortifications. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring at your leisure.
10th DAY / MONDAY - MALTA “VALLETTA”
Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta – Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. The excursion ends with a visit to the Grandmaster’s Palace. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure.
11th DAY / TUESDAY - MALTA “MDINA”
Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit to the Mosta Church, renowned for its spectacular dome. Stop off at the Botanic Gardens of San Anton then proceed to Ta Qali Crafts Village to visit a glassblower, a jeweller and a potter. After lunch we visit St Paul’s Grotto in Rabat before enjoying a walking tour of the walled city of Mdina, admiring its Cathedral as well as awe-inspiring views from the city ramparts.
12th DAY / WEDNESDAY - MALTA
The tour ends after breakfast with a private transfer to the port or the airport.
€ 1.630,00 p.p. in double room
Single room suppl.: € 355,00
3rd pax in triple room: € 1.595,00
Suppl. departures 27/07 to 19/09: € 80,00 p.p. - rate
Optional excursion “Mt. Etna”: € 45,00 p.p. – rate - to be paid on the spot
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDES
ENTRANCE FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED
If city tax is applied, the cost in not included in the price of the tour, it has to be paid directly in hotel
D. Lgv. 14.03.2011 n. 23: Stay Local Tax
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In any case we ensure the visits and excursions mentioned on the journey.
100% penalty for NO SHOW
70% penalty from 1 to 3 days before the beginning of the Tour
50% penalty from 4 to 7 days before the beginning of the Tour
25% penalty from 8 to 14 days before the beginning of the Tour
Telephone: +39 0957636426