This summer discover the world in Sicily.
7 nights / 8 days
Palermo (3 nights) Catania (2 nights) Ragusa (1 night) Agrigento (1 night)
Multilingual tour (English - Spanish)
DEPARTURES: Every Saturday from Palermo, starting from April to October
1st DAY – SATURDAY: PALERMO
Independent arrival at Hotel Excelsior Hilton Palermo, prestigious historical Hotel located in one of the city centre’ s main streets. Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
2nd DAY – SUNDAY: PALERMO – CEFALÚ – CASTELBUONO with Sicilian typical products tasting and lunch in a farmhouse - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù, a charming coastal town, a former fishing village, which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral with dazzling mosaics. Take a stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Castelbuono, a typical medieval village on the slopes of the Madonie. Walking through the typical alleys of the village, you can admire the Church of St. Anne, Patron Saint of the city, with the bell tower next to the Church of “Matrice Vecchia”. After the visit, tasting of typical Sicilian products at a renowned pastry shop: panettone and the famous artisan liquors (Rosolio) of various flavors. Lunch in a farmhouse Castelbuono. Proceed to Catania. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Excelsior Grand Hotel Catania.
3rd DAY – MONDAY: CATANIA – MONTE ETNA – TAORMINA - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 2000 metres, where we will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Lunch in a local restaurant on the slopes of Etna. Continue to Taormina called "the pearl of the Ionic Sea", founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto” or simply walk through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the fascinating Roman - Greek theatre. Back to your Hotel: dinner and overnight.
4th DAY – TUESDAY: CATANIA – SIRACUSA – RAGUSA with Sicilian typical products tasting
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa, built by the Aragonians: here you can admire the Cathedral and the “Fontana Aretusa”. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, driving through Modica, one of the most picturesque cities of all Sicily, we’ll reach Ragusa, a city that is divided into two parts: the upper part built after the earthquake in 1693 and the lower part that is called Ragusa Ibla, one of the most important testimony of the Baroque architecture. Enjoy a tasting of Sicilian typical products in a nice bar in the main square by the Dome, “Basilica di San Giorgio”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio Del Sole Resort.
5th DAY – WEDNESDAY: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone famous for the production of ceramics and pottery: visit of a ceramics laboratory and opportunity of shopping. Continue toPiazza Armerina and visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Agrigento: visit of the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Dinner and overnight at Hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE (some departures at DELLA VALLE).
6th DAY – THURSDAY: AGRIGENTO – SELINUNTE with lunch in a farmhouse – ERICE - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Proceed to Castelvetrano and stop in a local farmhouse (famous for olive oil production) where before lunch it will be possible to have a tasting of local typical products (olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives). Proceed to Erice, a medieval town full of myth, history and art which sits on top of Mt. Erice, overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. After the visit, proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Excelsior Hilton Palermo.
7th DAY – FRIDAY: PALERMO – MONREALE – (MONTE PELLEGRINO/CATACOMBS/CAPO MARKET OPTIONAL) - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, morning visit of the Capital of Sicily, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art: the Cathedral, the "Palatina" Chapel, and panoramic tour of the town (the "Quattro Canti", the Opera House, the Pretoria Square). Continue to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery with Moorish architecture. Lunch in your Hotel. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino, the most famous mountain in Palermo, to arrive at the shrine of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of the city; from the viewpoint enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Conca d'Oro. Visit the Catacombs of Cappuccini, a haunting experience, where in a maze of corridors are held about 8,000 bodies, embalmed and more or less well preserved. End the afternoon with a walk to the discover of one of the most colorful historical markets of Palermo: "The Capo Market” immersed in an explosion of vegetables, and fruits. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
8th DAY – SATURDAY: PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour.
RATES PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY
€ 920,00 in double room
€ 225,00 single room suppl.
€ 855,00 third person in triple room
THE RATES INCLUDE
EVERY SATURDAY FROM APRIL 04th TILL OCTOBER 31st, 2015 (LAST DEPARTURE)
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.
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In any case Pennisi & C. S.a.s. ensures the visits and excursions mentioned on the journey.
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