Secret of Sicily and Aegadian Islands

  • Trip duration

    9 nights / 10 days

  • OVERNIGHT STAY

    Hotel 4 Stars

  • Languages

    Italian - English - Spanish

  • Departures Guaranteed

    Every Saturday From Catania

DAILY ITINERARY

1° Day

1° DAY/SATURDAY: CATANIA (HOTEL IN CATANIA)

Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Catania (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.

2° Day

2° DAY/SUNDAY: SIRACUSA AND NOTO (HOTEL IN CATANIA)

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 centre of Syracuse. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The present façade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple! 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. Inspired by Baroque ideals of “open city”, Noto is a rare masterpiece and the most clear example of theatrical tastes in 18th century architecture whose local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun. 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, a patron of the arts. Back to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.

3° Day

3° DAY/MONDAY: ETNA AND TAORMINA (HOTEL IN CATANIA)

This morning we will 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. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters, can extend across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! 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 lessonof 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 handycraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi. Back to our hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight.

4° Day

4° DAY/TUESDAY: CATANIA AND CEFALU’ (HOTEL IN APALERMO)

Today we will visit the historical centre of Catania stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The colour scheme of the city-centre building in fact is black and dark grey, relieved with white limestone details around the doors and windows. The result is extremely elegant. 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. We will proceed to Palermo for overnight. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby.

5° Day

5° DAY/WEDNESDAY: MONREALE AND PALERMO (HOTEL IN PALERMO)

After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent 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. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire 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.

6° Day

6° DAY/THURSDAY: PALERMO AND FAVIGNANA (AEGADIAN ISLAND) (HOTEL IN FAVIGNANA)

After breakfast in hotel, private transfer to Trapani. Boarding on the hydrofoil to reach Favignana. The larger and most important of the Aegadian Islands, in the 70’s was named “La Farfalla” by the painter Salvatore Fiume, thanks to its butterfly shape. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in hotel.

7° Day

7° DAY/FRIDAY: FAVIGNANA (HOTEL IN FAVIGNANA)

After breakfast in hotel today the tour will continue along the Favignana city centre. This charming fisherman village founded in the XVIIth century, hosts the valuable Palazzo Florio the most known building in the island. The Florio’s were an Italian family, main character of Sicilian industry during the Belle Epoque. Then we will visit the Ex Stabilimento Florio, the ancient “tonnara” (tuna factory), a fine example of industrial archeology, today museum and exhibition centre of several historical findings which testify the flourishing past of the tonnara. Later in the morning we discover Villa Margherita’s Giardino dell’Impossibile, hypogeum gardens created inside ancient tuff quarries. It is a unique open-air museum, created by the mastery of quarrymen who have build an exceptional maze of tunnels and sculptures, which today host a botanical garden with over 200 species of Mediterranean plants! This stunning environment will surely give you strong and deep emotions… Free lunch and free time in the afternoon to give you the opportunity to have a swim in one of the splendid sea coves the Island offers. The most known Cala Rossa, located in a beautiful tufa quarry, shows a crystal clear sea and cliffs from which you can admire a spectacular view, while Cala Azzurra is popular for its sandy white beach. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight.

8° Day

8° DAY/SATURDAY: FAVIGNANA AND LEVANZO BOAT EXCURSION (HOTEL IN FAVIGNANA)

Later in the morning you will leave Favignana for a boat tour towards its beautiful sea coves, where you will enjoy a swim in their blue waters. After lunch on board, you will proceed towards Levanzo, where you will stop for about 1 hour to offer you the chance to visit this lovely fisherman village and have a stop to taste the delicious local “granita” and “gelato”. The tour will proceed heading to the Il Faraglione a small island of the archipelague  and the most lovely sea coves, such as Cala Fredda and Cala Minnola, where you will stop for a dip. Back to Favignana harbour in late afternoon. Dinner, overnight in hotel.

9° Day

9° DAY/SUNDAY:  FAVIGNANA AND TRAPANI (HOTEL IN TRAPANI)

Breakfast in hotel, free time, check-out in hotel and boarding to Trapani. You will spend the afternoon in the lovely Trapani’s city centre, also known as the “City of 100 churches” and popular for its which hosts an impressive collection of fine local coral art crafts! The city owns a fascinating and legendary history; represented by Virgil in the Aeneid, Trapani’s origins are connected to Carthage, the most bitter Rome’s enemy. Dominated by the Roman empire and the Spanish kingdom, it still reveals this fusion made of different cultures and people. You will have the chance to stroll among the nice alleys, discovering its Arab atmosphere.Dinner and overnight in hotel.

10° Day

10° DAY/MONDAY:  TRAPANI

Breakfast in hotel and end of services.  Private transfers or excursions available.

RATES AND INFORMATION

RATE PER PERSON

APRIL/MAY/JUNE

In double room:
€ 1.255,00

Single room supplement:
€ 375,00 

3° bed reduction:
€ 95,00

 

JULY/SEPTEMBER

In double room:
€ 1.289,00

Single room supplement:
€ 439,00 

3° bed reduction:
€ 95,00

 

AUGUST

In double room:
€ 1.315,00

Single room supplement:
€ 460,00 

3° bed reduction:
€ 95,00

DEPARTURE DATES: 

April   27

May  04 11 18 25

June   01 08 15 22 29

July   06 13 20 27

August   03 10 17 24 31

September  07 14 21 28

CANCELLATION FEES:

From 90 to 45 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 10% penality,from 44 to 21 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 30% penalty, from 20 to 7 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 70% penalty, from 6 to days before to the beginning of the Tour : 100% penalty

NOTE: For organizational reason, the itinerary may be reserved or modified without notice. In any case BSS Travel & Events ensures the visits and excursion mentioned on the journey.

BOOKINGS:

Telefono: +39 0957636426
e-mail: info@autoservizipennisi.com
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THE RATE INCLUDES:

Sicily

– Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide* (English, Italian or Spanish) from  the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 5th day, local guides or audio-guides where necessary.

– Gran Comfort bus (from the 2nd day to the 5th)

– Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre:

Catania: Il Principe Hotel 4* or similar

Palermo: Hotel Federico II 4*/ Cristal Palace Hotel 4*  or similar

Trapani: Hotel Vittoria 4* or similar

– Half board basis in hotels or local restaurants (dinner – 3 main courses fixed menu , beverages not included) to have a taste of Sicilian and Italian cuisine.

– Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Syracuse, Noto, Etna, Catania city centre, Cefalù, Monreale, Palermo.

– 1 lunch in Taormina on day 3 (fixed menu, beverages not included) and show-cooking

– Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Etna (day 3): visit of a beekeeping honey company and honey tasting; Catania (day 4): tasting of Sicilian “granita & brioche”.Palermo (day 5) tasting of local street food

– Private transfer Hotel in Palermo – Trapani Port

– Private transfer Trapani Port – Hotel in Trapani

Private tour extension to Aegadian Islands

– Accomodation in charming 4 stars hotel

Favignana: Grand Hotel Florio 4* or similar

– Half board treatment in local restaurant, beverages not included

– Hydrofoil go and back Trapani – Favignana – Trapani

– Local guide in Favignana city centre (4 hrs)

– 1 excursion in group Favignana– Levanzo (lunch on board included)

– City taxes Aegadian Islands

THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

– Arrival and departure shuttles

– All lunches except during day 3 and day 8

– Drinks during meals

– Tickets to monuments / museums

– Rates of stay (where they are applied)

– Tips and extra

– Everything that is not expressly indicated in the voice “the price includes”

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