8 Days / 7 Nights – 4* Htl
Operated On SATURDAYS
Palermo – Cefalù – Castelbuono – Catania – Mt. Etna – Taormina – Siracusa – Ragusa – Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina– Agrigento – Selinunte – Erice – Palermo – Monreale
Day 1 Saturday : PALERMO
Independent arrival in hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 Sunday : PALERMO - CEFALU’ - CASTELBUONO with
Typical Sicilian products tasting and lunch - 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 the main street, where 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, panettone and the famous artisan liquors (Rosolio) of various flavours. Lunch in Castelbuono. Proceed to Catania. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3 Monday : CATANIA - MT. ETNA with lunch in a farmhouse - 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 farmhouse on the slopes of Etna. Continue to Taormina called the “pearl of the Ionic Sea”, founded in 400 BC and beautiful located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure to shope for handmade Lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto” or simply walk to the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the fascinating Roman – Greek theatre. Back to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Tuesday : CATANIA - SIRACUSA - RAGUSA with Typical Sicilian 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 RomanAmphitheatre 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 “FontanaAretusa”. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, driving to Modica, one of the most picturesque cities of all Sicily. We will then 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, famous for its Baroque architecture. Enjoy a tasting of a typical products in a nice bar in the main square by the Dome, “Basilica di San Giorgio”.Accommodation, dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 5 Wednesday : RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO
After buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone famous centre of the Sicilian ceramics and pottery: visit of ceramics laboratory and opportunity of shopping. Continue to to Piazza 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 at Hotel. Overnight in Agrigento.
Day 6 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. After the visit stop in a local farmhouse (famous for olive oil production) where before lunch it will be possible to have a wine and oil tasting of local production. 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 visit proceed to Palermo.Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 7 Friday : PALERMO - MONREALE – (MONTE PELLEGRINO 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.
Day 8 Saturday : PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour.
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Accommodation at 4 Stars Hotels (Palermo – Hotel Excelsior Hilton or similar / Catania – Grand Hotel Excelsior or similar / Ragusa – Htl Poggio del Sole Resort or similar / Agrigento – Htl Della Valle or similar) * Welcome cocktail * Full board basis (dinner on first day till breakfast on last day) * Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 15 pax * Sicilian typical products tasting (wine, chocolate, biscuits etc) * Service charges and taxes included * Tour Escort * Local guides where necessary (no entrance fees – to be paid on the spot) * Poterage at the hotels * Wine / Oil Tasting in Selinunte
Rates DO NOT Include
Transfers in / out * Entrance Fees at monuments * Eventual new City Taxes * Beverages during meals * Everything which is not clearly specified under “rates include”.
(**) Important Notes:
ENTRANCE FEES: It is possible to book all entrance fees during the whole itinerary at net rate of € 72,00 per person (pls note that entrance fees may increase during the year).
- TRANSFERS: It is possible to book transfer service in connection of Jolly Tour at special net rate of € 30,00 p.p.
With minimum 2 passengers – Net Supplement 1 Pax € 23,00 / Supplement night service 22.00 – 08.00: 20%