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Price Includes: 7 Nights at 4 star hotels (as listed or similar) with porterage, full Board (breakfast, lunch & dinner daily along with tasting of typical Sicilian products), all ground transportation as stated in itinerary, services of a multilingual tour escort, and local Guides.
Not Included: International airfare (excellent wholesale rates are available), entrance fees (currently about $95 - subject to change), airport transfers ($35 per person, per transfer), items of a personal nature, beverages not specified, travel insurance, optional excursions, city taxes, and gratuities.
Deposit Required: $300 per person will reserve your place. A $100 service fee will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal payment and cancellation policy.
Day 1: PALERMO
Independent arrival at Hotel MERCURE PALERMO EXCELSIOR, prestigious historical Hotel located in one of the city centre’s main streets. Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 2: PALERMO – CEFALU’ – CASTELBUONO tasting of Sicilian typical products 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. Take a walk down the main street, where you can admire the Church of “Matrice Vecchia” and the “Castello dei Ventimiglia” famous for its Palatine Chapel dedicated to Saint Anne, the Patron Saint of the city. Stop at a renowned pastry shop to have a tasting of Sicilian typical products: panettone and the famous artisan liquors (Rosolio) of various flavours. Lunch in a farmhouse in Castelbuono. Proceed to Catania. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Hotel MERCURE CATANIA EXCELSIOR.
Day 3: CATANIA – SIRACUSA – NOTO - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: here you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Aretusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Back to Catania: dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
Day 4: CATANIA – MOUNT 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 1900 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea. Lunch in a local restaurant on Mt. Etna. Continue to Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian 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 Greek-Roman theatre. Back to your Hotel in Catania: dinner and overnight.
Day 5: CATANIA – PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina, in the inland of Sicily, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley Of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, guided tour of the Valley including the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly preserved conditions, Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Before reaching your Hotel, enjoy an unforgettable panoramic tour of the Valley of the Temples illuminated. Dinner and overnight at Hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE.
Day 6: AGRIGENTO – SELINUNTE lunch in a farmhouse - SEGESTA - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Stop in a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production where, before lunch, it will be possible to have an oil tasting of local production. Continue to Segesta to admire the Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C, which keeps in its stones the weight of a long history, surrounded by a suggestive and unique landscape. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel MERCURE PALERMO EXCELSIOR.
Day 7: (MONTE PELLEGRINO/CAPO MARKET OPTIONAL) PALERMO – MONREALE – PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, morning 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. End the morning 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 (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Back to your Hotel for lunch. In the early afternoon, depart to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Cloister of the Benedictines Abbey with its Moorish architecture. Continue with the visit of the Capital of Sicily, Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art: the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb “Palatina" Chapel; enjoy a panoramic tour of the historical centre (the "Quattro Canti", the Opera House, the Pretoria Square). Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
Day 8: PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, end of the tour.