8D/7N - 2020 Jolly Tour of Sicily from Palermo

8D/7N - 2020 Jolly Tour of Sicily from Palermo

    Jolly Tour of Sicily     from Palermo                       

    Palermo-Cefalu`-Piazza Armerina-Catania-Siracusa-Noto-Mount Etna-Taormina-Piazza Armerina-Agrigento-Selinunte-Erice-Monreale-Palermo

    8days/7nights, Palermo/Palermo

    Winter 2020 depart Sat: Jan 18 - Mar 14 & Nov 07, 14. Dec  26 &31

    Summer 2020 depart Sat:  Mar 21-Oct 24

    Winter     2020 Cost from:  $1550 pp twin share (s/sup $350)

    Summer 2020 Cost from:  $1750 pp twin share (s/supp $365)

    ** New Years Eve departures- Supplements apply

    ** Departures from Catania on request

day 01 Palermo

Independent arrival at your prestigious Hotel located in the historical centre of Palermo. Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

day 02 Palermo-Cefalu-Piazza Armerina-Catania area

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù, charming coastal town, a former fishing village which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor – a stunning Byzantine mosaic that’s considered as one of the most important pieces of religious artwork in Sicily. 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 Piazza Armerina in the inland of Sicily: lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon, 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 Catania. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the GRAND HOTEL VILLA ITRIA 4* placed near by Etna’s Park, in Viagrande.

day 03 Catania-Mount Etna-Taormina-Catania area

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. On the way stop to the village of Zafferana Etnea, "the City of Honey" to visit a beautiful place where they produce honey and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands. Back to your Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, depart 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 its tiny streets. Individual visit of the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre. Tonight, enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant located in the historical centre.

day 04 Catania-Siracusa (street food experience) Noto-Ragusa

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 Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Entering Ortigia food market, you will experience the market stalls, admiring artistically arranged stands of vegetables, nuts, fruits, cheeses, meats and fresh fishes. Continuing through the vibrant market, you will stop in a Sicilian street food delicatessen vintage shop for an unforgettable light lunch with several samples of typical Sicilian appetizers. 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. The splendid cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Noto. Proceed to Ragusa fro dinner.

day 05 Ragusa-Modica-Agrigento

After a buffet breakfast, visit of the ancient city Ragusa "Ibla", cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Depart to Modica to visit the city divided into two parts: Modica “Bassa” and “Alta”. Modica is also a UNESCO site and is famous for its Baroque churches and scenographic squares; tasting of the famous chocolate (Xocoatl) made with ancient methods brought to Sicily with Spanish domination. Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Agrigento and in the afternoon, visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: 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. Accommodation, dinner and overnight..

day 06 Agrigento-Selinunte-Marsala-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 Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Visit of the historical centre and stop to a prestigious winery, where we can enjoy a wine tasting and learn about local production. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at your hotel.

day 07 Palermo-Monreale-Palermo

After a buffet breakfast, visit of the capital of Sicily Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art: the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral (during the Holy Mass, exterior visit only); 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; the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, adorned with XVI century sculptures; the most beautiful baroque church in Palermo, Santa Caterina and its cloister. Lunch in a local restaurant. Later on, proceed to Monreale to visit 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. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.

day 08 Palermo

After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour. Own onward arrangements.

Inclusions: twin share in 4 star accommodation, welcome cocktail, breakfast & dinner daily, 6 lunches, mineral water, (1/2 per person) included at all meals, deluxe coach or minivan with driver/guide with less than 15pax, tour escort, local guides where necessary, tasting of local typical products in Selinunte,honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea, chocolate tasting in Modica,wine tasting in Marsala,street food in Syracusa, whispers kit and porterage.
Exclusions: Transfers, entrance fees, City Tax, beverages.
Hotels: Palermo-Sitano, Catania-Grand Hotel Villa Itria, Ragusa – Mediterraneo Palace, Agrigento-Dioscuri Bay Palace (or similar).
Note: tour operated in English and Spanish (Winter also Italian)

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