Sicilian Carousel and Malta exclusively in English
Catania-Siracusa-Ragusa-Caltagirone-Piazza Armerina-Agrigento-Segesta-Erice-Trapani-Palermo-Monreale-Cefalu’-Nebrodi Park-Taormina-Malta-Valletta-Mdina
2019 depart Sat: Apr 13, 20. May 04, 11,18,25. Jun 01,08,15,22. Jul 06,13, 20. Aug 24, 31. Sep 07,14,21,28. Oct 05,12,19
NB: contact ATI Tours for the best rates available
day 01 sat Catania Arrival
Independent arrival at your hotel in Catania. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening.
day 02 sun Catania-Siracusa-Ragusa
Drive to Syracuse to visit the marvellous archaeological area then continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Travel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio Del Sole.
day 03 mon Ragusa-Caltagirone-Piazza Armerina-Agrigento
Drive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.
day 04 tue Agrigento-Palermo-Monreale
Travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Accommodation and dinner at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.
day 05 wed Palermo-Segesta-Erice-Salt Route (Trapani area)-Palermo
Depart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Continue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
day 06 thu Palermo-Cefalu’-Nebrodi Park-Taormina
Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic centre of Taormina.
day 07 fri Taormina - Mt Etna (Optional)-Taormina
Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Own arrangements for lunch. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
day 08 sat Taormina- Catania-Malta
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Taormina to Catania airport for your flight to Valletta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Hotel Dolmen Resort located in St Paul’s Bay or to a similar 4 star hotel. Enjoy dinner in the evening.
day 09 sun Malta “Marsaxlokk Market & The Blue Grotto”
The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner at your hotel.
day 10 mon Valletta & Malta Experience
Enjoy a morning tour of the Capital city - Valletta - contains some of Malta’s richest heritage. This tour covers the Upper Barracca Gardens that command panoramic views of the Grand Harbour, St John’s Cathedral, the Caravaggio in the oratory and the cathedral Museum. The excursion ends with a visit to the Grandmaster’s Palace. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
day 11 tue Mdina “MDINA” Full Day Excursion
Today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest.
day 12 Malta
The tour ends after breakfast with your private transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta.
Inclusions: standard twin share room at 4* Hotels, welcome cocktail, breakfast and dinner daily, 3 lunches, tastings in Ragusa Ibla, deluxe coach, English speaking tour escort, local tour guides, regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta, transfer Taormina hotel to Catania airport, flight Catania to Valletta in economy class including 1 piece of luggage max 20 kgs per person and a hand luggage max 10 kgs, porterage at hotels in Sicily, whispers kit in Sicily.
Exclusions: arrival transfer, entrance fees, city tax, beverages which are applicable to both Sicily and Malta.
Hotels: Catania-Il Principe, Ragusa-Poggio del Sole Resort, Agrigento-Dioscuri Bay Palace, Palermo-Piazza Borsa, Taormina-Villa Diodoro, Malta-Dolmen Resort (or similar).
On request: arrival transfer, upgrade room or hotel