8D/7N - 2020 Sicilian Carousel

8D/7N - 2020 Sicilian Carousel

    Sicilian Carousel      exclusively in English  

    Catania-Siracusa-Ragusa-Caltagirone-Piazza Armerina-Agrigento-Segesta-Erice-Trapani-Palermo-Monreale-Cefalu`-Nebrodi Park-Taormina        8days/7nights, Catania/Taormina

    2019 depart Sat: Sep 14,21,28. Oct 05,12,19.

    2020 depart Sat: Apr 11, 18. May 02, 09, 16, 23, 30. Jun 06, 13, 20. Jul 04, 11, 18. Aug 22, 29. Sep 05, 12, 19, 26. Oct 03, 10, 17.

    2019 Cost from: $1778 pp twin share (s/supp $409)

    2020 Cost from: $1940 pp twin share (s/supp $450)

    **5 day mini tours available on request from Catania & Palermo

day 01 Catania Arrival

Independent arrival at the Hotel Il Principe in Catania. Welcome cocktail will be followed by dinner at the hotel

day 02 Catania-Siracusa-Ragusa

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Siracusa: visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: visit of the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Own arrangements for lunch. Depart to Modica, a town whose architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe and is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. The tour will then continue with a visit inside a real chocolate factory: there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of chocolate. It will also be possible to create, with your hands, own bar of Chocolate to bring with you. Optional: visit "by night" 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” (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Overnight.

day 03 Ragusa-Piazza Armerina-Agrigento

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialities. Depart to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, Juno and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner.

day 04 Agrigento-Palermo-Monreale

After a buffet breakfast depart to Palermo. This special day will be dedicated to discovering the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Arrival in Monreale and visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Back to Palermo, you will have the chance to taste Palermo’s street food, one of the most renowned all over the world, while wandering around its historical centre, one of the largest of Europe. Visit the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto, located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa, near Piazza Marina. Dating back to the 17th century, the building served as the Palermo residence of the Filangeri family for four centuries, and offers visitors a glimpse of the lavish, lost world of the Sicilian nobility. Accommodation, dinner and overnight.

day 05 Palermo-Erice-Marsala (wine tasting)-Salt Route (Trapani area)-Palermo

After a buffet breakfast, depart to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands: walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, the winding lanes and, inner courtyards. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Stop at a prestigious winery for a guided tour of the historic Wine Cellars + tasting of wines (white, red and marsala) with local food pairings. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner at your leisure.

day 06 Palermo-Cefalu’-Nebrodi Park-Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down the main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch based on a typical menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and view Mt Etna parkland from an unusual point, the north facing side, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina where you will stay at the hotel Villa Diodoro located near historic centre of Taormina. Enjoy dinner in the evening.

day 07 Taormina-Mt Etna (Optional)-Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, morning at leisure or for those who are interested, opportunity to take an optional excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe (weather permitting), we travel across fascinating landscape to reach a height of 1800 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters and from where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum number of participants). Own arrangements for lunch. Afternoon in Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea": enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. Possibility to independently visit the Greek-Roman Theatre, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

day 08 Taormina Departure

Your Sicily experience comes to an end after breakfast.

Inclusions: twin share in 4 star accommodation, welcome cocktail, breakfast and dinner daily, 2 lunches, street food in Palermo, winey visit with tasting & light lunch in Marsala,vsit to chocolate factory in Marsala, ½ mineral water at meals, tastings in Ragusa Ibla, deluxe coach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax, English speaking tour escort, local tour guides, porterage, free wi-fi on board, whispers kit, porterage at hotels.
Exclusions: arrival/departure transfers (on request), entrance fees, city tax, beverages, optional excursion to Mt Etna.

Hotels: Catania-Il Principe, Ragusa-Poggio del Sole Resort, Agrigento-Dioscuri Bay Palace, Palermo-GH Piazza Borsa, Taormina-Villa Diodoro (or similar).

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