TAYLOR MADE GOLF TOURS TO SICILY
PALERMO VERDURA SCIACCA DONNAFUGATA TAORMINA PICCIOLO ETNA...
Taylor Made Sicily Golf Tour
DURATION: 10 DAYS | TOUR STYLE: GOLF, CULTURAL & GOURMET EXPERIENCES | PARTICIPANTS: 6 PERSONS
TOUR START IN PALERMO | TOUR ENDS IN: TAORMINA | TRANSPORTATION: LUXURY MINIVAN WITH DRIVER/ESCORT
ACCOMMODATION: SELECTED 5 AND 4 STAR HOTELS | PERIOD: EARLY OCTOBER
FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE ACCORDING TO CLIENT NEEDS | RATES: ON REQUEST
This tour is an example of what can be done in Sicily for all golf lovers. The purpose of this tour is to combine the passion for golf with the opportunity to discover the most important cultural and natural sites of Sicily, including visits to typical cellars and oil mills.
Tour Highlights: Walking visit of Palermo City Centre, Visit of the fishermen village of Sciacca with its Enchanted Castle, Agrigento Greek Temples Valley, Visit of Ragusa Ibla Unesco World Heritage Site, Chocolate tasting in Ragusa, Oil Mill visit in Ragusa area, Siracusa Archaeological Park Neapolis, Ortigia City Center, Taormina, Private Mount Etna tour by 4wd vehicles with Etna Expert Guide, Wine Tasting on Mount Etna, Honey Farm Visit on Mount Etna.
Proposed Golf Courses: Verdura Resort (18-Hole East Course, 18-Hole West Course, 9-Hole Par 3 Kurzplatz, Driving Range & Practice area) Donnafugata Golf Resort (18-Hole Links Course, 18-Hole Parkland Course, Driving Range & Practice area) Il Picciolo Golf Club (18-Hole Course, Driving Range & Practice area)
Services Provided: Accommodations, Tour Itinerary, Golf Courses, Private Driver with minivan, Official Authorized Guides on Site, 4WD Volcano Etna Visit with Etna Expert, Wine Tasting, Chocolate Tasting, Honey Tasting, Oil Mill Visit.
Arrival in Palermo
Arrival at Palermo airport in the afternoon and welcome by your private English speaking driver/escort. Transfer Palermo City center; check in at hotel VILLA IGEA and overnight.
Visit of Palermo city center and Verdura Golf Resort
Check out from the hotel and meet your driver/escort to reach the meeting point to meet your local authorized guide for Palermo City center visit. Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past, including an elegant opera house! We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, a mirable example from a historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Byzantine Muslim and Latin workers. Continuing your walk you will admire the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Free time for lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred to VERDURA RESORT for check in and overnight.
Sciacca Village and Verdura Golf Resort
Morning dedicated to Golf. You will meet your driver/escort to reach the fishermen village of Sciacca. Sciacca is a seaside and spa resort in western Sicily, famous for its palaces and monuments, but also for the production of fine pottery. Already from the first steps in Sciacca you will admire works of great artistic value. To enter the city there are three gates: the oldest is Porta San Salvatore characterized by an arch resting on two columns supported by elephants. Sciacca is not only famous for its scenic beauty and architecture. During the carnival the streets of the town centre are crowded with people who want to watch the parade of floats. The most novel and interesting tourist attraction around Sciacca is the Castello Incantato (Enchanted Castle), an eccentric garden filled with naive artworks. The creator of this spectacle was Filippo Bentivegna (1888-1967), also known as 'Filippo of the Heads'. A local man emigrated to America in the early twentieth century; he endured various difficulties and mishaps, including being beaten up by a love rival. Returning embittered to Sicily, he created a strange world of his own in this garden outside Sciacca, sculpting strange heads and figures thought to represent in some way his 'enemies'. Bentivegna liked to be known as ‘His Excellency.' From Sciacca drive back to VERDURA RESORT for overnight.
Agrigento Greek Temples Valley and Donnafugata Resort
Check out after breakfast and meeting with your driver/escort to reach the Greek Temples Valley in Agrigento where you will meet your guide. The Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. From Agrigento, you will reach DONNAFUGATA resort for overnight.
Donnafugata Resort and Ragusa
Morning dedicated to Golf. You will meet your driver/escort to reach Ragusa, towards one of the best preserved old towns in Sicily, Ragusa Ibla, separated from Ragusa by a deep ravine this fairy-tale town is home to the UNESCO listed “Giardino Ibleo” a wonderful botanical garden with splendid views and three churches. Ragusa Ibla is the historical center cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city, well-known thanks to the Commissario Montalbano television series, hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures. Back to Donnafugata for overnight.
Siracusa and Donnafugata Resort
Meet your driver/escort after breakfast and drive to Siracusa to meet your local authorized guide. Siracusa, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site! The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheater, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. You will continue visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical center of Siracusa. In Ortigia, you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The present façade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple! From Piazza Duomo, you will reach a wide terrace on the waterfront surrounding the famous Arethusa’s Fountain, one of the most famous fresh-water sources of the Greek world. Back to Donnafugata for overnight.
Taormina at leisure
Check out after breakfast and meet your driver/escort for a direct transfer to Taormina. Check in at the Hotel and overnight.
Picciolo Golf Club and Taormina
Meet your driver/escort to reach Picciolo golf club for a full day dedicated to Golf at the slopes of Etna Volcano. Drive back to Taormina for overnight.
Etna Volcano visit by Private 4WD vehicle and Wine Tasting on Mount Etna
Pick up at your hotel after breakfast. Your experience to discover Mt. Etna starts in the morning, crossing old villages full of history and traditions. Along with natural paths through the woods in the Etna Park area, the volcano gradually manifests its power changing the surroundings. During the excursion, you will walk on the edge of extinct craters to better understand the structure of the volcano and the eruption lifecycle. You will explore a cave shaped by an old lava flow safely equipped with ropes, flashlights and helmets. Aboard of the jeep, you will climb up old lava flows in order to reach the magnificent site of the Valle del Bove to enjoy an amazing panorama! During the excursion a typical Sicilian lunch will be served at a winery (full menu, drinks included) which includes fresh, local and seasonal products, lunch will be accompanied by a wine tasting of the excellent Etna Doc wines. Upon request, the menu could be revisited ad hoc for vegetarian and vegan guests or according to any special requirement. After lunch, fun will continue discovering unique landscapes such as lava flows, the Dagala which is a piece of land surrounded by lava and exploring the major eruption of 2002 of Piano Provenzana. Back to hotel for overnight.
Check out after breakfast and direct transfer to Catania airport.
PALERMO GRAND HOTEL VILLA IGEA - SCIACCA VERDURA GOLF RESORT - RAGUSA DONNAFUGATA RESORT - TAORMINA VILLA DUCALE
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