TOP CLASSIC ESCORTED GROUP TOUR OF SICILY
RAGUSA PIAZZA ARMERINA AGRIGENTO PALERMO MONREALE TAORMINA
Escorted Top Classic Sicily Tour
DURATION: 8 DAYS | TOUR STYLE: ESCORTED GROUP TOUR | TOUR LANGUAGE: EXCLUSIVELY IN ENGLISH
TOUR START IN CATANIA | TOUR ENDS IN: TAORMINA | AVAILABLE FROM: APRIL TO OCTOBER 2019
ACCOMMODATION: SELECTED 4 STAR HOTELS | MEALS: 7 DINNERS 2 LUNCHES DAILY BREAKFAST
RATES: € 1.130,00 PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM | € 260,00 SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
The Top of our Sicilian Tours, operated exclusively in English, the Top Classic Tour of Sicily will let you discover the best sites of Sicily; Following the footsteps of the Phoenicians, once the most important Greek colony, granary of the Roman empire and stronghold of the Normans; Sicily has always been a land that has received different folks and today preserve the architectural treasures of different historical ages; a route to rediscover Greek, Roman, Norman archaeological remains and Baroque palazzi, nowadays UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All hid in a natural environment of a breathtaking beauty
Services Included: Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels centrally located, Welcome cocktail, 7 Dinners, 2 Lunches, 7 Breakfast, Sicilian typical products tasting (wine, chocolate, biscuits, etc) in Ragusa Ibla, Mineral Water (1/2 per person) included at meals, Transportation De Luxe motorcoach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax, English speaking tour escort, Local guides where necessary, Whispers Kit, Porterage at hotels.
Not Included: Transfers in/out, Entrance fees at monuments, City Tax, Beverages, Optional excursion Mt Etna on Day 7°, Everything which is not clearly specified under Services Included.
Saturday: Arrival in Catania
Independent arrival at the Hotel Il Principe in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight at your Hotel. Dinner included.
Sunday: Catania, Siracusa, Ragusa with Sicilian Typical Tasting
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse: 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 center 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. Lunch on your own. Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical center “Ibla”, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches; together with other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a tasting of typical products of the island on the way. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE. Breakfast, tasting and dinner included.
Monday: Ragusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina and Agrigento
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone, a small town in the inland of Sicily, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous worldwide for the production of pottery and in particular majolica (Italian tin-glazed pottery that dates back to Renaissance and decorated in bright colors) and terra-cotta wares: panoramic visit and opportunity of shopping. Continue 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 specialties. 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 at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Tuesday: Agrigento, Palermo and 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. Lunch on your own. Proceed to Palermo to visit the historical center, one of the largest of Europe, including the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. Breakfast and dinner included.
Wednesday: Segesta, Erice, Salt Route (Trapani area) and Palermo
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Segesta to admire the magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C, and the Theatre, one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites, surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Continue 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. Lunch on your own. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel. Breakfast and dinner included
Thursday: Palermo, Cefalu', Nebrodi Park and 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 with a typical menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit the Etna park from an unusual point of view - the north facing side - surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near the historic center of Taormina. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Taormina, (Etna optional)* and 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 conditions permitting, across a fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1800 meters to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina, a charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea": enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel: dinner and overnight. Breakfast and dinner included
After buffet breakfast, end of the Tour. Breakfast included
Highlights of this Tour
Exclusively in English, Very charming hotels located in the historical centers of the main Sicilian towns or in the most famous touristic resorts, Visit of the main Sicilian monuments and 5 UNESCO SITES (Ragusa, Siracusa, Agrigento, Villa Romana, Caltagirone, Mt. Etna), Selected special menus in local restaurant especially selected to have a taste of the Sicilian cuisine, Tasting of Sicilian products in Ragusa Ibla, in one of the most enchanting square
CATANIA HOTEL IL PRINCIPE - RAGUSA POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT - AGRIGENTO DIOSCURY BAY PALACE - PALERMO GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA - TAORMINA HOTEL VILLA DIODORO
APRIL: 13 - 20 / MAY: 04 – 11 – 18 – 25 / JUNE: 01 – 08 – 15 - 22 / JULY: 06 - 13 – 20/ AUGUST: 24 - 31 / SEPTEMBER: 07 – 14 – 21 – 28 / OCTOBER: 05 – 12 - 19
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