5 Nights - Saturday to Thursday
This Tour starts in Catania and ends in Palermo. Half Board - plus lunch on Days 3, 4 & 5. This Tour is in English only.
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DAY 1 SATURDAY – Catania
Transfer to hotel in Catania. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight in Catania.
DAY 2 SUNDAY – Siracusa - Catania
After breakfast depart for Siracusa, visit the archaeological area including the Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisos "Ear". Continue to Ortigia, the baroque historical centre of the city to visit the Cathedral and the Arethuse fountain. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon return to Catania for a guided walking tour of the city. Dinner and overnight in Catania.
DAY 3 MONDAY – Modica - Ragusa
After breakfast depart for Modica whose architecture is an outstanding example of baroque art. Also famed for production of chocolate using traditional methods you will visit an artisan chocolate workshop and discover the techniques leading to the production of "the Modican's chocolate". Lunch in a local restaurant followed by free time to explore the town. Depart for Ragusa where after dinner there will be an optional visit by night of the ancient city Ragusa Ibla (supplement to be paid locally and the tour is subject to minimum numbers of participants). Dinner and overnight in Agrigento.
DAY 4 TUESDAY – Piazza Armerina - Agrigento
Depart for Piazza Armerina for a guided visit of the famous mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale which depict mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant. Afternoon departure to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Concordia which is in an almost perfectly preserved condition as well as the temples of Juno and Heracles. Dinner and overnight in Agrigento. nreale with its splendid Cathedral and Benedictine Cloister built in the 12th Century and covered with magnificent mosaics. Visit the historical centre of Palermo including the Cathedral, Palatine Chapel and Royal Palace. Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY - Selinunte - Monreale - Palermo
After breakfast depart for Selinunte home of the largest achaeological park in Europe of over 270 hectares with its impressive Temples and Acropolis. Following the visit the tour will proceed to a typical farmhouse which produces its own olive oil for a tasting and a delicious lunch. Afternoon departure to Monreale a small town situated in a panoramic position on a hill just s few kilometres from Palermo. Explore Monreale's splendid Cathedral. Admire its Moorish architecture and Benedictine cloister built in the 12th Century and encrusted with magnificent mosaics. Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 6 WEDNESDAY – Palermo
After breakfast end of the tour.
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified.
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(For organizational reasons the hotels may be modified)
Catania - Una Palace Hotel ****Address: Via Etnea, 218 (Tel: +39 095 2505111)
Ragusa - Poggio Del Sole Resort ****Address: S.P. Ragusa/Marina di Ragusa Km 5,7 (Tel: +39 0932 666452/668521)
Palermo - Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa ****Address: Via dei Cartari, 18 (Tel: +39 091 320075)
Agrigento - Dioscuri Bay Palace ****Address: Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino (Tel: +39 0922 406111)
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4 Nights - Tuesday to Saturday
This Tour starts in Palermo and ends in Taormina. Half Board - plus lunch on Day 3. This Tour is in English only.
DAY 1 TUESDAY – Palermo
Transfer to hotel in Palermo. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY – Palermo - Monreale
After breakfast morning at leisure in Palermo. Lunch at leisure. Afternoon departure to Monreale a small hilltop town situated just a few kilometres from Palermo. This panoramic location is home to Monreale's magnificent Cathedral with its Moorish architecture and Benedictine cloiser housing fine mosaics. Return to Palermo. Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 3 THURSDAY – Palermo - Cefalu - Taormina
After breakfast a morning tour of Palermo to admire its rich delights including the Norman Palace, Cathedral, Quattro Canti and Piazza Bellini. Visit a typical local market to sample Palermo's famous street food for a light lunch. Depart for Cefalu a former fishing village, now a charming coastal resort with its imposing Arab Norman Cathedral. Stroll through the ancient narrow streets and see the medieval wash-house built into the rock. Continue on to Taormina. Dinner and overnight in Taormina.
DAY 4 FRIDAY – Taormina - Optional excursion to Mt. Etna
After breakfast the morning either at leisure to explore this elegant hilltop resort with its splendid Roman-Greek Theatre or possible optional excursion to Mt. Etna (supplement to pay locally and numbers and weather permitting) climbing to a height of 1800 metres. Lunch at leisure. Return to Taormina with time free to stroll along the Corso Umberto enjoying the wonderful array of cafes, pastry shops and smart boutiques or visit the delightful hill-top village of Castelmola perched above Taormina. Farewell dinner and overnight in Taormina.
DAY 5 SATURDAY – Taormina
After breakfast the end of the tour.
Taormina - Villa Diodoro ****Address: Via Bagnoli Croci, 75 (Tel: +39 0942 23312)
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