PEARLS of SICILY (Palermo/Palermo) – 9 Days / 8 Nights 2018
Monreale – Marsala – Selinute – Agrigento –Ragusa– Catania – Siracusa – Noto– Taormina – Cefalù
APRIL: 03 – 10 – 17 – 24
MAY: 01 – 08 – 15 – 22– 29
JUNE: 05 – 12 –19 –26
JULY: 03 – 10 – 17 – 24 – 31
AUGUST: 07 – 14 –21– 28
SEPTEMBER: 04 – 11– 18 – 25
OCTOBER: 02 – 09 – 16 – 23
Accommodation in Double Room: $1`299
Accommodation in Single Room: $1650
3 rd Bed Reduction: $1199
1st DAY / Tuesday: PALERMO (hotel in Palermo) Independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). Meet with our tour-leader; dinner and overnight in hotel.
2nd DAY / Wednesday: PALERMO - MONREALE – MARSALA (hotel in Marsala) After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting the capital of Sicily Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina. Continuing our walk we will admire the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Later on we will proceed to Monreale to visit its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World. In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
3rd DAY / Thursday: MARSALA SALT ROAD - SELINUNTE – AGRIGENTO (hotel in Agrigento) This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. On the way you will see the nice Island of Mothia (situated at the centre of a large lagoon in Marsala, known today as 'Stagnone'), and the famous Salines and windmills. Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in whole Mediterranean and World Heritage Site! Free time for lunch. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
4th DAY/ Friday: PIAZZA ARMERINA - RAGUSA (hotel in Catania) Proceeding on we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
5th DAY / Saturday: CATANIA (hotel in Catania) Breakfast in hotel and day at leisure to enjoy Catania city centre and doing shopping. Meet our tour-leader in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in hotel
6th DAY / Sunday: SIRACUSA – NOTO (hotel in Catania) After breakfast in hotel we will visit Siracusa, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site! The visit will start www.gartour.com with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. We will continue visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Siracusa. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral. 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. Free time for lunch. Departure to Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared Unesco World Heritage Site. We will visit Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style.Back to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
7th DAY / Monday: ETNA – TAORMINA (hotel in Catania) This morning we will leave to visit Etna the highest (c. 3350m) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays Unesco World Heritage Site. We will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. Later we will visit a company of beekeeping: visit of the honey extraction lab, tasting of homemade honey and typical products of the area. We will proceed to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna! Lunch in a typical restaurant where you will assist to a show-cooking lesson for some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. In the afternoon we will visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, and then you will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval typical narrow streets and go shopping. The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi. Back to our hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight.
8th DAY / Tuesday: CATANIA – CEFALU’ (hotel in Palermo) Today we will visit the historical centre of Catania stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The walking tour will start across the “pescheria” (the ancient fish market) to reach the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here we will reach the University Square and we will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. We will continue walking along the precious historical city centre. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Cefalù, charming medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. We will visit its stunning Norman Dome and you will have free time to stroll through the town or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum. We will proceed to Palermo for overnight. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby.
9th DAY / Wednesday: Palermo Breakfast in hotel and end of services.
ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENTS – TO BE PAID ON THE SPOT Taormina - Greek Theatre € 10,00 / Piazza Armerina - Villa Romana € 10,00 / Monreale - Cathedral € 3,00/ Monreale - Cloister € 6,00 / Palermo - Cappella Palatina € 8,50 / Palermo - Martorana Church € 2,00 / Palermo - Cathedral € 3,00 / Selinunte - Archeological Parc € 6,00 / Agrigento - Valle dei Templi € 10,00 / Siracusa - Archeological Parc € 10,00 / Siracusa - Cathedral € 2,00
PALERMO: HOTEL MERCURE EXCELSIOR,
HOTEL FEDERICO II or similar
MARSALA: HOTEL STELLA D’ITALIA, HOTEL BAGLIO BASILE or similar AGRIGENTO: DIOSCURI BAY PALACE or similar
CATANIA: HOTEL IL PRINCIPE or similar
- 10% for cancellation received from 45 to 30 days prior to departure - 30% for cancellation received from 29 to 16 days prior to departure - 70% for cancellation received from 15 to 7 days prior to departure - 100% for cancellation received from 6 to 0 days prior to departure