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Tour Embracing Sicily

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A classic tour, but on a different level. Visit the most suggestive places of Sicily, from the stunning monuments of Palermo to the Valley of Temples, from the impressive Mount Etna to the ancient Siracusa, from the famous winery in Marsala to “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”, Taormina. We will reach Corleone, to understand the Mafia phenomena and know how people is fighting against it; moreover, we will have the opportunity to visit the villages used as movie set by Francis Coppola for “The Godfather” movie.

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This post is also available in: Italian, Spanish

Overview
Map route

OPERATING DATES (Friday/Friday)
MARCH...24 Friday
APRIL...14 Friday...21 Friday
MAY...05 Friday...12 Friday...26 Friday 
JUNE...02 Friday...16 Friday
SEPTEMBER...08 Friday...15 Friday...22 Friday...29 Friday
OCTOBER...06 Friday...13 Friday

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Itinerary

DAY 1: Friday | Palermo

DAY 2: Saturday | Palermo - Monreale - (optional tour to Cefalù) - Palermo

DAY 3: Sunday | Palermo - Corleone - Ficuzza - Palermo

DAY 4: Monday | Palermo - Segesta - Marsala - Trapani - Palermo

DAY 5: Tuesday | Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina

DAY 6: Wednesday | Taormina - Mount Etna - Taormina (optional tour to Savoca & Forza d'Agrò)

DAY 7: Thursday | Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina

DAY 8: Friday | Taormina

Above itinerary can be changed of inverted without  previous notice. STS will guarantee all visits, excursions and services mentioned in above itinerary.

Dinners during the tour could be at hotel or at local restaurant ACCORDINGLY TO STS DECISION.

Highlights
  • Excusively in English
  • Visit of the main Sicilian monuments including 4 Unesco sites (Arab-Norman monuments, Siracusa, Valley of Temples, Mount Etna)
  • Special menus in local restaurant especially selected to have a taste of the Sicilian cuisine – wine and mineral water included in all meals
  • Tasting of Sicilian wine tasting at a local cellar in Marsala
  • Cooking lesson and Mafia lecture in Corleone
  • Excursion to Mount Etna till 1800 meters
Itinerary
  1. Day 1 Friday | Palermo

    Arrival in Palermo airport. Transfer to your hotel BY YOUR OWN. Meeting with the participants. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  2. Day 2 Saturday | Palermo - Monreale - (optional tour to Cefalù) - Palermo

    Buffet breakfast at enjoy a morning tour of Palermo, a city full of character, features Quattro Canti – a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, and the famous Benedictine Abbey of Monreale. Here you will admire a 12th century cathedral, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or take an optional tour with your tour director to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù. In the evening, enjoy a festive dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling in a fashionable restaurant. Overnight.

  3. Day 3 Sunday | Palermo - Corleone - Ficuzza - Palermo

    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and enjoy this special day dedicated to one of the most famous social phenomena in Sicily. We will depart in the morning to the inland of Sicily and specifically to the area of Corleone, known for being the place where Mafia phenomena was born but also know nowadays for being the place where Mafia is firmely fought. We will firstly participate to an interesting and accurate cooking lesson: we will be able to prepare some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes (only for who desires to participate to the cooking lesson). After the cooking lesson, enjoy this special lunch. After lunch, we will experience an interesting LECTURE on Mafia. One of the inhabitants of Corleone, born in the UK, will present a fascinating discussion on the topic of the Sicilian Mafia but also explaining the origins and the way how Corleone inhabitants has taken to eliminate organized crime. Back to Palermo. Accommodation.

  4. Day 4 Monday | Palermo - Segesta - Marsala - Trapani - Palermo

    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and journey to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, with a magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C., located within a beautiful and natural setting that ranks as one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue to the sea town of Marsala, re-discovered in the 18th century by English merchant John Woodhouse and known for its sweet wines. Visit a wine cellar and sample some Marsala during a special wine tasting session. Drive along Trapani’s coastline and stop for a special Sicilian lunch in a restaurant and return to Palermo. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel.

  5. Day 5 Tuesday | Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina

    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and depart for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the valley, dating back to the 5th century B.C. The poet Pindar described the site “as the most beautiful city built by mortal men”, The Doric style temples, all constructed within a century, face east, a standard criteria for both Greek and Roman temples so the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun. The best temple is that of Concordia (similar in design to the Partenon in Athens) which is an almost perfectly preserved condition. Your local guide will highlight the history and architecture of Concordia and of the other temples that are part of this archaeological treasure-trove. After visiting the Valley of the Temples, resume travel to Taormina, where you arrive in the evening in time for an enjoyable and relaxing dinner at your hotel.

  6. Day 6 Wednesday | Taormina - Mount Etna - Taormina (optional tour to Savoca & Forza d'Agrò)

    Buffet breakfast at hotel and morning walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center includes the Greek/Roman amphitheatre, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Enjoy the excursion to Mount Etna, till 1800 meters and visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. On the way back to Taormina, we offer a once in a lifetime experience. You may take an optional “Godfather” tour featuring the authentic villages chosen by Francis Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture. Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colourful restaurants of Taormina.

  7. Day 7 Thursday | Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina

    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and experience an included excursion to Syracuse. A guided tour of this venerable city highlights the Archaeological Park, Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and Cave of Dyonisius’ Ear. This evening savor a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region.

  8. Day 8 Friday | Taormina

    Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home BY YOUR OWN. End of the tour.

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Accomodation
Hotels 4 stars or similars

PALERMO 

MERCURE EXCELSIOR****

http://www.accorhotels.com/9802

Located in the commercial heart of the city, on Via Libertà, the boulevard of the most famous boutiques, surrounded by the green of the English Garden, Villa Garibaldi and Villa Trabia, the Excelsior Mercure Palermo is an ideal place for business and for people wishing to experience the city's elegant and historical atmosphere. The complex, built in 1891 under the name Hotel de la Paix at the great National Exhibition of Palermo and conceived as a temporary building, due to its success and intuition to turn it into a structure with hotel purposes, the building was transformed as still existing, enhanced and carefully renovated by Ernesto Basile in 1925. Today it is considered one of the most prestigious historic hotels in Sicily.

HOTEL PALAZZO SITANO****

sitano

This hotel, located in the heart of the historic center of Palermo, manages to satisfy both business travelers and those who want to visit the city as tourists. A palace of the eighteenth century, completely renovated and air conditioned, which cleverly combines traditional architecture with modern interior design, being so welcoming and bright, with ornamental ceiling frescoes showing the long history of the house. Some rooms have quiet terraces surrounded by greenery, a small oasis in the midst of this active city.

 

TAORMINA

HOTEL VILLA DIODORO****

diodoro

The Hotel Villa Diodoro is a few steps away from the enchanting town of Taormina and it is open all the year; it is the "home" for those that want to enjoy the best of life, relaxing in the beautiful swimming pool in front of the unique view of Etna and the charm of the Bay of Naxos. With more than a century of history, the hotel Villa Diodoro, monument among the monuments, has been dedicated to the greek historian Diodorus, a famous person who lived in the city, telling in his writings about those gentlemen that discovered Taormina, coming there from all over the world to drink beauty and sun, art and culture. The Hotel Villa Diodoro was designed in the late' 60s and inaugurated in 1970; even today, it is a charming hotel, stylish, exclusive, designed to make your stay an unforgettable event.

HOTEL CAPARENA & WELLNESS CLUB****

caparena

A heaven of emerald in Taormina Mare, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a hotel completely immersed in the extraordinary nature of this corner of Sicily, the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. The warm and welcoming atmosphere of Hotel Caparena, with its terracotta floors and elegant fabrics, its pool and terraces overlooking the sea, will immerse you in an extraordinary sensory experience. Relax yourself and find the right mental and physical balance in the exclusive Caparena Wellness Club, a perfect retreat to revive all your inner energy.

Faqs & Conditions
  1. Entrance fees supplement

    € 58,50 per person Includes entrance fees at:

    • TAORMINA: Greek Theater
    • SIRACUSA: Archaeological area / Cathedral
    • AGRIGENTO: Valley of the Temples
    • SEGESTA: Temple
    • PALERMO: Palatine Chapel
    • MONREALE: Cloister
    The indicated rate is valid on May 2016. In case the entrance rate would increase, we will also have to increase it and update this supplement.

  2. Price details

    GROSS RATES PER PERSON

    • € 960,00 per person in double room
    • € 263,00 single supplement
    • € 927,00 third adult bed
     

  3. Cancellation fees

    • 100 % penalty for NO SHOW or tour interruption
    • 70 % penalty from 1 to 3 working days before the beginning of the Tour
    • 50 % penalty from 4 to 7 working days before the beginning of the Tour
    • 25 % penalty from 8 to 15 working  days before the beginning of the Tour

  4. Operating dates (Friday/Friday)

    OPERATING DATES: MARCH...24 APRIL...14...21 MAY...05...12...26 JUNE...02...16 SEPTEMBER...08...15...22...29 OCTOBER...06...13

Dates & Prices
What is included in this tour? Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • First class hotels for 7 nights
  • 14 included meals (7 buffet breakfasts + 2 dinners at hotel + 3 dinners at local restaurant (Taormina & Palermo )+ 2 lunches at local restaurants (Marsala area & Corleone area) at popular local restaurants featuring regional cuisine)
  • ¼ wine + ½ mineral water + coffee or cappuccino served with lunch and dinner at hotels & restaurants
  • 1 wine tasting at a local cellar in Marsala
  • 1 cooking lesson in Corleone
  • 1 Mafia lecture in Corleone
  • Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach or minivan accordingly to the number of participants
  • Professional English speaking tour director (ATTENTION: under 7 participants, the trip could be done with English speaking driver/guide)
  • Sightseeing as indicated, including local guides where necessary (Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Palermo)
  • Excursion to Mount Etna till 1800 meters
  • Headsets during the whole tour
  • Porterage in/out in hotels
Whats not included in this tour. Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Transfers in & out
  • Beverages during meals
  • Entrance fees
  • CITY TAX to be paid locally
  • Tips and personal extras
  • Any other concept which is not indicated under “rate includes”
Package Price  
24 March 2017 - 13 October 2017
960,00