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Tour Jolly Summer – Catania/Catania

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The best of Sicily in a week. Starting from Catania, we travel northward, visiting the impressive Mount Etna and Taormina, “the pearl the the Ionian sea”. Then, we head westward, to the Roman Villa and the Valley of Temples, two of the Sicilian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through the Selinunte temples and the medieval town of Erice we arrive in Palermo, to delight us with its stunning views, visit wonderful monuments including Monreale Dome and Cloister and enjoy free time for shopping.  We continue eastward, visiting the seaside town of Cefalù and coming back to Catania before departure.

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This tour is available also in Spanish. If you are interested, please click on the flag.

This post is also available in: Italian, Spanish

Overview
Map route

DEPARTURE DATES FROM CATANIA:

EVERY MONDAY FROM 

MARCH 27th TILL OCTOBER 23rd 2017 (LAST DEPARTURE)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Itinerary

DAY 1: Monday | Catania

DAY 2: Tuesday | Catania - Monte Etna - Taormina - Catania

DAY 3: Wednesday | Catania - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

DAY 4: Thursday | Agrigento - Selinunte - Erice - Palermo

DAY 5: Friday | Monte Pellegrino & Mercado del Capo optional - Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

DAY 6: Saturday | Palermo

DAY 7: Sunday | Palermo - Cefalù - Catania

DAY 8: Monday | Catania

For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In any case STS ensures the visits and excursions mentioned on the journey

Highlights
  • 4 stars Hotels offering high quality customized services, carefully selected in the most suggestive historical centres of the main Sicilian towns.
  • Selected typical restaurants/farmhouses and especially chosen menus to have a taste of the Sicilian and Italian cuisine.
  • Visit and oil tasting in a farmhouses in Selinunte.
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) included at all meals
  • Visit of UNESCO sites: Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Etna
  • Deluxe motor coach offering the max comfort
  • Qualified multilingual tour escort
Itinerary
  1. Day 1 Monday | Catania

    Independent arrival at Hotel MERCURE CATANIA EXCELSIOR, located in one of the city centre’ s main streets. Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

  2. Day 2 Tuesday | Catania - Mount Etna - Taormina - Catania

    After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1900 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea. Lunch in a local restaurant on Mt. Etna. Continue to Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea", founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto” or simply walk through its tiny streets. Individual visit of the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre. Back to your Hotel in Catania: dinner and overnight.

  3. Day 3 Wednesday | Catania - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

    After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina in the inland of Sicily, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of the magnificent Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, including the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly preserved conditions, Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Dinner and overnight at Hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE.

  4. Day 4 Thursday | Agrigento - Selinunte - Erice - Palermo

    After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Stop in a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production where, before lunch, it will be possible to have an oil tasting of local production. Continue to Erice, a medieval town full of myth, history and art on the summit of Monte San Giuliano: walk through its winding lanes, inner courtyards and cobbled streets. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel MERCURE PALERMO EXCELSIOR, prestigious historical Hotel located in one of the city centre’ s main streets.

  5. Day 5 Friday | (Mount Pellegrino - Capo Market optional) Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

    After a buffet breakfast, morning at leisure or optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino, the most famous mountain in Palermo, to arrive at the shrine of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of the city; from the viewpoint enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Conca d'Oro. End the afternoon with a walk to the discover of one of the most colorful historical markets of Palermo: "The Capo Market” immersed in an explosion of vegetables, and fruits(supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Back to your Hotel for lunch. In the early afternoon, depart to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Cloister of the Benedictines Abbey with its Moorish architecture. Continue with the visit of the Capital of Sicily, Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art: the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb “Palatina" Chapel; enjoy a panoramic tour of the historical centre (the "Quattro Canti", the Opera House, the Pretoria Square). Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.

  6. Day 6 Saturday | Palermo

    After a buffet breakfast, morning at leisure or possibility to join a City Sightseeing and, thanks to its flexible hop-on hop-off system, you can see the most important places of Palermo (the historic city centre, the Liberty area of the City, the most important villas and the Zisa Castle) - included in the price. Lunch in your Hotel. Afternoon at leisure for shopping or individual visits. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel in Palermo.

  7. Day 7 Sunday | Palermo - Cefalù - Catania

    After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù, charming coastal town, a former fishing village which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor – a stunning Byzantine mosaic that’s considered as one of the most important pieces of religious artwork in Sicily. Take a stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Time at leisure to relax at a cafe of your choice for lunch ON YOUR OWN. Proceed to Catania, the town known for its original baroque style and for its streets built with black lava stone from mount Etna. Walking tour through Via Etnea, the Baroque street "Via Crociferi", the Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral and the "Liotru" statue, symbol of the city, the roman Amphitheatre. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Hotel MERCURE CATANIA EXCELSIOR.

  8. Day 8 Monday | Catania

    After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour.

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Accomodation
Hotels 4 stars or similar

 

CATANIA

HOTEL EXCELSIOR MERCURE****

excelsior

Located in Piazza Verga, in the center of Catania, this hotel is considered one of the most prestigious accommodation in the city. Built in 1953 and completely renovated in 2001, it dominates with its four stars the hotel landscape of the Sicilian town. Modernity, attention to details and elegance of the structures make it especially suitable for business travelers. All rooms are fitted with the necessary comforts and technological plus. Most of them offer a comfortable balcony overlooking the large square and enjoying a spectacular view of mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.

 

AGRIGENTO

DIOSCURI BAY PALACE****

dioscuri

The Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel is nestled in a beautiful bay located at the center of the long coast overlooking the clear and enchanting sea, and enjoys a beautiful view like no other. The position allows you to admire togheter the sea, the incomparable sunsets, the city of Agrigento, at whose feet lies the famous Valley of the Temples, where stand the towering temples of Concordia, Hercules, Juno and Dioscuri, in a succession of eternity that leaves the visitor entranced in a silent contemplation. From the hotel, with its beautiful swimming pool on the sea, it extends the picturesque bay of San Leone with its residential villas and numerous amenities, theater of the mundane life of Agrigento. The hotel is adjacent to the lovely marina with possibility to rent boats and rafts, and a diving center.

 

PALERMO

HOTEL EXCELSIOR MERCURE****
http://www.accorhotels.com/9802Located 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.

Faqs & Conditions
  1. Cancellation fees

    • 100 % penalty for NO SHOW
    • 70% penalty 1 to 3 days before beginning of the Tour
    • 50 % penalty 4 to 7 days before beginning of the Tour
    • 25 % penalty 8 to 14 days before beginning of the Tour

  2. Entrance fees supplement (optional):

      TOTAL € 47,00 per person, including:

    • PIAZZA  ARMERINA Villa Romana del Casale
    • AGRIGENTO  Valley of Temples
    • SELINUNTE Acropolis
    • PALERMO: Palatine Chapel
    • MONREALE Cloister + Dome   
    Attention: European Citizens younger than 18 years old are free of charge (Entrance to Palatine Chapel in Palermo € 5,00 per person)     *The above price and conditions  are valid on July 2016. In case of price increases, we will have to update it.

  3. Price details

    Rates per person:

    • € 990,00 in double room
    • Single supplement € 230,00
    • 3rd pax in triple room € 955,00

  4. Departure dates

    DEPARTURE DATES FROM CATANIA: every monday from  March 27th  till October 23rd 2017 (last departure)

Dates & Prices
What is included in this tour? Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 breakfast, 5 lunches, 7 dinners (in Hotels and local restaurants)
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) included at all meals
  • Bus GT or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 15 pax
  • Tour escort
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Whispers Kit
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Tasting of local typical products in Selinunte (olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives)
  • Palermo City Sightseeing
Whats not included in this tour. Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transfers in/out
  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that it has to be paid directly at the Hotel
  • Beverages (except mineral water, included)
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”
Package Price  
27 March 2017 - 23 October 2017
990,00