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A charming tour, that will bring us among the most suggestive Sicilian sites, while housing in enchanting hotels and tasting the Sicilian cuisine as well as delicious typical products. We will start from the wonderful Baroque cities, in the South-East area, continuing to the west, through the Roman Villa and the Valley of the Temples – two of the Unesco World’s Heritage sites, to arrive in Palermo, the suggestive Arab Norman capital city. From here, we will head westward, to the Salt Route, close to Trapani, visiting the medieval town of Erice and the Greek temple of Segesta along the way. Hence, we will come back to the East, stopping in Cefalù to visit the impressive Cathedral and to making an excursion in the Nebrodi Park, before reaching the “pearl of the Ionian Sea”, Taormina, with its enchanting view on the sea and on the Mount Etna. For a perfect finale, we could ascend the famous volcano, to enjoy the view of half of our wonderful island.
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OPERATING DATES (Saturday/Saturday)
DAY 1: Saturday | Catania
DAY 2: Sunday | Catania - Siracusa - Ragusa
DAY 3: Monday | Ragusa - Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento
DAY 4: Tuesday | Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
DAY 5: Wednesday | Palermo - Segesta - Erice - Salt Route (Trapani Area) - Palermo
DAY 6: Thursday | Palermo - Cefalù - Nebrodi Park - Taormina
DAY 7: Friday | Taormina - Mt. Etna (optional) - Taormina
DAY 8: Saturday | Taormina
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In any case STS ensures visits and excursions mentioned on the journey
- Excusively in English
- Very charming hotels located in the historical centres of the main Sicilian towns
- Visit of the main Sicilian monuments including 5 Unesco sites (Ragusa, Siracusa, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Caltagirone, Mt. Etna)
- Special menus in local restaurant especially selected to have a taste of the Sicilian cuisine - mineral water included in all meals
- Tasting of Sicilian typical products in Ragusa Ibla, in one of the most enchanting square
Saturday | Catania
Independent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.
Sunday | Catania - Siracusa - Ragusa
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 centre 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 centre “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 in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.
Monday | Ragusa - Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - 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 specialities. 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.
Tuesday | Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
After a buffet breakfast depart to Palermo. Accommodation at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. Time at leisure. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon visit of Monreale: 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. Continue the visit of the historical centre of Palermo, one of the largest of Europe, including the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in your hotel.
Wednesday | Palermo - Segesta - Erice - Salt Route (Trapani Area) - 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.
Thursday | Palermo - Cefalù - Nebrodi Park - 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 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 historic centre of Taormina.
Friday | Taormina - Mt. Etna (optional) - 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 fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1800 metres 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, 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.
Saturday | Taormina
After buffet breakfast, end of the Tour
IL PRINCIPE HOTEL****
This four-stars luxury hotel is located in an elegant restored noble palace, set between Via Etnea and Via Crociferi, the baroque heart of the historic center of Catania, providing outstanding testimony to Sicilian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The suites and rooms are elegantly furnished and offer maximum comfort. The Principe Hotel Catania boasts impeccable service, while the refined and beautifully detailed common areas offer a perfect combination of design and tradition.
POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT****
The Poggio del Sole Resort was founded in 2006 by a careful renovation of an original nineteenth-century residence and its attached rural buildings. With the opening of the new rooms and facilities the hotel has been transformed from an ancient dwelling in a comfortable resort, a pleasant blend of old and new, between different architectural harmonies perfectly integrated, all designed to make your stay a unique experience. Located on the road that connect Ragusa to the sea, Poggio del Sole Resort dominates the charming Hyblean plateau amid a mix of rugged valleys and hills, carob and olive trees, in a dense network of dry stone walls. At the midpoint of the major centers of Val di Noto, the structure is close to the Baroque sites, but far enough to experience nature in an ancient land.
DIOSCURI BAY PALACE****
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.
GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA****
The Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa encapsulates perfectly the idea of "living in the center". Main squares, parks, monuments, streets and much more can be found within a radius of five hundred meters from the hotel. Each guestroom offers from its windows a different glimpse of the heart of the city: the roofs of the old Palermo, which stretch upward like a giant Nativity crib, the lively Borsa square, called “Cassa di Risparmio" square by citizens. Elsewhere rooms open on the elegant Palazzo Cattolica-Briuccia or the multifarious domes and bell towers of the city of a hundred churches. Or again, the medieval San Francesco square and the homonymous church. Each guestroom is modulated differently from each other, but all designed to give you maximum comfort: from the most exclusive suite to the quietest single room.
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.
- 100 % penalty for NO SHOW
- 70 % penalty from 1 to 3 days before the beginning of the Tour
- 50 % penalty from 4 to 7 days before the beginning of the Tour
- 25 % penalty from 8 to 14 days before the beginning of the Tour
Entrance fees supplement (optional)
TOTAL € 65,00 per person
- SIRACUSA: Neapolis + Dome
- CALTAGIRONE: Tourist Train
- PIAZZA ARMERINA: Villa Romana del Casale
- AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples
- PALERMO: Palatine Chapel
- MONREALE: Cloister + Dome
- SEGESTA: Doric Temple
Optional excursion Mt Etna
€ 45,00 per person The optional excursion “Mt Etna” can be pre-booked on the spot up until 4 days before the excursion
- € 1.080,00 in double room
- Suppl. single room: € 250,00
- 3rd pax in triple room: € 1.045,00
Operating dates (Saturday/Saturday)
OPERATING DATES: April…15 May…06…13…20...27 June…03…10…24 July…08…22 August…26 September…02…09...16…23…30 October…07…14
- 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 15 pax
- English speaking tour escort
- Local guides where necessary
- Whispers Kit
- Porterage at hotels
- 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
- Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”
15 April 2017 - 14 October 2017