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Duration: 11 DAYS • 10 NIGHTS | APR 07 – OCT 27, 2019 |
Location: ITALY
Price: From $3,049 CAD
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CATANIA • PIAZZA ARMERINA • CALTAGIRONE • CATANIA • MOUNT ETNA • TAORMINA • CATANIA • SIRACUSA • NOTO • RAGUSA • MODICA • AGRIGENTO • SELINUNTE • MARSALA • PALERMO • CEFALU

11 DAYS • 10 NIGHTS | SUNDAY DEPARTURES

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Meals at Hotels and local restaurants
  • 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) at all meals
  • 1/4 of wine & coffee only at lunch in local restaurants
  • Tasting of local typical products:
    Olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives in Selinunte Honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea (Mt Etna)
  • Chocolate tasting in Modica
  • Wine tasting in Marsala
  • Bus GT max comfort or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax
  • Guided visits according to the program
  • Audio headsets
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Tour Director from Day 1- Day 6
  • Private Trasportaiton to Cefalu Hotel
  • Private Transportation from Cefalu Hotel to Palermo Airport
  • Entrance fee as per itinerary

 
 

Price does NOT include:

  • City Tax: to be paid directly at the Hotel
  • Tourist Tax
  • Beverages (Coffee and Wine at meals in the Hotels)
  • After hours transfer between hours 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. additional supplement $25 per person for 2 passengers / $45 supplement for single passenger
  • Ask us to arrange arrival transfer and Optional suggested tour
  • Tips, extras and anything not specifically mentioned under “Package Includes”

 
 

COST: FROM $3,049 CAD per person Based on DBL or TWIN

NOTE: Other room type accommodations may be available see below:

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 itineraryITINERARY:

DAY 1 – CATANIA

Arrive on your own to Hotel MERCURE CATANIA EXCELSIOR, prestigious historical Hotel located in one of the city centre’s main streets. Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel. (D)

DAY 2 – CATANIA/PIAZZA ARMERINA /CALTAGIRONE/CATANIA

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. Proceed to Caltagirone known for its ceramics whose handcrafted production is secular. The outstanding quality and creativity of Caltagirone’s ceramics is best admired in the most famous landmark of the town: the monumental Santa Maria del Monte staircase, whose 142 steps are all decorated with hand-painted ceramic tiles, using the typical colors, shapes and patterns of the most traditional pottery production and art. Time at leisure to enjoy the many shops. Back to your Hotel in Catania: dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)

DAY 3 – CATANIA/MOUNT ETNA honey tasting/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. On the way stop to the village of Zafferana Etnea, “the City of Honey” to visit a beautiful place where they produce honey and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands. 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. Lunch in a local restaurant. 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. (B/L/D)

DAY 4 – CATANIA/SIRACUSA/NOTO/RAGUSA (Optional: visit of RAGUSA IBLA “BY NIGHT”)

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: here you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The splendid cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Noto. Proceed to Ragusa: accommodation and dinner at the Hotel MEDITERRANEO PALACE. Optional visit “by night” of the ancient city Ragusa “Ibla”, cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo” (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Overnight. (B/L)

DAY 5 – RAGUSA/MODICA chocolate tasting/AGRIGENTO

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Modica to visit the city divided into two parts: Modica “Bassa” and “Alta”. Modica is also a UNESCO site and is famous for its Baroque churches and scenographic squares; tasting of the famous chocolate (Xocoatl) made with ancient methods brought to Sicily with Spanish domination. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Agrigento to visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: 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. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. (B/L/D)

DAY 6 – AGRIGENTO/SELINUNTE oil tasting in a farmhouse/MARSALA wine tasting and visit of a winery/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 Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Visit of the historical centre and stop to a prestigious winery, where we can enjoy a wine tasting and learn about local production. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel MERCURE PALERMO EXCELSIOR. (B/L/D)

DAY 7 – PALERMO/CEFALU

After breakfast, get ready to journey by private vehicle to the Northern side of Sicily where you will you will find charming Cefalù. Famed for its beautiful Norman cathedral, (a 12th-century fortress-like structure with Byzantine mosaics) and home to one of Sicily’s finest beaches, the town offers squares and streets that are the perfect backdrop for your photos!  Rest of the day free at leisure. (B)

DAY 8 – CEFALU/Free at Leisure

**Optional Suggested Tour** Visit a Winery, and visit a Castle. First, visit a medieval abbey that’s renowned for its wine production; you’ll tour its cellars, learn how wine is made, and enjoy several glasses and small snacks. Then, head to the hilltop town of Castelbuono, where you can stroll the medieval streets and enjoy a tasting at a pastry shop. (To book optional tour please ask for more information.) (B)

DAY 9 – CEFALU/Free at Leisure

**Optional Suggested Tour** Visit the Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano! Famed for their volcanic activity, blue seas, and ancient heritage, the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Islands are one of Sicily’s most distinctive destinations. On this full day-tour, set off from Cefalù via air-conditioned coach to Milazzo, where you’ll board a yacht to Lipari—the largest and liveliest island in the archipelago. Visit its ancient landmarks, enjoy lunch (not included), and strollLipari Town before transferring to the island of Vulcano, where you can partake in thermal springs and mud baths. What a fun filled day! (To book optional tour please ask for more information.) (B)

DAY 10 – CEFALU/Free at Leisure

(B)

DAY 11 – CEFALU

After breakfast, check-out an be transferred by private vehicle to Palermo airport. End of services. (B)

 

*Supplement for Dinner Day 7–10 on request.

 

ticketAPR 07 – OCT 27, 2019 DEPARTURES:

RATE  |  DOUBLE   $3,049 |  TRIPLE   on request |  SINGLE   $3,169
Prices are in CAD Dollars, per person for specified package, in specified room type.

DOUBLE: Based on 2 adults sharing one room (1 Queen/King -OR- 2 Individual Single/Twin Beds as per clients request)

TRIPLE: Based on 3 adults sharing one room (1 Queen/King + 1 Individual Single Bed OR 3 Single Beds as per clients request)

SINGLE: Based on 1 person sharing the room (1 Single Individual bed OR 1 Double Bed depending on availability)

  OUR HOTELS (OR SIMILAR)
CATANIA: Mercure Excelsior****
RAGUSA: Mediterraneo Palace****
AGRIGENTO: Dioscuri Bay Palace****
PALERMO: Mercure Excelsior****
CEFALU: Le Callette Garden & Bay****/ Alberi Del Paradiso****

TERMS & CONDITIONS
Guaranteed Departure with minimum two passengers traveling. Rates include all local taxes and are based upon the prices of suppliers, the exchange rates, taxes and other fees in force at the time of publication of this package. Subject to availability. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply as published catalog tour. Click here for full booking details, policies and terms and conditions.

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