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Experience the variety of this amazing island with its thousand- year old history, unique and incredible nature, lively and artistic cities, heavenly climate: welcome to Sicily!

Departure dates

  • 21 - 28 October

Prices
€1249 per person sharing
Single supplement €229

Land-only package
€799 per person sharing
€229 single supplement

Tour program

Day 1- Arrival to Catania and transfer to Taormina area

Day 2 - Siracusa and Catania (approx. 240 km)
Today we visit Syracuse, one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. We will wander through the narrow, winding streets of the Ortigia Peninsula, the historical centre of Syracuse. Our guided tour of the archaeological excavation site brings us to the beautiful Greek amphitheatre and the ‘Ear of Dionysius’. On the return journey we will become acquainted with the lively and colourful city of Catania. Monuments from antiquity and fanciful Baroque buildings characterize the cityscape. We will see the Norman-Baroque cathedral with the Elephant Fountain, we will stroll through the fish market and along picturesque market streets to the Hohenstaufen Castello Ursino. Last, we will see the Greek theatre with the Roman Odeon and we will eventually reach the unfinished Baroque facade of S.Nicolo.

Day 3 – FREE

Suggested excursion

Mount Etna and Taormina (approx. 120 km)
Today’s excursion is Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. We will walk to the Silvestri craters and the lava streams of 1983 and 2001 at a height of ca. 1,900 m. (The continued journey to an altitude of ca. 3,000 m with all- terrain vehicles depends on the weather.) In the afternoon we will visit Taormina, which is surrounded by an overwhelming setting of rocks, gardens and sea. Taormina’s most famous structure is the Greek-Roman Theatre, from which one has a spectacular view of the sea and Mt. Etna.

Day 4 – Noto and Ragusa (approx. 340 km)
Today we will visit the cities under the motto "Baroque".
First it goes to Noto, the most impressive under Sicily´s Baroque cities. Sicily´s best baroque builders had more or less free hand and created churches, palaces and cathedral in the style of Sicilian baroque. The interplay between baroque buildings, Sicilian flair and the beautiful old town is absolutely worth seeing.
We continue to Ragusa. The earthquake in 1693 proved to be a stroke of luck for the city of Ragusa: the reconstruction of the old and new nobility around the most beautiful Baroque facades.

Day 5 – FREE

Suggested excursion

The Aeolian Islands – hotel change, in the area of Cefalu (approx. 230 km)
We get to Milazzo and within an hour by boat we reach the marvelous Aeolian island of Lipari, the largest of the archipelagos. We have now two options: enjoy the warm sun exploring the island’s streets, or pay a visit to the museum, located directly on the harbor. After a bus tour around the island to discover its fascinating vegetation, We will continue on by boat to Vulcano, a natural paradise made of inviting waters, black lava beach and fango baths. Here we will have time to hike on the top of the crater or to enjoy the thermal water with a plunge at the close beach.

Day 6 - Palermo and Monreale (approx. 140 km)
We begin our discovery of the island with its largest city and capital: Palermo, a lively harbor city filled with sumptuous palaces built in a typical Mediterrean scenery. We will see the Norman prints in the Cathedral and the Palace before moving to Monreale, strongly characterized by the Abbey: symbol of the triumph of Christianity over the Islam. With its cathedral and adjoining cloister, this complex is among Sicily’s most important sights.

Day 7 – FREE

Suggested excursion

Cefalù and the Madonie Mountains (approx. 50 km)
Today we will experience the variety of Sicily beginning from Castelbuono: among the Madonie mountains, we will visit the medieval castle with its chapel and splendid frescoes. We will then taste the local wine in the history steeped winery of S. Anastasia Abbey. A twist into the arabic period will be represented by our next stop: Cefalù. Mostly known for its beautiful beaches, the town houses structures dating back to the 12th century. We will admire the imposing buildings winding through the small streets of the historic district.

Day 8 – Transfer to Catania airport and departure

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Return flights ex Dublin
  • Meet & greet at Catania Airport with our representative
  • Airport transfers on private coach with English speaking assistant
  • 4 x nights accommodation at 4* Hotel in Taormina area
  • 3 x nights accommodation at 4* Hotel in Cefalù area
  • 7 x buffet breakfasts
  • 6 x 3-course dinners
  • 1 x traditional Sicilian 4-course dinner
  • 1 x full-day guide for Siracusa, the archaeological excavation site – (entrance extra) and Catania with private coach and professional English speaking tour leader
  • 1 x full-day guide for Noto and Ragusa with private coach and professional English speaking tour leader
  • 1 x 5-hour guided tour in Palermo and Monreale with private coach and professional English speaking tour leader

LAND-ONLY INCLUSIONS

  • Meet & greet at Catania Airport with our representative
  • Airport transfers on private coach with English speaking assistant
  • 4 x nights accommodation at 4* Hotel in Taormina area
  • 3 x nights accommodation at 4* Hotel in Cefalù area
  • 7 x buffet breakfasts
  • 6 x 3-course dinners
  • 1 x traditional Sicilian 4-course dinner
  • 1 x full-day guide for Siracusa, the archaeological excavation site – (entrance extra) and Catania with private coach and professional English speaking tour leader
  • 1 x full-day guide for Noto and Ragusa with private coach and professional English speaking tour leader
  • 1 x 5-hour guided tour in Palermo and Monreale with private coach and professional English speaking tour leader

Booking deposit of €250 per person is due at the time of booking.
The balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

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