Cultural Tour of Sicily A
- 8 days s
Hotel & Rental Car Package – 7 nights
We propose two types of program: A and B.
Programme A includes 2 nights in the Acireale/Mascali area, 2 nights in the Ragusa/Siracusa area and 3 nights in Palermo.
8 days s
- 2 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Acireale/Mascali
- 2 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Ragusa/Syracuse
- 3 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Palermo
- Category C car and “GOLD insurance” included
- City taxes (must to be paid on spot)
- Lunches and all the drinks at meals
- Porterages and personal expenses
- Anything not expressly indicated in “the rate includes”
Day 1 - ARRIVING CATANIA (DRIVE TO ACIREALE/MASCALI)
Arrival at Catania airport, handling of car rental formalities and departure for Acireale/Mascali in Riviera Taormina. Hotel accomodation. Free afternoon to explore the surroundings. Overnight in Acireale/Mascali.
Day 2 - ETNA & TAORMINA (OVERNIGHT IN ACIREALE/MASCALI)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you can decide to visit Etna & Taormina.
Suggested itinerary: In the morning drive to Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory
surrounding the volcano constitutes the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: You will be astonished about the great
variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). From here on
you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep. We suggest you to make a stop at a local beekeeper to taste quality honey and have
a wine tasting and to see how he is produced. In the afternoon visit of Taormina, situated on a plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping
Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from Capo Sant’Andrea to Capo Taormina. Possibility, to visit the Greek-Roman theatre, the 2nd
largest classical theatre in Sicily. Re-entry in hotel. Overnight in Acireale/Mascali.
Day 3 - CATANIA & SYRACUSE (OVERNIGHT IN RAGUSA/SYRACUSE)
After breakfast departure to Catania, a city lying on the slopes of Etna, rich in sumptuous and magnificent buildings.
Suggested itinerary: We suggest you to visit the typical fish market (closed Sunday) and to stroll around the city center which, for its historical
and typical baroque buildings, has been proclaimed, together with the other towns of the Val di Noto, a World Heritage Site 'HUMANITY' by
UNESCO. After visiting the city, continue to Syracuse, one of the most interesting sites on the island, where you can visit the Archaeological
Park, famous for its Roman amphitheater, the Greek theater and the ear of Dionysus. Continue your visit by going to the island of Ortigia, the
oldest part of the city, characteristic for its narrow alleys, for its sea views and for the wonderful square with its splendid cathedral. On to
Day 4 - RAGUSA, MODICA & NOTO (OVERNIGHT IN RAGUSA/SYRACUSE)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you can decide to visit Modica and Noto.
Suggested itinerary: Today it will be possible to discover the less known part of Sicily, dominated by the sumptuous and majestic Baroque style
of the buildings, characterized by the numerous UNESCO sites and also known for the television series of "Il Commissario Montalbano". Start
your visit from the historic center of the city of Ragusa, "Ibla", characterized by the numerous baroque churches and palaces, as well as by the
characteristic domes that dominate the city. Ragusa has become part of the Unesco list, with 18 sites declared World Heritage Sites. Continue
to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage city especially known for its chocolate as well as for its wonderful buildings. We advise you to wander
through the alleys, always moving upwards, once you reach the highest part of the hill you can admire a wonderful panorama of the city.
Continue your tour by going to Noto, included by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites in 2002. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 5 - AGRIGENTO (OVERNIGHT IN PALERMO)
Breakfast at hotel. Today you will drive to Agrigento to discover the wonderful and well-known Valley of the temples where you can admire the
Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concordia (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the whole Greek world), the Temple of Hercules and the
Temple of Castor and Pollux. Continue to Palermo where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight in Palermo.
Day 6 - PALERMO & MONREALE (OVERNIGHT IN PALERMO)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you can decide to visit Palermo & Monreale or stay in the beach in Mondello.
Suggested itinerary: Start your visit to this city that never ceases to amaze and which is like an ancient treasure chest that preserves priceless
treasures, some of which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start your walk on foot from the Cathedral (inside which the
tombs of Emperor Frederick II and some Norman kings are kept), crossing a wonderful palm garden head towards the Royal Palace, also called
Palazzo dei Normanni, seat of the Sicilian kings from the 11th to the 19th century; here you can admire some rooms in different styles and the
Palatine Chapel, famous for its golden mosaics. Crossing Corso Vittorio Emanuele to the point where it meets Via Maqueda, it will be possible
to admire the “Quattro Canti”, an octagonal square whose four corners raise the convex facades of beautiful seventeenth-century buildings.
Visit the popular "Il Capo" market, which looks like an Arab souk, where locals prefer to buy local food, in a mix of colors, flavors and smells and
finally head to the Teatro Massimo. In the afternoon go to Monreale, a village 7 km away from Palermo, famous all over the world for its
magnificent Cathedral in Arab-Norman style, part of the World Heritage Site (UNESCO), known for its 3,500 square meters of polychrome
mosaics on golden background. Near the cathedral you can visit the cloister, with its 80 pairs of twin columns, each different from the others.
Return to the hotel for overnight. We suggest you to discover the city with a tour in Ape, a typical local vehicle transport on three wheels,
which will allow you, in a very folkloristic way, to admire many hidden corners of the ancient part of the city. Overnight in Palermo.
Day 7 - MARSALA, SEGESTA & SAN VITO LO CAPO/SCOPELLO (OVERNIGHT IN PALERMO)
Breakfast at hotel. Today you will drive to Segesta, one of the most beautiful archeological sites of Sicily, where you should visit the Doric
temple whose majestic appearance and dominating position bestows great nobility to the landscape. If you have time you can drive for a
swimming to San Vito Lo Capo / Scopello (I suggest you to eat local food PANI CUNSATU) drive to to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.
Day 8 - DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Catania or Palermo airport. Release of the car at the car rental desk. End of our services.
• Each rental day is a fraction of 24 hours, the vehicle must be
returned on time or within the next 59 minutes.
• The pick-up and drop-off of the car at the airport will be during
the opening hours of the company Noleggiare (Everyday from
08:00 to 22:30); after these hours the rental company will charge
an extra fee. Please inquire before booking your flight.
• Cancellations up to 15 days before departure with full refund.
• Cancellations from 14 to 8 days before departure, penalty of 30%
• Cancellations from 7 to 4 days before departure, penalty of 50%
• In case of cancellation within 3 days before departure, penalty of
• There will be no refund for no shows or voluntary interruption of
an already started trip
Selected 4-star hotels or similar:
• Acireale/Mascali: Wave Hotel/Kings House or similar (*)
• Ragusa/Syracuse: Mediterraneo Palace/Panorama or similar (*)
• Palermo: Astoria Palace, San Paolo Palace (*)
(*) The hotels indicated may be replaced with others of the same category.
Accommodations are located in the indicated towns or in a different cities
where will be possible to realize the program
Selected hotels or similar with supplement:
• Taormina area: Albatros Beach hotel, Antares, Caesar Palace
• Mondello: B&B Villa Flora, le Muse, Mondello Felix
• Local guide in Syracuse half day: € 190,00
• Local guide in Agrigento half day: € 190,00
• Local guide in Taormina half day: € 190,00
• Local guide in Palermo half day: € 220,00
• Tour escort, full day: € 270,00 (per day)
• On request possibility to have a pre/post tour
• Upgrading for the car rental category on request
• Club card compulsory 13.05-15.09 euro 6,00 per day per person from 4 years
old to be paid at the hotel
No Review Available