Taormina & Amalfi Coast
- 8 days s
“The Pearls of Southern Italy”
7 nights – Sunday arrivals
8 days s
- Group Transfer from Catania aiport to the hotel in Taormina
- 4 nights on HB basis in Taormina area
- 3 nights on HB basis in Sorrento area
- 2 Excursions “Etna” and “Syracuse” by traditional or open bus
- 1 Excursion “Taormina Coast to Coast by boat Grotta Azzurra”
- 1 Excursion “Positano & Amalfi”
- Tour leader or multilingual pre-recorded commentary
- Transfer from hotel in Taormina area to Taormina train station
- Train from Taormina to Naples in 2nd class
- Group transfer from Naples to hotel in Sorrento area
- Transfer from hotel in Sorrento to Naples airport
- City tax must to be paid on spot
- Tips and extras of a personal nature
- Porterage service
- Entrance to monuments and archaeological parks
- Anything not expressly indicated in "the rate includes”
- Optional excursions
Day 1 - SUNDAY: TAORMINA AREA
Arrive at Catania Airport. After having collected your luggage, optional group transfer to the hotel. On this day there are no planned
activities, the rooms will be ready after 14:00 and enjoy the city. At the hotel you will find the program. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - MONDAY: ETNA (INCLUDED)
Breakfast in the hotel and departure with the tour escort to the 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 optional excursion by jeep and cableway (extra cost). After having tasted some local Sicilian speciality
come back in hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - TUESDAY: SYRACUSE (INCLUDED)
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island with its Archeological Park
(extra cost) the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, Island of Ortigia, the most ancient
nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. Re-entry in hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - WEDNESDAY: BOAT TOUR “GROTTA AZZURRA” (INCLUDED) – AFTERNOON: TAORMINA WALKING FOOD EXPERIENCE (OPTIONAL)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning excursion by boat GROTTA AZZURRA. On this tour you will discover the natural beauty of the coastline Giardini/Naxos – Taormina. The meeting will be at the port of Giardini Naxos. You will start the tour in a comfortable characteristic boat (max. 12 persons), to explore the Ionian Coast. From here you’ll have a fantastic view of mount. Etna and its area’s most breathtaking sights. On the way you can discover caves, including the visit of the well known “Grotta Azzurra” (due to weather conditions and currents), rock formations and the beautiful Nature Reserve of Isola Bella.
The afternoon you are free to relax or optional to join our gastronomic tour in Taormina. Sicily is included among the ten selected regions in terms of tourist attractiveness and food and wine culture We will begin our “Walking Food Experience” through the narrow streets of the
charming Taormina and guests “hop” from one taste sensation to the next on a leisurely walk with our local food person.
Sicilian street food is different from province to province, and here in the province of Messina you will have the opportunity to taste some
specialties that you don’t find in other places. We will start with the first Sicilian speciality such as the “Focaccia” o “Cartucciata” or
“Scacciata”: What is this? a kind of pizza that is thicker than the Neapolitan pizza; it is seasoned with Sicilian cheese, tomatoes and a nice
vegetable, the curly endive, with a slightly sour taste. Are you ready for the second Sicilian speciality? the “Arancino”. You can find it
everywhere in Sicily, but in the eastern coast the shape is different: it is not a perfect “ball” but it has a peak as ETNA and therefore it is also
easier to bite… The taste is really an experience not to miss: the “arancino” is a ball of fried rice, filled with different ingredients; the basic
filling can be ragout or mozzarella cheese + ham, but it is not difficult to find the version with mushrooms, spinaches and so on. After eating you’ll. for sure, be thirsty and we’ll let you trying a Chinotto, a soft drink flavoured with sour oranges Than we’ll continue to walk for having a nice dessert in a bakery to taste a typical Sicilian cake as Cannolo or another type of sicilian cake Our food experience must end – of course – with a refreshing sweet and in the province of Messina what it is better than a Granita? Nothing else… especially in the warm days, cause it is a crushed-ice drink. The flavours are countless: the traditional ones are coffee, lemonor – almonds-taste; Before ending our walking tour it Is still time to drink a good Espresso! Let us know when you book if you have any food allergies or restrictions. This program includes 6 stops through the characteristic streets of the stunning Taormina. Places visited during your tour are subject to change. Meeting is at Porta Messina one of the door of Taormina center. Dinner (if booked) and overnight.
*Meeting at Porta Messina. On request group transfer to Taormina
Day 5 - THURSDAY: TRAIN TO SORRENTO AREA
Breakfast in hotel, group transfer to the train station and departure to Naples. Transfer to the hotel in Sorrento area. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - FRIDAY: POSITANO & AMALFI (INCLUDED)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you will spend your day in the Amalfi coast, one of the most spectacular coastlines of Europe. Pick-up in hotel by Mini van and enjoy the Amalfi Coast drive which is arguably the world's most beautiful and thrilling sightseeing road. Your English or German speaking driver, along the journey, will give you general information including how to spend your free time for each of the 3 stops programmed:
Positano is a true paradise, developed vertically within a tangled overlay of streets, alleys and shops that expose the colorful Positano fashions well-known all around the world. In the town center is the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta that shows up with its large dome, tiled in majolica and sheltering some precious works like polychrome marble altars.
It’s nice to get lost in Positano… To fully embrace the beauty of the town it’s probably better to walk without a precise destination; You will be able to enjoy the streets, the little shops, the restaurants, the monuments, the churches, the beaches.
Amalfi, a picturesque interlacing of alleys and stairways overlooks the sea with all its extraordinary colors reflecting the enchanting landscape of Amalfi, the town whose name blesses the entire coast. Dominated by the majestic Cathedral dedicated to Sant'Andrea (St. Andrew), Amalfi proffers innumerable testimonies of its glorious past as a Maritime Republic.
Ravello, another pearl of the coast, an elegant and refined village, dipped in green and characterized by luxurious villas. Ravello is famous all around the world for its Festival, in the garden of Villa Rufolo, where an evocative setting and the emotion of listening to great music create an experience of extraordinary intensity. The heart of Ravello is represented by Piazza Vescovado, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the Cathedral with its magnificent portal (the first ever made with this innovative mould technique) and 10-feet-high bell tower.
Dinner and Overnight
Day 7 - SATURDAY: CAPRI (OPTIONAL)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you are free to relax and explore the city on your own or you can opt to join our a full day excursion in Capri.
No holiday here in Sorrento would be complete without a trip to the evocative Island of Capri. Sail across the Bay of Naples for the start of an unforgettable day. For so small an Island, about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, Capri has had much said, sung and written about her. Pick-up from hotel, transfer to the port and departure to Capri, sailing along the Sorrento Coast. On board of our comfortable boat we offer you an unforgettable and personalized trip discovering the beautiful island of Capri. Your English or German speaking Captain, along the journey, will give you general information including how to spend your free time on Capri Island. Along the way you will admire: the ancient fishermen village of “Marina Grande”, the ruins of a roman villa near “Bagni della Regina Giovanna”, her interesting attractions along the coast. Arrival to Capri and tour of the island by boat with the possibility to admire the Marvellous Grotto, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto; along the way you will admire the Natural Arch, the Villa Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni rocks and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena. Disembark at Marina Grande in Capri with 5/6 hours free time to visit the island. Comfortable shoes, cameras.
Dinner and overnight in Sorrento Area.
Day 8 - SUNDAY - DEPARTURE
Breakfast in the hotel, group transfer to Naples airport and end of our services.
• Tours are guaranteed with a minimum number of 2 passengers;
• The hotels shown in the programs may be replaced by others of the same category;
• It is advisable to book optional excursions when booking
• Some trips could be a combination of multiple Norma Vacanze tours. You should expect somegroup members to join or leave the tour
between tour segments.
• We try to carry out the tour as in the programs but a change in emergency or bad weather conditions could be possible with alternative
• The tour programs could undergo variations, with respect to what has been published, for reasons of technical or logistical orders, without
however substantial changes to the program itself.
• Norma Vacanze is entitled to change the itinerary of the excursion if it considers it appropriate or due to force majeure.
• Norma Vacanze is not responsible for accidents, delays, damage or loss of luggage or personal belongings, nor for damages caused by third
parties or others like floods, storms, landslides, earthquakes, political unrest, epidemy, terrorists attacks, strike.
• 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 100%
• There will be no refund for no shows or voluntary interruption of an already started trip
• In order to skip the queues in the museums or in the archeological parks we need to make the reservation in advance: Pre-bookings of
entrance tickets are mandatory on the first day of the tour.
• Tickets are non-refundable
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