Taormina & Baroque Tour

  • 8 days s
  • Adult

From, 499,00 Per Adult

“Pearls of Eastern Sicily”
Hotel & Rental Car Package – 7 nights

Duration

8 days s

Group Size

min. 2

Included

  • 3 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Taormina area on BB basis
  • 4 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Ragusa/Syracuse on BB basis
  • Wine tasting in a cellar
  • Category C car and “GOLD insurance” included

Excluded

  • 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.

Day 1 - ARRIVING CATANIA (OVERNIGHT IN TAORMINA AREA)

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Arrival at Catania/Palermo airport, handling of car rental formalities and departure to Taormina area. Hotel accommodation. Free afternoon to
explore the surroundings. Overnight in Taormina area.

Day 2 - ETNA & TAORMINA (OVERNIGHT IN TAORMINA AREA)

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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 Taormina area.

Day 3 - FORZA D’AGRO’ & SAVOCA + MONTALBANO ELICONA & MEGALITHS OF ARGIMUSCO (OVERNIGHT IN TAORMINA AREA)

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Breakfast in the hotel. This day you can decide to Savoca, Forza D’Agrò and Montalbano Elicona
Suggested itinerary: Drive to Forza D' Agrò a charming village sits on a hill overlooking Taormina and the Ionian sea. Visit of the village with its
beautiful views, the arch Durazzesco and the church, place chosen for shooting one of the most romantic scenes of the Godfather’s movie, the
marriage of Micheal Corleone. Then drive to Savoca, village famous because here have been shooted some of the famous parts of the movie
"The Godfather", directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is the place where Michael Corleone married Apollonia. The buildings and the
monuments of the movie are still here, like the famous Bar Vitelli, the same bar used to shoot The Godfather. Continue driving to the Sicilian
hinterland, to the wonderful village of Montalbano Elicona, awarded in 2015 as the most beautiful village in Italy. A labyrinth of small roads
conducts to the castle, which dominates the historical centre. You will be enchanted by the splendid views of the luxurious vegetation. Take a
small tour of the town and continue to the Megaliths of Argimusco. Here you can see megaliths (rocks) from prehistoric periods and at the
same time enjoy wonderful views of Mount Etna, the Aeolian Islands, the unusual mountains Rocca Salvatesta and Montagna di Vernà, cape
Tindari, cape Calavà and cape Milazzo. Re-entry in hotel. Overnight in Taormina area.

Day 4 - CATANIA, SYRACUSE & RAGUSA (OVERNIGHT IN RAGUSA AREA)

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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
Ragusa. Accommodation in hotel and overnight.

Day 5 - RAGUSA, MODICA & NOTO (OVERNIGHT IN RAGUSA AREA)

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Breakfast at the hotel. 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".
Suggested itinerary: 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. Cross the famous
Arco, stroll in the center admiring the wonderful aristocratic palaces with the famous decorated balconies, the sumptuous churches full of
decorations, the cathedral with its staircase and the city theater, all built in Baroque style. Return to the hotel in Ragusa for overnight.

Day 6 - COMMISSARIO MONTALBANO TOUR (CHIARAMONTE GULFI - VITTORIA WITH WINERY TASTE - PUNTA SECCA - SCICLI - RAGUSA)

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Breakfast in the hotel. This day you can decide to visit the iconic places of the television series of "Il Commissario Montalbano".
Suggested itinerary: Drive to to Chiaramonte Gulfi, a beautiful old village called the Balcony of Sicily because of its splendid panoramic
position. Walking through the small streets of the historic centre we visit the beautiful church of Santa Maria La Nova (Cathedral Square) and
the church of San Giovanni. Chiaramonte Gulfi is famous for the production of the excellent extra virgin olive oil PDO and for the wine Nero
d'Avola, Insolia or Cerasuolo DOCG. Then drive to Vittoria, famous for the Cerasuolo wine and the visit allows lovers to discover the secrets of
the art of making wine, "7 lands for 7 wines" starts among the vineyards of the farm. At the end tasting of 3 wines at VALLE DELL'ACATE
winery, accompanied by olives, "ciappe di pomodoro' (dried tomatoes) and home-made naturally fermented bread. Continue driving to Punta
Secca district of Santa Croce di Camerina for a short stop to see the city, beach and house of Commissario Montalbano, and on to Scicli,
beautiful city known as “VIGATA” name invented by the writer where is the Vigata police station (Commissariato). Drive to Ragusa/Syracuse -
overnight.

Day 7 - AGRIGENTO (OVERNIGHT IN SYRACUSE)

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Breakfast at hotel. This day you can decide to visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
Suggested itinerary: 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. Come back to the hotel and overnight.

Day 8 - AIRPORT CATANIA THROUGH MARZAMEMI & VENDICARI

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Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Catania. If your flight is in the afternoon we suggest you to stop in Marzamemi, a delightful seaside
village with pastel colors, developed thanks to tuna fishing, where it will be possible to admire one of the most important and well-preserved
tuna traps in Sicily or in Vendicari Nature Reserve where flamingos, herons and storks stop during their migratory flows towards Africa.
Drive to the airport, Release of the car at the car rental desk. Grazie e arrivederci!

Cancellation policy:
• 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
Reductions/supplements:
• Platinum insurance 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
4*selected hotels or similar:
• Taormina area: Antares, Caesar Palace, Sporting Baia or similar (*)
• Ragusa/Syracuse: Mediterraneo Palace/Panorama or similar (*)
(*) 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.

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