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Sicilian Carousel Tour
8 days / 7 nights
Catania - Siracusa - Ragusa- Caltagirone- Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Taormina





HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:

Exclusively in English

Very charming hotels located in the historical centres of the main Sicilian towns

Visit of the main Sicilian Monuments

Including UNESCO Sites

(The late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa and Modica, Siracusa, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Mt. Etna, the Arab-Norman Palermo itinerary and the Cathedral of Monreale and Cefalù)

Especially selected menus in local restaurants

Mineral water included in all meals

Street food in Palermo

Visit of a winery, wine tasting & Light lunch in Marsala

Visit of Chocolate Factory & Chocolate Class in Modica

 

RATES PER PERSON:

in double room                              € 1.190,00

Suppl. Single room                            260,00

3rd pax in triple room                  € 1.155,00

 

OPERATING DATES 2020:

April…11…18

May…02…09…16...23…30

June…06…13…20

July…04…11…18

August…22…29

September…05...12…19…26

October…03…10…17

 

 

PROGRAM:

1st   Day /Saturday CATANIA

Independent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.

 

2nd Day /Sunday – CATANIA – SIRACUSA – MODICA visit of a chocolate factory - RAGUSA (Optional: visit of RAGUSA IBLA “BY NIGHT”)

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse: visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: visit of the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch on your own. Depart to Modica, a town whose architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe and is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. The tour will then continue with a visit inside a real chocolate factory: there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of chocolate. It will also be possible to create, with your hands, own bar of Chocolate to bring with you. Accommodation and dinner at POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT. 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.

 

3rd  Day /Monday     RAGUSA – PIAZZA ARMERINA lunch in a local restaurant - AGRIGENTO

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialities. Depart to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: guided tour of  the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, Juno and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.

 

4th Day /Tuesday    AGRIGENTO – PALERMO street food experience - MONREALE

After a buffet breakfast depart to Palermo. This special day will be dedicated to discovering the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Arrival in Monreale and visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Back to Palermo, you will have the chance to taste Palermo’s street food, one of the most renowned all over the world,  while wandering around its historical centre, one of the largest of Europe. Visit the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto, located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa, near Piazza Marina. Dating back to the 17th century, the building served as the Palermo residence of the Filangeri family for four centuries, and offers visitors a glimpse of the lavish, lost world of the Sicilian nobility. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.

 

5th Day /Wednesday   PALERMO – ERICE – MARSALA visit of a winery,  wine tasting & light lunch - SALT ROUTE (Trapani Area) - PALERMO

After a buffet breakfast, depart to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands: walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, the winding lanes and, inner courtyards. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Stop at a prestigious winery for a guided tour of the historic Wine Cellars + tasting of wines (white, red and marsala) with local food pairings. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner on your own. Overnight in your Hotel.

 

6th Day /Thursday    PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK lunch in a local restaurant - TAORMINA

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu in a country restaurant/relais. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit  the Etna park from an unusual point of view - the north facing side - surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina.

 

7th Day /Friday    TAORMINA - (Optional: excursion to MT ETNA)  - TAORMINA

After a buffet breakfast, morning at leisure or for those who are interested, opportunity to take an optional excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1800 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea": enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel: dinner and overnight.

 

8th Day /Saturday    TAORMINA 

After buffet breakfast, end of the Tour

 

 

RATE INCLUDES:

-              Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels centrally located

-             Welcome cocktail

-             6 Dinners, 2 Lunches in local restaurants, 7 Breakfast

-             Street food in Palermo

-             Visit of a winery, wine tasting & light lunch in Marsala

-             Visit of a chocolate factory in Modica and chocolate class

-             Mineral Water (1/2 per person) included at meals

-             Transportation De Luxe motor coach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax, with FREE WI-FI

-             English speaking Tour Escort

-             Local guides where necessary

-             Whispers Kit

-             Porterage at hotels

 

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

-             Transfers in/out

-             Entrance fees at monuments

-             City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that it has to be paid directly at the Hotel

-             Beverages

-             Optional excursion Mt Etna on Day 7°: € 45,00 per person (the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). 

-             Everything which is not clearly specified under” rate includes”

 

HOTELS 4 STARS or similar

 

CATANIA            IL PRINCIPE HOTEL****   

              Via Alessi, 20/26

95124 Catania - Tel: 095 2500345 

 

RAGUSA              POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT****

                             S.P. Ragusa/Marina di Ragusa Km 5,7

                             97100 Ragusa -Tel:  0932 666452

 

AGRIGENTO       DIOSCURI BAY PALACE****

Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino

92100 Agrigento - Tel 0922 406111

 

PALERMO           GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA****

                             Via dei Cartari, 18

90133 Palermo- Tel:  091 320075

 

TAORMINA        VILLA DIODORO**** 

                             Via Bagnoli Croci, 75

                             98039 Taormina - Tel:  0942 23312

 

SUPPLEMENTS OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS       (to book and pay on the spot; the excursions will take place with a minimum of participants)

Optional escursion Mt Etna: € 45,00 per person

Optional escursion Ragusa Ibla by night: € 25,00 per person

 

ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):    

TOTAL € 51,00 per person (net)                

SIRACUSA: Neapolis € 10,00 + Dome € 2,00

PIAZZA ARMERINA: Villa Romana del Casale € 10,00 AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples € 10,00

PALERMO: Palazzo Mirto  € 6,00

MONREALE: Cloister € 6,00 + Dome € 4,00 +  € 3,00 fee

 

Attention: European Citizens younger than 18 years old are free of charge *The above price is valid on July 2019. In case of price increases, we will have to update it.

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

- 100 % penalty from 2 days before and NO SHOW

-   50 %   from 3 to 7 days before the beginning of the Tour.

-   30 % from 8 to 14 days before the beginning of the Tour

-   10 %   from 15 to 30 days before the beginning of the Tour