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Best of Sicily and Malta
12 days / 11 nights
Catania - Ragusa - Agrigento - Monreale - Palermo - Taormina - Malta



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:

Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and independent travel

11 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels

11 breakfast (B), 3 lunches (L), 

10 dinners (D)

Welcome drink in Catania; visit of a chocolate factory in Modica; Street Food in Palermo; visit of a winery, wine tasting & light lunch in Marsala

Coach transportation

English-speaking tour escort

Local guides where necessary

Flight from Catania to Valletta

Return airport transfers in Malta

Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9–11) – English Guaranteed

Porterage at hotels in Sicily

Exclusions Pre-tour transfers; entrance fees; optional excursions; drinks; tips

 

RATES PER PERSON:

in double room                                  2.130,00

Suppl. Single room                             555,00

3rd pax in triple room                      2.095,00

 

SUPPLEMENT DEPARTURES 20.06 to 19.09.20:       € 150,00 per person

 

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

Arrive in Catania and make your own way to the hotel IL PRINCIPE. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening. (D)

 

2nd Day     SUNDAY: CATANIA – SIRACUSA – MODICA visit of a chocolate factory - RAGUSA (Optional: visit of RAGUSA IBLA “by night”)

Drive to Syracuse to visit the marvelous archaeological area then continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Travel to Modica, a baroque town part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy: visit a real chocolate factory, where it will 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 (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Overnight. (BD)

 

3rd Day MONDAY:  RAGUSA – PIAZZA ARMERINA lunch in a local restaurant - AGRIGENTO

Drive to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics, depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Eat lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight. (BLD)

 

4th Day TUESDAY:   AGRIGENTO - PALERMO street food experience - MONREALE

Travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: The Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. 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. In the afternoon, visit the historical centre of Palermo:  The Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto a noble residence located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. (BD)

 

5th Day WEDNESDAY:   PALERMO – ERICE – MARSALA visit of a winery, wine tasting & light lunch SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMO

Depart to Segesta to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. 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 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. (B)

 

6th Day THURSDAY:   PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK lunch in a local restaurant - TAORMINA

Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina. (BLD)

 

7th Day FRIDAY:   TAORMINA - MT ETNA (Optional excursion) - TAORMINA

Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic 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: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to your hotel.  Dinner and overnight. (BD)

 

8h Day   SATURDAY:   TAORMINA – CATANIA –  MALTA

Breakfast in Hotel. At the appointed time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, Capital of Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to Hotel DOLMEN RESORT located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Arrival in Hotel and accommodation. Dinner and overnight. (BD)

 

9h Day  SUNDAY:   MALTA   “MARSAXLOKK MARKET & THE BLUE GROTTO” Extended Half Day Excursion

The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colorful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unsplit village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD)

 

10h Day   MONDAY:   MALTA  “VALLETTA + MALTA EXPERIENCE” Half Day Excursion

Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta – Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD) Please note: from April to June and in October, the excursion “Valletta + Malta experience” will take place in the afternoon.

 

11h Day   TUESDAY:   MALTA  “MDINA” Full Day Excursion – lunch included

Today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. (BLD)

 

12h Day   WEDNESDAY:   MALTA

The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta. (B)

 

RATE INCLUDES:

Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels

Welcome cocktail

10 Dinners (D), 3 Lunches (L), 10 Breakfast (B)

Visit of a chocolate factory in Modica

Street Food in Palermo

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

Transportation De Luxe motor coach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax

English speaking tour escort

Local guides where necessary

Whispers Kit

Porterage at hotels in Sicily

Transfer Taormina Hotel/Catania Airport

Flight Catania/Valletta in Economy class (the ticket includes, in addition to the passenger, 1 piece of luggage max 20 kgs per person and a hand luggage max 10 kgs)

Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11) – English language guaranteed

Transfer Airport Malta/Htl Malta/Airport or Port Malta

 

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

-             Transfers in

-             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

-             Extra luggage (to be paid at the airport by the passenger)

-             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

 

*MALTA              DOLMEN RESORT**** 

                             Qwara, St Paul’s Bay

                             SPB 2402 - Malta

Tel: (+356) 2355 2355 

 

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 theTour.

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

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

 

After the confirmation of the reservation, in case of cancellation, penalty of € 100,00 – always – (cancellation flight Catania/Malta) + cancellation fees of the tour

 

*possibility to reserve a different 4 star Hotel in Malta, only on request and if available.