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Tour Jolly Catania/Palermo
7 days / 6 nights
Catania - Ragusa - Agrigento - Palermo



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:

Very charming hotels located in the historical centres of the main sicilian towns or in the most famouse touristic resorts

Visit of the main sicilian monuments including 4 UNESCO SITES (Siracusa, Noto, Valley of Temples, Mt. Etna)

Selected typical restaurants / farmhouses and especially chosen menus to have a taste of the Sicilian and Italian cuisine.  NEWS 2020: dinner in a local restaurant in the historical centre of Taormina + Street Food in Syracuse

Mineral Water in all meals; 1/4 of wine & coffee only at lunch in local restaurants

Porterage at Hotel and whispers kit

Guided visits according to the program

Tasting of local typical products in Selinunte + Honey on Mount Etna + Chocolate in Modica

Visit of a winery and wine tasting in Marsala

Visit of a farmhouses and oil tasting in Selinunte

Qualified multilingual tour escort and Local Guide

Deluxe motor coach offering the max comfort

 

RATES HIGH SEASON SUMMER 2020

Price p.p. in double room:          940,00

Suppl. single room:                     190,00

3rd pax in triple room:                  915,00

ENTRANCE FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2020 from CATANIA:

EVERY SUNDAY                                                           

FROM MARCH 22nd  TILL OCTOBER 25th  2020 (LAST DEPARTURE)

 

PROGRAM

1st day/ Sunday:   CATANIA 

Independent arrival at GRAND HOTEL VILLA ITRIA 4*, placed near by Etna’s Park, in Viagrande, a few kilometers from Catania downtown and the airport. Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

 

2nd day/Monday:   CATANIA – MOUNT ETNA honey tasting  – TAORMINA dinner in a local restaurant – CATANIA AREA

After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1900 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea. On the way stop to the village of Zafferana Etnea, "the City of Honey" to visit a beautiful place where they produce honey and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands. Back to your Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, depart to Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea", founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto”  or simply walk through its tiny streets. Individual visit of the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre. Tonight, enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant located in the historical centre. Back to your Hotel in Catania/Viagrande: overnight.

 

3rd day/Tuesday:   CATANIA – SIRACUSA street food experience – NOTO – RAGUSA

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: here you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Entering Ortigia food market, you will experience the market stalls, admiring artistically arranged stands of vegetables, nuts, fruits, cheeses, meats and fresh fishes. Continuing through the vibrant market, you will stop in a Sicilian street food delicatessen vintage shop for an unforgettable light lunch with several samples of typical Sicilian appetizers.. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The splendid cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Noto. Proceed to Ragusa: accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Hotel MEDITERRANEO PALACE 4*.

 

4th day/Wednesday:    RAGUSA – MODICA chocolate tasting - AGRIGENTO

After a buffet breakfast, visit 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”. Depart to Modica to visit the city divided into two parts: Modica “Bassa” and “Alta”. Modica is also a UNESCO site and is famous for its Baroque churches and scenographic squares; tasting of the famous chocolate (Xocoatl) made with ancient methods brought to Sicily with Spanish domination. Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Agrigento and in the afternoon, visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly preserved conditions, Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE 4*.

 

5th day/Thursday:  AGRIGENTO – SELINUNTE oil tasting & lunch in a farmhouse – MARSALA visit of a winery & wine tasting - PALERMO

After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Stop in a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production where, before lunch, it will be possible to have an oil tasting of local production.  Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Visit of the historical centre and stop to a prestigious winery, where we can enjoy a wine tasting and learn about local production. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel PALAZZO SITANO 4*.

 

6th  day/Friday:   PALERMO – MONREALE - PALERMO

After a buffet breakfast, visit of the capital of Sicily Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art: the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral (during the Holy Mass, exterior visit only); the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist; the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, adorned with XVI century sculptures; the most beautiful baroque church in Palermo, Santa Caterina and its cloister. Lunch in a local restaurant. Later on, proceed to Monreale to visit its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel. 

 

7th  day/Saturday:     PALERMO

After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour.

 

RATE INCLUDES:

-             Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels

-             Welcome cocktail

-             Tour in FULL BOARD: (in Hotels and local restaurants) 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

-             Mineral water (1/2 per person) at all meals 1/4 of wine & coffee only at lunch in local restaurants

-             Tasting of local typical products:

Olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives in Selinunte  Honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea (Mt Etna)

Chocolate tasting in Modica

Wine tasting in Marsala

Street food in Syracuse

-             Bus GT max comfort, with FREE WI-FI

or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax

-             Tour escort at disposal for the whole tour

-             Guided visits according to the program

-             Whispers Kit

-             Porterage at hotels

-             Retevacanze staff assistance

 

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

-             Transfers in/out

-             Entrance fees at monuments

-             City Tax: to be paid directly at the Hotel

-             Beverages (Coffee and Wine at meals in the Hotels)

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

 

HOTELS 4 STARS or similar

CATANIA            GRAND HOTEL VILLA ITRIA****

                            Via Antonio Aniante, 3

                            95029 Viagrande/Catania

                           Tel: 095 226 6111 

 

RAGUSA              MEDITERRANEO PALACE****

Via Roma, 189

97100 Ragusa

Tel 0932 621944

 

AGRIGENTO       DIOSCURI BAY PALACE****

Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino

92100 Agrigento

Tel 0922 406111

 

PALERMO           PALAZZO SITANO****

                            Via Vittorio Emanuele, 114  

                            90133 Palermo

                            Tel:  091 778 1610

 

ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):    

TOTAL € 55,00 per person (net)     

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

AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples € 10,00

SELINUNTE Acropolis € 6,00

PALERMO: Palatine Chapel € 8,50 + Church of S.Caterina & Cloister € 5,00

MONREALE: Dome + Benedictine cloister € 10,00

Fee € 3,50

Attention: European Citizens younger than 18 years old are free of charge (Entrance to Palatine Chapel in Palermo € 5,00 per person)   *The above price is valid on July 2019. In case of price increases, we will have to update it.

 

SPECIAL TRANSFERS RATES (OPTIONAL)

CATANIA APT/ HTL VIAGRANDE / CATANIA or VV :

NET PRICE CAR               (min. 2 pax):        € 55,00

NET PRICE MINIVAN             (3/7 pax):      € 70,00

Supplement night time (22:00-08:00):                   + 20%

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

- 100 %  penalty from 2 days 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