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Sicily Tour Escorted
2012
SICILY Circle Tour

Departures on Saturdays from Palermo
All Year Around

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Summer Itinerary  : Departures Every Saturday (Classic Sicily)
2Apr - 29Oct 2011

1st day SATURDAY PALERMO
Independent arrival at Hotel Principe di Villafranca in Palermo. (in 2010: Hotel Grande Albergo Sole in Palermo) Enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

2nd day SUNDAY PALERMO - CEFALÙ - CAPO D’ORLANDO - TAORMINA - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù, a charming coastal town, a former fishing village, which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral with dazzling mosaics. Take a stroll to the city center and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Capo d’Orlando along the Tyrrhenian coast and stop for lunch. Continue to Taormina called “the pearl of the Ionic 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 the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the fascinating Roman - Greek theatre. Proceed to Catania. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Hotel Katane Palace.

3rd day MONDAY CATANIA - MONTE ETNA with lunch in a farmhouse - CATANIA
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 2000 metres, where we will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Lunch in a farmhouse on the slopes of Etna and wine tasting of local production. Back to Catania, the town known for its original baroque style and for its streets built with black lava stone from mount Etna. Walking tour through Via Etnea, the Baroque street “Via Crociferi”, the Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral and the “Liotru” statue, symbol of the city, the roman Amphitheatre, the Opera House (external visit), the University, and the noble Palace of Biscari (external visit). Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.

4th day TUESDAY CATANIA - SIRACUSA - NOTO - MODICA (2011) - RAGUSA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa, built by the Aragonians: here you can admire the Cathedral and the “Fontana Aretusa”. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, depart 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.  Proceed to Modica, one of the most picturesque cities of Sicily. Panoramic tour of Modica. (Modica only in 2011) Continue to Ragusa, a city that is divided into two parts: the upper part built after the earthquake in 1693 and the lower part that is called Ragusa Ibla, one of the most important testimony of the Baroque architecture. Enjoy a tasting of typical Sicilian products (an aperitif only in 2010) in a nice bar in the main square by the Dome, “Basilica di San Giorgio”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Mediterraneo Palace.

5th day 2010: WEDNESDAY RAGUSA - MODICA - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, stop in Modica, one of the most picturesque cities in the province and of all Sicily, mainly to the appearance late Baroque, rich of important churches such as San Giorgio and San Pietro.
Stop in a chocolate shop to have a taste of the famous Modica’s chocolate still made the same way the ancient Aztecs made chocolate in Mexico. Depart to Piazza Armerina and visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Agrigento: visit of the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Dinner at Hotel Della Valle. After dinner enjoy an unforgettable panoramic tour of the Valley of the Temples illuminated. Overnight in Agrigento.

5th day 2011: WEDNESDAY - RAGUSA - CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone famous for the production of ceramics and pottery: visit of a ceramics laboratory and opportunity of shopping. Continue to Piazza Armerina and visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Agrigento: visit of the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Dinner at Hotel Della Valle. After dinner enjoy an unforgettable panoramic tour of the Valley of the Temples illuminated. Overnight in Agrigento.

6th day THURSDAY AGRIGENTO - SELINUNTE with lunch in a farmhouse - SEGESTA - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. After the visit stop in a local farmhouse (famous for olive oil
production) where before lunch it will be possible to have a wine and oil tasting of local production. Proceed to Segesta to visit the Doric Temple which keeps in its stones the weight of a long history, surrounded by a unique landscape. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Principe di Villafranca Palermo. (in 2010 overnight at Hotel Grande Albergo Sole).

7th day FRIDAY PALERMO - MONREALE - (ERICE OPTIONAL) - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast. morning visit of the Capital of Sicily, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art: the Cathedral, the “Palatina” Chapel, and panoramic tour of the town (the “Quattro Canti”, the Opera House, the Pretoria Square). We will continue to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery with Moorish architecture. Lunch in your Hotel. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Erice, a medieval town full of myth, history and art which sits on top of Mt. Erice, overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Panoramic tour of the salt-woks of Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.

8th day SATURDAY PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour.

2012 Summer tour - Price per person in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange):
E 845,00 in double room / Single supplement: E 190,00
3rd passenger in triple room: E 810,00

Hotels used for the Summer tour: 
Palermo: Hotel Principe Di Villafranca  or similar  / Catania: Katane Palace or similar /Ragusa:  Hotel Mediterrraneo Place or similar / Hotel Della Valle or similar in Agrigento

Pre and post tour accommodation in Palermo for summer tour - 2011:
Hotel Principe Di Villafranca****:
1Apr-17Apr/6Jun-4Sep'10: Euro 54 per person based on double / Euro 94 per person based on single / Euro 48 per person based on triple

18Apr-5Jun/5Sep-31Oct'11: Euro 67 per person based on double / Euro 119 per person based on single / Euro 56 per person based on triple



Tour Includes:

  • 7 nights first class accommodation with daily breakfast at first class (4star) hotels with porterage at the hotels

  • Welcome cocktail

  • Full board (dinner on first day till breakfast on last day - in between 3 meals per day) 

  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned motor-coach or minivan

  • Professional English speaking guide throughout the tour (Tour is multilingual m, conducted in English, Spanish and Italian)

  • Discovery of the territory and of the wine and food tradition by: visit and wine/oil
    tasting in farmhouses in Selinunte and on the Etna Mount - tasting of typical Sicilian
    products (wine, chocolate, biscuits, etc) in one of the most enchanting
    square in Ragusa

  • Land taxes and service charges

  • Porterage at hotels
     

Rates do not include:

  • Transfers, entrance fees (approximately E 65 per person), drinks, everything which is not clearly specified under rate includes

 
Transfers from Apt Palermo to Hotel or vice-versa 2010 and 2011:  (only valid in connection with the escorted tour and on Saturdays only)
Euro 28 per person (min 2 passengers), supplement for 1passenger: Euro 20
Supplement for transfer services performed from 10 pm to 8 am:: 20%

Private transfer Palermo airport to hotel or v.v.:
Euro 58 per car (max 2 passengers)

 


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