SICILY with AEOLIAN ISLANDS - LAND ONLY
You will be traveling with regular passengers but paying travel agent rates
Also available SICILY 5 or 8 days,
SICILY and MALTA 11 days,
SICILY combined with any other Mediterranean countries
Departures every Tuesday
From April 16 to October 8, 2019
PALERMO / MONREALE / MARSALA / SELINUNTE / AGRIGENTO / PIAZZA ARMERINA /
RAGUSA / CATANIA/ LIPARI / PANAREA / STROMBOLI / LIPARI / TAORMINA
Tuesday Palermo WELCOME TO SICILY!!!
After you arrive, clear customs and pick up your luggage you will be met by our representative. That person will be holding a sign with your name on it. From the airport you will be transferred to your hotel in charming Palermo
Afternoon at leisure.
Meet with your tour leader, and travel companions for a WELCOME dinner.
Overnight HOTEL FEDERICO II 4*, Palermo
Wednesday Monreale - Palermo Marsala
After breakfast in hotel, the morning visiting Monreale, 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.
Later discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house.
Visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina.
Along the visiting day stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco.
Afternoon continuing walking to admire the Teatro Massimo, the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures.
Proceed to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Overnight HOTEL BAGLIO BASILE 4*, Marsala
Thursday Marsala Salt Road - Selinunte – Agrigento
This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala, they are now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology.
Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in whole Mediterranean and World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city.
Afternoon transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”.
Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
Overnight DIOSCURI BAY PALACE HOTEL 4*, Agrigento
Friday Piazza Armerina - Ragusa Catania
Today reach Piazza Armerina where you will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known.
Afternoon departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures.
Conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Overnight PRINCIPE II HOTEL 4*, Catania
Saturday Catania Catania – Lipari
Tour continues with the Aeolian Islands.
Breakfast in the hotel and private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding on the hydrofoil for Lipari island.
Arrival at the port and transfer to the hotel.
Free evening. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Overnight HOTEL BOUGAINVILLE 4* Lipari
Sunday Panarea - Stromboli
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from the port of Lipari for the full day excursion Panarea and Stromboli.
Before leaving Lipari, stop at Cave of Pumice to enjoy an unforgettable swim. Continue then to Panarea, to visit the beautiful bay of Calajunco, above which lies the prehistoric village of Cape Milazzese, and stay in the adjacent Zimmari for another swim.
Tour leaves for a scenic ride between the Isolotti, visiting the Cave of Lovers, to reach the harbour.
Afternoon take a stroll through the elegant streets, visit the prehistoric village and have a nice swim.
Proceed in the afternoon you will continue to Stromboli. You will stop to admire Ginostra a small fishing village, timeless, then continue to see the Sciara del Fuoco, a steep slope with lava rivers and Strombolicchio, a gigantic rock.
Once on the island, dinner and stroll around shops, or the beautiful gardens and take a swim in the blue cobalt sea.
At sunset, the tour returns below the Sciara, to assist from the sea the volcanic explosion in a symphony of reddish lapill.
Overnight HOTEL BOUGAINVILLE 4* Lipari
Monday Lipari – Salina
Breakfast in the hotel and a full day dedicated to discovering the most beautiful coves of Lipari and Salina.
After leaving the Castle of Lipari, the Monte Rosa and Canneto make your first stop at the mine pumice for a bath. Broken wander Acquacalda and you drive to Salina. There will also be able to see St. M. Salina. Free time for shopping. After having skirted the eastern side you will stop for a second bath in the beautiful bay of Pollara, made famous by the movie Massimo Troisi in "Il Postino" and then set off for Rinella, where we prepared a tasting Malvasia.
Continue to Lingua, a small fishing village, where in addition to delightful restaurants and swimming coves where you can visit the salt lake which gave name to this island.
On the way back visit the most beautiful caves of Lipari and we will do the last bath in the beach of Vinci, in front of the Faraglioni.
Back to Lipari. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Overnight HOTEL BOUGAINVILLE 4* Lipari
Tuesday Lipari – Taormina
Breakfast in the hotel, appointment to the port for hydrofoil boarding directed to Milazzo. Private transfer to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna.
Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and looking around the local handy craft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more).
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Overnight VILLA DIODORO HOTEL 4*, Taormina
Breakfast in hotel and end of services. Private transfer to airport.
Sightseeing multilingual tour on modern motor coach bus
All 4-star hotels (or similar) as per itinerary
Visit of the main suggestive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo,
Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa
Breakfast and dinner daily
Packed lunch instead of dinner, during Panarea and Stromboli excursion
Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Palermo, Marsala, and Ragusa
All taxes and service charges
Private transfer Milazzo Port-Taormina hotel
Private tour extension to Aeolian Islands
Private transfer Catania Hotel - Milazzo Port
Hydrofoil go and back Milazzo - Lipari - Milazzo
One excursion in group Lipari – Salina
One excursion in group Panarea and Stromboli
Admission of approximately $60.00 dollars to be paid on site
City tax that has to be paid directly to hotel upon checking out approximately 5 euros p.r.p.n
NOTE: you will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying travel agent rates
COSTS PER PERSON – based on double occupancy
Travel agent from $ 1950.00 (US)
Companions from $ 2050.00 (US)