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 SICILY -  2018
LAND ONLY
5 days from Catania to Palermo

Departures every Saturday
From March 31 to October 27, 2018

You will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying travel agent rates.

CATANIA / SIRACUSA / NOTO / ETNA /
TAORMINA / CATANIA / CEFALU / PALERMO

Saturday     CATANIA

WELCOME TO SICILY!!!     
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the charming city of Catania.
     Overnight PRINCIPE II HOTEL, Catania         

Sunday     SIRACUSA – NOTO
After breakfast in hotel visit Siracusa, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site.  The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. 

Visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Siracusa. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The present façade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition, but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple.  

From Piazza Duomo you will reach a wide terrace on the waterfront surrounding the famous Arethusa’s Fountain, one of the most famous fresh-water sources of the Greek world. 

Free time for lunch. 

Departure to Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared Unesco World Heritage Site. Inspired by Baroque ideals of “open city”, Noto is a rare masterpiece and the most clear example of theatrical tastes in 18 th century architecture whose local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun.  Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. 

Visit Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style and once the residence of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a patron of the arts. 

Back to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
      Overnight PRINCIPE II HOTEL, Catania      

Monday     ETNA – TAORMINA - CATANIA
This morning we will leave to visit Etna the highest (10,990 feet) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays Unesco World Heritage Site. Its regional park protects 59.000 hectares of unique geology, flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wine manufactured, stonework and carpentry. Reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters, can extend across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique.

Later visit a company of beekeeping: visit of the honey extraction lab, tasting of homemade honey and typical products of the area. 

Proceed to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna.

Lunch in a typical restaurant where you will assist to a show-cooking lesson for some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. 

In the afternoon visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, and then you will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval typical narrow streets and go shopping and looking around the local handicraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi.

 Back to your hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight.
     Overnight PRINCIPE II HOTEL, Catania       

 Tuesday     CATANIA – CEFALU – PALERMO
Today you will visit the historical centre of Catania stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The colour scheme of the city-centre building in fact is black and dark grey, relieved with white limestone details around the doors and windows. The result is extremely elegant. The city still preserves ruins of the Imperial Roman period despite having been rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. Catania was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily under the Aragonese dynasty.

The walking tour will start across the “pescheria” (the ancient fish market) to reach the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here you will reach the University Square and have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, the most representative 18 th century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. Continue walking along the precious historical city centre. 

Free time for lunch. 

Transfer to Cefalù, charming medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. Visit its stunning Norman Dome and have free time to stroll through the town or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum. 

Proceed to Palermo for overnight. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant near-by.
     Overnight HOTEL MERCURE ECELSIOR, Palermo

Wednesday     PALERMO
Breakfast in hotel.  Transfer to the Palermo airport for departure.

INCLUSIVE FEATURES
All transfers
Sightseeing multilingual tour on modern motor coach
All 4 star hotels as per itinerary (or similar)
Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites:
     Siracusa, Noto, Catania city centre, Etna, Cefalù
Breakfast and dinner daily, 1 lunch
Tasting of Sicilian typical products:
     Etna: visit of a beekeeping honey company, honey tasting; 
     Taormina: Sicilian lunch and show-cooking;
     Catania: tasting of Sicilian “granita brioche”
All taxes and service charges

 NOTE:  you will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying travel agent rates

NOT included admission of approximately $30.00 dollars to be paid on site.

COSTS PER PERSON – based on double occupancy
Travel agent from $1000.00
Companions from $1100.00

 EXTENSIONS and UPGRADES available

 

 

 

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