SICILY - 2019 LAND ONLY
Also available SICILY 8 days, SICILY 9 days with AEOLIAN ISLANDS
SICILY and MALTA,
SICILY combined with any other Mediterranean countries
Departures every Tuesday
From March 26 to November 12, 2019
PALERMO / MONREALE / MARSALA / SELINUNTE / AGRENTO /
PIZZA ARMERINA / RAGUSA / CATANIA
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
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
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the Catania airport for departure.
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
Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Palermo, Marsala, and Ragusa
All taxes and service charges
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 prpn
NOTE: you will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying travel agent rates
COSTS PER PERSON – based on double occupancy
Travel agent from $ 1000.00
Companions from $ 1100.00