This short tour starting in Palermo and ending in Catania will take you through its picturesque villages, well-preserved archaeological sites and splendid scenery, inclusive of local delicacies. Good value for money in a group of 30 people and 4* accommodation…
1st Day: PALERMO – (hotel in Palermo)
Independent arrival in hotel in the charming city of Palermo. Meet with our tour-leader; dinner in hotel or in a restaurant nearby and overnight.
2nd Day: PALERMO – MONREALE – (hotel in Marsala) .
After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting the capital of Sicily Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and 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. Ruggero II in fact employed both Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. Continuing our walk we will admire the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. We will 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! In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
3rd Day: MARSALA SALT ROAD – SELINUNTE (hotel in Agrigento)
Breakfast in hotel and short visit of the historical centre of Marsala. The tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: on the way you will see the nice Island of Mothia (situated at the centre of a large lagoon in Marsala, known today as ‘Stagnone’), and the famous Salines and windmills all-over the coast between Trapani and Marsala. Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in whole Mediterranean! Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, we will walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site from Unesco, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
4th Day: AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – RAGUSA – (hotel in Catania)
Breakfast in hotel. We will proceed to Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, Unesco World Heritage Site. This majestic villa belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments! After free time for lunch, 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”. Ragusa Ibla is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city, well known thanks to the Commissario Montalbano television series, hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
5th Day: CATANIA
After breakfast in hotel check out and end of our service.
Cost inclusive of: – Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide* (English, Italian or Spanish) for the whole tour (from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day), local guides or audio-guides where necessary. Gran Comfort bus (from the 2nd day to the 4th).; Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre (Palermo: Hotel Federico II 4* / Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4* or similar; Marsala: Hotel Baglio Basile 4* or similar; Agrigento: Baia di Ulisse Wellness &SPA 4* or similar; Catania: Il Principe Hotel 4*/ Romano House Hotel 4* or similar) Half board basis in hotels or local restaurants (dinner – 3 main courses fixed menu , beverages not included) to have a taste of Sicilian and Italian cuisine.; Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa.- Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Palermo (day 2) tasting of local street food; Marsala (day 2): visit of a wine cellar and wine tasting; Ragusa (day 4): tasting of local cheese
*Possibility of monolingual departures during high season
Not inclusive of: Airfares, Transfers in/out, all lunches, beverages, entrance fees for monuments, Tourist taxes (to pay direct if applicable), tips, extras and in general anything not specified under “cost inclusive of”.
Total cost: AUD$1150 per person (based on 2 people)
Guarantee Departure dates 2019:
Fees for the entrances to pay direct (to be confirmed):
Multilingual Tour : English, Italian and Spanish with a maximum of 25 people in the peak periods
Special GIFT to participants: A splendid illustrated book about Sicily, its history and its culinary tradition with recipes in English.
Hotels are carefully selected for their location and design to combine Sicilian tradition with comfort
Payment: Deposit A$600 per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before leaving from Australia