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Sicilian Carousel 2022

Catania - Syracuse - Ortygia Island - Catania - Modica - Ragusa - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Palermo - Cefalu - Taormina

Welcome to Sicily, the land of taste and tradition, where the traces of different populations are evident in architecture, culture & even language. On this crafted escorted tour you will experience some of the best that Sicily has to offer.

Tour Highlights
▪ Charming hotels located in historical centres of the main Sicilian towns or in the most famous tourist resorts
▪ Visit the main Sicilian monuments including UNESCO Sites (Syracuse, Val di Noto, Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Arab-Norman Palermo, Monreale and Cefalu)
▪ Selected typical restaurants and specially chosen menus to have a taste of the Sicilian and Italian cuisine
▪ Tasting of local chocolate in Modica
▪ Glass of wine and coffee included at lunch in restaurants
▪ Mineral water included with all meals

Code: R01

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Sicilian Carousel - Catania to Palermo 2022

Catania - Syracuse - Ortygia Island - Catania - Modica - Ragusa - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

From $1,740 per person

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Sicilian Carousel - Palermo to Taormina 2022

Palermo - Monreale - Palermo - Cefalu - Taormina

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

From $1,815 per person

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Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Catania

Independent arrival at the hotel in Catania. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2
Catania - Syracuse - Ortygia - Catania

After a buffet breakfast, departure to Syracuse. Visit the archaeological area ‘Neapolis’ including the famous Greek theatre, ‘Latomie of the Paradise’ and the ‘Dyionisios Ear’. Continue to the Island of Ortygia, the small baroque Old Town centre of Syracuse. Visit of the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon return to Catania for a nice walking tour. During the tour in Catania, stroll through the city centre with your professional guide who will charm you with the history of the city. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Catania. (B, L, D)

Day 3
Catania - Modica - Ragusa

After a buffet breakfast, departure to Modica, a town whose architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe. Modica is a town with an ancient history, nicknamed "The City of Hundred Churches" and some of its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of San Giorgio, have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour will then continue with a visit inside the Artisan chocolate workshop. There you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of "The Modican Chocolate". Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the ancient city ‘Ragusa Ibla’, cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral and the ‘Giardino Ibleo’, followed by free time to explore the town and shopping. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, T, L, D)

Day 4
Ragusa - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

After a buffet breakfast, departure to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch at a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialities. Departure to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, the temples of Juno and Heracles. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Agrigento. (B, L, D)

Day 5
Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

After a buffet breakfast departure to Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Upon arrival, visit the town of Monreale, situated on a hill few kilometres from Palermo on a panoramic spot. Visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments in the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments in Arab-Norman style. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch continue for a panoramic tour of Palermo, passing by the Normand Palace, Teatro Massimo and the guided visit of the Cathedral. Then transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6
Palermo - Cefalu - Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, morning dedicated to the visit of the historical centre of the town, one of the largest in Europe. The walking tour will begin from ‘I Quattro Canti di Citta’ with Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and internal visit of Martorana Church. We continue to S. Giuseppe dei Teatini Church, ‘Ballaro Market’ and Casa Professa Church with its fantastic marbles. Departure to Cefalu, a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a walk to the town centre and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval washhouse built in the rock. Proceed to Taormina. Upon arrival, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
(B, L, D)

Day 7
Taormina

After a buffet breakfast, morning at leisure or for those who are interested, opportunity to take an optional excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1,800 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement payment on the spot, the excursion will take place with a minimum number of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina, charming city called "The Pearl of the Ionian Sea". Enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through its tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own (entrance fee €12 per person approx), with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. Return to your hotel, dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 8
Taormina

After buffet breakfast, end of the tour. (B)

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights in 4* hotels
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners (B, D)
  • 5 Restaurant Lunches (L)
  • Visit artisan chocolate workshop in Modica (T)
  • Glass of wine & coffee with lunch
  • 500ml of mineral water with meals
  • A/C motor coach or minivan
  • Tour Director or Driver/Guide
  • Headsets
  • Porterage

Sightseeing

  • Syracuse
  • Ortygia
  • Catania
  • Modica
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Agrigento
  • Monreale
  • Palermo
  • Cefalu​

Exclusions

  • City taxes paid directly to each hotel
  • Arrival & Departure transfers on request
  • Entrance fees to sites and museums
  • Drinks (coffee and wine at meals in hotels)
  • Everything not listed in the Inclusions

Optional Excursion

  • Mount Etna on Day 7 €48 per person approx

Note: The optional excursion will take place with a minimum number of participants, book and pay on the spot.

Optional Entrance Fees
€51 per person approx - paid direct

  • SYRACUSE - Neapolis & Dome
  • PIAZZA ARMERINA - Villa Romana del Casale
  • AGRIGENTO - Valley of Temples
  • PALERMO - Martorana Church
  • MONREALE - Dome

Note: The above price is valid in September 2021 and is subject to change. For organisational reasons (related to measures against the spread of COVID-19), the entrance tickets to the sites and museums, must be booked and purchased in advance. At this time, without a reservation, it is not possible to purchase tickets for groups at the box office on the same day of the visit. For this reason it is mandatory to book the entrance package together with the purchase of the tour. Tour Operator cannot guarantee the purchase of the single ticket (and therefore also the visit together with the group) on the same day of the visit.

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 06 Aug 22Sat 13 Aug 22
$2,295$2,768
Sat 13 Aug 22Sat 20 Aug 22
$2,295$2,768
Sat 20 Aug 22Sat 27 Aug 22
$2,295$2,768
Sat 27 Aug 22Sat 03 Sep 22
$2,295$2,768
Sat 03 Sep 22Sat 10 Sep 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 10 Sep 22Sat 17 Sep 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 17 Sep 22Sat 24 Sep 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 24 Sep 22Sat 01 Oct 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 01 Oct 22Sat 08 Oct 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 08 Oct 22Sat 15 Oct 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 15 Oct 22Sat 22 Oct 22
$2,373$2,879
Sat 22 Oct 22Sat 29 Oct 22
$2,295$2,768
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Important Notes

For organisational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without prior notice. In this case Tour Operator ensures similar visits and excursions in accordance with the spirit of the tour programme. If the number of participants does not reach the minimum of 15 passengers, Tour Operator will guarantee the departure in partnership with other operators, reserving the right to make changes to the travel programme by giving notice within 21 days before the departure date. In this case the tour could be operated bilingually. If less than 8 passengers, tour will operate by Minivan with Driver/Guide.

It is highly recommended that clients take comprehensive travel insurance including against cancellation of reserved services.

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