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Jolly Tour from Palermo

ITINERARY

Visit: Palermo, Cefalu, Catania, Siracusa, Noto, Monte Etna, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Erice, Palermo, Monreale, Palermo

Day 1 (Saturday): Palermo

On arrival make your own way to the Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior, a prestigious historical hotel located in one of the city centre' s main streets. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday): Palermo - Cefalu -  Catania

2018:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù, a charming coastal town and a former fishing village which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor – a stunning Byzantine mosaic that’s considered as one of the most important pieces of religious artwork in Sicily. Take a stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. There is time at leisure to relax in a cafe of your choice for lunch on your own. We then proceed to Catania, the town known for its original baroque style and for its streets built with black lava stone from mount Etna. There is a walking tour through Via Etnea, the Baroque street "Via Crociferi", the Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral and the "Liotru" statue, symbol of the city, the roman Amphitheatre. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Mecure Catania Excelsior.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

2019:
After a buffet breakfast, visit of the Capital of Sicily, Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art: the Cathedral (during the Holy Mass, exterior visit only), the Palace of the Normans and its superb “Palatina" Chapel, the "Quattro Canti", the fountain of “Piazza Pretoria”, the Church of Santa Caterina and its Cloister. Lunch in a local restaurant. Depart to Cefalù, charming coastal town, a former fishing village which is also home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor, a stunning Byzantine mosaic that’s considered as one of the most important pieces of religious artwork in Sicily. Take a stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Catania. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Hotel Mecure Catania Excelsior.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Monday): Catania - Siracusa - Noto - Catania (2019: Catania - Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone)

2018:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit the archaeological park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. We will then visit the island of Ortigia and the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa where you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Enjoy some time at leisure to wander around Ortigia, with its shops and cafés. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon, we will continue to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and visit the historical centre. We then head back to Catania for dinner and your overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

2019:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina in the inland of Sicily, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant. Proceed to Caltagirone known for its ceramics whose handcrafted production is secular. The outstanding quality and creativity of Caltagirone’s ceramics is best admired in the most famous landmark of the town: the monumental Santa Maria del Monte staircase, whose 142 steps are all decorated with hand-painted ceramic tiles, using the typical colors, shapes and patterns of the most traditional pottery production and art. Time at leisure to enjoy the many shops. Back to your Hotel in Catania: dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday): Catania - Monte Etna - Taormina - Catania

After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, enjoy an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1900 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama view over the Ionian Sea. Have lunch in a local restaurant on Mt. Etna or Taormina in the low season. On the way stop in the village of Zafferana Etnea, "the City of Honey" to visit a beautiful place where they produce honey and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands before we continue to Taormina. This charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea", was founded in 400 BC and is beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy some time at leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, homemade sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto” or simply walk through its tiny streets and visit the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre independently. We then head back to Catania for dinner and your overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday): Catania - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento (2019: Catania - Siracusa - Noto - Ragusa)

2018:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina located in the inland of Sicily, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale. It is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before we visit in the afternoon, the magnificent Valley of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll have a guided tour of the Valley including the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly preserved conditions, as well as Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Our overnight stay and dinner is at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2019:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: here you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The splendid cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Noto. Proceed to Ragusa: accommodation and dinner at the Hotel Mediterraneo Palace. Optional visit "by night" of the ancient city Ragusa "Ibla", cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo” (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thursday): Agrigento - Selinunte - Erice* - Palermo (2019: Ragusa - Modica - Agrigento)

2018:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. We will stop in a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production where, you'll be able to have an oil tasting before lunch. We then continue to Erice, a medieval town full of myth, history and art on the summit of Monte San Giuliano. Walk through its winding lanes, inner courtyards and cobbled streets before we proceed to Palermo. Overnight stay and dinner is at Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior.

* In case of adverse weather conditions the visit to Erice will be replaced by Segesta; its Doric Temple is one of the best preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2019:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Modica to visit the city divided into two parts: Modica “Bassa” and “Alta”. Modica is also a UNESCO site and is famous for its Baroque churches and scenographic squares; tasting of the famous chocolate (Xocoatl) made with ancient methods brought to Sicily with Spanish domination. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Agrigento to visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly preserved conditions, Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Friday): Palermo - Monreale -  Palermo (2019: Agrigento - Selinunte - Marsala - Palermo)

2018:
After a buffet breakfast, depart for Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Cloister of the Benedictines Abbey with its Moorish architecture. We then continue with a visit of the Capital of Sicily, Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art with the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb “Palatina" Chapel. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historical centre including the "Quattro Canti", the Opera House, and the Pretoria Square. We then head back to the hotel to have some lunch. This afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring on your own or you can join an optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino, the most famous mountain in Palermo, and visit the Shrine of Santa Rosalia, the Patron Saint of the city. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama view of the Conca d'Oro. End the afternoon with a walk to discover of one of the most colourful historical markets of Palermo, "The Capo Market” immersed in an explosion of vegetables, and fruits (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2019:
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Stop in a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production where, before lunch, it will be possible to have an oil tasting of local production. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Visit of the historical centre and stop to a prestigious winery, where we can enjoy a wine tasting and learn about local production. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior..

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Saturday): Palermo

After a buffet breakfast this morning, the tour will end.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

2018:

  • Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 breakfast, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (in Hotels and local restaurants)
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) included at all meals
  • Bus GT or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax
  • Tour escort at disposal for the whole tour except day 7
  • Guided visits in Palermo, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento
  • Whispers Kit
  • Porterage at hotels
  • 1 Tasting of local typical products in Selinunte (olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives) + 1 Honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea (Mt Etna).

2019:

  • Accommodation in 4 stars Hotels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Tour in Full Board: (in Hotels and local restaurants) - 7 breakfast, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.
  • Mineral water (1/2 per person) included at all meals.
  • 1/4 of wine & coffee only at lunch in local restaurant.
  • Tasting of local typical products: Olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives in Selinunte Honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea (Mt Etna). Chocolate tasting in Modica. Wine tasting in Marsala.
  • Bus GT max comfort or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax.
  • Tour escort at disposal for the whole tour.
  • Guided visits according to the program.
  • Whispers Kit.
  • Porterage at hotels.

 

Not Included:

  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • City Tax (some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that it has to be paid directly at the Hotel)
  • Beverages (except mineral water)
  • Everything which is not clearly specified under "rate includes"

 

Hotels (or similar):

2018:

  • Palermo: Mercure Palermo Excelsior 4* 
  • Catania: Mecure Catania Excelsior 4* 
  • Agrigento: Dioscuri Bay Palace 4*

2019:

  • Palermo: Mercure Palermo Excelsior 4* 
  • Catania: Mecure Catania Excelsior 4* 
  • Ragusa: Mediterraneo Palace
  • Agrigento: Dioscuri Bay Palace 4* 

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (re)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: April - October 2019
  • Cities Visited: Palermo, Cefalu, Catania, Siracusa, Noto, Monte Etna, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Erice, Palermo, Monreale, Palermo
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