8 Days SICILY SUN TOUR from Taormina
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8 Days SICILY SUN TOUR from Taormina

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Itinerary

Day 1: TAORMINA AREA

Arrive in Taormina area at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Clients will find an informative brochure at the hotel reception.

Overnight: Taormina area

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: CASTELBUONO – CEFALU’ – PALERMO

Breefing with the tour guide and departure to Castelbuono, a charming town that was formed in the 14C around the castle built by the Ventimiglia family, a massive square construction with square towers, which has undergone many alterations over the years. On to Cefalù to visit this lovely medieval town and its famous cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Sicily, founded by Ruggero II, the first King of Sicily. The cathedral of Cefalù, and some monuments of the Normann period of Monreale and Palermo are acknowledged as a UNESCO heritage site in 2015. Continuation to Palermo. Arrival at the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight: Palermo

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: PALERMO – MONREALE – Optional: MONTE PELLEGRINO – MONDELLO

Half- day guided tour of Palermo, regional and provincial capital of Sicily. We will start the visit from the old part of the city with the Royal Palace, the Palatina Chapel and the Cathedral. Afterwards we will visit Monreale famous for its Cathedral with Byzantine mosaics figurating Christ Pancreator and its Cloister. In the afternoon you can visit Palermo on your own or you can opt to book the optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino and Monreale. Monte Pellegrino, with its spectacular views of the city, its surrounding mountains and the ocean and the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia, the patron of the city was once described as the most beautiful promontory in the world by Goehte. Continuation to the small fishing village Mondello with its marvellous beach, where you will have 1 hour freetime. After exploring the town with your guide or at leisure, both groups meet back at a prearranged point to hop on the coach.

Overnight: Palermo

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: ERICE – SELINUNTE – AGRIGENTO

Visit of Erice, the medieval town on the summit of Monte San Giuliano. Here we can admire the Norman Castle and the cathedral. Stop at a bakery shop to taste the typical almond pastry of Erice. Continuation to Trapani, the ancient Dreapanum, with his medieval district situated on the headland pointing out to the sea. In the afternoon visit of the archaeological park of Selinunte that contains the ruins of the temples and the Greek Acropolis. On to Agrigento.

Overnight: Agrigento

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – TAORMINA BEACH

In the morning visit of Agrigento and guided tour of the Valley of Temples, where you can admire the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde, one of the best preserved doric temples in the whole greek world, the Temple of Ercules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Continuation to Piazza Armerina in the afternoon including a short break to have a tasting of typical Sicilian food like olive paté, olives, marmelades and wine. Guided tour of the Villa Romana del Casale, famous for the most beautiful collection of late- Roman mosaics. Continuation to Taormina beach.

Overnight: Taormina area

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: TAORMINA MARE – ETNA – TAORMINA

In the morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the vulcan constitutes the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: You will be astonished about the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “ Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep.Stop at a local beekeeper to taste quality honey and have a winetasting and to see how he is produced. In the afternoon visit of Taormina, situated on a rocky plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from Capo Sant’Andrea to Capo Taormina. Opt to visit the Greek – Roman theatre, the 2nd  largest classical theatre in Sicily.

Overnight: Taormina area

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: TAORMINA MARE – NOTO – SYRACUSE

Full day excursion to Noto and Syracuse. First stop in Noto to discover the beautiful baroque in Sicily. On to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island. Guided tour at the Archeological Park, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, Island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. Re-entry in hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Taormina area

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: TAORMINA MARE

Depart at any time

Meals: Breakfast 

Price per person: € 958,00

Sample price shown are per person based on double room accomodation.

The rate includes:

  • Airconditioned bus for the whole tour
  • Overnight in 4 stars hotels in standard rooms
  • 7 Breakfast and 7 dinners
  • Tasting where indicated
  • Tour escort
  • Bilingual english/german guided tour for the excursions as in the program

The rate does not include:

  • City taxes
  • Drinks at meals
  • Transfers at arrival and departure
  • Porterages
  • Tips to the guide and driver (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments and archaeological sites
  • Everything is not mentioned in “the rate includes”

4*- Selected hotels:

  • Taormina area: Antares Hotel (www.parchotels.it) or similar
  • Palermo: Cristal Palace hotel (www.hotelcristalpalacepalermo.it) or similar
  • Agrigento: Colleverde (www.colleverdehotel.it), Kaos Hotel (www.bluhotelkaos.it) or similar

Departure dates 2016:

April: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30              May: 07, 14, 21, 28

June: 04, 11, 18, 25                   September: 03,10, 17, 24

October:01, 08, 15, 22

Supplements:

  • Optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino and Mondello – € 20,00
  • Supplement for single room: – € 175,00
  • Reduction 3rd bed: 10%

Transfers:

Individual Transfer from Catania airport to Hotel in Taormina one way € 90 (max 3 pax x car)

 8 Days SICILY SUN TOUR from Taormina