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Short Hidden Secrets of Sicily from Palermo to Catania- 5 days escorted tour

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  • English,
  • Luxury Bus
  • 4 Stars Hotels
  • Palermo
  • Catania/Aci Trezza
  • some meals included
  • Escorted
  • 2 - 40

This short tour starting in Palermo and ending in Catania, will take you through its picturesque villages, well-preserved archaeological sites and splendid scenery, including local delicacies. Run by local professional people, good value for money in an escorted medium size group and 4* accommodation….

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Palermo

Individual arrival to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request).  Dinner at your expense and overnight in a hotel.

After breakfast in the hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: an admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later you will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the wealthiest towns on the island of its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay dominated by Mount Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. 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, 17th-centuryth century squares, including an elegant opera house. Visit the wonderful eclectic Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, admirable examples from a historical and an artistic point of view and proof of how different cultures, religions and ways of thinking incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II employed Byzantine, Muslim and Latin workers. During the day, you will have a stop to enjoy a typical lunch with local food. Along the path, you will admire the famous Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with 16th-century sculptures. Dinner on your own and overnight in a hotel

Breakfast, Lunch
4* Star Hotel

After breakfast, transfer to Cefalù, a charming Medieval town situated on the northern coast of Sicily. Visit its stunning Norman Dome have free time to stroll through the city or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum. You wi have a stop to have lunch in a renowned restaurant. Arrival in Catania to visit Catania’s historical centre stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The colour scheme of the city-centre buildings is black and dark grey, relieved with white limestone details around doors and windows. The effect is exquisite! The walking tour will start from the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, an antique lava-stone elephant symbolising the city. Not far from here, we will reach University Square and walk along the splendid baroque Via Dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th-centuryth century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site.  Continuing the visit enjoy a break in a historical bar of the city centre to taste the typical “granita & brioche”—dinner on your own and overnight in a hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch
4* Star Hotel

This morning after a short visit to the famous “Peschiera” (the ancient fish market) in Catania, the tour will continue with an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest (c. 3350 mt) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays Unesco World Heritage Site. Its regional park protects 59.000 hectares of unique geology, flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wine manufacture, stonework and carpentry. Views of stunning landscapes will amaze you heading to Rifugio Sapienza. You will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters can extend across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! You will have the chance to enjoy the local homemade honey and some specific area products. Then you will have lunch in a lovely restaurant. The tour continues towards Taormina, a charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea, commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, which will leave you breathless for its commanding view of Giardini Naxos bay and the Etna mountain! Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, to go shopping and look around the local handicrafts (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, pastries and much more). The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi. Back in Catania for dinner on your own and overnight in a hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch
4* Star Hotel
Day 5 :
Catania

Our short tour ends today—breakfast in the hotel and end of our services.

Breakfast

Dates and Costing

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
20 August, 2024 - 24 August, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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27 August, 2024 - 31 August, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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3 September, 2024 - 7 September, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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10 September, 2024 - 14 September, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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17 September, 2024 - 21 September, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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24 September, 2024 - 28 September, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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1 October, 2024 - 5 October, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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8 October, 2024 - 12 October, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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15 October, 2024 - 19 October, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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22 October, 2024 - 26 October, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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29 October, 2024 - 2 November, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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5 November, 2024 - 9 November, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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12 November, 2024 - 16 November, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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19 November, 2024 - 23 November, 2024 Guaranteed $1,280
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The Cost Includes

  • Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide* (English, Italian or Spanish) for the whole tour (from the 2nd day to the evening of the 4th day), local guides or audio guides where necessary.
  • Deluxe bus from day 2 to day 4
  • Whisper kit
  • Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels, international breakfast included.
  • 4 international breakfasts and 3 lunches in famous restaurants to have a taste of Sicilian traditional cuisine
  • Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Cefalù, Catania city centre, and Etna.
  • Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Palermo (day 2) tasting of local street food; Catania (day 3) tasting of Sicilian “granita & brioche”; Etna (day 4) visit of a beekeeping honey company and honey tasting.

The Cost Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees at monuments/museums (unless purchased the privilege pack)
  • Hotel tourist taxes (where required) - (unless purchased the privilege pack)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included.”

Entrance fees to pay locally (Unless purchased the privilege pack)

  • Syracuse Archaeological Park € 10,00 p.p.
  • Syracuse Cathedral € 2,00 p.p.
  • Noto Palazzo Nicolaci € 4,00 p.p.
  • Piazza Armerina Villa Romana € 10,00 p.p.
  • Agrigento Valley of the Temples € 12,00 p.p.
  • Monreale Cathedral € 4,00 p.p.
  • Monreale Cloister € 6,00 p.p.
  • Palermo Cappella Palatina € 12,00 p.p.
  • Palermo Martorana Church € 2,00 p.p.
  • Taormina Greek theatre € 10,00 p.p.

Accommodation:

Hotels are carefully selected for their location and design to combine Sicilian tradition with comfort. They will be confirmed up to 7 days before tour departure.

  • Palermo: Mercure Palermo Centro 4*/ Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4* or similar
  • Catania: Il Principe Hotel 4*/ Romano House Hotel 4*or similar
  • Aci Trezza: I Maraviglia 4*/  Faraglioni 4^ or similar

Special GIFT to participants: A splendidly illustrated book about Sicily, its history and culinary tradition with English recipes.

Payment and Cancellation

Payment:  Deposit of $600 per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before leaving Australia

Cancellation:

  • Cancellation received 45 working days or more before departure: deposits will not be refundable.
  • Cancellations made from 44 to 30 working days before departure: 40% of the payments will be not refundable.
  • Cancellations made from 29 to 15 working days before departure: 70% of the payments will be not refundable.
  • Cancellations made from 14 to departure: 100% of the payments will be not refundable.

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Short Hidden Secrets of Sicily from Palermo to Catania- 5 days escorted tour