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Sicily – 8 days escorted small group by train

8 Days
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Embark on an enchanting journey through Sicily. Start in Taormina, explore its sites, and marvel at Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe. Travel the scenic routes aboard the Circumetnea train. Enjoy food and wine at the local vineyard. Take the scenic train to Syracuse, which is known for its rich history. Explore the archaeological park and visit the charming streets and church of Ortigia. Explore the cities of Ragusa, Modica, and Noto, famous for their Sicilian Baroque style. Marvel at lavish palaces and ornate balconies. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO site. Explore well-preserved ancient temples. Finish in Palermo, with Teatro Massimo and Monreale Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy a day in picturesque Cefalu.

Highlights

  • Minimum 2 adults required to guarantee the tour!
  • Small Escorted Group of max 20 people
  • Italian Gems included: Taormina, Mount Etna, Ortigio, Noto, Modica, Temple' Valley , Monreale, Cefalu
  • Worry-Free luggage – Thanks to our unique included porterage service at railway stations and/or our “luggage bus” (that delivers luggage from hotel to hotel), we make train travel stress-free.
  • Transport: with high speed train transfer in First class with plenty of room to walk around as well
  • Great group activities
  • Free time to absorb and experience the surrounding

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Taormina

Upon arrival, head to your hotel in Letojanni, check in and spend time settling down. Afternoon, meet your group and tour guide. After the brief, head to Taormina and enjoy a guided walk to one of Sicily’s most popular tourist attractions. Admire the
square meter natural terrace overlooking the sea with the majestic Etna volcano and visit the Greco-Roman theatre. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner.

Dinner
Day 2 :
Mount Etna

Today you will explore Mount Etna, the highest peak in Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. After breakfast, walk along the beach to Letojanni station and to the village of Giarre, where you’ll board the Circumetnea train, a historic railway line inaugurated in 1898 that traverses the volcano that passes through many villages, offering visitors guests the picturesque scenery. of this unique look. The tour will continue by bus to “Silvestri Crater” (approximately 1,900 m). Enjoy food and wine tasting at the local vineyard and have the option of climbing to greater heights by jeep. Back to hotel in Letojanni.

Breakfast

Today you will admire the coast and the sea from the window of the train from Taormina to Syracuse, one of the most interesting places on the island. Your guide will lead you to explore the archaeological park, famous for its Roman amphitheater, Greek theater, and the ear of Dionysus. Continue your visit by heading to the island of Ortygia, the oldest part of the city, characterized by narrow streets, sea views and a magnificent square with its splendid cathedral. In the afternoon, continue your journey by bus and arrive at your next destination, Ragusa.

Breakfast

Take a full day to explore the lesser-known part of Sicily, distinguished by its lavish Baroque style and the majesty of its buildings, characterized by numerous UNESCO sites, also known for its television series. “Il Commissario Montalbano”. Start your tour from the historic center of Ragusa, “Ibla”, the aristocratic town of Val di Noto, characterized by its many Baroque churches and palaces as well as the characteristic domes that dominate the town. town. Continue on to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage town especially known for its chocolates as well as magnificent buildings. The last stop will be Noto, the capital of the late Sicilian Baroque period. Crossing the famous Arco, stroll through the center to admire the wondrous aristocratic palaces with their famous decorated balconies, lavish churches filled with ornaments, churches with stairs and the city theater. , all built in the Baroque style. Return to hotel in Ragusa for overnight stay.

Breakfast
4* Star Hotel
Day 5 :
Agrigento

After breakfast, depart for the bus to Agrigento. Arrive in Agrigento, enjoy lunch overlooking the Valley of the Temples. After lunch, meet your guide who will reveal all the secrets of the Valley of the Temples, including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concordia (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the whole Greek world), Temple of ‘Hercules, Temple of Castor and Pollux. At the end of the visit, we will all have lunch together; Afterwards, head to Agrigento Central Station and embark on a special train journey through the Sicilian countryside to Palermo. Arrive in Palermo, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Breakfast
4* Star Hotel

The whole day is dedicated to exploring Palermo:
in the morning, visit the city center, depart from Teatro Massimo, continue walking through the famous local market “u Capo” and sample Sicilian specialties like Arancina or drink the famous “AUTISTA”, an “explosive” lemonade. Continue to the church and walk to “I Quattro Canti”. After some free time for lunch, hop on a local bus to Monreale, a charming town on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Walk with a guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful Norman structures in the world.

Breakfast
4* Star Hotel
Day 7 :
Cefalu'

Today, together with your guide, you will reach Cefalu by train in half an hour. Cefalù is a beautiful medieval fishing village, perched on the slopes of a headland, also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Arab-Norman Church, which looks like a fortress. You’ll have the day to relax on the beach, shop or walk to La Rocca! Return to Palermo by local train, enjoy your last night in Sicily!

Breakfast
4* Star Hotel
Day 8 :
Palermo

After breakfast, our trip to the discovery of Italian beauties comes to an end, hoping you always keep this unique experience in your heart. Feel free to request some extra nights in Sicily or a private transfer to Palermo’s airport.

 

Breakfast

Dates and Cost

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
25 August, 2024 - 1 September, 2024 Guaranteed $4,250
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1 September, 2024 - 8 September, 2024 Guaranteed $4,250
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8 September, 2024 - 15 September, 2024 Guaranteed $3,600
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29 September, 2024 - 6 October, 2024 Guaranteed $3,600
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6 October, 2024 - 13 October, 2024 Guaranteed $4,250
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20 October, 2024 - 27 October, 2024 Guaranteed $4,250
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27 October, 2024 - 3 November, 2024 Guaranteed $4,250
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The Cost Includes

  • accommodation at 4* hotels centrally located:
  • 2 nights in Letojanni/Taormina : Hotel Albanese
  • 2 nights in Ragusa – Hotel Mediterraneo Palace
  • 3 nights in Palermo – Hotel NH
  • daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner
  • 2 lunches
  • Professional English speaking guide for the entire duration of the tour
  • Train Transfers in First Class and Luxury air-conditioned coach on route not covered by railway
  • Stress free luggage – Porterage service at railway stations and/or our “luggage bus” (that delivers luggage from hotel to hotel), we make train travel stress-free.
  • Group activities:
  • TAORMINA / LETOJANNI: guided walking tour of Taormina & Mount Etna full day discovery by train
  • SIRACUSA: guided walking tour of Siracusa and Ortigia
  • RAGUSA: full day guided tour discovery of Sicilian Baroque: Noto and Modica
  • AGRIGENTO: guided tour of Temple’ Valley
  • PALERMO: guided walking tour of Palermo and Monreale & full day discovery tour of Cefalù by train.

The Cost Excludes

  • Flights
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes (where required)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included.”

Payment and Cancellation

Payment: deposit of 10% per person within 3 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia.

Cancellation:

  • cancellation received 45 working days or more before departure: deposits will be not 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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Sicily – 8 days escorted small group by train