Italian Exclusive Vacations

The Best Of Sicily

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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean with little islands surrounding it.The Best of Sicily will enable you to discover this gem of the mediterranean by amazing you with its natural all well as historical beauty.This package is an ESCORTED program that runs through April 1 to October 21.This beautiful package starts and ends in Taormina and includes best of Sicily.

TAORMINA AREA – CASTELBUONO – CEFALU – PALERMO – MONREALE – MONDELLO – ERICE – TRAPANI – SELINUNTE – AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – ETNA – NOTO – SYRACUSE – TAORMINA AREA.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday) / TAORMINA
Arrival at the selected hotel in Taormina area. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 (Sunday) / TAORMINA AREA – CASTELBUONO – CEFALU’ – PALERMO
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Castelbuono, a medieval town which is famous for its castle. Its name derives from the beautiful medieval castle from the 14th century. You will admire the scenic streets, the medieval castle and the church of Matrice Vecchia. Later, we will proceed to Cefalu to visit this lovely medieval town and its famous cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Sicily. It was built under the auspices of King Ruggero II, the first King of Sicily. The cathedral of Cefalù, as well as other monuments of Norman period, along with the city Monreale and Palermo were acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015. On to Palermo. Arrival at the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Monday) / PALERMO –MONREALE / (OPTIONAL MONTE PELLEGRINO – MONDELLO)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a 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 you will visit Monreale which is famous for its Cloister, Cathedral and Byzantine mosaics depicting the Christ Creator.
In the afternoon optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino with the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia, the patron of the city. Here you can enjoy the spectacular view of the city, the surrounding mountains and the sea. Goethe once described Monte Pellegrino as the most beautiful promontory in the world. After our short visit to Monte Pellegrino, we will proceed to the small fishing village of Mondello with its marvellous beach where you will have some free time. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Palermo.
Day 4 (Tuesday) / ERICE – SELINUNTE –AGRIGENTO
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Erice, the medieval town at the summit of Monte San Giuliano. As part of your guided tour you will admire the Norman Castle and the Cathedral. While there, we will stop at a local bakery to sample the typical almond pastry of Erice. On to Trapani, the ancient Dreapanum, situated on the headland jutting out to the sea. In the afternoon visit the archaeological park of Selinunte that contains the ruins of the ancient temples and the Greek Acropolis. Continue to Agrigento for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 (Wednesday) / AGRIGENTO –PIAZZA ARMERINA –TAORMINA AREA
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, where you can admire the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde, one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world. The Temple of Auricles and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. After, continue on to Piazza Armerina where you will have a short break to sample some typical Sicilian specialties like olive paté, olives, marmalade and wine. You will visit the Villa Romana del Casale, famous for the most beautiful collection of late Roman mosaics. On to Taormina area, arriving late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 (Thursday) / TAORMINA AREA –ETNA
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a guided excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe. The territory that surrounds the volcano is the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy; you will be astonished by the great variety of vegetation and landscape that you will see along the way before arriving at the “ Silvesti Craters” (about 1.900 mt above sea level).
From here on you will have the opportunity to continue the excursion by jeep. Stop at a local beekeeper for a honey and wine tasting. In the afternoon guided visit of Taormina, situated on a plateau on the slopes of steep Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from Capo Sant’ Andrea to Capo Taormina. You will have the opportunity to participate in an optional visit of the Greek-Roman Theater, the 2nd largest classical theater in Sicily. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 (Friday) / TAORMINA AREA –NOTO –SYRACUSE
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a full day excursion to Noto to discover the beautiful baroque Sicily. Continue to Syracuse, one of the most interesting sites of the island, where you will visit the Archaeological Park. Siracuse and the Island of Ortigia with it's stunning cathedral and cloister to see the famous Caravaggio. Ortigia represent the typical Baroque Era of Sicily. At the Archealogical Park, you will see the ancient amphitheater, the Greek theater, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 (Saturday) / TAORMINA MARE
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the services.

HOTELS

City Hotel Name
TAORMINA AREA Antares or similar
PALERMO Cristal Palace or similar
AGRIGENTO Colleverde / Kaos or similar

Dates and Price details

Departure Dates
Operates on SATURDAYS from APRIL 01 to OCTOBER 21,2017

Price details
April: 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 – 29, 2017 Land Only $1,319.00 per person
Single Supplement $289.00
May: 06 – 13 – 20 – 27, 2017 Land Only $1,319.00 per person
Single Supplement $289.00
June: 03 – 10 – 17 – 24, 2017 Land Only $1,319.00 per person
Single Supplement $289.00
July: 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 – 29, 2017 SOLD OUT!
August: 05 – 12 – 19 – 26, 2017 SOLD OUT!
September: 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 – 30, 2017 Land Only $1,319.00 per person
Single Supplement $289.00
October: 07 – 14 – 21, 2017 Land Only $1,319.00 per person
Single Supplement $289.00

Tours include

  • 7 night accommodation at 4* hotels, in standard rooms
  • Air conditioned motor coach throughout the program
  • Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • Wine tasting per itinerary
  • Tour escort, bilingual English and German

Not included

  • Transfer from the airport CTA/PMO to the hotel in Taormina/Palermo at the arrival or viceversa.
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments and archaeological sites
  • Tips to guides, transfer personnel or anything of a personal nature
  • Drinks with meals
  • City taxes
  • Porterages
  • Optional excursions

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