Sicily Grand Tour

Day-to-day tour

 

Catania

D1 ARRIVAL TO CATANIA
Catania is Sicily’s second main city for population and cultural richness. Piazza del Duomo, Via Etnea and many of the historical buildings has heightened its charme. The black buildings are built from three-centuries old lava which, combined with baroque architecture, treats the city a singular darken twisted beauty. Overnight in Catania.

 

Etna

D2 ETNA VOLCAN (soft trekking up to crater guided environmental visit) - SIRACUSA
Mount Etna is the major and highest vulcano in Europe, still active. Only the cone of the crater rises to 11000 feet above sea level. Fumes from the top of the vulcano are always a constant companion of Catanese’s days. A trip nearby of the crater depends on Mount Etna’s temperament, but generally it's possible to walk and enjoy the experience. Overnight in Siracusa.

   

Taormina

D3 CATANIA - TAORMINA - SIRACUSA
Taormina is a charming, lovely, medieval, cliff-hanging town, extremely popular among tourists: heaven on earth.

Castelmola is worth a visit. Below the city is Taormina Mare, a nice relaxing little beach enjoyable during summer. The Greeks influence is notable also in the Teatro Greco, where they performed their dramas. Late afternoon southward driving to Syracuse, where we stay overnight.

 

Siracusa

D4 SIRACUSA
A jewel of Sicily. Astonishing and wonderful, the great ancient capital of Western civilization at the Greek times and then flourished under the Romans. It’s worthy wandering around the old city, through the finest cafés, bars and pizzerias and enjoying the Parco Archeologico with the Teatro Greco (Greek Theater) and the Anfiteatro Romano. The Classical Theatre festival is still held In June.

 

Ragusa

D5 SIRACUSA - NOTO - SCICLI - MODICA - RAGUSA
On this day we will travel to Noto, built like a chessboard. Our visit will start from the main square with the baroque façade Duomo to its beautiful palaces. Scicli is a baroque town jewel. A surprising place out of the main touristic routes. Modica, famously renown for its special chocolate, is extremely pictoresque and homeland of the poet Salvatore Quasimodo. Ragusa: Romans, Byzantine, Arabs and Norman were among its conquerers. The ancient Ibla (Ragusa old name) is a main example of medieval urban planification. Overnight in Ragusa.

 

Ragusa

D6 RAGUSA IBLA, RAGUSA CITY AND AREA (Commissario Montalbano house frontsea)
This remote part of Sicily hums along to its own tune, clinging to local customs, cuisines and traditions. Ragusa is the reign of the baroque, of the ornaments and fantasy. An extremely variety of landscapes, sometimes oddly contradictory characterizes this part of Sicily’s region. Overnight in Ragusa.

 

Piazza Armerina

D7 RAGUSA - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
Piazza Armerina possesess the simple provincial glamour. The yellow stone architecture, together with bulbous balconies (Sicily’s trademark) creates quite an effect. The Imperial roman villa is an unmissable highlight! In case of early arrival in Agrigento afternoon it is possible to go straight to visit the Valley of the temples at sunset. Overnight in Agrigento.

 

Agrigento Temple Valley

D8 AGRIGENTO - MAZARA DEL VALLO - SELINUNTE - MARSALA
Agrigento atmosphere is really suggestive thanks to the presence of the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) where the most impressive ancient Greek architecture still remains vivid and lively. Mazara del Vallo was one of the first Phoenician colonies, growing wealthy during the arab domination. Selinunte reached immense growth and richness during the VII century BC. Marsala was the most influent Punic center of Sicily. Its fortifications were considered impregnable. The name of the city is normally related to the liquor, Marsala, a very sweet white wine widely produced in town. Visit of a distillery. Overnight in Marsala.

 

Erice

D9 SEGESTA - ERICE - PALERMO
Driving northward to visit Segesta, another perfect greek religious monument. Erice is a nice hamlet from where to observe a detailed panorama of the northwestern part of Sicily. Early arrival for the local market Ballarò. Overnight in Palermo.

   

Palermo Vucciria

D10 PALERMO SIGHTSEEING
We will spend the day admiring the masterpieces in the old city center: the Palazzo dei Normanni, built by the Arabs on the existing structures of an old Phoenician fortress. The Cappella Palatina, a fusion of architecture and splendid painting. San Giovanni degli Eremiti, old gregorian monastery architecturally Islamical and the Cattedrale with its astonishing mosaics. Overnight in Palermo.

 

Monreale Cathedral

D11 MONREALE Cathedral
Palermo history wanders from the Norman’s architecture to the Islamic. The city is a fusion of harmonious roman, byzantine and islamical styles. Monreale cathedral is the most intense example of architectural beauty of our journey. From here, after the visit, we give you our farewell. Transfer to the airport.

   

The individual participation fee of €1680 (12p basis) includes:

- All the transfers by private bus + driver
- Hotels 3-4 stars or typical Sicilian Mansions (Double Occupancy B&B)
- Half Board (dinner in typical restaurants or hotel)
- Sicilian english speaking professional guide, other languages as requested
- Medical/baggage insurance AXA

It does not include:
- Entrance charges for museums, churches or other places.
- Single Room supplement 40€ per night.
- Tips, beverages, or any extras
- Supplement Full Board 140€
- International/domestic flights (can be provided - ask for quotation)


All dietary requirements will be catered for.

All our tours are provided with Medical and Luggage insurance AXA(10000/1000) and call center for assistance.


 

 

 

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