Sicily – From Palermo To Catania
5 Days

ITINERARY

Operated On Tuesday From March To December 2021
5 Days: Palermo – Monreale – Cefalu – Catania – Etna – Taormina – Catania

Tour Overview
Start your Sicilian voyage in Palermo and visit Monreale, famous for its impressive Arab-Norman architecture and enjoy local delicacies of the region. Discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in Sicily for its history and art. In Cefalù, a charming medieval town situated on the northern coast of Sicily. Explore the baroque architecture of the old town of Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the rich flora and fauna of Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. After, visit Taormina, a charming town above the sea with an amazing view of Etna.

Day 1 – Tuesday: Palermo (Hotel In Palermo)

Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel. (D)


Day 2 – Wednesday: Monreale – Palermo (Hotel In Palermo)

After breakfast in 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: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later you will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for 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 century squares, including an elegant opera house. Visit of the wonderful eclectic Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, admirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, and a prove of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II employed Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. During the day, you will have a stop for a surprise to taste the local street food in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. 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 and overnight in hotel. (B & D)


Day 3 – Thursday: Cefalu’- Catania (Hotel In Catania)

After breakfast transfer to Cefalù, charming Medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. Visit of its stunning Norman Dome and free time to stroll through the town or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum. Arrival in Catania and free time for lunch. Later on the tour will continue visiting 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 extremely elegant! The walking tour will start from the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here we will reach University Square and we will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th 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 at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby and overnight. (B & D)


Day 4 – Friday: Etna – Taormina (Hotel In Catania)

This morning after a short visit of the famous “pescheria” (the ancient fish market) in Catania, the tour will continue with an excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest (c. 3350m) 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 a stop to enjoy the local homemade honey and some typical products of the area. The tour continues towards Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Free time for lunch and in the afternoon visit of Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre which will leave you breathless for its commading view on Giardini Naxos bay and the Etna mountain! Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, to go shopping and looking 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 to the hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight. (B & D)


Day 5 – Saturday: Catania

Our short tour ends today. Breakfast in hotel and end of our services. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Mar 23 - Mar 27 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Mar 30 - Apr 03 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Apr 06 - Apr 10 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Apr 13 - Apr 17 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Apr 20 - Apr 24 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Apr 27 - May 01 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
May 04 - May 08 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
May 11 - May 15 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
May 18 - May 22 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
May 25 - May 29 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jun 01 - Jun 05 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jun 08 - Jun 12 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jun 15 - Jun 19 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jun 22 - Jun 26 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jun 29 - Jul 03 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jul 06 - Jul 10 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jul 13 - Jul 17 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jul 20 - Jul 24 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Jul 27 - Jul 31 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Aug 03 - Aug 07 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Aug 10 - Aug 14 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Aug 17 - Aug 21 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Aug 24 - Aug 28 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Aug 31 - Sep 04 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Sep 07 - Sep 11 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Sep 14 - Sep 18 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Sep 21 - Sep 25 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Sep 28 - Oct 02 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Oct 05 - Oct 09 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Oct 12 - Oct 16 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Oct 19 - Oct 23 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Oct 26 - Oct 30 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Nov 02 - Oct 06 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Nov 09 - Nov 13 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Dec 07 - Dec 11 CAD 1,645 CAD 2,105
Upgrade Supplement: Per Person Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
CAD 415 CAD 760
* Monolingual departures during high season
* Minimum 2 passengers
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide* (English, Italian or Spanish) for the whole tour, from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 8th day, local guides or audio-guides where necessary.
  • Deluxe bus form day 2 to day 4
  • Whisper kit
  • Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre, international breakfast included.
  • 4 dinners in hotels or local restaurants (dinner – 3 main courses fixed menu , beverages not included) to have a taste of Sicilian and Italian cuisine.
  • Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Cefalù, Catania city centre, 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.
  • Transfers in/out

Exclusions:

  • All lunches
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees at monuments/museums
  • City taxes (where compulsory)
  • Tips and extras in general
  • Anything not specified under “The rate includes”.

Upgrade Inclusion:

  • Superior/deluxe Room Category
  • Private Transfers In/out
  • All Entrance Fees As Per Program
  • City Taxes

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