9 Days tour to Italy - Treasures of Sicily

8 Days tour to - Taormina, Grotta Azzurra, Calabria, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Etna, Catania,
Ortygia Island, Syracuse, Lipari, Vulcano, Palermo & Cefalu


Day 1 - Saturday

Day 1 - Saturday

Arrival in Taormina

Arrive in Taormina area at any time (*). There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. At the hotel reception you will find a information brochure. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. 

(*) All Customers who have booked an individual transport service (at extra charge), will meet our taxi driver at the airport arrivals with a sign displaying their name that will bring them to their hotel.


Day 2 - Sunday

Day 2 - Sunday

Grotta Azzurra

Half board in Hotel. Excursion by boat GROTTA AZZURRA. On this tour you will discover the natural beauty of the coastline Giardini/Naxos – Taormina. The meeting will be at the port of Giardini Naxos. There you will start the tour in a comfortable characteristic boat (max. 12 persons), to explore the Ionian Coast. From here you’ll have a fantastic view of mount Etna and its area’s most breathtaking sights. On the way you can discover caves ,including the visit of the well known “Grotta Azzurra”(according to weather conditions and currents), rock formations and the beautiful Nature Reserve of Isola Bella. Dinner and overnight.(Dinner).


Day 3 - Monday

Day 3 - Monday

Calabria

Breakfast in the hotel. Day at leisure or Optional tour to Calabria.(Breakfast & Dinner).

Optional tour to Calabria with Capo Vaticano & Tropea -
Full day excursion to Calabria. Departure by coach to Messina and by ferry we will reach Villa San Giovanni in Calabria. We do a first stop in Capo Vaticano, a sea side resort, known for its dramatic cliffsand its breathtaking views and crystal clear waters. The attractions in Capo Vaticano are its beautiful natural wonders. The area boasts exceptional untouched beauty with its massive rock formations and its many small bays and isolated beaches. We proceed and we visit Tropea, a seaside resort; the sightseeing attractions mainly include the many beaches and the older section of the town that are lined with ancient houses and villas. In the centre of this town it is possible to admire the Church St. Mary of the Isle from a terrace on the sheer cliff top. Back to Sicily. Dinner and overnight in Taormina area.


Day 4 - Tuesday

Day 4 - Tuesday

Agrigento | Piazza Armerina

Today enjoy your full day excursion to Agrigento and Piazza Armerina. In the morning visit of Agrigento and guided tour of the Valley of Temples, where you can admire the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde, one of the best preserved doric temples in the whole greek world, the Temple of Ercules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Continuation to Piazza Armerina and guided tour of the Villa Romana del Casale, famous for the most beautiful collection of late-Roman mosaics. Continuation to Taormina beach. Dinner and overnight.(Dinner).


Day 5 - Wednesday

Day 5 - Wednesday

Etna | Taormina

In the morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the volcano constitutes the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy You will be astonished about the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “ Silvesti Craters” (about 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep. Stop at a local beekeeper to taste quality honey and have a wine tasting and to see how he is produced. In the afternoon visit of Taormina, situated on a plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from Capo Sant’Andrea to Capo Taormina. Possibility, to visit the Greek-Roman theatre, the 2nd largest classical theatre in Sicily. Re-entry in hotel. Dinner and overnight. (Dinner).


Day 6 - Thursday

Day 6 - Thursday

Catania | Ortygia Island | Syracuse

Breakfast in the hotel. Full day excursion. First stop in Catania, that lies on the slopes of the Etna, rich in baroque buildings visit of the typical fish market and walking tour of the city centre. Proceed to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island, in which we will explore the historic centre in Ortigia Island, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. At this point the guests can choose to leave the group, to visit  the Archaeological park of Syracuse on their own or the guided tour for (€ 30 per person + €10 entrance fee), including the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.(in July and August only Syracuse)(Breakfat & Dinner).


Day 7 - Friday

Day 7 - Friday

Lipari | Volcano

Breakfast in the hotel. Day at Leisure or Optional tour to Lipari & Volcano.

Optional tour to Lipari & Volcano -
The islands are the patrimony of humanity as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Departure by bus with a tour leader to the port of Milazzo and proceed by private motorboat to the island of Lipari. Stop at the ground with the opportunity to visit the old town with the archaeological park and the cathedral. Free shopping time in the local shops on the island. Back on board and sail along the "Faraglioni" and the "Horse’s Cave". Continue by boat to Volcano and stop on the island with the possibility to make sulfurous mud baths in a dedicated area paying the entrance fee. Mud prohibited to pregnant women and children. After returning by sea, sailing along the coast viewing the" Rock of the Little Mermaid ." Eco-tax to be paid on board the bus not included. Dinner and overnight.(Breakfast & Dinner).

*In case of bad weather conditions the excursion to Lipari & Vulcano will be replaced with an alternative excursion.


Day 8 - Saturday

Day 8 - Saturday

Palermo | Cefalu

Breakfast in hotel. Day at Leisure 

Optional tour to - Palermo and Cefalu -
Palermo is the capital of Sicily and preserves the most important Arab-Norman, By zantine and Spanish monuments. Our local guide will start the tour walking through the Quattro Canti, the Church of the Martorana, Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria, the Cathedral and all the historical center including a local touch with the typical market "Il Capo"; Alternatively, visit of Monreale, famous for its mosaics, facultative. Optional lunch extra at a restaurant downtown(Purchase locally). Drive to Cefalu on the north coast. Visit the old town and the famous Norman Cathedral with the Christ Pantocrator. Return via Messina. Entrance fees to the sites extras In the evening arrive in Taormina area. Overnight at hotel.


Day 9 - Sunday

Return flight back home

After your breakfast you will be transfer to the airport for your flight back.
End of our services.


Tour includes:

  • Coach GT for each excursion(English)
  • 7 Overnights in hotels in HB - standard rooms
  • Tasting where indicated
  • Excursions: Agrigento & Piazza Armerina, Etna-Taormina , Catania-Syracuse ,Grotta Azzurra
  • Italian and Bilingual Tour escort for all the excursions

Tour not include:

  • City tax to pay on spot
  • Drinks at meals
  • Transfers at arrival and departure
  • Tips to the guide and driver and Porterages (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments and archaeological sites
  • Optional excursions
  • Everything that not mentioned in “the tour includes”
  • International flights

*The departures are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions

Hotels:

4 Stars
Antares Komplex, Sporting Baia, Albatros , PanoramicBaia Azzurra or similar

4 Stars Superior
Diamond, Hellenia, Albatros junior suite frontal sea view with balcony, or similar

 

Rates for optional excursions

  • Calabria with Capo Vaticano & Tropea (Min. 20 People) Euro : 114.
  • Lipari & Vulcano : Euro 100.
  • Palermo & Cefalu’ : Euro 86