“The thousand faces of Sicily” is our proposal of escorted tours with guaranteed departures, dedicated to all those who love to travel in group, without worries, with the desire to make new friends and discover while having fun.
Our expert guides will let you visit the classic destinations of eastern Sicily: Catania and the Riviera dei Ciclopi, Taormina, the majestic volcano Etna and the baroque cities of Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa and Modica.
You will discover the unmistakable features of this part of the island. The classical imprint of the Greeks, who started from here the colonization of Sicily. And the active presence of Etna, the volcano that has shaped over the centuries not only the natural landscapes and the face of cities, but also people’s spirit and temperament.
A mosaic of ancient cultures and civilizations that has fascinated the great travelers of the past, from Goethe to Maupassant, and that you will retrace in all the stages of an unmissable journey in the island of myth!
The 6-day tour departures are scheduled every Saturday from Catania from 22 April to 14 October 2023.
The tour ends in Catania, from which you can extend your holiday with extra nights or a sea stay on request.
1st DAY – SAT: Catania
Arrival to Catania and free transfer to the hotel (see supplements). Free dinner and overnight at hotel. Optional excursion: Catania street food tour by night.
2nd DAY – SUN: Catania/Riviera dei Ciclopi
Breakfast at hotel. Guided excursion to Catania (the beautiful old town with Piazza Duomo, the Elephant Statue, the Cathedral, the Via Etnea and the baroque via dei Crociferi, the amphitheater Roman Castle, Ursino Castle) and the Ciclopi Riviera with its characteristic seaside villages of Acicastello and Acitrezza. Lunch at restaurant. Time at leisure for shopping & relax. Free dinner and overnight at hotel.
3rd DAY – MON: Etna / Taormina ‘The mythical Mongibello and the pearl of the Ionian’
Breakfast at hotel. Departure early in the morning to make an exciting excursion to Mount Etna and admire the spectacular scenery of the last eruptions, up to 1,900 meters. You can walk along the Crateri Silvestri (small craters now inactive) and the recent lava, along the legendary paths linked to the myth of the Cyclops. Lunch at restaurant based on typical specialties. After lunch, we will make an interesting stop in Zafferana Etnea to taste the ‘honey of Etna‘ extracted from the expert hands of the local beekeepers. In the afternoon, visit of Taormina, the ‘pearl of the Ionian’ in the imaginary of the most illustrious travelers of the past.You can visit the magnificent Greek-Roman Theater and enjoy an unforgettable walk along the main course and the characteristic alleys crowded with small souvenir shops and typical products. Return to hotel, free dinner and overnight.
4th DAY – TUE: Siracusa / Noto / Modica ‘In the footsteps of the Greeks – Baroque walk’
In the morning there will be a visit to the city of Syracuse (Unesco World Heritage), the most beautiful and great Greek colony in Sicily. We will visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis with the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Ear of Dionysius (from acoustics producing extraordinary effects) and the Latomie. We will then proceed to Ortigia, with the famous Fountain of Arethusa, the splendid Cathedral, the Temple of Apollo. Lunch in a restaurant and continuation to Noto, one of the most famous baroque centers in Sicily, (UNESCO World Heritage Site), known above all for its splendid cathedral, recently restored after the earthquake of the 1990s. Tasting of typical products of the area and of the famous Modica chocolate in historical coffee. In the evening I arrive in Ragusa. Free dinner and overnight.
5th DAY – WED: Ragusa/Puntasecca: ‘Baroque sites heritage of humanity’
Breakfast at hotel. Morning dedicated to the visit of the ancient Ibla, the historical center of Ragusa made famous by the tv fiction ‘Il commissario Montalbano‘. Among the masterpieces of art of the baroque town declared by UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’, there are the magnificent Cathedral of San Giorgio, the portal of S. Giorgio (the ancient Cathedral destroyed by the earthquake of 1693), the Zacco palace , the Iblei Gardens. Lunch in a farmhouse based on typical Iblei specialties and a brief stop at the house of the Commissioner Montalbano, in Puntasecca. In the afternoon, proceed to Catania. Free dinner and overnight.
6th DAY – THU: Catania “Goodbye Sicily!!!”
Free transfer to Catania airport. End of services.
|Departures each SATURDAY from Catania (min. 2 pax)|
|22/29 april – 6/13/20/27 may – 3/10/17/24 june – 1/8/15/22/29 july|
5*/12*/19*/26 august (*see supplements) – 2/9/16/23/30 september – 7/14 october
|Price p.p on dblb||3rd bed CHD 3/12||3rd bed ADULT||Suppl. DUS|
|€ 859,00||€ 775,00||€ 835,00||€ 210,00|
Transport by bus/minibus; accommodation at 4 star central hotels on double room; arrangement of half board (5 BB at hotel + 3 lunch at restaurant and tastings as per program); driver / escort up to 8 pax; driver + local guides from 9/15 pax; over 16 pax driver + tour escort.ur escort.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Flights, transfer in/out, dinner (excluding at Agrigento/Selinunte), city tax, entrance fee/admissions to museums and monuments; tourist tax where required (to be paid on site); anything not expressly mentioned in ‘The price includes’.