East coast & Aeolian island

The eastern coast & Aeolian Islands

Seaside stay + self-drive excursions

The landscapes of north-eastern Sicily, shaped by the incessant activity of the volcano Etna, evoque the glorious vestige of the Greek colonization, which started right from the Ionian coast of Sicily.

Relaxing by the sea, along the sandy coast of the famous Taormina, you can discover the “pearls of the East”: Syracuse and its enchanting archaeological area, Catania and its baroque ‘in black and white’, the Ionian Riviera with the characteristic seaside villages portrayed by Verga in the novel “I Malavoglia”.
And to experience unforgettable emotions, the Jeep Safari off-road on Etna and the mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands will leave you breathless…

Program:

Arrival to Catania airport and car hire collection. Accommodation at hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Taormina/Letojanni area.

Free stay at hotel on half board arrangement. Days dedicated to relax, beach activities and suggested excursions (see description).

During your stay we suggest the following excursions:

Siracusa/Noto (full day)
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. In the afternoon, visit of 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.

Etna ‘Jeep Safari’ (half day) – INCLUDED!!!
Early departure in the morning to enjoy Etna Jeep Safari, a lovely off-road experience through the Etna area on a 4×4 jeep driven by expert nature guides. You will walk around the beautiful paths of the Etna Park, to appreciate landscapes of extraordinary beauty. Equipped with helmet and lights for speleologist, you will discover what is hidden inside the volcano exploring the lava tubes, lava flow caves excavated from the passage of lava during eruptions. (Pick-up / drop off at your hotel. Jeep max 8 seats/shared. Private formula on request with supplement of € 120,00).

Catania/Riviera ionica (full day)
Visit of the historical centre of Catania, with its baroque churchs, the Cathedral, the suggestive fish market, via Etnea and via dei Crociferi, the amphitheater Roman and Ursino Castle. Tasting of famous “Sicilian granita”. In the afternoon, walk along the ‘Riviera dei Ciclopi’ with its characteristic seaside villages of Acicastello and Acitrezza.

Minicruise Isole Eolie – Lipari / Vulcano (full day)
Breakfast at hotel. Departure early in the morning to Milazzo and boarding on a tourist boat (not for exclusive use) to start a suggestive Minicruise to Lipari and Vulcano. After skirting the promontory of Capo Milazzo, we will head for Lipari Punta Castagna where there is the area of ​​the former Pomice quarries and the white beaches; you will be able to admire the enchanting landscape and the sea with its characteristic color, thanks to the very clear seabed. Immediately after it will dock at the port of Lipari for the first stop, useful to visit the historic center, the archaeological park and to go shopping in the shops of the town. Departed from Lipari route to the island of Vulcano for the second stop. At Vulcano, passengers can choose to take a bath in the thermal waters, in the sulphurous muds area, in the splendid beach of the Black Sands. Leaving Vulcano, by sea the tour of the mythological area and that part of the coast where there are the Faraglioni, the rock of Pope Giovanni, the cave of the Angels and the rock of the Mummy. Continuing the navigation, you will visit the beautiful swimming pool of Venus, the Grotta del Cavallo and the rock of the Lion. Before heading for the prow to Milazzo, you will walk along the picturesque village of Gelso where there is the ancient lighthouse. Return to Milazzo at about 18.00.

Breakfast at hotel and free transfer to the airport of Catania and drop-off of the car. End of services. 

Package price per person

PeriodPrice p.p. on dblbSuppl. sglb3rd bed 3/123rd bed adults
15/05 – 25/06
11/09 – 30/10
€ 949,00€ 230,00€ 449,00€ 629,00
26/06 – 30/07
28/08 – 10/09
€ 1.150,00€ 270,00€ 539,00€ 770,00
31/07 – 27/08€ 1.299,00€ 310,00€ 595,00€ 869,00

Car hire group B (Opel Corsa, Citroen C1 or similar) basic formula with unlimited mileage and basic insurances, pick-up/drop-off at the same time (return to different location with surcharge to be paid on site); accommodation at 4 star hotel on standard dblb; 7 HB (half board) arrangement (breakfast + dinner); Etna Jeep Safari; minicruise Lipari/Vulcano; VAT.

Flights; lunches; tour escort; local guides; drinks; entrance fees; city tax (to be paid on the spot); facultative insurances for car rental; drop-off tax in case of release of the car tips; extra; beach service (to be paid on the spot); all not mentioned as included.

Sea view rooms on request. Baby cot € 8 per day; facultative car insurances € 20,00 per day.

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