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Treasures of the earth and the sea

Sicily + Aeolian islands + Egadi islands

from € 679,00
Treatment: BB      
Period: dal 18/03/2019 al 31/10/2019      
Duration: 13 days      
Min pax: 2      
: 28/10/2019      
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Treasures of the earth and the sea

Sicily + Aeolian islands + Egadi islands


Program:

1st day Catania / Ionian Riviera
Arrival at the airport of Catania and collection of the rental car (NOT INCLUDED). *** According to the arrival time, we suggest you to make a short visit of Catania and its splendid historical center, (Piazza Duomo with the Elephant Statue, the Cathedral, Via Etnea and the baroque street of Via dei Crociferi , the Roman theater and the Odeon, the Roman amphitheater, the Ursino Castle) and the characteristic seaside villages of the Ionian Riviera (Acicastello and Acitrezza). *** We suggest a tasting of the traditional Sicilian granita with almond and pistachio. Accommodation at hotel and overnight.

 
2nd day  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. where you can walk along the Crateri Silvestri and the recent lava of 2001. *** We suggest you to make the excursion to the top craters, up to 2,500 / 2,700 mt., by cableway and jeep (extra cost 63.00 euros approx. pp - children 50 discount % - book by us!), to experience the thrill of being on top of the highest active volcano in Europe !!! In the afternoon, visit of Taormina, the "pearl of the Ionian" in the imaginary of the most famous travellers of the past, that have made it a famous destination for tourists coming from all over the world. Visit of the magnificent Greek-Roman Theater and free time for an unforgettable and panoramic walk through the main street, the belvedere on the Bay of Naxos and the characteristic lanes crowded with small souvenir shops and typical products. Return to the hotel and overnight.

 
3rd day Minicruise Isole Eolie - Lipari / Vulcano
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. Return to the hotel and overnight.
4th day Siracusa / Noto "In the footsteps of the Greeks - The stone garden"
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit of Syracuse, the city that in the past was the most fierce rival of Athens and Rome. The Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Latomies, the Ear of Dionysius are the most important testimonies of its past splendor. The jewel of the city is the island of Ortigia: it is here that between sea and white stone it is possible to admire the Fonte Aretusa and the Duomo, born from the transformation of the ancient Temple of Athena. In the afternoon, visit of Noto, a small baroque jewel perched on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro valley, covered by citrus, olive and almond trees. Rebuilt as a result of the earthquake of 1693, it has been called "the stone garden": the Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Landolina and Villadorata and the Church of San Domenico express the highest conception of Baroque urbanism. Accommodation in hotel in Ragusa area and overnight.
 

5th day Sampieri / Ragusa Ibla / Modica: "The baroque sites heritage of humanity"
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to beach activities in the enchanting beach of Sampieri (between Marina di Modica and Scicli). In the afternoon, visit of the two splendid baroque centers of Ragusa and Modica. Visit of the ancient Ibla, the historical center of Ragusa rich in architectural treasures and made famous by the television 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. In the afternoon, visit of Modica which is located in two narrow valleys formed by the Iblei mountains. *** We suggest tasting of typical Modica chocolate in historical café. At the end, return to the hotel and overnight. *** We suggest dinner in a characteristic restaurant in the historic center of Modica or Ragusa Ibla (which we can book - from € 25.00 p.p.).

 
6th day Piazza Armerina "The glories of the Roman era" / Agrigento "The city of the Gods"
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Piazza Armerina and visit of the Roman Villa del Casale, famous for its Roman floor mosaics, and the four districts. Continue to Agrigento and visit the mythical Valley of the Temples of ancient Akragas, where you can admire the remains of the majestic Temples of Concordia, of Juno Lacinia, of Hercules, of the Dioscuri or Castor and Pollux, of Olympic Jupiter, the lush garden of Kolymbetra . Possibility to visit the interesting Regional Archaeological Museum. Accommodation in hotel in Agrigento and overnight. *** We suggest taking a "by night" walk to the illuminated Valley of the Temples.


7th day Realmonte / Selinunte / Marsala - "The majestic temples and the white cliff"
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure for Realmonte to enjoy an unforgettable walk to the sea in the splendid "Scala dei Turchi", the fine sandy beach characterized by the high white limestone cliffs. Continue to Selinunte for a visit to the Archaeological Park, the largest in the Mediterranean. Accommodation at hotel in Marsala and overnight.

8th day Isola di Mozia / Marsala "On the routes of the Phoenicians - La via del sale"
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Marsala and boarding for the islet of Mozia, the ancient and strategic Phoenician colony that preserves the remains of the ancient settlement and the interesting Withaker archaeological museum. In the afternoon, visit of Marsala, with the Baglio Anselmi museum (inside a reconstructed Punic ship), the suggestive saltworks still in use for the extraction of salt and the historic Florio or Donnafugata Cellars, where you can make a tasting of the famous liqueur wine. At the end, return to the hotel and overnight.


9th day Egadi Islands / Favignana "The traditional tuna fishing"
In the morning, departure from Marsala or Trapani by hydrofoil to make a full day excursion to Favignana. Here in the month of June the ancient though bloody ritual of the 'mattanza' of the tuna is perpetuated. At the end, return to the hotel and overnight.

Alternative program (from 01/05 to 30/09):
9th day Mini-cruise Egadi Islands - Favignana & Levanzo - with supplement of € 25.00 p.p.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, departure from Trapani for an exciting minicruise by tourist boat to Favignana, the main of the Egadi Islands, and Levanzo.

Program: Departure from Trapani at 09:30 am, navigation to Favignana whose arrival is scheduled at 10.20 am, stop at the port with free time available to visit the town and go shopping, take a swim in the beautiful beach in front of the harbor, go around the island by train or rent a bicycle, visit the enchanting "Florio" Tuna Museum. Departure from Favignana at 12:30, it begins to coast the island stopping in the most beautiful and picturesque coves, where you can swim. The lunch will be followed by a typical antipasto, penne alla pesto alla trapanese, bread, water, wine and seasonal fruit. After lunch we will head for Levanzo where we will stop in the port of about an hour, useful to visit the small fishing village and enjoy the excellent granite or the famous artisan ice cream. Departing from Levanzo we will coast the Faraglione di Levanzo, the most beautiful coves, like Cala Fredda and Cala Minnola, where we will make another stop for a dip in the sea. Lastly, the route will be made for the return to the port of Trapani, whose arrival is expected at about 5:45 pm. At the end, return to the hotel and overnight.


10th day
San Vito Lo Capo "The turquoise sea"
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to San Vito Lo Capo, to appreciate the crystal clear sea of ​​the 'Zingaro Nature Reserve' and the characteristic fishing village of Scopello, with its ancient 'tonnara'. *** We suggest to make the excursion to the Zingaro Reserve by tourist boat to admire the most fascinating bays and inlets otherwise not accessible by land (excursion by tourist boat can also be purchased on site from € 35 pp with departure from San Vito Lo Capo) . At the end, return to hotel and overnight.

 
11th day Segesta / Erice "The land of the Elimi"
Breakfast at hotel. Departure in the morning to Segesta and visit of the doric 'solitary temple' and theater. Continue to Erice, the ancient city of Elimian whose historic center preserves the charm of an ancient medieval village animated by typical craft shops (finely decorated ceramics, hand-woven colorful carpets, traditional almond-based cakes and fruit candied). *** We suggest a lunch in a typical restaurant and a typical pastry tasting based on Sicilian cannoli and almond paste. Accommodation in hotel in Palermo and overnight.

12th day Palermo / Monreale - "Crossroads of civilization"
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure in the morning for Palermo and visit of the city-capital that offers the visitor the reading of over three thousand years of Sicilian history. An immense and inestimable artistic patrimony of which we will admire in particular the splendid Cathedral, exceptional example of overlapping of architectural styles of different eras, the Norman Palace and the famous Palatine Chapel (visit by reservation), the Arabian churches with characteristic red domes ( S. Giovanni degli Eremiti, la Martorana), the Quattro Canti, the Piazza Pretoria. *** We suggest (optional) lunch / tasting of the traditional "street food" of Palermo, arancini, panelle, sfincioni. Visit of the extraordinary monastic complex of Monreale: the splendid Duomo and the adjacent Cloister are also precious witness of the Arab-Norman art and the Byzantine mosaic tradition. Return to the hotel and overnight.

 
13th day Cefalù / Palermo or Catania "On the trail of the Normans"
Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of Cefalu 'and its splendid Norman Cathedral. *** We suggest to dedicate the morning to the beach activities in the beautiful sandy beach of Cefalù and to make the visits in the afternoon. Continue to the Palermo or Catania airport and release the rental car (NOT INCLUDED). End of our services.

 
H o t e l s   4 star  (or   similar,  upon availability)
Palermo > Palazzo Sitano**** www.hotelpalazzositano.it  or  Vecchio Borgo www.ghshotels.it
Marsala > Stella d’Italia**** www.hotelstelladitalia.it  or Baglio Basile**** www.hotelbagliobasile.it 
Agrigento > Grand Hotel Mosè**** or Hotel Baia di Ulisse**** www.baiadiulisse.com  
Ragusa  > Poggio del Sole Resort**** www.poggiodelsoleresort.com or Dimora di Spartivento**** www.dimoradispartivento.it
Catania  > Villa del Bosco**** www.hotelvdbnext.it or Hotel 4Spa**** www.4spa.it


Package price per person 

Low season (18/03-10/04; 11/10–31/10)  € 679,00 per person

Middle season (03/05-30/06 e 13/09-10/10)  € 729,00 per person

High season (11/04-02/05; 01/07-12/09)  € 759,00 per person

3°/4° bed reduction -10%

The price includes:
-accommodation at 4-star hotels on standard dblb;
-arrangement of 12 BB;
-mini-cruise to Lipari / Vulcano by tourist boat;
-hydrofoil to / r Trapani or Marsala / Favignana;

The price does not include:
-flights;
-
car hire (see supplements);
-meals (see supplements), drinks, tips, extras;
-local guides; suggested optional excursions;
-admissions to museums and monuments;
-tourist tax where required (to be considered on site);
-anything not expressly indicated in the item "The price includes".

Supplements:
-car hire (ON REQUEST)
-HB PACKAGE: half board in partner hotels or restaurants € 305,00 p.p. (12 drinks not included) / € 125,00 p.p. (5 dinners, drinks not included);
-accommodation on single room € 315,00;
-minicruise by boat to Favignana / Levanzo (for difference with fare to / r hydrofoil) € 25,00 p.p.

 
 
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