Day 1: Catania
Welcome to Sicily! Independent arrival in Catania (contact us to book a transfer from the airport - extra cost, not included in the price of the tour). Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Syracuse - Modica (visit of a chocolate factory) - Ragusa
Departure to Syracuse, the most beautiful of the former Greek colonies; continue to the island of Ortigia where you will admire the Cathedral and the beautiful "Fontana Aretusa". Depart to Modica and visit inside a real chocolate factory to discover the techniques leading to the production of chocolate. Next, you will reach the town of Ragusa. Dinner and overnight*.
*Optional: visit "by night" of the ancient city Ragusa "Ibla", cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the "giardino Ibleo" (supplement to be paid on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants).
Day 3: Piazza Armerina - Agrigento
Departure to Piazza Armerina to visit the Villa Romana del Casale, which houses the largest collection of late-Roman mosaics in the world. After the lunch at a local restaurant, you will reach Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples, an archaeological site famous for the exceptional state of preservation of its temples. At the end, dinner and hotel accommodation.
Day 4: Palermo - Monreale
Depart to Monreale where you will admire the Cathedral and the cloister of the Benedictines. Then visit of the center of Palermo, admiring the Cathedral, the Norman Palace and its superb Palatine Chapel. Enjoy Palermo's street food, one of the most renowned all over the world, while wandering around its historical centre. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Erice - Marsala (visit of a winery) - Salt Route - Palermo
Depart to the medieval village of Erice, placed atop a mountain overlooking the city of Trapani and the Aegadian Islands. Continue to Marsala for a stop at a winery for a guided tour of the historic Wine Cellars: tasting of wines with local food pairings.
Returning to Palermo, you will enjoy a panoramic tour to the famous "Salt Road" in Trapani, as you will admire the windmills and the basins for salt picking. Overnight at the hotel (dinner NOT included).
Day 6: Cefalù - Nebrodi Park - Taormina
You will visit the coastal town of Cefalù, with a walk through the center of the city in which you will admire the medieval wash-house, carved in the rock, and the Cathedral in Arab-Norman style. Next, you will move to the Nebrodi Park where you will have a typical lunch. After that, you will continue to Cesarò and Randazzo, visiting the park from the north and admiring its beautiful landscapes. After that you will reach Taormina for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Mt. Etna (optional excursion) - Taormina
In the morning, if you wish, excursion to Mount Etna (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants) to admire the beautiful scenery of the highest active volcano in Europe, from which you can enjoy magnificent views on the Ionian Sea. Then visit Taormina, the small medieval town on the sea and called, not surprisingly, the "Pearl of the Ionian Sea". Enjoy some free time for lunch on your own (NOT included), shopping or walking through the streets of the coastal town, or visit the famous Greek-Roman Theatre. At the end, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Malta
After breakfast, transfer from Taormina to Catania Airport for a flight to reach the beautiful island of Malta, in the southern Mediterranean Sea. Upon arrival, transfer to your Hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Marsaxlokk - Blue Grotto
Enjoy a tour of of Marsaxlokk village, which with its colors and character makes it a perfect scenario for its market. Visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included), also admiring the shape of the island of Filfla. Later, explore one of Malta's unspoilt village:, through the labyrinth of its streets. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Malta and Valletta
Visit to Valletta, capital of Malta, a fortress city with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Here, you will admire the Cathedral of San Giovanni, which houses a beautiful painting by Caravaggio, and the famous Barrakka Gardens. Later, you will enjoy "Malta Experience", an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Malta and Mdina
Visit of the medieval city of Mdina for a walk in his historic centre. Next, you will go to Rabat to visit the Christian Catacombs before proceeding to the Dingli cliffs. After lunch, visit the botanical Gardens of St. Anthony and Ta' Qali. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Malta
The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta.