With this amazing 8-days tour you will visit all the beautiful most beautiful destinations in Sicily, and you will have the opportunity to experience the rich cultural, historical and natural heritage of this magical Mediterranean island.
Day 1: Palermo
Independent arrival at the hotel in Palermo, greeted by a welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in Palermo.
Day 2: Cefalù - Catania
After a buffet breakfast, visit Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for history and art, with its Cathedral (during the Holy Mass, exterior visit only), the Palace of the Normans and its superb "Palatina" Chapel, the "Quattro Canti", the fountain of "Piazza Pretoria", the Church of Santa Caterina and its cloister. Lunch in a local restaurant. Depart to Cefalù, charming coastal town, home to a breathtaking Norman Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor. Take a stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Catania. Arrival at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone - Catania
After breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina in the inland of Sicily, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant. Then, proceed to Caltagirone known for its ceramics whose handcrafted production is secular. Free time at your leisure to enjoy the city. At the end of the tour, back to your hotel in Catania. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Mount Etna (Honey Tasting) - Taormina - Catania
After breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. On the way, you will stop to the village of Zafferana Etnea, "the City of Honey" to visit a factory where they produce honey and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands. Continue to Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea", located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Lunch in a local restaurant. Free time at leisure to enjoy the city. Individual visit of the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre. At the end of the tour, back to the hotel in Catania. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Syracuse - Noto - Ragusa
After breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit one of the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological park "Neapolis" (with the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios "Ear") and visit of the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre (with the Cathedral, which is built on the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary "Fontana Arethusa" and the Temple of Apollo). Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then proceed to Ragusa, check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
During high season (from April to October 2019) with an extra cost there will be the possibility to visit Ragusa "Ibla" by night, cradle of Sicilian baroque (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants and depending on the availability).
Day 6: Modica (chocolate tasting) - Agrigento
After breakfast, depart to Modica to visit the city divided into two parts: Modica "Bassa" and "Alta". Here you will have the possiblity to taste the famous chocolate (Xocoatl) made with ancient methods brought to Sicily with Spanish domination. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Agrigento to visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Selinunte (oil tasting and lunch in a farmhouse) - Marsala (visit of a winery and wine tasting) - Palermo
After breakfast, depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and Acropolis. Then you will stop in a local farmhouse, famous for olive oil production: before lunch, it will be possible to have an oil tasting of local production. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Visit to a prestigious winery, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and learn about local production. Proceed to Palermo.Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Palermo
Breakfast at the hotel and end of the tour.
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