ITALY - Sicily - Catania

The best of Sicily and Malta

  • Tours , Enograstronomic Travel , Food & wine Tour , Bus tours , Escorted tour
  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • 4 stars
  • As per program

Enjoy the wonders of Sicily and Malta.
Explore archaeological sites, be inspired by amazing scenery and enjoy a mosaic of flavours by visiting one of Italy's most beautiful and interesting islands. Then board the hydrofoil to Malta for a magic and relaxing journey. 

Regular guaranteed departures from April to November.
Personalise your vacation: customise your trip with additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.

Details

Itinerary: Catania, Siracusa, Ragusa, Catalgirone, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Trapani, Cefalù, Nebrodi Park, Taormina, Mount Etna (Optional), Pozzalo, Malta.


DETAILED ITINERARY

1st Day: Catania

Arrive in Catania and make your own way to the hotel Il Principe. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening.

2nd Day: Catania - Siracusa - Ragusa 
Drive to Syracuse to visit the marvellous archaeological area then continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Travel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baro- que buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Poggio del Sole.

3th Day: Ragusa - Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento 
Drive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel Dioscuri bay Palace. Over- night.

4th Day: Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale
Travel to Palermo and spend some time exploring at your leisure. Visit Monreale this afternoon: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Enjoy a city tour of Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation and overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.

5th Day: Palermo - Segesta - Erice - Trapani - Palermo 
Depart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Continue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.

6th Day: Palermo - Cefalù - Nebrodi Park - Taormina 
Drive to Cefalù to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic centre of Taormina.

7th Day: Taormina - Etna - Taormina
Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Across fascinating landscape, you will reach a height of 1800 metres and you will enjoy a fantastic pano- rama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

8th Day: Taormina - Catania - Malta
Morning at leisure. In the early afternoon, transfer from Taormina to Catania port by private car. Board the bus provided by the Ferry Company to Pozzallo port: here board the hydrofoil to Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to Hotel Dolmen Resort located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Late arrival in Hotel and accommodation. A cold dinner is served in your room (e.g. cold cut, sandwiches). Overnight.

9th Day: Malta “The Three cities” 
Take in some of Malta’s historical highlights on a morning tour. Visit the imposing Church of St Lawrence and the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa before continuing to Senglea for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour and its fortifications. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel.

10th Day: Malta “Alta Valletta”
Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta - Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. The excursion ends with a visit to the Grandmaster’s Palace. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel.

11th Day: Malta “Mdina”
Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit of Mosta Church renowned worldwide for its magnificent dome and a visit to the Botanic Gardens of San Anton. We proceed to Ta Qali Crafts Village where we will visit The Phoenician Glass Blowers, JCF Jewellers and Bristow Potteries. After lunch we visit the Wignacourt Museum as well as the St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat and then proceed with a walk through the medieval walled city of Mdina, situated in the centre of the island.

12th Day: Malta
The tour ends after breakfast with a private transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta.


SELECTED HOTELS
Catania: Hotel Il Principe 4 stars
Ragusa: Poggio del Solre Resort 4 stars
Agrigento: Dioscuri Bay Palace 4 stars
Palermo: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4 stars
Taormina: Villa Diodoro 4 stars
Malta: Dolmen Resort 4 stars


EXTEND YOUR STAY
With additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.

DEPARTURE DATES 2017
April: 15
May: 06 – 13 – 20 - 27
June: 03 – 10 - 24
July: 08 - 22
August: 26
September: 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 - 30
October: 07 - 14


Nota bene:
- Due to technical and/or logistic issues, itineraries could be changed
- We inform all Clients that rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at the check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.

Dates and prices
Price
from 7/17/20 to 12/31/20
price on request
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Including/Excluding

The package includes
- Accommodation in 4 stars hotels centrally located
- Welcome cocktail
- 11 Dinners, 3 Lunches, 11 Breakfasts
- Sicilian typical products tasting (wine, chocolate, biscuits, etc) in Ragusa Ibla;
- Transportation Deluxe motor coach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 15 pax
- English speaking tour escort
- Local guides where necessary
- Porterage at hotels in Sicily
- Transfer Taormina hotel/Catania Port
- Ferry from Catania to Valletta
- Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11). English guaranteed
- Transfer Hotel Malta / Valletta Airport or Port


Not included
- International flights
- Transfer in
- Italian Visa, if applicable
- Travel insurance
- Tips
- Drinks
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums
- Extras
- City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
- Anything that is not mentioned in “The package includes”


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