From April 1st to October 28th departures every Saturday
Day 1 – Saturday: CATANIA (hotel in Catania)
Independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Catania (optional private transfer on request). Meet with our tour-leader; dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 – Sunday : SIRACUSA – NOTO (hotel in Catania)
After breakfast in hotel, we will visit Siracusa, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and a World Heritage Site. The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheater, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. We will continue visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Siracusa. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The present façade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple! From Piazza Duomo you will reach a wide terrace on the
waterfront surrounding the famous Arethusa’s Fountain, one of the most famous fresh-water sources of the Greek world. Free time for lunch.
Departure to Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared Unesco World Heritage Site. Inspired by Baroque ideals of “open city”, Noto is a rare masterpiece and the most clear example of theatrical tastes in 18th century architecture whose local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun. Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. We will visit Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style and once the residence of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a patron of the arts.
Back to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3 – Monday: ETNA – TAORMINA (hotel in Catania)
This morning we will leave to visit Etna the highest (c. 3350m) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays Unesco World Heritage Site. Its regional park protects 59.000 hectares of unique geology, flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wine manufacture, stonework and carpentry. We will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters, can extend across the whole of Sicily , the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! Later we will visit a beekeeping
establishment, visit their honey extraction lab, taste homemade honey and typical products of the area. We will proceed to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna! Lunch in a typical restaurant where you will partake in a show-cooking lesson featuring some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. In the afternoon we will visit
Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, and then you will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval narrow streets and go shopping for local handy crafts (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi. Back to our hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 – Tuesday: CATANIA – CEFALU’ (hotel in Palermo)
Today we will visit the historical centre of Catania stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The colour scheme of the city-centre building in fact is black and dark grey, relieved with white limestone details around the doors and windows. The result is extremely elegant! The city still preserves ruins of the Imperial Roman period
despite having been rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. Catania was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily under the Aragonese dynasty. The walking tour will start across the “pescheria” (the ancient fish market) to reach the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here we will reach the University Square and we will have a walk along the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. We will continue walking along the precious historical city centre. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Cefalù, charming medieval town situated at the northern coast of Sicily. We will visit its stunning Norman Dome and you will have free time to stroll through the town or to visit the famous and well-known Mandralisca Museum. We will proceed to Palermo for
our overnight stay. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby.
Day 5 – Wednesday: PALERMO
Breakfast in hotel and end of services.
For organizational reasons or due to force majeure the itinerary may be modified
Rates per person in double room
- Single room supplement: € 161,00
- 3rd bed reduction: € 20,00
The rates include
The rates do not include
Post-night in hotel in Palermo (in BB): € 75,00 p.p. in double room per night - € 135,00 in single room per night.
Transfers from Catania airport to hotel in Catania and vice versa: 1/2 pax € 30,00 each way -€44,00 minivan each way
Transfers from Palermo airport to hotel in Palermo and vice versa: 1/4 pax € 44,00 each way.
Extra fee entrances
Taormina Greek theatre € 10, 00 p.p.;
Noto Palazzo Nicolaci € 4, 00 p.p.;
Siracusa Archeological Park € 10, 00 p.p.;
Siracusa Cathedral € 2, 00 p.p.
DEPARTURE DATES: Saturday - Wednesday