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8 days/7 nights escorted tour
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  book by May 31 and save 100 $ per person This escorted tour exclusively in English lets you smell and taste the Eastern and Western parts of Sicily, the legendary and decidedly Mediterranean island, with hot summers and short and mild winters. For a trip to Sicily which is not limited to bathing purposes we recommend also the spring and autumn months. Take advantage of our early bird proposal and Save 100$ per couple

 
  FROM: $1,249.00 - Land only (in DBL room)
Air & Land (on request)

 
  Valid: March 25- October 14, 2016

Departure dates: Fridays

 
  PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • 3 overnights in four star superior hotel in Taormina
  • 4 overnights in four star superior hotel in Palermo
  • 7 Buffet breakfasts daily
  • 2 dinners at hotels
  • 3 dinners at local restaurant in Taormina & Palermo
  • 2 lunches at local restaurants featuring regional cuisine
  • ¼ wine + ½ mineral water + coffee or cappuccino served with lunch and dinner at hotels and restaurants
  • 1wine tasting in a local cellar in Marsala
  • 1 cooking lesson n Corleone area
  • 1 special Mafia lecture in Corleone area
  • Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach or minivan accordingly to the number of participants
  • Professional tour director
  • Sightseeing as indicated, including local guides where necessary (Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Palermo)
For Air & Land packages, please refer to our Reservation Agents. We will always offer the best airlines rates available at the time of booking.



Not Included
  • transfers in/out
  • beverages
  • travel insurance
  • city taxes
  • entrances fees


 
  ITINERARY
  • DAY 1: FRIDAY: PALERMO Arrival in Palermo airport. Transfer to your hotel BY YOUR OWN. Meeting with the participants. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
  • DAY 2: SATURDAY: PALERMO-MONREALE  (optional tour to CEFALU) - PALERMO Buffet breakfast at enjoy a morning tour of Palermo, a city full of character, features Quattro Canti  a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, and the famous Benedictine Abbey of Monreale. Here you will admire a 12th century cathedral, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or take an optional tour with your tour director to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù. In the evening, enjoy a festive dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling in a fashionable restaurant. Overnight
  • DAY 3: SUNDAY: PALERMO-CORLEONE-FICUZZA-PALERMO Buffet breakfast at your hotel and enjoy this special day dedicated to one of the famoust social phenomena in Sicily. We will depart in the morning to the inland of Sicily and specifically to the area of Corleone, known for being the place where Mafia phenomena was born but also know nowadays for being the place where Mafia is firmely fought. We will firstly participate to an interesting and accurate cooking lesson: we will be able to prepare some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes (only for who desires to participate to the cooking lesson). After the cooking lesson, enjoy this special lunch. After lunch, we will experience an interesting LECTURE on Mafia. One of the inhabitants of Corleone, born in the UK, will present a fascinating discussion on the topic of the Sicilian Mafia but also explaining the origins and the way how Corleone inhabitants has taken to eliminate organized crime. Back to Palermo. Accommodation.
  • DAY 4: MONDAY: PALERMO-SEGESTA- MARSALA-TRAPANI-PALERMO Buffet breakfast at your hotel and journey to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, with a magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C., located within a beautiful and natural setting that ranks as one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue to the sea town of Marsala, re-discovered in the 18th century by English merchant John Woodhouse and known for its sweet wines. Visit a wine cellar and sample some Marsala during a special wine tasting session. Drive along Trapanis coastline and stop for a special Sicilian lunch in a restaurant and return to Palermo. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel
  • DAY 5: TUESDAY: PALERMO-AGRIGENTO-TAORMINA Buffet breakfast at your hotel and depart for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the valley, dating back to the 5th century B.C. The poet Pindar described the site as the most beautiful city built by mortal men, The Doric style temples, all constructed within a century, face east, a standard criteria for both Greek and Roman temples so the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun. The best temple is that of Concordia (similar in design to the Partenon in Athens) which is an almost perfectly preserved condition. Your local guide will highlight the history and architecture of Concordia and of the other temples that are part of this archaeological treasure-trove. After visiting the Valley of the Temples, resume travel to Taormina, where you arrive in the evening in time for an enjoyable and relaxing dinner at your hotel.
  • DAY 6: WEDNESDAY: TAORMINA- MOUNT ETNA-TAORMINA(optional tour to SAVOCA,FORZA DAGRO) Buffet breakfast at hotel and morning walking tour of Taorminas charming city center includes the Greek/Roman amphitheatre, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Enjoy the excursion to Mount Etna, till 1800 meters and visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. On the way back to Taormina, we offer a once in a lifetime experience. You may take an optional Godfather tour featuring the authentic villages chosen by Francis Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture. Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colorful restaurants of Taormina.
  • DAY 7: THURSDAY: TAORMINA-SIRACUSA-TAORMINA Buffet breakfast at your hotel and experience an included excursion to Syracuse. A guided tour of this venerable city highlights the Archaeological Park, Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and Cave of Dyonisius Ear. This evening savor a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region.
  • DAY 8: FRIDAY: TAORMINA Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Catania/PALERMO airport for your return flight home BY YOUR OWN. End of the tour.

 
  HOTELS
  • Taormina: Hotel Villa Diodoro ****
  • Taormina: Hotel Caparena ****
  • Taormina: Hotel Sant Alphio ****
  • Palermo: Hotel Centrale Palace or similar ****
 
  SPECIALLY SELECTED TOURCRAFTERS HOTELS
All the hotels selected for this package offer you a superior quality: they are charming, well-furnished and ideally located...the best in their category!!!
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