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Jolly Sicily Tour

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From $2,279 AUD
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Monreale

    Group Size:
    1 to 40
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Venture into the archaeological sites of Sicily on this 7 day tour

  • Visit Modica ‘the city of 100 churches’
  • Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Villa Romana del Casale
  • Explore the Capital of Sicily, Palermo
  • Visit the Greek colony of Siracusa
  • Visit the island of Ortigia
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Arrive in Palermo and make your own way to the hotel, spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner this evening. Overnight Palermo.

Meals Included:
Dinner

Travel to Cefalu, a charming coastal town and former fishing village which is also home to the breath-taking Norman Cathedral. After some time in Cefalu, you’ll the proceed to Taormina, lunch is along the way in a local restaurant. The afternoon is spent at leisure exploring Taormina, beautifully located overlooking the Ionian sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through it’s tiny streets. We then proceed back to Catania. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Catania.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, depart for Syracuse where you will visit the archaeological area of “Neapolis” including the famous Greek theatre, Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. You will then continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Syracuse where you will visit the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch is in a local Restaurant. In the afternoon return to Catania for a nice walking tour. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Catania.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure to Modica. Modica is a known for it’s ancient history, nicknamed “the city of 100 churches” and some of its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of San Giorgio, have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour will then continue with a visit inside the Artisan chocolate workshop; there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of “the Modican’s chocolate”. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the ancient city “Ragusa Ibla”, cradle of Sicilian baroque. After the short tour enjoy some free time to explore the town. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the richest complex collection of late Roman mosaics, depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant  with a special menu chosen specifically to taste the local specialities. Continue to Agrigento a hillside town famous for it’s magnificent Valley of the Temples, with the most beautiful example of Greek civilization in Sicily. Overnight in Agrigento.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to the town of Monreale situated on a hill with a panoramic view, visit the Cathedral with it’s splendid 12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery with Moorish architecture. After lunch in a local restaurant continue to Palermo for a panoramic tour of the city. Overnight in Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, spend the morning learning about the historical town. The walking tour will take you to the sights of Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and internal visit of Martorana Church, we will then continue to S. Giuseppe dei Teatini Church, “Ballarò Market” and Casa Professa Church with its fantastic marbles. Once the tour finishes, you will have time at leisure for shopping. Overnight in Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The tour concludes after breakfast. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

Touring with English speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Entrance fees to:

  • Siracusa: Neapolis and Dome
  • Piazza Armerina: Villa Romana del Casale
  • Agrigento: Valley of Temples
  • Palermo: Martorana Church
  • Monreale: Dome with handling fees

Tips and gratuities to tour directors, drivers and local guides

Porterage service

Passport or visa fees

Any beverages or food not listed in itinerary

Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned

Baggage and personal insurance of any kind

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)

Any other items of personal nature

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Hotel List (or similar)

Central Palace Hotel Federico II
Via Principe di Granatelli, 60, 90139 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 749 5052
Rating
4
Central Palace Hotel Federico II
NH Palermo Hotel
Foro Italico Umberto I, 22/B, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 616 5090
Rating
3.5
NH Palermo Hotel
Mercure Excelsior Catania
Piazza Giovanni Verga, 39, 95129 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: +39 095 747 6111
Rating
3.5
Mercure Excelsior Catania
Il Principe Hotel Catania
Via Alessi, 24, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: 39 095 250 0345
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Il Principe Hotel Catania
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Via Roma, 189, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Tel: +39 0932 621944
Rating
4
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Poggio Del Sole Resort Ragusa
SP25, Km 5,7, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Tel: +39 0932 668521
Rating
4.5
Poggio Del Sole Resort Ragusa
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
Lungomare Falcone - Borsellino, 1, 92100 San Leone AG, Italy
Tel: +39 0922 406111
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Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
Hotel Della Valle
Via Ugo la Malfa, 3, 92100 Agrigento AG, Italy
Tel: +39 0922 26966
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Hotel Della Valle

Important things to note

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes, but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

For organisational reasons or health security, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice; in this case the operator ensures similar visits and excursions in accordance with the spirit of the tour program. If the number of participants does not reach the minimum of 15 passengers, the tour operator will guarantee the departure in partnership with other operators, reserving the right to make changes to the travel program by giving notice within 21 days before the departure date. In this case the tour could be operated in two languages.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours, therefore coach changes may be required. The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

Entrance fees to sights and tourist taxes are included in the package price, but is subject to change at any time without notice.

A government tourist tax may need to be paid locally upon arrival at your hotels.

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Reviews for Jolly Sicily Tour

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Room for improvement

Review for: Sicilian Classics

Room for improvement. Title says it all. Basic accommodation, nothing special. Tour guide & driver didn't seem like they wanted to be there. Overall it really just felt like I was using them to get from A to B and doing everything else myself.
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Daniel
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Review for: Jolly Sicily Tour

Review of Jolly Sicily Tour Palermo to Palermo tour of Sicily. (7 nights) The tour itself was comprehensive and covered most of the major sights that we wanted to see in Sicily. We choose Jolly Sicily Tour because of it’s start in Palermo, enabling us to spend more time in the city without backtracking. The hotels were of good quality and the restaurants selected for lunches were, for the most part, excellent. As I recall, all meals were included in the price, including wine and water at lunchtime but at the evening (hotel) meals wine and beer were usually extra. Our guide, Valentina was quite knowledgeable about the sites we visited and was able to answer most questions with accuracy, The bus drivers were friendly and provided a safe experience. However an over-reliance on GPS and an apparent unfamiliarity with some of the towns resulted in some gross misdirection's thus creating issues related to punctuality which impacted the time allowed at some of the sights. I was able to contact the company’s offices part way through the trip, to express my concerns on this issue and they took some steps which partially corrected the issue. So I expect it will not be an issue for future travellers. There is a reasonable amount of walking required, as was expected, so anyone with mobility issues should be prepared. But this is typical of group tours in Italy. Sicily is a quite mountainous region so several cities were located on the sides of hills. So a hiking pole may be worth packing. I would recommend, should you wish to see Palermo that you add on an additional 2 nights before or after the trip. There is quite a lot to see, and there are several musical theatres in Palermo so a night at the opera might be something to consider. Again the tour company did arrange our extra nights at the same hotel so we did not have to worry about booking or changing hotels. For those with limited time a tour like this gives a good overview of the country, However selecting the town of Ragusa as an overnight stop was, in hindsight a waste of time since it offered little to see in the time allotted. It also necessitated a backtrack of several km to Modica, a town we had passed the night before. Most sights visited allowed a reasonable amount of time for a general overview but for serious history buffs it night be considered a bit too rushed. If you feel the need to fully immerse yourself in the culture and spend a full day or more exploring each town you will most likely need to do it on your own or look at a customized private trip which will add significantly to the price.
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Cristina Maletta
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Review for: Classic Tour of Sicily

Recently booked 6 clients on the Sicily mini carousel tour from Catania to Palermo. I have personally done this trip before and loved it. My clients came back absolutely thrilled with their time in Sicily on this tour. Their guide was amazing, the accommodation fantastic and the value of this tour is well worth it.
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Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Cristina, we really appreciate the time you've taken to leave your review. Catania to Palermo is our shortest of 14 Sicily Tours and gives our guests a wonderful snapshot of that amazing island. I'm glad they got in before the crowds, because Sicily is booking! Regards Paul @ Sun Island Tours

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Jolly Sicily Tour

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From $2,279 AUD
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Monreale

    Group Size:
    1 to 40
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Group Tours

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