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Sicily Highlights & Aegadian Islands

  • 10 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Marsala, Salt Road, Palermo, Monreale, Favignana (Aegadian Islands), Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra, Cala Rotonda, Levanzo, Trapani

    Group Size:
    2 to 50
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
    Type: Partially Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Explore Sicily’s highlights and the Aegadian Islands

  • Stay overnight in Favignana and Trapani
  • Visit Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily
  • Visit Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Syracuse
  • Visit Ragusa Ibla and its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque
  • Visit the Salt Road
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Transfer to the hotel in the charming city of Catania. In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Catania.

Meals Included:
Dinner

After breakfast in hotel departure to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site! The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. Proceeding on and visit of the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Syracuse. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The 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 clearest example of theatrical tastes in 18th century architecture whose local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun. Noto’s Baroque is a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views, palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. Visit of Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style. Free time for a walk along the town. Transfer to Ragusa for dinner and overnight in hotel. Overnight in Ragusa.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Today visit of Ragusa Ibla and its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious  ancient town hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures! You will be fascinated by its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful Dome square and you will love the “Giardino Ibleo”, the oldest of the four main gardens in Ragusa… At 383 meters above sea level, from this beautiful garden you can admire a spectacular panorama! The tour proceeds towards Modica chest of innumerable Baroque architectural treasures and for this reason stated Unesco World Heritage Site. Walking along the tiny streets of this charming town, you will have a stop to visit Sabadì, one of the most renowned chocolate manufacturers whose chocolate has been awarded as the best Modica chocolate in the last 9 years! You will enjoy a multisensorial chocolate tasting discovering the authentic Sicilian perfumes… the local nepitella (wild mint), the orange blossom honey, the raw PGI – quality Sicilian lemon and the PGI – quality Sicilian red orange are just some of the many flavours you can taste! Proceeding on you will visit the beautiful and perfectly preserved noble seventeenth-century Palazzo Castro Polara Grimaldi. You will be astonished by its amazing balcony which dominates the town with a spectacular view and you will feel to be brought back to the past at the beginning of the XX century where time seems to have stopped. The style of the interior has the typical flavor of Sicilian noble palaces: frescoes of landscapes, wallpapers in splendid satins, vases and furnishings of the most precious manufacture, together with the private collections of Donna Grazietta Grimaldi are all signs which give you the impression that nothing has changed and that the ancient traditions of the house are still alive. You will then be brought back to present time savoring some local delicacies under the shadow of the amazing Orti di San Giorgio: 7 gardens suspended between light and beauty. A breath-taking panorama will be the setting of your relaxing lunch! The day goes on to the charming Piazza Armerina to visit the famous Villa Romana del Casale, Unesco World Heritage Site, to admire the splendid polychrome mosaics! This majestic villa, belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments: you will love it! Departure to Agrigento. Dinner and overnight in Agrigento.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning the tour continues in Agrigento visiting the famous Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. As one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. Among hundreds of almond trees you will admire the rests of the ancient Akragas. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Proceeding on, visit of the charming and well-known town of Marsala, where Garibaldi went ashore in May 1860. Marsala is a Mediterranean modern city, divided between sea and land, featuring unforgettable colours: bright yellow, intense blue, strong red, dazzling white and natural green. After a walk along the city centre, guided tour of the Florio Cellars. The visit starts in front of the majestic giant vats, built at the end of the 19th century and still used for the refinement of Marsala wine. It continues inside the 3 fascinating barrel chambers, 165 meters long and running beneath 104 arches, under which 1.400 small barrels and about 600 larger barrels and vats of different capacities are arrayed, as c. 5.500.000 litres of Marsala wines age in silence and stillness. After a thirty minute tour through the barrel vaults, where the ancient tuff stone floor has been restored, you will reach the avant-garde tasting rooms named Donna Franca and Duca Enrico. You will enjoy a delicious light lunch and a memorable wine tasting experience! The tour will continue visiting the popular Salt Road: here the salt marshes have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world! Between Trapani and Marsala, the Salt Road is now protected for its interesting birdlife, and also as an important site of industrial archaeology. Transfer to Palermo, accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.  Overnight in Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later you will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay dominated by Mount Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, 17th century squares, including an elegant opera house. Visit of the wonderful eclectic Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, admirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, and a prove of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II employed Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. During the day, you will have a stop for a surprise to taste the local street food in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Along the path you will admire the famous Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with 16th century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Overnight in Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast in hotel, private transfer to Trapani. Boarding on the hydrofoil to reach Favignana. The larger and most important of the Aegadian Islands, in the 70’s was named “La Farfalla” by the painter Salvatore Fiume, thanks to its butterfly shape. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in hotel. Overnight in Favignana.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

The day will start with the departure from Favignana harbour, for a relaxing circumnavigation of the island. During the excursion it is possible to listen to the historical background of the Tonnara factory and Florio family and stay in the most ashtoning bays. First stop of this tour will be in Cala Rossa, one of the most known destination of Favignana, whose cliff is characterized by wonderful tuff caves surrounded by blue and crystalline waters. Later you will get to Bue Marino, Cala Azzurra – famous for its sandy white beach and the most crystalline sea of the island – and Lido Burrone where you will enjoy free time for a dip. Arrived to the southern side of the island (Marasolo/Preveto), it is possible to enjoy a relaxing pause for a typical lunch on board. Time for snorkeling or swimming to discover the charming coves. In the afternoon, departure for Cala Rotonda for a swim, break with coffee and pastries and return to Favignana, after one last stop to Cala del Pozzo for a swim. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Overnight in Favignana.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, free time available to discover this beautiful island. Walking around the two squares of the city, you will be attracted by traditional Mediterranean architectures, popular for their white walls and blue or green windows. Moving towards the waterfront, you will see a beautiful scenery similar to a portrait! The vintage mood of Favignana’s harbor will enchant you: ancient boats, nets and anchors give to this place a magic atmosphere! Do not miss the chance to have a swim in one of the splendid sea coves or, as an alternative, choose an extra boat excursion to Levanzo. You will have the occasion to visit this lovely fisherman village and have a stop to taste the delicious local “granita” and “gelato”. The tour will proceed heading to the Il Faraglione, Cala Fredda and Cala Minnola, with a stop for a dip. Back to Favignana harbour in the late afternoon. Dinner, overnight in hotel. Overnight in Favignana.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast in hotel, free time, check-out in hotel and boarding to Trapani. You will spend the free afternoon in the lovely Trapani’s city centre, also known as the “City of 100 churches” and popular for its which hosts an impressive collection of fine local coral art crafts! The city owns a fascinating and legendary history; represented by Virgil in the Aeneid, Trapani’s origins are connected to Carthage, the most bitter Rome’s enemy. Dominated by the Roman empire and the Spanish kingdom, it still reveals this fusion made of different cultures and people. You will have the chance to stroll among the nice alleys, discovering its Arab atmosphere. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Overnight inTrapani.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, check out of hotel. Our tour of Sicily and Aegadian Islands ends today. End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

Sicily: 

Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide on day 1 – day 4

Local guides or audio-guides where necessary

Tours as per itinerary

9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Optional privilege package which includes:

  • Superior/deluxe room (rather than standard)
  • Private arrival and departure transfer
  • City taxes
  • All entrance fees

Additional: $807 per person (price based on twn/dbl room). Available to select at time of booking.

Arrival transfer from Catania Airport to hotel in Catania

Whisper kit

Private transfer Hotel in Palermo – Trapani Port

Private transfer Trapani Port – Hotel in Trapani

Hydrofoil go and back Trapani/ Favignana/ Trapani

City taxes Aegadian Islands

Departure transfers

Tour leader/guide in Aegadian Islands

Passport or Visa Fees

City taxes (where compulsory)

Drinks with meals

Tips and extras in general

Any other items of personal nature

Entrance fees at monuments and museums:

  • Sicily:
    • Syracuse Archaeological Park € 10,00 p.p.
    • Syracuse Cathedral € 2,00 p.p.
    • Noto Palazzo Nicolaci € 4,00 p.p.
    • Piazza Armerina Villa Romana € 10,00 p.p.
    • Agrigento Valley of the Temples € 12,00 p.p.
    • Monreale Cathedral € 4,00 p.p.
    • Monreale Cloister € 6,00 p.p.
    • Palermo Cappella Palatina € 12,00 p.p.
    • Palermo Martorana Church € 2,00 p.p.

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All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Il Principe Hotel Catania
Via Alessi, 24, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: 39 095 250 0345
Rating
Il Principe Hotel Catania
Romano House Catania
Via Giovanni di Prima, 20, 95131 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: +39 095 352 0611
Rating
4
Romano House Catania
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Via Roma, 189, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Tel: +39 0932 621944
Rating
4
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Baia Di Ulisse Hotel Agrigento
Via Lacco Ameno, 92100 Agrigento AG, Italy
Tel: +39 0922 417639
Rating
4
Baia Di Ulisse Hotel Agrigento
Mercure Palermo Centro
Via Mariano Stabile, 112, 90139 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 324911
Rating
4
Mercure Palermo Centro
Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal
Via Roma, 477 A, 90139 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 507 0649
Rating
3.5
Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal
Aegusa Hotel
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11, 91023 Favignana TP, Italy
Tel: +39 0923 921739
Rating
4
Aegusa Hotel

Important things to note

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m. Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling are included in the tour price.

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 not included and are to be paid locally

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

For organizational reasons, or due to force majeure, the itinerary may be modified.

Aegadian Islands’ excursions are subject to confirmation and may be replaced with similar ones, in accordance with weather conditions.

Please note the tour operator is not responsible for any disruption due to weather and sea conditions concerning all hydrofoil and ferry crossings among the islands.

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Sicily Highlights & Aegadian Islands

  • 10 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Marsala, Salt Road, Palermo, Monreale, Favignana (Aegadian Islands), Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra, Cala Rotonda, Levanzo, Trapani

    Group Size:
    2 to 50
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
    Travel Style: Partially Guided Tours

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