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Best of Sicily 5-day Small Group Tour

  • 5days
  • Italy

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Small Group Tour of Italy's beautiful Sicily island

Discover Sicily on this 5 days / 4 nights guided tour. Overnights in 4* hotels.

A wonderful short break in this fascinating island of Sicily, including a visit to Mount Etna! The tour starts in Catania, and finishes in Palermo. You will visit many interesting historical sites, narrow medieval streets, local art and craft created by Sicilian artisans. Your tour includes visits to the ancient Roman amphitheatre, Baroque and Greek architecture, the towns of Siracusa, Ortigia, Siracusa and Noto.

Stunning views, volcanoes and craters, UNESCO World Heritage sites, local food and a cooking lesson. A great way to discover Sicily!

Included in the Small Group Tour:

  • Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide (English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese) for the whole tour (from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day)
  • Local guides or audio-guides where necessary
  • Modern and comfortable bus, minibus or minivan for group with less than 15 for the whole tour (2nd to 4th day)
  • Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre of the main Sicilian towns
  • Visit to the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Siracusa, Noto, Catania city centre, Etna, Taormina, Cefalù.
  • Half board basis (dinner – 3 main courses menu to have a taste of Sicilian cuisine) + 1 lunch on day 3.
  • Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Etna (day 3): visit of a beekeeping honey company and honey tasting; Taormina (day 3): Sicilian lunch and show-cooking; Catania (day 4): tasting of Sicilian “granita & brioche”

Not included in the tour:

  • Transfers in/out
  • all lunches except for the one on day 3
  • beverages
  • entrance fees at monuments/museums
  • city taxes (where compulsory)
  • tips and extras in general
  • anything not specified under “The rates include”

Entry fees to sites not included (approx.)

  • Taormina Greek theatre € 10,00 p.p.
  • Noto Palazzo Nicolaci € 4,00 p.p.
  • Siracusa Archeological Parc € 10,00 p.p.
  • Siracusa Cathedral € 2,00 p.p.

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  • Day 1

    CATANIA

    Independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Catania (optional private transfer on request). Meet with your tour-leader: dinner and overnight in hotel.

  • Day 2

    SIRACUSA – NOTO

    After breakfast at the hotel we visit Siracusa, 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. We will continue visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Siracusa. In Ortigia you can 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 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 of 18th century architecture where local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun. Noto’s Baroque is made of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. We 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 your hotel.

  • Day 3

    ETNA – TAORMINA

    This morning we 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, extends across the whole of Sicily , the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! Later we visit a beekeeping company viewing the honey extraction lab and 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 assist to a show- cooking lesson for some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. In the afternoon we visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre then you will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping or look around the local handycraft shops (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.

  • Day 4

    CATANIA – CEFALU’

    Today we 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 starts 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 can admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. We 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 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 overnight. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby.

  • Day 5

    PALERMO

    Breakfast in hotel and end of services.

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Mar 24 2020 Mar 28 2020 14 Single rooms 779€
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Oct 20 2020 Oct 24 2020 14 Single rooms 779€
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Oct 27 2020 Oct 31 2020 14 Single rooms 779€
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Nov 03 2020 Nov 07 2020 14 Single rooms 779€
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Nov 10 2020 Nov 14 2020 14 Single rooms 779€
Double rooms 649€

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