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Malta and Sicily 8-day Small Group Tour

  • 8days
  • Italy

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The best of Malta and Sicily 8-day small group tour

A wonderful tour on this fascinating island of Sicily, including a visit to Mount Etna!  You will visit many interesting historical sites, narrow medieval streets, local art and craft created by Sicilian artisans. Visit of the main suggested Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa. Stunning views, volcanoes and craters, UNESCO World Heritage sites, local food and a cooking lesson. A great way to discover Sicily!

Included in the Malta and Sicily Tour:

  • Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide* (English, Italian, Spanish) from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day, local guides or audio-guides where necessary
  • Deluxe bus from day 2 to day 4
  • Whisper kit
  • Sicily: Accommodation in Sicily in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre- in Palermo: Mercure Palermo Centro 4*/ Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4* or similar; in Agrigento: Baia di Ulisse Wellness &SPA  4* or similar
  • Half board basis in hotels or local restaurants (dinner – 3 main courses fixed menu - beverages not included) to have a taste of Sicilian and Italian cuisine
  • Visit of the main suggested Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa
    1 lunch: day 3 in a local winery in Marsala
  • Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Palermo (day 2) tasting of local street food; Marsala (day 3): visit of a wine cellar  and wine tasting; Ragusa (day 4): tasting of local cheese
  • Private transfer from Ragusa to Pozzallo harbour
  • Malta: Private tour extension to Malta
  • Accommodation in Malta in 4* hotels (bed and breakfast) Hotel Argento St Julians 4* / Seashells Resort at Suncrest 4*  or similar
  • Private Transfer from Valletta harbour to your Hotel
  • Virtu Ferries Ticket one way Pozzallo-Malta
  • 1 half-day excursion with a private driver-guide (1st day in Malta)
  • 1 full day excursion with private driver-guide(2nd day in Malta)
  • 1 excursion to the Blue Lagoon, Comino, Gozo and The Caves (3rd day in Malta)

Not included in the tour:

Sicily:

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


Malta:

  • Private tour extension to Malta
  • All meals
  • entrance fees for monuments/museums
  • tips and extras in general
  • anything not specified under “The rate includes”


Extras:

  • Pre-night in hotel in Palermo (B&B): € 70,00 p.p. in Standard double room per night - € 128,00 in single room per night
  • Transfers from Palermo airport to hotel in Palermo: 1/3 pax € 43,00 each way per car
  • Post-night in Malta upon request

Extra fees entrances to be confirmed:

Sicily

  • 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.
  • Agrigento Valle dei Templi € 12,00 p.p.
  • Piazza Armerina Villa Romana € 10,00 p.p.

Malta

  • Casa Rocca Piccola € 9,00 p.p.
  • St John Cathedral € 7,50/€ 10,00 p.p.
  • Grand Master's Palace € 6,00/€ 10,00 p.p.
  • St Paul Cathedral € 10,00 p.p.

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  • Day 1

    PALERMO

    Arrive independently at the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet your tour-leader and travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel in Palermo.

  • Day 2

    MONREALE - PALERMO

    After breakfast in your 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 we discover stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt 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, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house. We visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, an admirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Byzantine, Muslim and Latin workers. During the day, we stop for a food surprise in a local bakery. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we can admire the Teatro Massimo and the fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Palermo.

  • Day 3

    MARSALA- SALT ROAD - AGRIGENTO

    This morning the tour continues to 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 colors: bright yellow, intense blue, strong red, dazzling white and natural green. It preserves several ruins of Phoenician, Arab and Norman dominations and a wide artistic heritage with sanctuaries and caves, hypogeums, underground roads, necropolis and thermal baths. We will discover the lovely city center and its aristocratic buildings, monuments and imposing Baroque churches. We proceed to the West coast of Sicily to visit 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, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology. Time for lunch, wine and typical products tastings in a local winery. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the ruins of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once 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. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight in Agrigento.

  • Day 4

    PIAZZA ARMERINA – RAGUSA IBLA - VALLETTA

    Today we reach Piazza Armerina where we can admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and beautiful Roman mosaics known. This majestic villa, belonging to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments. After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location for the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the day with a tasting of local products. Free time in the Ragusa city center. The tour continues without a tour leader. Transfer to Pozzallo harbour, boarding on the catamaran to reach Malta. Arrive in Malta Valletta and private transfer to your hotel. Free time for dinner and overnight in hotel in Malta.

  • Day 5

    VALLETTA – MDINA

    After breakfast in your hotel, your guide will lead you through a half day excursion to discover the treasures of the charming capital Valletta. Visit the wonderful Casa Rocca Piccola, ancient palace of the sixteenth century belonging to the Maltese nobility and still today the private residence of the Marquis De Piro. Proceeding on you will visit the Cathedral of St. John where you can admire the beautiful "Beheading of St. John the Baptist", Caravaggio masterpiece, and the Barraca Gardens from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the picturesque port of Valletta. Later on, you will visit the Grand Master's Palace, nowadays the seat of the Maltese Parliament. Your tour continues on to Mdina, the former capital of Malta. You will visit the Cathedral of St. Paul and then have free time to walk along Malta's lovely streets and discover its viewpoint from which to enjoy a splendid view. After the visit, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight at your hotel in Malta.

  • Day 6

    COTTONERA - MARSAXLOKK – BLUE GROTTO – DINGLI – GOLDEN BAY

    Today the tour continues with a full day excursion with private driver and guide to discover the beauty of this magical Island. You will reach Cottonera, also called "The Three Cities": the three fortified cities of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua. Afterwards you visit the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk whose waterfront is decorated with traditional colorful fishing boats called "luzzi". Free time to stroll along the streets of the city centre and browse among the stalls of the famous local market. Continuing, you visit the town of Wied iz-Zurrieq where you will embark on a a sea excursion towards the famous Blue Grotto, a beautiful and picturesque natural cave that reflects the fluorescent colors of the underwater flora. Your tour will continue on board a private vehicle in the direction of Dingli through the Maltese countryside. Then, the tour goes to Golden Bay in Mellieha, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. Free time to enjoy the place and perhaps a refreshing swim in its crystal clear waters . Return to your hotel. Overnight in Malta.

  • Day 7

    COMINO – BLUE LAGOON - GOZO – MALTA CAVES

    After breakfast in your hotel, the driver will pick you up for another day's excursion in the Maltese archipelago. You are accompanied to Bugibba, where you board a comfortable boat for a fantastic mini cruise. Sailing through the north of the Maltese coast to the island of Comino, you stop at the famous Blue Lagoon for about an hour. Time to take some pictures, sunbathe and have a swim in the turquoise waters of the bay or if you prefer, you can relax in the bar of the boat which is equipped with drinks and snacks. Afterwards you reach Gozo for a visit of about 3 hours, discovering the most charming places of the island: Ta 'Pinu, Dwejra, the capital Victoria with its historic market square and the Citadelle St. Georges. At the end of tour, you return on board to circumnavigate Comino and visit the famous caves. Return to Bugibba at late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel and overnight in Malta

  • Day 8

    MALTA

    After breakfast in your hotel, check-out and end of the tour . NB: Please note the company 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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Mar 24 2020 Mar 31 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Mar 31 2020 Apr 07 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Apr 07 2020 Apr 14 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Apr 14 2020 Apr 21 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Apr 21 2020 Apr 28 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Apr 28 2020 May 05 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
May 05 2020 May 12 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
May 12 2020 May 19 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
May 19 2020 May 26 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
May 26 2020 Jun 02 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jun 02 2020 Jun 09 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jun 09 2020 Jun 16 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jun 16 2020 Jun 23 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jun 23 2020 Jun 30 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jun 30 2020 Jul 07 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jul 07 2020 Jul 14 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jul 14 2020 Jul 21 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jul 21 2020 Jul 28 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Jul 28 2020 Aug 04 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Aug 04 2020 Aug 11 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Aug 11 2020 Aug 18 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Aug 18 2020 Aug 25 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Aug 25 2020 Sep 01 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Sep 01 2020 Sep 08 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Sep 08 2020 Sep 15 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Sep 15 2020 Sep 22 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Sep 22 2020 Sep 29 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Sep 29 2020 Oct 06 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Oct 06 2020 Oct 13 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Oct 13 2020 Oct 20 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Oct 20 2020 Oct 27 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Oct 27 2020 Nov 03 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Nov 03 2020 Nov 10 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€
Nov 10 2020 Nov 17 2020 30 Single rooms 1,929€
Double rooms 1,639€

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