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New Year's Eve in Sicily 5-day Small Group Tour
'Eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, the gorgeous island of Sicily continues to seduce travelers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures.' - Lonely Planet
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.
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Palermo – (hotel in Palermo)
This tour provides independent arrival to 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.
Monreale – Palermo (hotel in Palermo)
After breakfast, 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, discover the 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, including an elegant opera house! We visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, admirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and ways of thinking, apparently incompatible, can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Byzantine, Muslim and Latin workers. Continuing our walk we can admire the fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. During the day we stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time available. Back to the hotel, free time for dinner and overnight. Let’s celebrate New Year’s Eve in Palermo, with its stunning lights and colors!
Agrigento (hotel in Agrigento)
The guided tour will continue today along the charming Agrigento with a 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.
Piazza Armerina – Ragusa (hotel in Catania)
Today we travel to Piazza Armerina to see the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known. This majestic villa, which belonged 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 of 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 conclude the day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel and end of services.
This itinerary may be subject to change depending on technical or weather issues
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|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Dec 30 2019||Jan 03 2020||28||Single rooms||690€|
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