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Sicily's Aeolian islands 9-day Small Group Tour

  • 9days
  • Italy

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Escorted tour of Sicily and the stunning Aeolian islands

The Sicilian archipelagos enhance the beauty and magnificence of Sicily, an important Italian island itself. Situated all around the perimeter of Sicily, they can be the sole destination of your journey, or an extension of your tour of Sicily. Famous writers have have described customs and traditions of these pristine islands, and movie directors have immortalised them through film media. Breathtaking landscapes, ancestral cultures and strong folk traditions of the Aeolian and Egadi islands, Lampedusa, Pantelleria and Ustica, will amaze you and make your journey to Sicily a magic one.

Included in the Small Group Tour:

In Sicily

  • Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide (English, Italian or Spanish) from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day
  • Local guides or audio-guides where necessary
  • Deluxe bus form day 2 to day 4
  • Whispers kit
  • Accommodation in charming 4 star hotels mostly located in the city centre: Palermo: Mercure Palermo Centro 4*/ Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4* or similar; Agrigento: Baia di Ulisse Wellness &SPA  4* or similar; Catania: Il Principe Hotel 4*/ Romano House Hotel 4* or similar; Taormina: Villa Diodoro Hotel 4* or similar
  • Half board in hotels or local restaurants (dinner – 3 main course 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 Milazzo Harbour-Taormina hotel

Aeolian Islands:

  • Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels: Lipari: Hotel Bougainville 4* / Hotel Mea 4* or similar
  • Half board, beverages not included (packed lunch instead of dinner on the day of Panarea and Stromboli excursion)
  • Private transfer Catania Hotel - Milazzo Harbour  
  • Transfer Lipari Harbour – Lipari Hotel
  • Hydrofoil return trip Milazzo - Lipari  -Milazzo
  • 1 boat excursion in group without guide Lipari & Salina or Vulcano
  • 1 boat excursion in group without guide Panarea & Stromboli
  • Aeolian Islands city taxes

Not included in the tour:

  • Tour leader/guide in Aeolian Islands
  • 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 'Included..'

Extras:

  • Pre-night in hotel in Palermo (BB treatment): € 70,00 p.p. in Standard double room per night - € 128,00 in single room per night.
  • Post-night in hotel in Taormina (BB treatment): in Standard double room on request
  • Private transfers from Palermo airport to hotel in Palermo  : 1/3 pax € 43,00 each way per car
  • Private transfers from Taormina to Catania airport: 1/3 pax € 78,00 per car

Entry fees:

  • 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

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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 the 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, 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. 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 fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Palermo

  • Day 3

    MARSALA -SALT ROAD - AGRIGENTO

    This morning the tour will continue 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 denominations 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 product tastings in a local winery. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples 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 an Agrigento hotel, dinner and overnight.

  • Day 4

    PIAZZA ARMERINA – RAGUSA IBLA (hotel in Catania)

    Today we go to 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 conclude the day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.

  • Day 5

    CATANIA – LIPARI

    Your holiday continues with the Aeolian Islands extension without a tour leader. After breakfast, there is free time to enjoy beautiful Catania, whose city centre is declared Unesco World Heritage site for its stunning beauties, the late-Baroque architecture and the unique lava stone buildings. In the late morning, private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding on the hydrofoil for Lipari island. Arrival at Lipari island and transfer to 4* hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the Lipari hotel.

  • Day 6

    PANAREA - STROMBOLI

    Breakfast in your hotel and departure from Lipari harbour for a full day excursion to Panarea & Stromboli. Before leaving Lipari, the boat will stop at the Cave of pumice to enjoy an unforgettable swim. The excursion will then continue to Panarea, where you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful bay of Calajunco, above which lies the prehistoric village of Cape Milazzese. There is time for a swim in Zimmari beach. Proceeding on, the boat will skirt among the small islands nearby and you stop in the charming Cava degli Innamorati. In Panarea. You will have free time for lunch, take a stroll through the elegant streets, or visit the prehistoric village and have a nice swim. In the afternoon the excursion will continue to Stromboli. The first stop will be Ginostra, a fascinating small fishing village.

    Once on the island, dinner and free time to stroll, take a swim or go shopping. In the warmer time of the year, among dips and long swims, it will be possible to enjoy stunning beaches and volcanic caves. Back to the boat at sunset, you will admire Strombolicchio, a gigantic rock and the Sciara del Fuoco, a stunning volcanic explosion of reddish lapilli creating lava rivers reaching the sea! Overnight in Lipari

  • Day 7

    LIPARI – SALINA

    After breakfast, a full day excursion to Lipari & Salina islands. Leaving the harbour, the boat will skirt Lipari coast and you will have a view of the Castle of Lipari, the Monte Rosa and Canneto. There will be time to swim in the crystalline blue water of Pumice Cave beach. Proceeding on to Salina, the captain will show you the famous Acquacalda bay. First stop will be on Santa Marina Salina the biggest town of the island. Your tour goes on along Salina east side, visiting from the sea, Malfa village, Capofaro town and its Malvasia wineries. You will also stop inside the Pollara bay, famous for the movie "Il Postino" - shot by Massimo Troisi. The boat will then stop in the charming fishermen's village Lingua where you will have free time to visit the island, its Lago Salato or enjoy typical restaurants. On our way back we visit the most beautiful grottos in Lipari and you would have time for a swim in Vinci beach, in front of the Faraglioni. Back to Lipari in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 8

    LIPARI – TAORMINA

    Breakfast in your hotel, transfer to Lipari harbour to take the hydrofoil for Milazzo. Once arriving in Milazzo, there will be a driver waiting for you for a private transfer to Taormina, a charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and look around the local handicraft shops (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Dinner and overnight in hotel in Taormina

  • Day 9

    TAORMINA

    Breakfast in your hotel and end of your tour. Private transfers or excursions available.

    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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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 14 2020 Apr 22 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
Apr 21 2020 Apr 29 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
Apr 28 2020 May 06 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
May 05 2020 May 13 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
May 12 2020 May 20 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
May 19 2020 May 27 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
May 26 2020 Jun 03 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
Jun 02 2020 Jun 10 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Jun 09 2020 Jun 17 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Jun 16 2020 Jun 24 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Jun 23 2020 Jul 01 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Jun 30 2020 Jul 08 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Jul 07 2020 Jul 15 2020 26 Single rooms 1,808€
Double rooms 1,479€
Jul 14 2020 Jul 22 2020 26 Single rooms 1,808€
Double rooms 1,479€
Jul 21 2020 Jul 29 2020 26 Single rooms 1,808€
Double rooms 1,479€
Jul 28 2020 Aug 05 2020 26 Single rooms 1,808€
Double rooms 1,479€
Aug 04 2020 Aug 12 2020 26 Single rooms 1,940€
Double rooms 1,580€
Aug 11 2020 Aug 19 2020 26 Single rooms 1,940€
Double rooms 1,580€
Aug 18 2020 Aug 26 2020 26 Single rooms 1,940€
Double rooms 1,580€
Aug 25 2020 Sep 02 2020 26 Single rooms 1,940€
Double rooms 1,580€
Sep 01 2020 Sep 09 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Sep 08 2020 Sep 16 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Sep 15 2020 Sep 23 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Sep 22 2020 Sep 30 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Sep 29 2020 Oct 07 2020 26 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,409€
Oct 06 2020 Oct 14 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
Oct 13 2020 Oct 21 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€
Oct 20 2020 Oct 28 2020 26 Single rooms 1,640€
Double rooms 1,379€

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