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Cefalu Sicily: Sicilian Secrets Mini Tour
Catania, Sicily: Mini Sicily Tour
Mt. Etna Rising, Over Catania, Sicily

Mini Tour Sicilian treasures from Catania to Palermo - 5 days /4 nights in half board Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01121
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 5 days
  • Departs from : Catania
  • Meeting Place : Hotel in Catania

Description

Our mini tour of Sicily is an excellent option for those who have limited time, but want to experience some of Sicily's most incredible sites in comfort and style with expert local guides who have in depth knowledge of Italy's most historically rich destinations.  
 
2018 Departure Dates = Ever Saturday from Catania 
 
March:31
April: 07 14 21 28
May: 05 12 19 26
June: 02 09 16 23 30
July: 07 14 21 28
August: 04 11 18 25
September: 01 08 15 22 29
October: 06 13 20 27

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Independent arrival in Catania

Where we visit : Catania
Meeting Location : Hotel in Catania

Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Catania (optional private transfer on request). In the evening meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy welcome dinner.

Overnight in hotel. 

Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Siracusa - Noto

Where we visit : Siracusa, Noto

After breakfast in hotel we will 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 will 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 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 most clear example of theatrical tastes in 18thcentury architecture whose local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun. Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. We will 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 hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 3 - Etna - Toarmina

Where we visit : Mt. Etna, Taormina

This morning we will 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. There are splendid views of the lava fields on the approach roads to Rifugio Sapienza. 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, can extend across the whole of Sicily , the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! Later we will visit a company of beekeeping and rustic cellar: visit of the honey extraction lab, tasting of 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 lessonfor some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. In the afternoon we will visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, and thenyou will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval typical narrow streets and go shopping and looking around the local handycraft (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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 4 - Catania - Cefalu

Where we visit : Catania, Cefalu

Today we will 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 will start 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 will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. We will 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 will 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 5 - Palermo - End of Tour

Where we visit : Palermo

Breakfast in hotel and end of services. 

Meals : Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Accommodation in Centrally Located, Four Star Hotels
  2. Breakfast and dinner daily
  3. Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
  4. Multilingual tour leaders and professional travel guide (Eng, Ita, Spa, or Por)
  5. Transportation days 2 to 4
  6. Lunch and cooking show on day 3
  7. Visit to a beekeeping honey company

What's Not Included

  1. Everything not clearly specified under “rates include”.
  2. Transfers to or from the hotels on arrival or departure days
  3. All lunches except for day 3
  4. Beverages
  5. Entrance fees for monuments/museums
  6. City taxes (where compulsory)
  7. Tips and extras in general

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Pricing & Availability

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Hotels

Grand Hotel Federico Palermo

The Grand Hotel Federico II, opens to an elegant foyer that leads into several spacious lounges lovingly furnished. The lounge bar with the adjacent reading room, may offer You relaxed hours choosing between an assorted selection of teas, herbal infusions, and local distilled.

Hotel Principe D'Italia

The 4-star hotel Principe di'Italia, in the beautiful setting of South-East Sicily, combines relaxation, wellness and sport for the family, with the largest wellness center in the island. For a stay or a luxury wellness program near the Syracuse sea and the architectural beauties of Val di Noto, it is the ideal place where to spend a relaxing weekend, a holiday with children or a stay dedicated

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Dear Guiseppe and Jesse,
We just returned from our most wonderful vacation to Italy and wanted to first thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip, and second to provide some feedback for the future.

Hotels
1. Hotel Sovestro in San Gimignano was wonderful. The staff were very friendly and helpful and made the first portion of our journey very stress free. They made us feel like we were part of their family. I would recommend it to anyone and would specifically ask for it if we were to make a return visit.

2. Hotel La Baia in Monterosso was nice and it's location was very good especially for us older folks humping luggage from/to the train station.

3. Hotel Lucchesi in Florence- what can I say expect FANTASTIC. The rooftop view at sunset is well worth it. Again very friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend it to everyone.

Wine Tour
Money well spent. We had a great time overall. The driver Mario was OUTSTANDING. He had lots of local knowledge as well as about winemaking. USE HIM AGAIN!!!

The various wineries we visited on tour:
Altesino- fantastic and they were not cheap on their pouring. Great experience.
Azienda Agricola Patrizia Cencion Sloaria- Again a great tour by one of the owner's daughters. We felt like we were the only thing on their mind although there were other customers there. A great way to complete the day.

Again we had a fantastic time and are very appreciative of everything you booked for us. We wish you continued success and if our travels should bring us back to Italy, we know who to call.

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