Tour Sicilian Scent 6 days / 5 nights

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Our package will introduce you to the most famous destinations of Sicily in a short tour.

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DAY 1 - DAY OF ARRIVAL
Independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2 - MONREALE and PALERMO
After breakfast at the hotel, the morning will be dedicated to visiting Monreale, its immense Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Arab-Norman style Cloister: an admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture and inlay of semiprecious stones! Later we will discover the splendid Palermo, one of the richest cities on the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, a promontory described by Goethe as the most beautiful he had ever seen. While the Baroque prevails, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the multicultural past of the city: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, 17th century squares, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the amazing Martorana Church and the amazing Palatine Chapel, a wonderful example from a historical and artistic point of view, of how apparently incompatible cultures, religions and ways of thinking can coexist. Roger II in fact employed both Byzantine and Muslim workersthan Latin. During the day of the visit, we will make a stop for a gastronomic surprise in a local bakery. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire the Teatro Massimo and the controversial fountain of Piazza Pretoria, located in the ancient area of Kalsa and adorned with 16th century sculptures. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3 - MARSALA - ROAD OF SALE - AGRIGENTO
This morning the tour will continue along the fascinating and renowned city of Marsala, where Garibaldi landed in May 1860. Marsala is a modern Mediterranean city, divided between sea and land, characterized by unforgettable colors: bright yellow, deep blue, strong red, white dazzling and natural green. It preserves several ruins of Phoenician, Arab and Norman dominations and a vast artistic heritage with sanctuaries and caves, hypogea, underground roads, necropolis and baths. We will discover the enchanting city center with its noble palaces, monuments and imposing Baroque churches. The guided tour of the Florio Cellars is a journey that begins in front of the majestic giant vats, built at the end of the nineteenth century and still used for the refining of Marsala. Continue inside the 3 fascinating barrel chambers, 165 meters long and running under 104 arches, under which 1,400 small barrels and about 600 larger barrels and vats of different capacities are arranged, such as c. 5,500,000 liters of Marsala wine agein silence and stillness. After a thirty minute ride through the barrel vaults, where the ancient tuff floor has been restored, we reach the avant-garde tasting rooms, where we stop for lunch and for a tasting of local wines. We will proceed to visit the famous Salt Road. Between Trapani and Marsala, the Via del Sale is now protected, partly for the interesting birdlife, and also as an important industrial archeology site; here the salt pans gave birth to one of the oldest salt mining industries in the world. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples declared a World Heritage Site, where the remains of ancient Akragas stand among hundreds of almond trees. It has been defined by Pyndar as "the most beautiful city of mortals". Once one of the most prosperous of the island's ancient Greek cities, Agrigento features a remarkable series of 5th-century Doric temples. You will see the "Temple of Hera", the "Temple of Concord" and the "Temple of Heracles". Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 4 - PIAZZA ARMERINA - RAGUSA IBLA
Today we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, a World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the largest and most beautiful Roman mosaics known. This majestic villa, which belonged to a member of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, housesprestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and hunting and entertainment scenes. After free time for lunch, departure for Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historic center, cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, located in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and the “Giardino Ibleo”. Used as the location of the very popular TV series by Commissioner Montalbano, it is now counted among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This small and precious ancient city is home to more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures. We will conclude the day of visit with a tasting of typical products.

Transfer to Catania for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
Our short tour ends today.

Breakfast at the hotel and end of our services.

What's Included

Multilingual tour leader and professional tour guide: English, Italian or Spanish 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.

Deluxe bus from day 2 to day 4

Whisper kit

Accommodation in nice 4-star hotels mainly located in the city center, international breakfast included:

Palermo: Mercure Palermo Centro 4 * / Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4 * or similar

Agrigento: Bay of Ulysses Wellness & SPA 4 *or similar

Catania: Hotel Il Principe 4 * / Romano House Hotel 4 * or similar

4 dinners in hotels or typical restaurants (dinner - 3 main courses fixed menu, drinks not included) to savor Sicilian and Italian cuisine.

1 lunch: 3rd day in Marsala in the renowned Florio Cellars.

Visit of the main and suggestive Unesco World Heritage sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa.

Tasting of typical Sicilian products: Palermo (day 2) tasting of local street food; Marsala (3rd day): visit of a cellar and wine tasting; Ragusa (day 4): tasting of local cheeses.

In evidence

Visit of the main Unesco World Heritage sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa.

Tasting of typical Sicilian products

Things to remember

When booking, request our private transfer upon arrival and departure (not included in the price).

The entrances to the monuments and sites must be paid in cash on site, at the time of booking we will send you the updated list with the rates.

Not included in the tour:

Transfers in / out

All lunches except for the 3rd day in Marsala

beverages

entrances to monuments / museums

municipal taxes (where mandatory)

tips and extras in general

anything that is not specified in "What's included"

Terms of Cancellation

8 days before arrival: no charge

7 days before arrival: 100%

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Tour Sicilian Scent 6 days / 5 nights

Tour Sicilian Scent 6 days / 5 nights

Our package will introduce you to the most famous destinations of Sicily in a short tour.

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