Our package will introduce you to the masterpieces of the main island of Sicily and the Aeolian archipelago.
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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 Hotel.
DAY 2 - MONREALE and PALERMO
After breakfast at the hotel, the morning will be dedicated to visiting Monreale, its huge 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. In fact, Roger II employed both Byzantine and Muslim workersthan Latin. During the day of the visit, we will 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 pretty 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 tour 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 wine tasting room. We will proceed to visit the famous Salt Road. Between Trapani and Marsala, the Strada del Sale is today 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,it hosts prestigious 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, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, located in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and the “Ibleo garden”. 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 - CATANIA - LIPARI
Your holiday will continue with the extension of the Aeolian Islands without a guide. After breakfast, free time to enjoy the beautiful Catania. Its city center has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its breathtaking beauty, late Baroque architecture and unique lava stone buildings. In the late morning, private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding by hydrofoil for the island of Lipari. Arrival on the island of Lipari and transfer to the 4 * hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6 - PANAREA - STROMBOLI
Breakfast at the hotel and departure from the port of Lipari for a full day excursion to Panarea and Stromboli.
Beforeleaving Lipari, the boat will stop at the Grotta della 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 is the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, and swim in the Zimmari beach. Continuing, the boat will skirt the nearby islets and you will stop in the suggestive Cava degli Innamorati. In Panarea you will have free time to have lunch, take a walk through the elegant streets or visit the prehistoric village and go for a swim. In the afternoon the excursion will continue towards Stromboli. The first stop will be Ginostra, a charming fishing village.
Once on the island, dinner and free time for walking, swimming or shopping. In the hottest season of the year, between dives and long swims, it will be possible to enjoy splendid beaches and volcanic caves. Returning to the boat at sunset, you will admire the Strombolicchio, a gigantic rock and the Sciara del Fuoco, an extraordinary volcanic explosion of reddish lapilli that create rivers of lava that reach the sea!
DAY 7 - LIPARI - SALINA
After breakfast, full day excursion to the Lipari and Salina islands. Leaving the port, the boat will skirt the coast of Lipari and you will have a view of the Castle of Lipari, Monte Rosa and Canneto. You will have time to swim in the crystal clear watersof the Grotta di Pomice beach. Continuing to Salina, the captain will show you the famous Acquacalda bay. The first stop will be in Santa Marina Salina, the largest town on the island. Our tour continues along the east side of Salina, visiting from the sea, the town of Malfa, the town of Capofaro and its cellars of Malvasia; you will also stop inside the Bay of Pollara, famous for the film "Il Postino" - shot by Massimo Troisi. The boat will then stop in the enchanting fishing village of Lingua where you will have free time to visit the island, its Salt Lake or taste the typical restaurants. On the way back we will visit the most beautiful caves of Lipari and you will have time for a swim on the beach of Vinci, in front of the Faraglioni. Return to Lipari in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8 - LIPARI - TAORMINA
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port of Lipari to take the hydrofoil to Milazzo. Once you arrive in Milazzo, there will be a driver waiting for you for a private transfer to Taormina, an enchanting town renowned for its magnificent position on the sea overlooking a famous view of Mount Etna. Free time for a nice walk through the typical medieval alleys, shopping and browsing the local crafts (coral jewelry, precious lace, ceramics, sweets and much more). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 9 -DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel and end of services.
Multilingual tour leader and professional tour 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 from day 2 to day 4
Audio guide kit
Accommodation in nice 4-star hotels mostly located in the city center, international breakfast included:
Palermo: Mercure Palermo Centro 4 * / Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4 * or similar
Agrigento: Baia di Ulisse Wellness & SPA 4 * or similar
Catania: Hotel Il Principe 4 * / Romano House Hotel 4 * or similar
Taormina: Villa Diodoro Hotel 4 * or similar
5 dinners in hotels or typical restaurants (dinner - 3-course fixed menu - drinks not included) to savor Sicilian and Italian cuisine.
Visit of the main and suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa.
1 lunch: 3rd day in Marsala in the renowned Florio Cellars.
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.
Private transfer Milazzo Port-Hotel Taormina
Private extension to the IslandsAeolian Islands
Accommodation in nice 4 star hotels, mostly located in the city center, international breakfast included:
Lipari: Hotel Bougainville 4 * / Hotel Mea 4 * or similar
2 dinners and 1 lunch, drinks not included (packed lunch instead of dinner on the day of the Panarea and Stromboli excursion)
Private transfer Hotel Catania - Port of Milazzo
Transfer Port Lipari - Hotel Lipari
Round trip hydrofoil Milazzo - Lipari -Milazzo
1 boat excursion in group without guide Lipari & Salina or Vulcano
1 group boat excursion without a guide Panarea & Stromboli
Municipal taxes of the Aeolian Islands
Visit of the main Unesco World Heritage sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa.
Visit of Marsala
Tasting of typical Sicilian products
Local street food tasting
Visit of a cellar and wine tasting
Local cheese tasting
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 price list with the rates.
Not included in the tour:
tour leader / guidetourism in the Aeolian Islands
transfers in / out
all lunches except that of the 3rd day in Marsala
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
1 230,18 €