Description

Sicily, the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is full of art, history and traditions. This Italy travel program provides travelers with everything, beginning with the enchanted beauty of Taormina's Greek-Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, which you will be able to ascend up to a certain height. After this magic stop, tour the Archaeological Park of Syracuse followed by Agrigento's Valley of the Temples. The Theban poet Pindar described the temples as "the most beautiful city built by mortal men". All the temples, in Doric style, face east, so that the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun. Your journey adds Segesta, another memorable setting, dominated by an exceptionally well preserved Doric temple. In Sicily's capital city, Palermo, among the many distinguished palaces and monuments, visit Monreale's Benedictine Abbey and admire its outstanding mosaics. Central Holidays' signature features will all be here. Centrally located first class hotels, modern motor-coaches, top grade guiding, with some meals at local restaurants featuring regional specialties with all main meals with the added perks of free wines, mineral waters, coffee or cappuccino. Also enjoy a honey tasting on the slopes of Mt. Etna and delicious tasting of sweet wines in Marsala. Central Holidays has European tour packages that will leave you speechless. This Italy vacation you will forever treasure.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover legendary tales, art, history and timehonored traditions in Sicily's capital of Palermo
  • Delve into the enchanting beauty of Taormina's Greek-Roman amphitheater with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe
  • Savor local flavors with tasting experiences of locally produced olive oil, chocolate, and sweet Marsala wines
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites including Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, the town of Modica known for its chocolate still made in the traditional way, and Noto, part of the "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto"
  • Journey to the towns where "The Godfather" trilogy was filmed, Savoca and D’Agro Valley


Itinerary

Day 1 - FRI I PALERMO

After your morning arrival into Palermo’s Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2 - SAT I PALERMO

This morning enjoy a tour of Palermo featuring the Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans, and the Cathedral housing the shrine of Santa Rosalia. The last stop will be at the Abbey of Monreale, an Arab-Norman Cathedral built in the 12th century famous for its magnificent Byzantine mosaics and the adjacent Benedictine cloister. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or to take an optional tour of Cefalu’, a picturesque fishing village outside of Palermo. (B)

Day 3 - SUN I PALERMO I ERICE I MARSALA I AGRIGENTO

This morning we take a breathtaking scenic drive up to the medieval town of Erice. After the Elymians settled here, it became an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets, each cobbled with rectangular stones, and take some time to stop by one of the famous homemade pastry shops selling delicacies such as marzipan candies and pistachio pastries. After enjoying an olive oil tasting session and lunch accompanied by Marsala wine at a local farmhouse, we will travel along a coastline mostly made up of salt pans built back in roman times. Overnight in Agrigento. (B,L)

Day 4 - MON I AGRIGENTO I RAGUSA

This morning enjoy a guided tour of "The Valley of the Temples", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main archaeological treasures of the Mediterranean, this site is immersed in a rural landscape of rare beauty characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees. Your guided walking tour will cover about one mile in a mostly downhill direction, with stops along the “Via Sacra” (holy pathway) to admire the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles and ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon we continue to Ragusa. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 - TUE I RAGUSA I MODICA I NOTO I ORTIGIA (SYRACUSE) I TAORMINA

Today’s first stop will be in Modica, a quaint historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting some very fine Baroque architecture, picturesque views and historic sites, Modica is also known for its chocolate. Rich, dark and crumbly, it is produced in a traditional method imported from the New World by Sicily's Spanish overlords. After a chocolate tasting session in one of the most prestigious chocolatemaker, we resume our journey to Noto. Part of the "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the enchanting island of Ortigia, the old town center of Syracuse. Highlights of Ortigia are the cathedral square with its church built over an ancient Greek temple and the beautiful promenade with its panorama over the sea and the natural bay of the town. Dinner and overnight in Taormina. (B,D)

Day 6 - WED I TAORMINA

Morning at leisure to relax, or to take an optional excursion to the slopes of Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center including the Greek/Roman amphitheater with breathtaking views looking over the bay of Naxos (B)

Day 7 - THU I TAORMINA I SAVOCA I D'AGRO' VALLEY I TAORMINA

Today enjoy a once in a lifetime experience: the “Godfather” tour. See the real Sicily while exploring Savoca and D’Agro Valley, the towns and area that served as location when filming the "The Godfather" trilogy. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, bid arrivederci to your travel companions during a festive farewell dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling wine in a fashionable restaurant. (B, D)

Day 8 - FRI I TAORMINA I CATANIA TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Morning transfer to Catania Airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • 12 included meals consisting of:
    - 7 buffet breakfasts
    - 1 lunch at a local farmhouse
    - 2 dinners at hotel
    - 2 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees
    - Tour of Palermo featuring Quattro Canti, Cathedral and Monreale
    - Visit of Erice, Noto, and Syracuse
    - Olive oil tasting in Marsala and chocolate tasting in Modica
    - Tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
    - Walking tour of Taormina and visit of the Amphitheater
    - Tour of the D’Agro Valley and “Godfather” filming locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (see restrictions on page 82)
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

Excludes

    • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
    • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required 
    • Tips and Personal items 
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Optional Tours

Notes

    Single Supplement: $489
    Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: $45
    (*) Price is per person based on double occupancy.
    Rates for additional nights at first and last city are available.

Departures & Rates

International air will be provided based upon your requested dates .
Best Price starting at $ 1899 (Based on per person in Double Occupancy)

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