Aeolian Tour

Sicilian Secrets: Sicily and Aeolian islands Tour

9 days / 8 nights in 4 * hotel departures from Palermo every Tuesday from April 14th to October 20th

 


RATE PER PERSON in double room:
April / May / October € 1,379.00
Suppl. single room: € 261.00 - 3rd bed reduction: € 95.00


June / September € 1,409.00
Suppl. single room: € 295.00 - 3rd bed reduction: € 105.00


July € 1,479.00
Suppl. single room: € 329.00 - 3rd bed reduction: € 120.00


August € 1,580.00
Suppl. single room: € 360.00 - 3rd bed reduction: € 135.00

 


THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Sicily:
- Multlingual authorized guide / guide *
(Italian, English 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 2nd to 4th day.
- Overnight in an elegant 4 * hotel, mainly in the city center, with international breakfast:
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: Hotel Villa Diodoro 4 * or similar
- 5 dinners in hotels or local restaurants (dinner - 3 courses set menu to taste traditional Italian and Sicilian gastronomic dishes - drinks not included)
- 1 lunch: 3rd day in Marsala in the renowned Cantine Florio.
- Visit of the most suggestive Unesco sites: Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa.
- Tasting of typical products: Palermo (2nd day): gastronomic surprise with tasting of local street food; Marsala (3rd day): visit to the winery and tasting; Ragusa (4th day): tasting of typical local products.
-Private transfer port of Milazzo - Hotel Taormina


Extension on a private basis Aeolian Islands:
- Overnight in 4 * hotel, mainly in the historic center, with international breakfast:
Lipari: Hotel Bougainville 4 * / Hotel Mea 4 * or similar
- 2 dinners and 1 lunch without drinks (a packed lunch is provided instead of dinner on the day of the excursion to Panarea & Stromboli)
- Private transfer Hotel Catania - Port of Milazzo
- Private transfer Port of Lipari - Hotel Lipari
- Hydrofoil round trip Milazzo / Lipari / Milazzo
- 1 group excursion by boat without guide Lipari - Salina
- 1 group excursion by boat without guide Panarea - Stromboli
- Entrance fees to the Aeolian islands

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Guide to the Aeolian Islands - Transfer in / out - All lunches except the one scheduled in the Marsala area on the 3rd day - Drinks with meals -
Entrance fees to monuments and museums - Tourist tax (where applicable) - Tips and extras in general - Anything not expressly indicated in the item "the fee includes"

 

SUPPLEMENTS:
-Pre-night in hotel in Palermo in BB regime (bed and breakfast): Classic double room € 70.00 p.p. per night;
Classic single room € 128.00 per night
-Post-night in hotel in Taormina in BB regime (bed and breakfast): Classic double room on request
-Private transfer Palermo Airport - Hotel Palermo: 1/3 pax € 43.00 each way
-Private transfer Taormina - Catania Airport: € 78.00 1/3 pax
- Trip cancellation insurance on request
On request possibility of optional HD excursions on a private basis, on the day of arrival, in Palermo -
Bagheria - Cefalù— S. Vito Lo Capo - Erice - Segesta - Trapani - Selinunte or on the day of
departure to Savoca - Forza D’Agrò - Etna - Catania
For the participants, for FREE,
a splendid illustrated book on the Sicilian culinary tradition with many recipes

 

PRIVILEGE PACKAGE:
€ 349.00 P.P. in double / twin room - € 475.00 p.p. in single room / DUS
Includes: Superior / Deluxe Room -Private transfer in / out- Tourist tax - All museum entrances included in the program.

Itinerary

  • 1st day - Tuesday: PALERMO (hotel in Palermo)

    Arrival with your own means of transport at the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (possibility of transfer on request private). In the late afternoon, meeting with our guide, dinner and meeting at the hotel.

  • 2nd day - Wednesday: MONREALE - PALERMO (hotel in Palermo)

    After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is dedicated to the discovery of Monreale where you will visit the imposing Arab-Norman cathedral defined as the eighth wonder of the world and the splendid Cloister, admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture and inlay of hard stones! Continue to Palermo. The city it lies at the foot of Monte Pellegrino in a promontory described by Goethe as the most beautiful he ever had seen. In Palermo, more than elsewhere in Sicily, the historical periods revealed by the different architectural styles do overlap. Along the way a pleasant gastronomic surprise is expected at a historic focacceria. Following free lunch. Later we will have the opportunity to admire the splendid Teatro Massimo and the controversial Piazza Fountain Pretoria, adorned with sixteenth-century sculptures and located on the edge of the ancient Kalsa district. Dinner e overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 3 - Thursday: MARSALA - SALINE - AGRIGENTO - (hotel in Agrigento)

    Our tour continues today in the delightful town of Marsala, in whose port Garibaldi landed in May 1860. Marsala is a Mediterranean and modern city, which is divided between sea and land, characterized by colors giallotufo, azzurromare, rossotramonto, white salt and green vineyards. After a tour through the barrels, where the ancient tufa floor has been restored, you will enter the avant-garde tasting rooms where we will stop for lunch and tasting the local wines. Afterwards we will move along the famous Via del Sale to admire the islands of the Stagnone and the salt pans. The lagoon and the islands of the Stagnone constitute a large natural reserve of great environmental value. The low and warm seabed hosts many species of fish, molluscs and crustaceans and one rich aquatic vegetation. Even today the Saline represent one of the oldest industries of salt extraction in the world. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the famous Valley of the Temples declared from Unesco World Heritage Site, where among the almond trees there are the remains of the ancient Akragas, defined da Pindaro "the most beautiful city built by mortals". You can admire the temple of Juno, that of the Concordia and the temple of Hercules. In the evening accommodation in hotel with dinner and overnight.

  • 4th day - Friday: PIAZZA ARMERINA - RAGUSA IBLA (hotel in Catania)

    After breakfast at the hotel we will continue to Piazza Armerina and visit the splendid Roman Villa of the Farmhouse, from the late imperial era and Unesco Heritage. Majestic villa that belonged to an exponent of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, perhaps a governor of Rome, has a monumental entrance from which it is possible to admire the most beautiful collection of polychrome Roman mosaics depicting hunting and hunting scenes entertainment, mythological episodes and scenes of everyday life. Free lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of Ragusa Ibla cradle of the late Baroque Sicilian with its beautiful churches and the Ibleo garden. Made known by Camilleri's pen and the television fiction of Commissioner Montalbano, Ragusa is now counted among the 44 Italian sites indicated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The visit will end with a tasting session of typical products of the area. Transfer to the hotel in Catania, dinner and overnight.

  • 5th day - Saturday: CATANIA - LIPARI (hotel in Lipari)

    Our tour continues to the Aeolian Islands without a guide / escort. After breakfast time free in the splendid Catania, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Countless riches hidden in this fascinating city whose late Baroque architecture is made unique by the use of lava stone. In the late morning private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding with hydrofoil to the island of Lipari. Arrival e transfer to 4 * hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight

  • Day 6 - Sunday: PANAREA - STROMBOLI (hotel in Lipari)

    After breakfast at the hotel, departure from the port of Lipari for the Panarea & Stromboli full day excursion. Before leaving Lipari, we will stop at the pumice quarries. We will then continue to Panarea, where it will be possible to visit the natural bay of Calajunco, above which the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese is located, and we will stop in the adjacent Cala Zimmari. We will then leave for the panoramic tour of the Islets, visiting the Grotta degli Fall in love, until you reach the port. Here you can have lunch, take a walk through the refined alleys and visit the prehistoric village. The boat will then continue towards Stromboli passing through the islands) surrounding the small island to admire the village of Ginostra from the sea. Once on the island, dinner and the opportunity to stroll around the shops and in the magnificent gardens or have a drink bath, in the magnificent cobalt-colored waters. In the various stops between dives and long regenerating swims in the beautiful season, it will be possible to enjoy the marine environment, beaches and volcanic caves. At sunset yes will see the Strombolicchio, a mammoth rock and admire the Sciara del fuoco, a steep furrowed slope from lava streams, to assist from the sea, to the suggestive explosions that this volcano gives us.

  • Day 7 - Monday: LIPARI - SALINA (hotel in Lipari)

    After breakfast at the hotel, the day will be dedicated to the discovery of the most beautiful coves of Lipari and the verdant Salina. After leaving the Castle of Lipari, Monte Rosa and Canneto, the first will be affectioned stop at the pumice quarries for a swim. Once you leave, you will skirt the Acquacalda bay and then set course towards Salina. The first stop will be in S. Marina di Salina where it will be possible to visit the most important municipality island. Resumed navigation, we will skirt the eastern side of the island, admiring the cultivation of grapes malvasia, the village of Capo Faro and the village of Malfa, and we will stop for a swim in the beautiful bay Pollara, made famous by Massimo Troisi's film "The Postman". We will then stop at Lingua, a small village in fishermen where, in addition to restaurants and delicious coves, it will be possible to visit the salt lake that has given name to this island. On the way back you will admire the most beautiful caves of Lipari to take the last swim on the Vinci beach, in front of the Faraglioni. Return to Lipari in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 8 - Tuesday: LIPARI - TAORMINA (Hotel in Taormina)

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port for boarding the hydrofoil to Milazzo. Private transfer for Taormina, famous for its natural landscape, marine beauties, its historical monuments and its unforgettable panorama of the sea with a privileged view of Etna. Free time to stroll along the delightful medieval alleys in the center and go shopping by purchasing some of the best handicraft products of the whole island. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 9 - Wednesday: TAORMINA

    The tour of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands is coming to an end. After breakfast end of our services. Possibility of private transfer to airport or other destinations.

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