Tour The Best Of Sicily & Malta 2018

  14/04/2018 - 22/10/2018

 
 

Tour
The Best of Sicily & Malta Summer 2018
Depart from
Catania
Arrive to
Malta
Duration
12 days/11 nights
Base offer
Escorted Tour of Sicily
Half Board
Regular departures
Travel Dates
April…14
May…05…12…19…26
June…02…09…23
July…07…21
August…25
September…01…08...15…22…29
October…06…13
Program detail
Highlights

  • Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe’s most enchanting islands.

  • A unique blend of escorted and independent touring

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels

  • 11 breakfast (B), 3 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D)

  • Welcome drink in Catania and aperitif in Ragusa

  • Coach transportation

  • English-speaking tour escort

  • Local guides where necessary

  • Flight from Catania to Valletta

  • Return airport transfers in Malta

  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9–11) – English Guaranteed

  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily

  • Exclusions Pre- tour transfers; entrance fees; optional excursions; drinks; tips

Routing Overnights
1st Day Catania
2nd Day Ragusa
3rd Day Agrigento
4th Day Palermo
5th Day Palermo
6th Day Taormina
7th Day Taormina
8h Day Malta
9h Day Malta
10h Day Malta “Valletta”
11h Day Malta
Info
1st Day SATURDAY: CATANIA
Arrive in Catania and make your own way to the hotel IL PRINCIPE. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening. (D)

2nd Day SUNDAY: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting
Drive to Syracuse to visit the marvellous archaeological area then continue to the island of Ortigia, where you will see the magnificent
Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. Travel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting
of typical products of the island in the main square by the Dome. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.
(BD)

3rd Day MONDAY: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
Drive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana
del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the
Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight. (BLD)

4th Day TUESDAY: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALE
Travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the
afternoon, visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND
HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. (BD)

5th Day WEDNESDAY: PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMO
Depart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Continue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the
city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your
Hotel. (BD)

6th Day THURSDAY: PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA
Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the
medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and
Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and
overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina. (BLD)

7th Day FRIDAY: TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINA
Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height
of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a
minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny
streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

8th Day SATURDAY: TAORMINA – CATANIA – MALTA
Breakfast in Hotel. At the appointed time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, Capital of Malta, delightful
Mediterranean island. Transfer to Hotel DOLMEN RESORT located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Arrival in Hotel and
accommodation. Dinner and overnight. (BD)

9th Day SUNDAY: MALTA “MARSAXLOKK MARKET & THE BLUE GROTTO” Extended Half Day Excursion
The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market.
Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of
Malta’s unspoilt village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at
leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD)

10h Day MONDAY: MALTA “VALLETTA + MALTA EXPERIENCE” Half Day Excursion
Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta – Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral,
home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the
Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is
brought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. (BD)

11h Day TUESDAY: MALTA “MDINA” Full Day Excursion
Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit of Mosta Church renowned worldwide for its magnificent dome and a visit to the Botanic Gardens
of San Anton. We proceed to Ta Qali Crafts Village where we will visit The Phoenician Glass Blowers, JCF Jewellers and Bristow
Potteries. After lunch we visit the Wignacourt Museum as well as the St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat and then proceed with a walk through
the medieval walled city of Mdina, situated in the centre of the island. (BLD)

12h Day WEDNESDAY: MALTA
The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta. (B)
What`s Included
Accommodation in 4-star Hotels
Welcome cocktail
11 Dinners (D), 3 Lunches (L), 11 Breakfast (B)
Sicilian typical products tasting (wine, chocolate, biscuits, etc) in Ragusa
Transportation De Luxe motorcoach or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 15 pax
English speaking Tour Escort
Local guides where necessary
Whispers Kit (in Sicily)
Porterage at hotels in Sicily
Transfer Taormina Hotel/Catania Port
Flight from Catania to Valletta
Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11) - English Guaranteed
Transfer Hotel Malta/ Valletta Airport or Port
What`s NOT included
Transfer in
Entrance fees at monuments
City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that it has to be paid directly at the Hotel
Beverages
Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”
ENTRANCE FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED
Optional Services
ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL):
TOTAL € 66,00 per person (net)

SIRACUSA: Neapolis € 10,00 + Dome € 2,00
CALTAGIRONE: Tourist Train € 6,00
PIAZZA ARMERINA: Villa Romana del Casale € 10,00 AGRIGENTO: Valley of Temples € 10,00
PALERMO: Palatine Chapel € 8,50
MONREALE: Cloister € 6,00 + Dome € 4,00
SEGESTA: Doric Temple € 6,00 + € 3,50 fee

Attention: European Citizens younger than 18 years old are free of charge (Entrance to Palatine Chapel in Palermo € 5,00 per person) *The above price is valid on July 2016. In case of price increases, we will have to update it.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION “MT. ETNA”
NET PRICE: € 45,00 per person (not commissionable)

The optional excursion “Mt Etna” can be pre-booked on the spot up until 4 days before the excursion