The Best of Sicily & Malta 2019

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Tour
The Best of Sicily & Malta 2019
Depart from
Catania
Arrive to
Malta
Duration
12 days/11 nights
Base offer
Escorted Tour of Sicily & Malta in Half Board
Travel Dates
April...13...20
May...04...11...18...25
June...01...08...15...22
July...06...13...20
August...24...31
September...07...14...21...28
October...05...12...19
Program
Highlights

  • Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and indipendet travel

  • 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 Cefalù 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. Across fascinating landscape, you will reach a height of 1800 metres and you will 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.

8h 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)

9h 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 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 excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. (BLD)

12h Day WEDNESDAY: MALTA
The tour ends after breakfast with a private 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 8 pax
English speaking Tour Escort
Local guides where necessary
Whispers Kit (in Sicily)
Porterage at hotels in Sicily
Transfer Taormina Hotel/Catania Airport
Flight Catania/Valletta in Economy class. The ticket includes, in addition to the passenger, 1 piece of luggage max 20 kgs per person and a hand luggage max 10 kgs
Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11) - English Guaranteed
Transfer Airport Malta/Htl Malta/Airport or Port Malta
What`s NOT included
Transfers 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
Extra luggage (to be paid at the airport by the passenger)
Everything which is not clearly specified under ”rate includes”
Optional Services
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)

After the confirmation of the reservation, in case of cancellation, penalty of € 100,00 – always – (cancellation flight Catania/Malta) + cancellation fees of the tour
*The above price and conditions are valid on July 2018. In case of
price increases, we will have to update it.