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Sicilian Highlights | West to East
2014 | Semi Escorted Hosted Group Tour | Small Size
7 days:
Palermo (3 nights) Taormina (3 nights)
The best way to see Sicily, especially if for the first time, is joining a Semi Escorted Hosted Tour: English Only, limited to maximum 16 people, guaranteed departures, offers the perfect balance of structure and freedom, see the most important local highlights in a short time & save money. Saturday from Palermo, our tour provides detailed itinerary, promoting the most comprehensive travel experience in any location.

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SEMI ESCORTED HOSTED TOUR | Sicilian Highlights: West to East

Begins on Saturday from Palermo
6 nights / 7 days | Palermo (3 nights) Taormina (3 nights)

Provided with: minimum of 2 clients
Limited to maximum: 16 people

Style of Accommodation: First Class

This Tour is: Guaranteed in twin/double up 30 days tour departure

Day 1 (Saturday) Palermo

Our Staff Disposal: no
Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo airport (PMO) please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then independent (Private Airport Transfer package is available on request) transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 (Sunday) Palermo & Monreale

Our Staff Disposal: from h 9AM to h 5PM
Information: walking tour of Palermo for around 3 hours to explore the town
Today transfer to Piazza Pretoria. Then by walk we reach the famous “four corners” converge in a quartet of baroque palaces from the climax of the Spanish rule dating from 1560.  Then our short stroll will continue on to Casa Professa Church (Admission fee: not included), officially the "Chiesa del Gesù."  This breathtaking Church is an amazing example of pure "Sicilian Baroque" style.  After, crossing the old city centre, we arrive at the lively Ballarò Market, a place overflowing with beautiful fresh fish, and local vegetables and cheeses.  Originating from the era when Sicily was occupied by the moors, this 1000 year old market has run much in the same manner for centuries.  It has strong Arab influences, resembling an eastern souk, and these influences are also evident in the merchandise itself.  Next to mounds of ricotta and caciocavallo cheeses, barrels of olives and fat slabs of swordfish sit saffron and other spices, as well as sacks of beans and gorgeous indigenous fruit and local vegetables.  Here we have the opportunity to taste a typical palermitano dish, such as the famous Panelle (a thin paste of crushed ceci/garbanzo beans rolled into sheets, fried and served in pizza-like slices).  This afternoon a short drive take us to Monreale, to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Duomo (Admission fee: not included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Later we return to Palermo.
The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB)


Day 3 (Monday) Palermo/Erice, Olive Oil, Segesta & Winery/Palermo

Our Staff Disposal: from h 8.30AM to h 5.30PM
Information: walking tour of Erice for around 2  hours up-and-down to explore the town
Early departure to tour western Sicily where we reach Erice uptown. The Elymians settled the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Later we travel through the Saltpans to see the historic salt flats works, where the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea is still practiced. Then, to an olive oil factory-farmhouse to enjoy a light lunch. This afternoon we continue onto Segesta, one of the major cities of the ancient indigenous Elymian people, to visit the unfinished Doric temple (Admission fee: not included), late 5th century BC, built on a hilltop just outside of the ancient city and has a commanding view of the surrounding area.  Then to a local winery to taste Sicilian wine.
We then return to Palermo. (BB L)


Day 4 (Tuesday) Palermo/Agrigento & Piazza Armerina/Taormina

Our Staff Disposal: from h 8AM to h 7PM
Following breakfast, we drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Agrigento where we visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). Snack along the road. This afternoon we visit the amazing Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included) in Piazza Armerina. The mosaics discovered here are celebrated among scholars of antiquity. Later continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. (BB S)

Day 5 (Wednesday) Taormina/Syracuse/Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: from h 8.30AM to h 5PM
Information: walking tour of Ortygia island for around 2  hours to explore the town
Today we depart for Syracuse, founded by colonists from Cornith in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens.  On arrival visit through the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: not included) highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. Then stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center. Light lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon we return to Taormina.
(BB L)


Day 6 (Thursday) Taormina

Our Staff Disposal: no
Today is at leisure or Optional Excursion. (BB)
Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. A drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you'll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you. As well as the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission fee: not included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views.
Enjoy your stay at leisure in Taormina or inquiry us for an Optional Excursion!

Day 7 (Friday) Taormina/Catania
Our Staff Disposal: no
Time to say goodbye to Sicily. Today independent (Private Airport Transfer package is available on request) transfer to Catania airport (CTA). (BB)


Meal Legend: BB
Buffet Breakfast L Lunch or Light Lunch D Dinner


OPERATE WITH:
This tour is operated only with a Driver-Escort up to 5 people.

v The Driver Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide --Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city -- and he cannot escort people inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. However, he has the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical & cultural information.

From 6 people, this tour is operated with a Tour Director. Licensed Local Guide are provided on the spot as below specified:

v Monreale: maximum 2 hours, to see the Dome;

v Agrigento: maximum 2 hours, to see the Temple Valley;

v Piazza Armerina: maximum 2 hours, to see the Roman Villa of Casale;

v Syracuse: maximum 4 hours, to see Ortygia & the Archaeological Park.


IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Our agency does not discriminate in any way based on religion, race/national origin, political affiliation or any other factors.

We reserve the right to expel from the tour any participant whose behavior toward other participants obviously does not conform to this policy. It is important that our tours be undertaken in a social environment which creates a friendly, memorable experience for all participants.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

HighLights

Highlights: Palermo: The Sicilian capital and capo market
Monreale: Dome and the golden mosaics
Segesta: Doric Temple, Winery visit and wine tasting
Trapani province: Saltpan works
Erice: Castle built on the remnants of Venus Temple
Agrigento: Valley of the Temples
Piazza Armerina: Ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa
Taormina: Worldrenowned Mediterranean resort town
Syracuse: Archaeological Park and Ortigia Island.

 

Hotels

FEATURED PROPERTIES USED:
Palermo: Hotel Hilton Excelsior | Hotel Plaza Opera, first class
Taormina: Hotel Villa Diodoro, first class, partial sea view
Hotel may be substituted with similar categories

ROOMS DEFINITIONS
Single Room: room with a single bed for 1 person only
Double for Single use
: double/twin room for 1 person only
Twin Room
: room with a pair of single beds for 2 persons
Double Room
: room with a large/double bed ideally for a couple
Triple Room: double with extra small single bed ideally for a couple with kid

IMPORTANT:
We do accommodate solo-travelers in Single Room
Double for single use surcharge is available ON REQUEST


 

 

 


PRE-POST NIGHTS: per person, per night, breakfast included
-Taormina: Euros 110,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy

-Taormina: Euros 155,00 per person per night in single occupancy
-Palermo: Euros 80,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy.

-Palermo: Euros 130,00 per person per night in single occupancy.

Using the same properties used for the tour

 

Details

THIS TOUR IS OPERATED WITH:
This tour is operated only with a Driver-Escort up to 5 people.

v The Driver Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide --Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city -- and he cannot escort people inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. However, he has the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical & cultural information.

From 6 people, this tour is operated with a Tour Director. Licensed Local Guide are provided on the spot as below specified:

v Monreale: maximum 2 hours, to see the Dome;

v Agrigento: maximum 2 hours, to see the Temple Valley;

v Piazza Armerina: maximum 2 hours, to see the Roman Villa of Casale;

v Syracuse: maximum 4 hours, to see Ortygia & the Archaeological Park.


PRE-POST NIGHTS: per person, per night, breakfast included

Using the same properties used for the tour
-Palermo: Euros 80,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy.
-Palermo: Euros 130,00 per person per night in single occupancy

-Taormina: Euros 110,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy
-Taormina: Euros 155,00 per person per night in single occupancy


AIRPORT TRANSFERS package: per person

-eur 70,00 per person, based on a minimum 2 people

The rate covers the transfer-in and the transfer-out

cancellation policy, per person
Tradizione Turismo by Chat & Tour Srl reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made anytime prior to departure of the tour, Tradizione Turismo’s only liability will be to refund the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking.

In case clients need to cancel the tour, our Cancellation Policy is as follows:
 

Days Prior to Departure

Cancellation Fees

60 or more days

Euros 100,00

59 - 45 days

25% of the Tour cost

44 - 15 days

50% of the Tour cost

14 - 8 days

80% of the Tour cost

7 - 0 days

100% of the Tour cost


reservations and payment
A deposit of eur 250,00 per person is required at the time of reservation. To save the space you can pay the amount by credit card Visa/Master Card/American express using our secure payment system available on www.around-sicily.com/pos.asp.
Final payment of the tour is due 60 days prior to departure.

 

What's Included

»What's Included

»What's NOT included

-Palermo: 3 nights accommodation

-Taormina: 3 nights accommodation
-Daily breakfast buffet

-Erice: one light lunch at olive oil factory
-One visit to Sicilian cellar with wine tasting

-One snack

-Syracuse: one light lunch at restaurant

-Vehicle/coach with air conditioning, no toilet

-English speaking Tour Director/Driver-Escort as per program

-Local Guide from minimum 4 people on the tour

-All sightseeing, tasting & excursions

-Hotel & VAT

-Intercontinental Flight

-Gratuities to Tour Director/Driver-Escort, Local Guide and Driver
-Porterage at airport

-Luggage handling fee at hotel

-Beverages and meals not mentioned
-Travel Insurance

-Admission fees (the price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees, which are usually around Euros 10,00/12,00 per person payable directly on the spot. If you are over 65 or under 18 years old and you have EU or Commonwealth Passport, the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document --or copy of your document-- on the spot.)

-Optional Excursions

-Licensed tourist guide if less than 4 people on the tour

-City Taxes or Tourist Tax –required to finance tourism, maintenance of cultural heritage sites and environment, as well as public services– have to be paid directly at hotel, during the check out.

-Airport transfers

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Interested Areas:

Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Erice, Olive Oil Farmhouse, Segesta, Winery Visit & Wines Tasting, Piazza Armerina, Taormina, Syracuse

Departure:

PALERMO

Arrival:

TAORMINA
Length: 7 days (6 nights)
Available: Yes
This is a GUARANTEED TOUR
   
Please, Select a Date for more information on Prices

 

 

 

 

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Post-Tour:
Malta Short Break

3 nights/4 days
First Class, sea view
3 breakfast
1 full day excursion
round trip transfers

Departures:
On Request

Tour Details on:
Malta Highlights



Sicilian Highlights

2014 Departures

One Season
:
Jan 11-Dec 6



2014 Departures
Jan1125   
Feb822   
Mar11529 
Apr1226 
May101731 
Jun72128
Jul1219   
Aug30    
Sep1327 
Oct1125 
Nov115
Dec6    



Rate is per person
Land Only

One Season
Eur 1.199,00 in double
Eur 1.490,00 in single

 



AIRPORT TRANSFERS
package:
eur 70,00 per person
(minimum 2 people)

 

The rate includes:
-round trip airport transfers;

-private car;
-Italian speaking driver;

-VAT.




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