Splendor of Sicily

Palrermo, BallarĂ² street market

Palrermo, BallarĂ² street market


Sicily, the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is full of art, history and traditions. This 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 motorcoaches, 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 welcome cocktail in Taormina a honey tasting on the slopes of Mt. Etna and delicious tasting of sweet wines in Marsala. This vacation you will forever treasure.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival day
After your morning arrival into Catania’s Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Taormina. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight dinner is at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 Mt. Etna volcano/Taormina
Morning excursion to the slopes of Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. In the afternoon there will be a walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center and the Greek/Roman amphitheater.(B)
Day 3 Syracuse
Today experience an included excursion to Syracuse for a guided tour of its Archaeological Park. This evening savor a special Sicilian dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 4 Agrigento
Day 4 Depart for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the 5th century B.C. After a guided tour of the valley, resume travel to Palermo. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 5 Segesta/Marsala
Travel to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, before arriving to Marsala, a town known for its sweet wines. After a visit of a wine cellar for a special Marsala wine-tasting session, drive along Trapani’s coastline. Stop for a typical Sicilian lunch in a restaurant by the sea before returning to Palermo. (B,L)
Day 6 Palermo
A morning tour of Palermo features Quattro Canti – a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the cathedral, and the Benedictine Abbey of Monreale. Balance of the day is 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 7 Departure
Morning transfer to Palermo Airport for your return flight home. (B)

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • First class hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • 11 included meals, consisting of:
    – 6 buffet breakfasts
    – 2 dinners at hotels
    – 2 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
    – 1 gourmet lunch with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurant
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Travel by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees, as follows:
    – Excursion to Mt. Etna
    – Walking tour of Taormina and visit of the Greek/Roman Amphitheater
    – Excursion to Syracuse and tour of its Archaeological Park
    – Tour of Valley of the Temples
    – Excursion to Segesta, Marsala and Trapani
    – Wine tasting excursion to Marsala
    – Tour of Palermo featuring Quattro Canti
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • Travel bag, one per person
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

PACKAGE does not INCLUDE:

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

2015 PACKAGE PRICE & Departure Calendar:

  • April 3-10-17-24 $1793
  • May 1-8-15-22-29 $1793
  • June 5-12-19-26 $1793
  • July 3-10-17-24-31 $1793
  • August 7-14-21-28 $1793
  • September 4-11-18-25 $1793
  • October 2-9-16-23-30 $1793
  • November 6-13-20-27 $1793
  • December 4 $1793

Prices are per person in double occupancy. Please call for single room price

* Seasonal air and land supplements apply. Please, feel free to ask for details at time of booking. Additional supplements and restrictions may apply over local holidays. Package prices are subject to change without notice. Please, request airfare updated price before making the final payment. Prices are per person, sharing a room. Package booking code: CHT/6/15

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