BEST OF SICILY & MALTA TOUR - 11Nights-12Days

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Il Principe Hotel to Valletta, Malta

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR: • 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
ItineraryDay 1: CATANIAStop At: Il Principe HotelArrive in Catania at hotel IL PRINCIPE. Welcome drink. Dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Catania hotel IL PRINCIPEDay 2: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tastingStop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyDrive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of ArethusaDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, SicilyTravel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island on the wayDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.Day 3: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOStop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, SicilyDrive 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 Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Valle dei Templi, Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, SicilyVisit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and HeraclesDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.Day 4: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALEStop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyTravel 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. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Cattedrale di Monrealevisit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. Day 5: PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMOStop At: Temple of SegestaDepart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Duomo di EriceContinue 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Windmillsalt windmills at Trapani. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner and overnight in your Hotel in PalermoDay 6: PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Stop At: Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu, Cefalu, Province of Palermo, SicilyDrive 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Parco dei NebrodiDrive 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”. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina. Day 7: TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINAStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, SicilyWeather 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.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Teatro Antico di TaorminaAfternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Day 8: TAORMINA – CATANIA – MALTA Pass By: La Valletta, Island of MaltaBreakfast 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. Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel DOLMEN RESORT located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 starsDay 9: MALTA “MARSAXLOKK MARKET & THE BLUE GROTTO” Extended Half Day Excursion Stop At: Marsaxlokk Bay, Marsaxlokk, Island of MaltaThe 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. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Zurrieq, Island of MaltaContinue 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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel. Day 10: MALTA “VALLETTA + MALTA EXPERIENCE” Half Day ExcursionStop At: La Valletta, Island of MaltaEnjoy 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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel.Day 11: MALTA “MDINA” Full Day ExcursionStop At: Mdina Old City, Mdina, Island of MaltaToday’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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner in your HotelDay 12: End of the tourPass By: La Valletta, Island of MaltaThe tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta. (B)Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 11x Breakfast
  • 11x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • Accommodation in 4 stars 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
  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily
  • Transfer Taormina Hotel/Catania Airport
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (days 9-11) – English language guaranteed
  • Transfer Airport Malta/Htl Malta/Airport or Port Malta
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Entry/Admission - Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
  • Entry/Admission - Ragusa Ibla
  • Entry/Admission - Villa Romana del Casale
  • Entry/Admission - Valle dei Templi
  • Entry/Admission - Cattedrale di Palermo
  • Entry/Admission - Cattedrale di Monreale
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Segesta
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo di Erice
  • Entry/Admission - Windmill
  • Entry/Admission - Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu
  • Entry/Admission - Parco dei Nebrodi
  • Entry/Admission - Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
  • Entry/Admission - Teatro Antico di Taormina
  • Entry/Admission - Marsaxlokk Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
  • Entry/Admission - La Valletta
  • Entry/Admission - Mdina Old City

Itinerary

Day 10: MALTA “VALLETTA + MALTA EXPERIENCE” Half Day Excursion Stop At: La Valletta, Island of Malta 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel.
Day 11: MALTA “MDINA” Full Day Excursion Stop At: Mdina Old City, Mdina, Island of Malta 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel
Day 12: End of the tour Pass By: La Valletta, Island of Malta The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta. (B) Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: CATANIA Stop At: Il Principe Hotel Arrive in Catania at hotel IL PRINCIPE. Welcome drink. Dinner. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner Accommodation included: Catania hotel IL PRINCIPE
Day 2: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting Stop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicily Drive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of Arethusa Duration: 4 hours Stop At: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, Sicily Travel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island on the way Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.
Day 3: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO Stop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, Sicily 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 Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Valle dei Templi, Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, Sicily Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.
Day 4: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALE Stop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, Sicily 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. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Cattedrale di Monreale visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.
Day 5: PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMO Stop At: Temple of Segesta Depart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Duomo di Erice 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. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Windmill salt windmills at Trapani. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight in your Hotel in Palermo
Day 6: PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Stop At: Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu, Cefalu, Province of Palermo, Sicily 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. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Parco dei Nebrodi 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”. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina.
Day 7: TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINA Stop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, Sicily 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. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Teatro Antico di Taormina 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. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: TAORMINA – CATANIA – MALTA Pass By: La Valletta, Island of 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. Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Hotel DOLMEN RESORT located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars
Day 9: MALTA “MARSAXLOKK MARKET & THE BLUE GROTTO” Extended Half Day Excursion Stop At: Marsaxlokk Bay, Marsaxlokk, Island of Malta 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. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Zurrieq, Island of Malta 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel.
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