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Tour Hercules – Art, Food and Traditions of Sicily - 8 Days

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From 889 € per person

Taormina - Etna - Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale - Cefalù

Day 1: Arrive in Catania – Taormina
Transfer from Catania Airport to the hotel. Check-in and rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel in Taormina MEALS :D

 Day 2: Etna - Taormina
Today’s excursion will take us to Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, and its Silvestri crater. Depending on weather conditions, we may join the optional (not included) excursion by jeep with a guide up to the summit craters on over 9500 feet. In the afternoon we will have time at leisure in Taormina, before we visit the Greek Theater here.
Hotel in Taormina MEALS :B, D

Our suggestion:
- Learn to cook authentic Sicilian food: Culinary Home Cooking Class with Caterina

Day 3: Syracuse - Ortigia - Taormina
First we will travel to Syracuse, one of the most important cities of ancient Greece and visit the Amphitheater and the “Ear of Dionysius”, before we continue to the Ortigia Peninsula ,where we stroll through narrow streets and reach Piazza Archimede with its palaces dating back to the XIV and XV centuries. The impressive cathedral’s columns originally came from temples in Athens. At the end of the day we will have time to relax in Syracuse.
Hotel in Taormina MEALS :B, D

Day 4: Savoca - Forza d' Agrò and Castelmola (“In the footsteps of the Godfather”)
Today’s excursion will take us to explore the villages of Savoca and Forza D’Angro’ where several scenes from the Francis Ford Coppola film “The Godfather” were shot. Free time for lunch (not included). We then travel to Castelmola, with breathtaking views of Taormina and taste the typical “Vino di Mandorle” (sweet aromatic liquor).
Hotel in Taormina MEALS: B, D

Our suggestion:
- Take an easy walk from the hilltop town of Castelmola down to Taormina, enjoy the amazing view along this scenic route inhaling the scent of the Mediterranean

Day 5: Piazza Armerina - Valley of the Temples - Agrigento
We enjoy a visit of Piazza Armerina and the ancient Roman residence Villa del Casale, with its 3500 square meters of floor-mosaics. Free time for lunch (not included) in Agrigento, before we proceed to the UNESCO listed archeological site Valley of the Temples. The perfectly preserved Temple of Concordia is particularly impressive.
Hotel in Agrigento MEALS :B, D

Day 6: Trapani – Erice - Palermo
We start our journey in Trapani discovering the ancient salt plants along the road to Erice. Strolling the medieval streets of this stony hilltop town we will be impressed by its mighty medieval walls and remarkable number of churches. Here we will sample a traditional almond pastry in a bakery. On the way to Palermo we will stop in a winery for a wine-cellar visit and typical dinner.
Hotel in Palermo MEALS: B, D

Day 7: Palermo – Monreale
We begin our journey in Palermo exploring the Norman Cathedral and the Norman Palace with the Cappella Palatina and its golden mosaics. The excursion will continue to the hills outside Palermo where we will visit the Abbey of Monreale.
Hotel in Palermo MEALS: B, D

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Palermo Airport and departure.
MEALS :B

 

Transportation and Hotels

  • Arrival transfer from Catania Airport to the hotel in Taormina
  • Departure transfer from the hotel in Palermo to Catania Airport
  • Transportation by deluxe AC motor coach as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in centrally-located 4* hotels
  • 4 nights in Taormina
  • 1 night in Agrigento
  • 2 nights in Palermo

Food and Drinks

  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 4-course dinners in Taormina
  • 1 3-course dinner in Agrigento
  • 2 3-course dinner in Palermo
  • 1 almond liqueur tasting
  • Tasting of a traditional almond pastry
  • Wine-tasting and traditional dinner in Alcamo

Experiences and Services

  • Full-day tour of Mt. Etna & Taormina
  • Entrance fee to the Greek theater
  • Mini-bus for excursion to Castelmola
  • 5-hour tour of Siracuse and Ortigia with English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the archaeological site in Siracusa
  • Entrance fee Villa del Casale
  • 2-hour tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee Valley of the Temples
  • 5-hour tour of Palermo and Monreale with English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee Norman Palace in Palermo
  • Entrance fee Cappella Palatina
  • Entrance fee Abbey in Monreale
  • Headsets during the sightseeing tours
  • English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour
  • Porterage upon arrival and departure at each hotel

The tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Everything not listed under “the tour includes”.
  • City taxes

Please note the city taxes are not included and have to be paid by the guest directly to the hotel at the time of check in. The amount of the taxes depends on the category of the hotel and length of stay. Please check our web-site for additional information about the rates and cities where the taxes are applied.

Note:

Hotels
Hotel Elihotel 4* - Sant’Alessio –Taormina area

Hotel Baia di Ulisse 4*- Agrigento

Hotel Domina Coral Bay 4* – Palermo

The prices are per person sharing a double/twin room
Tours are on request and rates are subject to the availability at the time of booking. If travel dates occur during the trade-show season, Bank Holidays, or particular events a supplement will apply.
Prices are subject to change based on the 2017 trade-show calendar.

 

4* Hotel

 
  • per person in a double room (10 to 18 passengers)
    1339 €
  • per person in a double room (19 to 30 passengers)
    1049 €
  • per person in a double room (31 to 45 passengers)
    889 €

Additional services

  • Single room supplement
    149 €
DATES AND PRICES 2017 between 10 and 18 passengers on the bus between 19 and 30 passengers on the bus between 31 and 45 passengers on the bus  
         
01.03.- 04.01.17 4* Hotel € 1089,00 4* Hotel € 814,00 4* Hotel € 669,00  
         
04.01.- 06.30.17 4* Hotel € 1254,00 4* Hotel € 969,00 4* Hotel € 814,00  
         
06.30.- 08.31.17 4* Hotel € 1339,00 4* Hotel € 1049,00 4* Hotel € 889,00  
         
08.31.- 10.31.17 4* Hotel € 1229,00 4* Hotel € 949,00 4* Hotel € 789,00  
         
10.31.- 12.20.17 4* Hotel € 1089,00 4* Hotel € 814,00 4* Hotel € 669,00  
         
Single room supplement 4* Hotel € 149,00 4* Hotel € 149,00 4* Hotel € 149,00