Tour description

WELCOME TO DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF EASTERN SICILY

Exotic, sunbaked Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and Italy’s largest region by area. Sicily’s multi-cultural pedigree, thanks to thousands of years as a stepping stone for empires and conquests, has as much Greeks, Arab and Northern European flavour as it does Italian. Though, it’s only separated from the mainland by the 4 km-wide Stretto di Messina. Sicily has a palpable, captivating sense of otherness. It also offers the full package of Italian travel experiences: evocative towns with compelling art and architecture, outstanding ruins older than anything in Rome, and a geographic palette that goes from the sere, chalky southeast to the brooding slopes of Mt Etna  to the brawny headlands of Palermo and the gentle agricultural landscapes of the east – all surrounded by cobalt seas and beaches where you can swim from May to October.

True to international stereotypes, Sicilians are a passionate people, and their warmth and hospitality make even everyday transactions memorable. Food lovers have an entirely new culinary world to explore in Sicily, whose regional cuisine is both unique and accessible, drawing on the bounty of the Med, a long tradition of pastry-making, and an increasingly sophisticated collection of local wines. On this amazing tour, you’ll delve into one of the most fascinating and coveted regions in Italy. Begin your exploration of Sicily, examining the imprints of history left by many civilizations, as you travel throughout the beauty of South East Sicily. Contrast everyday life in this “Island of a difference” as you mingle with the locals during an exclusive home-hosted meal, wine tasting in popular Mt. Etna village, enjoying the land of Montalbano, visiting a popular chocolate shop  in baroque Modica and more cultural experiences to enjoy.

We have a real passion for Sicily and look forward to sharing it with you all!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
  • Private Land Sicily Tour: min 2 participants!
  • More than 7 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences: Tour of CATANIA with its historical treasures & popular fish market
  • Guided tour of ORTIGIA & ARCHEOLOGICAL AREA
  • BOAT TRIP in SIRACUSA
  • Discover the OPEN MARKET in ORTIGIA
  • NOTO and RAGUSA- Sicilian Baroque splendors
  • Cheese tastings in an ancient PALAZZO in RAGUSA
  • Guided tour of TAORMINA and its Theater
  • Visiting the magical CYCLOP COASTLINE- ACITREZZA
  • Ascending MT ETNA and wine tasting at popular WINE ESTATE
  • Experiencing an HOME-HOSTED lunch with Sicilian family
  • Embracing SAVOCA & FORZA D’AGRO’- Unknown Sicily
  • Enjoy fantastic views in CASTELMOLA and sample a glass of almond wine
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Skilled driver to accompany you throughout the journey
  • All entrances to main Sicilian archaeological sights are included
  • All transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned van or luxury mercedes car
  • All transfers while overseas; baggage transfers & porterage
  • Included tour guides in Siracusa and Taormina only
  • All city tax hotels
  • Included meals: All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner (main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation
OUR UNIQUE HOTELS

Our Hotels are all four/five-stars properties that have been selected principally for their central location

TOUR ITINERARY

 

THE EASTERN SICILIAN SPLENDOURS TOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY

PRIVATE TOUR FROM CATANIA TO CATANIA

Day 1 : WELCOME TO SIRACUSA

Arrive at Catania International Airport where you’ll be met by your driver and travel to the splendid ORTIGIA Island, in SIRACUSA for a three nights stay at our exclusive boutique hotel “HENRY’S HOUSE” or similar, which enjoys an excellent central location close to the city’s architecturally baroque treasures. Welcome dinner is included in a local restaurant nearby the hotel. Overnight in SIRACUSA

Day 2 : ORTIGIA, NEAPOLIS & HARBOUR CRUISE IN SIRACUSA

Breakfast in hotel. In the morning, enjoy a guided tour of the splendid UNESCO site of SIRACUSA, a major outpost of the Greek empire, which boasts an incredible historical heritage, starting from the Archaeological park, featuring the ancient Amphitheater where Palto once appeared. Much of the ancient city of Siracusa has now been obliterated by more recent buildings, but there are considerable remains of historic structures both in the archaeological area of Neapolis and on the promontory of Ortigia. You can also see numerous elegant Baroque town houses, rebuilt after the earthquake that severely damaged the city in 1693. After an included street food experience at the local market, you’ll cruise along the Ortigia Grand Harbour. Rest of the day and dinner is on your own. Overnight in SIRACUSA

Day 3 : BAROQUE TREASURE OF NOTO& RAGUSA

A full day’s journey today takes you south-east to witness the splendors of the Sicilian Baroque architecture, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.In 1693, in the wake of a mighty eruption of Etna, this corner of Sicily was devastated by an earthquake. Towns were rapidly rebuilt out of the glowing local limestone.We’ll visit the splendid UNESCO town of NOTO, with its remarkable architectural integrity.It presents a pleasing ensemble of honey-color buildings, strikingly uniform in style and a world famous domed Cathedral, an undisputed highlight  of the extraordinary Baroque architecture. After a panoramic view of the town of MODICA, we’ll journey to ancient RAGUSA IBLA, a picturesque hill town, famous for its labyrinth of crooked lanes, tiny squares and noble Palazzos. Here we’ll visit the main church of San Giorgio, with its imposing facade and flight of steps, an exceptional example of the Baroque style in Sicily. Enjoy an included lunch before your return to Siracusa. Dinner is on your own in one of the local taverns. Overnight in SIRACUSA

Day 4 : CATANIA, CYCLOPS COASTLINE & GIARDINI NAXOS

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to TAORMINA, one of the island’s most ancient towns and most beautiful destinations. On the way you’ll discover CATANIA, a city which owes its homogeneous Baroque architecture in gloomy black lava to the last quake of 1693. You may consider visiting the Cathedral Of St. Agatha, where the reliquary of the patron saint is housed ,Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square), the Bellini theater, the Villa Gardens and the lively Fish Market. We’ll then travel along the panoramic Cyclops Riviera to reach the charming fishing village of GIARDINI NAXOS,the site of the first Greek settlement in Sicily. After an included lunch on the beach, you’ll be transferred to splendid TAORMINA for your last 4 nights at the central family-owned hotel”VILLA SCHULER“or similar.Overnight in TAORMINA

Day 5 : TAORMINA, CASTELMOLA & SICILIAN HOME-HOSTED LUNCH

This morning we have arranged a guided tour of Taormina. Its origin goes back to the time of Dionysius in about 400 BC. It remained an important city during the Greek and Roman periods and the Theatre and Odeon still survive as reminders of those times. Taormina also boasts a number of elegant mansions and palaces dating back from the Middle Ages, and several interesting churches including the 15th century fortified cathedral, and St Pancras’, which incorporates part of a Greek temple. Afterwards, you will be driven to the charming town of Castelmola perched high above Taormina, boasting amazing views over the mainland of Italy. Here you’ll have time for shopping, tasting the typical almond wine before heading to a lovely, quaint village located near the ALCANTARA GORGES where a friendly Sicilian family will open the door of their house for an included lunch. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in TAORMINA

Day 6 : MAJESTIC MT ETNA & WINERY EXPERIENCE

After breakfast, explore majestic MOUNT ETNA, known to the Greeks as the “column that holds up the sky”- Mt Etna is the highest and largest volcano in Europe and one of the world’s most active.The peak changes in size over the years. It currently rises at 11,000 feet above sea level and literally towers above Sicily’s Ionian coast and since 1987. Its slopes have been part of the Etna Parkland, an area that encompasses both alpine forests and the forbiddingly black summit.You’ll ascend to 7,000 ft.and take a walk to visit the Silvestri Craters and new lava flow from recent eruptions. Afterwards, you’ll descend to the village of LINGUAGLOSSA to visit a well-known SICILIAN WINERY where to taste some wine and enjoy a light lunch. Overnight stay in TAORMINA

Day 7 : UNKNOWN SICILY: SAVOCA & FORZA D’AGRO’

We’ll begin our day with a short morning drive to the picturesque mountain village of SAVOCA. Surrounded by encroaching green peaks, the village seems unchanged since medieval times, with its gated walls, rustic stone cottages and haunting churches. It even has its own Catacombs, beneath a Cappucini monastery,where the macabre bodies of a few mummified bigwigs stand in a series of wall niches.The village’s main claim to fame is its association with the Godfather film- Michael Corleone’s marriage to Apollonia was filmed here. One of the locations used was the Bar Vitelli, a rustic bar located by the village entrance and a lovely spot for a cool lemon granita (crushed-ice drink). Afterwards, we continue to FORZA D’AGRO’, another charming Sicilian village boasting amazing views over the Ionian coast. Dinner is on your own.Overnight stay in TAORMINA

Day 8 : ARRIVEDERCI SICILIA!!!

Transfer to Catania airport for your flight home.

2019 TOUR PRICING & OFFERS

2019 PRIVATE TOUR PRICE: EUR 3,200   currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy

This land tour can start on any date you request

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2019 Tour Price: 3,200 € |Days 8|This private land tour can begin on any dates you request.

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