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F.A.Q. About the SELF DRIVE

Your Rate include the Car Hire?

No.

Our rate includes only Hotel Accommodation and that is clearly specified in the 'What Included' area.

We are available also to provide our rate for the 2008 as you can find in the net. Our Car Hire rate have ALL INSURANCES INCLUDES



Do We have to respect the itinerary suggested?

Absolutely NO.
As for Self Drive philosophye you are free to decide what to see, what to do, what and where to eat. We only fixe the overnights ...and this is the only point you have to respect.



Parking fees are included in the Self Drive package?

No, you have to pay this extra fee directly on the spot



Where can I purchase a map of Sicily?

You can ask directly to the Car Hire Company or you can buy it in the main sicilian shops or airports



If I would like to rent a car with your company, there's a minimum age I must have?

You must have a minimum 25 years old for all categories. This is not our policy BUT sure is the car-hire's



If I decide to rent car with your company and on the spot I need an extention or an upgrade?

You can ask it at the Car Hire Company BUT is not convenient for you.

This because with us you will pay a 'Special Deal'. If you will ask these changes on the spot you will pay subject to local rates and taxes paid locally.
We stectly recommend you to plan your trip .... with us ...asking us also what we recommend + how many days we recommend to ret the car .... and more ....This to avoid changes on the spot.
This is for your convenience!!!!!



Do I have a credit card with me during the trip ...even if I decide to rent a car with your company?

Yes you MUST.

This because a credit card is required by the Car Hire company upon pick-up.

GENERAL F.A.Q.

How can I have an Idea of the Price in my Country Money?

Our Services are quoted in Euros. We suggest you to have a look at this website http://www.xe.com to have idea of the price in Your currency.



Is Chat & Tour a Tour Operator?

Chat & Tour Srl is an authorized Tour Operator, Incoming Department and Incentives specialized that work in behalf of TRADIZIONE TURISMO.

Tradizione Turismo, our Company has a Full Travel Agency licence, recived from Sicilian Tourist Board Nr. 996/VII/Tur since 30 April 2001

Tradizione Turismo by Chat & Tour S.r.l. is an allied ASTA member; Has a TID Iata, ENIT allied company



Do you recommended currency for Exchange?

Since there is relatively little opportunity to change money during the trip (except if you travel alone), it is advisable to arrive with a supply of Euros to avoid inconvenience.



Where to Exchange?

Money can be exchanged in Catania & Palermo airport, Palermo, Catania, Taormina and in the main town. Ask to your Tour Director or Hotel Desk more information immediately later your land in Sicily



There's ATM available

ATM's are available in all the towns and cities
There are also ATM machines next to every bank while you are on the tour.



Credit Card are well accepted?

Yes in the large shops and restaurants. Some little shops rather receive the payment cash



Are the Travellers Cheques well accepted?

No



Do I have to pay TIPS or GRATUITIES?

Tips or Gratuities are never included in our trips.

The suggested amount for the Tour Director is Euros 5,00 per day and for Bus Drivers Euros 2,50 per day. Local Guides usually receive Euro 1,00 per sightseeing.

In case you are looking for an Independent Tour and you will use some Driver-Escort please be so kind to considerer tipping in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

Gratuities to restaurant are never included in the bill. Cover charge is not a tip. If paying with credit cards in Italy please pay your tip separately in cash to the waiter and this should be 10% of the total bill.
The use of public toilets requires a payment to the attendant of Euro 0,30 cents. Public toilet charge Euros 0,50 cents.
Do tip taxi drivers about one euro, more if it was a longer trip.



What kind of Cloths I have to use?

Pack essentially for ALL TOURS.
Women should avoid bare arms and shoulders in Churches (scarf or stole recommended). Dress for hot conditions although light rainwear and warm jacket for night when tempertures can drop (especially in November-April). Anyone intending to visit Etna or Mountain side should bring warm clothing as snow in a common occurance



Which kind of Footwear do you recommend?

Sure confortable walking shoes and sandals



Do you recommend Sunhat and Sunscreen?

Of course during the peak season and first of all in June, July, August. We also strectly recommend to bring a two litre water bottle, torch, as well as insect repellant. And don't forget o bring also your bikini or swimming costume



How can I use my cell phone in Italy? Or how can I phone home?

• To have your country cell phone operate in Italy, contact your local cell phone company.
• Phoning from a hotel room can be costly as you will usually be charged for local calls as well as for long distance, even though you use a credit card or call “collect”. • To avoid extra charges, we suggest using a pay phone, phone card or mobile cellular phone. You can also purchase a LOCAL pay phone card while in Italy.
• To place a call within Italy, dial the complete area and city code and then the phone number.
• To call internationally from Italy, dial 00, and then the country code, followed by the area/city code & then the number.
• The area code for Italy is 39.



What do you recommend for my safety?

Of course. These are basic information to USED not only in Sicily but also if you have to travel all around the world ...is what we do also when we travel for our vacations:

These are our MUST:
-Be careful of your purse and wallets. Pick pocketing and purse snatching can happen especially in crowed places, such as famous monuments, bus stops, and railways stations.
-We advise that you do not give money to beggars as this is a common distraction for someone else to snatch your valuables.
-Do not carry all your money with you when leaving for sightseeing or strolls, deposit part of your money in the hotel safe in your room or in the special belt around your waist.
-Have handy telephone numbers of your banks and credit card companies in the event of stolen or lost credit cards.
-Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets and vouchers. Keep one copy with you in a separate place and leave another copy with someone at home.
-Keep separate a photocopy of your Passport.



Approximately at what time can I start the Hotel Check in?

Therefore, upon arrival, your room will typically be ready and available to you at approximately 2PM. If you want you can ask the hotel to hold your luggage till the time of check-in. Hotel check-out time is typically 10AM/12noon.



Can I have Shopping Information?

Yes of course.
-Shops are generally closed from 1:00PM till 4:00PM and close approximately at 7:30-8PM.
-Do ask about a VAT (value-added tax) refund when you purchase more than 155 euros of goods in one store. If the store participates in the 'Tax Free for Tourists,' you can get the tax, called the IVA, refunded at the last European airport on your journey.
-Keep your Currency Exchange forms if you plan to change money back to another currency.
-Ask for a receipt of your bills from the shopping establishments. By Italian Law, you must obtain them before leaving the premises. Do keep track of your purchases as Customs will ask you about them when you return to the country. 
 



Is a problem find eating snacks?

In Italy eating snacks is not absolutely a problem. But if you want to use restaurants, they open at certain times of the day: 12:30 PM till 2:30 PM and from 7:00 PM till 10:30 PM.



Can you recommend your tours for people have problems to walk?

Yes and No.
Sicily is a great and amazing island BUT is rich of steps and up and down.
Honestly we don't feel well when we receive these requests because is no easy for people have wheel-chair enjoy our highlights.
Is too difficult for them even if they have an assistant



What can I do in case someone of my family have allergy, vegetarian or religious matters or more?

You have only to advice us at time of booking
This because is the only way to avoid misunderstands or mistakes on the dishes choices.
As you know we usually eat vegetables, fried dishes, fish, meat, chicken and pork ...and sometimes someone of these dishes are ban in some religion or is impossible eat for vegetarians

For Italian Low we cannot share these information with nobody except with some restaurants where we have to advice it in time and before your arrival



What about Kids? Do you recommend your tours for kids?

It depends at which kind of tour you are looking for!!!!

If you are looking for historical or archaeological or gastronomy ... our opinion is that you are driving your kids to get bored

If you would like to have a tour that satisfy both needs ... please keep in touch with us for a suggest. Take in mind that a bored kid will drive also you to don't enjoy the trip ....is a Mam that is going to give you this information!!!!

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