Tour Sicilian Highlights 8 days Tour from Palermo to Syracuse(Fall & Winter) 2015-2016 - Hosted Group Tour - Small Size - Departures every SaturdayThis Tour will give You a great view of Sicily including most of the highlights must to be visited in a week especially if for the first time. This is aSemi EscortedTour:English Only, limited tomaximum 18 people. Departure will be guaranteed in any case with a minimum of 2 participants. This Tour starts everySaturday from Palermo, and will finish in Syracuse (best option during low season)
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SEMI ESCORTED HOSTED TOUR | Sicilian Highlights: West to East Begins on Saturday from Palermo 7 nights / 8 days | Palermo (4 nights) Syracuse (3 nights) Provided with: minimum of 2 clients Limited to maximum: 18 people Style of Accommodation: First Class This Tour is: Guaranteed in twin/double up 30 days tour departure Day 1 (Saturday) Palermo Our Staff Disposal: no Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo airport (PMO) please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then independent transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 (Sunday) Palermo/Agrigento/Palermo Our Staff Disposal: from h 8:30AM to h 5:30PM Following breakfast, we drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Agrigento where we visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). This afternoon we visit the Archaeological Museum (Admission fee: not included) who offers a fine introduction to the splendors of ancient Akragas and gives an insight into the life of the Greek settlers. Later we then return to Palermo. (BB)
Day 3 (Monday) Palermo & Monreale Our Staff Disposal: from h 9AM to h 5PM Information: walking tour of Palermo for around 3 hours to explore the town Breakfast at hotel. Today transfer to Piazza Pretoria. Then by walk we reach the famous “four corners” converge in a quartet of baroque palaces from the climax of the Spanish rule dating from 1560. Then our short stroll will continue on to Casa Professa Church (Admission fee: not included), officially the "Chiesa del Gesù." This breathtaking Church is an amazing example of pure "Sicilian Baroque" style. After, crossing the old city centre, we arrive at the lively Ballarò Market, a place overflowing with beautiful fresh fish, and local vegetables and cheeses. Originating from the era when Sicily was occupied by the moors, this 1000 year old market has run much in the same manner for centuries. It has strong Arab influences, resembling an eastern souk, and these influences are also evident in the merchandise itself. Next to mounds of ricotta and caciocavallo cheeses, barrels of olives and fat slabs of swordfish sit saffron and other spices, as well as sacks of beans and gorgeous indigenous fruit and local vegetables. Here we have the opportunity to taste a typical palermitano dish, such as the famous Panelle (a thin paste of crushed ceci/garbanzo beans rolled into sheets, fried and served in pizza-like slices).This afternoon a short drive take us to Monreale, to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Duomo (Admission fee: not included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Later we return to Palermo. The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB)
Day 4 (Tuesday) Palermo/Erice, Olive Oil & Segesta/Palermo Our Staff Disposal: from h 8.30AM to h 5.30PM Information: walking tour of Erice for around 2 hours up-and-down to explore the town Breakfast at hotel. Early departure to tour western Sicily where we reach Erice uptown. The Elymians settled the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Later we proceed to have a light-lunch in a local winery-farmhouse including tasting of mixed local product such as cheese, salumi, olives, local bread combined with their production of olive oil and wine. This afternoon we continue onto Segesta, one of the major cities of the ancient indigenous Elymian people, to visit the unfinished Doric temple (Admission fee: not included), late 5th century BC, built on a hilltop just outside of the ancient city and has a commanding view of the surrounding area. We then return to Palermo. (BB L)
Day 5 (Wednesday) Palermo/Piazza Armerina/Syracuse Our Staff Disposal: from h 9AM to h 5PM Breakfast at hotel. Today departure for Piazza Armerina. Upon arrival we visit the amazing Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included) in Piazza Armerina. The mosaics discovered here are celebrated among scholars of antiquity. This afternoon we then continue to Syracuse, founded by colonists from Cornith in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens. (BB)
Day 6 (Thursday) Syracuse/Taormina/Syracuse Our Staff Disposal: from h 8:30AM to h 5PM Breakfast at hotel. Today departure for Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. Upon arrival time at leisure. Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. A drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you'll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you. As well as the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission fee: not included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views. Enjoy your stay at leisure in Taormina. This afternoon we then return to Syracuse. (BB)
Day 7 (Friday) Syracuse Our Staff Disposal: from h 9AM to h 1PM Information: walking tour of Ortygia island for around 2 hours to explore the town Breakfast at hotel. Today we visit through the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: not included) highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. Then stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center. This afternoon is at leisure. (BB)
Day 8 (Saturday) Syracuse/Catania Our Staff Disposal: no Breakfast at hotel. Time to say goodbye to Sicily. Then independent transfer to Catania airport (CTA). (BB)
Meal Legend: BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch or Light LunchD Dinner
IMPORTANT TO KNOW: This tour is operated only with a Driver-Guide up to 5 people. The Driver Guide is not a Licensed Tourist Guide --Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city -- and he cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules.
From 6 people, the tour is operated with a Tour Director. Licensed Tourist Guide are provided on the spot as below specified:
-Monreale & Palermo: maximum 4 hours;
-Agrigento: maximum 2 hours;
-Piazza Armerina: maximum 2 hours; -Syracuse: maximum 4 hours.
Highlights: Palermo: The Sicilian capital and capo market Monreale: Dome and the golden mosaics Segesta: Doric Temple Erice: Castle built on the remnants of Venus Temple Agrigento: Valley of the Temples Piazza Armerina: Ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa Taormina: Worldrenowned Mediterranean resort town Syracuse: Archaeological Park and Ortigia Island.
FEATURED PROPERTIES USED FOR THIS TOUR
Palermo: Hotel Plaza Opera | Hotel Hilton Excelsior | Hotel Ambasciatori Syracuse: Hotel Royal Maniace | Hotel Roma | Grand Albergo Alfeo Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.
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ROOMS DEFINITIONS Single Room: room with a single bed for 1 person only Double for Single use: double/twin room for 1 person only Twin Room: room with a pair of single beds for 2 persons Double Room: room with a large/double bed ideally for a couple Triple Room: double with extra small single bed ideally for a couple with kid
IMPORTANT: We do accommodate solo-travelers in Single Room Double for single use surcharge is available ON REQUEST
PRE-POST NIGHTS: per person, per night, breakfast included Using the same properties used for the tour -Palermo: Euros 70,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy. -Palermo: Euros 110,00 per person per night in single occupancy. -Syracuse: Euros 50,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy. -Syracuse: Euros 75,00 per person per night in single occupancy; -Syracuse: surcharge for sea view Euros 26,00 per room (on request and subject to availability).
THIS TOUR IS OPERATED WITH: This tour is operated only with a Driver-Escort up to 5 people. v The Driver Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide --Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city -- and he cannot escort people inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. However, he has the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical & cultural information. From 6 people, this tour is operated with a Tour Director.Licensed Local Guide are provided on the spot as below specified: v Monreale: to see the Dome; v Agrigento: to see the Temple Valley; v Piazza Armerina: to see the Roman Villa of Casale; v Syracuse: to see Ortygia & the Archaeological Park.
PRE-POST NIGHTS: per person, per night, breakfast included Using the same properties used for the tour -Palermo: Euros 70,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy -Palermo: Euros 110,00 per person per night in single occupancy -Syracuse: Euros 50,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy -Syracuse: Euros 75,00 per person per night in single occupancy -Syracuse: surcharge for sea view Euros 26,00 per room (on request and subject to availability)
AIRPORT TRANSFERS package: per person -eur 70,00 per person, based on a minimum 2 people The rate covers the transfer-in and the transfer-out
CANCELLATION POLICY, per person Tradizione Turismo by Chat & Tour Srl reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made anytime prior to departure of the tour, Tradizione Turismo’s only liability will be to refund the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking.
In case clients need to cancel the tour, our Cancellation Policy is as follows:
Days prior to Departure
60 or more days
59 - 45 days
25% of the Tour cost
44 - 15 days
50% of the Tour cost
14 - 8 days
80% of the Tour cost
7 - 0 days
100% of the Tour cost
reservations and payment A deposit of eur 250,00 per person is required at the time of reservation. To save the space you can pay the amount by credit card Visa/Master Card/American express using our secure payment system available on www.around-sicily.com/pos.asp. Final payment of the tour is due 60 days prior to departure.
-Palermo: four nights accommodation -Syracuse: three nights accommodation -Daily breakfast buffet -One light lunch in a local winery-farmhouse with tasting of local dishes, wine and olive oil tastings -Vehicle/coach with air conditioning, no toilet -English speaking Tour Director/Driver-Escort as per program -Local Guide from minimum 6 people on the tour -All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary -Hotel & VAT
-Intercontinental Flight -Gratuities to Tour Director/Driver-Escort, Local Guide and Driver -Porterage at airport -Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel -Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program -Travel Insurance -Tips -Admission fees -Optional Excursions -Licensed tourist guide if less than 4 people on the tour -City Taxes -Airport transfers