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Tour Sicilian Highlights
8 days Tour from Palermo to Taormina (Spring & Summer)
2015 - Hosted Group Tour - Small Size - Departures every Saturday
This 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 a Semi Escorted Tour: English Only, limited to maximum 18 people. Departure will be guaranteed  in any case with a minimum of 2 participants.
This Tour starts every
 Saturday from Palermo, and will finish in Taormina

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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) Taormina (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.
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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.
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Day 4 (Tuesday) Palermo/Erice, Segesta, Olive Oil & Winery/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

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.
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Day 5 (Wednesday) Palermo/Piazza Armerina/Taormina
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 Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily.
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Day 6 (Thursday) Taormina/Syracuse/Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: from h 8.30AM to h 5PM
Information: walking tour of Ortygia island for around 2  hours to explore the town
Breakfast at hotel.
Today we depart for Syracuse, founded by colonists from Cornith in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens.  On arrival 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 we return to Taormina. (BB)
 
Day 7 (Friday) Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel.
Today is 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 or inquiry us for an Optional Excursion!
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Day 8 (Saturday) Taormina/Catania
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel.
Time to say goodbye to Sicily. Then independent transfer to Catania airport (CTA).
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Meal Legend: BB Buffet Breakfast S Snack L Lunch or Light Lunch  D 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

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.

 

Hotels

FEATURED PROPERTIES USED FOR THIS TOUR
Palermo:  Hotel Plaza Opera | Hilton Excelsior | Hotel Ambasciatori 
Taormina: Hotel Villa Diodoro | Hilton Giardini Naxos | Hotel Montetauro
Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.

 

N O T E S

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.
-Taormina: Euros 110,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy.
-Taormina: Euros 150,00 per person per night in single occupancy.

 

Details

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
-Taormina: Euros 110,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy
-Taormina: Euros 150,00 per person per night in single occupancy

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

Cancellation Fees

60 or more days

Euros 100,00

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.

ADVANCE BOOKING
Valid for all departures from March 28,2015 to November 14,2015

PRICE ARE PER PERSON, LAND ONLY, DOUBLE/TWIN OCCUPANCY GROSS RATE:
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Euro 980,00 for payment received up to November 30,2014 (Code: A1)
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Euro 1.030,00 for payment received from December 1,2014 up to December 31,2014 (Code: A2)
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Euro 1.080,00 for payment received from January 1,2015 up to January 31,2015 (Code: A3)
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Euro 1.150,00 
for payment received from February 1,2015 up to March 15,2015 (Code: A4)

A NOT-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
of Euro 300,00 per person is required at time of booking. The balance is due 2 months before tour begins.

ADVANCE BOOKING 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

Cancellation Fees

Up to 45 days

Euros 300,00

44 - 15 days

50% of the Tour cost

14 - 8 days

80% of the Tour cost

7 - 0 days

100% of the Tour cost

ADVANCE BOOKING reservations and payment
A deposit of eur 300,00 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.

 

What's Included

»What's Included

»What's NOT included

-Palermo: four nights accommodation 
-Taormina: three nights accomodation
-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

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Interested Areas:

Taormina, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Segesta, Erice, Palermo, Monreale

Departure:

PALERMO

Arrival:

TAORMINA
Length: 8 days (7 nights)
Available: Yes
This is a GUARANTEED TOUR
   
Please, Select a Date for more information on Prices

 

 

 

 

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Taormina Theatre

Peak Season:
Spring & Summer
Mar 28 - Nov 14



Rate is per person
Land Only

Eur 1.190,00 in double
Eur 1.490,00 in single



2015 Departures
Jan: 
Feb: 
Mar:28
Apr:4, 11, 18, 25
May:2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Jun:6, 13, 20, 27
Jul:4, 11, 18, 25
Aug:1, 22, 29
Sep:5, 12, 19, 26
Oct:3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov:7, 14
Dec: 



AIRPORT TRANSFERS
package:
eur 70,00 per person
(minimum 2 people)

 

The rate includes:
-round trip airport transfers;

-private car;
-Italian speaking driver;

-VAT.



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