Sicilian Odissey

8 days priced from € 969
  • Small group suggested tour starting from 8 guests
  • Featuring: Palermo – Monreale – Agrigento – Taormina – Aeolian islands
  • 16 meals and English speaking tour leader throughout the trip
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Day 1: Palermo

Arrival transfer from Palermo airport to hotel in Palermo. Welcome drink. Dinner and overnight. 
Meals: D

Day 2: Palermo - Monreale

Buffet breakfast. Morning walking guided tour of Palemo that will take you through quaint narrow streets and alleys surrounded by Arabic-influenced urban structure. Major sights to be seen are, Piazza Politeama, Teatro Massimo and  visit of the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel with its golden mosaics, depicting stories from the Old and New Testaments, and the Norman Cathedral, testimony of the long Norman reign over the island. Of particular note are the fine icons of St Peter & St James and the throne. The large central mosaic icons represent Christ Pantocrator, one of several Byzantine images in western Sicily. Lunch at your own. If you want to try something different your tour leader will point out restaurants/pizzeria whose owners said no to Mafia and the protection racket (called Pizzo) and are recognizable through a sign displayed on the shop window that reads “Pizzo free”. Afternoon guided visit to Monreale Abbey whose cathedral and the cloisters are frequently referred as Sicily’s greatest Norman buildings and are dated back to the 12th century. The upper part of the cathedral’s interior is completely covered in gleaming, more than 6.000sq m wide gold mosaics. Return to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - D

Day 3: Erice - Trapani - Agrigento

Buffet breakfast. Morning departure to the medieval village of Erice situated on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, winding lanes and inner courtyards. Lunch on your own. Head down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins which are still in use. Continue to Agrigento with a guided visit to the famous Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This splendid archeological park consists of 8 temples built between about 510 and 430 BC. Dinner and overnightl in Agrigento area.
Meals: B - D

Day 4: Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone - Ragusa

Buffet breakfast. Departure to Piazza Armerina and visit the famous Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in Piazza Armerina area. Continue to one of the most lively Baroque towns in central Sicily, known as “The city of Sicilian ceramics” due to its thousand-year-old tradition. The name itself – Caltagirone – derives from an Arabic word meaning the Castle or Fortress of the vases. Continue to Donnafugata castle where you will have dinner based on «antipasti» and  pasta at Trattoria da Mamma Lucia, drinks included. Overnight in Ragusa area.
Meals: B - L - D

Day 5: Ragusa - Siracusa - Taormina

Buffet breakfast. Walking tour of Ragusa Ibla with wine tasting. Continue to the UNESCO Cave Necropolis of Pantalica the most important prehistorical settlement of Europe, in a walking tour through the archeological area. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon continue to Siracusa to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre, the Roman amphitheater and Dyonisios “Ear”. Discover the island of Ortigia, the small baroque city center of Siracusa, built by the Aragonians: see the Cathedral and the “Fontana Aretusa”. Continue to Taormina. Dinner and overnight in Taormina area.
Meals: B - D

Day 6: Etna Vulcano - Taormina

Buffet breakfast. Morning excursion visit of Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. During the tour you will explore the less known northern part by 4x4 Jeeps and reach the altitude of 9186 feet (warm clothes recommended). Lunch at a local private farmhouse where you will have the chance to taste authentic local products and wine. Afternoon guided visit to Taormina, Greek Theatre ticket is included. Happy hour and dinner in Castemola from where you will enjoy the splendid view over Taormina and the Golf of Giardini Naxos. Overnight at your hotel. 
Meals: B - L - D

Day 7: Milazzo - Lipari Islands Volcano - Cefalù

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure to Milazzo and start a full day excursion to the Islands of Volcano & Lipari (weather permitting), two must-see islands of the stunning Unesco-listed Aeolian Archipelago. Guided morning tour of Lipari, then free time to shop in Lipari’s flower-filled streets and to stroll around the idyllic Old Town. Lunch on your own. Embark your boat to reach the second island: Volcano. Unlike Lipari, famous for its vulcanoes, Volcano’s star attraction are its mud baths. Perhaps use your time on the island to relax at one of the mud baths or take a dip in the warm seas and simply bask on the beach. Return back to Milazzo by boat and meet your driver and motor coach. Transfer to Cefalu’. Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Cefalu’ area.
Meals: B – D
**suggestion: Visit the Archeological Museum in Lipari

Day 8: Departure

Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the Palermo airport.
Meals: B

Included Features

  • Welcome drink
  • 7 nights in 4*centrally located hotels
  • 16 meals (7 Breakfast,  2 3-course lunch in local restaurants with drinks included  and 2 3-course dinner at local restaurants with drinks included , 5 3-course dinner at hotel with drinks included )
  • Excursion to Mt Etna by 4x4 jeep
  • Full day boat excursion to the Aolian islands of Vulcano and Lipari
  • English speaking guide during guided tours (Palermo, Agrigento, Siracusa, Etna and Piazza Armerina)
  • Entrance fees at Cappela Palatina and Norman Palace (Palermo) Monreale
  • Abbey, Piazza Armerina, Neapolis Archeological Park Ortigia, Valley of the Temple (Agrigento) Greek Theater (Taormina)
  • Ferry for crossing the Strait of Messina
  • Deluxe AC motor-coach as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage in/out at all hotels
  • Ignas Tour English speaking tour director throughout the trip
  • Headsets throughout the trip

Not Included

  • Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”

Ignas Tour Hotel Collection

  • Palermo
  • Boutique Hotel Vecchio Borgo 4* or similar
  • Agrigento
  • Villa Romana 4* or similar
  • Ragusa
  • San Giorgio Palace 4* or similar
  • Taormina
  • Eli Hotel 4* or similar
  • Cefalù
  • Hotel Baia del Capitano 4* or similar



     

Prices

* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:

Dates 8 guests 16 guests 25 guests
03/01/17 - 03/31/17
10/31/17 - 12/20/17
€ 1479 € 1149 € 969
08/31/17 - 10/31/17 € 1529 € 1199 € 999
06/30/17 - 08/31/17 € 1729 € 1399 € 1119
Single supplement: € 129

*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.