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    Embracing Sicily - Summer 2018

    Embrace Sicily this summer as you discover the magic of this magnificent region


    Specific departures - March - October, 2018

    Rate includes:
    - First class hotels for 7 nights
    - City taxes. The indicated rate is valid on May 2017. In case the rates increase, we will update the rates.
    - 14 included meals (7 buffet breakfasts 2 dinners at hotel 3 dinners at local restaurant (Taormina & Palermo ) 2 lunches at local restaurants (Marsala area & Corleone area) at popular local restaurants featuring regional cuisine)
    - ¼ wine ½ mineral water coffee or cappuccino served with lunch and dinner at hotels & restaurants
    - 1 wine tasting at a local cellar in Marsala
    - 1 cooking lesson in Corleone
    - 1 Mafia lecture in Corleone
    - Touring by air-conditioned motor-coach or minivan accordingly to the number of participants
    - Professional English speaking tour director
    - Sightseeing as indicated, including local guides where necessary (Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Palermo)
    - Excursion to Mount Etna (1800 meters)
    - Headsets during the whole tour
    - Porterage in/out in hotels
    - VAT

    Rate doesn’t include:
    - Flights
    - Transfers in & out
    - Beverages during meals
    - Entrance fees
    - Tips and personal extras
    - Any other concept which is not indicated under “rate includes”

    Taormina, Sicily
    Palermo - Corleone - Ficuzza - Monreale - Segesta - Marsala - Trapani - Agrigento - Taormina - Mount Etna - Siracusa


    Day 1: PALERMO

    Arrival in Palermo airport. Transfer to your hotel (not included). Meet with other participants before dinner and overnight at your hotel.


    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and enjoy this special day dedicated to one of the most famous social phenomena in Sicily. We will depart in the morning to the inland of Sicily and specifically to the area of Corleone, known for being the place where Mafia phenomena was born but also know nowadays for being the place where Mafia is firmly fought. We will participate in a unique cooking lesson where we will prepare some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes (not mandatory). After the cooking lesson, enjoy the lunch you just cooked. After lunch, we will participate in a LECTURE on the Mafia where one of the inhabitants of Corleone, born in the UK, will present a fascinating discussion on the topic of the Sicilian Mafia but also outlining the origins and how Corleone inhabitants have taken to eliminate organized crime. Back to Palermo for overnight.

    Day 3: PALERMO-MONREALE – (optional tour to CEFALU’) - PALERMO

    After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of Palermo, a city full of character, featuring Quattro Canti – a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, and the famous Benedictine Abbey of Monreale. Here you will admire a 12th century cathedral, housing incredible mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or take an optional tour with your tour director to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù. In the evening, enjoy a festive dinner with delectable cuisine in a fashionable restaurant.


    Buffet breakfast at your hotel followed by transfer to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, with a magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C., located within a beautiful and natural setting that ranks as one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue to the sea town of Marsala, re-discovered in the 18th century by English merchant John Woodhouse and known for its sweet wines. Visit a wine cellar and sample some Marsala during a special wine tasting. Drive along Trapani’s coastline and stop for a special Sicilian lunch in a restaurant and return to Palermo. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel.


    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and depart for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the valley, dating back to 5th century B.C.. The poet Pindar described the site “as the most beautiful city built by mortal men”, where the Doric style temples, all constructed within a century, face east (a standard criteria for both Greek and Roman temples so the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun). The best temple is that of Concordia (similar in design to the Parthenon in Athens) which is extremely well-preserved. Your local guide will highlight the history and architecture of Concordia and of the other temples that are part of this archaeological treasure. After visiting the Valley of the Temples, continue to Taormina, where you arrive in the evening for an enjoyable dinner at your hotel.


    Buffet breakfast at hotel and morning walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center, including the Greek/Roman amphitheatre with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Enjoy an excursion to Mount Etna (1800 meters) and visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy the incredible views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. On the way back to Taormina, we offer a once in a lifetime experience; you may take an optional “Godfather” tour featuring the authentic villages chosen by Francis Ford Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture. Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colourful restaurants of Taormina.


    Buffet breakfast at your hotel and experience an included excursion to Syracuse. A guided tour of this venerable city highlights the Archaeological Park, Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and Cave of Dyonisius’ Ear. This evening savour a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a characteristic restaurant of this region.

    Day 8: TAORMINA
    Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home (not inlcuded). End of the tour.