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    Sicily & The Aeolian Islands Explorer

    Tour age-old ruins and breathtaking landscapes on this magnificent journey through Sicily. Off Sicily’s northeastern coast, discover the UNESCO protected Aeolian Islands, a tranquil and untouched paradise!

    DEPARTURES

    Tuesday Departures from April, 2020 to October, 2020

    Included:
    • 8 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
    • 8 dinners in hotels or local restaurants
    • 1 lunch in a local winery in Marsala
    • 3 tastings of Sicilian typical products in Palermo, Marsala and Ragusa
    • Visits of to the following UNESCO World Heritage sites, Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina and Ragusa
    • Multilingual tour leader, professional guide, local guide or audio-guides where necessary (tour leader and guide not available in the Aeolian Islands)
    • Ground transportation by deluxe coach with air conditioning
    • Private transfer from Milazzo Harbour to Taormina hotel
    • Private transfer from Catania hotel to Milazzo harbour
    • Transfer from Lipari harbour to Lipari hotel
    • Roundtrip Hydrofoil from Milazzo to Lipari and vice versa
    • Group boat excursion to Lipari and Salina or Vulcano
    • Group boat excursion to Panarea and Stromboli
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    Not Included:
    • Entrance fees at monuments and museums (total amount starting from €60.00 per person, to be re-confirmed)
    • Tour leader & Guide in the Aeolian Islands
    • All Lunches
    • Tips
    • Porterage service
    • Drinks
    • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
    • Everything that is not mentioned in included
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    Optional Extras:
    • Airport Transfers
    • Pre and Post accommodation in Sicily

    PRICING DETAILS

    Click Book Online for 2020 pricing!
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    • All prices are per person
    • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
    • Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one piece of hand luggage
    • Rates for triple and children (under 12 years old) are on request
    • Please note we are not responsible for any disruption due to weather and sea conditions concerning all hydrofoil and ferry crossings among the islands

    Sicily
    Palermo > Monreale > Marsala > Salt Road > Agrigento > Piazza Armerina > Ragusa > Catania > Lipari > Panarea > Stromboli > Salina > Taormina

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1: PALERMO

    Welcome to Palermo! Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet the tour leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel. Meals: D

    DAY 2: PALERMO > MONREALE > PALERMO

    After breakfast in the hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Later we will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, marble example from a historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Food surprise and free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Meals: B, D

    DAY 3: PALERMO > MARSALA > SALT ROAD > AGRIGENTO

    This morning the tour will continue along with the charming and well-known town of Marsala, where Garibaldi went ashore in May 1860. Then, we will go to the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Time for lunch, wine and typical products tastings in a local winery. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight. Meals: B, L, D

    DAY 4: AGRIGENTO > PIAZZA ARMERINA > RAGUSA > CATANIA

    Today we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “Giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel. Meals: B, D

    DAY 5: CATANIA > LIPARI

    Your holiday will continue with the Aeolian Islands extension without a tour leader. After breakfast, you will have free time to enjoy the beautiful Catania. Its city centre is declared Unesco World Heritage site for its stunning beauties, the late-Baroque architecture and the unique lava stone buildings. In the late morning, private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding on the hydrofoil for Lipari island. Arrival at Lipari island and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

    DAY 6: LIPARI > PANAREA > STROMBOLI > LIPARI

    Breakfast in hotel and departure from Lipari harbour for a full day excursion to Panarea and Stromboli. Before leaving Lipari, the boat will stop at Cave of pumice to enjoy an unforgettable swim. The excursion will then continue to Panarea, where you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful bay of Calajunco, above which lies the prehistoric village of Cape Milazzese, and swim in Zimmari beach. Proceeding on, the boat will skirt among the small islands nearby and you will have a stop in the charming Cava Degli Innamorati. In Panarea, you will have free time to have lunch, take a stroll through the elegant streets, or visit the prehistoric village and have a nice swim. In the afternoon the excursion will continue to Stromboli. The first stop will be Ginostra, a fascinating small fishing village. Once on the island, dinner and free time to stroll, take a swim or doing shopping. In the warmer time of the year, among dips and long swims, it will be possible to enjoy stunning beaches and volcanic caves. Back to the boat at sunset, you will admire Strombolicchio, a gigantic rock and the Sciara del Fuoco, a stunning volcanic explosion of reddish lapilli creating lava rivers reaching the sea! Meals: B, D

    DAY 7: LIPARI > SALINA > LIPARI

    After breakfast, full-day excursion to Lipari and the Salina islands. Leaving the harbour, the boat will skirt Lipari coast and you will have a view of the Castle of Lipari, the Monte Rosa and Canneto. You will have time to swim in the crystalline blue water of Pumice Cave beach. Proceeding on to Salina, the captain will show you the famous Acquacalda bay. First stop will be on Santa Marina Salina the biggest town of the island. Our tour goes on along Salina east side, visiting from the sea, Malfa village, Capofaro town and its Malvasia wineries; you will also stop inside the Pollara Bay, famous for the movie “Il Postino” – shot by Massimo Troisi. The boat will then stop in the charming fishermen’s village Lingua where you will have free time to visit the island, its Lago Salato or enjoy typical restaurants. On our way back we will visit the most beautiful grottos in Lipari and you would have time for a swim in Vinci beach, in front of the Faraglioni. Back to Lipari in the late afternoon. Meals: B, D

    DAY 8: LIPARI > TAORMINA

    Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Lipari harbour to take the hydrofoil for Milazzo. Once arriving in Milazzo, there be a driver waiting for you for a private transfer to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna. Free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and looking around the local handicraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Dinner and overnight in the hotel. Meals: B, D

    DAY 9: TAORMINA

    Breakfast at the hotel (optional private transfer on request). End of services. Meals: B