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    Sicilian Secrets & Malta Highlights

    Succumb to the open-air museums of Sicily and Malta on an 8-day tour! Gaze upon the jagged coastlines dotted with unspoiled beaches and hidden coves. The two islands form the perfect Mediterranean holiday!

    DEPARTURES

    Tuesday Departures from March, 2020 to November, 2020

    Included:
    • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
    • 3 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 not available in Malta)
    • Ground transportation by deluxe coach with air conditioning
    • Private transfer from Ragusa to Pozzalo harbour
    • Private transfer from Valletta harbour to the hotel (without tour leader)
    • Virtu Ferries Ticket one way Pozzallo to Malta
    • Half-day excursion with a private driver-guide in Malta (1st day in Malta)
    • Full-day excursion with private driver-guide in Malta (2nd day in Malta)
    • Group excursion to the Blue Lagoon, Comino, Gozo and the Caves (3rd day in Malta)
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    Not Included:
    • Entrance fees at monuments and museums (total amount starting from €50.00 per person, to be re-confirmed)
    • Tour leader in Malta
    • All Lunches
    • All Dinners in Malta
    • 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 & Malta

    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

    Malta
    Palermo > Monreale > Marsala > Salt Road > Agrigento > Piazza Aemerina > Ragusa > Malta

    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 IBLA > VALLETTA

    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. Free time in the Ragusa city center. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. The tour continues without a tour leader. Transfer to Pozzallo harbour, boarding on the catamaran to reach Malta. Arrive in Malta Valletta and private transfer to your hotel. Free dinner and overnight. Meals: B

    DAY 5: VALLETTA > MDINA

    After breakfast in hotel, our guide will lead you through an half-day excursion discover the treasures of the charming capital Valletta. Our tour continues on to Mdina, the former capital of Malta. You will visit the Cathedral of St. Paul and then you’ll have free time to walk along its lovely streets and discover its viewpoint from which to enjoy a splendid view. After the visit, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight at your hotel. Meals: B

    DAY 6: COTTONERA > MARSAXLOKK > BLUE GROTTO > DINGLI > GOLDEN BAY

    This morning the tour continues with a full day excursion with private driver to discover the beauty of this magical Island. You will reach Cottonera also called “The Three Cities”: the three fortified cities of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua. Afterwards, you will visit the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk whose waterfront is decorated with traditional colourful fishing boats called “luzzi”. Free time to stroll along the streets of the city centre and browse among the stalls of the famous local market. Continuing you will visit the town of Wied iz-Zurrieq where you will embark on an excursion sea towards the famous Blue Grotto, a beautiful and picturesque natural cave whose system of caves surrounding reflects the fluorescent colours of the underwater flora. Our tour will continue on board of a private vehicle in the direction of Dingli through the Maltese countryside. Then, the tour goes to Golden Bay in Mellieha, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. Free time to enjoy the place and for a refreshing swim in its crystal clear waters. Return to your hotel. Meals: B

    DAY 7: COMINO > BLUE LAGOON > GOZO > MALTA CAVES

    After breakfast in the hotel, our driver will pick you up for another day of excursion in the Maltese archipelago. You will be accompanied to Bugibba, where you will board on a comfortable boat for a fantastic mini cruise. Sailing through the north of the Maltese coast to the island of Comino; you will stop at the famous Blue Lagoon for about an hour. Time to take some pictures, sunbathe and have a swim in the turquoise waters of the bay or if you prefer, you can relax in the bar of the boat which is equipped with drinks and snacks. Afterwards, you will reach Gozo for here a visit of about 3 hours, discovering the most charming places on the island. At the end of the tour, you will return on board to circumnavigate Comino and visit the famous caves. Return to Bugibba at late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel. Meals: B

    DAY 8: MALTA

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