Grade

Moderate

Duration

7 Days

Category

Multi Days

Tour Type

Small group

Season

All Year

Weekly Departures

On Saturday

 1,195

SICILIAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

BEGINS ON SATURDAYS FROM PALERMO
ENDS IN TAORMINA

SEMI ESCORTED HOSTED TOUR | Sicilian Highlights: West to East
Begins on Saturday from Palermo 
6 nights / 7 days | Palermo (4 nights) Taormina (2 nights)
Provided with: 
minimum of 2 clients
Limited to maximum: 20 people
Style of Accommodation: First Class

HIGHLIGHTS:
Palermo:
 The Sicilian capital and open air market
Monreale: Dome and the golden mosaics
Agrigento: Valley of the Temples
Segesta: Doric Temple
Erice: Castle built on the remnants of Venus Temple
Piazza Armerina: Ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa
Cefalù: a charming coastal town
Taormina: World renowned Mediterranean resort town


PRICE AND BOOKING INFORMATION:

For departures from November 3rd 2018 to March 23rd 2019:
– Double Room: Euro 1.195,00 per Person
– Single Room: Euro 1.490,00 per Person

For departures from March 30th to October 26th 2019:
– Double Room: Euro 1.295,00 per Person
– Single Room: Euro 1.590,00 per Person

Booking process system:
Send us all Your details by filling in the automatic form. Your booking will be in pending until we will confirm the availability (within 2 days, weekend excluded). If not available, we will refund the deposit paid on Your credit card. As per our policy, the payment is needed to guarantee the booking.
The balance is due within two months before tour begins.

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 Guides are provided on the spot as below specified:
Monreale: to see the Dome;
Agrigento: to see the Archaeological Park

HOSTED TOUR
This tour includes Hotel Accommodation, transportation, sightseeing and some meals. This tour will be
conducted by a driver escort or a tour escort (depending the number of people confirmed on the activity planned for the day) and can include licensed local guide (as per tour details and conditions).
The person that will conduct the tour could be different day by day.
An hosted Tour is ideal for people who want some freedom but still have the comfort of a Tour leader who will take care of group and will orchestrate all services.

FEATURED PROPERTIES USED FOR THIS TOUR
Palermo:  
Hotel Plaza Opera, Hotel Principe di Villafranca, OR similar Hotel.
Taormina area: Hilton Giardini Naxos (seaside area), Hotel Villa Diodoro, OR similar Hotel.
Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.
We do not guarantee all people on the tour will be lodging in the same Hotel.

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

Pre-nights:
-Palermo: Euros 75,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy
-Palermo: Euros 110,00 per person per night in single occupancy
Post-nights:
-Taormina: Euros 130,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy.
-Taormina: Euros 170,00 per person per night in single occupancy.

SPECIAL OFFER:
1 Post Night in Taormina + a full day tour to Siracusa (on Thursday) 
to see Archaeological Park and Ortigia Island (admission fees not included), operated by coach and multilingual tour leader.
– Euro 170.00 per person in double/twin occupancy, breakfast included
– Euro 210.00 per person in single occupancy, breakfast included
Whenever possible, lodging will be in the same hotel used during the tour.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS:

Arrival Transfer: from Palermo airport to Palermo hotel
-Euro 70,00 based on 2 people travelling together and sharing the same vehicle.

Departure Transfer: from Taormina hotel to Catania airport
-Euro 90,00 based on 2 people travelling together and sharing the same vehicle.

TOUR CODE: HIGHPMO19

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 - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento - Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 8:15AM
Following breakfast, departure to Piazza Armerina to 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, after a short stop for a snack including a mixed starter, water and coffee, we drive through the interior of Sicily to reach the Archaeological Park of Agrigento. Here you will visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). Later we return to Palermo. (BB L)
Day 3
Monday - Palermo Markets - Monreale
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 10:30AM
Information:
- meeting point in piazza Verdi, right in front of the stairs of Massimo Opera Theater (around 10 minutes walking distance from Palermo Hotel)
- walking tour of Palermo for around 3-4 hours to explore the town
- Transfer from Palermo to Monreale (and return transfer) by taxi: included

Breakfast at hotel.
Start your walking tour admiring the Massimo Theatre (external view), then explore a suggestive and lively open-air market, a place with strong Arab influences, resembling a souk, with picturesque stands of fresh fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. During the tour you will have the opportunity to observe local people in their daily activities and to savor foods that a real Sicilian people love to eat! Tasting of typical street food is included. The walking tour through the ancient center of Palermo is around 3-4 hours and you will visit several monuments including Piazza Pretoria and the Cathedral.
At the end of this tour you will reach Monreale by taxi for a stop to visit the Dome (Admission fee: not included), a wonderful example of the Arab-Norman art and architecture. Launched in 1174 by William II, the Dome represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Later, return to Palermo by taxi. (BB S)
Day 4
Tuesday - Palermo-Erice-Segesta-Olive Oil Winery- Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 8:30AM
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. Later we return to Palermo. (BB L)
Day 5
Wednesday - Palermo - Cefalù - Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: full day from h 9:30AM
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to Cefalù, a charming coastal town built on a promontory dominated by a sheer cliff. Still keeping its ancient print, Cefalù has grown around the Cathedral, one of the most interesting medieval monuments of the island, that boasts outstanding mosaics and a wonderful cloister. Stroll through the medieval narrow street and admire the picturesque houses on the sea and the long beach of finest sand. This afternoon we then continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. (BB)
Day 6
Thursday - Taormina at leisure
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. (BB)
Enjoy your stay at leisure in Taormina or inquiry us for an Optional Excursion! 
Day 7
Friday - Taormina-Catania
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel.
Time to say goodbye to Sicily. Then independent transfer to Catania airport (CTA). (BB)

Meal Legend: BB Buffet Breakfast Snack Lunch or Light Lunch  Dinner

Full Day: around 7 hours and always in accordance with the itinerary and route
Half Day: around 3 to 4 hours
Included
  • All sightseeing & visits as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • English speaking Tour Director/Driver (as per program)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Licensed tourist guide as per program if more than 6 people on the tour
  • Lunch at local trattoria
  • One light lunch in a local winery-farmhouse with tasting of local dishes, wine and olive oil tastings
  • Tastings of street food
  • VAT
  • Vehicle/coach with air conditioning  - no toilet
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverage and meal not specified
  • City taxes
  • Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Intercontinental/Local Flights
  • Licensed Tourist Guide if not specified
  • Optional Excursions
  • Porterage at airport
  • Travel Insurance
Contact us for price information
From March 29th 2020 the Sicilian Highlights Tour has a new schedule, itinerary and rate.

Please click here for the SICILIAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 2020, with weekly departures on Sunday from Palermo from March 29th, 2020.



 

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