Itinerary 8 days/7 nights
1st night – Arrival at Catania airport / overnight in Catania area or Taormina area
2nd night – Catania area or Taormina area / Mt. Etna / overnight in Siracusa area
3rd night – Siracusa/Piazza Armerina/Overnight in Agrigento area
4th night – Agrigento area/AGRIGENTO/ overnight in Trapani area
5th night – Trapani area/Selinunte/Erice/Segesta/ overnight in Palermo areaA
6th night – Palermo/Cefalù/overnight in Palermo area
7th night – Palermo area/overnight in Catania or Taormina area
8th DAY – Departure
1st day – Arrival in Sicily
Arrival at Catania Airport. Take over your reserved car at the car rental office together with an information package containing maps and brochures. Overnight in Catania or Taormina area, upon availability.
2nd day – Syracuse
Drive along the east side of Sicily and reach Syracuse with its white limestone, surrounded by the warm Mediterranean Sea offers a lot to see: the historical centre with the famous cathedral, built in the Greek Athena-temple, the Papyrus plants in the Arethusa fountain, the narrow alleys of the former Arab quarter, the colourful daily market, the archaeological park and the Euryalos castle. Overnight in Syracuse
3rd day – Piazza Armerina / Agrigento
Today you cross the hills of central Sicily. An interesting town with a medieval centre is Piazza Armerina, where we suggest to visit the excavations of a Roman Villa of the late Imperial period with a really marvellous mosaic pavement.
Continuing to the south coast of the island, you reach Agrigento. It is famous for its “Valley of the temples” (UNESCO World Heritage), where you can visit the remains of several temples of the Greek period and among them the best conserved one, the Concordia temple. Far more evocative is to see the temples in the evening when they are illuminated and the modern surroundings vanish.
Overnight in Agrigento
4th day – Western Sicily
Leave Agrigento driving along the south coast. For lovers of archaeology Selinunte is a must: Europe’s largest archaeological park offers ruins of numerous temples as well as the remains of the former acropolis. For those who prefer modern art: have a stop in Gibellina, one of 14 villages destroyed by the earthquake of 1968 and rebuilt with the help of international artists. Overnight in Trapani Area
5th day – Palermo
The whole day is dedicated to the visit of Palermo and Monreale. The major sites of Palermo are of the Norman-Byzantine period: Cathedral and Benedictine cloister of Monreale, the Norman Palace with the Palatine Chapel, Cathedral of Palermo with the grave of Emperor Frederick II. To complete your impressions, walk through one of the colourful street markets that remind us that North Africa is “behind the corner”. Another peculiar place to visit are the catacombs of the Capuchin monastery that conserve more than 5.000 mummified bodies of Sicilian priests, monks and noble people of the 16th-19th century. Overnight in Palermo area.
6th day – Cefalù
Today you drive along the Thyrrenian Sea back to eastern Sicily. You shouldn’t miss the little town of Cefalù with its fishermen’s harbour and impressing Norman cathedral. Further along the road you cross one of the major places of Sicily for production of ceramics and pottery: Santo Stefano di Camastra. Overnight in Cefalù OR Palermo area, upon availability.
7th day – Mount Etna
Today you will discover Europe’s highest active volcano: Mt. Etna. The most direct way is to climb up the east slopes through vineyards and citrus groves, chestnut woods and bizarre lava landscapes until you reach the station “rifugio Sapienza” at 1.900 m.a.s.l. Here you can see the lava streams that during the eruption 2001 destroyed the cable car and part of the bus station. If weather conditions permit, it is possible to take an optional ride with the recently rebuilt cable car and 4-wheel-driven minibuses until a height of ca. 2.800 mts right underneath the smoking summit craters. On the way down, have a stop in Zafferana Etnea. The little town is the centre of Sicilian honey production: chestnut honey is excellent with pecorino cheese, eucalyptus honey helps in case of cold, the choice is large – just try. Overnight in Taormina or Catania Area.
8th day – Departure
Relax in the morning, and according to your flight schedule drive to the airport, deliver your car at the car rental desk and ARRIVEDERCI IN SICILIA!!
Self Driving FLY & DRIVE “CLASSIC Tour” 2015
NOTE – IMPORTANT According to the flight schedule, the programme might be inverted, foreseeing either the first or the last overnight in the surroundings of Catania. Please inform clients.
Price 299,- per person in 3 star hotel with B/B in standard double room. The price not include the car rental