HIGHLIGHTS AND HIDDEN TREASURES
Discover some unknown beauty as well as the most famous sites of Sicily
Syracuse 1 night, Ragusa 1 night, Selinunte/Mazara del Vallo 2 nights, Cefalù 1 night, Taormina 2 nights
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN SICILY
Arrival at Catania Airport and transfer to your first hotel in Syracuse.
DAY 2 SYRACUSE – THE NEW YORK OF ANTIQUITY / NOTO / MODICA
In the morning visit of the remains of what was the most important Greek colony in the western Mediterranean “ Syracuse. In the afternoon the tour leads you further south to see the town of Noto, Continuation to Modica to have a try of the traditional handmade chocolate. At the end of the day you reach Ragusa. Dinner and overnight in the area of Ragusa.
DAY 3 MAGNA GRAECIA – AGRIGENTO & SELINUNTE
Today the journey continues to another important remain of the Magna Graecia: Agrigento, the former Akragas, famous for its Valley of the Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site). Continuation along the south coast to Selinunte. Visit. Dinner and overnight between Selinunte and Mazara del Vallo.
DAY 4 MARSALA / MOZIA / ERICE “ WINE & MARZIPAN’
This day is dedicated to the west coast: Marsala, a short boat trip to the island of Mozia and the hilltop town of Erice (800 m a.s.l.) . Return to the hotel in the area of Mazara, dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 PALERMO & MONREALE “ THE GOLDEN NORMAN AGE’’
Today you discover Palermo and Monreale, i.e. we jump from the antiquity to the medieval period.
Dinner and overnight between Palermo and Cefalù.
DAY 6 PIAZZA ARMERINA / TAORMINA “ ROMAN LUXURY’’
Today we leave the coast and the journey leads you right into the mountains of central Sicily. Near Piazza Armerina you will visit the famous Villa del Casale, with its marvelous mosaic pavements representing mythological themes as well as scenes of daily life. In the afternoon you continue in direction of the east coast and Sicily’s most famous resort: Taormina. Dinner and overnight in the area of Taormina.
DAY 7 MT. Etna “ THE FORGE OF HEPHAISTOS’’
You will approach Mount Etna from its north slope, driving first through the Alkantara Valley to Randazzo. Not far from here you will visit the Castle of Lord Nelson. Then we start to climb up the slopes of the volcano through fertile plantations, little villages and pine woods until we reach the bus station at ca. 1.900 m a.s.l.
Return to your hotel in the area of Taormina, dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 DEPARTURE
Time at leisure until departure from Catania airport.