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Join us on a budget-friendly vacation in Sicily—the Mediterranean’s largest island, just off the toe of Italy’s “boot.” You’ll begin in Palermo, a colorful city of churches, squares, marketplaces, and palazzos of every style. Your sightseeing tour includes Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) in Monreale, built in the 1100s, with byzantine mosaics depicting famous scenes from The Bible. Next, take in stunning views with a cable-car ride to the medieval hilltop town of Erice—with cobblestone streets, fortifications, and ancient churches. Enjoy a guided tour of Trapani, set on a harbor that was once a powerful trading network, and visit Marsala, known for its famed Marsala wine. See the Acropolis and its temples in Selinunte, and take a guided visit to spectacular ancient temples near Agrigento. Visit the Roman Villa at Casale, famous for its mosaics, like the “Bikini Girls.” Visit elegant Taormina and the coastal town of Cefalù. Enjoy an excursion on Mount Etna, the majestic volcano overlooking the city of Catania, the verdant valleys and the shimmering blue Mediterranean waters. Your affordable vacation in Sicily returns to Palermo for an overnight to celebrate your Sicilian adventure.
Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
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Check into your hotel. Spend the rest of your day exploring this great city. Tonight meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. Later, maybe join an optional excursion to complete your day.
Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today: First, visit the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by CABLE CAR. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breathtaking views over the Gulf of Trapani and Egadi Islands. On clear days, see all the way to the African coast. Next, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide. Set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice, the city center stretches along the port and was built primarily in baroque style.
Today’s Distance: 115 mi/ 185 km
This morning spend some time on your own in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Then head towards Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. Here, you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. Continue to Agrigento.
Today’s Distance: 96 mi/ 155 km
Guided visit of the spectacular DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD and the TEMPLE OF JUNO LACINIA, archaeological jewels of the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento. On to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls”.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km
Drive up the heights of MOUNT ETNA with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions). Descend to sun-kissed Taormina, magnificently situated on a 700-foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea. The heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, and maybe taste a refreshing granita or a sumptuous cannolo.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 120 km
Arrive in the coastal town of Cefalu with its medieval squares, streets, and churches. During your visit, see the Norman cathedral, a 12th-century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers. Later return to Palermo. During your final day in this glorious city, catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore more of the city on your own.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The new building concept is minimal, sober but never predicted: colours and bright tones characterize both in the common areas and rooms, lends them a new mood.
Hotel President Marsala is a comfortable 3 stars hotel in Marsala facing the Sicilian sea. The hotel boasts a friendly staff always keen on providing the maximum attention to the guests, as well as a mediterranean restaurant and a wonderful. 128 rooms equipped with free wifi, a wide parking for buses too and a 24h reception desk providing touristic informations and everything guests might need. All is completed by the Meeting centre, the ideal location for business meetings, groups briefings and much more.
Located in the heart of the Valley of the Temples in a dominant position overlooking the sea, the hotel is surrounded by a park of olive and citrus trees near the birthplace of the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello. Housed in a renovated ancient noble villa, this resort hotel is characterized by the modern style and design of the common areas. It has a restaurant with typical local and national cuisine, a lounge bar, an outdoor fitness area overlooking a large oasis-shaped seasonal swimming pool, multi-purpose courts for tennis, and five-a-side football or volleyball. All rooms are air-conditioned with minibars.
The 3-star Kalos Hotel is located next to a beautiful beach. The center of Giardini Naxos can be reached in 10 minutes' walk. The Archaeological Museum and Villa Comunale are all within reach. The hotel offers 32 luxury rooms appointed with a minibar, climate control, flat-screen television, a fridge, and a DVD player. All rooms come with a panoramic view of Naxos Bay. They also feature en suite bathrooms fitted with a shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries. Every morning buffet breakfast is served in the indoor dining room. The property offers an outdoor restaurant serving vegetarian cuisine. Lido dal Pirata and Lido L'aurora Celeste are 5 minutes walking distance from Kalos Hotel. The hotel also offers free airport transfers, 24-hour reception, and porter service along with free self parking, a designated place for smoking, and a lift to access all the guestrooms and common areas. A sun terrace and a library are available at the hotel.
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