Sicilian Secrets 2020 – Tour of Sicily and Aegadian Island 10 Days
Guided Tour Sicily/Aegadian Island – 10 days / 9 nights itinerary. Overnights in 4* hotel in half board basis, departures from Catania every Saturday from June 6th to September 26th.
Day 1 – Saturday: CATANIA (hotel in Catania)
Sicilian Secrets Tour of Siciliy 9 days provides independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Catania (optional private transfer on request). Meet with our tour-leader, dinner and overnights in hotel.
Day 2 – Sunday: SIRACUSA – NOTO (Hotel in Catania)
After breakfast in hotel we will visit Syracuse, the most beautiful Greek colony in Sicily. The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. Then, we will continue visiting Ortigia, a small island which is the centre of Syracuse. From Piazza Duomo you will also reach a terrace on the waterfront surrounding the Arethusa’s Fountain. Here, free time for lunch and departure to Noto. Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curve, palaces and gardens that adorn churches and monasteries. In conclusion, we will also visit Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata. Back to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3 – Monday: ETNA – TAORMINA (hotel in Catania)
This morning we’ll go to Etna, the highest (c. 3350m) volcano in Europe. Views of landscapes will amaze you heading to Rifugio Sapienza. So we will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive. We will proceed also to Taormina, for its position above the sea commanding a view of Etna. Here, lunch in a restaurant in the city centre. We will attend to a cooking class for the preparation of typical dishes of tradition. In addition, we will visit Taormina’s Greek theatre and then you will have free time for a nice walk. The day will end with an overview of the beautiful Riviera dei Ciclopi. Back to our hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Tuesday: CATANIA – CEFALU’ (hotel in Palermo)
In the first place, we will visit the centre of Catania. The tour will start across the “pescheria” to reach the Duomo square with its Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue. Not far from here we will also reach University Square and we will have a walk along Via dei Crociferi. So we will admire the famous S. Benedetto Monastery. Before going on along the city center, we will stop then in a bar of the city to taste “granita & brioche”. Here free time for lunch. Then transfer to Cefalù. Here we will visit its Norman Dome and you will have then free time to visit the Mandralisca Museum. In conclusion, we will then proceed to Palermo for overnight. Dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant nearby.
Day 5 – Wednesday: MONREALE – PALERMO (hotel in Palermo)
After breakfast in hotel, in the morning we’ll go to Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Later we will discover Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. In addition, we will visit then the Arab-Norman Cathedral, Martorana Church and Cappella Palatina. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in a local bakery. Here, free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will also admire the Teatro Massimo and the fountain in Pretoria Square. In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala. Here, visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Later, dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 6 – Thursday: PALERMO-FAVIGNANA (Hotel in Favignana)
After breakfast in hotel, private transfer to Trapani. Boarding on the hydrofoil to reach Favignana. The most important of the Aegadian Island, in the 70’s was named “La Farfalla”. Here, free time in the afternoon. Later, dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in hotel.
Day 7 – Friday: FAVIGNANA boat excursion (Hotel in Favignana)
The day will start with the departure from Favignana harbour, for a circumnavigation of the island. During the excursion it will be possible to listen the history of the Tonnara factory and Florio family. First stop of this tour in Cala Rossa. Later you will get to Bue Marino, Cala Azzurra, famous for its sandy white beach. Then, we’ll get to Lido Burrone where you will enjoy free time for a dip. Arrived to the southern side of the island (Marasolo/Preveto), it is possible to enjoy a pause for lunch on board. Later, departure for Cala Rotonda for a swim. But also, break with coffee and pastries and return to Favignana. After one last stop to Cala del Pozzo for a swim. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 8 – Saturday: FAVIGNANA (Hotel in Favignana)
After breakfast, free time to discover this beautiful island. Walking around the two squares of the city, you will be also attracted by traditional architecture. Moving towards the waterfront, you will see a beautiful scenery similar to a portrait! The vintage mood of Favignana‘s harbor will sure enchant you! In addition, do not miss the chance to have a swim in one of the sea coves or, as an alternative, choose an extra boat excursion to Levanzo. You will have then the occasion to visit this fisherman village. You’ll have also a stop to taste the delicious “granita” and “gelato”. The tour will proceed then heading to the II Faraglione, Cala Fredda and Cala Minnola, with a stop for a dip. Back to Favignana harbor in the late afternoon. Dinner, overnight in hotel.
Day 9 – Sunday: FAVIGNANA-TRAPANI (Hotel in Trapani)
Breakfast in hotel, free time, check-out in hotel and boarding to Trapani. First, you will spend the afternoon in Trapani, also known as the “City of 100 churches”. Popular for its which hosts an impressive collection of fine local coral art crafts! The city owns a legendary history; represented by Virgil in the Aeneid. Trapani’s origins are connected to Carthage. Dominated in fact by the Roman empire and the Spanish kingdom, it still reveals this fusion made of different cultures and people. You will have also the chance to stroll among the nice alleys, discovering its Arab atmosphere. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 10 – Monday: TRAPANI
Breakfast in hotel and end of services. Private transfer or excursion available.
Rate per person: € 1.239,00 in double room
Single room supplement: € 380,00
3rd bed reduction: € 90,00
Rate per person: € 1.295,00 in double room
Single room supplement: € 439,00
3rd bed reduction: € 90,00
Rate per person: € 1.355,00 in double room
Single room supplement: € 460,00
3rd bed reduction: € 90,00
€ 350,00 p.p. in double/twin room
€ 510,00 p.p. in single/double single use
Includes: Superior/Deluxe room – Private transfer in/out – City taxes – All entrance fees as per program