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SICILY Palermo & Catania 2018

September 13 – 22, 2018

Registration deadline Dec 15, 2017

10 Day All Inclusive Tour $1890
Deluxe Hotels, all bkfst, 4 dinners, basic tours
Optional: Monreale, Segesta & Erice,
Mt. Etna, Siracusa + Racusa Exc.
Post Tour: Sep 22 – 27 beachfront hotel
in Giardini Naxos

SICILY
Palermo (4) + Catania (5)
September 13 – 22, 2018
10 Day
All Inclusive Tour
plus Post tour optional extention
Giardini Naxos
Sept 22 – 27
Group Host
Marijka Helbig

Registration and deposit deadline by Dec 15, 2017

Group space limit: 24 persons

Land cost:
$ 1890 twin per person
Single Supplement:
$ 550
Gratuities:
$ 120
Arriving :
Departing :
Palermo
Catania
Flights:
We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada. Most flights will be routed via Rome and from Sicily.
Price includes:
  • Very centrally located hotels :
    PALERMO – Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes**** click
    CATANIA – Hotel Royal Catania**** click

  • Arrival/departure transfers

  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 3 dinners/ 1 lunch
  • Private bus transfer from Palermo to Catania via Armerina

  • Half day guided tour in Palermo: Cathedral its crypts and tombs, the Norman Palace with Palatine Chapel and Martorana Church.
  • Guided tour sites in Catania: Cathedral and Biscari Palace. Villa Comunale and the Greek Theater of Taormina.
Optional Extension: Sept 22 – 27, 2018
Giardini Naxos (10 kl from Taormina) Hotel Palladio ***
Beachfront hotel with view of Mt. Etna, bar and restaurant + bio bar
Cost estimate: $600 per person/ tw incl transfers and
buffet breakfast daily

Reservations will be made by request only and subject to availability

SICILY – is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, with its wonderful beaches, blue sea, rugged mountains and an active volcano. It has been welcoming travelers for many centuries. Only after seeing the city markets, breathtaking architecture and tasting the exquisite cuisine, you will understand why Sicily is one of the world’s most sought after destinations.

Palermo is one of the major cities of Italy and the historical and administrative capital of Sicily. Human settlement in the Palermo area goes back to prehistoric times. Ancient sites of graffiti and prehistoric paintings were discovered only in the mid 20th c. Its history includes: Greeks and Phoenicians 7thc BC, the Roman and Byzantiun age 5th c., the Arab rule 9th c., Norman 12c., Bourbon House 18c., and finally in 1860 Palermo and all of Sicily became part of the New Kingdom of Italy. You will become acquainted with Sicily’s historical past during the half day guided tour – Cathedral with its crypts and tombs, the Norman Palace with Palatine Chapel and Martorana Church.
During WW II, Palermo was untouched until the Allied invasion in 1943.

Catania, the second largest city of Sicily and one of the ten largest in Italy. It is located on the east coast of the island at the foot of Mt. Etna. From the 14th c. and until the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy’s most prominent artistic and political centers. It offers many museums, restaurants, parks and theaters and is especially famous for its Baroque and historical churches (over 100). Vincenzo Bellini was born in Catania. A museum stands at his birthplace and Teatro Massimo is named after him.

Rates for optional excursions includes gratuities to guide/driver:
  • Monreale (Cathedral and Cloister) 100 euro per person

  • Segesta Archeological sites and Erice Castle) 110 euro per person

  • Mt. Etna 90 euro per person

  • Siracusa and Ragus: Archeological sites of Siracusa, Ortigia Cathedral and Eurialo Castle and Ibleo Museum of Ragusa. 100 euro per person

Price does not include:
  • Travel Insurance

  • International flights

  • Drinks and personal expenses

Transportation Itinerary/Excursions

1

Sep 13

Thu

USA – Canada to Sicily

Arrival next day in Palermo

2

Sep 14

Fri

Palermo

Transfer to hotel

Walking guided tour of Palermo

Dinner and welcome cocktail

3

Sep 15

Sat

Palermo

Optional tour to Monreale

4

Sep 16

Sun

Palermo

Optional excursion to Segesta and Erice

Dinner at hotel or local restaurant

5

Sep 17

Mon

Palermo/Catania

Via Piazza Armerina

Lunch in Armerina

6

Sep 18

Tue

Catania

Excursion of Catania and Taormina

7

Sep 19

Wed

Catania

Optional Mt. Etna Excursion

8

Sep 20

Thu

Catania

Optional Siracuse + Racusa Excursion

9

Sep 21

Fri

Catania

Free day – Farewell dinner w wine

10

Sep 22

Sat

Catania

Transfer to airport

 

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