Type of tour: Private group tour
Number of travellers: minimum 10 / maximum 50 participants
Length of stay: 5 days/ 4 nights
Dates: 30 June - 4 July 2019
- Discover the pearls of Sicilian baroque and unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Hike on the highest active volcano in Europe: Mount Etna
- Admire the Greek-Roman heritage of Taormina and Siracusa
- Taste the wines and typical products of this enchanting island
- Learn how to make your own chocolate bar in Modica
Day by day Itinerary
Day 1: Catania, Welcome Tour
In the morning arrival in Catania airport. Private transfer to hotel 4* centrally located.
In the afternoon sightseeing of Catania with our local guide. Visit to the main archaeological and Baroque highlights of Catania (outside). Dinner at your leisure and overnight.
Day 2: Etna soft trekking, Lunch in winery & Taormina
After breakfast, departure by private bus to the Etna area.
This morning will be dedicated to visit the highest active Volcano in Europe: Mount Etna. Here you will find your naturalist guide for an easy trekking. At the end of this activity, you can enjoy some wine tasting followed by a very tasty local lunch in a historical winery at the slopes of Etna.
After lunch proceed by private bus to Taormina, commonly known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea. Here you will meet our local guide, who will take you discovering the unique atmosphere of the town around its streets, architecture, squares, and monuments, like as its majestic Greek-Roman theatre.
Return to Catania and overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Siracusa & Noto - Ragusa
Breakfast, check out and transfer to Siracusa. With our local guide you will discover the Greek-Roman archeological park and Ortigia.
Time for lunch and some free time.
Proceed to Noto, capital of Sicilian Baroque-called "garden of stone", full of beautiful buildings and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here the Baroque is inspired by the ideals of "open city" revealing a rare masterpiece and the clearest example of theatrical architecture of the XVIII C. We will walk through the streets of the town to admire the skills and brilliant talent of local workers. The baroque of Noto is in fact a blend of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views, palaces and gardens, capitals and cherubs that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries.
Continue to Ragusa, accommodation in hotel 4* centrally located. Time at your leisure for dinner.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Ragusa Walking tour & Modica with Chocolate Experience
After breakfast, meet your local expert guide for a tour of the beautiful Ragusa.
During a walk among nature, we will look at the signs of the most ancient origins of Ragusa. These signs are inscribed in the limestone: pre-historic tombs, latomies, country dwellings, mills, and ancient prisons. All these elements are visible from Vallata Santa Domenica that is an urban park which retraces the old road connecting Upper Ragusa to Ibla. Then, we will have a walk in the historical centre of Ibla in order to admire the religious buildings that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Time at your leisure for lunch. In the afternoon departure by private bus to Modica, after a stroll in the city centre you will be taken for a unique experience.
The capital of one of the most important feudal states in Southern Italy, Modica is the only city in Sicily with a chocolate making tradition which goes back to the 17th century. You will discover the local ancient method to make chocolate. Visit of an artisanal workshop where you can create your own bar. Tasting of different types of hand-made chocolate.
Late afternoon transfer back to Ragusa. Overnight.
Day 5: Departure from Catania
Breakfast, check out.
PRICE PER PERSON:
Price per person in double room (based on min. 10/max. 50 participants)
The Tour Includes:
Private double room with en-suite bathroom in hotel 4* centrally located
- 2 nights in hotel 4* in Catania
- 2 nights in hotel 4* in Ragusa
Excursions with professional English speaking guide:
- Catania: Welcome to Catania walking tour
- Mt. Etna trekking & Taormina
- Siracusa & Noto
- Ragusa walking tour
- Modica with chocolate experience
- Lunch in Etna winery including visit of the cellars and wine tasting
- Chocolate tasting in Modica
- Private transfer from Catania airport to the hotel in Catania
- Private bus at disposal during the excursions: full day to Mt. Etna + Taormina; full day to Siracusa + Noto; half day to Modica
- Private transfer from Ragusa to Catania
The Tour does not Include:
- Flights to and from Country of Origin
- Transfer to and from from Milan where Convention will be held
- Local city taxes (to pay on the spot)
- Beverage and meals except where specifically indicated in the inclusions
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Everything not listed under item “the tour includes”
EXTRAS AND SUPPLEMENTS:
- Single room supplement - Euro 425,00
- Pre and post tour extensions
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