Sicily featuring Palermo, Agregento,Catania


Date: Friday, November 1-Saturday, November 9,2019
Departs: 7pm from Bos
Returns: 7pm

Price: $3680

Sicily featuring Palermo, Agregento,Catania

Sicily
Featuring Palermo, Agrigento, Catania
7 nights
November 1-9, 2019
$3680.00 per person double, Single Supplement $471.00
Includes airfare from Boston
Services of an English-Speaking Tour Director throughout,Sightseeing and transfers by luxury, air-conditioned coach. Visits to: Palermo and Monreale; Agrigento; Catania; Ragusa and Noto; Siracusa; Taormina; Mt. Etna Entrance to Palatine Chapel and Cathedral, Palermo Entrance to Cathedral and Cloister, Monreale Entrance to Archeological area “Valle dei Templ”, Agrigento Entrance to Greek Theatre, Taormina Entrance to Archeological area, Siracusa Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person Hotel and City Taxes Portfolio of travel documents 24-hour emergency customer service while traveling in Sicily
$500.00 deposit due with booking. Final due August 15, 2019
Call Valerie at 401-823-9620 or book online at www.gourmettravelertours.com



Itineary
Meals: Breakfast each morning, except day of arrival 6, three-course dinners including wine 1 lunch, with Cheese making demonstration and Wine tasting
Hotels: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in the following hotels or similar: Palermo – 2 nights, 4-Star Grand Hotel et Des Palmes Agrigento ;1 night, 4-Star Hotel della Valle Catania ; 2 nights, 4-Star Katane Palace Hotel Giardini Naxos ;2 nights, 4-Star Antares Complex
DAY 1 ARRIVE PALERMO, SICILY: Welcome to the Capital of Sicily. After clearing customs, meet with your Tour Director in the arrival hall of the airport. Shortly afterwards, begin you journey to your hotel in Palermo. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 PALERMO & MONREALE: After breakfast, visit the historical center of Palermo, including the Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel, and view the Royal Palace. Proceed to Monreale. Visit the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, with its Moorish architecture and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Normal style. Enjoy lunch on your own, followed by the afternoon at leisure. (B)
DAY 3 PALERMO / AGRIGENTO: After breakfast, depart for Agrigento. Along the way, stop in a typical Sicilian farm for a cheese-making demonstration and tasting. During the visit, you will actively follow the path that comes from the production of milk and cheese, discovering the magic of cheese making. Afterwards, proceed to Agrigento to visit theValley of the Temples, including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor and Pollux that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Overnight and dinner in your hotel in Agrigento. (B/D)
DAY 4 AGRIGENTO / CATANIA: After breakfast, depart from Agrigento and make your way towards Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most interesting cities in Sicily. Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe, hovers nearby and defines the city, its architecture and its past. Enjoy a guided tour of Catania: The main square, Piazza del Duomo, sports a lava elephant supporting an obelisk on its back. The adjacent duomo itself, like most everything else, was remodeled by Vaccarini with a heavy Baroque touch. Nearby is Catania's open-air market, bustling with shoppers, seafood, vegetable and fruit stalls, as well as a few excellent trattorias. Catania is a sightseers’ delight, abounding with unique museums, theaters, squares and churches. The list includes Castello Ursino – once the proud, cliffside fortress of Frederick II, is now a kilometer inland, with a lava-filled moat. Composer Vincenzo Bellini is a native son. Dinner and overnight in Catania. (B/D)
DAY 5 EXCURSION TO RAGUSA, NOTO & SIRACUSA: After breakfast, depart for Ragusa, the town known as the “white province” after the limestone. The area is the named as the Sicilian Baroque District, proclaimed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage. Ragusa area is in the very south-east side of Sicily. Continue to Noto, a wonderful small town possessing incredible Baroque churches, houses and palaces. The principal activity amongst tourists is to peacefully wander the narrow streets of Noto, admiring it's golden-colored stone buildings, incredible facades and amazing balconies. Your next stop is Siracusa noted for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheaters and architecture; it is over 2,700 years old, and the city's history reads as a list of Sicily's most famous rulers. Siracusa is mentioned in the Bible. Even Plato came here to teach. Not surprisingly, the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see: The Roman Amphitheater, the largest Greek Amphitheater in the world, and the Ear of Dionysus, a cave with remarkable acoustics. Later, return to Catania for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
DAY 6 CATANIA / TAORMINA: After breakfast, depart for Taormina. On arrival, enjoy a walking guided sightseeing tour of Taormina, a beautiful resort town situated on a rocky plateau with the Etna Volcano rising majestically in the background. The town is built on a cliff and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Not to miss is a visit to the Greek Theatre offering spectacular views of Mt. Etna and fine anticraft. Stroll down the main street "Corso Umberto" with its art and designers’ shops, Baroque churches and Palazzi. Dinner at a local restaurant in Taormina city center. (B/D)
DAY 7 MOUNT ETNA & WINE TASTING: This morning we depart for Mt. Etna, one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes. This volcano has more than 400 craters, split all over the Catania County. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan, god of fire, and the home of the one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops. Mount Etna is a World Heritage Site. From 6,000 feet you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. Afterwards, visit a local winery and enjoy your lunch. Later, return to your hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
DAY 8 CATANIA / USA: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)





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