Sicily Tour - Two Nights in Aeolian Islands

Lipari Aeolian Islands, Guided Vacations & Packages | Cultural Italy

Tour Introduction

14 NIGHT ESCORTED GROUP TOUR
Visits to Mount Etna, Taormina, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Syracuse, Portopalo, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli and more! Tour includes accommodations in 4 and 5 star hotels, a Tour Director with group, meals, Museum and Transport tickets, Transfer to/from airport and Bus transfer.

14 NIGHT ESCORTED GROUP TOUR
Visits to Mount Etna, Taormina, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Syracuse, Portopalo, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli and more! Tour includes accomodations in 4 and 5 star hotels, a Tour Director with group, meals, Museum and Transport tickets, Transfer to/from airport and Bus transfer.

DEPARTURE DATES

2017 June 5
2017 Sept 10 

ITINERARY 

DAY 01:  DEPART FROM USA/ARRIVAL IN CATANIA/TAORMINA [dinner]
Arrive in airport in Catania, Sicily and board a bus to a hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner after a review of the itinerary.

DAY 02: MOUNT ETNA - TAORMINA
Breakfast in the hotel. Explore ancient woods, craters and lava formations surrounding Mount Etna on this day. Afterwards, a light lunch will be served at a local farm down Etna. Then drive to Taormina for a nice visit. Explore Taormina's beautiful beaches and view of the Ionic Sea, as well as the Greek amphitheater. Go to the Palace Corvaia, the Odeaon, the Corso Umberto for a visit of the town. Then we will return to the hotel for dinner on your own. 

DAY 03: LIPARI
Breakfast in the hotel. Embark on your adventure to the island of Lipari by catamaran. After arrival, enjoy lunch and some free time to explore the main street in town, Vittorio Emanuele, and Via Garibaldi, which connects the castle of Lipari with Ugo di S. Onofrio Square. Dinner in a typical restaurant. 

DAY 04: PANAREA - STROMBOLI
Breakfast in the hotel, then excursion to Panarea and Stromboli. The first stop is at a Pumice Cave for a beautiful swim, then on to Panarea, to visit the Bay of Calajunco. Stops for swim at Cala Zimmari, then ride between the islets. Visit the Cave of Lovers, then back to the port. Back on the island, enjoy lunch and stome free time to visit shops and the village. Afterwards, you will embark to visit Stromboli, and on the way, see Ginostra, a small fishing village and its proximity to active streams of lava, the Sciara del Fuoco. See the amazing Sciara again at sunset on your way back to the island for dinner. 

DAY 05: DEPART TO SYRACUSE
Breakfast in the hotel. Depart Lipari to Milazzo where you will find the bus to transfer to Syracuse. You will then settle into your hotel, and have a free afternoon to explore the island of Ortigia. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest. 

DAY 06: SYRACUSE
Breakfast in the hotel. Check into Syracuse hotel.  Explore Syracuse, the city of Archimedes. Visit the island of Ortigia. Lunch on your own, then free time in Syracuse to explore the city. Back at the hotel, enjoy a "Sicilian Marinated Sushi" dinner.  

DAY 07: PORTOPALO - NOTO
Breakfast in the hotel. Spend the morning in Noto, walking through the historic Baroque center. Visit the last piece of land, the most southern point of Europe, Portopalo di Capo Passero. A fishing village where you will get to know the traditions and history of the local fisherman. It has a Spanish fortress built in early 600, a fishing port and a Tuna fish factory. Dinner in Syracuse. 

DAY 08: RAGUSA, MODICA AND SCICLI
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the Baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Scicli. Have lunch in Modica at a traditional restaurant, then head to Scicli. Admire the architecture of many churches in Scicli, then return to the hotel for dinner.

DAY 09: PIAZZA ARMERINA - RAGUSA
Breakfast in the hotel, then off to Piazza Armerina. Visit Villa del Casale in the Piazza Armerina, filled with mosaics. Enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse, then admire famous works in the Museum of Aidone. After your museum trip, settle in at the hotel in Ragusa, where you will have dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 10: AGRIGENTO 
Breakfast in the hotel. In Agrigento, See the Valley of the Temples, one of the largest evidences of the Greek presence in Sicily. Then visit the Azienda Agricola Bagliesi, a very well known winery in Sicily, for a demonstration, and light lunch. Then head to Marsala/Mazara del Vallo for hotel check in and a typical dinner at a restaurant in Trapani.

DAY 11: MOTHYA - MAZARA DEL VALLO
Breakfast in the hotel. Take a boat ride to the island of Mothya, where you be astounded by the almost 3,000 year old fortress. Have a picnic lunch, then return to Mazara del Vallo where you will learn about the melting pot of Arab and Sicilian culture and Christian and Muslim faiths at a local coffee shop.  Enjoy a dinner of couscous and local traditional foods.

DAY 12:  ERICE - SEGESTA
Breakfast in hotel. On to Erice to admire a spectacular view of Trapani, as well as the ruins of the Venus Castle and the Temple. Then visit Segesta and admire the temple, built in 430 BC.  You will end your day traveling to Palermo, where you will check into your hotel, and enjoy dinner at the hotel, to include local specialties. 

DAY 13: PALERMO
Breakfast in the hotel.  Set off for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See the historic Arab Quarter, botanical gardens, and Baroque churches. Have lunch tasting the local street food sampling morsel's from Africa's Mediterranean coast. Dinner in traditional manner back at the hotel. 

DAY 14: MONREALE
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Monreale for a guided visit of the Norman Cathedral. Lunch in the Palermo countryside. In the afternoon, visit the most important locations of some of the famous Italian American movies of all time that were filmed in Palermo, such as the Godfather. Dinner on your own back at the hotel.

DAY 15: DEPARTURE
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out and transfer to the airport to Palermo.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- All the nights in hotels 4/5 stars
- Our Tour director with the group
- Meals in program
- Museum and Transport tickets
- Transfers to/from airport
- Bus GT

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Porterage at airport
- Fee for luggage handling at hotel
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Excursions
- City Taxes
- Anything not mentioned under “WHAT IS INCLUDED

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