Sicily Tour Special Sant Agata 5 Days

4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS IN HALF BOARD

SPOKEN LANGUAGES (ENGLISH - ITALIAN - SPANISH)

CATANIA / CATANIA TOUR

DEPARTURE SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019

1st DAY / SATURDAY - 02-02-19: CATANIA (HOTEL A CATANIA)

Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Catania (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.

2nd DAY / SUNDAY - 03-02-19: SYRACUSE AND NOTO (HOTEL A CATANIA)

After breakfast in hotel we will visit Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site! The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. We will continue visiting the splendid Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of Syracuse. In Ortigia you will admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence. The present façade is a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition but it gives no hint that this building was once a Doric temple! From Piazza Duomo you will reach a wide terrace on the waterfront surrounding the famous Arethusa’s Fountain, one of the most famous fresh-water sources of the Greek world. Free time for lunch. Departure to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared Unesco World Heritage Site. Inspired by Baroque ideals of “open city”, Noto is a rare masterpiece and the most clear example of theatrical tastes in 18th century architecture whose local limestone has been burnt gold by the sun. Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. We will visit Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style and once the residence of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a patron of the arts. Back in Catania where you will have the chance to see the stunning fireworks in Piazza Duomo, as known as “I Fuochi del 3”, and you will get to the heart of the feast. According to popular belief, these fireworks help Agata to “wake up”, encouraging her to exit among the devotees. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

3rd DAY / MONDAY - 04-02-19: CATANIA AND TAORMINA (HOTEL A CATANIA)

After breakfast, we will proceed to Catania. Visit of the city centre, stated Unesco World Heritage Site, with its original Baroque style and its unique streets built with black lava stone. The walking tour will start across the “Pescheria” (the ancient fish market) to reach the scenic Duomo square with its magnificent Cathedral and the famous “Liotru” statue, antique lava-stone elephant, symbol of the city. Not far from here we will reach University Square and we will have a walk along the splendid Baroque Via dei Crociferi, the most representative 18th century street in Catania, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site. We will stop in a bar for a delicious tasting of Sicilian cannolo. The city tour will be even more impressive thanks to the warm atmosphere of the Feast. Transfer to Taormina, charming town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna! Lunch in a nice restaurant where you will assist to a show-cooking lesson of some typical Sicilian cuisine dishes. In the afternoon we will visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, and then you will have free time for a nice walk among the picturesque Medieval typical narrow streets, go shopping and looking around the local handycraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

4th DAY / TUESDAY - 05-02-19: ETNA AND CATANIA (HOTEL A CATANIA)

This morning we will leave to visit Etna the highest (c. 3350m) volcano in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world, nowadays Unesco World Heritage Site. Its regional park protects 59.000 hectares of unique geology, flora and fauna, villages and farms, and traditional methods of forestry, bee-keeping, wine manufacture, stonework and carpentry. We will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view, beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters, can extend across the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! After free time for lunch, transfer to Catania, which today celebrates its patron Saint. On February 5th the ancient pall comes out from Catania’s Cathedral to start a long walk among the main streets of the city centre. The precious reliquary, adorned of jems and ex-voto, meets the devotees in the most popular locations in Catania: Piazza Duomo, via Etnea, Piazza Stesicoro and via San Giuliano. Free time in the evening to enjoy the religious celebration. Dinner and overnight in hotel.  

5th DAY / WEDNESDAY - 06-02-19: CATANIA

Sicilian Secrets special Sant’Agata tour ends today. Breakfast in hotel and end of services.

RATE PER PERSON:

In a double room: € 589.00

Single room supplement: € 135.00

3rd bed reduction: € 25.00

RATE INCLUDES:

- Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide (English, Italian, Spanish) for the whole tour (from the evening of the 1st day to the evening of the 4th day), local guides or audio-guides where necessary.

- High class buses or 25/28 seats Gran Comfort minibus (from the 2nd day to the 4th).

- Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels, mostly located in the city centre

  Catania:  Mercure Catania Excelsior 4*- Il Principe Hotel 4*

- 1 Lunch: day 3 in Taormina

- Half board basis (dinner – 3 main courses menu, beverages not included) to have a taste of Sicilian cuisine

- Tasting of Sicilian typical products. Catania (day 3): tasting of the typical Sicilian cannolo; Taormina (day 3): lunch and show cooking.  

- Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Catania city centre, Syracuse, Noto, Taormina.

RATES DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Transfers in/out

- All lunches except for the one on day 3 in Taormina

- Beverages

- Entrance fees for monuments/museums

- City taxes (where compulsory)

- Tips and extras in general 

- Anything not specified under “Rates include”

CANCELLATION FEES:

From 90 to 45 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 10% penality, from 44 to 21 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 30% penalty, from 20 to 7 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 70% penalty, from 6 to days before to the beginning of the Tour : 100% penalty

NOTE: For organizational reason, the itinerary may be reserved or modified without notice. In any case BSS Travel & Events ensures the visits and excursion mentioned on the journey.