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SICILIAN DREAM

9 Days / 8 Nights

Every Saturday in January-December 2017

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    Palermo (4 nights), Taormina (2 nights), Syracuse (2 nights)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Agrigento: Valley of the Temples
    Palermo: The Sicilian capital and capo market
    Monreale: Dome and the golden mosaics
    Segesta: Doric Temple
    Erice: Castle built on the remnants of Venus Temple
    Piazza Armerina: Ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa
    Taormina: World-renowned Mediterranean resort town
    Syracuse: Archaeological Park and Ortigia Island
    Ragusa & Modica: Baroque Sites

    Day 1: Saturday (Palermo)
    Arrival to Palermo. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 2: Sunday (Palermo - Agrigento – Palermo)

    After breakfast, drive through the interior of Sicily to reach the Archaeological Park of Agrigento. On arrival, independent visit of the Archaeological Museum (Admission fee: not included). Then visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). Transfer to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 3: Monday (Palermo and Monreale)

    After breakfast short drive to Monreale, to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Duomo (Admission fee: not included). Then transfer to Palermo and walking tour of the city center. Then short stroll will continue through Via Maqueda with the external view of Massimo Theater (The Opera House). The visit will end in Piazza Politeama, from there you will have the opportunity to return to your hotel (walking distance). Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 4: Tuesday (Palermo - Erice - Segesta and Lunch in Olive oil Factory – Palermo)

    After breakfast early departure to tour western Sicily and reach Erice uptown. Later, a light-lunch in a local winery-farmhouse including tasting of mixed local product such as cheese, salami, olives, local bread combined with their production of olive oil and wine. In afternoon, continue onto Segesta, to visit the unfinished Doric temple (Admission fee: not included). Later return to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 5: Wednesday (Palermo - Piazza Armerina – Taormina)

    After breakfast departure for Piazza Armerina. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included) in Piazza Armerina. In afternoon, continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. Overnight in Taormina.

    Day 6: Thursday (Taormina at leisure)

    Breakfast at hotel. Free time to explore city. Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views. Overnight in Taormina.

    Day 7: Friday (Taormina – Syracuse)

    After breakfast depart for Syracuse, founded by colonists from Cornith in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens. On arrival visit through the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: not included) highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. Then stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center. In afternoon, transfer to Syracuse hotel.  Overnight in Syracuse.

    Day 8: Saturday (Syracuse - Ragusa - Modica – Syracuse)

    Breakfast. Departure for Ragusa. The city is situated in the Iblean mountains and along with Ragusa, it is part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Sicily. Upon arrival, walk through the historical town of Ragusa Ibla which highlights the wide array of Baroque architecture in Sicily, including several stunning palaces and churches.  Light lunch in a local trattoria. Short drive to Modica, a small village famous for the chocolate. Return to Syracuse.  Overnight in Syracuse.

    Day 9: Sunday

    After breakfast transfer to Catania airport (CTA).

    First Class Accommodation:

    Palermo:  Hotel Plaza Opera, Hotel Principe di Villafranca, or similar.
    Taormina area: Hilton Giardini Naxos (seaside area), Hotel Villa Diodoro, or similar.
    Syracuse: Grande Albergo Alfeo, or similar.
    Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.

 

 

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SICILIAN TRIANGLE

9 Days / 8 Nights

Every Thursday in January-December 2017

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    Syracuse (3 nights), Palermo (3 nights), Taormina (2 nights)

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Syracuse: Archaeological Park and Ortigia Island
    Ragusa & Modica: Baroque Sites
    Agrigento: Valley of the Temples
    Palermo: The Sicilian capital and capo market
    Monreale: Dome and the golden mosaics
    Segesta: Doric Temple
    Erice: Castle built on the remnants of Venus Temple
    Piazza Armerina: Ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa
    Taormina: Worldrenowned Mediterranean resort town

     

    Day 1: Thursday (Syracuse)

    Arrival to Syracuse. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Syracuse.

    Day 2: Friday (Syracuse)

    After breakfast visit through the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: not included) highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. Then stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center. Overnight in Syracuse.

    Day 3: Saturday (Syracuse - Ragusa & Modica - Syracuse)

    After breakfast departure for Ragusa. The city is situated in the Iblean mountains and along with Ragusa, it is part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Sicily. Upon arrival, walk through the historical town of Ragusa Ibla which highlights the wide array of Baroque architecture in Sicily, including several stunning palaces and churches. Light lunch in a local trattoria. Short drive to Modica, a small village famous for the chocolate. Return to Syracuse. Overnight in Syracuse.

    Day 4: Sunday (Syracuse – Agrigento - Palermo)

    After breakfast, drive through the interior of Sicily to reach the Archaeological Park of Agrigento. On arrival, independent visit of the Archaeological Museum (Admission fee: not included). Then visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). Transfer to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 5: Monday (Palermo & Monreale)

    After breakfast short drive to Monreale, to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Duomo (Admission fee: not included). Then transfer to Palermo and walking tour of the city center. Then short stroll will continue through Via Maqueda with the external view of Massimo Theater (The Opera House). The visit will end in Piazza Politeama, from there return to the hotel (walking distance). Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 6: Tuesday (Palermo/Erice, Segesta, Olive Oil & Winery/Palermo)

    After breakfast morning tour western Sicily and reach Erice uptown. Later, a light-lunch in a local winery-farmhouse including tasting of mixed local product such as cheese, salami, olives, local bread combined with their production of olive oil and wine. In afternoon, continue onto Segesta, to visit the unfinished Doric temple (Admission fee: not included). Overnight in Palermo.

    Day 7: Wednesday (Palermo/Piazza Armerina/Taormina)

    After breakfast departure for Piazza Armerina. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included) in Piazza Armerina. In afternoon, continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. Overnight in Taormina.

    Day 8: Thursday (Taormina at leisure)

    After breakfast free time to explore city. Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views. Overnight in Taormina.

    Day 9: Friday (Taormina)

    After breakfast transfer to Catania airport (CTA).

    First Class Accommodation:
    Palermo:  Hotel Plaza Opera, Hotel Principe di Villafranca, OR similar.
    Taormina area: Hilton Giardini Naxos (seaside area), Hotel Villa Diodoro, OR similar.
    Syracuse: Grande Albergo Alfeo, OR similar.

     

     

 

 

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Discover ITALY and SPAIN by comfortable trains

12 Day Tour

Florence-Rome-Pompeii-Naples-Barcelona-Seville-Cordoba-Madrid

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    Day 1 (Florence)

    Arrival to Florence. Check in at the hotel in Florence.

    Day 2 (Florence)

    Visit of Florence including Academia Gallery.

    Day 3 (Florence - Rome)

    Train to Rome. Check in at the hotel in Rome.

    Day 4 (Rome)

    Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael's

    Day 5 (Rome-Pompeii)

    Train from Rome to Pompeii.

     Check in at the hotel.

    Naples and Pompeii tour.

    Day 6 (Pompeii-Barcelona)

    Flight from Naples to Barcelona.

    Check in at the hotel.

    Day 7 (Barcelona)

    Barcelona city tour.

    Day 8 (Barcelona-Seville)

    Flight from Barcelona to Seville.

    Check in at the hotel.

    Seville City Sightseeing Bus.

    Day 9 (Seville-Cordoba)

    Train from Seville – Cordoba.

    Cordoba city tour.

    Flamenco show (optional).

    Day 10 (Cordoba-Madrid)

    Day at leisure.

    Flamenco show (optional).

    Train from Cordoba – Madrid.

    Check in at the hotel.

    Day 11 (Madrid)

    Madrid city tour.

    Day 12 (Madrid)

    Flight back home.

 

 

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ITALY HIGHLIGHTS

Tour by comfortable train: 8 Days/ 7 nights

Daily departure in January-October 2017

Rome – Florence – Venice – Milan

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    DAY 1 (ROME)
    Arrival to Rome. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Rome.

    DAY 2 (ROME)
    After breakfast walking tour “Discovering Rome”, which includes visit to the most famous sites of the city. Starting the visit from Largo Argentina and continuing through Campo de 'Fiori, Farnese square, Navona square, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spain square. Overnight in Rome.

    DAY 3 (ROME - FLORENCE)
    After breakfast departure by train to Florence. Free time to explore city. Overnight in Florence.

    DAY 4 (FLORENCE)
    After breakfast city tour to Florence which includes visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, Accademia Gallery and the Duomo, Porta del Paradiso and Cathedral. Free time to explore city. Overnight in Florence.

    DAY 5 (FLORENCE - VENICE)
    After breakfast morning train to Venice. Free time to explore city. Overnight in Venice.

    DAY 6 (VENICE)
    After breakfast walking tour to Venice which includes visit to Piazza San Marco, Santa Maria Formosa, Marco Polo’s house and Malibran theatre. Free time to explore city. Overnight in Venice.

    DAY 7 (VENICE - MILAN)
    After breakfast the morning train to Milan. Free time to explore city. Overnight in Milan.

    DAY 8 (MILAN)
    After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight back home.

    Price per person in DBL from: $ 998

    INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM:

    7 nights of accommodation in DBL BB:
    2 nights in Rome
    2 nights in Florence
    2 nights in Venice
    1 night in Milan

    Round trip transfers Airport/Hotel
    Transportation by high speed train in 2nd class (Rome-Florence + Florence-Venice+ Venice-Milan)
    Walking tour “Discovering Rome”
    Walking tour to Florence and visit of the Academia Gallery
    Walking tour to Venice

    EXCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM:

    International Air Tickets
    Optional tours
    Single Supplement
    City taxes
    Entrance Tickets
    Extension is available upon request.

 

 

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