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A journey through Mediterranean culture and history in Sicily, where you marvel at the majestic capital of Palermo, and the Baroque heritage of Catania and Monreale. Be transported to ancient times in Agrigento and Selinunte and enjoy traditional hospitality in a cosy rural farmhouse or in the quaint cafes of Erice. Admire the Ionian Sea from the famous Mount Etna on this plentiful island.
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Arrival at UK departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Palermo. Arrival in Sicily and transfer on your own to the hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior. Enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to Cefalù a charming costal town. Stroll to the city centre and down main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Spend the rest of the afternoon at you leisure before continuing to Catania. Enjoy a walking tour through Via Etnea, Via Crociferi, the Piazza Duomo and discover the Cathedral, the Liotru statue and the Roman Amphitheatre. Dinner and overnight stay in Catania.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to Syracuse, the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily where you explore some of the historical sights this region has to offer at the Neapolis archaeological park. Visit the island of Ortigia and the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa. Proceed to Noto, today declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Catania for dinner and an overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe and famous for its devastating eruption in 1669. At the Sylvesters Craters, enjoy a panoramic view over the Ionian Sea. Lunch in a restaurant on Mount Etna. After lunch continue to Taormina, known as the Pearl of the Ionain Sea, where you can enjoy shopping for handmade wares and walk through the narrow streets. Visit the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre before heading back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Piazza Armerina to visit Villa Romana del Casale, an impressive and vast collection of late Roman mosaics. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the Valley of Temples of Agrigento where you discover the ancient ruins of both Hellenic and Punic-Roman cities, impressively intact. Transfer to your hotel in Agrigento for dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, home to excellent ruins and temples of Acropolis where you will stop in a local farmhouse for a tasting session of the local produce and lunch. Continue to Erice and be immersed in the medieval atmosphere of the town. Return to Palermo for dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure or take an optional excursion to Monte Peregrino.* a famous mountain, to visit the Shrine of Santa Rosalia and enjoy a panorama of the Conca d'Oro. End the morning with a walk to the discover The Capo Market. Lunch at the hotel. In the early afternoon, depart to Monreale to admire the 12th-century Cathedral and the beautiful Moorish architecture. Back in Palermo, you can discover the capital city further with a tour of the historical centre. Dinner and overnight stay.
*Optional excursion: Climb Monte Peregrino, a famous mountain, to visit the Shrine of Santa Rosalia and enjoy a panorama of the Conca d'Oro. End the morning with a walk to the Capo Market, a vibrant food market where you can marvel at the variety and quality of the local produce. Supplement for excursion paid at the time.
Breakfast at the hotel. Self-transfer to the airport ready to check-in for a return flight back to the UK. Arrival at UK airport and end of your trip.
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Children: 2-11 years.