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Insight Vacations Sicily In-Depth with Malta (Summer 2018) (E834)

12 Days from Catania to Malta Print
Tour Style: Regional Journey
Europe 2018
Visits: Italy, Malta

Enjoy warm Mediterranean hospitality, as you journey from picture-perfect fishing villages to ancient Greek temples. Witness the rich legacies of the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Ottoman Turks and even uncover a few secrets about the local the Mafia! Taste Sicilian wine, feast on delicious seasonal cuisine and meet passionate locals along the way.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Syracuse: Explore the ancient streets and delightful squares of in the Old City of Ortygia.
  • Ragusa: See the famous Baroque buildings and churches.
  • Erice: Explore the quiet alleys of this ancient walled town, as if you've stepped into the Middle Ages. See the medieval churches and marvel at the sea views from the gardens of the Castle of Venus.
  • Cefalu: See the cathedral, built to fulfil a vow, walk to the medieval stone fountain in the old fishermen’s quarter, find the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina and see the harbour.
  • Taormina Riviera: Should you awake early, you may see why this is known as 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.'
  • Valletta: Enjoy time to explore the capital at your leisure.
  • Marsaxlokk: See the Luzzus lined along the waterfront and enjoy time to browse the local market.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Catania: During an exploration with your Local Expert see the Duomo, Piazza and the noble buildings of Palazzo Senatorio.
  • Syracuse: Walk through the gardens of Paradise Quarry, listen to the acoustics in the mysterious Ear of Dionysius and visit the Greek theatre.
  • Agrigento: Crowning a ridge at the Valley of the Temples is the magnificent remains of the Greek colony Akragas. Join your Local Expert for a walk to the Temples of Juno, Concorde and Hercules, some of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world.
  • Monreale: The sombre exterior of the cathedral at Monreale gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the walls glitter with 12th century mosaics, the best of their kind in the world.
  • Palermo: Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Expert. See Teatro Massimo, the Quattro Canti Square and the Fountain of Shame. View the composite architectural styles of the Palermo Cathedral and visit the Palatine Chapel, showcasing some of the finest examples of Norman art.
  • Taormina Riviera: Explore this fascinating place with your Local Expert. Visit the Greek Theatre, see Palazzo Corvaja and wander Corso Umberto to admire the views from Piazza IX Aprile.

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Sicily.
On arrival at Catania airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 10:00, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in to your seaside hotel. After time to relax, meet your Local Expert at 17:30 for an exploration of this bustling port town. See the magnificent Duomo and Piazza and the elegant noble buildings of the Palazzo Senatorio. Join your Travel Director at a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelling companions during your Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 Ancient Syracuse en route to Ragusa.
Sightseeing with your Local Expert takes you to Syracuse’s Paradise Quarry with its unusual Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped grotto with an unusual echo. Continue to the superb Greek theatre, carved out of solid rock, one of the largest of the ancient world. There is time to explore the atmospheric Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces, sprawling over the island of Ortygia. It was here that the famous geometrician Archimedes ran naked through the streets, crying ‘Eureka!' Continue around the southeastern corner of Sicily to Ragusa.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 4 Explore the Valley of the Temples and on to Palermo.
Journey along the southern coast of the island, past the oil producing town of Gela to Agrigento. Join a Local Expert to explore the Valley of the Temples, Sicily's finest Greek sanctuary. Especially impressive is the massive Temple of Concordia and the clifftop Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Your travels continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 5 Palermo & the Golden Age of the Normans.
Your Local Expert shows you the highlights of the city. Pass through the Baroque Quattro Canti and admire the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Visit Palermo Cathedral which has been altered may times over the years and observe its unique blend of architectural styles. In Monreale, visit the finely-decorated cathedral and see its magnificent gold mosaics, a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art. Return to Palermo and enjoy a free afternoon exploring the rest of the city. For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, each with their own ambience and cuisine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 6 Exploring Erice.
(Relaxed Start) Wind your way up to the charming hilltop walled town of Erice. Walk through the labyrinth of quiet alleyways, past medieval churches and enjoy sea views from the gardens next to the Castle of Venus! At a farm near Trapani, sample some of the freshest olive oil produced on the island and savour a tasting of Sicilian wine, followed by a light lunch of delicious local produce. Back in Palermo the evening is at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Day: 7 Cefalu and the Taormina Riviera.
Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. The town's imposing cathedral was erected to fulfil a vow made by the Norman King Roger II. Stroll down to the medieval stone fountain and seek out the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the little harbour. Maybe try the restaurants down by the beach, before continuing on to the Taormina Riviera?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 8 Taormina and the Dawn Coast of Europe.
(Relaxed Start) Your hotel faces east, so early risers may experience why D.H. Lawrence christened this 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.' After breakfast, perhaps take an Optional Experience through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano. The excursion includes a stop in the typical hillside village of Savoca, chosen for the filming of The Godfather. Travel to the old town of Taormina, which clings to the side of Mount Tauro overlooking the Ionian Sea and the snowy peak of Mount Etna. With your Local Expert, visit the Greek theatre set on a cliff and open to the sky. Take a moment to sit in this ancient theatre and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina’s grandest building and further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. At a local restaurant, rejoice with your new-found friends over your Celebration Dinner of delicious, freshly-prepared Farm-to-Table cuisine, accompanied with exquisite Italian wines.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 9 Depart Catania or Continue to Malta.
During your private transfer to Catania Airport, appreciate the vistas of Mount Etna one last time. Board your short flight to Malta where on arrival you are met and taken to your hotel to meet your Local Host for Morning Tea. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and settle into your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Morning Tea)
Day: 10 Free Time in Malta
(Relaxed Start) Today is free to laze by the pool or stroll by Spinola Bay. Perhaps, take a short journey to the capital, Valletta, to spend time browsing the shops or enjoy one of the many other cultural attractions in the area.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 Southern Delights.
(Relaxed Start) Venture south to visit the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk and wander along its waterfront lined with Luzzus - traditional fishing boats painted in reds, blues and yellows. This peaceful bay was once the site of the first Turkish landing during the great siege of 1565. There is time to browse the local market stalls and perhaps take an Optional Excursion to visit the Blue Grotto, surrounded by turquoise water. It's a cathedral in stone, famous for its crystal clear water with beautiful colours passing through. Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 12 Depart Malta
Bid farewell to this exotic island as you travel to Malta airport for your onward journey.(Buffet Breakfast)

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