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DAY 1 – PALERMO
Arrival at Palermo Airport, transfer to Hotel. Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 2 – PALERMO & MONREALE
After breakfast departure to explore the Sicilian culture and cuisine. The itinerary begins with a visit to the Mercato del Ballarò, where you can see and taste the famous street food: panelle, arancine, croquettes and bread. You can admire the small sellers and the multicolored stalls, the wealth of fruit and fish, all among curious characters who scream to catch your attention.
After that you can visit Palermo which stretches along beautiful Tyrrhenian bay. Founded by the Phoenicians between the seventh and eighth centuries BC, it was conquered by the Arabs in 83, giving rise to a long period of prosperity. You will be enchanted by the wide avenues of the city, the old town and its Baroque buildings. You will visit the main attractions of the city: the Norman area, the “Quattro Canti” of the city & the baroque square of the cathedral. in the afternoon transfer by minibus to Monreale to visit the beautiful Byzantine style mosaics depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Return to the hotel in Palermo. Dinner in Typical Restaurant ,Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 –CANTINA FEUDO ARANCIO / AGRIGENTO
After breakfast departure for the visit to the Cantina del Feudo Arancio: tasting of four different wines during a typical Sicilian soft lunch. Overnight in Agrigento.
DAY 4 – VALLE DEI TEMPLI & SANT’ANGELO MUXARO
After breakfast we will visit the splendid Valley of the Temples, UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by almond trees. After the visit we will travel to reach the hinterland of Agrigento, where on the top of a hill is the small village of Sant'Angelo Muxaro (old Kamikos). After the visits, your guide will take you to a typical bakery to taste the typical homemade biscuits. This walking route leads away from the classic tourist routes. Return to the hotel in Agrigento for a nap. In the evening, dinner in a traditional rural country house, where between Sicilian music and food of the ancient Sicilian traditions, in a familiar and festive atmosphere we will spend the evening.
Overnight in Agrigento.
Day 5 - Cooking Class – Farm Cultural Park / Siracusa
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Favara. This experience has guests spending a morning at the Farm Cultural Park of Favara (a city in the province of Agrigento). The British travel blog “Purple Travel” has ranked Favara and its Farm Cultural Park at the 6th place in the world – preceded by Florence, Paris, Bilbao, the Greek Islands and New York – as a touristic destination for lovers of contemporary art.
Welcome drink, fresh homemade lemonade served with typical Sicilian snacks
Lunch consisting of the dishes prepared during the course, served in the museum’s “black space” or “nzemmula” with locally made wine and seasonal fruit. In the afternoom transfer a Siracusa. Accommodation in hotel; dinner and overnight in Siracusa.
DAY 6 – SIRACUSA & NOTO
After breakfast visit of the Archaeological Park of Neapolis (Greek Theater, Roman Amphitheater, Latomie and Dionisio's ear). Continue to Ortigia where you will be enchanted by its historic center, dominated by the extraordinary baroque cathedral, but also the Fonte di Aretusa and the port. Soft lunch based on typical Sicilian products in a typical local Ortigia, by the Burgio Brothers.
Afternoon dedicated to Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque where we can admire palaces, churches and convents including the Cathedral, Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata and Palazzo Ducezio. Dinner in a typical restaurant and Overnight in Syracuse.
DAY 7 – TAORMINA
After breakfast transfer to Taormina. In the afternoon meeting with the guide and visit of Taormina. The historic city was founded around 1300 BC. Later it was used by the Greeks and Romans. Here we visit the Greek-Roman amphitheater, the Cathedral of Taormina, the Piccolo Teatro Odeon, the Palazzo Corvaia and we can take a walk on Corso Umberto. The guided tour will last about 3 hours. The afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner In hotel Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 8 – MT ETNA & GAMBINO WINERY
After breakfast transfer to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and one of the most visited destinations in Sicily. Famous and fascinating not only for the volcanic phenomena, but also for the breathtaking views and the different types of vegetation visible during the ascent. At the end of the tour we will visit Gambino Winery for the tasting of 4 wines accompanied by a soft lunch of typical Sicilian products. Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 9 – MALTA
After breakfast private transfer to Catania airport. Fly to Malta.
DAY 10 – VALLETTA / MDINA
Breakfast in Hotel before departing for an excursion to explore the two Maltese capitals during the centuries.. pick up at the Hotel's hall, accompanied by your private assistant/guide to visit the capital city Valletta, during the tour you will visit the St. John's Cathedral within the masterpieces of Caravaggio, Barraca Gardens enjoying scenic views of Valletta harbour,the visit going on to the Grand Master's palace which houses the Maltese Parliament.Free time for lunch and shopping. Transfer to the center of the island to visit the charming walled city of Mdina the ancient capitals of Malta under the Arab domination. The tour will include the visit of the St.Paul's Church and time for strolling in the narrow streets and enjoying panoramic views from the Mdina's Belvedere. Transfer and Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 11 – THREE CITIES / MARSAXLOKK / BLUE GROTTO / DINGLI CLIFFS
The driver will be waiting you outside the Hotel to escort you by private car to the beautiful Cottonera Area,including the ancient cities of Senglea,Vittoriosa and Cospicua, the tour proceed to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The waterfront here is lined with traditional fishing boats known as luzzus and are brightly painted in red, blue and yellow adding vibrancy to this peaceful bay.There will be free time here to take a leisurely stroll or to browse the local market stalls. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Your tour then continues to the western coast of Malta to visit Wied iz-Zurrieq. From here you will board a boat to visit the Blue Grotto, a deep sea cave where the waters are renowned for being so pure and beautiful.The Blue Grotto area is steep and precipitous, but in places there are gaps in the cliffs that slope down to sea level.One of these gaps (small fjord) is Wied iz-Zurrieq, this narrow arm of the sea is an anchorage forboats in calm weather.Many of the fishermen today also use their boats to take visitors to see the Deep sea cave.(The boat fee is therefore paid locally)The tour then takes us on a scenic journey heading to the Dingli Cliffs passing by the maltese countryside.Your tour concludes with a scenic coach ride back to the Hotel through the beautiful costal road. Overnight.
DAY 12 – Welcome
Breakfast in Hotel. Check out. Transfer to the Airport.
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Private air-conditioned Minivan Mercedes , as scheduled, including the transfers from apt / htl / apt
Fly to Malta from Catania
Palermo & Monreale FD; Valle dei Templi 3 hours; Siracusa & Noto FD; Taormina HD; Etna HD; Valletta & Mdina FD.
Entrance fees to monuments / museums.
Hotel Palermo: Hotel Plaza Operà 4* or similar
Hote Agrigento: Hotel della Valle 4* or similar;
Hotel a Siracusa: Hotel Royal Maniace 4* or similar ;
Hotel a Taormina: Excelsior Palace hotel 4* or similar
Hotel a St. Julians : Hotel Argento 4* or similar.
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