Provincia d’origine di due grandi autori italiani del XX secolo, Luigi Pirandello
e Leonardo Sciascia, Agrigento è una provincia ricca di storia e cultura.
Tra le innumerevoli cose da vedere la spettacolare Valle dei Templi, gli scavi archeologici
di Eraclea Minoa e di Sant’Angelo Muxaro.
La provincia con “il più bel promontorio del mondo”, è
quella della Conca d’Oro, quella in cui visse Federico II con la sua Corte
e in cui si diffuse la Poetica della Scuola Siciliana, Palermo luogo dove tutto
è natura, arte, cultura e storia.
Catania è una provincia ricca di natura e cultura in cui poter ammirare il
maestoso paesaggio del Parco del Monte Etna, le ceramiche di Caltagirone, e il barocco
di Militello Val di Catania, e dove poter gustare i pistacchi di Bronte.
È uno dei centri turistici internazionali di maggiore rilievo della Sicilia
per il suo incantevole paesaggio naturale, le bellezze marine e i suoi monumenti
Cefalù viene citata per la prima volta dallo studioso Diodoro Siculo nel
396 a.C. ma la città si distingue per la sua impronta tipicamente medievale.
Partendo da piazza Garibaldi e proseguendo per corso Ruggero fino alla splendida
piazza del Duomo già si comincia a gustare l'atmosfera splendidamente intatta
di questa perla del mediterraneo.
Pantalica, la Valle d’Anapo, Palazzolo Acreide, Noto, Avola, Vindicari sono
soltanto alcuni dei luoghi da visitare in questa bellissima provincia. La città
conserva oggi tantissime testimonianze del passato visibili all’interno del
parco archeologico e nell’isola di Ortigia, nucleo originario della città.
Ciò che affascina di questa provincia è il ricchissimo patrimonio
archeologico (Cava d’Ispica, Monte Cassia, Camarina sono solo alcuni dei siti)
ed architettonico (Ragusa Ibla e Modica) Situata a sud dei Monti Iblei tra i corsi
dei fiumi Ippari ed Irminio, la città si distingue in due nuclei: Ragusa
Superiore e Ragusa Ibla.
Splendida provincia, conosciuta in tutto il mondo per i mosaici di Piazza Armerina
e per il lago di Pergusa, splendido luogo naturalistico in cui, secondo un antico
mito, Plutone rapì Proserpina.
La “terra dei castelli” è tra le province siciliane quella più
lontana dagli itinerari turistici tradizionali, ma è sicuramente un luogo
dove poter riscoprire e conoscere le tradizioni e la cultura del passato.
La provincia delle leggende e dei miti dell’eroe Ulisse, la provincia delle
isole Eolie. Situata sulla costa occidentale dello Stretto di Messina, il suo nome
più antico è Zancle (termine dorico siculo che significa falce ed
è riferito alla forma della penisola di San Ranieri).
CLASSIC TOUR “ALL SICILY”- “SPLENDIDO”(cod. CT7CTG)
7 nights from Catania (SUN-SUN)
SUNDAY: TAORMINA AREA
Arrive at Catania Airport from Riga by Air Baltic flight. After having collected your luggage, meeting with your tour leader and departure to Taormina area. On this day there are no planned activities, so check into our hotel (the rooms will be ready after 14:00) and enjoy the city. Free time to discover the surrounding of the hotel or to go for a swim on the beach on your own. Dinner and Overnight. (*) All customers who have booked an individual transport service (at extra charge), will meet our taxi driver at the airport arrivals with a sign displaying their name that will bring them to their hotel.
MONDAY: ETNA - TAORMINA
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to the Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the volcano constitutes the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: You will be astonished about the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “Silvesti Craters” (about 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep and cableway (extra cost €63). After having tasted some local Honey, cookies and wine, departure to Taormina. As you walk and discover the amazing town of Taormina, hear tales about the history and the evolution of Sicilian culture. Discover the importance of fresh and flavourful ingredients to Sicilian cuisine, and hear how the cuisine’s popularity has spread across the globe. Pass by beautiful old buildings, including the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaja and an ancient GreekRoman theatre the 2nd largest classical theatre in Sicily (Admission fee €10 not included). Discover the medieval area of the town with its narrow strest and old shops. Dinner and Overnight in Taormina area.
TUESDAY: CATANIA - SIRACUSA
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Catania by Bus for a walking tour through the streets into Catania’s UNESCO-listed historical center with its Baroque palazzi and amazing monuments. Before hopping on the bus, visit of the open-air fish market, famous for its particular colours. Continuation to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island with its Archeological Park (Admission fee €10 not included), the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, Island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral.
Re-entry in hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner and Overnight in Taormina area.
ЗBreakfast in the hotel. In the morning drive to Agrigento. You will have 3 hours to discover the Temple Valley by yourself, where you can admire the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde, one of the best preserved doric temples in the whole Greek world, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. (Admission fee €10 not included). On to Palermo area, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY: ERICE – MARSALA (OPTIONAL)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you are free to relax and explore the city or go for a swim on the beach on your own or opt to join our full day excursion Erice and Marsala (€ 45): Departure to Erice, a medieval town on the summit of Monte San Giuliano. Here we can admire the Norman Castle and the cathedral. Opt to stop at a bakery shop to taste the typical almond pastry of Erice (own expenses). On to Marsala and photo stop at the Stagnone Lagoon, a natural reserve and the greatest lagoon of the whole Sicily. It offers to the visitor sea, green islets, reeds, wind mills, white salt dunes and tiles. The landscape, with Saline and wind mills, seems a picture of other times. Free time at your leasure to discover the Lagoon or you can opt to catch a typical boat to reach the island of Mothia (boat ride €5 r/t and Admission fee €10 not included).To visit the island means to immerse yourself in a reality where time seems to have stopped and where you will feel true archaeologists to discover the fascinating Phoenician settlement of Mothia. Inside the Villa Whitaker is the museum, to visit at least to admire the splendid Efebo of Mothia 440 a.c.
Re-entry in hotel in late afternoon. Dinner and Overnight.
FRIDAY: HIGHLIGHTS PALERMO & MONREALE - TAORMINA AREA
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning visit of Monreale, a lovely town on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Monreale was named for the once numerous citrus orchards that dotted the fertile La Conca d’Oro valley below. Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world. Hop on the coach for a quick drive to Palermo, Enjoy the visit at the Royal Palace (from outside), pause for photos outside of Palermo Cathedral (Admission fee € 3 not included), with its elegant Arabic arches and blue-gray dome. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s capital, teeming with impressive art and ruins, Byzantine buildings and Baroque churches. You will also visit Piazza Pretoria, The Martorana Church (from outside), “I Quattro canti”, Via Maqueda, Politeama Theatre (from outside). Continue to Teatro Massimo (from outside), the opera house. Stop for a Light lunch with typical Sicilian street food specialities (€ 10 per person, drinks not included). Transfer to Taormina area. Dinner and overnight in Taormina area.
SATURDAY: TAORMINA SEA EXPERIENCE (OPTIONAL)
Breakfast in the hotel. This day you are free to relax and explore the city or go for a swim on the beach on your own or opt to join our two hours excursion Taormina sea experience by typical boat (€ 25): Taormina's bay and the coast of Giardini Naxos offer a scenery of incomparable beauty that is characterized by a succession of small beaches and picturesque caves: the Blue Grotto and the Cave of Lovers. Through this boat excursion in Taormina we will offer you moments of relax among the wonders of this stretch of coastline, surely the most beautiful of the eastern Sicily.
Once inside the Marine Park of Isola Bella Taormina we will stop for a dip in the turquoise waters of this beautiful bay, once back in the boat you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink accompanied by some tasty sliced fruit. The tour will continue into the Bay of Mazzarò and the Bay of the Mermaids. Boarding take place from Giardini's pier from where you can see the majestic mountain Etna and the enchanting Capo Taormina.
Re-entry at your hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and Overnight.
SUNDAY: TOUR OVER AFTER BREAKFAST – ARRIVEDERCI!
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out at 10:00 (*). This morning you are free to relax and explore the city or go for a swim on the beach on your own. Transfer to Catania airport (**). Departure to Riga. Grazie e arrivederci! (*) Rooms must be left before 10:00 am. You can bring your baggage with you or you can leave it in the storage room of your hotel for free. On request and at extra charge, it is possible to keep the room until late afternoon. (**) For clients who have booked an extension of the tour in a hotel in Taormina area, a transfer to the hotel can be provided (extra charge). The return transfer from the hotel of the extension to Catania Airport after the stay is included for all clients departing with a charter flight to Riga