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- ~ Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi (where available).
- ~ First-Class or Superior First-Class with private bath or shower. Includes hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges
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ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY.
Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Sicilian Specialties PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the cathedral. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro and visit the Norman Cathedral. TOUR HIGHLIGHT The story of the splendid Monreale cathedral starts when the Arabs took control of Palermo. They transformed the cathedral into a mosque and banished the Bishop of Palermo from town. Not wishing to venture too far from his beloved cathedral, the Bishop settled in a small village in the hills overlooking Palermo, the site of modern-day Monreale. There, he built a modest church to keep the flame of local Christian worship alive. Today the cathedral is known for its stunning mosaics that cover an area of over 64.500sq ft.
Timeless Temples AGRIGENTO Take a guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples. (B,D) 87 mi / 140 km TOUR HIGHLIGHT ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGY The ruins of Akragas remain Sicily's most amazing archaeological site. The impressively well-preserved Tempio della Concordia sits in spectacular setting upon a ridge where it served as a beacon for homecoming sailors and today draws enthralled visitors to revel in the remarkable Valley of the Temples.
Ancient Artistry In Sicily PIAZZA ARMERINA Take a guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. 162 mi / 260 km TOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Explore the extraordinary example of Roman power in one of the most luxurious villas of its kind in the Italian countryside. Marvel at the magnificently preserved mosaics that embellish the Villa Romana del Casale, designed and installed by African mosaic workers and the strength of the Roman influence and power throughout the Mediterranean region.
Coastal Treasures SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Greek and Roman ruins of the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheatre. CATANIA Globus Local Favourite Arancino tasting and free time on the way to Taormina Riviera. (B) 75 mi / 120 km LOCAL FAVOURITE LOCAL TASTES Sicily's love affair with food goes back a long way. Cooking traditions originating from the Greeks, Arabs, and Normans blend with those from Spain and North Africa resulting in a fabulous melting pot of flavours and unique dishes. Celebrate this feast of cultures with a traditional arancino tasting one of Sicily's most famous street food.
The Pearl of the Mediterranean TAORMINA RIVIERA Guided excursion to Mount Etna. Orientation walk through Taormina town and free time. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDER Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano and one of the most active in the world. Learn how in 1669, an eruption that lasted 112 days developed a record long stream of lava that destroyed the city of Catania.
CATANIA-LA VALLETTA, MALTA-ST. JULIAN.
Gardens and a Grand Harbor CATANIA Fly to La Valletta airport. LA VALLETTA Orientation walk includes the Barakka Gardens TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT Welcome to the marvelous sights of Malta with an overnight stay in St. Julian. Named for the patron Saint that bears his name, this seaside town is rich with history and lovely views of the rocky stretch along the promenade.
ST. JULIAN: EXCURSION TO RABAT-MOSTA & MDINA.
Catacombs & Silent Cities RABAT Stop in the city famous for its catacombs MOSTA Take pictures of the stunning Roman Catholic church with a unique architectural history. MDINA Walk through the 'Silent City' and take in views of the ancient walls followed by a glass blowing demonstration TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEM When the capital city was moved out of Mdina, the city was left uninhabited so people started to consider it a ghost town and the 'silent city' nickname was born. This name is still fitting today as there are many signs around the city urging to be silent and no cars are allowed in the city.
Home of Giants ST. JULIAN Free day to explore the city. Farewell dinner at local restaurant FREE TIME TIPS EXPLORE MORE with a visit to the little island home's oldest freestanding structures in the world: the 5,500-year-old complex of the Ggantija Temples. Locals claim the site was built by giants, hence the name 'Ggantija.'
Safe travels until we meet again! Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
~ Piazza Armerina
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