2020 Best of Sicily & Malta

2020 Best of Sicily & Malta


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy , Malta

Tour Itinerary



Day 01, Saturday: Arrive Catania - Welcome to Sicily
Upon arrival, a private transfer awaits from Catania Airportto the hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight at ourhotel. Overnight in Catania. (D)

Day 02, Sunday: Catania – Siracusa – Modica – Ragusa
RagusaDeparting Catania, we head to Syracuse to visit this marvelousarchaeological area. Continue to the island of Ortigia, where we seethe magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. From there wego to Modica, a baroque town part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy.Here we visit a real chocolate factory. Create your own bar ofchocolate during this hands-on experience. We make our way to Ragusafor overnight. Tonight we enjoy accommodation and dinner at the PoggioDel Sole Resort. You have the optional opportunity to enjoy a nightvisit to the ancient city Ragusa "Ibla", cradle of Sicilian baroque(the supplement for the tour is paid on the spot and will take placewith a minimum of participants). Overnight in Ragusa. (B,D)

Day 03, Monday: Ragusa – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento
Drive to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana delCasale’s rich mosaics, depicting mythological themes and huntingscenes. We enjoy lunch a fabulous lunch at a local restaurant beforedriving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including theTemple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at ourhotel, Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight in Agrigento. (B,L,D)

Day 04, Tuesday: Agrigento – Monreale – Palermo
Leaving Agrigento we travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicilyand visit Monreale; the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Enjoy ataste of Palermo’s street food, renowned all over the world, whilewandering around its historical center. In the afternoon, visit thehistorical center of Palermo; the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto, a nobleresidence located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa.Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.(B,D)

Day 05, Wednesday: Palermo – Erice – Marsala – Trapani area -Palermo
Depart to Segesta to the medieval village of Erice placed onthe top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the EgadiIslands. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous forits production of sweet Sicilian wine. Stop at a prestigious winery fora guided tour of the historic Wine Cellars + tasting of wines withlocal food pairings. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of thesalt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo.Dinner on your own. Overnight in your Hotel. (B)

Day 06, Thursday: Palermo – Cerfalu – Nebrodi Park - Taormina
Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-NormanCathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street tovisit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through theNebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesaròand Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue toTaormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner andovernight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic center ofTaormina. (B,L,D)

Day 07, Friday: Taormina – Optional Mt. Etna – Taormina
Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursionto Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a heightof 1800 meters and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea(supplement can only be paid on the spot; the excursion will take placewith a minimum of participants). Lunch is on your own. Leisurelyafternoon in Taormina. Enjoy time for shopping or walking through thetiny streets or possibly visit the Roman Greek theatre independently.Return to your hotel after exploring where you will enjoy dinner andovernight. (B,D)

Day 08, Saturday: Taormina – Catania – Malta
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. At the designated time,transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, Capitalof Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to your hotel. Hereyou will enjoy dinner and overnight in St. Paul’s Bay. (B,D)

Day 09, Sunday: Malta – “Marsaxlokk Market & the BlueGrotto” – extended half-day excursions
The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colorfulluzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the localmarket. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weatherpermitting – boat price not included as it needs to be paid on thespot) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village;the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and bandclub. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner enjoyed at yourhotel tonight. Overnight in St. Paul’s Bay. (B,D)

Day 10, Monday: Malta – Valletta & Malta Experience –half day excursion
Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta, Malta’s heritage-richcapital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’sCathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as anintriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past theGrandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, anaudiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries isbrought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at yourleisure. Dinner at your hotel this evening. (B,D) Please note: from April to June and in October, the excursion“Valletta + Malta experience” will take place in the afternoon.

Day 11, Tuesday: Malta – Mdina, full day excursion with lunchincluded
Today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta,dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s formercapital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, leadto the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stopat the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to thecliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanicalgardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be ableto admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centerat Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you withMosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. (B,L,D)

Day 12, Wednesday: Malta - U.S.
After buffet breakfast, we have a transfer to the airport inValletta for your return flight home. (B)(NOTE: FLIGHT INCLUDES 1 CHECKED PIECE OF LUGGAGE WITH RESTRCTION OF MAX 44 LBS AND 1 PERSONAL CARRY-ON MAX OF 22 LBS – additional weight and or bags fee will incur paid at the airport)

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Inclusions



Tour Highlights

  • 11 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
  • See amazing Sicily and Malta
  • 11 nights in 4* accommodations


  • Best of Sicily & Malta Tour Includes
  • Arrival transfer in Catania
  • 11-nights accommodation in beautiful 4-star hotelsthroughout
  • 24 Meals, with 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Welcome drink in Catania
  • Visit to a chocolate factory in Modica
  • Enjoy street food in Palermo
  • Visit a winery and enjoy a wine tasting in Marsala
  • Transportation in Sicily by deluxe motorcoach (or viaminivan withdriver/guide for groups with less than 8 passengers)
  • English speaking tour escort in Sicily (requires mim. 8total in group)
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Whisper kits where available
  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily
  • Entrance fees in Sicily include Neapolis, Villa Romana delCasale,Valley of Temples, Palazzo Mirto and Cloister
  • Transfer from Taormina hotel to Catania Airport
  • Flight from Catania to Valletta in Economy Class (NOTE:FLIGHT INCLUDES1 CHECKED PIECE OF LUGGAGE WITH RESTRCTION OF MAX 44 LBS AND 1 PERSONALCARRY-ON MAX OF 22 LBS - additional weight and or bags fee will incurpaid at the airport)
  • Return airport transfers in Malta
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta(guaranteedEnglish)
  • 24/7 Direct to Celtic Tours Emergency assistance
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents


  • Not included
  • Pre-tour transfers
  • Entrance fees in Malta
  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks (unless noted)
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • City taxes (paid directly at hotels)
  • Items not noted in itinerary


  • Pricing
    Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.This tour does not include:
  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals


  • Airfare
    Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from the date of departure.Note: Flight from Catania to Valletta in Economy Class is included. There are airline restrictions on weight and size of luggage. FLIGHT INCLUDES 1 CHECKED PIECE OF LUGGAGE WITH RESTRCTION OF MAX 44 LBS AND 1 PERSONAL CARRY-ON MAX OF 22 LBS – additional weight and or bags fee will incur paid at the airport)

    Departures & Transfers
    Tour dates are the date you would arrive in Catania. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier. The transfer will be waiting on arrival in Catania.

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    Accommodations

    Il Principe Hotel Catania
    One of the most important Catania hotels occupies a recently restored aristocratic building, located on Scalinata Alessi steps, set between Via Etnea Street and Via Crociferi Street.

    Poggio Del Sole Resort
    The Poggio del Sole Resort is the fruit of careful restoration work on the original residence of the 1800's and it's characteristic rural annexes...

    Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
    The hotel, ideal for business people as well as tourists...

    Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
    Situated in the heart of Palermo, Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, a friendly hotel, is within walking distance of Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, Palermo City Hall, and Piazza Pretoria. Also nearby are Quattro Canti and Piazza della Kalsa.

    Hotel Villa Diodoro
    The Hotel Villa Diodoro is a 4 star luxury hotel located near historic centre of Taormina, in Sicily, Italy.

    Dolmen Restort
    Situated along the beautiful Qawra coast of St. Paul's Bay, The 4 star Dolmen Hotel in Malta enjoys beautiful sea views and is only a short walk from the Malta National Aquarium, Bugibba Square and minutes away from the towns of St. Julian's and Malta's Capital City of Valletta.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Celtic Tours Customer Reviews

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    Ratings based off 43 reviews about Celtic Tours. Currently showing 2 reviews with comments only.
    By Rowena C on May 23, 2018

    Everything that was detailed in the itinerary was carried out during the trip. Our guide Terry was wonderful, professional and very informative. He explained important details and made sure we saw all we could. The bus was clean and comfortable.

    By Charlene G on May 20, 2018

    This was my fourth trip to Ireland and by far the BEST with Celtic Tours!!!! The tour locations were wonderful and our tour guide, Sean was awesome!!! Sean was very educated on the country and we learned so much from him. He was very accommodating and allowed extra time where we would like to stop. I would HIGHLY recommend Celtic Tours and Sean as your guide.


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