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Visit UNESCO Heritage-listed Baroque cities, see stunning cathedrals and perfect piazzas, taste what makes Sicily special with delicious food and wine, climb Mt Etna for the best views of the island, sip espresso and devour gelato in small villages.
Day 1 Catania
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Catania/Palermo (1B, 1L)
Rise early to visit the local fruit and fish market in Catania before boarding a public bus to Palermo. Enjoy an orientation walk of the Sicilian capital and a streetfood lunch in colourful markets like La Vucciaria or Ballaró. In the afternoon, take a walking tour that includes Quattro Canti, Pretoria Square, the cathedral, and Marina Square. Opt to visit the unique and fascinating Catacomb of the Capuchins for a walk on the creepy side. Make sure to include a nightly 'passeggiata', a lovely Italian tradition. Included Activities: Fruit and Fish Market Visit Orientation Walk Palermo Walking Tour Transport: Local bus
Day 3 Palermo (1B)
Reach Monreale after a short bus ride. The town has beautiful views of La Conca d'Oro Valley and is famous for its Norman cathedral with Arabic and Byzantine architectural influences. Head back to Palermo to enjoy a free afternoon wandering around this busy southern Italian city. Included Activities: Cathedral of Monreale Visit Transport: Local bus Local bus
Day 4 Palermo/Ragusa (1B)
Travel by public bus to Ragusa in the southeast. Enjoy an orientation walk of the old town. Part of the eight Sicilian towns of the Val di Noto, this town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Baroque architecture and artistic creations. Quench your thirst with an included wine tasting and local snacks. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Wine Tasting Transport: Local bus
Day 5 Ragusa/Siracusa (1B, 1L)
Ride a private van to Modica, a town famous for its Aztec chocolate and Baroque architecture. Visit the historic centre and catch a glimpse of the stunning Church of San Giorgio. Taste chocolate made from a traditional Aztec recipe here before enjoying a cheese tasting and light lunch. Continue on to Scicli, another charming ancient town set in a gorge near the coast. Don't miss the fantastic Church of San Matteo and the traditional piazzas. Travel on for a night in Siracusa (Syracuse). Included Activities: Modica Historic Centre Visit Chocolate Tasting Scicli Visit Cheese Tasting Transport: Visit Modica and Scicli along the way. Private Vehicle
Day 6 Siracusa/Randazzo (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free morning in this UNESCO-listed Greco-Roman seaside city. Opt to visit the historic centre on the island of Ortigia, marvel at the Greek ruins, walk the winding and charming streets, visit the Duomo, or laze on the beach. In the late afternoon, drive to Randazzo, a town on the outskirts of Catania. Stay in a farmhouse and enjoy a local dinner and the lovely setting. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Randazzo/Catania (1B)
Leave early to visit the famous volcano, Mt Etna. Hike the south side past lava flows for a dramatic view of the four craters and the coast of Sicily. Opt for a more strenuous trek with a local guide (weather permitting). Continue to Catania for a free afternoon in the city. Included Activities: Mount Etna Hike
Day 8 Catania (1B)
Depart at any time.
Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Ragusa Your Foodie Moment: Chocolate Tasting, Modica Your Foodie Moment: Cheese Tasting, Scicli. Short orientation walk in Palermo. Walking tour of the city. Cathedral visit (Monreale). Orientation walk of Ragusa. Historic centre visit in Modica. Scicli visit. Free time in Syracuse. Mt Etna hike. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Public bus, train, private van, walking.
It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities
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