12-Day Enchanting Sicily and Aeolian Splendor: A Grand Tour of Sicilian Highlights and Island Wonders

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Sicily and the Aeolian islands

Highlights of the Tour: Enchanting Sicily and Aeolian Splendor

Varied and Rich Itinerary: This meticulously designed program offers a harmonious blend of visits to major archaeological and monumental sites, enriched with authentic gastronomic and enological experiences. The tour culminates in the captivating atmosphere of the Aeolian Islands archipelago.

Historical Market Visit: Immerse yourself in the “Authentic Sicilian life” with a visit to one of the island’s main historical markets, a vibrant showcase of local culture and traditions.

Leisure Time: Enjoy ample free time in each city or town, perfect for shopping, leisurely strolls, or simply soaking in the local ambiance.

Exclusive Small Group Tour: This tour is tailored for small groups, ensuring a personalized experience with a maximum of 20 participants.

Language: The tour is exclusively conducted in English, catering to the needs of international travelers seeking an immersive Sicilian experience.

Charming and Exclusive Accommodations: Stay in charming hotels strategically located in the historical centers of key Sicilian towns or in exclusive resorts equipped with swimming pools and/or spas, enhancing your comfort and experience.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Visit the most significant Sicilian UNESCO sites, including the late Baroque towns of the “Val di Noto” (Ragusa, Siracusa, Valley of Temples), the majestic Etna volcano, and the Arab-Norman route in Palermo with the awe-inspiring Cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù.

Additional Excursions: Explore additional gems like Catania, Erice, Ragusa Ibla, the scenic Salt Route, the charming town of Cefalù, and Palermo. Experience a panoramic tour of the Messina Strait and discover the enchanting islands of Panarea, Lipari, Salina, and Stromboli.

This tour encapsulates the essence of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, offering an unforgettable journey through time, culture, and natural beauty, all while enjoying the comfort and exclusivity of a carefully curated travel experience.

map of Sicily and Catania

Day 1: Saturday: CATANIA 🌋**

This tour starts and ends in Catania, we recommend flying into and home from CTA Catania International Airport. While airfare is not included, we offer a research and booking service for our clients. Just ask when booking.

Arrival and Embrace of Catania: Your journey commences with an independent arrival at your selected hotel in the heart of Catania. 🏨

Welcoming Atmosphere: Experience the warmth of Sicilian hospitality as you are greeted with a welcome drink, a delightful introduction to the local flavors and culture. 🍹

Dinner and Repose: The evening progresses with a sumptuous dinner served at the hotel, offering a taste of Sicily’s renowned culinary delights. Savor each bite as you prepare for the adventures ahead. 🍽️

Overnight in Catania: As the day concludes, find comfort and tranquility in your accommodation, enveloped in the serene ambiance of this historic city. 🌜🛌

Neapolis Archaeological Park

Day 2: Sunday: CATANIA – SIRACUSA – CATANIA 🏛️🌊

Morning Departure and Buffet Breakfast: Begin your day with a bountiful buffet breakfast, preparing you for the day’s journey. 🍳🥐

Journey to Syracuse and Neapolis Archaeological Park: Depart for Syracuse, where you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Neapolis. Wander through ancient history with visits to the magnificent Greek theatre, the imposing Roman Amphitheatre, the enigmatic Latomie of Paradise, and the echo-rich “Dionysius’ Ear”. 🏟️🌿

Ortigia Island Exploration: Continue to the charming island of Ortigia, the baroque heart of Siracusa. Here, marvel at the splendid Cathedral, a divine architectural feat standing upon the ancient Doric Temple of Minerva. Witness the mystical Arethusa’s Fountain and the ancient Temple of Apollo. ⛪🌊

Afternoon Leisure: Enjoy free time for lunch, followed by an afternoon at your leisure. Immerse yourself in the enchanting streets of Ortigia, perfect for a leisurely stroll, shopping, and absorbing the local vibe. 🚶‍♂️🛍️

Return to Catania: As the sun begins to set, return to your hotel in Catania, ready to experience the city’s vibrant evening atmosphere. 🚌🌇

Free Evening in Catania: The evening is yours to explore Catania’s dynamic nightlife. Delight in the opportunity to dine at one of the city’s local restaurants, indulging in local specialties. 🍝🍷

Overnight in Catania: Conclude your day with a restful night at your Catania hotel, recharging for the adventures that await. 🛏️🌃

Ragusa Sicily

Day 3: Monday: CATANIA (Fish Market) – RAGUSA (Tasting of Sicilian Specialties / Light Lunch) 🧀🐟**

Buffet Breakfast and Departure: Your day begins with a delightful buffet breakfast, fueling you for the adventures ahead. 🍳🥐

Walking Tour of Catania with Professional Guide: Embark on an enlightening walking tour through Catania’s city center, guided by a professional who will unveil the rich history of this vibrant city. 🚶‍♂️🏙️

Visit to “A Piscaria” Fish Market: Delve into the heart of Sicilian seafood culture at “A Piscaria,” one of Sicily’s largest and most animated fish markets. Witness the lively atmosphere and abundant seafood, a testament to the island’s fishing heritage. 🐠🌊

Journey to Ragusa and Cheese Tasting: Depart for Ragusa, a city celebrated for its exquisite cheese production. Savor a tasting of artisan cheeses and Sicilian specialties, offering a light and flavorful lunch experience. 🧀🍽️

Exploration of Ragusa Ibla: Wander through the enchanting historical center of “Ibla,” admiring its stunning baroque palaces and churches. Ragusa, along with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, is proudly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 🏛️🌹

Hotel Arrival and Leisure Time: Arrive at your reserved hotel, where you can unwind by the swimming pool or indulge in a rejuvenating spa experience. 🏊‍♂️💆‍♀️

Dinner and Overnight Stay in Ragusa: The day concludes with a delightful dinner at the hotel, followed by a restful overnight stay, enveloping you in the serene ambiance of Ragusa. 🍽️🌜

Sicily Ruins

Day 4: Tuesday: RAGUSA – AGRIGENTO – MARSALA (Wine Tasting and Overnight in a Wine Resort) 🏺🍷**

Buffet Breakfast and Departure to Agrigento: Begin your day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast before setting off for Agrigento, a town renowned for its historic splendor. 🍳🥐

Valley of the Temples Tour: In Agrigento, immerse yourself in the ancient world at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the Temple of Concordia, one of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples, and the grandeur of the temples of Juno and Heracles. 🏛️🌿

Lunch and Leisure Time: Enjoy some free time to savor lunch at your own pace, soaking in the hillside town’s ambiance. 🍴🕒

Afternoon Journey to Marsala: In the afternoon, the journey takes you to Marsala, a city celebrated for its exquisite sweet Sicilian wine. 🚌🍇

Arrival at Baglio Donnafranca: Discover the charm of Baglio Donnafranca, a beautifully restored 19th-century estate nestled in the Marsala countryside, overlooking the Stagnone Reserve and the Egadi Islands. 🏡🌅

Winery Tour and Wine Tasting: Dive into the world of winemaking with a tour of the estate’s cellar, once a property of the renowned Florio family. Learn about the intricate process of crafting Marsala’s famed wines. 🍇🍾

Wine Tasting/Light Dinner at Sunset: Conclude your evening with a delightful wine tasting accompanied by a light dinner, set against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset. 🌇🧀

Overnight Stay at the Wine Resort: Your day culminates in a restful overnight stay at this enchanting wine resort, surrounded by the serene landscapes of Marsala. 🌌🛏️

Palermo Church Sicily

Day 5: Wednesday: MARSALA – SALT ROUTE – ERICE (Traditional Pastries & Street Food Lunch) – PALERMO 🌊🌆

Morning Departure and Buffet Breakfast: Your day begins with a delightful buffet breakfast, setting the stage for today’s scenic journey. 🍳🥐

Scenic Drive via the Salt Route: Depart for Erice, taking the breathtaking Salt Route. Witness the majestic salt pans, traditional windmills, and historic salt houses where sea salt extraction continues as in Phoenician times. 🛤️🌊

Discovering Erice: Upon arriving in Erice, perched atop a hill with sweeping views of Trapani and the Egadi Islands, explore its enchanting streets. Meander through narrow lanes and hidden courtyards, pausing to savor the flavors of local marzipan and biscuits. 🏰🍪

Journey to Palermo with Street Food Lunch: Proceed to Palermo, Sicily’s vibrant capital. Immerse yourself in local culture with a delightful “street food” lunch in the heart of the city. 🍽️🏙️

Exploring Palermo’s Architectural Gems: In Palermo, visit the majestic Cathedral, a masterpiece of architectural splendor. Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to the iconic “I Quattro Canti di Città,” marvel at the beauty of Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini, and explore the Church of Santa Caterina. ⛪🚶‍♂️

Hotel Accommodation and Free Evening: Check into your hotel, with the evening free for shopping, exploring, or dining in Palermo’s lively streets. 🛍️🍝

Overnight in Palermo: End your day with a peaceful overnight stay in Palermo, the heart of Sicilian culture and history. 🌜🛌

Taormina Sicily Street

Day 6: Thursday: PALERMO – MONREALE – CEFALÙ – MESSINA - TAORMINA 🌇🌊

Buffet Breakfast and Departure to Monreale: Begin your day with an appetizing buffet breakfast before setting out to the picturesque town of Monreale, nestled on a hill near Palermo. 🍳🥐

Monreale Cathedral Visit: In Monreale, explore the magnificent Cathedral, a stunning example of Moorish architecture. Its intricate mosaics, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, are set in the Arab-Norman style and are among the world’s most spectacular. 🕌🎨

Journey to Cefalù: Continue to Cefalù, evolving from a quaint fishing village into a captivating coastal town. Wander through its heart, from the city center to the remarkable Arab-Norman Cathedral and the unique medieval washhouse embedded in the rock. 🏰🌊

Free Time in Cefalù: Enjoy leisure time to discover Cefalù’s charming streets, indulge in shopping, or savor lunch at your own pace amidst this coastal gem. 🚶‍♂️🛍️

Scenic Drive to Taormina via Messina: Embark on a scenic coastal journey to Taormina, passing through the city of Messina. Relish the opportunity to admire the enchanting views of the Strait of Messina en route. 🚗🌉

Hotel Accommodation in Taormina: Upon arrival in Taormina, check into your hotel and unwind. The evening is yours to enjoy freely, perfect for exploring Taormina’s culinary scene or simply relaxing. 🏨🍽️

Overnight in Taormina: Conclude your eventful day with a restful overnight stay in the beautiful town of Taormina, a jewel on the Sicilian coast. 🌙🛌

Mt. Etna Sicily at dusk

Day 7: Friday: TAORMINA – MT. ETNA (Wine Tasting) – TAORMINA 🌋🍷

Buffet Breakfast and Mount Etna Excursion: Begin your day with a hearty buffet breakfast, gearing up for an exhilarating excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. 🍳🥐

Sylvester Craters Visit: Ascend to a height of 1800 meters to explore the Sylvester Craters. Here, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking panorama overlooking the Ionian Sea, a sight that perfectly captures the awe-inspiring power of nature. 🌄🔭

Etna Winery Stop and Tasting: Descend to the eastern slopes of Etna for a visit to a prestigious local winery. Delve into the world of Sicilian winemaking and indulge in a tasting session featuring a variety of local wines, complemented by traditional cheese and cold cuts. 🍇🧀

Afternoon Return to Taormina: Journey back to Taormina, the enchanting city known as “the pearl of the Ionian Sea.” Spend the afternoon at your leisure, meandering through its quaint streets, shopping, or simply soaking up the city’s charm. 🚶‍♂️🛍️

Optional Greek-Roman Theatre Visit: Seize the opportunity to visit Taormina’s famous Greek-Roman Theatre on your own, immersing yourself in the historical and cultural essence of this ancient marvel. 🏛️🎭

Free Evening in Taormina: The evening is yours to enjoy freely. Explore the diverse dining options and savor a meal in this picturesque town, followed by a relaxing overnight stay. 🍽️🌌

Overnight in Taormina: Your day concludes with a peaceful night in Taormina, allowing you to reflect on the day’s adventures and recharge for what lies ahead. 🌙🛌

Day 8: Saturday: TAORMINA – MILAZZO – LIPARI 🌊⛴️

Buffet Breakfast and Departure to Milazzo: Start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast, followed by a departure to Milazzo, a gateway to the enchanting Aeolian Islands. 🍳🥐

Hydrofoil Journey to Lipari: At the port of Milazzo, embark on a hydrofoil journey across the azure waters to Lipari, the largest island in the Aeolian archipelago. 🚤🌊

Arrival and Hotel Transfer in Lipari: Arrive on the sun-kissed shores of Lipari and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the morning is yours to explore the charming village of Lipari, a blend of quaint beauty and vibrant island life. 🏨🏝️

Lunch and Leisure Time: Enjoy lunch at your own leisure, choosing from a variety of local eateries that offer a taste of authentic island cuisine. 🍴🌞

Afternoon Taxi Tour of Lipari: In the afternoon, embark on a taxi tour around Lipari, an ideal way to witness the island’s stunning landscapes, historical sites, and panoramic views. 🚕🗺️

Free Evening for Dinner: The evening is at your disposal. Indulge in a delightful dinner at one of Lipari’s many restaurants, savoring the flavors of the island. 🍽️🌆

Overnight Stay in Lipari: Conclude your day with an overnight stay at your hotel in Lipari, immersed in the serene ambiance of this Mediterranean paradise. 🌜🛏️

Aeolian Islands Map

Day 9: Sunday: LIPARI – PANAREA – STROMBOLI – LIPARI 🚤🌋**

Buffet Breakfast and Free Morning: Your day begins with a fulfilling buffet breakfast. Enjoy a leisurely morning on Lipari, with time to relax or explore further at your own pace. 🍳🌅

Lunch and Late Morning Departure: After lunch, which you can enjoy at a local café or restaurant of your choice, prepare for an afternoon departure by boat towards the enchanting islands of Panarea and Stromboli. 🍴⛵

Panarea Exploration: Your first stop is Panarea, an idyllic island known for its picturesque village. Take a pleasant walk through its streets, lined with charming white Aeolian-style houses, and soak in the tranquil ambiance. 🏖️🏠

Journey to Stromboli: Next, the voyage continues to Stromboli, often described as the wildest of the Aeolian Islands due to its raw natural beauty and the active volcano “Iddu”. Enjoy free time to explore this unique island. 🌋🚶‍♂️

Sciara del Fuoco Experience: As evening approaches, board the boat again and head to the “Sciara del Fuoco”, a slope of the crater from where lava flows. Witness the mesmerizing volcanic eruptions from the boat, a spectacle occurring at regular intervals. 🌌🔥

Return to Lipari: After this extraordinary experience, return to Lipari in the evening, filled with memories of a day spent amidst nature’s most dramatic displays. 🌊🌙

Free Evening for Dinner: The evening is yours to enjoy. Choose from a variety of dining options in Lipari for dinner and reflect on the day’s unforgettable experiences. 🍽️🌆

Overnight in Lipari: Conclude your adventurous day with a comfortable overnight stay in Lipari, embracing the peaceful night of this enchanting island. 🛏️🌜

Aeolian Islands Salina

Day 10: Monday: LIPARI – SALINA – LIPARI 🚤🌅

Buffet Breakfast and Departure to Salina: Start your day with a delightful buffet breakfast at the hotel, before embarking on a boat trip to the serene island of Salina. 🍳🥐

Stop at S. Marina and Island Circumnavigation: Initially, make a stop in the center of S. Marina, Salina’s vibrant hub. Then, continue your boat journey to circumnavigate the island, embracing its stunning natural beauty. 🚢🌊

Swim at Pollara Beach (Il Postino): Pause for a memorable swim at Pollara, the enchanting beach famed for its appearance in the movie “Il Postino.” Experience the magic of this cinematic landscape firsthand. 🏖️🎬

Free Lunch and Visit to Lingua: Enjoy a leisurely lunch on your own, followed by a visit to Lingua. Here, explore the remnants of a salt lake, a historical site that reveals the island’s ancient salt extraction practices and the origin of its name. 🍴🏝️

Return to Lipari and Free Evening: In the afternoon, return to Lipari. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, perfect for shopping or exploring the local dining scene for dinner. 🛍️🍽️

Overnight Stay in Lipari: Conclude your day with a peaceful overnight stay in Lipari, reflecting on the tranquil beauty and rich history of the Aeolian Islands. 🌙🛌

Day 11: 11th Day / Tuesday: LIPARI – CATANIA 🚤🌆

Breakfast and Lipari Departure: Your day begins with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. Following this, proceed to the port of Lipari for your departure. 🍳🥐

Hydrofoil to Milazzo: Board the hydrofoil, embarking on a serene journey back to Milazzo, waving farewell to the charming Aeolian Islands. 🚤🌊

Transfer to Catania: Upon arrival in Milazzo, continue your journey to Catania. This scenic transfer offers a chance to reflect on the memorable experiences of your island adventures. 🚌🏞️

Hotel Arrival and Accommodation in Catania: Arrive in Catania and check into your hotel. Settle in and enjoy the comfort of your accommodation in this historic city. 🏨🛏️

Lunch and Free Afternoon: Lunch is at your own arrangement, offering the opportunity to explore Catania’s diverse culinary offerings. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps wandering through the historic center of Catania, a treasure trove of baroque architecture and vibrant street life. 🍴🚶‍♂️

Overnight in Catania: End your day with an overnight stay in Catania, nestled under the watchful gaze of Mount Etna, providing a perfect blend of culture, history, and Sicilian charm. 🌙🌋

Day 12: Wednesday: Conclusion of the Tour 🛬🌟

Buffet Breakfast and Farewell: On this final day, enjoy a buffet breakfast, savoring the flavors and memories of your Sicilian adventure one last time. 🍳🥐

End of the Tour: As the tour concludes, reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences, from the majestic landscapes of Mount Etna to the serene beauty of the Aeolian Islands, and the vibrant culture and history of Sicily’s towns and cities. 🌍🏛️

Optional Airport Transfer: For a seamless journey home, consider adding an optional departure airport transfer to your itinerary. Please inquire about this service when booking your tour for a hassle-free conclusion to your Sicilian odyssey. ✈️🚗

Departure: Bid farewell to Sicily, carrying with you a collection of unforgettable memories and experiences from this enchanting Mediterranean jewel. 🌅👜

Sicily and the Aeolian islands

2024 Departure Dates

Low Season Dates:
– May: 4th, 11th
– June: 1st, 15th, 22nd
– September:  28th

High Season Dates:
– May: 18th, 25th
– July: 13th**
– August: 24th**, 31st
– September: 7th, 14th, 21st

(Note: Dates with “**” indicate special considerations or peak dates within the high season.)

Milanese sights

2024 Prices

Rates Per Person in Euro Dollars, use our currency converter to see the amount in other currencies

Low Season
Double Room: €3,490.00
Supplement for Single Room: €630.00
3rd Person in Triple Room: On Request

High Season
Double Room: €3,690.00
Supplement for Single Room: €650.00
3rd Person in Triple Room: On Request

Special Note
Peak Season Departures on 13th July and 24th August:  Additional supplement of €150.00 per person.

 

Featured Hotels: Your Home Away from Home

1. Catania:
Katane Hotel 4⭐ – A blend of modern comfort and traditional Sicilian hospitality, ideally located to explore the vibrant city of Catania.
– *Or Similar* – Other accommodations of similar quality and comfort to ensure a delightful stay in Catania.

2. Ragusa:
Poggio Del Sole Resort 4⭐ – Nestled in the picturesque Sicilian countryside, this resort combines luxury with the serene beauty of Ragusa.
– *Or Similar* – Alternative options providing equal elegance and immersion in the tranquil surroundings of Ragusa.

3. Marsala:
Baglio Donnafranca Wine Resort 4⭐ – A unique stay amidst vineyards, offering a perfect fusion of historical charm and modern amenities, enhancing your Marsala wine experience.
– *Or Similar* – Other accommodations in Marsala that match the tranquil and scenic setting of a wine resort.

4. Palermo:
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4⭐ – Located in the heart of Palermo, this hotel is a luxurious gateway to the city’s rich culture and history.
Politeama Palace 4⭐ – Offering an elegant stay with convenient access to Palermo’s famous sights and vibrant street life.
– *Or Similar* – Additional options in Palermo that provide comfort and luxury in close proximity to key attractions.

5. Taormina:
Villa Diodoro 4⭐ – Boasting stunning views and elegant facilities, this hotel captures the essence of Taormina’s beauty.
Hotel Caparena 4⭐ – A blend of relaxation and sophistication, perfect for enjoying Taormina’s coastal charm.
– *Or Similar* – Other accommodations in Taormina that promise a luxurious and memorable stay.

6. Lipari:
Gattopardo 4⭐ – A serene retreat offering a blend of comfort and Aeolian charm, ideal for soaking in the island’s enchanting atmosphere.
– *Or Similar* – Alternative stays in Lipari that ensure a tranquil and enjoyable experience in this beautiful part of the Aeolian Islands.

Each of these accommodations has been carefully selected to enhance your tour experience, providing comfort, luxury, and a deep connection to each location’s unique character.

Overview

Enchanting Sicily and Aeolian Splendor: A 12-Day, 11-Night Grand Tour

This is a fully escorted, medium sized group (up to 20 people) where you will embark on a journey through the heart of the Mediterranean, where ancient history, rich culture, and breathtaking landscapes intertwine. Our meticulously crafted 12-day tour begins and ends in the vibrant city of Catania, where the echoes of Mount Etna’s whispers are as enchanting as the city’s baroque architecture. 🌋

Experience these amazing locations: 

Catania: A historic city at the foot of Mt. Etna, offering a blend of rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes. 🏛️🌄
Siracusa: Ancient Greek theatres and baroque splendor, Siracusa is a testament to Sicily’s diverse historical tapestry. 🏺🎭
Ragusa: A hilltop city known for its stunning baroque buildings and breathtaking views, epitomizing Sicily’s architectural charm. 🌅🏰
Agrigento: Home to the Valley of the Temples, an unrivaled archaeological site with well-preserved ancient Greek structures. 🏛️🌿
Marsala: Famous for its exquisite wines, Marsala’s historic wineries offer a taste of Sicily’s rich enological heritage. 🍇🍷
Salt Route with Erice: Discover the ancient salt pans and the medieval town of Erice, perched high above the sea. 🧂🏞️
Palermo: The capital of Sicily, where centuries-old markets and ornate churches reveal the island’s vibrant soul. 🛍️⛪
Monreale: Renowned for its magnificent cathedral, boasting some of the world’s most beautiful mosaics. 🎨🕌
Cefalù: A charming coastal town with a stunning Norman cathedral and picturesque beaches. 🌊🏖️
Messina: A bustling port city, gateway to the mainland, and home to the famed Norman Cathedral. ⚓🛥️
Taormina: A hilltop town offering breathtaking views, ancient ruins, and a delightful blend of culture and cuisine. 🍝🎭
Mt. Etna: Europe’s largest active volcano, offering awe-inspiring vistas and unique geological formations. 🌋🥾
Milazzo: The starting point for Aeolian adventures, boasting a rich history and beautiful coastlines. ⛵🏰
Lipari: The largest Aeolian Island, known for its archaeological sites and stunning beaches. 🏝️🏺
Panarea: A chic, small island known for its breathtaking views and crystal-clear waters. 🌊⛵
Stromboli: Witness the power of nature at this active volcano, offering dramatic landscapes and fiery displays. 🌋🌌
Salina: Famous for its lush green landscapes and sweet Malvasia wine, a true taste of island tranquility. 🍇🌺

Each stop on this tour is a chapter in Sicily’s grand story, waiting to be explored and cherished. From the ancient ruins that whisper tales of yore to the rhythmic waves of the Mediterranean caressing sun-kissed shores, your Sicilian odyssey promises to be an unforgettable tapestry of experiences and memories. 🍃🇮🇹

What's Included

Included

What’s Included in the Enchanting Sicily and Aeolian Splendor Tour

Accommodation: 11 nights in 4-star hotels, providing comfort and luxury throughout your journey.

Welcome Drink: A welcome drink on Day 1 to start your tour with a taste of Sicilian hospitality.

Meals:
– 2 Dinners: Enjoy specially prepared dinners in Catania (Day 1) and Ragusa (Day 3).
– 11 Breakfasts: Daily buffet breakfasts at your hotel, offering a variety of choices to start your day.
– 1 Street Food Lunch in Palermo: Savor the local flavors with a street food lunch, including water and a glass of wine.
– Cheese & Sicilian Products Tasting/Light Lunch in Ragusa: Experience the local cuisine with a tasting session, accompanied by water and a glass of wine.
– Almond Pastries Tasting in Erice: Delight in the sweet flavors of Sicily with an almond pastries tasting.
– Mineral Water: 1/2 bottle per person at meals in the hotel.

Wine Tastings and Cellar Visits:
– Marsala: Explore a local cellar and enjoy a wine tasting session.
– Mount Etna: Visit another prestigious cellar for a unique wine tasting experience.

Boat Excursions: Regular multilingual boat excursions from Lipari to Panarea, Stromboli, and Salina.

Transfers:
– Hydrofoil: Roundtrip transfers between Milazzo Harbour and Lipari.
– Minivan Transfers: From Lipari Harbour to the hotel and back, and between Taormina/Milazzo (Day 5) and Milazzo/Catania-Hotel (Day 8).

Transportation: Deluxe motor coach with free Wi-Fi (or a minivan with an English-speaking driver for groups of 8 or fewer participants).

Tour Escort: An English-speaking tour escort to guide and assist you throughout the trip.

Local Guides: Engage with local guides where necessary for an in-depth understanding of each destination.

Whispers Kit: Headphones provided for groups with more than 10 passengers to ensure clear communication during guided tours.

Porterage: Luggage handling at hotels (excluding Aeolian Islands).

Local Staff Assistance: Access to local staff for support and information throughout your journey.

This comprehensive package ensures a seamless and enriching travel experience, combining the wonders of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands with high-quality services and amenities.

Not Included

Tour Exclusions: Enchanting Sicily and Aeolian Splendor

To ensure clarity for your travel plans, here are the aspects not included in the tour package:

Transfers In/Out: Arrival and departure transfers are not included. You’ll need to arrange your own transportation to the starting point of the tour and from the concluding point back to your next destination or home. Optional transfers are available, just ask when booking.

Entrance Tickets: Admission fees to various sites and museums visited during the tour are not covered. These will need to be paid separately as you visit each site.

City Tax: This local tax is not included in the tour package and must be paid directly at each hotel. The city tax varies by location and hotel category.

Beverages: Apart from water provided at meals in the hotels, other beverages, including alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, and specialty beverages, are not included and will be available for purchase separately.

Unspecified Items: Any services, amenities, or items not explicitly mentioned under the “What’s Included” section are not covered by the tour package. This includes personal expenses like souvenirs, additional snacks, optional activities, and tips.

Airfare To/From Italy – While airfare is not included, we offer a booking and research service just for our clients, ask when booking.

Travel Insurance – We strongly recommend this to cover all non refundable expenses. We can get you a quote, just ask.

It’s important to consider these exclusions when budgeting for your trip, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your tour of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.

Operational notes: Embark on an unforgettable journey with our guaranteed departure, fully escorted tour, meticulously crafted for an intimate group of up to 20 discerning travelers. This exclusive experience is designed to ensure personalized attention and an unparalleled exploration of your destination. Please note, our tour requires a minimum of 9 passengers to provide the full escort experience. Should the group consist of fewer than 9 passengers, rest assured, the essence of your adventure remains unchanged. The tour will seamlessly transition to comfortable minivan transportation, accompanied by our expert local guides at each destination, ensuring your experience is every bit as enriching and memorable. Join us for an adventure where every detail is taken care of, allowing you to immerse yourself completely in the wonders of your journey.

Pricing Transparency: Our Euro-Centric Approach

We place a premium on offering extraordinary value in concert with exceptional services, hence all our package prices are stated in Euros. Here’s why this matters:

Clarity in Financial Dealings

By presenting prices in Euros, we ensure you receive the most straightforward and competitive rates, devoid of hidden costs that often lurk in U.S. Dollar quotations due to ever-changing exchange rates.

Staying Ahead of Currency Trends

Our team of Travel Specialists is perpetually monitoring the value of the Euro against other principal currencies. This proactive approach enables us to guide you on the ideal moment to lock in your payment, thereby maximizing your financial well-being.

Billing Made Clear

Each invoice you receive is meticulously crafted to display the current exchange rate, ensuring absolute clarity in your financial transactions. With Italy4Real, what you see is what you get—no hidden fees or unanticipated charges.

Payment Flexibility Tailored For You

We solidify the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro solely at the time of your concluding payment, allowing you the leeway to capitalize on favorable exchange rates as they arise.

Your choice of Italy4Real as your European tour partner is deeply valued. We consider your satisfaction and the value we provide to be the cornerstone of our service.

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