Itinerary:

1Day: Ragusa area

Arrival at Catania/Palermo airport. After picking up the rental car, drive to Ragusa Area. Check-in at the hotel (rooms will be available after 14:00). On this day there are no planned activities. Free time to discover the city on your own.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Ragusa area.

2Day: Ragusa, Modica and Scicli

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or to visit Ragusa, Modica and Scicli.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Ragusa area.

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Today you can start your stay dedicating yourself to the discovery of an unknown part of Sicily, the Val di Noto, whose cities have been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, thanks to its beautiful churches and baroque style edfici; moreover, the whole area has been made famous by the well known television series “Il Commissario Montalbano”. You can start from the historical center of Ragusa, Ragusa Ibla , full of churches and baroque monuments. You can continue towards Modica, which in addition to the Baroque is known for the processing of chocolate and you can take advantage of some tasting in one of the typical stores in the center. You can conclude your visit to Scicli where you can admire along its streets of the historic center the beautiful golden stone churches and sumptuous buildings of 1800. Return to the hotel in the evening.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Modica

Ragusa

Scicli

3Day: Syracuse and Noto

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or to visit Syracuse and Noto.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Ragusa area.

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Today you can make an excursion to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island, and visit its historic center, the island of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city with its beautiful cathedral, and its Archaeological Park where you can admire the ancient political prison or Ear of Dionysius, the Catacombs, the Roman Amphitheater and the Greek Theatre, still home to the famous classical representations. Continuing on you can make a stop in Noto named “Capital of Baroque” and named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Ortigia

Noto

Syracuse

4Day: Etna and Taormina – Drive to Messina area

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have to drive to Messina area. You can opt to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or visit Etna and Taormina.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Messina area.

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Head to “Rifugio Sapienza” on Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the volcano is the “Etna Park”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: you will be amazed by the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that you will encounter along the way before arriving at “Rifugio Sapienza”. From here on you will have the opportunity to stay at an altitude of 1,900 meters and take a tour of the Crateri Silvestri or continue the excursion by jeep and cable car (extra cost) to get to the summit craters. After the visit, head towards Taormina. On the way we suggest you to stop to taste the many typical local specialties (honey, cheese, wines). Park your car in one of the many parking lots in Taormina and start your visit. Walking through the streets of the town, you will pass beautiful ancient buildings, including the 15th century Palazzo Corvaja and an ancient Greek Roman theater, the 2nd largest classical theater in Sicily. Stroll through the medieval area of the town with its characteristic alleys. Head to the hotel in Messina area.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

Taormina

Etna

5Day: Lipari and Vulcano

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the port of Milazzo, park your car and board the motorboat for the day trip to Lipari and Vulcano. After sailing along the coast of the promontory of Capo Milazzo, we will descend to Lipari, the largest island of the beautiful Aeolian archipelago, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can visit the historic center of the island and its main attractions, namely the small archaeological museum in Castello, the cemetery, the Norman cathedral of the twelfth century, consecrated in honor of St. Bartholomew, the archaeological park, walking through the characteristic narrow streets. Back to the port of Lipari and board the motorboat to Vulcano, our second stop. Don’t miss a visit to the black beaches, the hot springs, the sulphurous mud baths and, for those who want to do a little trekking, we suggest climbing the crater. Return to Milazzo with the motorboat and and head towards the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Messina area.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

Lipari and Vulcano

6Day: Panarea and Stromboli

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the port of Milazzo, park your car and board the motorboat for the daily excursion to Panarea and Stromboli. The first stop is Panarea, the “VIP” island. Walk through the characteristic streets of the village, swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy a few hours on the island. In about 45 minutes on foot or by cab you can reach the small prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, dating back to 1400 BC. Return to the port and embark for Stromboli; during the journey you will be able to admire the characteristic islands in front of Panarea. In the afternoon departure for Stromboli; during the transfer you can admire the group of islands in front of Panarea. Before our second stop, visit from the sea to the picturesque village of Ginostra. After docking at the port of Stromboli Scari, visit the island until sunset, then departure to admire the Stromboli that explodes at night, especially the Sciara del Fuoco, where the active lava flows. Return to Milazzo between 22:00 and 23:00, depending on the time of sunset. Ask at the hotel to prepare a cold dinner so that you will find it when you return.
Cold dinner at the hotel, overnight stay in Messina area.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, cold dinner

Panarea

Stromboli

Aeolian Islands

7Day: Montalbano Elicona and Megaliths of Argimusco

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or spend a day in Montalbano Elicona and the Megaliti di Argimusco (Megaliths of Argimusco).
Dinner and Overnight stay in Messina area.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Head inland in Sicily, to the wonderful village of Montalbano Elicona, awarded in 2015 as the most beautiful village in Italy. A labyrinth of alleys leads to the castle, which overlooks the historic center. You will be enchanted by the beautiful views of the lush greenery. Take a tour of the city in the most beautiful corners of the village. Stop for optional lunch in one of the many trattorias or farmhouses that offer authentic Sicilian cuisine. In the afternoon drive to the Megaliths of Argimusco. Here you can see megaliths (boulders) from prehistoric times and at the same time enjoy spectacular views of Mount Etna, the Aeolian Islands, the curious mountains Rocca Salvatesta and Montagna di Vernà, Capo Tindari, Capo Calavà and Capo Milazzo.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

8Day: Tour overs after breakfast

Today your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Check out at 10:00. Drive to Catania or Palermo airport and release the car at the rental counter.

CHEK OUT INFORMATIONS:

Rooms must be left before 10:00 am.
On request and at extra charge, it is possible to keep the room until late afternoon.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

Arrivederci!

Departure dates:

Daily
from May 01 to October 31

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    What's included:

    • 3 breakfast and dinners in hotel 4* in Ragusa area;
    • 4 breakfast and dinners in hotel 4* in Messina area;
    • Boat excursion Lipari & Vulcano*;
    • Boat excursion Panarea & Stromboli*;
    • Category A car rental for the duration of your stay in Sicily (Citroen C1 – Yaris or similar) with “Silver” insurance package (*). Each rental day has a fraction of 24 hours, the vehicle must be returned on time or within 59 minutes;
    • Car pick up at Palermo or Catania airport.

    *Departures are subject to change due to marine weather conditions. Lunch and Ecotax are not included.

    THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • City tax (to pay on spot);
    • Ecotax for Eolian Islands;
    • Lunches;
    • Tips and Extras of personal nature;
    • Portrage service;
    • Fuel supply;
    • Highway tolls;
    • Plane, ship, train or bus tickets to reach Catania or Palermo airport;
    • Entrance fees at musuem or archeological sites;
    • Parkings;
    • All that is not specified in “Rates include”.

    OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    • Possibility to rent cars of superior category;
    • Gold” insurance package € 10 per day;
    • Platinum” insurance package € 15 per day.

    Accomodation:

    4-star hotels:

    • Ragusa area:
      Hotel Mediterraneo, Athena Resort
    • Messina area:
      Parco Augusto, Capo Peloro

    Hotels’ names will be communicated 1 month before the beginning of the tour.

    Important informations:

    Norma Vacanze deals only with the intermediation between the customer and the car rental company. In case of disputes with the rental company or accidents , the rules set out in the contract signed between the customer and the rental company apply, without any involvement of Norma Vacanze.

    Each customer can choose independently whether to follow the suggested itinerary or to create one according to their own needs. However, it is essential that the cities in which to stay overnight are respected, as indicated on the program.

    Car Rental Terms & Conditions

    THE RATE INCLUDES:

    • Unlimited mileage;
    • 22% VAT;
    • Airport, railway and automotive charges;
    • Motor TPL policy – auto civil liability;
    • ZERO EXCESS Silver Insurance Package;
    • Additional driver;
    • Young guide.

    INSURANCES PACKAGES:

    • Insurance Silver Package ( included in the rates):
      The amount of the allowances provided is reduced by 70% for damages or total theft. The “Silver” package reduces the deductibles but does not cover partial theft, attempted theft and damage to the roof, the lower part of the vehicle, wheels, windows, interior, and vandalism.
    • Insurance Gold Package (with supplement of € 10 per day for a category A car): If the customer purchases a “Gold” package, the amount of the deductible will not be charged. The “Gold” package clears the deductibles provided for damages and total theft and allows you to eliminate the deductible also for damages occurred to the parts of the vehicle not covered by the “Silver” package and the coverage of windows and tires is provided. Partial theft, attempted theft, damage to the roof, damage to the lower part of the vehicle, damage to the interior and damage caused by vandalism, riots, etc. are excluded.
    • Insurance Platinum package (with supplement of € 15 per day for a category A car):
      If the customer purchases a “Platinum” package, the amount of the theft deductibles (also for partial theft and attempted theft) and damages (also for damage to the roof, the lower part of the vehicle and the interiors) will be zeroed and the PAI services (which guarantees the driver in the event of death, permanent disability and accidents, with a ceiling of up to € 100,000) and “Road Assistance Plus 24h road assistance (covers all towing costs in the event of an accident with fault and for any other event that occurred during the rental period).

    SECURITY DEPOSITS:
    The security deposit must be paid directly by customers by credit card. Below is the detail of the security deposits provided for in the ZERO EXCESS SILVER rate € 200.00.

    EXEMPTIONS FOR “A” CATEGORY CAR :

    • Non-Life Deductible (CDW): € 1,300.00
    • Theft Deductible (TLW): € 1,600.00

    For more information, please visit the following sites:
    Exemptions: www.noleggiare.it/it/franchigie/
    Terms and conditions: www.noleggiare.it/it/termini-e-condizioni/
    Insurance plans: https://www.noleggiare.it/wp content/uploads/2020/01/tariffe_noleggio_auto_Noleggiare.pdf

    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellations up to 15 days before departure with full refund.
    Cancellations from 14 to 8 days before departure, penalty of 30%
    Cancellations from 7 to 4 days before departure, penalty of 50%
    In case of cancellation within 3 days before departure, penalty of 100%
    There will be no refund for no shows or voluntary interruption of an already started trip.