Itinerary:

1Saturday: Taormina Area

Arrive at Catania Airport at any time. After having collected your luggage, depart to your hotel in Taormina Area. On this day there are no planned activities, so check into our hotel (the rooms will be ready after 14:00) and enjoy the city. Free time to discover the surrounding of the hotel or to go for a swim on the beach on your own.
Dinner and Overnight.

2Sunday: Taormina Area

Breakfast in the hotel. This day you are free to relax and explore the city or go for a swim on the beach on your own or opt to join our half day excursion Undiscovered Sicily.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: UNDISCOVERED SICILY

Departure to Castiglione di Sicilia, a small medieval town also known as the “wine city”, where we you can admire Its legendary castle, rich palaces and churches. “Cannizzu” – a lookout tower split in two after being hit by lightning – is really impressive. Santa Domenica’s Church is also worth a visit; it is a rare, valuable example of Byzantine domed building of the seventh century.
Then we discover Francavilla di Sicilia, a stunning town in the Alcantara valley, where a violent battle occurred between the Spaniards and Austrians in the 16th Century. Here we will also visit the Capucin Monastery (entrance fee not included), founded in the 16th Century.
After having tasted some local food and wine, we then head to the Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell’Alcantara). The water in the river is always cool, it attracts hundreds wishing to take a refreshing dip on hot summer days. To get down into the gorge you can either take the stairs or there is an elevator (entrance fee not included) that will whisk you down the 50 meters to the river. The small beach area is great for getting your feet wet, sunbathing, or if you desire to jump in there are areas you can dive in.
Reboard the coach at 15:30 and head back to the hotel.

Price per person: € 39

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Gole dell'Alcantara

Castiglione di Sicilia

Isola Bella

3Monday: Etna and Taormina

Breakfast in the hotel and departure with the tour escort to the Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the volcano constitutes the “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: You will be astonished about the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “Silvestri Craters” (about 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep and cableway (extra cost).
After having tasted some local Sicilian speciality, departure to Taormina. As you walk and discover the amazing town of Taormina, you will see beautiful old buildings, including the 15thcentury Palazzo Corvaja and an ancient Greek Roman theatre the 2nd largest classical theatre in Sicily (Admission fee is not included). Discover the medieval area of the town with its narrow strest and old shops.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

Optional Activity: Etna Summit

On request and at extra cost, instead of spending three hours at leisure to trek independently around the foothills of Mount Etna, there is the possibility to get Mount Etna’s summit with cableway, jeep and alpine guide. Ride by cable car to a height of 8,202 feet (2,500 meters), and then travel the remaining distance by 4×4 jeep, stopping at a dizzying 9,843 feet (3,000 meters). Follow your alpine guide (*) carefully around the craters at Mount Etna’s summit, peering intohornitos (small openings that release lava), and learning about volcanic activity in Sicily. At the end of your walk, return to the base station via jeep and cable car to meet the rest of your group.

Price per person € 95

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Taormina

Etna

4Tuesday: Catania and Syracuse

Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Catania by Bus for a walking tour through the streets into Catania’s UNESCO-listed historical center with its Baroque palazzi and amazing monuments. Before hopping on the bus, visit of the open-air fish market, famous for its particular colors.
Continuation to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island with its Archeological Park , the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, Island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. Tasting of Sicilian speciality. Entrance fees are not included Re-entry in hotel in the late  afternoon.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Ortigia

Catania

Syracuse

5Wednesday: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

Breakfast in hotel. Meeting with your tour escort and departure to Piazza Armerina to visit the Villa Romana del Casale, famous for the most beautiful collection of late-Roman mosaics. After a short break for tasting some typical Sicilian food, we will procede to Agrigento where we will visit the Temples’ Valley, including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concorde (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the whole Greek world), the Temple of Hercules , the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Reboard the coach and head to Palermo.
Dinner and Overnight in Palermo.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Agrigento

Piazza Armerina

Scala dei Turchi

6Thursday: Marsala lagoon, Erice and Segesta

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Marsala, famous because of the salt works  and the production of wine. After a stop in The Riserva dello Stagnone, a magical place, with a striking natural landscape of rare beauty for its white salt pans with windmills, we will head to Erice, the medieval town on the summit of Monte San Giuliano. Here you can admire the Norman Castle (exterior) and the Cathedral. After a stop at a confectionery to taste the typical almond pastry of Erice, we will head to Segesta, one of the most beautiful archeological sites of Sicily, where we will visit the Doric temple whose majestic appearance and dominating position bestows great nobility to the landscape.
Re-board your coach and head back to Palermo where we will arrive in afternoon.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Marsala

Erice

Segesta

7Friday: Palermo and Monreale

Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning visit of Palermo, the Royal Palace and Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s capital, teeming with impressive art and ruins, Byzantine buildings and Baroque churches. You will also visit Piazza Pretoria, The Martorana Church (from outside), “I Quattro canti”, Via Maqueda, Politeama Theatre (from outside). Continue to Teatro Massimo (from outside), the opera house. Stop for eating an Arancina, a sicilian speciality. Continue to Monreale, a lovely town on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Monreale was named for the once numerous citrus orchards that dotted the fertile La Conca d’Oro valley below. Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world (Entrance fees not included).
Dinner and Overnight in your hotel in Taormina area

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

8Saturday: Tour overs after breakfast

Today your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Check out at 10:00. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and head back to Catania airport, or if you booked additional accommodation, you can enjoy an extended stay.

CHEK OUT INFORMATIONS:

Rooms must be left before 10:00 am.
You can bring your baggage with you or you can leave it in the storage room of your hotel for free. On request and at extra charge, it is possible to keep the room until late afternoon.

OPTIONAL SERVICE: TRANSFER BY PRIVATE CAR

You can opt book a individual transfer from the hotel to the airport.
All customers who have booked an individual transport service, will meet our taxi driver at the reception of the hotel. Information about pick-up time will be sent at the hotel by email, one or two days before departure

Price per car (1-3 guests): € 95
Price per Minivan (4-8 guests): € 125

OPTIONAL SERVICE: TRANSFER BY SHUTTLE

You can opt to book a shuttle transfer from the hotel to Catania Aiport.

Price per person: € 30

Conditions:

  • Our shuttles are guaranteed for flights departing from Catania airport between 08:00 and 22:00.
  • Clients will receive information about their pick-up time for the return transfer directly at their reserved hotel, by email from our office, one or two days before departure

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

Arrivederci!

Departure dates:

April: 24
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
June: 05, 12, 19, 26
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
August: 07, 14, 21, 28
September: 04, 11, 18, 25
October: 02, 09, 16

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure – choose your departure  day – opt to book a private chauffeur that allows you to travel in style and comfort, leaving the hassle of navigating foreign roadways and big city traffic to someone else – tailorize your itinerary – with your own tour escort and all the benefits of a Norma Vacanze group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

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    What's included:

    • 5 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Taormina area
    • 2 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Palermo
    • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners in 4-star hotels
    • Category A car rental for the duration of the 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 the next 59 minutes;
    • Car collected and delivered at Catania airport.
    • 10% reduction for 3° bed

    THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • City tax to pay in hotel;
    • Lunches;
    • Tips and personal extras;
    • Porterage service;
    • Petrol;
    • Motorway tolls;
    • Tickets by plane, ship, train or bus to reach the Catania or Palermo airport;
    • Entrance to the monuments and archaeological parks
    • Anything not expressly indicated in “the price
      includes”

    Admission Fees:

    • Guided tours € 30 per person for each single excursion;
    • Guided tours in Syracuse, Valley of the temples, Palermo, Monreale special price € 70 per person;
    • For families is possible to rent a larger and higher category car;
    • “Gold” insurance package for the car, € 10 per day;
    • “Platinum”insurance package for the car € 15 per day.

    IMPORTANT: Norma Vacanze will be only as an intermediary with the car rental company and in case of
    disputes or accidents will be valid the contract signed in airport without any involvement of Norma

    Accomodation:

    4-star Standard hotels:

    • Taormina area: Caeasar Palace or Antares or Olimpo or Sporting Baia or similar
    • Palermo: Astoria Palace or San Paolo Palace or similar

    4-star Premium hotels:

    • Taormina area: Albatros Beach Hotel or Hellenia Yacthing or similar
    • Palermo: Garibaldi or Mercure Palermo Centro or  Palazzo Sitano or similar

    Dinners must be made in the same area and at the same times as the customers of the Bus Tour SICILY SUN TOUR

    Important informations:

    Some trips could be a combination of multiple Norma Vacanze tours. You should expect some
    group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.

    We try to carry out the tour as in the programs but a change in emergency could be possible with alternative programs.

    The tour programs could undergo variations, with respect to what has been published, for reasons of technical or logistical orders, without however substantial changes to the program itself.

    Norma Vacanze is entitled to change the itinerary of the excursion if it considers it appropriate or due to force majeure.

    Norma Vacanze is not responsible for accidents, delays, damage or loss of luggage or personal belongings, nor for damages caused by third parties or others like floods, storms, landslides, earthquakes, political unrest, epidemy, terrorists attacks, strike.

    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.