Itinerary:

1Saturday: Taormina area

Arrival at Catania/Palermo airport. After picking up the rental car, drive to Taormina 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 Taormina area.

2Sunday: Taormina area

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or visit some little known places in eastern Sicily.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Taormina area.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY: UNDISCOVERED SICILY

Drive to Castiglione di Sicilia, a small medieval town also known as the “city of wine”, full of palaces and churches, where you can admire its legendary castle, “Cannizzu” – a lookout tower divided in two after being struck by lightning – is really impressive. The Church of Santa Domenica is also worth a visit; it is a rare and precious example of a 7th century Byzantine domed building. Head to Francavilla di Sicilia, a beautiful town in the Alcantara valley, where a violent battle between Spaniards and Austrians took place in the 16th century. Here we suggest you visit the Capuchin Monastery, founded in the 16th century. After tasting the local food and wine, head to the Alcantara Gorges. To go down the gorge you can take the stairs or, for a fee, you can take the elevator that will take you down 50 meters to the river. The water is cold but trying to walk along a stretch of river inside the gorges is an unforgettable experience.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Gole dell'Alcantara

Taormina

Castiglione di Sicilia

3Monday: Etna and Taormina

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or visit Etna and Taormina.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Taormina area.

SUGGESTED Itinerary

Head towards “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 Silvesti Craters 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 back 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.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Isola Bella

Crateri Silvestri

Etna

4Tuesday: Catania, Syracuse and Noto – Ferry to Malta

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have to drive to Pozzallo Port to take the ferry to Malta. You can relax and explore the surroundings or take a swim on the beach or visit the cities of Catania, Syracuse and Noto before heding to Pozzallo. Drive to Poccallo port and take the catamaran to Malta.
Overnight stay in Malta.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Drive to Catania, a city whose historic center has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with its baroque palaces and amazing monuments. Stroll through the streets and buildings of anthracite color, like the lava stone with which they are decorated. Visit the outdoor fish market, famous for its bright colors and picturesque products. Take the car and head to the Archaeological Park of Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites on the island where you can admire the Roman Amphitheater, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus and the Cordari Cave. Continue the visit heading towards the Island of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city and walk through its characteristic alleys until you reach the main square, dominated by the sumptuous cathedral and baroque palaces and then head to the characteristic seafront of the city. Continuing on, you will be able to make a stop in Noto named “Baroque Capital” and named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002. Continue to Pozzallo and board the catamaran for Malta.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

Catania

Syracuse

Noto

5Wednesday: Three Cities of Malta

Breakfast at the hotel. You are free to relax and explore the city or take a swim in the magnificent crystal clear Maltese waters or visit the “Three Cities”.
Overnight in Malta.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Proceed to the area of Porto Grande, opposite Valletta, known as the Three Cities – Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, where the Knights of St. John first settled in 1530. Passing Cospicua you reach Vittoriosa for a walking tour through the narrow streets in the shadow of historic buildings, including the first ordinances in the various languages of the Order. At the promenade of Vittoriosa take a typical port boat (dghajsa) for a tour of the colorful inlets of the port. From the Senglea Garden, located at the end of the peninsula, enjoy the view of the Porto Grande.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

Malta

6Thursday: The “Other” Malta

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or take a swim on the beach or visit the “Other” Malta This is a very special tour, combining Malta’s most important aristocratic palace with 400 year old cellars where Malta’s premium wines can mature. Palazzo Parisio has been rightly described as “a miniature Versailles”. Its intricate interiors contain fine frescoes, magnificent marble works, mirrored walls, rare paintings and extravagant workmanship. The beautiful landscaped gardens, acclaimed as among the most beautiful in Europe, reflect the splendor of this gracious residence. After the opulence of the palace, one of Malta’s leading wineries welcomes you to its cellars where you will be given a detailed explanation of the local wine production and you will be invited to taste a selection of local wines and specialties.
Overnight in Malta.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

7Friday: Malta – Ferry to Sicily

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have to take the ferry to Sicily and then drive to Ragusa Area. You can opt to relax and explore the surroundings, take a swim on the beach or do shopping in Malta. In the afternoon drive to the port and take the catamaran to Pozzallo. Once you arrive to Sicily, drive to your hotel in Ragusa area.
Overnight stay in Ragusa area.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

8Saturday: 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 April 01 to October 31

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    What's included:

    • 3 breakfast & dinner in the hotels 4* in Taormina area ;
    • 3 breakfasts in hotel 4* Malta;
    • 1 breakfast in hotel 4* Ragusa area;
    • Ferry Pozzallo-Malta-Pozzallo;
    • 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.

    THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • City tax (to pay on spot);
    • Boarding car Pozzallo-Malta r/t da € 80;
    • Lunches;
    • Dinners in Malta and Ragusa area;
    • 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

    • 3 dinners in Malta from € 60,00 per person;
    • 1 dinner in Ragusa from € 20,00 per person;
    • Possibility to rent cars of superior category;
    • Gold” insurance package € 10 per day;
    • Platinum” insurance package € 15 per day;
    • If you want to go to Malta without a car, you can park your car near the Port of Pozzallo. Surcharge for transfers to Malta (port / hotel / port) and excursion to the “Three Cities” € 80 per person.

    Accomodation:

    4-star hotels:

    • Ragusa area:
      Hotel Mediterraneo, Athena Resort
    • Taormina area:
      Antares, Sporting Baia, Caesar Palace
    • Malta:
      Santana, Be

    4-star Premium hotels:

    • Taormina area:
      Albatros Beach Hotel, Hellenia Yachting

    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.