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 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.

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.

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: 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 head towards the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Taormina area.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Vulcano

Lipari

Faraglioni

5Wednesday: Catania, Syracuse and Noto

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have to move to your hotel in ragusa area. You can to relax and explore the surroundings or take a swim on the beach or visit the cities of Catania, Syracuse and Noto.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in the area of Ragusa.

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. Continue to Noto, the “Baroque Capital” listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, Dinner

Catania

Noto

Syracuse

6Thursday: Ragusa area

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

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

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 buildings in Baroque style; moreover, the whole area has been made famous by the well-known TV series “Il Commissario Montalbano”. You can start from the Sorico 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 its chocolate processing and 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 the streets of the historic center the beautiful golden stone churches and sumptuous buildings of 1800.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

Modica

Ragusa Ibla

Scicli

7Friday: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to relax and explore the surroundings or to visit Agrigento and Piazza Armerina.
Dinner and overnight stay in Ragusa area.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Today you can make a trip to Agrigento. Proceed to Piazza Armerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casale, famous for the most beautiful collection of late Roman mosaics, take advantage to make a short stop to taste some typical Sicilian dishes. Continue to Agrigento and visit the Valley of Temples, including the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concordia (one of the best preserved Doric temples in the Greek world), the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Castor and Pollux.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

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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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:

    • 4 breakfast & dinner in hotel 4* in Taormina area ;
    • 3 breakfast & dinner in hotel 4* in Ragusa ;
    • Excursion Lipari & Vulcano: departures subject to change due to marine weather conditions. Ecotax not included;
    • 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);
    • 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
    • Taormina area:
      – 4* Standard: Sporting Baia ,Caesar Palace
      – 4* Premium: Albatros Beach, Hellenia Yacthing, Olimpo

    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.