Itinerary:

1Day: Taormina area

Arrival at Catania airport. After picking up the rental car, departure to Taormina area. On this day there are no planned activities. Free time to discover the city on your own.
Dinner and Overnight in Taormina area.

2Day: Taormina area

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are free to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or spend a day in Castiglione di Sicilia and Alcantara Gorges.
Dinner and overnight in Taormina area.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Drive to 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 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 you can also visit the Capucin Monastery, founded in the 16th Century. 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 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.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

3Day: Etna and Taormina

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are free to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or spend a day in Etna and Taormina.
Dinner and overnight in Taormina area.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Drive 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. Drive to Taormina. As you walk and discover the amazing town of Taormina, you will see beautiful old buildings, including the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaja and an ancient Greek Roman theatre the 2nd largest classical theatre in Sicily. Discover the medieval area of the town with its narrow strest and old shops.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

Taormina

Etna

4Day: Catania and Syracuse

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are free to relax and explore the surroundings or have a swim on the beach or spend a day in Catania and Syracuse.
Dinner and overnight in Taormina area.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Drive to Catania for a walking tour through the streets into Catania’s UNESCO-listed historical center with its Baroque palazzi and amazing monuments. Visit of the open-air fish market, famous for its particular colors. Then drive 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.

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, dinner

5Day: Tour overs after breakfast

Today your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Check out at 10:00. Drive to Catania 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 to October

Make it a private escorted 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:

    • 4 breakfast and dinners in hotel 4* in Taormina area;
    • 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;
    • Vehicle to be returned at the same place where it has been delivered. Return of the vehicle at different place must be agreed at the time of booking and extra charges will be applied.

    THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • City tax to be paid on spot;
    • Lunches and dinners;
    • Tips and extras of a personal nature;
    • Porterage service;
    • Gasoline;
    • Motorway tolls;
    • Parkings;
    • Tickets for plane, ship, train or bus to reach airport;
    • Entrance to monuments and archaeological parks;
    • Anything not expressly indicated in “the rate includes”.

    OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    • Post tour in Taormina area from € 100 per double room per day;
    • Cars of higher category as Ford Fiesta from € 12 per day;
    • Gold” insurance package € 10 per day;
    • Platinum” insurance package € 15 per.

    Accomodation:

    4-star hotels:

    • Taormina area:
      Caeasar Palace, Antares, Sporting Baia

    4-star Premium hotels:

    • Taormina area:
      Albatros Beach Hotel, Hellenia Yachting

    The name of the hotel will be communicated few days after your booking

    Important informations:

    Norma Vacanze only deals with the intermediation between the customer and the car rental company. In the event of disputes with the rental company or accidents, the rules established in the contract signed at the airport between the customer and the rental company shall apply, without any involvement of Norma Vacanze.

    Each customer will be able to choose independently whether to follow the suggested itinerary or, instead, to create one according to its needs. However, it is essential to follow the program concerning the cities where to overnight.

    (*) A Category cars are subjected to availability and may not be available on all periods. In case the “A category” won’t be available at the time of booking, a superior category will be offered and in case any supplement would be needed, it will be communicated before the confirmation of each reservation.

    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.