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 (if booked) and Overnight.

OPTIONAL SERVICE: TRANSFER BY PRIVATE CAR

You can opt to book a individual transfer from the airport to the hotel.
All customers who have booked an individual transport service, will meet our taxi driver at the airport arrivals with a sign displaying their name that will bring them to their hotel.

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 airport to the hotel.

Price per person: € 30

Conditions:

  • Possible waiting time: maximum 2 hours in coincidence with other flights from any other nationalities
  • Our shuttles are guaranteed for flights arriving to Catania airport between 07:00 and 21:00
  • The driver, or the hostess, will wait for the guests inside the airport with a panel on which is indicated the name of the guests and/or Norma Vacanze logo

YOUR WELCOME MOMENT

Meet Your tour escort and Group

Your opportunity to meet your tour escort and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Don’t forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group

MEALS INCLUDED

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

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 (if booked) 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

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

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 (if booked) and Overnight.

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

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

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

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

Ortigia

Catania

Syracuse

5Wednesday: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

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 full day excursion Agrigento and Piazza Armerina.
Dinner (if booked) and Overnight in hotel.

Optional Activity: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

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 to head back to Taormina in late afternoon.

Price per person: € 60

MEALS INCLUDED

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

Agrigento

Piazza Armerina

Scala dei Turchi

6Thursday: Grotta Azzurra by boat and Taormina walking food experience

Breakfast at the hotel. Reach the port of Giardini Naxos on your own and board on the boat.
In this tour you will discover the natural beauty of the coast Giardini Naxos – Taormina, in a comfortable characteristic boat (max. 12 people), to explore the Ionian coast. From here you will have a fantastic view of Etna and the most spectacular places of its area. Along the way you will
discover some caves, including the famous “Blue Grotto”, rock formations and the beautiful Nature Reserve of “Isola Bella”. The captain will drop anchor in a particular place in the turquoise sea water. There is the possibility to swim or enjoy nature. Return to the Port of Giardini Naxos.
Suits recommended: hat, swimsuit, beach towels.
In the afternoon you are free to relax and explore the city or take a swim on the beach on your own or you can opt to book our activity “Taormina walking food experience”.
Dinner (if booked) and overnight at the hotel.

Optional service: Transfer to Giardini Naxos port and back

On request it is possible to book (extra charge) a group transfer from the hotel to the port and vv.

Price per person (min 2 pax): € xx

Optional Activity: Taormina food walking experience

Sicily is included among the ten selected regions in terms of tourist attractiveness and food and wine culture We will begin our “Walking Food Experience” through the narrow streets of the charming Taormina and guests “hop” from one taste sensation to the next on a leisurely walk with our local food person. Sicilian street food is different from province to province, and here in the province of Messina you will have the opportunity to taste some specialties that you don’t find in other places. We will start with the first Sicilian speciality such as the “Focaccia” o “Cartucciata” or “Scacciata”: What is this ? a kind of pizza that is thicker than the Neapolitan pizza; it is seasoned with Sicilian cheese, tomatoes and a nice vegetable, the curly endive, with a slightly sour taste. Are you ready for the second Sicilian speciality? the “Arancino”. You can find it everywhere in Sicily, but in the eastern coast the shape is different: it is not a perfect “ball” but it has a peak as ETNA and therefore it is also easier to bite… The taste is really an experience not to miss: the “arancino” is a ball of fried rice, filled with different ingredients; the basic filling can be ragout or mozzarella cheese + ham, but it is not difficult to find the version with mushrooms, spinaches and so on. After eating you’ll . for sure, be thirsty and we’ll let you trying a Chinotto , a soft drink flavoured with sour oranges Than we’ll continue to walk for having a nice dessert in a bakery to taste a typical Sicilian cake as Cannolo or another type of sicilian cake Our food experience must end – of course – with a refreshing sweet and in the province of Messina what it is better than a Granita? Nothing else… especially in the warm days, cause it is a crushed-ice drink. The flavours are countless: the traditional ones are coffee -, lemonor – almonds-taste ; Before ending our walking tour it Is still time to drink a good Espresso!

Let us know when you book if you have any food allergies or restrictions.
This program includes 6 stops through the characteristic streets of the stunning Taormina
Places visited during your tour are subject to change.
Meeting is at Porta Messina one of the door of Taorminacity center
On request it is possible to book a group transfer from the hotel to  Taormina and  back (extra charge)

Price per person: € 35
Supplement for transfer, per person (min 2 pax): € 15

MEALS INCLUDED

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

7Friday: Palermo and Monreale

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 full day activity “Palermo and Monreale” or “Aeolian Islands: Lipari and Vulcano”.
Dinner (if booked) and Overnight in hotel.

Optional Activity: Palermo and Monreale

Departure to Palermo in the early morning and 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, 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.
Re-entry to Taormina in late afternoon

Price per person: € 60

Optional Activity: Aeolian Islands - Lipari and Vulcano

Start your day trip by boarding your air-conditioned coach at your hotel or at a metting point and then relax on the 1-hour journey to the port Milazzo, Swap your mode of transport for a motorboat and speed through the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Your destination is Lipari, the largest island in the stunning Aeolian Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After sailing along the headland coast of Capo Milazzo, directtransfer to Lipari to see Punta Castagna; in this area of old pumice pits and white beaches, you can admire the charming landscape and the characteristic sea color due to its clear seabed.
After docking in Lipari, our first stop, you can have the opportunity to visit the old town centre (where it will be possible to visit also a small archaeological museum in Castello, the cemetery, the Norman cathedral of the XII century, consecrated in honor of St. Bartholomew), the archeaological park and to do shopping. You will also have the chance to book a bus tour of Lipari (optional, not included in the price).
After departing from Lipari, direct transfer to the island of Vulcano for our second stop; the important attractions are the black beaches, hot springs and the sulfur mud baths. This stop also allows passengers to eat lunch in a local restaurant (optional).
In the afternoon departure from Vulcano to sail around the mythological area of the Aeolian Islands, the Faraglioni, the Papa Giovanni rock,  the Grotta degli Angeli and the Scoglio della Mummia. Particular attention to the wonderful Piscina di Venere, the charming Grotta del Cavallo and Scoglio del Leone.
On the way back to Milazzo, visit from the sea to the pictoresque village of Gelso to admire the ancient lighthouse.
Return to Milazzo around 5.45 pm. Transfer in hotel.

Price per person: € 75

Important note:
The departures are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions.
This excursions has 10 passenger minimum requirement and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met.
In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, a refund will be provided or an alternative excursion will be offered.

MEALS INCLUDED

Dinner (for booking in 4* base hotels  or if dinner supplement has beed added to bookings in 4* high level hotels)

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

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    What's included:

    • 7 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Taormina area
    • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners for booking in 4* hotel Standard
    • 7 breakfasts for bookings in 4* hotel Premium
    • Air-conditioned bus for every excursion
    • Bilingual tour guide speaking German and/or English and/or Italian
    • Tasting of sicilian products as written in the program

    THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • City taxes
    • Drinks at meals
    • Lunches
    • Individual/group transfers from/to Catania Airport
    • Porterages, tips (optional) and personal expenses
    • Tickets for plane, ship, train or bus to reach the hotel on the first day
    • Entrance to monuments and archaeological parks
    • Optional excursions
    • Anything not expressly indicated in “the rate includes”

    Transfers from Catania Airport to the Hotel and back:

    • Transfer with Shared shuttle: €30 per person per way
    • Car 1/3 pax: € 95 per vehicle per way
    • Minivan 4/8 pax: € 120 per vehicle per way

    Admission Fees:

    Greek theatre of Taormina: € 10 (Excursion Etna and Taormina)
    Archeological Park in Syracuse: € 14 (Excursions Catania and Syracuse)
    Temple Valley in Agrigento: € 12 (for Optional excursion Agrigento and Piazza Armerina)
    Villa Romana del Casale: € 10 (for Optional excursion Agrigento and Piazza Armerina)
    Palermo Cathedral: € 3 (for Optional excursion Palermo and Monreale)
    Monreale Cathedral: € 14 (for Optional excursion Palermo and Monreale)

    The fees and charges indicated herein are as of the date of publishing this tour (feb 2021). Every fee could change in case of temporary exibitions or representations.
    Pre-bookings of entrance tickets is mandatory. Tickets are not refundable.

    Accomodation:

    4-star Standard hotels:
    Taormina area: Caeasar Palace or Antares or Olimpo or Sporting Baia or similar

    4-star Premium hotels:
    Taormina area: Albatros Beach Hotel or Hellenia Yacthing or similar

    Important informations:

    Some trips could be a combination of multiple Norma Vacanze tours. The person that will conduct the tour could be different day by day. 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.

    Early Booking Discount:

    Book before March 31 and you will get 5% discount on the tour price.

    For every Optional excursions booked before 30/04 you get 10% discount

    What is a guaranteed departure?

    A guaranteed departure means that there is no minimum number of bookings required on a trip for it to run. So, if you book a that is a guaranteed departure, you’ll be heading off on the adventure of a lifetime.

    The safety of our travellers is our number one priority, so during the COVID-19 pandemic, some trips that are listed as guaranteed departures may need to be cancelled or rescheduled, if the destination is deemed unsuitable to travel to at this time.

    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.