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Sicily, ancient and charming land, rich in history and traditions, is pleased to welcome you and tell its story through the testimony of its glorious past. The combination of civilizations has created a unique culture with a charm of its own. It looks forward to surprise you with the many facets of its enchanting landscapes, often wild and untouched, but always charming in their simplicity. With medieval towns, seemingly endless countryside, beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, Sicily is an island like no other.
Participants will stay in 5-star hotels in double occupancy throughout the vacation. Single supplement is available upon request.
Arrive at Catania airport. Coach transfer to the 4-star hotel in Siracusa. The hotel is a refined former and aristocratic dwelling in the heart of Ortigia, home of the most important residences since the 13th century. Check-in and take lunch. In the afternoon, guided tour around Ortigia. Dinner in a selected local restaurant. Return to the hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. The morning begins with a visit to the picturesque local fish market, winding through the alleys of Ortigia, discovering the typical Sicilian products. Meeting with Fiora, who will demonstrate the preparation of two classic Sicilian dishes that will then be served for lunch.
In the afternoon, guided tour of the Parco Archaeologico della Neapolis (from the Greek new city), which includes the Basilica of S. Nicolo dei Cordari, the Roman amphitheatre, the altar of Lerone, the Greek theatre, the paradise quarry and the so-called ear of Dionysus. Return to the hotel and have dinner.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided tour of the Pupillo winery vineyards in the Targia district of the city. The vineyard boasts the Swabian Solacium Castle, from 17th century and a historic garden. Wine-tasting and light lunch. In the afternoon, visit the town of Noto, a world heritage site, known as the stone garden. Afterwards, transfer to Modica. Check-in at the 5-star hotel, an ex- ecclesiastical manor of Renna, which previously was an Arab farmhouse. Dinner in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided tour of Ragusa Ibla, city of ancient origins and a fine example of the Sicilian baroque. Lunch savoring local specialties in a restaurant. In the afternoon, return to Modica, and then proceed to Marzamemi, a small fishing village. Dinner with locally-caught fish. Return to the hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided tour of Caltagirone, the queen of the mountains, and an important centre for ceramics. Visit of one of the many pottery shops. Lunch in an agritourism. In the afternoon, proceed to Vizzini and to the 5-star hotel, originally a splendid residence of the noble Sicilian Ventimiglia family. Check-in and have dinner.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided tour of the Feudo dei Principi di Butera winery, a prestigious vineyard. Tour of the vines and cellars, which hold 104 Slovenian oak storage barrels, with a capacity of 3,000 to 6,000 liters. Tutored tasting with sommelier. Lunch of typical local dishes in the cellars. Departure for Catania airport.
The package includes guided tours of Siracusa, Ortigia, Parco Archaeologico della Neapolis, Noto, Ragusa and Caltagirone. You will also visit Marzamemi, a small fishing village in Sicily.
The tour will show you the charm and luxury of Sicily. Particularly, in Catania, Siracusa, Ortigia, Targia, Noto, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Marzamemi and Caltagirone.
Have a taste of true Sicilian dishes during the vacation.