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Via Lamberti 39/41 R,
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Italy
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DAY 1
Upon your arrival at Palermo airport, meet your driver and board a luxury car for your private transfer to your hotel in Palermo.
Check-in then have time to relax or to acquaint with the nearby area.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Palermo, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 2
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet your English speaking guide and your private car with driver for a morning visit of the old city of Palermo, featuring the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral and the Quattro Canti - the Four Corners, a splendid square ringed by baroque buildings. Lunch is free on your own, then meet again your guide and car to go to Monreale, a historic hill-town located at about 50 KM south of Palermo, for a visit including the admission to its stunning Norman Cathedral to see the fine mosaics inside.
Come back to Palermo in the late afternoon and enjoy your free time in the city.

DAY 3
After breakfast check out from the hotel in Palermo, take your luggage and meet your private car and driver for an excursion to Erice, a medieval hill town with ancient origins, close to the port city of Trapani. Once there walk in its tiny and characteristic streets, where you will find shops selling typical products like the marzipan sweets, pastries and the almond biscuits, made following ancient recipes in the Erice convent tradition. Lunch is free, then in the afternoon you will proceed to Trapani for a visit to the Salt Pans, located between the city and the sea. The reserves offer splendid sceneries, with their picturesque windmills and the vast saltpans whose water is tinged with red at sunset.
Overnight in Trapani or nearby area, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 4
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will leave to Marsala, a pleasant historic coastal town, famous for its wine, for a short visit to one of the many wineries, followed by a wine tasting with canapés, then you will proceed to Agrigento, situated on Sicily's southern coast, and home of the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest legacies of ancient Greece.
Meet your English speaking guide for a visit to the archaeological area that contains some of the greatest Greek ruins in the world, like the Temples of Zeus, Concord, Hercules and Castor and Pollux. After the tour, go to your hotel to relax and enjoy your free time.
Overnight in Agrigento or nearby area, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 5
Breakfast at the hotel.
Board on your private car for the transfer to Ragusa, far about 130 km south east from Agrigento. Before checking in at the hotel, make a stop for a visit to the Donnafugata Castle, set in the rolling countryside among rocks and giant carob trees. The castle, with its gothic-venetian style, the massive square tower, the loggia screened by pointed arches, the immense park with exotic vegetation, a labyrinth and artificial caves, is one of the most spectacular site in Sicily. Lunch on your own (there is a Trattoria next to the Castel) then proceed to your hotel.
In the afternoon discover the Baroque city of Ragusa, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, on your own: the city is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily, and the view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. It is also one of the principal filming locations for the Sicilian detective drama Il Commissario Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano), very famous in Italy.
Overnight in Ragusa, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 6
Breakfast at the hotel
Another day to stay and visit the city of Ragusa. The grandest building in Ibla – the lower district of the city – is the cathedral, the Duomo di San Giorgio. Up a flight of steps and segregated from the streets by ornate railings, there is the heart of the old town that contains some of its best and most precious artworks. At the end of Ibla's rocky ridge there is the town's public park, the Giardino Ibleo. These gardens have views over the surrounding valleys and are the venue of choice for promenading locals as well as tourists.
In the afternoon you may visit another Baroque town of Sicily, close to Ragusa (20 km far): Modica. It is another dramatic town, famous for its chocolate as well as its Baroque architecture and the archaeological site of Cava d'Ispica, a green valley lined with rock-cut tombs, is easy to reach by car.
Overnight in Ragusa, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 7
After breakfast, board your private car to go to Siracusa with a detour to Pachino and Marzamemi.
Pachino is located almost in the extreme southeast corner of Sicily, and it lives mainly off of agriculture: the wine and the church tomatoes (Pomodorini di Pachino) are among the main products of Pachino. Then proceed to the fishing village of Marzamemi. The charm of this magical place lies in its history that oozes from the stones of its buildings, and here it seems that you can really go back in time and enter into ordinary people’s life. You may also enjoy a boat tour that leaves from here. In the late afternoon reach your hotel to relax and spend the night. Overnight in Siracusa, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 8
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby for a visit to the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily, with its archaeological area including the famous Latomie, the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Dionysius ‘Ear’. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city center of Siracusa, built by the Aragonians: here you can admire the Cathedral and the ‘Fontana Aretusa’. Lunch is on your own, then in the afternoon depart to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The principal tourist activity in Noto is simply a wander around the narrow streets, admiring the golden-colored stone buildings, the fantastical facades and balconies.
Dinner is included at a local restaurant in Siracusa this evening.
Overnight in Siracusa, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 9
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet your private car and river at the hotel lobby for the transfer to Catania, about 65 km far. Check in at the and have time for lunch on your own, then in the afternoon you will join an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating landscape, you will reach a height of 2000 meters, where you will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Come back to Catania after the tour, rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Catania, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 10
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will visit the town of Taormina, also called ‘the pearl of the Ionic Sea’, that was founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the park of Mount Etna.
Meet your English speaking guide for a visit to the Greek Theatre: built in the 3rd century BC, it is the second largest amphitheater is Sicily, after the one in Siracusa, but it wins when it comes to location, as it is suspended between the sky and the sea, with Mount Etna looming on the southern horizon. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time at leisure for shopping or simply walk through the tiny streets.
Come back to Catania in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Catania, with breakfast and local city tax included.

DAY 11
After breakfast you will find you private driver and car for the transfer to Catania airport, to take your flight back home.