(Palermo, Agrigento, Syracuse)
In every corner of these enchanting islands is an opportunity for transcendent encounters.
Immerse yourself in the mystery and intensity of these two incredibly diverse islands. Explore Sicily’s exquisite architecture and artistic monuments, still standing after thousands of years. Experience Greek ruins in lush valleys that are blanketed in oleander and juniper blossoms. Discover megaliths, medieval towers and baroque churches on mythical Malta, which has been referred to as an “open-air” museum. Drive up and down jagged coastlines and stop to stroll through fresh fish markets along the way. At night, relax in charming and distinctive accommodations that suggest a bygone era.
With your guide, wander the wide boulevards of Palermo’s Old Quarter and visit the astonishing baroque palaces, 12th century Cathedral and dizzying food market replete with epicurean delights. In Segesta, tour the Doric Temple, one of the best preserved Greek temples in all of Europe. Visit Syracuse and head to the ancient temple of Apollo which was built in 570 B.C. Take a short ferry ride to Malta and explore Valetta, the city’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll the Upper Barracca Gardens and discover the Palace of the Grand Masters and St.John’s Co-Cathedral. Another ferry takes you to the tranquil island of Gozo where you can spend the day gazing upon the island’s natural wonders.
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Meet your driver for a private Airport (Falcone Borsellino) transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Meet your guide in your hotel lobby this morning to visit Palermo and Monreale. You’ll be enchanted by Palermo’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces. You’ll see the city’s main sights, including Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), an extravagant baroque square ringed by four buildings with baroque sculptures that depict the Four Seasons, Spanish kings, and the patron saints of Palermo’s four old quarters. You’ll also see the twelfth-century Cathedral, which houses a pantheon of royal tombs. Afterwards, you will be taken to Palermo’s impressive food market Il Capo which is full of color and great epicurean delights. Be sure to sample some typical street food such as pani ca meusa, panelle and arancini while you are there!
Later you’ll discover the Arab-Norman splendor of the Monreale Cathedral. This treasure dates from the 12th century and shows the diverse architectural influences of both the Normans and the Arab population. At day's end, you'll be returned to your hotel in Palermo by private vehicle.
Meet your English speaking driver for transfer to Agrigento, with a stop in Segesta. Upon arrival in Segesta enjoy a two hour tour with local expert. Visit the Doric Temple, one of the best preserved Greek temple in Europe. Segesta was one of the major cities of the Elmian people, located on a hill. The temple is simply beautiful situated on a rolling green countryside with views that stretch right down to the sea.
Mandranova Estate has a long tradition of specialized cultivations which has been passed from one generation to the next. Today, after a reclamation and cultivation, 40 hectares are dedicated to olive trees, with extremely innovative cultivation, gathering and processing systems. This morning you will be privy to a private tour of the farm including its olive grove, and oil press. After learning the process of making quality olive oil, taste some of the best Extra virgin Olive Oil made on the island.
Enjoy a private transfer and guided walking tour of Syracuse with your local English speaking guide. Notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, and architecture, this 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Explore the Old Town of Syracuse, with the 14th and 15th century palaces of Piazza Archimede, the ancient Temple of Apollo (built in 570 B.C.), the Foro Italico promenade, and the 17th century Cathedral which incorporates the remains of the ancient Temple of Athena. Afterward, you will get the chance to admire the historical centre of Noto, the Baroque capital of Sicily; a very beautiful town rebuilt as a baroque masterpiece following a 1693 AD earthquake which destroyed the town.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Pozzallo Port.
Take the ferry for a transfer from Pozzalo to Valletta, Malta. The transfer should take approximately 1 1/2hrs.
Meet your driver and English speaking assistant for an airport transfer.
Enjoy a half day tour of Valletta with private vehicle and an English speaking guide. Valletta, Malta’s capital and a World Heritage site, is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture, a monument donated by the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago. The city owes both its name and its fortifications to Jean de la Valette, Grand Master of the Knights of St. John, who rebuilt the city after the Great Siege of 1565. After a morning at leisure you will go sightseeing in Valletta, visiting the Upper Barracca Gardens and two great buildings erected by the Knights of St. John, the Palace of the Grand Masters and St. John's Co-Cathedral. Entrance fees to St. John`s Co-Cathedral & Caravaggio, State Rooms and Tapestry Chamber included.
Enjoy a private full day tour with vehicle and English speaking guide. In the morning you drive inland to the village of Mosta, whose Church of St. Mary has the third largest unsupported dome in all of Europe. Continue on to Mdina, ancient capital of Malta, and a town of great historical charm, much of it painstakingly rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693. Includes entrance fee to Mdina Cathedral.
Enjoy a private full day tour to Gozo with vehicle and an English speaking guide. You will take the ferry across for a day in Gozo, a tranquil island ringed with beautiful bays. Most of this island is rural but one still finds numerous archeological remains and architectural treasures, including the old Citadel and the Ggantija temples. You`ll visit the capital, Victoria, with its hilltop citadel, then see some of the island`s natural wonders: the Azure Window, an immense limestone arch created by erosion; Fungus Rock, whose plant life was harvested for medicinal purposes by the Knights of S. John and the Inland Sea. Includes English speaking guide, private vehicle, ferry tickets, entrance fees to Ggantija temples, Gozo Cathedral.
The Hotel Plaza Opera (4*) is conveniently located in Palermo close to shopping and business area. It is surrounded by fine restaurants and wine bars. Palermos main historical and artistic attractions are situated within walking distance. The Palermo hotel features a distinctive atmosphere and a warm Sicilian welcome awaits guests at their arrival. There are 47 rooms at the Hotel Plaza Opera including suites, single, double, twin and triple rooms. These rooms are fully equipped with modern amenities, including flat screen TV and broadband wireless internet access.
The Mandranova Estate (4*) holiday resort is set in a garden of palm trees and African plants. We offer a stay of absolute comfort and tranquility in the rustic simplicity of the old farmhouse and renovated rooms in a train station and an old millstone. The "Gebbia, formerly used for agricultural irrigation, has been transformed into a small but lovely pool where guests can go for a refreshing swim in the summer heat. The charming owners are renowned for the warmth of their welcome and wonderful sense of hospitality and the restaurant, which is for the exclusive use of guests, offers excellent food prepared with locally produced ingredients. For beach lovers, there are several nice sandy beaches nearby.
On the edge of the island of Ortigia, the Hotel Des Etrangers et Miramare (5*) is within easy walking distance of the centre of Syracuse. The hotel is made up of 78 guestrooms and 13 suites. The architecture is rather elegant, in a neoclassic Sicilian style. The floors are covered with precious marbles, while the walls and ceilings are enriched with stucco work. Most bedrooms open onto the Porto Grande sea. On the 6th floor, there is a restaurant that offers a panoramic view of the Ortigia rooftops, bell towers and the expansive sea below.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior (5*) is ideally located on the doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Capital City of Valletta, with all its major attractions, culture, art treasures, and historical architectural gems. This acclaimed Valletta Malta hotel prides itself in providing the discerning traveller with magnificent accommodation, breathtaking views of Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island, and an unforgettable dining experience. Its central position allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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