Visit the eastern part of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterannean with its secluded historic villages, beautiful turquoise water and amazing local delicacies!
DAY 1: CATANIA
Upon arrival get transferred from the airport in Catania to your hotel.
At night, feel free to stroll around the town which has flourishing gay life - try the Pegaso's Circus, Codice Rosso, Villa Romeo and Nievski bar.
DAY 2: CATANIA
After breakfast meet your guide for your Catania walking tour. Catania, one of Sicily's most important cities, is also called the "black-city" thanks to its Baroque-style and the dark color of the façades created by the lava stone from Mount Etna. After the town was destroyed because of an eruption, its old part was rebuilt in a Baroque style. Walk through its UNESCO city center, where you will be astonished by charming piazzas, streets and markets, exploring the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the Ursino Castle, a massive fortification built for Frederick II in the XII century, and the beautiful Bellini Theatre, dedicated to the great musician from Catania.
Free time for some self-exploring & shopping and a free night to taste more of the exciting night life!
DAY 3: PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO
Following breakfast head to Piazza Armerina, where you will visit the famous Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site - thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes.
Continue to Agrigento to meet your guide for a visit to the famous Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - one of Sicily's most famous historical attractions. This splendid archeological park consists of 8 temples built between about 510 and 430 BC.
Get back to the hotel for an overnight
DAY 4: CALTAGIRONE – DONNAFUGATA CASTLE – RAGUSA – NOTO
After breakfast travel with your driver to Caltarigione, one of the liveliest Baroque towns in central Sicily.
Also known in Italy as “The city of Sicilian ceramics” due to its thousand-year-old tradition. Continue to Donnafugata Castle with its white façade and Venetian Gothic loggia giving you the pleasuring feeling like it just came out of a fairytale.
Continue to Ragusa and discover the famous UNESCO Ragusa Ibla with the Basilica of San Giorgio and the Hyblean Gardens, with its fantastic views of the town. Off to the capital of Barroco, Noto, which has been awarded as one of the most important LGBT destination in Italy by Geta (Gay European Travel Association).
Noto offers many gay beaches such as Spiaggia di Eloro or Pizzuta.
Meet your tour guide for a night walking tour and discover the old town which is like a stage setting: the ensemble of palaces, churches and squares and the view reaching all the way to the sea.
DAY 5: AVOLA – SYRACUSE – ORTIGIA
After breakfast depart to the beautiful town of Avola, where you can admire wide sandy beaches, delicious almond specialties and the world famous red wine Nero d'Avola.
The locals still live mostly on farming, vineyards and groves of lemon, orange and almond trees which really characterize the landscape. Continue to Siracusa where you will stop at the Archaeolgical Park of Neapolis, which includes a range of monuments like the Greek theatre.
Visit the Cathedral and the Fonte Aretusa before heeading to magical Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracusa where the architectural beauties of different historical periods, Prehistoric settlements, Baroque, Byzantine and Norman Greek art will stun you.
Back to the hotel in Noto
DAY 6: Wine tatsing near the Volcano
Following breakfast meet your private gastronomic & wine expert and hop on the train (not available in Sunday) to Mount Etna area, the most active Volcano in Europe. Arrive in Castiglione di Sicilia and visit the vineyards and wine cellar in Rovitello. Walking tour of Castiglione di Sicilia, resting on a hill on the north side of Etna. This is the archetype of the typical hilltop village, with houses perched along the slope. After lunch with local delicacies in Etna area continue to a wine cellar in Milo, where you will visit the vineyard and production facilities and taste ETNA DOC wines. Get back to the hotel and have some free time for relaxation and dinner.
DAY 7: TAORMINA
Following breakfast meet your tour guide and discover Taormina, the Mediterranean Pearl, which is located on a natural terrace sheer above the sea. Visit the charming, ancient Greek theater which is located in the blooming, natural scenery that goes straight across the sea to reach the Calabria coasts - the town of Siracusa and the Etna's peak.
Get back to your hotel for an overnight or start your night out in one of the many bars in Taormina like Fashion, La dolce vita, Shatulle, Tyke Bar and Ziggy Bar.
DAY 8: CATANIA
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport in Catania for your flight back with everlasting memories of an amazing trip!
THE RATE INCLUDES
• 7 overnights at the below mentioned hotels on Bed and Breakfast Basis.
• Assistance at the airport upon arrival by an OUTstanding Travel Representative
• Private transfer from Catania Airport to the hotel (Day 1)
• Half day private walking tour with an English speaking guide of the city of Catania (Day 2)
• Half day private walking tour with an English speaking guide of the city of Agrigento (Day 3)
• Private transfer between the sites (Day 3)
• Half day private walking tour with an English speaking guide of Noto (Day 4)
• Private transfer between the sites (Day 4)
• Half day private walking tour with an English speaking guide of Syracuse & Ortigia (Day 5)
• Private transfer between the sites (Day 5)
• Train ticket to Circumetnea (Day 6)
• Private tour + wine tasting in 2 wine cellars in Etna area (Day 6)
• Half day private walking tour with an English speaking guide of Taormina (Day 7)
• Private transfer from the hotel to Malpensa Airport in Milan (Day 8)
• Entrance fees (with queue- jump) to the following sites: The Valley of Temples, Donnafugata Castle, Archeological Park of Neapolis, The Greek Theatre.
The rate excludes:
Expenses of personal nature
Transportation other than mentioned
Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff and restaurant staff
Any other item not mentioned above
It is our company policy to receive a 30% deposit upon booking, and full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival.
Up to 29 days prior to arrival date: 12% from the total services
28 – 21 days before arrival date: 25% from the total services
20 – 14 days before arrival date: 40% from the total services
13 – 7 days before arrival date: 75% from the total services
Less than 7 days before arrival date: 100% from the total Services