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Wonderful Islands: Sicily & Malta

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An unmissable occasion to discover two of the most important islands in the Mediterranean Sea: Sicily, with its stunning monuments, churches, Greek ruins, culinary tradition and untouched nature; and Malta, with its azure waters, ancient walled cities and majestic palaces testifying to the Knights' period.
Italy
Cultural
Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Chocolate tasting in Modica and oil tasting in Caselvetrano, Sicily

Visiting numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of incomparable beauty

Exploring the beautiful Maltese island of Gozo

So different in certain aspects, and yet so similar in others... Sicily and Malta are two incredible islands testifying to many cultures and civilizations who have left their mark during the centuries. Not only rich in culture and history, but also in culinary traditions, local folklore and mesmerizing nature: this itinerary is the perfect blend to uncover the highlights of both these amazing islands.

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Included

1 night in Catania at Hotel Principe (or similar)
2 nights in Ragusa at Hotel Poggio del Sole (or similar)
1 night in Agrigento at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace (or similar)
1 night in Palermo at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa (or similar)
2 nights in Taormina at Hotel Villa Diodoro (or similar)
4 nights in Malta at the Dolmen Hotel (or similar)
Private arrival & departure transfers in Sicily
Private transportation with English-speaking driver in Sicily as per itinerary
Flight or catamaran from Catania to Malta
Private arrival & departure transfers to/from Malta airport
Daily Breakfast
Welcome drink & dinner at Catania hotel
2 hotel dinners as per itinerary
6 lunches al local restaurants and/or Street Food as per itinerary
Oil tasting at a local farmhouse in Selinunte area
Chocolate tasting experience in Modica
English-speaking local guides as per itinerary in Sicily
FD tour of Valletta & Mdina with private car/minivan and local guide (ferry included)
FD tour of Gozo with private car/minivan and local guide (ferry included)
HD tour or Marsaxlock with private car/minivan and local guide
Porterage service at the hotels
Whispers throughout the itinerary in Sicily
Expenses for meals and accommodation for driver in Sicily

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Catania

Welcome to Sicily! Upon arrival at the airport in Catania, meet your driver for a transfer to your hotel downtown.
Enjoy your welcome cocktail and dinner.

Overnight in Catania at Hotel Principe.

Dinner
Catania
Catania
Day 2
Catania → Siracusa → Ragusa

After buffet breakfast, departure to Syracuse: visit the archaeological area of “Neapolis”, including its famous Greek theatre. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque city centre of Siracusa. You will visit its beautiful Cathedral, built upon the remains of the Temple of Minerva. You will be given some free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, transfer to Ragusa for the check-in at your accommodation.

Overnight in Ragusa at Hotel Poggio del Sole.

Breakfast, Dinner
Catania → Siracusa → Ragusa
Ortigia
Day 3
Ragusa → Modica → Ragusa

After buffet breakfast, explore the wonderful town of Ragusa and then depart towards Modica, a town whose architecture has been recognised as an outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of the Baroque art in Europe. Modica has been nicknamed "the city of a hundred churches" and some of its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of San Giorgio, have been proclaimed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The tour will then continue with a visit inside an artisan's chocolate workshop, where you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of the famous Modican chocolate. Lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore the town and do some shopping. 
Return to the hotel to relax and have dinner.

Overnight in Ragusa at Hotel Poggio del Sole.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ragusa → Modica → Ragusa
Modica
Day 4
Ragusa → Piazza Armerina → Agrigento

After buffet breakfast, departure to Piazza Armerina to visit the renowned Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well-preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu, where you will have the chance to taste local specialities. Departure to Agrigento, famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia (which is in almost perfectly preserved conditions), Juno and Heracles.

Overnight in Agrigento at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.

Breakfast, Lunch
Ragusa → Piazza Armerina → Agrigento
Valley of The Temples, Agrigento
Day 5
Agrigento → Selinunte → Monreale → Palermo

After buffet breakfast, departure to Selinunte, the largest archaeological park in Europe: an area of 270 hectares with over 2.500 years of history written on it! Admire "Temple E", the one in the best state of conservation in the entire archaeological area, and "Temple G", the largest known in Hellenic archaeology.  After the visit, proceed to a local farmhouse and enjoy an olive oil tasting and delicious lunch.
Proceed towards Palermo, capital of Sicily. Upon arrival, you will first visit Monreale, perched on a hill at only few kilometres from Palermo: its Cathedral is one of the most beautiful monuments in Europe, with its Moorish architecture, fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style.

Overnight in Palermo at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.

Breakfast, Lunch
Agrigento → Selinunte → Monreale → Palermo
Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo
Day 6
Palermo → Cefalù → Taormina

After buffet breakfast, morning dedicated to the visit of the historical centre of Palermo, one of the largest in Europe! You will discover the magnificent Martorana Church, Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria, the famous Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the ancient “Cassaro”. You will then have the chance to taste Palermo’s street food at a typical local market. Then departure to Cefalù, former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk in the city centre and down the main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Then proceed to Taormina and check-in at your hotel.

Overnight in Taormina at Hotel Villa Diodoro.

Breakfast, Lunch
Palermo → Cefalù → Taormina
Cefalù
Day 7
Taormina

After buffet breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure in beautiful Taormina, known as "the pearl of the Ionian Sea": a perfect occasion to relax, do some shopping or walking through the town's tiny streets. Do not miss the Greek-Roman Theatre, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna! 

Overnight in Taormina at Hotel Villa Diodoro.

Breakfast
Taormina
The Greek Theatre of Taormina
Day 8
Taormina → Catania → Malta

After breakfast, transfer to Catania airport (or port) for your departure to Malta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Malta at Hotel Dolmen.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Valletta → Mdina

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to the two most important towns of Malta: Valletta and Mdina. Valletta is the capital of Malta: the guided tour through the vibrant streets of Valletta will allow you to discover the beauty and charm of this fortified city, built by the Knights in 1566. The Order of St. John ruled over the islands for 268 years and left a unique cultural legacy of which Valletta is the prime example. In the Cathedral of St. John, you will admire several chapels of Malta’s Knights.Then proceed towards Mdina, the ancient arab capital, where you will explore its charming hystorical centre of arab architecture and Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The narrow, winding streets, dating back to the Arab period lead to the imposing bastions, with a beautiful panoramic view of the islands. On the way there, you will witness different styles of architecture, including the medieval Siculo-Norman palaces, and other baroque buildings of great historical importance. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer back to  the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight in Malta at Hotel Dolmen.

Breakfast, Lunch
Valletta → Mdina
Mdina
Day 10
Malta → Gozo → Malta

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to the island of Gozo, Malta's sister island! After a twenty-minute ferry crossing, you will notice that although both islands are similar in history, Gozo is greener and more picturesque than Malta. You will visit the Azure Window at Dwejra, the citadel in Victoria and the bay of Xlendi. Free time for shopping will also be given – Gozo is reknowned for its woollen goods and handmade laces! Lunch at local restaurant and transfer back to the hotel in the afternoon. 

Overnight in Malta at Hotel Dolmen.

 Please note: the date to visit Gozo island may change depending on weather conditions.

Breakfast, Lunch
Malta → Gozo → Malta
Cliffs in Gozo island
Day 11
Marsaxlokk

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Then continue with a visit to Malta's famous Blue Grotto (weather permitting - boat price not included and to be paid locally) and the nearby caves. 

Overnight in Malta at Hotel Dolmen.

Breakfast
Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk
Day 12
Malta

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

Wonderful Islands: Sicily & Malta

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Catania
Valletta
Cultural, Food & Wine
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01 April 2022 - 20 December 2022

Hotel options

Hotel Il Principe
Hotel Il Principe

Catania
Hotel Il Principe
is one of the most important hotels in Catania. Its structure is a recently restored aristocratic building in the baroque heart of the historical centre of the city, providing outstanding testimony to Sicilian architecture.

Hotel Poggio del Sole
Hotel Poggio del Sole

Ragusa
Located between central Ragusa and the Mediterranean Sea, Poggio del Sole is an imposing 19th-century country manor. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, a modern wellness centre and spacious, elegant and modern rooms.

Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace

Agrigento
Overlooking the sea and just a few kilometres from the Agrigento and the magnificent Valley of the Temples, Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace is the answer to all your travel needs. Featuring a semi-olympic pool with sea view, the hotel will offer you plenty of occasions to relax between a swim, a massage and a cocktail at sunset.

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Palermo
The 
4-star Piazza Borsa hotel is located in the heart of Palermo. unique historical residence of its kind, sumptuous and remarkable, its facade is the main protagonist of the square in which it resides.The  Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa has an outstanding position and it is just few steps away from Teatro Massimo, Teatro Politeama, Piazza Castelnuovo.

Hotel Villa Diodoro
Hotel Villa Diodoro

Taormina
Hotel Villa Diodoro
 is a wonderful property located just a few steps from the idyllic town of Taormina. It boasts a beautiful pool area looking out over Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos. 

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