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Sicily and Calabria Tour
15 days /14 nights

             

 

 

An itinerary which will lead you to discover the oustanding Natural beauties and  important monuments of Sicilia and Calabria.

 

A journey that will allow you to admire places where Mother Nature commands.

 

 

 

 

1° DAY:Catania

Arrival at the Catania Airport or at place to be defined, meeting with our courier and transfer to hotel. Accomodation in the reserved rooms, welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight stay.

2° DAY: Visiting Catania

Breakfast at  hotel and guided tour of Catania. Walk along the town centre to visit “Piazza Duomo”, “la Pescheria” (“the fish market) the Benedectine Monastery Via Etnea, Villa Bellini, Piazza Stesicoro and its Roman Amphitheatre. Possibility to take a  visit of Palazzo Biscari. Lunch at a  typical restaurant located in  the city centre.

 In the afternoon, we will start a tour of Catania by a tourist train. Then,there will be some free time for shops. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3° DAY: Nicolosi - Zafferana Etnea – Taormina.

Breakfast at hotel and departure to Nicolosi. We will reach the “Rifugio Sapienza, a guard house at the base of Mount Etna,  the starting point for a guided trip to the “Crateri Silvestri”. We could take the cable car to reach the main craters. Lunch at the restaurant “Crateri Silvestri”.

In the first afternoon, we will reach a farm located in Zafferana Etnea, where we  will have a tasting of locally-grown products such as honey, wine, oil and pistachio.

Then, departure to Taormina, the “pearl of the Ionian sea”,to appreciate its Greek-Roman, Byzantine and Saracen  architecture. Visit of the main monuments such as the Cathedral, the Greek theatre an Piazza IX Aprile.Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

4° DAY: Siracusa – Ortigia – Noto

Breakfast at hotel, departure to Siracusa, one of the most important cities of the Magna Grecia. Visit of the archaeological Park of Neapolis that hosts the majority of classic monuments of the Greek Syracuse such as the Ara of Ierone II and the Greek theatre, one of the biggest in the world, and Dionisio’s ear, an artificial cave carved in the limestone. Then, we will reach Ortigia Island to admire the significant traces of the Greek civilization in Sicily such as the Apollo Temple and the Fonte Arteusa. Lunch at typical restaurant.In the afternoon, departure to Noto. Guided visit of the masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque, dubbed  Stone Garden” for its architectural beauties.Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

5° Day: Ragusa – Modica.

 Breakfast at hotel and departure to Ragusa. The town is divided in two parts:  the older  Ragusa Ibla, rich in Baroque buildings and the more modern Upper Ragusa.

The  trip will start from Upper Ragusa. We will visit  the  Hyblean Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, dedicated to St John the Baptist  and the Chiesa di Santa Maria. This church stands at the top of a flight of 340 steps connecting the two part of the town.

Visit of Ragusa Ibla among  dozens of splendid churches such as Duomo di San Giorgio ,Santa Maria dell’Itria, Chiesa Anime del Purgatorio. The most important  baroque buildings are Palazzo della Cancelleria, Palazzo Cosentini and Palazzo Battaglia. Lunch at restaurant.

 In the evening, departure towards Modica, world heritage site and ancient Baroque town with more than one hundred churches. Visit of the cathedral of San Giorgio, the castle of the Counts and of the Carmine Church, example of late Gothic art. Return to  hotel, diinner and overnight stay

6° Day : Alcantara’s Naturalistic Area – Castiglione di Sicilia

 Breakfast at hotel and departure to Alcantara's naturalistic area, characterized by the presence  of typical volcanic lakes named “Gurne. Lunch at restaurant.

 In the afternoon, the group will reach Castiglione di Sicilia to visit, among other monuments, “La Cuba”, a Byzantine church.

 Return to Catania, dinner at hotel and overnight stay .

7° Day: Riviera dei Ciclopi - Catania

Breakfast at hotel, then we will reach the  “Riviera dei Ciclopi”, one of the most popular sicilian seaside destination. Visit of Acicastello, Acitrezza, and Acireale.

Lunch at ypical restaurant. In the afternoon, freetime for shops in Catania. Return to  hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

8° Checkout- Calabria

Breakfast at hotel and check-out operations. Tranfer by luxury coach to Calabria.  Accomodation in hotel ( Area of Sibari), dinner and overnight stay.

9° Day: Sibari – Rossano

Breakfast. Excursion to Sibari, Magna Grecia town. Visit of the Sibaritide Museum and of the archeological sites of the ancient Sibari and of the panellenic Thurii. Transfer to Rossano, center of the Byzantine civilization in Calabria, visit of San Marco Church and of the Cathedral with the Diocesan Museum, where is exhibited the “CODEX PURPUREUS” (“pergamena purpurea” book which represents the Matteo and Marco Gospel). Little break with tasting (coffee or little ice cream) to the liquorices’ museum. Lunch in hotel, free time, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

 

10° Day: Papasidero, Cerchiara di Calabria

Breakfast. Excursion to Papasidero and visit to the Romito cave, in which is carved the bos primigenius, lived since 20.000 years ago and to the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Costantinopoli, between mountains and rocky walls. Lunch in agriturismo restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Cerchiara di Calabria to visit the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of the Armi. This Sanctuary is a complex of buildings on a wall of the mountain, on the left side of this mountain is located the church caved in rocky mountain. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

 

11° Day: Cosenza

Breakfast. Visit of the Cosenza historical center with its beautiful Cathedral Romanic origin, the Bretti and Enotri Museum, illustrating the proto-history and history of Cosenza county and the important historical buildings between them the Rendano theatre. Lunch in hotel. Transfer to the hotel (Cosenza area) for dinner and overnight stay.

12° Day:  Free Day

Free day for shopping. Lunch,  dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

13° Day: Altomonte – Rende Vecchia

Breakfast. Excursion to Altomonte and visit of the gothic church of S. Maria della Consolazione and of the nearby Dominican Monastery of XV century, where in XVI century lived the famous philosopher writer of Città del sole, Tommaso Campanella. Lunch in the famous restaurant Barbieri. In the afternoon transfer to Rende vecchia, characteristic medieval village, where is the Norman origin Castle, plenty of churches and the Civic Museum. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay

14° Day:  Sila - San Giovanni in Fiore:

After breakfast transfer to Sila, walk thorough forest park and provola silana tasting. Lunch in agriturismo restaurant. Transfer to San Giovanni in Fiore and visit to the florense abbey, architectonical jewel built by Gioacchino da Fiore, of the Caruso carpet school and of the Spadafora jewel workshop. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Farewell dinner with folkloristic show and delivery of a gift to the ladies

 

15° Day: Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with the bus and the guide and transfer to Lamezia airport or place to be defined.

 

The itinerary can be modified for technical reasons operational and according to customer needs.

 

Quotation on request.

The Price includes

  • Welcome of our courier at airport
  • Displacement by Private Luxury Coach/Minivan airport – hotel - airport
  • Guided tours
  • Accommodation: twin-bedroom in  4 stars hotel
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Full board service
  • Lunches in restaurants
  • Tasting
  • Travel, medical and baggage insurance

 

The Price doesn’t include:

  • Flights (available on request for formed groups)
  • City Tax
  • Tips, extras and personal shopping
  • Entrance tickets
  • Porterage services
  • All not specifically mentioned under “price includes”

 

 

 

                                                       Contacts: Tel+39.095.7150493  Mobile +39.339.2713799

 

                                                                                                           info@sicilyintours.it  

 

                                                                                                            

 

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