Spring In Sicily 2019

The Society first visited Sicily in May 2004. A second small group wine and culture tour will take place in May 2019

 

 

 

  • Best Time To Go: May, without doubt!
  • Getting There: EasyJet fly to Catania from Manchester thrice a week (flight time 3hrs. and 20 mts.). You can travel all the way to Sicily by train, experiencing one of Europe’s last train ferries where the train is physically shunted onto a ship for the short sea voyage across the Straits of Messina to Sicily, or you can use an overnight cruise ferry to Sicily from either Genoa or Naples. Click here to see details

Itinerary – Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 May (11 nights)

 Sicily is full of interesting things to see and do. A full-time tour guide however is not necessary as local guides are freely available and will be pre-booked by the ground agent at all sites to be visited. Good, comfortable hotels will be used and tastings will be at some of the top wineries.

 

  • The group consists of 10 HMWS members, all in double rooms
  • 8 members will fly from Manchester to Catania and back with EasyJet on 15th May. 2 members will fly from London on 1st May to spend a few days on the north coast before going on a 7 day walking holiday around the islands. They return to Catania at the end and will meet the rest of the group at the airport on Wednesday 15th, ready to start the wine tour. At the end of the tour on Sunday the 26th, their flight back to London leaves at 14:10 but they will transfer back to the airport from the final hotel with the rest of the group
  • Stays: Syracusa 2 nights. Agrigento 2 nights. Manfi 2 nights, Palermo 2 nights. Sclafani Bagni 1 night, Taormina 2 nights

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

  • May 15 (Wednesday) Catania airport.  > Syracusa.
  • May 16 (Thursday) Syracusa AM. PM relax in Syracusa
  • May 17 (Friday) Syracusa > Vittoria > Agrigento
  • May 18 (Saturday) Agrigento AM. PM relax in Agrigento
  • May 19 (Sunday) Agrigento > Sambuca di Sicilia with lunch > Menfi
  • May 20 (Monday) Menfi and Selinunte
  • May 21 (Tuesday) Menfi > Marsala, Salt Way Road and Erice > Palermo
  • May 22 (Wednesday) Palermo, Street Food Walking Tour and Monreale
  • May 23 (Thursday) Palermo > Sclafani Bagni
  • May 24 (Friday) Sclafani Bagni > Piazza Armerina and Taormina
  • May 25 (Saturday) Taormina > Etna Experience and Winery > Taormina
  • May 26 (Sunday) Taormina > Catania airport 

Day 1 – Arrive (Wednesday 15)

  • Fly to Catania with EasyJet from Manchester. This is a direct flight and the flying time 3 hrs. 20 mts. Departure 07.05, arrival 11.25
  • Coach to Syracusa via E45 and SS114. (68 km ~ one hour)
  • Evening free. Overnight Syracusa (Royal Maniace Hotel, superior rooms)

(No included meals today)

(Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily! Upon arrival at Catania Airport (CTA) proceed through Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then meet the driver and transfer to Syracusa.

Ground Agent:

Valeria Gulotta, Tour of Sicily

ITALY:Chat and Tour S.r.l. | Tour Operator – Palermo – Via Stefano Turr, 38
USA:  Discovery Italy LLC – New York (NY) – 137W 25th Street  @Voyager HQ

Ph.: (+39) 091 6269 685 (Italy – Head Office) 

Ph.: (+1) 718-473-0803 (calling from USA & CANADA)
Ph.: (+44) 02081336934 (calling from UK)
Ph.: (+61) 0280113849 (calling from AUSTRALIA)

Day 2 – Syracusa (Thursday 16)

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Syracusa, English Speaking Local Guide Disposal: half day from h 9AM
Two Private Taxi Included to and from the Archaeological Park (round trip transfers)

Today meet the Local Guide to visit Syracuse strolling through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center, to visit the Dome. This delightful pedestrian square is home to the wonderful Cathedral built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena as can clearly be seen from the original Doric columns that were incorporated into the building’s main structure. Also, on this square is the beautifully symmetrical Baroque Palazzo Beneventano and the church of Santa Lucia, the town’s patron saint. Later to the colourful daily Street Market, which sells a fantastic array of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Later transfer to the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: included) highlights of which are the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. The resulting park contains some of the most extraordinary monuments that classical antiquity has left us and, given their degree of interest and importance, has few equals elsewhere in Italy.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 – Vittoria (Friday 17)

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: full day from h 8.30AM.

Today, departure for Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa, the seat of the Farm Arianna Occhipinti. The owner Arianna, born in 1982 in Marsala, she graduated in Milan in Agriculture and Enology and then returns to her beloved Sicily, decided to become a producer of great wines. So in 2004 she bought a hectare of land, on the slopes of the mountains Iblei, near Victoria, and implanted her first vineyard. Today the farm Arianna is much larger, with 15 hectares of olive groves and vineyards of 5, where, in the district of Fossa Lupo and Piraino, are cultivated varieties typical of the area: Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di victory and Zibibbo. The naturalness of the production is central to the philosophy of Arianna: no fertilization, a tillage in early summer, two treatments with sulfur, fermentation, maceration and aging with natural yeasts grapes, no filtration. This is the wine of Arianna Occhipinti, who has gained recognition of biodynamic wine Triple A. Arianna dealing firsthand of the entire production cycle, by exploiting her studies in Milan, from the vineyard as an expert in agriculture, to the cellar, as expert winemaker, and has had to make as wise administrator and marketing expert. Her wines, which today are appreciated throughout Italy and abroad, reflecting the characters, the aromas and the characteristics of the terroir in which they are immersed.)

Day 4 – Agrigento (Saturday 18)

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: from h 9.30AM
Agrigento: English Speaking Local Guide Included to visit the Valley of the Temples from h 9.30AM

Today we enjoy the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included), one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO Heritage Site list in 1997. Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today’s fields and orchards. This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine). Apart from this latter, which is to be found on the banks of the Akragas river, all are situated in the same area on rocky crests south of modern day Agrigento (not really in a Valley at all!).

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5 – Menfi (Sunday 19)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9.00 am: Drive to Menfi (83 km. 90 mts)
  • 11.00 am: Tasting and lunch at Ulmo winery
  • Overnight at 4-star La Foresteria belonging to Planeta Estate
  • Optional dinner at La Foresteria

(Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

(Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver will be available from 9am. Breakfast & Ulmo Winery visit, tasting & lunch are included)

Today we travel to the small village of Sambuca di Sicilia to visit one of the Planeta Winery. Upon arrival transfer at the Ulmo Estate, a few metres from Lake Arancio and the 16th century farmhouse which has been in the family for seventeen generations. This is where Planeta have welcomed guests for the last twenty years, inviting them to discover where their favourite wines originate, to taste them together with a traditional Planeta family lunch, and accompanying them along the footpaths of La Segreta woods or to explore the remains of the ancient Phoenician wine press. Then, during the afternoon we continue to Menfi and check in at La Foresteria Planeta for a two nights stay on B&B basis.)

Visit, tasting and lunch at Ulmo winery “Viaggio in Sicilia Grand Tour”:

  • Visit to the Planeta winery and vineyard
  • The visit is followed by a tasting of 4 wines, accompanied by bread sticks
  • Planeta extra-virgin olive oiltasting
  • Light lunch featuring local specialties, fruit, water, coffee and two selected wines

 

OPTIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT LA FORESTERIA

  • Aperitif including a glass of Planeta wine with a taste of typical Sicilian appetizers –complimentary by Planeta
  • Dinner at La Foresteria of 4 courses “Casa Planeta” menu including water and coffee – € 50p.p. (wines excluded)
    (starter, first course, main course fish or meat, dessert),
  • Dinner with tasting Menu “The best created by the Chef” in four courses including water and coffee – € 55 p.p. (wines excluded)
  • Dinner with tasting Menu “The best created by the Chef” in eight courses including waterand coffee – € 78 p.p. (wines excluded)
  • Wine Route at La Foresteria “The Sommelier’ s choice‛ in combination with dinner – € 24 p.p. 4 perfectly chosen glasses to match the food route
  • Wine Route at La Foresteria ‚From the heart to the vineyard‛in combination with dinner – € 30p.p. 3 chosen glasses to match the food route, plus 2 extra glasses to explain different varieties and territories
  • Hands-on cooking lesson ‘ Planeta’s recipes’ with Chef Angelo Pumilia – € 120 per person
    3 hours lesson from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The course consists of a theoretical part to explain the use of ingredients, their availability, the history of the recipes and a practical part during which five recipes are prepared directly by the participants under the supervision of the chef. The lesson is followed by lunch with recipes prepared during the lesson, including 2 selected wines. The participants will receive a brochure with recipes and an apron.
    NOTE: the lesson takes place for a minimum of 4 participants, maximum 18 participants
  • Wine tasting at La Foresteria – € 25 per person
    Presentation of Planeta Company Planeta with audiovisual support followed by a guided wine tasting of 5 wines accompanied by breadsticks

OPTIONAL PROGRAMME AT LA FORESTERIA SUGGESTED BY PLANETA:

  • 09.30 – 11.00: Departure from Agrigento
  • 11.00: Arrival at ULMO winery in Sambuca di Sicilia (30 kilometres far away from La Foresteria) Tour of the winery, 5 wines tasting, 3 olive oil tasting, aperitif followed by lunch.
  • From 14.00: Arrival at “La Foresteria”/In-room porterage
  • Check in at La Foresteria Planeta Estate in Menfi with welcome drink: water with lemon and mint
  • 15.00 – 19.00: Time to relax
  • 19.00: Aperitif with a glass of Planeta wine with a taste of typical Sicilian appetizers –complimentary by Planeta
  • 19.30: Dinner at the restaurant
  • Overnight La Foresteria

DAY 2

  • 07.30 – 09.00: Breakfast
  • 9.30 – 12.30: Free time
  • 13.00: Lunch at La Foresteria Planeta
  • Afternoon: Relax by the pool/Visit Selinunte
  • 18.00: Wine tasting at La Foresteria Planeta leaded by our sommelier
  • 20.00: Dinner at La Foresteria restaurant; with Gala set up in the convivial table
  • Overnight La Foresteria

DAY 3

  • 07.30 – 10.00: Breakfast & checkout

Day 6 -Menfi (Monday 20)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional tasting and lunch at Planeta
  • 4.00 pm: Visit to the Greek ruins of Selinunte in the afternoon. with English speaking guide (“Enjoy the sunset which is amazing!)
  • Overnight La Foresteria
  • Optional dinner at La Foresteria

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private vehicle and Italian speaking Driver will be available from 4pm. The afternoon departure for Selinunte, which is located on the south west coast of Sicily not far from Menfi, is the largest archaeological site in Europe on a par with pretty much anything found in Greece itself, Selinunte has lain abandoned for nearly 2,500 years, its numerous temples, its acropolis and its agora in dignified ruins. Selinunte (Admission fee: included) is beautifully located, sitting on a high plain and overlooking the sea. It is flanked on either side by golden beaches and, being almost 1km wide, is an excellent excuse for a good walk waiting for the sunset.)

Day 7 – Marsala (Tuesday 21)

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private vehicle and Italian speaking driver will be available all day from h 8.30am. for today’s journey to Marsala to visit the cellars and taste the wines of Donnagata WineryThen a short drive takes us at the Salt Pans at the Stagnone, a designated marine nature reserve covering some 2,000 hectares, home not only to the ancient tradition of sea-salt production but also to a flourishing variety of wildlife, and a fascinating archipelago consisting of four mostly uninhabited islands: San Pantaleo, home to ancient Mothya and one of the Phoenicians’ original settlements in Sicily, Isola Longa,Santa Maria and Schola. The salt pans at Stagnone are particularly worth a visit and offer a truly unique landscape. Windmills, first introduced during mediaeval times, dot the horizon, a testament to how things were once done, though one or two continue to function, pumping water through the sluice gates into or out of the various basins. Piles of harvested salt, neatly covered with terracotta tiles, lie between the road and the basins waiting to be despatched. Midway between Marsala and Trapani, on the banks of the lagoon is a fascinating salt museum giving visitors a complete explanation of exactly how the salt pans developed and functioned over the years.

We then drive to Erice , which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level and often covered in its own personal cloud, Erice is a wonderfully preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Originally an Elymian city (the Elymians were around before the Greeks ever set foot in Sicily) Erice, or Eryx as it was first called, was a town of no little importance and renown and is said to have attracted the likes Hercules and Aeneas. Like so many Sicilian towns, it passed from one invader to another as all the usual suspects came and went, leaving their architectural calling cards and their cultural footprints. The name changed from Eryx, to Erice to Gebel Hamed and Monte San Giuliano but its essential character remained, obstinately repelling any attempt to change its real identity. Amongst the most visited sites are the two castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. The former was built by the Arabs while the latter was a Norman construction with imposing towers that derived its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the ancient Temple of Venus, allegedly founded by Aeneas.

Later onto Palermo, the Capital of Sicily.)

Day 8 – Palermo (Wednesday 22)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9.00 am: Guided tour of Palermo. (Four Corners, Pretoria Square and open Air Markets), Street Food Walking Tour and Monreale (visit: Dome)
  • 3.00 pm: Monreale visit
  • Evening free. Overnight Palermo

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: half day from h 3 PM.
Palermo and Monreale, English Speaking Guide Disposal: full day from h 9 AM Dress Code: comfortable shoes.

Today we start the Walking Street Food Tour. It’s important to know that Palermo is in fifth placeaccording to the “top ten cities for street food” ranking published by several Travel News papers. The uniqueness of street food from Palermo lies not only in its variety and in his goodness, but also in the ability that every dish has to tell a historical chapter of the Sicilian capital. So, if you come to Palermoyou can’t miss the chance to enjoy its extraordinary cuisine exploring 2,000 years of history: from the landing of Phoenicians to the one of Americans! With us you’ll have the chance to taste the best streetfood, where only locals go to fill their big bellies! We start our street food walking tour through the old squares and markets of the city center. The itinerary includes several stops at bakeries, street vendors and old inns to taste the delicious street food of Palermo and a selection of Sicilian sweet wines. Along the walking tour you will enter places hung out only by real Sicilians. Each tasting will be made official by your Tour Leader who will share with you meal information and legends. Our Streat Palermo Tourisn’t just food! It also includes stops at the main historical squares and several hidden spots of the city center to offer participants a comprehensive overview of the artistic and historical evolution of the city.

We then continue onto the Four Corners which is the junction in Palermo. Effectively, it is the centre point of the four areas of the old town centre. You will almost inevitably pass through it and it is worth stopping for five minutes to have a look at its sculptures which were commissioned by the Spanish Viceroy in 1611. The sculptures on each of the four corners depict a variety of themes, including the four seasons, four Spanish kings and the four patron saints of the old town areas. Going south-east down Via Maqueda you will come across Piazza Pretoria which is home not only to a splendid fountain but several other impressive buildings including, on the right, the City Hall. The fountain, known forgenerations as the “Fountain of Shame”, has an interesting history. It was originally built in 1555 by theFlorentine sculpture Francesco Camiliani for a Tuscan villa owned by the Viceroy Pedro de Toledo. His son, on inheriting the villa in 1574, thought it a little too risqu? for his tastes and sold it to the City of Palermo who erected it where it now stands. The large central fountain is the focal point for sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs. If you imagine this being erected during theInquisition, it is quite easy to imagine why it received its epithet, the “Fountain of Shame.”

This afternoon onto Monreale to see where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its pinnacle in the Duomo (Admission fee: included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. The story of how this splendid cathedral came into being starts when the Arabs took control of Palermo in 831. They transformed the cathedral into a mosque and banished the Bishop of Palermo from town. Not wishing to venture too far from his beloved cathedral, the Bishop settled in a small village in the hills overlooking Palermo, the site of modern-day Monreale. There, he built a modest church to keep the flame of local Christian worship alive. Some 240 year later, in 1072, the Normans drove the Arabs from Sicily, establishing Palermo as their capital and re- consecrating the Cathedral. In 1174, in an act of piety, thanksgiving and commemoration of the exiled Bishop, King William II ordered the construction of a new church in Monreale, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (one of the mosaics depicts King William II presenting the church to the Madonna). On its completion in 1182, Pope Lucius III elevated the splendid church to the status of metropolitan Cathedral. Enlightened, tolerant and appreciative of many aspects of North African and middle-eastern culture and art, William II employed the very best Arabic and Byzantine (as well as Norman) craftsmen to work on the cathedral. The result is a fabulous and fascinating fusion of architectural styles, artistic traditions and religious symbolism.

Later, a short drive takes us back to Palermo.

Day 9 – Tasca (Thursday 23)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 09.00: Drive to Sclafani bagni (111 km, 2 hrs)
  • Aperitif and lunch at Tasca d’Almarita  (Regaleali)
  • Free time
  • 16.30: Winery visit & tasting at Regaleali
  • Aperitif & dinner at Regaleali
  • Overnight Tasca d’Almarita (Regaleali)

(Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 10 – Taormina (Friday 24)

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: full day from h 8.30 am.
Piazza Armerina: English Speaking Local Guide Included to visit the Roman Villa. Taormina: English Speaking Local Guide Included to visit the Greek Roman Theatre.

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Today we leave Tasca after breakfast and drive to Piazza Armerina situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 metres above sea level, one of Sicily’s most frequented tourist spots. Upon arrival we visit the famous Villa Romana del Casale (Admission fee: included). Built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman noble (it is not known for sure who the owner was) the Villa is home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics spread over around 3500mt. The villa is one of the most luxurious of its kind. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room; they are the finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world. These extraordinarily vivid mosaics, probably produced by North African artisans, deal with numerous subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life, includingthe famous tableau of girls exercising in their “bikinis”.

We then continue onto Taormina, the world-famous resort town of Sicily. Enjoy a drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you’ll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you. As well as the famed Greek- Roman Theatre (Admission fee: included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window- shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views.)

Day 11 – Etna (Saturday 25)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8.30 am: Optional guided tour to the Etna. (Alcantara Gorges and a picnic lunch in a winery wine tastings. Travel by SUV WD4X4)
  • Overnight Taormina. (Hotel NH Collection)

(Included meals: Breakfast & lunch)

(Dress Code: dress in layers, use sturdy shoes and wind jacket.
Three Private SUV WD4X4 (Land Rover) Disposal: full day from h 8.30 am.

Today meet the off-road’s driver and transfer to Etna Volcano. Our first stop is the the 2002 lava flow reachable by jeep through a winding dirt road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. The 2002 eruption lasted from October 27th to January 29th 2003 and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions of the past one hundred years. Continuing our excursion we will reach the Ragabo pine forest where hidden among pines and brooms, we will discover the cave of Corruccio (1350 meters above sea level) a cave formed by flowing lava. Later, driving up along the Mareneve road we will reach Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002. After enjoying an excellent espresso, we will take a short walk to visit the ruins of the hotel Le Betulle destroyed by a molten lava flow.

Later we travel through one of the most beautiful Wine Roads of Sicily and crossing large expanses of vineyards (Etna D.O.C.), we will stop at a local winery. This is the ideal place to enjoy relaxing moments surrounded by nature while sampling local cuisine and excellent wines. In fact, the wines are complemented by uniquely local delicacies. Lunch is in a local winery-farmhouse with wine tastings in picnic style.

This afternoon we then return to Taormina.

Day 12 – Fly Home (Sunday 26)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 09.30: Drive to Catania (66 kms 1 hr)
  • Flight to Manchester. Departure 12.30. Arrival in Manchester 15.05

(Included meals: Breakfast)

(Private Vehicle and Italian Speaking Driver Disposal: transfer out only)

The Group

  1. Armstrong, John (confirmed) Flight booked (Deposit paid 26/2) (balance paid 11/4)
  2. Bent, Gail (confirmed) Flight booked (Deposit paid 2/3) (balance paid 13/4)
  3. Benson, Renna (confirmed) (Deposit paid 4/3) Flights booked (balance paid 9/4)
  4. Buckley, Rob  (confirmed) Flight booked 20/2 (Deposit paid 25/2) (balance paid 9/4)
  5. Buckley, Pauline  (confirmed) Flight booked 20/2. (Deposit paid 25/2) (balance paid 9/4)
  6. Dias, Bernard (confirmed) Flight booked 20/2 (Deposit paid 25/2) (balance paid 9/4)
  7. Dias, Ramani (confirmed) Flight booked 20/2 (Deposit paid 25/2) (balance paid 9/4)
  8. Greenwood, Jane
  9. Hanney, Ivan (confirmed) Flight booked 20/2 (Deposit paid 1/3) (Balance paid 12/4)
  10. Hanney, Ross (confirmed) Flight booked 20/2 (Deposit  paid on 1/3) (Balance paid 12/4)
  11. Jones, David (10/10/18)
  12. Joslin, Charles
  13. Joslin, Ann
  14. Lee, Tony (confirmed) (Deposit paid 4/3) Flights booked (balance paid 9/4)
  15. Lyles, Jakie
  16. Murphy, Carol(confirmed)
  17. Murphy, Peter (confirmed)
  18. Robinson, John
  19. Robinson, Bron
  20. Newland, Lesley (10/10/18)
  21. Preston, Lynne
  22. Shore, John
  23. Shore, Pat
  24. Stanier, Tony

Cost

  • Total cost of the tour is unchanged at Euro 3150 pp.
  • A deposit of Euro 850 pp is now payable to the HMWS. If you wish to make payment in Pounds Sterling, the equivalent amount is £784.00 pp, calculated using today’s Barclay Banks exchange rate of Euro 1.0854 to the Pound.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • One main group round trip airport transfers
  • Syracusa: two nights accommodation
  • Agrigento Area: two nights accommodation
  • Palermo: two nights accommodation
  • Regaleali: Accommodation for one night
  • Taormina: two nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts as shown in the itinerary
  • Private mini-coach with AC as shown in the itinerary
  • Italian speaking driver as shown in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide as shown in the itinerary
  • Winery visits, snacks, tastings and meals as shown in the itinerary
  • 1⁄2 lt mineral water per person at included meals
  • Admission fee as per itinerary
  • VAT

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Intercontinental FlightS
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Porterage at airport
  • Luggage handling fee at hotels
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Travel Insurance
  • City Taxes
  • English speaking Coordinator
  • English speaking Tour Escort

GROUND AGENT’S CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • From time of reservation until 60 days before arrival, EUR 200,00 per person is not refundable
  • 25% of total reservation is not refundable 59 to 45 days before arrival
  • 50% of total reservation is not refundable 44 to 30 days before arrival
  • 75% of total reservation is not refundable 29 to 15 days before arrival
  • No refund for no show or cancellation made 14 to 0 days before arrival

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Further Reading

Train To Sicily

Updated 14 May 2019

 

 

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