CALABRIA & SICILY TOUR
DAY 1: LAMEZIA TERME AIRPORT – TROPEA – VATICAN CAPE
Morning arrival at Lamezia Terme Airport. Transfer to the hotel in Tropea or surrounding area. Balance of the day is at leisure. After unpacking, you may want to sample your first, but not your last, Calabrian “bicchiere di vino” (wine glass). In the afternoon You will be picked up from hotel to enjoy your guided Classic Tour of the Capo Vaticano (Vatican Cape), by de luxe coach. Capo Vaticano is a wide bathing place in the Municipality of Ricadi The 'Cape' is formed by a particular white-gray granite, which is examined worldwide for its geologic characteristics. The famous Venetian writer Giuseppe Berto made Capo Vaticano his home, after travelling throughout the Italy. "Capo Vaticano", he wrote, "is called Vatican as a Roman hill: once priests and fortune tellers searched for the future basing their predictions on birds' flights. 200 meters over the Cape there is a rock called Mantineo and in ancient Greek it means: to communicate with God. The Cape was a holy place and now it is the same". Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: TROPEA – PIZZO CALABRO
Breakfast at hotel. Visit of the beautiful & picturesque seaside town of Tropea, which existed at the time of the Roman Empire, developed with the Norman's & more so with the Aragonese. Guided tour of the city centre & cathedral. Lunch at your hotel. Afternoon departure, driving along the Tyrrhenian Coast to Pizzo Calabro. The tour continues passing through small beachside towns along the coast before arriving Pizzo Calabro famous for the Castle were Joacchino Murat (brother-in-law of Napoleon) was executed on October 18th,1815. Do not forget to taste the local gelato called "Tartufo"!. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: PALMI – SCILLA – REGGIO CALABRIA – SYRACUSE
Breakfast. This morning we continue southwards to the Costa Viola, the Violet Coast, where the color of the sea at sunset really does turn purple. The first city we meet is Palmi where we visit the ethnological museum. After we find Scilla and, on the Sicilian coast directly opposite, Cariddi. Legend has it that these two towns were once inhabited by monsters, ready to devour incautious navigators as they passed through the strait. The town of Scilla is comprised of two centers: Marina Grande with its long beach and modern aspect, and Rione Chianalea, a characteristic fishing village complete with pretty little cottages built right on the water's edge. Dividing old and new Scilla, the town's Ruffo Castle is by far the most beautiful fortress in the whole of Calabria. Lunch in a restaurant. Afternoon: Reggio Calabria. Here you will visit the National Museum that houses the famous "Bronzes of Riace", two Greek bronze statues dating back to the V century B.C. Free time to shop or enjoy a walk on the promenade overlooking Sicily and the straits of Messina, known as: "The most beautiful kilometre of the Italian peninsula". Lodging in a hotel in Syracuse or its surroundings. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: NOTO – SYRACUSE -PALERMO
Breakfast. In the morning guided tour of Noto. The town, once the main center of the Val di Noto, is one of the nicest baroque towns in the world. The old town laid in the same place of Noto Vecchia, that was destroyed in 1693 and then rebuilt in the present site only 8 km eastwards. The major monuments stand in the three parallel streets that form the center of the town and form, together with the crossroads, a sort of a grid seen from above. Lunch in hotel in Syracuse. Visit of Syracuse, one of the most enchanting coastal towns of the Mediterranean sea; it also has a very glorious past and important monuments. See the Greek theatre and Roman anphitheatre, the Latomie, the Ear of Dyonisius, Orthigia with the Duomo (once the Temple of Athena) and the Fountain Arethusa. We will provide you with all the details about the tour and the timing according to the catamaran's schedule. In the late afternoon: transfer to Palermo. Lodging in a hotel in Palermo or its surroundings. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: PALERMO - MONREALE
Breakfast. Morning: Visit of Palermo. Capital for both the Arabs and the Normans, Palermo's monuments reflect the magnificence of two worlds: East and West that come together in clashing contrast. We will visit the 12th century Palatine Chapel, built by the Normans, but decorated with Byzantine- and Islamic-style mosaics. Next, the Church of St. John of the Hermits built to look like a red-domed Mosque. The nearby Cathedral was built by the Normans, but every new ruling dynasty that arrived added their own style to it. Lunch in hotel in Palermo. Afternoon: we will drive to nearby Monreale where we will visit the Norman Duomo (Cathedral) decorated on the inside with over 6,340 sq. meters (almost 70,000 sq. feet) of mosaics and 24-carat gold! Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Palermo.
DAY 6: CEFALU’ – TYNDARIS - AMANTEA
Breakfast. Morning transfer to Cefalù along the A16 motorway and the region of North Sicily. Visit of the Cathedral of Jesus Christ the Saviour, the most important monument in the town. It was planned as the burial place of Roger II and his family. It shows a very interesting combination of different styles: Arabic, Byzantine, Romanesque and Baroque. The façade is flanked by two massive bell-towers and preceeded by a portico from the 15 th century. The interior walls are rather naked while the main apse is occupied by a wonderful mosaic in Byzantine style, representing the Almighty God surrounded by the Archangels, the Apostles, the Virgin Mary and the Saints of the Christian Church. This beautiful mosaics are considered among the purest Byzantine mosaics of Sicily. To the right of the choir, there is still the old bishop’s throne, and on the left the royal marble and mosaic throne. Lunch in a restaurant in Tyndaris. Afternoon you will visit the ruins of Tyndaris, the Greek town founded in 396 b.C. by Dionysius I of Syracuse as a defence against the Carthaginians. The first inhabitants were refugees from Greece and the city was named after the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, protectors of the emigrants. Then the town was passed to the Romans and flourished during the Imperial period until , in 365, it was damaged by a terrible earthquake. It was then completely razed by the Saracens in 836 a.D. when they conquered Sicily. As you walk through the ruins you will be able to see the little museum where you have descriptive plans, fragments of pottery, vases, reliefs, two "nikai" and an interesting marble head of Augustus. Through the "decumanus" you will reach the theatre in a quiet spot overlooking the harbour. Originally it was built by the Greeks in the 3rd century b.C., then it was reconstructed by the Romans. Coming back to the museum you will see the "insula" with Roman houses and public baths decorated with mosaic floors. Lodging in a hotel in Amantea (Calabria). Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: AMANTEA – LAMEZIA TERME AIRPORT
Breakfast. Morning transfer from the hotel to Lamezia Terme Airport..
Fare per person EUR 650,00 (group of 25 or more)
Single Room Supplement: EUR 200,00 for the whole package
Tour Price Includes :
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis for the duration of the tour in the itinerary.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Coach transfers from First day meeting point of the group to the last day of the dropping point of the group of the tour.
- All entrance fees of the sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary.
- Services of the Tour Manager from the first day of meeting point to the last day dropping point of the tour.
- Guide Tips, Driver tips & Restaurant Tips.
Tour Price Excludes :
- Cost of Airfare to and from the meeting and dropping place of the tour
- Cost of any individual Airport transfer
- Cost of extension of the validity or deviation from the route of the tour in case of Airport to Airport tours.
- Porterage(Coolie charges), laundry, wines & alcoholic beverages, mineral water (unless specified), telephone charges, shopping, all items of personal nature and also food and drinks not forming the part of the group menus.
- Cost of Insurance
- Extra stay pre/post tour.
- Any extra expenses incurred for changing the route due to any unforeseen circumstances, forced majuire instances, natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes etc.
- Extra cost incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any Individual unforeseen cost incurring incidence.
- Any private transfers taken to move from one place to another instead of coach
- Additional extra topping if taken
- Any add-on sightseeing/activities along with transfers if done other than mentioned in the tour program.
- Any upgradation in the room category or air line class
- Extra water bottle charges
- Medicines required if any
- Anything not specifically mentioned in 'Your Tour Price Includes Column'.