By plane from Venice 5 days / 4 nights
PALERMO - MONREALE - AGRIGENTO - TAORMINA - ETNA - SIRACUSA - CATANIA
Travel date: 10.-14.6.2020.
Day 1: ZAGREB - VENICE - CATANIA - SIRACUSA - CATANIA
Individual departure for passengers at night to Marco Polo-Venice Airport (possible with extra charge for organized transportation). Upon arrival at the airport, a meeting of passengers and check-in for a direct flight to Catania at 7:15. Upon landing in Catania at 9 o'clock, board the bus and take a trip to Syracuse, the "Archimedes City". The largest Greek colony from the Magna Grecia period is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Upon arrival, sightseeing of the Archeological Park with Roman theater and fountain and the famous Dionysius ear in the former quarries now overgrown with lush greenery (additional charge for the reservation when booking the arrangement *). Drive to the old town located on the rocky island of Ortygia, now connected by bridges to other parts of Syracuse. The baroque center of the ancient city is adorned with the Temple of Apollo, Archimedes Square, a baroque cathedral built among the pillars of the Temple of the Goddess Athena, the Church of Saint Lucia and the Aretusa Fountain, which, according to tradition, testified to the ardent love of Ocean's son Alfie to the nymph Aretusa. Free time for lunch and return to Catania. Panoramic view of Catania, the baroque beauty as it is often called. Accommodation at a hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight stay.
Day 2: CATANIA - ETNA - TAORMINA - CATANIA
Breakfast. After breakfast, we take a field trip to Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, which the locals call Mongibello. If weather permits and local authorities allow, we will drive up to an altitude of 1800 m and look at several smaller volcanic craters (Crater Silvestri), where you can taste the fierce Fuoco dell Etna liquor and buy souvenirs made of volcanic stone. We continue towards Taormina, one of the most picturesque Sicilian towns, nestled on a high cliff above the Ionian Sea. Tour of the Greek Theater (extra charge for the reservation when booking arrangements *) and the Old Town with palaces, churches and squares. Free time to enjoy the beautiful panorama, cafes, pastry shops, restaurants and shops. Return to hotel in Catania area. Overnight stay.
Day 3: CATANIA - AGRIGENTO - PALERMO
Breakfast. Check-out and departure for Palermo via Agrigento, a city that sits alongside the unforgettable Valley of the Temples, where we will visit the Concordia Temple, the Hera Temple, and the Castor and Poluks Temple whose columns have become a symbol of the city (extra charge for booking an arrangement *). Agrigento was founded by the Greeks as the city of Akragos and was once the seat of Magna Grecia. The city center is full of baroque palaces today. Continue on to Palermo through the green interior of the island. Arrival at a hotel in Palermo, accommodation. Going with a tour guide for a guided city tour. For millennia at the crossroads of civilizations, Palermo is a city of incredible aromas and flavors, a blend of Byzantine mosaics, Arab domes and murals. A city on the outskirts of Europe, once the center of the then famous world, a place where Arab succulent markets lean against Baroque churches and sumptuous palm trees surround Gothic palaces, Palermo is fascinating and unforgettable, authentic and unique. Back to the hotel with the tour manager. Overnight stay.
Day 4: PALERMO - MONREALE - PALERMO
Breakfast. Visiting the city with a tour guide and a local guide: Norman-Gothic Cathedral; the Royal Palace or Norman Palace, a former Arab fortress turned into one of the most impressive royal palaces in Europe, with Cappell Palatine, a gem of Byzantine-Norman architecture and ornamentation; the famous Teatro Massimo, Teatro Politeama; Piazza Pretoria with the town hall and the famous Renaissance “Fountain of Shame” (the nudity of its marble statues scandalized nuns from a nearby monastery), the Baroque Quattro Canti Square… Leisure for lunch and walking. In the afternoon, we leave for Monreale (8 km from the center of Palermo) and visit the Duomo - the 12th-century cathedral, which is the pinnacle of Norman architecture in Sicily (extra charge for the booking of reservations *). Extremely interesting are the gold mosaics of 8500 m2 in the interior of the church, representing the New and Old Testaments, and uniting in the image of Christ Pantocrator. Return to Palermo in the late afternoon. Overnight stay.
Day 5: PALERMO - VENICE - ZAGREB
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon and check-in to Venice at 16:10. Upon landing in Venice at 5:50 pm, an organized transfer to Zagreb (extra) is possible.
PRICE OF PACKAGE ARRANGEMENT PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: FM 4.980 kn / 5.180 kn
(Aeronautical fees 1.190 kn included in the price of the arrangement)
FM DISCOUNT RELATED TO REGULAR PRICE IS VALID TO NOTIFICATION OF CAPACITY COMPLETION! THIS DISCOUNT EXCLUDES POSSIBLE OTHER DISCOUNTS OR SPECIAL ACTIONS!
Single room supplement: 890 kn
* Ticket Package: 450 kn
Transfer supplement Zagreb - Venice - Zagreb: 690 pax
(price for organized transfer from Zagreb, minimum 20 persons)
* The additional package of tickets includes the following tickets and is payable at the time of booking:
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PACKAGE PRICES INCLUDE: Venice-Catania-Palermo-Venice airfare, airline fees, tour manager, hotel accommodation 3/4 * (Italian categorization) in double rooms based on bed and breakfast: two nights in Palermo and two nights in Catania at 3/4 * Hotel, Sicily Tour Bus Schedule, Official Guides for Sightseeing Palermo, Monreale, Taormina, Syracuse and Valley Temples in Agrigento, as well as organization and sales costs
PACKAGE ARRANGEMENTS DO NOT INCLUDE: tickets to museums and cultural and historical monuments not listed, optional content, travel health insurance (recommended), tips to local service providers and staff, on-site sojourn taxes, and personal expenses
Sojourn tax: tourist taxes are not included and are paid on the spot at the hotel reception - € 2 in Palermo and € 1.5 in Catania per night and person
Aeronautical fees are subject to change and the final amount of the fees is confirmed on the day the airline ticket is issued. Atlas reserves the right to change prices in the event of exchange differences exceeding 1.5%. The organizer may change the order of the tours during the tour, depending on the museum's opening hours or public holidays. Sightseeing content remains posted regardless of the order of sightseeing. Departure times for the program are listed in accordance with the flight schedule of the Volotea airline announced in January 2019 and are subject to change.
MINIMUM OF PASSENGERS: 30