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14-Day Sicily and Malta Tour | Small Group Italy Tour

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Join up to 22 like-minded travelers on this all-inclusive small group Italy tour to Sicily and Malta. The 14-day Sicily and Malta tour itinerary includes diverse activities including tours of churches, palaces, winery visit & even a homemade pizza cooking class. Visit Sicily’s highlights including Palermo and its Norman culture, Agrigento and its Ancient Greek Temples, Ragusa and its Baroque Architecture, the resort town of Taormina, and much more. Then travel to Malta to Valletta and Gozo. For more about this Sicily and Malta tour package submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us 800.227.2577.

Highlights

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Sicily and Malta Tour Package Highlights:

  • Visit the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace with its interior of glittering 12th-century Byzantine mosaics
  • Tour the old city of Palermo, featuring an incredible mix of architectural styles
  • Discover Phoenician Motya with its famous Charioteer by boat
  • Visit Mazara del Vallo, with its Arabian style quarters and famous dancing Satyr
  • Make your own classic pizza from fresh ingredients!
  • Discover Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, the best-preserved remains outside of Greece
  • View the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the trendy resort town of Taormina
  • Ascend the lava-crusted slopes of Mt. Etna – one of the most active volcanoes in Europe!
  • Discover the island of Ortigia, the historical center of the city of Siracusa
  • Visit the Greek Theater and the Ear of Dionysus in the Siracusa Archaeological Park
  • See the baroque architectural jewels of Noto, Ragusa, and Scicli
  • Discover the rich history of Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018
  • Explore the “Three Cities” Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea areas of Malta
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring megalithic Temples of Ggantija in Gozo
  • Experience Maltese cuisine & hospitality during lunch in a private home

Sicily and Malta Vacation Package Includes:

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Palermo, Luqa-New York. Other departure cities available. Submit form with date of preferred departure for air itinerary and airfare.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Catania-Luqa
  • Click to review 12 nights First Class accommodations
  • Italian city hotel taxes & Maltese eco-contribution tax
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 24 meals: 12 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners (including 1 home hosted lunch and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Wine is included with lunch and dinner
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Accommodations

Sicily and Malta Tour with Venice Accommodations

2 nights Palermo – Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
2 nights Marsala Area – Baglio Oneto Resort & Wines Trapani
1 night Agrigento – Colleverde Park Hotel
2 nights Ragusa – San Giorgio Palace Hotel or Villa del Lauro
2 nights Catania – UNA Hotel Palace
3 nights Sliema – The Victoria Hotel Sliema

All tour accommodations are 4-star first class hotels.

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Sicily and Malta Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday – Depart for Italy

Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday – Arrive in Palermo

Welcome to Sicily! Arrive in Palermo, the energetic capital of Sicily, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest and relax before tonight’s orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting tour that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner with the group
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday – Palatine Chapel and Palermo City Tour

Start your tour of Palermo with the visit of the Palatine Chapel, a UNESCO Heritage Site, located inside the complex of Palazzo dei Normanni. Its glittering gold mosaics, complemented by inlaid marble floors and wooden ceilings, reflect Norman Sicily’s cultural complexity. Continue with a walking tour including the Cathedral, Piazza dei Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria, and the church of Casa Professa, an expression of the Baroque style in its most amazing form. Visit a Puppet Theater, a traditional form of Sicilian entertainment that dates back to the 15th century and is still alive today. Discover Palermo on your own with its winding alleyways and colorful back streets during free time
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday – Segesta, Farm Lunch, Erice

Morning drive through western Sicily where you will view the famous Doric Temple of Segesta rising high on a hill, constructed in the 5th century B.C., one of the greatest examples of this style of architecture. Enjoy lunch with an olive oil tasting at a local farm. Continue to the mountaintop Erice, a wonderfully preserved medieval town with breathtaking views and a great historical presence. Walk along the cobbled streets lined with superb examples of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, home of the “Ericina” ceramic handicraft art. Continue to your hotel where dinner will be served
Overnight: Marsala Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday – Mazara Kasbah Maze & Dancing Satyr, Salt Mines, and Motya Charioteer

This morning, drive to Mazara, walk the Kasbah maze of streets and view the statue of the Dancing Satyr, a rare example of Greek bronze sculpture, found by chance in 1998 by a fishing boat. After free time in the town, continue to the salt plant area before boarding your boat to cruise on the so-called Stagnone to the island of Motya, dating back to the Phoenician time. Here, you will see the beautiful and unique marble statue of the Motya Charioteer. It is believed to be the work of a leading Greek artist made in the period following their defeat of the Persians. It was found inside Phoenician fortifications, which were quickly erected before Dionysios I of Syracuse invaded and sacked Motya in 397 BC. End your day with dinner facing the sea. Return to your hotel
Overnight: Marsala Area
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday – Valley of Temples

This morning, view the stone quarries of Cusa before enjoying lunch with local specialties. Continue to discover Agrigento’s celebrated Valley of the Temples in the afternoon, the largest and best preserved temple ruins outside of mainland Greece. Tour this magnificent archaeological park, built between 430 and 510 B.C., all majestically positioned in the same area on rocky crests south of modern day Agrigento
Overnight: Agrigento
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday – Make your own Pizza and Piazza Armerina

Today, enjoy making your own Pizza using fresh ingredients in Licata. After tasting your own creation, travel to Piazza Armerina to view the intricate examples of Roman mosaics at the famous Roman Villa del Casale, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These extraordinarily vivid mosaics deal with numerous subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life. The Villa itself was rediscovered in the 19th century after being almost completely covered by a landslide. Continue on to check into your hotel in Ragusa
Overnight: Ragusa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday – Ragusa-Ibla, Modica, Aromatic Herb & Plant Gardens, Scicli

This morning, indulge in the baroque atmosphere of Ragusa-Ibla, with its breathtaking sights of houses, churches, and palaces that seem layered one on top of the other. After lunch, travel to Modica, known all over the world for its chocolate production. Continue to visit a garden of aromatic herbs & plants. Learn how the herbs are grown and their uses while trying to recognize them! In the afternoon, enjoy a walk in Scicli before returning to your hotel
Overnight: Ragusa
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday – Noto, Siracusa with its Neapolis & Ortigia

Today, travel to Noto, a wonderful Baroque town, where you will have time to wander around and discover one of the most spectacular urban settlements. Arrive in Siracusa to admire the “Old City,” also known as Città Vecchia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the island of Ortygia. After free time for lunch, continue with a visit to the archaeological area of the Neapolis and get a glimpse of Siracusa as it was in ancient times with its Greek theater, the remains of Roman Amphitheater, and the “Ear of Dionysius,” an awe-inspiring artificial limestone cave renowned for its outstanding acoustics. Travel to Catania, a wonderful combination of ancient and modern, under the shadow of Mt. Etna
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday – Mt. Etna Summit & Taormina

Begin the day with a visit to the lava-crusted slopes of Mt. Etna, which dominates the scenery and is the most active volcano in Europe! Ascend via cable car and buses to reach the altitude of 9,000 feet; step carefully on the varied layers of lava which have solidified over the centuries. Learn about Etna’s impact on the surrounding area and its unique geology before before departing toward Taormina, where you will enjoy a walk on the main Corso, followed by free time to enjoy the city. Perhaps visit the massive Greek Theater, from where you can enjoy remarkable panoramas of the city and countryside. Return to Catania in the late afternoon
Overnight: Catania
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday – Arrival in Malta, Valetta Sightseeing

This morning, early departure to Malta. Begin your discovery of Malta with a visit to the Malta Experience, a multi-vision show depicting 7,000 years of Maltese history. Afterward, proceed to the beautiful Barraca Gardens, St. John’s Cathedral, a gem of baroque art & architecture, the Grand Master’s Palace, and Casa Rocca Piccola. Then, spend free time on your own to explore the city and have lunch. In the afternoon, head across the Grand Harbor to discover the historical area known as the Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Sliema
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday – Explore Gozo

Today, you will start the day early in order to visit Malta’s sister island of Gozo, an island where time stood still, where traditions and customs form part of the daily life of the islanders. Gozo is greener, more rural, and offers beautiful scenic views, having most of the population still following their forefathers’ trades of farming and fishing. During this excursion, visit the Temple of Ggantija, which is the only major prehistoric site on the Island of Gozo. The temple is among the oldest and best preserved in the world. Continue your visit to Ta’ Pinu Church, a national shrine, picturesque Xlendi Bay, and the Citadella in Victoria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit a farm in Gozo and enjoy a Mediterranean tasting of wine and delicacies followed by lunch. Return to Sliema and spend the rest of your day at leisure
Overnight: Sliema
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Thursday – Mdina & Rabat, Home-Hosted Lunch

Your tour today will take you to Mdina, the ancient capital of Malta, located in the central part of the island. This walled city dates back to prehistoric times and has witnessed Malta´s major historical events, having a strategic position on one of the land´s highest plateaus. During your walk in the silent city, visit the Mdina Cathedral and the imposing bastions that allow you to admire panoramic views of most of the island. Proceed to Rabat and explore St Paul’s Catacombs. Later, visit Palazzo Falson, which houses forty-five extraordinary collections including paintings, silver, furniture, jewelry, Oriental rugs and armory, as well as a remarkable library containing over 4,500 books and some highly valuable manuscripts. Afterward, you are invited to a home-hosted lunch in a private home. Taste traditional Maltese cuisine, experience the renowned Maltese hospitality, and learn about the values and traditions from your host family. After lunch, proceed to Naxxar, the oldest village on the island, to visit Palazzo Parisio, a unique 19th century palace with splendid gardens. Return to your hotel in Sliema. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and bid farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Sliema
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday – Depart Malta

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

 

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