NEW YEAR'S TOUR OF SICILY
December 26/January 4
- 8 nights in Sicily
- Daily Breakfast
- Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant
- Excursions: Palermo/Monreale
- Excursion of Agrigento Greek Temples
- Visit of Taormina and its Roman-Greek Teather
- Excursion of Siracusa Greek Theater
- Excursion of Mt. Etna (if weather and vulcan permit)
- Visit of Catania
- Visit of the Caltagirone staircase
- New Year's eve dinner at a local restaurant
- Farewell Pizza Night
- Licensed Local Tour Guides during the excursions/visits
- Arranged Transportation ITINERARY:
Dec 26 - Leaving from Austin/San Antonio/Houston or your choice.
Dec 27 - Arrive in Catania - On a XIX century ancient palace's background, rise the hotel where we will stay. This luxury 4 star hotel is the most central in the city, situated near the Catania's prestigious downtown, which is conveniently located for all the city's sights and shops. Just outside the hotel, you are plunged into Catania society life, in a seventeenth century baroque setting. Welcome dinner at a popular local Sicilian Restaurant featuring regional delicacies.
Dec 28 - Excursion: SIRACUSA
Greek Theater: Teatro Greco: Built in c. 470 B.C. but since then has gone through reconstruction. Greek drama is now re-enacted there, but in the Italian language.
Latomia del Paradiso: The Latomia are ancient stone quarries that were worked on beginning from the sixth century B.C. onwards. Latomia del Paradiso is the best known of quarries. It has two underground galleries. The first and most famous is known as "The Ear of Dionysios" because of its acoustics. The legend says that the tyrant, Dionysios, could stand at one end and listen to whispered conversations of those imprisoned therein. Dec 29 - Excursion: Mt. ETNA [2,000 meters] the tallest volcano in Europe. Visit to the extinct craters of the Silvestri mountains [1,923 meters]. For the most courageous, optional visit to the main crater [3,300 m] (opt). Enjoy souvenirs made from lava and local honey tasting.
Arrive in the afternoon in Taormina. Dec 30 - Guided Visit of the TAORMINA Roman-Greek Theater with a tour guide (about 1 hour), enjoying stunning spectacular panoramic views of this breathtaking beautiful coastline, juxtaposed by Mount Etna's dramatic presence in the background. Afternoon at your leisure. Dec 31 – Return in Catania. In the afternoon visit of CATANIA downtown with a local tour guide.
On New Year's evening we will enjoy the traditional dinner 'Cenone di Capodanno' in a local restaurant in Catania!
Jan 1 - In the afternoon visit of CALTAGIRONE. The main landmark of the city is the 142-step monumental (Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, built from 1608 in the old part of the town. The peculiarity is that each step is decorated with different hand-decorated ceramics, using styles and figures derived from the millennial tradition of pottery making. Jan 2 - Excursion: PALERMO & MONREALE with a local tour guide - day trip - 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 Cathedral that was built by the Normans, but every new ruling dynasty that arrived added their own style to it. Then, we will drive to MONREALE where we will visit the Norman Cathedral decorated on the inside with over 6,340 sq. meters (almost 70,000 sq. feet) of mosaics and 24-carat gold! Jan 3 - Excursion: AGRIGENTO - the Valley of the Greek Temples, with a local tour guide – day trip ? Agrigento very close to the southern coast of Sicily and magnificently situated in hilly countryside, is also, because of its superb Greek temples ruins, one of the most rewarding venues in Sicily to visit. In the evening, pizza night celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip! Jan 4 – Depart for Austin.
COST: $ 1,990 + airfare For more info contact:
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Italy Tours | Italian Language | Cooking Classes TOURS TESTIMONIALS NEW YEAR'S 2014 - 2015
It was absolutely fascinating to see the ruins of Greek Theaters in 900 BC!
I sat on the same stones and walked on the same earth that Kings, Emperors,
and other history makers did even B.C.
! I slept in a hotel that was once a palace and shopped in a quaint little
town with amazing Sicilian souvenirs.
I saw beautiful gold-laden Catholic Churches that had mosaics and hand
carved pillars that told the stories of many years ago, such as Sampson and
Delilah, and ate fresh seafood while looking at the beautiful sea in Sicily!
Who wouldn't enjoy that?! Defiantly one to check off the bucket list.
TOURS TESTIMONIALS NEW YEAR'S 2013 - 2014 Her Sicily trip was a great experience. Well planned, and a lot of good suggestions for food and other things to do and see. It was great to see so many major areas and get a chance to know bits and pieces of Sicily while visiting spots you wouldn't find without being a local or having a top end guide. Had a blast and learned more than I expected.
First off, thank you for all your help in the leading to the trip. I enjoyed Italy very much, and this trip has infused me with a desire to do more traveling. From the historical sites to the wandering around in each town to the fantastic Italian food, my eyes have definitely been opened to the possibilities of international travel.
Thanks you and take care,
Colin M. Thank you for organizing such a great trip - Sicily was a wonderful surprise!
Jeanette, Keren, Lowell, and Matan B. All went well. Loved the oysters dinner for New Year's, and my last night view from my window room of the mighty mountain Etna.
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The 2012 NEW YEAR'S trip to Sicily was wonderful. Something new and wonderful around every corner. Everyone was eager to help us even though we didn't speak the same language. Elsa and her family are gracious and fun to be around. The hotels were great and all the excursions are well worth the money. I'd go again in a heartbeat! It was tutto bene! Everything was beautiful, the food was fantastic and the people were gracious and friendly. I just sent you $ 100. That's your tip. Grazie! I'm saving my money for Rome trip 2014. Loved it. It was great!
Becky R. The New Year's Eve A Taste of Italy Tour was a trip of a lifetime! I have always wanted to take a trip to Italy, so when the opportunity to travel to Sicily with her came up, I quickly signed up. The trip was beyond my expectations. It is one thing to go on a vacation to another county and go site seeing, shopping and dining on your own, but it is an entirely different experience to have a resident Sicilian accompanying you to all the excursions and introducing you to all her favorite restaurants. She has insider knowledge on the best restaurants and hotels, and more importantly where to shop! I especially liked the variety of the excursions she planned for us. For example, one day we took a bus tour up to Mt. Etna where we were having snowballs fights and drinking hot cocoa, and the next day we were strolling through one of most beautiful public gardens in sunny Taormina. Next day we're on a guided tour of one of the oldest and most beautiful and divine churches I've ever have ever seen. Next day we're hiking in Agrigento to tour ancient Greek Temples that are thousands of years old. Every day was some new and exciting to experience. The best part is that she was there with the group and helped us with the language barrier. When it was time to come home, I did not want to leave Sicily. I never felt like I was in a foreign country. In fact, I felt right at home. Sicily is absolutely beautiful! Vacation of a Lifetime!! You must go :-)