The Best of Sicily & Malta ~ 8 Days
Day 01: WEDNESDAY Arrive Catania airport or rail station. Meet and greet and private transfer to Taormina. Arrive hotel and balance of day at leisure. Dinner & Overnight Hotel.
Day 2: THURSDAY : TAORMINA MARE – ETNA – TAORMINA
Breakfast in the hotel and guided excursion to the Mt. Etna, the highest and most active volcano of Europe. The territory surrounding the Volcano “Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas in Italy: you will Before arriving at the Silvestri Crater, you will pass an area with a variety of vegetation and landscapes. Silvestri Crater 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the possibility to continue the excursion by jeep. Stop at a local beekeeper for a honey- and wine tasting. In the afternoon visit of Taormina, situated on a plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from Capo Sant’Andrea to Capo Taormina. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman teatre, the 2nd largest classical teatre in Sicily. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 03: FRIDAY : TAORMINA MARE – CATANIA – SYRACUSE – POZZALLO PORT – MALTA
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day excursion. First to Catania, that lies on the slopes of the Etna. A City rich in Baroque Style. A walking tour will take you to the typical fish market and walking tour and the city centre. Proceed to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island, in which we will explore the historic centre in Ortigia Island, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. At this point guests can choose to leave the group for individual activities or to take part. Guided tour of the archaeological park of Syracuse, including the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus. After that transfer to Pozzallo port and departure by ferry to Malta. You will arrive in Malta in the late evening. Meeting our assistant and transfer to the hotel. Overnight
Day 04: SATURDAY : MALTA – EXCURSION THE 3 CITIES (HD)
Breakfast in the hotel. Discover the Grand Harbor area opposite Valletta known as the Three Cities – Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, where the Knights of St. John first settled in 1530. Driving past Cospicua we reach Vittoriosa for a walking tour through the narrow streets in the shade of historic buildings, including the first auberges of the various langues of the Order. At the Vittoriosa waterfront we take a typical harbor boat (dghajsa) for a tour of the colorful harbor creeks. From the
Senglea Garden, situated at the tip of the peninsula, enjoy a stunning 360* view of the Grand Harbor, including the impressive Fort Sant Angelo from where Grand Master La Valette led the defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565. Overnight.
Day 05: SUNDAY: MALTA – MARSAXLOKK MARKET AND BLUE GROTTO (HD)
Breakfast in the hotel. The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colorful luzzus and unique character make the unrivaled setting for the local market. This is the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning, where you can rub your shoulders with the locals as you browse through the various stalls. We continue our tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Admire the whole expanse of the blue Mediterranean and the islet of Filfla. Later our guide will help you explore one of Malta’s unspoilt villages. From the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club, you will be led through a maze of winding narrow streets that all have a
story to be told. Overnight.
Day 06: MONDAY: MALTA-POZZALLO-TAORMINA AREA
Early transfer to Malta port and departure to Pozzallo. Arriving and transfer in your hotel in Taormina area. Day at your leisure to relax. Dinner and overnight.
Day 07: TUESDAY : TAORMINA AREA –PANAREA AND STROMBOLI ISLANDS
Breakfast and transfer to Milazzo. Today you will enjoy the excursion Panarea & Stromboli. Departure from Taormina is about at 10:00 am. From Milazzo by boat to Panarea. Free time on the island for visiting the typical village, enjoying the beach and having lunch (optional). Transfer by boat to Stromboli where you will stop until sunset. A light dinner will be served on board. Finally visit of the “Sciara del Fuoco” by night for admiring the volcano’s activity from the sea. Return to Taormina is scheduled around midnight. Please note that departure time will be modified during the season depending on sunset time. Dinner in Hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 08: WEDNESDAY: TAORMINA
After Breakfast at your set time, private transfer to Catania airport or rail station.
Tour Code: NOR/183
- Private Arrival Transfer from Catania Airport or Rail Station to Taormina
- 7 nights 4 nights in Sicily and 3 nights in Malta
- Daily Breakfast
- Three Dinners in Malta
- Bilingual guided tour for the excursion as in the program.
- Air conditioned motor coach
- Return Transfer from Syracuse to Pozzallo
- Ferry Pozallo-Malta-Pozzallo includes port tax
- Syacuse Archelogical Park and admission
- City tax; to be paid locally at local
- Porterage at airport
- Beverages with meals
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fees to museum unless listed in the program and inclusions
- Any item that has not been mentioned in the “Included”
2018 Rates & Guaranteed Departure Dates
|APR 25, May 02||$1430||$1870||$1380|
|MAY 09, 13, 23, 30||$1360||$1735||$1375|
|JUN 06, 13, 20||$1460||$1895||$1380|
|SEPT 05, 12, 19, 26||$1460||$1895||$1380|
|OCT 03, 10, 17||$1460||$1895||$1380|
4* Hotels or Similar
- Taormina: 4* Complesso Antared
- Malta: 4* Hotel Astra, Sliema
Price per person in Canadian Dollars,
All rates and hotel availability subject to change. High season surcharges may apply