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Rental car round trip - Italy

The highlights of Sicily

Highlights

  • Explore Sicily in only 8 days

  • Visit cultural highlights in Noto, Ragusa, and Palermo

  • Selected hotels in the 4-star category

  • Contact with representative from our partner agency, Saistours

  • Optional bathing extension possible

Description

On this classic Sicily round trip, you will experience the highlights and the cultural treasures of the Italian vacation island. In just 8 days, the trip takes you by rental car from Catania to Syracuse and Agrigento to the foot of Mount Etna and Palermo. Enjoy the Italian attitude about life and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the island.

Destination

Europe

Catania - Syracuse - Agrigento - Palermo - Cefalu - Catania

Discover the splendor of the largest Mediterranean island on your own terms, with a rental car. On this tour, you will get to know the classic sights of Sicily - from the evidence of a great past in Syracuse, to the vibrant cities of Palermo and Catania, to the largest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna.

After your arrival at Catania airport, you will pick up the booked rental car. On the drive towards Syracuse, you will get your first impressions of the island.

1 night stay with breakfast in Syracuse, Sicily

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After a fortifying breakfast, you will have the opportunity to visit Syracuse. The city was the most powerful and largest city in Sicily, its cultural center in ancient times for several centuries. In 2005, UNESCO declared Syracuse a World Heritage Site. Among the most important monuments are the Temple of Apollo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Colonne, Castello Maniace, and the Parco Archeologico della Neapoli.

In the afternoon, there is the possibility of an excursion to Noto and Ragusa.

1 night stay with breakfast in Syracuse, Sicily.

After breakfast at the hotel, the drive continues by rental car to Agrigento. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit Caltagirone, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Piazza Armerina with the Cathedral Maria Santissima Assunta.

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1 night with breakfast in Agrigento, Sicily

After breakfast, you have the possibility to visit Agrigento. Located on the southern coast of Sicily, it is particularly known for the Acropolis in the northwestern part of the city and the so-called Valley of the Temples. Here are the archaeological sites that show the remains of the ancient city of Akragas.

In the late morning we will continue our journey to Palermo.

1 night stay with breakfast in Palermo, Sicily.

Strengthened by breakfast, today you will visit the island's capital, Palermo. Founded in the 8th century BC, the city experienced its heyday mainly under the control of the Arabs as well as the Normans and the Hohenstaufen. Today, Palermo is Italy's fifth largest city with about 680,000 inhabitants and the political and cultural center of Sicily.

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Sights include the Cathedral, Piazza Pretoria with the Fontana Pretoria, the Norman Palace, the Teatro Massimo, and the Botanical Gardens.

1 night with breakfast in Palermo, Sicily

After many impressions, the journey continues after breakfast toward Catania. On the way, there is the possibility to visit Cefalu. On the castle hill of the city, there are traces from prehistoric and ancient times. These include the remains of a Temple of Diana dating back to the 9th century BC.

In the early afternoon, continue to Catania and check in at the hotel.

1 night stay with breakfast in Catania, Sicily.

Enjoy the breakfast buffet at your hotel and get ready for the day. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit Taormina and take an excursion to Mount Etna (optional).

Taormina, located on the east coast of Sicily, attracts visitors to the city not only because of its mild Mediterranean climate, but also because of its numerous sights. The list of prominent visitors included Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Oscar Wilde, and Empress Elisabeth of Austria. To this day, the coastal town is a destination for numerous VIPs who come to the city on the occasion of the annual Taormina Art Festival.

In the afternoon, there is the option of going on an excursion to Mount Etna. At about 3,323 meters above sea level, Etna is the highest and most active volcano in Europe and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.

1 night stay with breakfast in Catania, Sicily

With many lovely memories in your luggage, it is time to say goodbye today. After breakfast and depending on your flight times, you will return to the airport.

Alternatively, there is the possibility of a one-week bathing extension at the Naxos Beach Hotel, including half board.

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GH Villa Politi****, Syracuse, Sicily (2 nights)

The Grand Hotel Villa Politi awaits you in the ancient Sicilian Latomie dei Cappuccini (“Capuchin quarries”), a natural amphitheater. Spectacularly situated on a cliff, it offers a fabulous view of the Mediterranean Sea and is also surrounded by a magnificent garden with centuries-old trees. A beautiful pool area with sun terrace invites you to relax after sightseeing tours of the famous old town. The combination of original preserved architectural features with the most modern comforts complete the ambience of the hotel.

Grand Hotel Mose****, Agrigento, Sicily (1 night)

Grand Hotel Mosè is located in a building constructed entirely of tufa stone in the heart of Agrigento's historic center. Amenities include a Mediterranean garden with pool, as well as free parking and Wi-Fi.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, and a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer.

The on-site restaurant La Mimosa serves dishes of local and international cuisine, which you can also enjoy by the pool in summer.

Hotel Palazzo Sitano****, Palermo, Sicily (2 nights)

Right in the historic center of Palermo, Hotel Palazzo Sitano is set in an elegant 18th-century Baroque townhouse.

All rooms feature parquet floors and offer minibars and TVs. Furthermore, they have a private bathroom with a hairdryer and luxurious toiletries.

Free Wi-Fi is available at all times.

Hotel NH Centro****, Catania, Sicily (2 nights)

In the historic center of Catania, the elegant Hotel NH Catania Centro is not far from the stores of Via Etnea. Each air-conditioned room has a minibar and 40-inch plasma TVs with satellite channels. Bathroom amenities include shower tubs, bidets, free toiletries, and hairdryers. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Mediterranean dishes are served in the on-site restaurant.

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Including

  • 7 nights in the above mentioned accommodations or similar:

    • 2 nights at GH Villa Politi**** with breakfast in a standard room in Syracuse.

    • 1 night at Grand Hotel Mose**** with breakfast in a standard room in Agrigento

    • 2 nights at Hotel Palazzo Sitano**** with breakfast in a standard room in Palermo

    • 2 nights at NH Centro**** with breakfast in a standard room in Catania

  • Contact with a representative of our local partner on site

  • The starting price is valid in the travel period 08.01.21 - 31.03.21 and 01.11.21 - 15.12.21

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Meals and drinks that are not included in the scope of services
  • Excursions (sightseeing, entrance fees, etc.)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Rental car
  • Tourism tax (approx. 3,-€ per person/night, to be paid on spot)

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