Tour Jolly New Year's
2017-2018 Special Departure
€ 870,00 p.p. in double room
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DEC 30 th /SATURDAY: PALERMO
Independent arrival at Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior, located in the historical centre of Palermo. Enjoy a welcome
cocktail. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
DEC 31 st /SUNDAY: PALERMO – MONREALE – PALERMO (MONTE PELLEGRINO/CAPO MARKET
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid 12 th -century mosaics representing
a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Cloister of the Benedictines Abbey with its Moorish
architecture. Continue with the visit of the Capital of Sicily, Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for history
and art: the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb “Palatina" Chapel; enjoy a panoramic tour of the
historical centre (the "Quattro Canti", the Opera House, the Pretoria Square). Back to your Hotel to have lunch.
Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino, the most famous mountain in Palermo, to arrive at the
Shrine of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of the city; from the viewpoint enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Conca
d'Oro. End the morning with a walk to the discover of one of the most colorful historical markets of Palermo: "The
Capo Market”, immersed in an explosion of vegetables, and fruits (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take
place with a minimum of participants). New Year’s Eve dinner in Hotel with music and entertainment. After the
midnight toast, dancing night. Overnight.
JAN 1 st /MONDAY: PALERMO – CEFALÚ – CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Cefalù, charming coastal town, a former fishing village which is also home to a
breathtaking Norman Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor – a stunning Byzantine mosaic that’s
considered as one of the most important pieces of religious artwork in Sicily. Take a stroll to the city centre and down
main street to reach the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Time at leisure to relax at a cafe of
your choice for lunch on your own. Proceed to Catania, the town known for its original baroque style and for its streets
built with black lava stone from mount Etna. Walking tour through Via Etnea, the Baroque street "Via Crociferi", the
Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral and the "Liotru" statue, symbol of the city, the roman Amphitheatre.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Hotel Mercure Catania Excelsior.
JAN 2 nd / TUESDAY: CATANIA – SIRACUSA – NOTO - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological
park “Neapolis”, including the famous Latomie of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Visit the
island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: here you can admire the Cathedral, which is built on the
site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary “Fontana Arethusa” and the Temple of Apollo. Enjoy time at leisure to
wander around Ortigia, full of shops and cafés. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, proceed to Noto, one of the
most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO. Back to Catania: dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
JAN 3 rd /WEDNESDAY: CATANIA – MOUNT ETNA honey tasting – TAORMINA - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.
Across fascinating landscape, we will reach a height of 1900 metres to visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy
a spectacular panorama over the Ionian Sea. Lunch in a local restaurant on Mt. Etna (or Taormina in low season). On
the way stop to the village of Zafferana Etnea, "the City of Honey" to visit a beautiful place where they produce honey
and taste the precious nectar made by skilled hands. Continue to Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the
Ionian Sea", founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Enjoy time at
leisure to shop for handmade lace, coral jewels, ceramics, home-made sweets and preserves down “Corso Umberto”
or simply walk through its tiny streets. Individual visit of the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre. Back to your Hotel in
Catania: dinner and overnight.
JAN 4 th /THURSDAY: CATANIA – PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina in the inland of Sicily, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana
del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Valley Of Temples of Agrigento,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site: guided tour of the Valley including the Temple of Concord, which is in almost perfectly
preserved conditions, Juno and Heracles that represent the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace.
JAN 5 th /FRIDAY: AGRIGENTO – SELINUNTE lunch in a farmhouse - SEGESTA - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean area with the
impressive Temples and Acropolis. Stop in a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production where, before lunch, it will
be possible to have an oil tasting of local production. Continue to Segesta to visit the Doric Temple, one of the best
preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean). Proceed to Palermo.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior.
JAN 6th /SATURDAY PALERMO
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In any case “grantoursicilia.it.”
ensures the visits and excursions mentioned on the journey After a buffet breakfast, end of the Tour.
€ 870,00 p.p. in double room
Single supplement € 200,00
3 rd pax in triple room € 835,00
COMPULSORY SUPPLEMENT FOR DEPARTURE ON
SATURDAY DEC. 30 th 2017: € 110,00 per person
The supplement includes New Year’s Eve dinner in your Hotel in
Palermo, with music and entertainment.
English – Spanish - Italian
THE RATE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in 4-star Hotels
- Welcome cocktail
- 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (in Hotels and local restaurants)
- Mineral water (1/2 per person) included in all meals
- Bus GT or minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 pax
- Tour escort at disposal for the whole tour except on Dec. 31st.
- Guided visits in Palermo, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento
- Whispers Kit
- Porterage at hotels
- Tasting of local typical products in Selinunte (olive oil, black bread of Castelvetrano, olives) + 1
honey tasting in Zafferana Etnea (Mt Etna)
THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Transfers in/out
- Entrance fees at monuments
- City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that has to be paid directly at the Hotel
- Beverages (except mineral water, which is included)
- Anything which is not clearly specified under ”the rate includes”
ENTRANCE FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED
ENTRANCE FEES SUPPLEMENT (OPTIONAL): TOTAL (NET) € 66,00 per person (*)
SIRACUSA Neapolis € 10,00 + Dome € 2,00
P. ARMERINA Villa Romana del Casale € 10,00
AGRIGENTO Valley of Temples € 10,00
SELINUNTE Acropolis € 6,00
PALERMO: Palatine Chapel € 8,50
MONREALE: Cloister € 6,00 + Dome € 4,00
SEGESTA: Doric Temple or ERICE: multiple ticket + € 3,50 fee
Attention: European Citizens younger than 18 years old are free of charge (except entrance to the
Palatine Chapel in Palermo € 5,00 per person)
(*)The above prices and conditions are valid in July 2017. In case of price increases, the price will be
PRIVATE TRANSFERS FROM/TO PALERMO AIRPORT (OPTIONAL): the price depends on the number of passengers
4-star Hotels offering high quality customized services, carefully selected in the most
suggestive historical centres of the main Sicilian towns.
Selected typical restaurants/farmhouses and especially chosen menus to have a
taste of the Sicilian and Italian cuisine.
Visit and oil tasting in a farmhouse in Selinunte + Honey tasting on Mount Etna
Mineral water (1/2 per person) included in all meals
Visit of the main Sicilian monuments, including 4 UNESCO sites (Siracusa, Noto,
Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Mt. Etna)
Deluxe motor coach offering the max comfort
Qualified multilingual tour escort and local guides
100% penalty for NO SHOW
80% penalty from 1 to 4 days before the beginning of the Tour
50% penalty from 5 to 9 days before the beginning of the Tour
30% penalty from 10 to 20 days before the beginning of the Tour