8 Days Italy Experience Sicily - Private tour

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Tour Overview


DAY 1

ARRIVE IN PALERMO

Our driver will welcome you to the Palermo airport and then bring you to your charming 4-star hotel in the city center. Enjoy dinner on your own.                             


DAY 2

DAY 2

TOUR PALERMO AND MONREALE

Today you’ll be enchanted by Palermo’s wide boulevards, traditional old quarter, and baroque palaces. See the city’s main sights, including the Cathedral of Palermo and Quattro Canti, the extravagant baroque square ringed by buildings and sculptures. Spend the afternoon discovering the splendor of the nearby Monreale Cathedral. Dating from the 12th Century, it shows the architectural influences of both the Normans and the Arab population.                                         


DAY 3

DAY 3

EXPLORE SICILY’S GREEK RUINS

Depart for Segesta to visit its magnificent Greek Theater and Doric Temple. Transfer to Montallegro, the small village home to Capitolo 1 restaurant, where you will enjoy a fantastic lunch. Continue to Agrigento’s beautiful Valley of the Temples, one of the most representative sites of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean. Visit the temples of Hercules, Juno, and Concordia, plus the beautiful Garden of Kolymbetra.   


DAY 4

DAY 4

MOSAICS IN PIAZZA ARMERINA

Piazza Armerina is famous for the extraordinary floor mosaics in the Roman Villa del Casale, a 3rd Century villa. These dazzling mosaics are among some of the best-preserved in the world, depicting scenes from everyday life, including children at play and big game hunts of the exotic African animals brought to Rome for gladiator games. Spend the rest of the day in Siracusa at your leisure.                            


DAY 5

THE SIGHTS OF SIRACUSA

Once the capital of Sicily, Siracusa remains one of the most important cities on the island. With your local guide, visit the Ear of Dyonisus, the Greek Theater, and the Altare di Ierone. Walk through the historical center on Ortigia Island to admire the cathedral, the Aretusa Fountain, and the ancient streets. Then head a bit further up the coast to reach the charming town of Taormina


DAY 6

DAY 6

THE PEARL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Meet up with your local guide to explore the historical center of the beautiful hilltop town of Taormina, famous for its Greek-Roman Amphitheater and its enchanting views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. Enjoy a refreshing, and authentic, icy Sicilian granita and then spend the rest of the afternoon at your own pace.                            


DAY 7

DAY 7

THE BIGGEST VOLCANO IN EUROPE

Depart for Mount Etna after breakfast, admiring the beautiful volcanic landscape along the way. Ascend 1800 meters above sea level to Rifugio Sapienza, where, after a short walk, you will reach the inactive Silvestri Craters. Return to Taormina for an afternoon of leisure.                            


DAY 8

BUON VIAGGIO

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing to the Catania airport, where you will receive assistance with check-in.


Dates & Rates

Inclusions


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 2 nights with breakfast at hotel in Palermo
  • 1 traditonal sweets box upon arrival in Palermo hotel
  • 1 night with breakfast at hotel in Agrigento
  • 1 night with breakfast at hotel in Siracusa
  • 3 nights with breakfast at hotel in Taormina
  • 1 prosecco bottle upon arrival in Taormina hotel
  • 1 lunch at Capitolo 1 restaurant in Montallegro
  • 1 granita at local bar in Taormina
  • Mercedes sedan or minivan with English-speaking driver at disposal according to the itinerary (including transfers in & out)
  • English-speaking local guide in Palermo (max 4 hours)
  • English-speaking local guide in Agrigento (max 2 hours)
  • English-speaking local guide in Piazza Armerina (max 2 hours)
  • English-speaking local guide in Taormina (max 4 hours)
  • English-speaking local guide in Etna volcano (max 4 hours)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

Entrance fees are not included. Please prepare to pay approximately 50 Euros per person locally.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

  • Low Season Availablity from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
  • High Season Availability from April 1 to October 31, 2018
  • Rates shown are per person in single occupancy room or sharing double/ triple room
  • Black out dates apply on holidays and trade shows

HOTELS FOR LUXURY PACKAGE:

  • Palermo: Hotel Villa Igiea (5 star)
  • Siracusa: Grand Hotel Ortigia (5 star)
  • Agrigento: Hotel Villa Athena (5 star)
  • Taormina: Hotel San Domenico Palace (5 star)

Hotels can be substituted with others based on availability.

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We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is ...

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To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a ...

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Dear Sheryl,

The visit to Israel was better than advertised. All of us had an awesome and inspiring vacation or as I call it, an education. Danny is one of the nicest and smartest men I have had the pleasure of meeting. He made the trip so special and I cannot imagine any other person showing us Israel but Danny.

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Craig Savage,

Ornan,

Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

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Sara / Ornan,

I had a fabulous time on this tour and highly recommend it to anyone interested.  We had an especially knowledgeable guide with us Doron Hoffman who as a history major added so much more information and had a great demeanor.  I was part of an international group and made some new friends.   

Regards,

 

 

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Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened ...

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