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We meet at our designated pick up points and travel by executive coach to Luton Airport for our direct scheduled flight to Palermo. On arrival in Sicily we are met by our tour manager who will accompany us throughout our tour. We transfer in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Punta Nord-Est on the outskirts of Castellammare Del Golfo for a five night stay. On Days 1 to 3 and Day 5 dinner is included at a restaurant which is 800 metres from our hotel. You may choose to use the shuttle service from the hotel which is €5 per person for a return ticket and is payable locally.
This morning we visit Trapani and on an individual basis you may choose to visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Chiesa del Collegio dei Gesuiti. The facades of both display magnificently the curious ebullience of West Sicilian Baroque architecture. North of the harbour, the Chiesa del Purgatorio displays wooden sculptures that are paraded around the city during the Good Friday procession. This afternoon we visit Erice. Poised on a crag overlooking the sea, this is a delightful medieval town with stunning views. During our guided tour we visit Matrice Church, which dates back to the 14th century and has a beautiful fortified Gothic exterior.
This morning we have a guided tour of the magnificent Cathedral at Monreale, one of the great sites of Norman Sicily, adorned with glittering Sicilian and Byzantine mosaics. We continue with our guide to Palermo, a beautiful city whose architecture ranges from Arabic to Norman in style. The tour takes in sights such as the 12th century La Martorano, the awe inspiring Palatine Chapel and the Church of San Cataldo.
This morning we enjoy an included boat trip to the island of Mozia, a memorable archaeological site in Western Sicily. En route we see the salt flats and windmills that characterise this part of the coastline. Mozia was an important colony of Carthage, the Phoenician founded city in North Africa. Mozia was destroyed by the Greeks of Syracuse in the 4th century BC, after which the surviving inhabitants developed a new city site on the Sicilian coast nearby. On arrival we visit the Museum of Mozia. The museums greatest treasure is its marble statue, ‘Giovanetto di Mozia’, also known as Charioteer. This afternoon we visit the port of Marsala, the home of a thick, strong, sweet wine that has been in production here since the 18th century. In 1798 Admiral Nelson ordered vast quantities of it following the Battle of the Nile. After some free time for lunch on arrival, we enjoy a tour and tasting at the Florio wine cellar. This evening, dinner is served at I Sapori Sicilian Grill in Castellamare del Golfo.
This morning we visit the Valley of Temples near Agrigento, one of the most impressive complexes of ancient Greek temples outside Greece. Our local guide shows us around the Doric temples dating from the 5th century BC, straddling a low ridge with nine of the ten original temples still visible and some still beautifully preserved. We then enjoy an included lunch at a carefully selected local restaurant, before returning to our hotel.
Subject to flight timings, we enjoy a guided tour at Segesta, with its massive unfinished Doric temple on a remote hillside. We then return to Palermo, for our direct scheduled flight to Luton Airport, and onwards coach travel back to our original pick up points.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Flight details may be subject to change. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply. This holiday and the flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Tailored Travel's ATOL number is 5605.
Hotel in Castellammare Del Golfo
All dinners & one lunch included
All excursions, entrance fees & guided tours included
Return UK airport coach transfers included
Direct scheduled flights from Luton to Palermo
Tour manager throughout
Executive coach throughout
Audio headsets on Days 2 to 5 included
Included boat excursion on Day 4
Erice & Matrice Church – guided tour
Monreale Cathedral – guided tour
Palermo – guided tour
Boat trip to Mozia Island
Museum of Mozia
Florio Wine Cellar – tour & tasting
Valley of the Temples – guided tour & included lunch
Segesta – guided tour
We stay five nights in standard rooms at the 3* Hotel Punta Nord-Est (www.puntanordest.com/en) on the outskirts of Castellammare Del Golfo. Located a one minute walk from the beach and a ten minute walk from the harbour at Castellammare Del Golfo, facilities at the hotel include a café, breakfast room and an outdoor swimming pool. All rooms are ensuite and feature a hairdryer, television, telephone, minibar, and an in room safe. Dinner is included at a local restaurant for four evenings. A limited number of superior sea view rooms are available at a supplement of £60 per person, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Single room supplement £99
Superior sea view room supplement £60 per person (twin/double rooms only)
Local accommodation tax (approximately €1.50 per person per night) payable locally
All excursions, entrance fees & guided tours included