DISCOVERING SICILY from Catania - 5DAYS/4NIGHTS

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From EUR 600

5 days to discover and explore the most famous towns of Eastern Sicily including Catania & Taormina, hike the active Mt. Etna and relax at the beach. This is the perfect getaway to Sicily to visit the best of Sicily in a short time.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: STARTS IN CATANIA

DAY 2: MT. ETNA VOLCANO & TAORMINA

DAY 3. FREE DAY / BEACH DAY

DAY 4: SIRACUSA & NOTO

DAY 5: END IN CATANIA

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Local tranport
  • 4 nights accommodation in Catania
  • Orientation walk of the city
  • Return tickets to Siracusa and Noto
  • Excursion to Mt. Etna & Taormina
  • Welcome dinner
  • Welcome pack
  • Italy on a Budget trip leader

Please note: Flights are not included in this trip. This tour meets on Wednesday at 3:00pm directly at the accommodation provided by us on the tour program sent before the trip. If you would like to arrive on Friday please contact info@italyonabudgettours.com.

DETAILS:

STARTS On Wednesday in Catania
ENDS  On Sunday in Catania 
ACCOMMODATION TYPE Hostels & Budget hotels in the centre of Catania
MIN/MAX  Trip guaranteed with a min of 6 people confirmed
NOT INCLUDED

- Flights. Meet us at the hostel and we will start from there. If you arrive a day earlier or wants to stay a day longer, let us know and we can organise the accommodation for you.

- City taxes. Starting from next April 1st 2012 all clients staying in any hotels/ hostels / campsites in Italy have to pay a city tax. The fee is COMPULSORY and MUST be paid DIRECTLY in hotel. In general is between € 1 and € 3 per person per night.

- Food and Drinks where not specified however our guides will always have great recommendations about local and affordable restaurants for delicious meals.

- Entry tickets to museums and monuments which are not included in our walking tours.

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DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 : CATANIA

Welcome to Sicily, welcome to Catania! In the afternoon you will meet your Italy on a Budget  tour leader and fellow travelling companions at the reception of the accommodation where your tour leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead on your tour. We will then proceed with an orientation walk of the city passing by the city's wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, the Fontana dell'Elefante statue, the richly decorated Catania Cathedral and the Pescheria, a weekday fish market surrounded by seafood restaurants. In the evening we will enjoy a traditional dinner in a local restaurant. 

DAY 2: MT. ETNA & TAORMINA

Let's discover the Europe's highest active volcano with our expert guide who will lead you to discover the fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, on eccentric craters and unique lava formations. During the the trekking route you will be able to admire from various points, the summit craters standing in the distance.

Continue the trip towards Taormina a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily.The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theater still used today. Near the theater, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. A narrow stretch of sand connects the mainland to Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve.

DAY 3: FREE DAY, BEACH DAY.

Spend the day in complete relax to walk around Catania a city rich of culture and history, hosting many museums, restaurants, churches, parks and theatres or head down to the closest sandy beach to relax and enjoy the crystal sea of Sicily. 

DAY 4: SIRACUSA & NOTO

Early start to head to Siracusa, 2,700 years old city rich of Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and also known as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. Your guide will take you for an orientation walk through the historical centre and the the islet of Ortigia the heart of the city of Syracuse. Here you will admire the architectural beauties of different historical periods: from the first prehistoric settlements, through the numerous remains of ancient Greek Byzantine and Norman. 

In the afternoon we will continue towards Noto, 32 kilometres outhwest of the city of Syracuse, famous for its fine buildings of the early 18th century, many of which are considered to be among the finest examples of Sicilian baroque style. We will return back to Catania in the evening 

DAY 5 - BYE BYE CATANIA

It is time to say good bye and continue to your new destination. Check out time is by 10am but you are more than welcome to store your bags in the accommodation and spend some extra time in Catania.

Highlights

  • Stay 4 nights in Catania, one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres
  • Hike Mt Etna and be amaized by the view from the top
  • Taste the local products
  • Take a stroll through the narrow streets of Taormina
  • Visit the Baroque town of Noto
  • Relax on the Sicilian coast on one of the many beautiful beaches 

Route

  1. Catania
  2. Mount Etna
  3. Acireale
  4. Taormina
  5. Siracusa
  6. Noto