An Amazing holiday break to the most spectacular Sicilian capital visiting also Castellamare Del Golfo, Erice, Segesta, Le Saline di Trapani, Corleone, Piana degli Albanesi, Cefalu, Monte San Pellegrino, Sferracavallo and Mondello.
“The Kingdom of the sun” (the name given to the Sicilian Capital) has been a cultural melting pot since Phoenicians and Greeks fought over it in the 5th and 6th centuries B.C. It has a relatively recent “made in Italy” identity. In 2018 it basked under the banner of Italian Capital of Culture, hosting the prestigious Manifesta contemporary art biennale and helping regenerate its waterfront.
A great pity that Palermo is not such a great favourite with Maltese tourists to Sicily, but this was perhaps due to lack of communication. Now with direct Air Malta flights, this is made possible. Let us enjoy this short break here. I sincerely guarantee a most enjoyable holiday full of comfort, good food, culture and fun. You will find everything that you wish for in a holiday. Our modern Hotel is in the most prominent position and allows us easy access to all the most important spots in the centre of Palermo.
1 July 2019 – Monday
Group meets at Malta International Airport at 3:20 hrs in the morning. Departure on Air Malta flight KMO 662 to Palermo is at 5:30 hrs in the morning. On arrival at 6:20 hrs in Palermo we board our coach and proceed to Castellammare del Golfo whose name literally means “sea fortress on the Gulf”. This medieval fortress is enclosed by surrounding hills. We shall make a stop for breakfast here before continuing on our way to Le Saline di Trapani that are also a nature reserve. Next destination is Erice, an unforgettable medieval hilltown with ancient origins in Sicily, close to the port city of Trapani. There was also a Temple of Venus here in Erice which is 750 m above sea level, while in Segesta we will be seeing a Doric Temple and an Amphitheater. Time to start moving towards Palermo to check in our luxury Four-star Hotel in a prominent position close to the centre. After we take our rooms we have free time for a good rest. Those who do not feel tired may wish to make a walk around to discover the area of the Hotel. Later on we meet for dinner in the panoramic restaurant on the top floor.
2 July 2019 – Tuesday
After our buffet breakfast today we are off for Corleone. This place is renowned for being the native place of so many Mafia bosses. From here we move on to Piana degli Albanesi which is situated on a plateau encircled by mountains. The city is mirrored on a large lake and is only 24 kilometres away from Palermo. After this unbeaten track, we shall proceed to Cefalu, a major tourist attraction. Here we shall stop for lunch and also have the opportunity to go round this magnificent place where so many tourists spend their summer holidays Time for souvenir shopping and also for relaxation before we start on our way back to the Hotel in Palermo.
A mouth-watering delicious dinner awaits us in the hotel this evening. Free time after dinner. Here we might find the opportunity to reach Via Maqueda built in 1600, an artery connecting the north of the city to the south. This has recently been pedestrianized and makes the perfect place for a “passeggiata” any time of the day. Take the time to enter the long narrow streets. Occasional liberty style (Italian Art nouveau) shops are still standing. Pasticceria Costa (Via Maqueda 174) dating to 1700, does delicious marzipan patisserie, and the walls are decorated by Ernesto Basile the artist who painted the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele Opera House. This is the third largest opera house in Europe after Paris and Vienna.
3 July 2019 – Wednesday
After the buffet breakfast, we leave the hotel with our luggage and set out for Piazza San Domenico where very near we find the local market. Here, those in search of good bargain shopping will find what they want. Others may prefer to walk around the streets of this amazing baroque city. From here we shall proceed to Monte San Pellegrino perched high up on a mountain on the city of Palermo. Here we visit the Church dedicated to the Patron Saint of Palermo, Santa Rosalia, This is where so many pilgrims come to pray and where we see so many testimonies of Faith and Miracles. Lunch awaits us in Sferracavallo. Those who love fish will find a Heaven on earth here at a special price. Others may choose to eat whatever they like. After lunch, we shall visit also Mondello the summer resort for the elite of Palermo. Our last hours in the city of Palermo will be spent in the centre or in a big shopping centre for some last shopping. Air Malta flight KM0 663 leaves for Malta at 23:00 hrs. We need to arrive at Palermo airport by 20:45 hrs. Arrival in Malta is expected at 23:50 hrs.
A tour not to be missed! Rest assured that you will fall in love with this fantastic Italian region! We sincerely hope to have you on board.
1 – 3 July 2019.
3 days 2 nights.
Per person €460
• Return Air Malta flights Malta to Palermo.
All taxes included.
• Transfers and excursions according to the program.
• 2 nights in a modern 4-star luxury hotel in Palermo on Half Board basis (Continental buffet breakfast and dinner).
• All rooms with private facilities and air-conditioned.
• Fully air-conditioned coach for the whole 3 days of the trip.
• Well experienced Tour leader as well as local expert guides in certain places.
• ENTRANCES TICKETS TO MUSEUMS, CABLE CARS, FUNPARKS, BOATS, etc are not included.
ENTRANCES TICKETS & EXTRAS (optional)
• Single supplement €50 for the whole trip.
• Limited seats are available. Book as early as possible with a deposit of €300 per person.
• Children accompanying two adults on this trip will be given a special discount.
• Kindly contact us on +356 21414788 or +356 99499072.