An Amazing holiday break to the most spectacular Sicilian capital visiting also Castellamare Del Golfo, Erice, Segesta, Le Saline di Trapani, Cefalu, Monreale, Monte San Pellegrino, Sferracavallo, Mondello etc?
“The Kingdom of the sun” (the name given to the Sicilian Capital) has been a cultural melting pot since the 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 favorite with Maltese tourists to Sicily, but this was perhaps due to lack of communication. Now with direct AirMalta 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 long 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 center of Palermo
Friday – January 15th
Group meets at Malta International Airport at 3.30 pm. Departure on AirMalta flight KMO 662 to Palermo is at 6.00 pm. On arrival at 6:50 am in Palermo we board our coach and proceed to our Four-star Hotel where dinner awaits us and we take up our rooms. Later those interested may go for a walk around the area of the Hotel. We are very near to the famous center known as the social hub of this famous Sicilian Capital. An opportunity to visit Palermo by night before a well-deserved rest.
Saturday – January 16th
This morning after our buffet breakfast we leave for Castellamare del Golfo whose name literally means ?sea fortress on the Gulf?. This medieval fortress is enclosed by surrounding hills. A really amazing part of Northwest Sicily. Very near where we find San Vito Lo Capo such a great attraction for its magnificent beaches. We shall then continue on our way to Le Saline di Trapani that is also a nature reserve. The 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 start a cultural tour by coach in the center of Palermo and allow a stop for some shopping. Later in Hotel, we meet for dinner in the panoramic restaurant on the top floor.
Sunday – January 17th
After our buffet breakfast today we are off for Cefalu? This place is a major tourist attraction. Here today besides a stop for lunch at a famous restaurant that specializes in the preparation of artichokes in all ways possible (besides other culinary delicacies) we 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 to Monreale whose name literally means “Mountain worthy of the King”. The famous Cathedral in the center of the main piazza is the most beautiful of Norman Churches. Its beauty will definitely remain in our minds. Back in Hotel, a mouth-watering delicious dinner awaits us 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 visit the patisserie, where 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.
Monday – January 18th
After buffet breakfast, we leave the hotel for Piazza San Domenico from where we can start a cultural guided tour of the city of Palermo. Here, we will have various stops to visit places and spots of great historical and cultural interest. Others may prefer to walk around the streets of this amazing baroque city and do some last shopping 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 and enjoy some free time before we go to Palermo Falcone Borsellino airport for our check-in on the AirMalta flight scheduled to leave Palermo at 19.40. Our arrival in Malta is expected at 20.30.
PRICE 540€ includes :
Return trip by Airmalta flights. All taxes and service charges included.
Fully air-conditioned luxury five-star coach for the whole duration of the trip.
3 nights accommodation H.B. (buffet breakfast and dinner) in a most comfortable MODERN FOUR STAR LUXURY HOTEL in Palermo.
All excursions are included as per program.
A well-experienced tour leader to guide and accompany the group.
Children under 12 years of age (when accompanied by two adults) will be given a special discount.