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12 Day Sicily and Dubai Tour with Flights

Catania - Palermo - Marsala - Dubai

Roundtrip full-service carrier international flights

UNESCO World Heritage sites

9 days in Sicily and 3 days in Dubai

Discover Mt. Etna in Sicily

 

From $3,599 $5,599 Include flight pp twin share

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Stroll the magnificent Sicilian streets and embrace the wonders of Dubai on this 12 Day Sicily and Dubai Tour - the holiday of a lifetime!

Soak up the sunshine and view the amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk around the historical cities of Syracuse and Catania, just to name a few, and be transported back to the times of kings and queens.

End your tour with a stay in Dubai, home to the most incredible ultramodern architecture, luxury shopping and, of course, the tallest skyscraper in the world!

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12

Day 1

Depart Australia

Your journey begins today with the flight to Sicily!

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Catania

Arrive in Sicily and catch a taxi to the hotel in the charming city of Catania. In the late afternoon you'll meet with your guide, enjoy dinner and spend overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Il Principe Hotel or Mercure Catania Excelsior or similar, Catania

Meals included: inflight and dinner

Day 3

Catania

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Syracuse, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to visit the largest and most powerful Greek colony in Sicily: the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. The visit will start with the splendid Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and to follow the Latomie del Paradiso and the evocative Ear of Dionysius. You will continue with the historical center of Ortigia, where you will be enchanted by the splendid Piazza Duomo and its Cathedral whose façade in perfect Sicilian Baroque style was in the past a Doric style sacred temple. Afterwards, continuing along the delightful alleyways of the centre, you will admire the famous Arethusa fountain, a mythological memory, facing the sea. Free lunch.

Continue in the direction of Noto, the capital of the Sicilian baroque called "stone garden". Noto is full of beautiful buildings and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inspired by the baroque ideals of the "open city", it is a rare masterpiece and the clearest example of the theatrical tastes of 18th-century architecture. Walk through the streets of the centre to admire the skill of local craftsmen. The baroque of Noto is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral intertwining, perspective views, palaces and gardens, capitals and cherubs that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. Visit of Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata , wonderful noble residence in a purely Baroque style once the home of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a man of great culture. Return to Catania, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Il Principe Hotel or Mercure Catania Excelsior or similar, Catania

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Catania

After breakfast at the hotel depart to discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3,350 m) and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Parco dell'Etna with its 59,000 hectares is unique for its extremely varied and rich flora and protected species. Today vineyards, olive groves, pistachios, hazelnut and orchards surround the volcano, testifying to an agricultural vocation of the territory widespread and characterized by the presence of particularly interesting local varieties. The first glimpses of interesting landscapes are seen arriving at Rifugio Sapienza. From there you'll reach the Silvestri Craters, volcanic cones dating back to 1888 now inactive, surrounded by more recent lava flows. The panorama of which you can enjoy through the multitude of volcanic cones and craters extends to the Aeolian Islands and Calabria: a truly unique show!

Following is a visit to a beekeeping company. Visit the honey extraction laboratory and have the chance to taste artisanal honey and typical products of the area. Continue to Taormina, famous for its natural landscape, marine beauties, its historical monuments and its unforgettable view of the sea with a privileged view of Mount Etna.

Savour lunch at a delightful restaurant in the historic centre and attend an interesting cooking demonstration of some typical dishes of the Sicilian culinary tradition! Following is a visit to the fascinating Greek-Roman theatre where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naxos. Free time to stroll along the charming medieval streets of the centre and go shopping to buy some of the best handicrafts from around the island. The day will conclude with an overview of the splendid Riviera dei Ciclopi. Return to the hotel in Catania. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Il Principe Hotel or Mercure Catania Excelsior or similar, Catania

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Catania Palermo

The day will begin with a visit to the historic centre of Catania and its baroque declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Countless hidden treasures of this fascinating city whose late-Baroque architecture, made unique by the use of lava stone, preserves vestiges of the imperial Roman period despite being rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. Lava and limestone are artistically matched in the Norman windows of the Eighteenth-century Catania with an extremely elegant visual result. Recall that Catania was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily under the Aragonese dynasty. Cross the historic "pescheria" (ancient fish market) and reach the spectacular Piazza del Duomo with the splendid Cathedral and the lava stone elephant (symbol of the city) and continue to Piazza Università. Afterwards you'll visit the splendid and baroque Via dei Crociferi where the famous Monastery of S. Benedetto is located, made known by Verga's novel "Storia di una Capinera" and Unesco Heritage. Stop in a historic bar of the city to taste the typical granita alongside brioche. The walk will continue along the precious streets of the city centre. After lunch continue to Cefalù, a marvelous medieval village overlooking the Mediterranean and embellished by the Norman Cathedral. Walk along the city streets or visit the famous Museum Mandralisca. The day will end continuing to Palermo. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Federico II or Cristal Palace Hotel or similar, Palermo

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 6

Palermo Marsala

After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is dedicated to discovering the splendid treasures that the city of Palermo hosts. The city lies at the foot of Mount Pellegrino in a promontory described by Goethe as the most beautiful he had ever seen. In Palermo, more than anywhere else in Sicily, the historical epochs revealed by the different architectural styles overlap. The centre bears witness to a closer time when the city with its theatres, its squares, its baroque palaces and its triumphal entrances to the sea, contended for Naples the urban supremacy of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Its millenary history has given it a remarkable artistic and architectural heritage that ranges from the remains of the Punic walls to reach liberty style villas, noble palaces and seventeenth-century squares, baroque churches and neoclassical theatres.

Residence of emirs and kings, Palermo preserves monuments of the Arab-Norman period including the beautiful Cathedral; there Church of the Martorana, one of the most fascinating Byzantine churches of the Middle Ages in Italy; and the Palatine Chapel, a higher example from the historical-artistic point of view, of the coexistence between cultures, religions and apparently irreconcilable ways of thinking, as they were involved in the wise management of Ruggiero II's mastery, Byzantine, Muslim and Latin craftsmen. Continuing we will admire the splendid Teatro Massimo and the controversial Fontana di Piazza Pretoria, decorated with 16th century sculptures and situated on the edge of the ancient Kalsa district. Along the way a pleasant gastronomic surprise is expected at the historic Antica Focacceria S. Francesco. Lunch at own expense. The day will continue to Monreale where you will visit the impressive Arab-Norman Cathedral called the eighth wonder of the world and the beautiful Cloister, a wonderful masterpiece of art and sculpture and the inlay of hard stones!

Continue to Marsala where Garibaldi landed in May 1860. Visit of a prestigious winery and tasting. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Baglio Basile or similar, Marsala

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 7

Marsala Agrigento

The tour of Sicily continues today in the delightful town of Marsala with its colors yellow, blue, blue, red wine, white salt and green vineyards and along the famous Via del Sale to admire the islands of the Stagnone and the salt pans.

The lagoon and the islands of the Stagnone constitute a large nature reserve of great environmental value. In fact, the low and warm waters are home to many species of fish, molluscs and crustaceans and a very rich aquatic vegetation. Even today the salt pans represent one of the oldest salt extraction industries in the world. Following will be a stop in Selinunte for a walk through the remains of the ancient Greek city and its temples, located in the largest archaeological park in the Mediterranean and UNESCO heritage! Free lunch. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the famous Valley of the Temples declared by Unesco World Heritage Site, where among the almond trees there are the remains of the ancient Akragas, defined by Pindar "the most beautiful city built by mortals". You can admire the temple of Juno, that of Concordia and the temple of Hercules. In the evening, hotel accommodation with dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel or similar, Agrigento

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 8

Agrigento Catania

After breakfast at the hotel continue to Piazza Armerina with a visit to the splendid Villa Romana del Casale, from the late Imperial era and Unesco Heritage. A majestic villa belonging to an exponent of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, perhaps a governor of Rome, presents a monumental entrance from which you can admire the most beautiful collection of Roman polychrome mosaics depicting scenes of hunting and recreation, mythological episodes and scenes of everyday life. Free lunch.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of Ragusa Ibla cradle of the late Sicilian baroque with its beautiful churches and the Ibleo garden. Made known by the pen of Camilleri and by the television fiction of Commissioner Montalbano, Ragusa is today counted among the 44 Italian sites listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. This marvelous ancient city contains over fifty churches and numerous palaces in the Baroque style. Your visit will end with a tasting stop for typical products of the area. Transfer to the hotel in Catania, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Il Principe Hotel or Mercure Catania Excelsior or similar, Catania

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Catania Dubai

Savour breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai.
On arrival, you will be transferred to the Rove Marina hotel for your 3 night stay.

Accommodation: Rove Marina Hotel or similar, Dubai

 

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 10

Dubai

Enjoy a free day to explore Dubai.  

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

Accommodation: Rove Marina Hotel or similar, Dubai

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Dubai

Free day at leisure.

Accommodation: Rove Marina Hotel or similar, Dubai

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Dubai Australia

Transfer to the airport for your flight home to Australia, taking many memories with you!

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
  • International flights with Qantas Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific (subject to availability)
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation on twinshare basis
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Transportation
  • Sightseeing with entry fees as mentioned
  • Multilingual tour leader and professional travel guide (English, Italian, Spanish) from the evening of the first day to the evening of the seventh day
  • Local guides or audio-guides when necessary

 

Accommodation

Catania - Il Principe Hotel or Mercure Catania Excelsior or similar
Palermo - Hotel Federico II or Cristal Palace Hotel or similar
Marsala - Baglio Basile or similar
Agrigento - Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel or similar
Dubai - Rove Marina Hotel or similar


All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 

Exclusions

  • Entry visas
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Tips (Driver, Representative & Guide)

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-price voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

Departure Dates


APR 2019
26 th
Friday 26 Apr 2019  ‐  Tuesday 07 May 2019
MAY 2019
03 rd
Friday 03 May 2019  ‐  Tuesday 14 May 2019
MAY 2019
10 th
Friday 10 May 2019  ‐  Tuesday 21 May 2019
MAY 2019
17 th
Friday 17 May 2019  ‐  Tuesday 28 May 2019
MAY 2019
24 th
Friday 24 May 2019  ‐  Tuesday 04 Jun 2019

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