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28 Dezember 2022 - 4 january 2023
The New Year's trip
The Bucolic Sicily in a party mood
Slide with us into the new year, dance music, gala dinner with midnight "lenticchie" (lentils), which are said to bring good luck and money, noble spumante from the nearby wine route. Overnight stays in beautiful and cozy country houses, agriturismo or turismo rurale. With typical Sicilian cuisine.
In addition, the living nativity scene in Custonaci and the UNESCO world cultural monuments.
Erice, Monreale Cathedral, Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace, Sicani Park, the fantastic Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, the Villa Romana del Casale, Caltagirone and Siracusa. Optional; the Cyclopean Coast and Taormina
We will see...
Our UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Custonaci's living nativity scene
The Sicani Mountains, experience Sicily authentically
The gala dinner in the country house
At 8:30 p.m. the time has come, “aperitivo and tartine” open the gala dinner to dance music and a good mood. Just before midnight the traditional midnight lenticchie to make it a happy 2023! Then "Spumante Siciliano" so that you can wish "Buon Anno".
Casale Margherita is a charming agriturismo born as rural tourism in the heart of Sicily, located in the Regional Park of the Sicani Mountains.
Even if it imagines itself refined and sophisticated, it always keeps a touch of a farmhouse, also because it is a few steps from the family farm.
It has 18 comfortably furnished rooms equipped with all necessary comforts.
After a day of sightseeing you can rest at the bar with an aperitif and then enjoy a real culinary experience with typical local products such as lamb, cheese and excellent wines, prepared by excellent chefs.
Get to know Sicilian Christmas traditions
During the Christmas season in Sicily, the tradition of the nativity scene, in all its variants, shapes, sizes and colors, cannot be missing. Some villages are completely transformed into living nativity scenes where, between the sound of bagpipes and novenas, the inhabitants reenact ancient crafts.
Discover the ancient Sicilian flavors
A little different
Just in a party mood
Day 05: Agrigento - Piazza Armerina
Here you will visit the World Heritage City that Pindar described as the "Most Beautiful City of Mortals". You take a long walk through the Valley of the Temples and see, among other things, the Hera, the Concordia, the Zeus, the Castor and Pollux Temple and the Temple of Heracles, which seduces you into the mythical city of antiquity. Continue to Piazza Armerina. Here you will visit the Roman Villa del Casale, believed to have been the luxurious country home of a member of the Roman aristocracy, which in turn is a World Heritage Site. The floors of the 40 rooms are covered with almost completely preserved mosaics, which cover a total area of about 3,000 square meters. Dinner and overnight stay in an agriturismo in the area of Piazza Armerina.
KM 160 time: approx. 09:30 – 17:30
Day 06: Caltagirone - Syracuse
First, in Caltagirone, enjoy the beautiful garden overlooking Mount Etna and the magnificent staircase that leads up to Santa Maria del Monte. Take a ride on the little train, which will give you an impression of the numerous sights in the old town. You will then reach Syracuse, the largest and most powerful city of the Greek era. Here you first visit the archaeological zone, see the "Latomie del Paradiso" and the Seiler grotto, as well as the ear of Dionisos, the theatre, the sacrificial altar of Hieron and the Roman amphitheater. Continue to Ortigia, here you will see the old town of Syracuse and take a walk to the Arethusa Spring, the Cathedral and the Temple of Apollo. Dinner and overnight in a beautiful country house in Etna area - Catania.
KM 220 time: approx. 08:00 – 18:00
Day 07: Excursion (optional) Cyclopean Coast and Taormina
Enjoy the amenities of your accommodation (pool, horseback riding, hiking, bocce and country activities), or would you like to explore the area independently? Just a few km away are the Archaeological Excavations of Lentini, the Archaeological Regional Museum of Carlentini and the UNESCO Area of Pantalica. With intercity buses or by train you can easily reach the second largest city on the island, Catania, which is 30 km away. Or join our optional excursion to the Cyclopean Coast and Taormina.
You drive through lemon and orange plantations with unique landscape panoramas at the foothills of the largest still active volcano in Europe, Etna. Via Acicastello and Acitrezza you reach the Cyclopean Coast, where Odysseus once escaped from Polyphemus. Continue to Taormina. Visit to the ancient theater and stroll through the medieval streets.
KM 200 time: around 09:00 – 17:00
Day 08: Transfer to the airport
After breakfast, depending on departure, transfer to the airport and return flight to home airport or extended stay. KM 30
We expressly reserve the right to make changes to the program due to organizational, political and unforeseeable circumstances.
Day 01: Arrival in Palermo - Valderice
Arrival in Palermo or Trapani Reception by our staff and transfer to the booked accommodation in the Trapani area. apt. Palermo – accommodation
→ KM 70 / apt. Trapani – accommodation → 20 KM
Day 02: Zingaro Park - Erice - Custonaci
After breakfast drive to Scopello to Zingaro Park, a beautiful nature reserve by the sea. The dwarf palm (Chamaerops humilis) grows here, the only wild palm species in Europe. Depending on the weather conditions, a walk by the sea is planned. Lunch break in Erice perched on Monte San Giuliano at 750 meters altitude. The panoramic views that can be enjoyed from here are unique, be it to Trapani and the Aegadian Islands or to Monte Cofano. Take a walk through the picturesque medieval streets and see the main church "Santa Maria dell' Assunta", the mighty city walls from Phoenician times and the remains of the Venusburg. Of course, a sample of the delicious Ericini (cookies) is a must before we leave Erice. A highlight is waiting to be discovered in Custonaci, where the living nativity scene is organized by the locals at dusk. We use the place and time to get mixed up in the tangle. A unique experience!
KM 100 time: approx. 09:00 – 17:30
Day 03: Monreale - Palermo
Early morning departure to Palermo. A unique cultural mix makes Palermo one of the most interesting cities in Europe. First you visit one of the most important religious buildings of the Middle Ages, the cathedral of Monreale and its cloister. Then continue towards the center of the city. Here you will visit the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace, the Cathedral with the Royal Tombs further into the Quattro Canti, the Martorana Church, Piazza Vigliena in the heart of the old town. In the afternoon you reach Cammarata, your next quarters.
KM 240 time: approx. 08:00 – 17:00
Day 04: The Sicani Mountains
Morning drive to Palazzo Adriano, where the award-winning OSKAR film "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” was shot. Here you can see the famous market square with its churches. Continue to the hermitage "Eremo St. Rosalia" in Santo Stefano di Quisquina, where after a small 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. the time has come, “aperitivo and tartine” open the gala dinner, accompanied by dance music and a good mood.Shortly before midnight the traditional midnight lenticchie to make it a happy 2020. Then “Spumante Siciliano” to wish “Buon Anno”.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Collective transfer apt. Palermo or Trapani - Accommodation area Palermo – Trapani
For arrivals in Catania, transfer by bus to Palermo main station and subsequent transfer to accommodation is included.
Collective transfer accommodation Catania area – Apt. Catania.
Modern and fully air-conditioned coaches depending on the size of the group
German-speaking experienced tour guide for groups of 9 or more people
A driver guide is used for small groups of up to 8 people
Park and highway tolls.
Accommodation in good agriturismo or country hotels 3\4*
2 nights in Palermo - Trapani area
2 nights in the Cammarata /Agrigento area
1 night in the Piazza Armerina area
2 nights in Catania area
6 x half board (extended breakfast + 3 course dinner)
1 x gala dinner incl. drinks
Local guides where provided.
Tour operator liability and insolvency insurance with Europ Assistance
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Any entrance fees during the excursions
Tips, bar, wellness, other excursions etc.
Anything not expressly intended to be included.
Before and after extension
ENTRANCE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
Zingaro Nature Park € 5.00 p.p.
Monreale Cathedral and Cloister € 10.00 p.p.
Palermo Palatine Chapel € 19.00 p.p.
Palermo Cathedral € 3.00 p.p.
Abbey of Santa Rosalia € 3.00 p.p.
Agrigento Valley of the Temples € 12.00 p.p.
Kolymbetra Garden € 6.00 p.p.
Piazza Armerina Villa Romana € 10.00 p.p.
Siracusa Archaeological Park € 13.00 p.p.
Siracusa Cathedral € 2.00 p.p.
Little train ride in Caltagirone € 5.00