The 3 Pearls of the Ionian Sea

Discover Taormina, Catania and Etna, Syracuse

7 days/ 6 nights

Taormina, Etna, Catania, Syracuse. A holiday package in eastern Sicily to discover enchanting places to must go!
Discover the 3 Pearls of the Ionian sea.
Sicily is technically a part of Italy but you know you are in a truly Unique place as soon as you set foot there.
The mosaic of its history, combined with the rugged natural beauty of the Etna volcano, and its incredibly wonderful beaches, has inspired Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and many travelers during their Grand Tour.
This has created a mix of different cultures.
DAY 1 • Welcome to Sicily
Arrival in "Taormina beach" by own means, possibility of private transfer on request. Welcome Meeting with Travel Designer Tours representative. Overnight stay in an apartment* on the sea. *Hotel 4* on request
DAY 2 • Guided tour in Taormina and Naxos +(plus) “Searching Dolphins" tour on boat at sunset.
Departure by own means from apartment to Belvedere of Taormina (Pirandello Street) and meeting point with the tour guide. Possibility of private transfer on reservation. This place offers a breathtaking view of the first pearl of the Ionian Sea par excellence. The guided tour allows you to discover the secrets of ancient Taormina, among the multitude of colorful alleys, rich in history and charm. You will visit the ancient Theater, the Naumachie and other sites full of art and history. From here, you will move by your own (or with private transfer) to reach the Archaeological Park of ancient Naxos. Duration of the tour: 4 and a half hours approx. At the end of the tour, departure for the return to the apartment/hotel. In the late afternoon, let's go for the Searching Dolphin tour, at sunset on boat with music and aperitif on board.
DAY 3 • Full day in Syracuse & Ortigia.
Transfer with private driver (included) towards Syracuse for the second Ionian Pearl. Meeting with the tour guide at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis where you will visit the Greek theater, the Roman amphitheater, the quarries, the ear of Dionysus, and you will enter the Arethusean labyrinth of the Catacombs of San Giovanni, the first early Christian evidence of Sicily. A light walk will lead you to the historic center of Ortigia, full of colorful streets overlooking the sea. You will reach the Cathedral and the Church of S. Lucia alla Badia to admire the suggestive Caravaggesque work, the Frederick's castle of Maniace and much more .. At the end of the tour, departure for the return to the apartment/hotel.
DAY 4 • Full Day Trekking on Etna volcano with guide
Departure and transfer with private driver (included) towards Mount Etna and meeting with the guide. The excursion includes the round trip cable car and the 4 × 4 off-road transfer up to an altitude of 2900 m. You will cross an almost lunar landscape, full of very recent still smoking lava flows. Possibility of ascent to the summit craters at an altitude of 3300 mt. about, weather/volcanic conditions permitting. At the end of the tour, departure for the return to the apartment/hotel.
DAY 5 • Half day guided tour in Catania "the Black Pearl"
Departure and transfer with private driver (included) towards Catania, for a nice Food Cultural Tour with a tour guide to discover the secrets of the city. A mix of art and history, from the Roman baths to the late Baroque, the Cathedral and the Elephant "U’ liotru ", genius loci of the city. A taste tour at the typical fish market, to then taste the Sicilian granita accompanied by brioche with "tuppo", and then again the arancini, the lemon seltz or the Nutella milkshake rigorously prepared with Tomarchio cakes. At the end of the tour, departure for the return to the apartment/hotel. Afternoon off.
DAY 6 • Free day
A free day to rest and relax in one of the most beautiful beaches of Taormina bay.
DAY 7 • Departure
END OF SERVICES. It’s time to say goodbye to each other. We hope you had one of the best times of your life and you desire to discover the rest of Sicily with us. You will go back by your own means to your home. Thanks for choosing us!

Starting to €1.189*p.p


*Price is per person (min. 4pax) and it can vary according to the season, the number of people and personal needs.
Period: all year round.

What is included?

✔ Meeting with one of our operators for introduction to the tour and delivery of material.
✔ Availability 24/24 h by one of our local operators.
✔ 6 overnight stay in Taormina in a two-room apartment on the sea for 4 people.
✔ Guided tour in Taormina old town and in Naxos Archaeological Park + (plus) Boat tour to Searching dolphins (2nd day).
✔ Private transfer with driver from Taormina to Syracuse with guided tour - full day (3rd day).
✔ Etna Trekking tour with guide including round trip cable car + (plus) Jeep one way per person. Duration 5 hours approx. (4th day).
✔ Private transfer with driver from Taormina to Catania with guided tour - half day (5th day).
✔ Tourist guide where's required
✔ Vulcanological guide where's required.

What is NOT included?


✗ Extras and services not mentioned under “included”.
✗ Extra incidentals (room service, laundry service, extra).
✗ Cancellation insurance.
✗ EXTRA insurance in case of COVID-19.
✗ entrances to parks, museums and churches.
✗ car rental, transfers from / to Catania airport.
✗ tourist tax €1,00 per person per night, personal expenses, tips, extras.
✗ Board (lunches and dinners), final cleaning of the apartment € 10 / night to be paid locally upon arrival.
✗ Transfers from / to Taormina-old town, and from / to Taormina-Naxos Archaeological Park (round trip).
✗ Transfers from / to Catania International airport-Taormina Apartment (round trip).
Keep note: this tour package is a semi-tailored one, fully customizable according to your travel wishes.
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