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Experience the unique legacy of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, crusading Knights of St. John, the Bourbons, Ottoman Turks and even the Mafia!
Take your final glimpse of Mount Etna on your morning departure transfer to Catania Airport arriving at 06:30 and 08:30. Those taking the Easy Pace Malta extension will be transferred to the airport for your included flight.
7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|3 Aug 17||11 Aug 17||$2,075pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|17 Aug 17||25 Aug 17||$2,075pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|31 Aug 17||8 Sep 17||$2,075pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|7 Sep 17||15 Sep 17||$2,150pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|14 Sep 17||22 Sep 17||$2,150pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|21 Sep 17||29 Sep 17||$2,150pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|28 Sep 17||6 Oct 17||$2,050pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|5 Oct 17||13 Oct 17||$2,050pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|12 Oct 17||20 Oct 17||$2,050pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|19 Oct 17||27 Oct 17||$2,050pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|26 Oct 17||3 Nov 17||$2,050pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|19 Apr 18||27 Apr 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Apr 18||4 May 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|3 May 18||11 May 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|10 May 18||18 May 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|17 May 18||25 May 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|24 May 18||1 Jun 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|31 May 18||8 Jun 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Jun 18||15 Jun 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|21 Jun 18||29 Jun 18||$2,095$1,886pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 Jul 18||13 Jul 18||$2,075$1,868pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|19 Jul 18||27 Jul 18||$2,075$1,868pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Aug 18||10 Aug 18||$2,075$1,868pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Aug 18||24 Aug 18||$2,075$1,868pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|30 Aug 18||7 Sep 18||$2,075$1,868pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Sep 18||14 Sep 18||$2,150$1,935pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|13 Sep 18||21 Sep 18||$2,150$1,935pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|20 Sep 18||28 Sep 18||$2,150$1,935pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|27 Sep 18||5 Oct 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|4 Oct 18||12 Oct 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|11 Oct 18||19 Oct 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|18 Oct 18||26 Oct 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|25 Oct 18||2 Nov 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|1 Nov 18||9 Nov 18||$2,050$1,845pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $500 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. While pizza and pasta are national favorites, few travelers understand just how varied Italy’s cuisine actually is. On your guided vacation, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a delicious array of cheeses, cured meats, seafood, rice dishes, breads, and marinated vegetables. And be sure to try Sicily’s decadent desserts, including the famous cannoli and cassata cake.
Lunch (pranzo) is traditionally the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then fruit. Finish with espresso and maybe a splash of liqueur.
Sicily enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. F For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Includes: Flight from Sicily to Malta and 3-nights accommodation.
Welcomed in Malta by a local host. Half-day guided "Southern Delights" sightseeing. Airport arrival and departure transfers.
Day 9: CATANIA - MALTA
Transfer to Catania Airport for your short flight to Malta. On arrival in Malta you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing with your local host.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception
Day 10: FREE TIME IN MALTA
Today is free to laze by the pool or stroll by Spinola Bay. Perhaps take a short journey to the capital, Valletta.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Day 11: SOUTHERN DELIGHTS
Drive south to visit the village of Marsaxlokk- its waterfront lined with "Luzzus," painted in traditional reds, blues and yellows. Take time to browse the local market stalls. There is also an optional visit to the Blue Grotto - a cathedral in stone, famous for its crystal clear water with beautiful colors passing through it, before returning to your hotel for a free afternoon.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Day 12: DEPART MALTA
Bid farewell to this exotic island as you transfer to Malta Airport.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: € 56.00
Join a local expert to experience the unhurried pace of life in this rustic village chosen by Frances Ford Coppola for scenes in his movie “The Godfather”. Amid stunning mountain views, visit the charming wedding church and Bar Vitelli, where Al Pacino fell in love (famous for its ice cold granita di limone!) Then continue to Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Ascend through the lush fertile foothills to the craters and barren lunar landscapes nearer the top. The views over the eastern Sicilian coast and Ionian Sea are spectacular.
Adult Price: € 68.00
With one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive high above the sea, a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. You'll arrive in your terraced authentic local restaurant for a truly educational meal of delicious regional specialties, with accompanying local wines.
Adult Price: € 60.00
We'll dine al fresco tonight in one of the narrow alleys of La Cala, the ancient port of Palermo. Adjacent to the sixteenth-century walls of the Royal Foundry and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sicilian dining is one of life's true pleasures! We'll indulge in great food made from the freshest ingredients, accompanied by the island's delicious wines.
Adult Price: € 46.00
Walk the ancient streets of the historical centre and learn, through the eyes of a local, how the Palermitani live. You’ll discover hidden treasures of this fascinating city that most visitors don't get to see, like a private visit to the palace of the family of the Counts of Palermo, whom we’ll meet and who will share their amazing experiences with us. This unique tour also includes a drink and light snacks.
Adult Price: € 61.00
Indulge in the varied and complex flavours of Sicily, at this evening's dinner. Sicillian shores are washed by three different seas, so fish is a must (meat alternative available). The large greenhouses around Ragusa also produce a wide range of fruit and vegetables to enjoy. Arabian settlers brought sugar with them and now the island's dolci are considered among the best in Italy. Of course any Italian meal wouldn't be complete without the wonderful local wine. Buon Appetito!
Adult Price: € 25.00
Join a local expert to explore the jumble of churches, houses, old squares and civic palazzi that make up Ragusa Ibla. Devastated by the earthquake of 1693, this part of town was rebuilt along the lines of the old medieval layout. With most of the nobility and wealthier citizens choosing to live in the new upper town, the fortunes of Ibla waned. Now you can step back three hundred years into the past, where every turn of the winding streets and stairways comes with the promise of another fantastic discovery.
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