N O R T H E R N
S I C I LY S P L E N D O U R S
LA BELLA SICILIA
14th - 18th AUGUST 2022
CATANIA, PALERMO, FORUM SHOPPING MALL, NATIONAL PARK MADONIE MOUNTAINS, GIBILMANNA, GRATTERI, CASTELBUONO, MOUNT PELLEGRINO
Day 1 – MALTA - CATANIA - PALERMO
Meet the tour manager at Malta International for your flight to Catania. Upon arrival city tour of Catania visiting, Verdi Fountain, Piazza Stesicoro, Piazza del Duomo, St. Agatha Cathedral and Fontana dell Elefante. Time for shopping at the Open Market and later transfer to Palermo for check in at the 4*Mercure Palermo Centro.
Day 2 – PALERMO – FORUM SHOPPING MALL
Breakfast and the tour of Palermo starts with a visit to the Palazzo dei Normanni (entrance fee not included). From here one can follow on foot Via Vittorio Emanuele towards Via Maqueda. Visit the Cathedral which dates back to 1184, I Quattro Canti, The chuch of St Joseph dei Teatini and Piazza Pretoria. Further down on Via Vittorio Emanuele one can stroll along ‘Via Roma’ which is famous for its shops, Teatro Massimo and the Politeama Garibaldi theatre. Drive to Forum Shopping Mall. A stunning state-of-the art architecture, iconic design and over 120 shops Forum- Palermo offers a truly unique shopping experience. Add 2400 parking spaces, kids play centre and there’s even a cinema to complete your perfect day out. Clothes, accessories, shoes, sportswear, underwear, electronic products, but also treatments such as nails, make-up, facials and solarium can be all found under one roof. Wherever you are in Forum Palermo, you are never too far from somewhere to sit, drink or eat. There is a good range of cafes (sip your espresso at Segafredo or Lavazza), bars, pizzerias, fast food places (try Old Wild West) and restaurants (Rossopomodoro and Rossosapore serve up authentic Neapolitan cuisine) giving you plenty of options when you are looking to drop your bags and take a load off.
Day 3 – NATIONAL PARK MADONIE MOUNTAINS – GIBILMANNA – GRATTERI - CASTLEBUONO
Breakfast and the tour today will lead you to the National Park of the Madonie Mountains. First stop will be at Gibilmanna, which means ‘gibil’ a mountain of manna. The name Manna comes from a sweetish substance that is collected from local Mountain Ash trees in late summer. Here we visit the Sanctuary and the Baroque Chapel of the Virgin Mary. Later drive to Gratteri which is a typical laid back Sicilian village. It is surrounded by beautiful pine, oaks woods and sites such as Pizzo Dipilo. The city boasts areas of historical importance to Sicily. Although probably founded by the Romans, as a coin discovered at the area seems to confirm, the town design betrays clear Arab-Medieval features. Here we stop for a Sicilian typical lunch (not included). Proceed to Castelbuono, famous for the old Castel built by the Ventimiglia family, and the famous chapel of St Anna inside. St Anna is patron saint of Castelbuono (entrance fee to the Castel not included). Later walk in the picturesque streets and taste of some typical pastries and manna.
Day 4 – MOUNT PELLEGRINO
Breakfast and today drive to the mountains and surrounding sea which make Monte Pellegrino in Palermo a wonderful attraction to visit. Nestled in the shade of Monte Pellgrino visitors frequently take advantage of the green escapes of the large nature park that encircles the mountain proper. From Monte Pellegrino pictures can be taken of the whole of Palermo, the vast stretches of the Golden Shell Valley, or the rich blues of the Tyrrhenian Sea. You’ll get postcard worthy vistas and the perfect self-portrait to share with the folks back home. Santa Rosalia has her sanctuary atop the mountain and she is credited with having saving the city from a deadly plague, and she is known to the locals as La Santuzza, or their “Little Saint”. She lived most of her life in a cave on the mountain, praying for the souls of the city after she retreated there in 1159. In 1624, her purported remains were uncovered, and they are housed in a small chapel built around her cave home.
Day 5 – PALERMO – SICILIA OUTLET VILLAGE – CENTRO SICILIA
Breakfast and transfer to Sicilia Outlet Village. Allow yourself the luxury of having it all: shopping, fun and relaxation in over 130 top Italian and international stores all in one convenient location. This is Sicilia Outlet Village, where shopping is a truly memorable experience. It’s the meticulous attention to detail that makes all the difference: the stunning architecture, the wide open spaces, the welcoming professionalism of multi-lingual staff, plus tailor-made promotions and a fantastic programme of artistic and cultural events throughout the year. The watchwords here are exclusiveness and savings, so the uber trendy, followers of fashion and “deluxe” bargain hunters alike can all find great designer labels, the undisputed top brands in fashion, with savings of up to 70% all year round.
Proceed to Centro Sicilia for some shopping. Located outside the city centre, close to the airport. The large Auchan supermarket occupies the ground floor while the second floor is packed with shops and stores of major local and international brands. The mall includes a generous dining area where you can relax and enjoy a coffee or culinary delights, an area dedicated to children with fun and games for all ages.
Shop the latest trends at amazing prices at Primark. Adored by fashion fans and value seekers in Catania alike, Primark is the destination store for this season’s must haves.
Transfer to Catania Airport for your flight to Malta.
14TH - 18TH AUGUST
PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON
Triple sharing________€ 299
Twin sharing_________€ 339
Child sharing with 2 Adults_____________€ 199
Adult ________€ 159
Child ________€ 129
City Tour of Catania and shopping
Full Day tour of Palermo and Forum Shopping Mall
Full Day tour of National Park Madonie Mountains, Gibilmanna, Gratteri and Castelbouno
Full Day tour of Mount Pellegrino
Full Day at Sicilia Outlet Village and Centro Sicilia
Return Airport Transfersr
*Quoted package price above are only applicable when full packages are taken. € 100 supplement will be applicable for those requesting a package only option.
OUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
Return flights Malta-Catania-Malta
4 nights accommodation at the 4* Mercure Palermo Centro
Airline taxes and charges
Experienced ROCS Travel Tour Manager