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Visit the mighty volcano Mount Etna, explore the ancient wonders of Syracuse and lose yourself amid the historic and cultural jewels of Catania with this classic Sicilian adventure.
Stay for 7 nights at the Hotel Tysandros, a charming and friendly hotel located just a stone's throw from the beautiful beach of Giardini Naxos, meaning that there are some stunning views of the beach and the sparkling turquoise waters below.
Fly from Dublin to Catania airport where you will be met by Topflight’s representative. You will be transferred to your 3 star hotel in Giardini Naxos.
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by coach and brought to Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano. You will enjoy a half day’s excursion at this natural wonder with the help of an English speaking guide. You will visit the Silvestri Craters, two side-by-side, inactive craters formed as a result of Mount Etna's eruption in 1892. Hike around their perimeters and marvel at their rare beauty. Those who wish to explore further can take the optional ascent, payable locally, to the upper craters, via cable car and then by jeep. Experience this other worldly terrain, with its black lava sand and volcanic gravel, as well as unparalleled views of the surrounding area, all in the company of a local guide. You will return later this afternoon to your hotel on the coach.
Explore the surroundings of Giardini Naxos, a charming corner of Sicily that has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a thriving seaside resort. You'll find lots of shops and boutiques in the old town, while the prom is lined with bars that come alive at night. The harbour is the place to head to for great cafés and seafood restaurants, and there are also lovely pizzerias and trattorias throughout the town.
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel by coach and taken to Syracuse, described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". Located in the south of Taormina and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Syracuse is renowned for its rich ancient Greek history, and architecture. Upon arrival, you will be met your local guide who will bring you through this archaeological wonder and show you its famous sights, dating back as far as the fifth century B.C.. Architectural and archaeological treasures await at every turn as the entire area is teeming with history. Visit the grand Greek Theatre, the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica and stand aghast at the genius of this ancient people. Next stop, Ortygia Island. This small island is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse and is connected to the mainland by three bridges. Explore its beautiful harbour, and take this opportunity to enjoy an optional lunch at one of the fabulous local restaurants. Wander its beautiful, historic centre, home to the Temple of Apollo, the fountain of Arethusa, and its marvellous baroque church. Afterwards, you will be collected by coach and return to your hotel.
Another day to kick back and relax at your own pace! Spend some time exploring the facilities available at your hotel, The Hotel Tysandros. It is a charming, friendly hotel, located just a stone’s throw from the beautiful beach of Giardini Naxos. It provides a relaxing retreat and a great base from which to explore the surrounding areas. A hearty, American breakfast is served in the hotel dining room each morning-the perfect start to your day!
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and brought, by coach, to Catania, Sicily's second largest city. Here, you will enjoy a guided tour, where you'll visit its famous sights, which include the main square, Piazza Duomo, a UNESCO world heritage site. In the centre of the square stands the symbol of the city, an elephant fountain – don't forget to bring your camera as it's a great photo opportunity. You will have free time to enjoy some lunch in Catania and explore the city at your own leisure. A visit to the lively fish market is a must! You will be brought back to your hotel at the end of the day by coach.
Still thirsty for activities? No problem! Your local Topflight representative will be more than happy to arrange extra excursions for you.
You will be collected from your hotel today and transferred by coach to Catania Airport for your return flight.
This property is offered on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
The Hotel Tysandros is situated just a stone's throw from the beach and in the midst of an array of restaurants, bars and cafés.
Angela, a native Sicilian, has a passion for her homeland. She studied conservation and restoration for cultural heritage at university. She loves Topflight guests and says "our two populations have so much in common - the great millennial history, beautiful local traditions, love of music and song and of course a native language". For Angela the must see excursions are historical Syracuse and Mount Etna at sunset, a unique experience where you can enjoy sunset from the largest active volcano in Europe. Of course Sicilians love their food and Angela is no exception saying "you can't understand the complexity of Sicilian culture without eating Sicilian food as there are varied culture influences."
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