2020 Best of Sicily & Malta

Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and independent travel. Let the warmth of Sicily and the beauty of Malta welcome you in this perfect blend of touring, accommodations and delicious meals! This tour brings you the best of both regions. Experience the pearl of Southern Italy; Sicily, including Catania, Agrigento, Palermo, Taormina and more. Bask in the delights of Malta, with amazing food and welcoming people. This is a tour not to be missed.

2020 Best of Sicily & Malta

Experience a coach tour of Sicily’s highlights before discovering the rich heritage of Malta, one of Europe most enchanting islands. A unique blend of escorted and independent travel. Let the warmth of Sicily and the beauty of Malta welcome you in this perfect blend of touring, accommodations and delicious meals! This tour brings you the best of both regions. Experience the pearl of Southern Italy; Sicily, including Catania, Agrigento, Palermo, Taormina and more. Bask in the delights of Malta, with amazing food and welcoming people. This is a tour not to be missed.

Tour Highlights

  • 11 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
  • See amazing Sicily and Malta
  • 11 nights in 4* accommodations

Best of Sicily & Malta Tour Includes

  • Arrival transfer in Catania
  • 11-nights accommodation in beautiful 4-star hotels throughout
  • 24 Meals, with 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Welcome drink in Catania
  • Visit to a chocolate factory in Modica
  • Enjoy street food in Palermo
  • Visit a winery and enjoy a wine tasting in Marsala
  • Transportation in Sicily by deluxe motorcoach (or via minivan with driver/guide for groups with less than 8 passengers)
  • English speaking tour escort in Sicily (requires mim. 8 total in group)
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Whisper kits where available
  • Porterage at hotels in Sicily
  • Entrance fees in Sicily include Neapolis, Villa Romana del Casale, Valley of Temples, Palazzo Mirto and Cloister
  • Transfer from Taormina hotel to Catania Airport
  • Flight from Catania to Valletta in Economy Class (NOTE: FLIGHT INCLUDES 1 CHECKED PIECE OF LUGGAGE WITH RESTRCTION OF MAX 44 LBS AND 1 PERSONAL CARRY-ON MAX OF 22 LBS – additional weight and or bags fee will incur paid at the airport)
  • Return airport transfers in Malta
  • Regular sightseeing with multilingual local guides in Malta (guaranteed English)
  • 24/7 Direct to Celtic Tours Emergency assistance
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents

Not included

  • Pre-tour transfers
  • Entrance fees in Malta
  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks (unless noted)
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • City taxes (paid directly at hotels)
  • Items not noted in itinerary

Itinerary

Day 01, Saturday: Arrive Catania - Welcome to Sicily

Upon arrival, a private transfer awaits from Catania Airport to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight in Catania. (D)

Day 02, Sunday: Catania – Siracusa – Modica – Ragusa

Ragusa Departing Catania, we head to Syracuse to visit this marvelous archaeological area. Continue to the island of Ortigia, where we see the magnificent Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa. From there we go to Modica, a baroque town part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. Here we visit a real chocolate factory. Create your own bar of chocolate during this hands-on experience. We make our way to Ragusa for overnight. Tonight we enjoy accommodation and dinner at the Poggio Del Sole Resort. You have the optional opportunity to enjoy a night visit to the ancient city Ragusa "Ibla", cradle of Sicilian baroque (the supplement for the tour is paid on the spot and will take place with a minimum of participants). Overnight in Ragusa. (B,D)

Day 03, Monday: Ragusa – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento

Drive to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics, depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. We enjoy lunch a fabulous lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at our hotel, Dioscuri Bay Palace. Overnight in Agrigento. (B,L,D)

Day 04, Tuesday: Agrigento – Monreale – Palermo

Leaving Agrigento we travel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale; the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Enjoy a taste of Palermo’s street food, renowned all over the world, while wandering around its historical center. In the afternoon, visit the historical center of Palermo; the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto, a noble residence located in the ancient Arabic quarter of Kalsa. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa. (B,D)

Day 05, Wednesday: Palermo – Erice – Marsala – Trapani area - Palermo

Depart to Segesta to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Stop at a prestigious winery for a guided tour of the historic Wine Cellars + tasting of wines with local food pairings. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner on your own. Overnight in your Hotel. (B)

Day 06, Thursday: Palermo – Cerfalu – Nebrodi Park - Taormina

Drive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Drive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Villa Diodoro, located near historic center of Taormina. (B,L,D)

Day 07, Friday: Taormina – Optional Mt. Etna – Taormina

Weather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 meters and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement can only be paid on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch is on your own. Leisurely afternoon in Taormina. Enjoy time for shopping or walking through the tiny streets or possibly visit the Roman Greek theatre independently. Return to your hotel after exploring where you will enjoy dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 08, Saturday: Taormina – Catania – Malta

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. At the designated time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, Capital of Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to your hotel. Here you will enjoy dinner and overnight in St. Paul’s Bay. (B,D)

Day 09, Sunday: Malta – “Marsaxlokk Market & the Blue Grotto” – extended half-day excursions

The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colorful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included as it needs to be paid on the spot) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village; the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner enjoyed at your hotel tonight. Overnight in St. Paul’s Bay. (B,D)

Day 10, Monday: Malta – Valletta & Malta Experience – half day excursion

Enjoy a morning tour of Valletta, Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner at your hotel this evening. (B,D) 

Please note: from April to June and in October, the excursion “Valletta + Malta experience” will take place in the afternoon.

Day 11, Tuesday: Malta – Mdina, full day excursion with lunch included

Today’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts center at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. (B,L,D)

Day 12, Wednesday: Malta - U.S.

After buffet breakfast, we have a transfer to the airport in Valletta for your return flight home. (B)

(NOTE: FLIGHT INCLUDES 1 CHECKED PIECE OF LUGGAGE WITH RESTRCTION OF MAX 44 LBS AND 1 PERSONAL CARRY-ON MAX OF 22 LBS – additional weight and or bags fee will incur paid at the airport)

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Featured Hotels

Best of Sicily and Malta
Il Principe Hotel Catania Catania
Poggio Del Sole Resort Contrada Cimilla
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace Agrigento
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa Palermo
Hotel Villa Diodoro Taormina
Dolmen Restort Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay

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Il Principe Hotel Catania

Catania -

One of the most important Catania hotels occupies a recently restored aristocratic building, located on Scalinata Alessi steps, set between Via Etnea Street and Via Crociferi Street. [more]

Poggio del Sole Resort

Contrada Cimilla -

The Poggio del Sole Resort is the fruit of careful restoration work on the original residence of the 1800’s and it’s characteristic rural annexes... [more]

Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace

Agrigento -

The hotel, ideal for business people as well as tourists... [more]

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Palermo -

Situated in the heart of Palermo, Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, a friendly hotel, is within walking distance of Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, Palermo City Hall, and Piazza Pretoria. Also nearby are Quattro Canti and Piazza della Kalsa. [more]

Hotel Villa Diodora

Taormina -

The Hotel Villa Diodoro is a 4 star luxury hotel located near historic centre of Taormina, in Sicily, Italy. [more]

Dolmen Resort

Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay -

Situated along the beautiful Qawra coast of St. Paul’s Bay, The 4 star Dolmen Hotel in Malta enjoys beautiful sea views and is only a short walk from the Malta National Aquarium, Bugibba Square and minutes away from the towns of St. Julian’s and Malta’s Capital City of Valletta. [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from the date of departure.

Note: Flight from Catania to Valletta in Economy Class is included. There are airline restrictions on weight and size of luggage. FLIGHT INCLUDES 1 CHECKED PIECE OF LUGGAGE WITH RESTRCTION OF MAX 44 LBS AND 1 PERSONAL CARRY-ON MAX OF 22 LBS – additional weight and or bags fee will incur paid at the airport)

Departures & Transfers

Tour dates are the date you would arrive in Catania. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier. The transfer will be waiting on arrival in Catania.