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E834 - POST TRIP MALTA OPTION DAY 8 ✈ CATANIA - MALTA. Guests continuing with the post-trip extension are transferred to the airport to board their included short flight to Malta. On arrival you are met and taken to your hotel to meet your Local Host for Morning Tea. e rest of the day is at leisure to relax and settle into your hotel. (BB) (MT) Le Meridien St. Julians. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 9 · REL A XED START 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, to spend time browsing the shops or enjoy one of the many other cultural attractions in the area. (BB) DAY 10 · REL A XED START SOUTHERN DELIGHTS. Venture south to visit the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk and wander along its waterfront lined with Luzzus - traditional fishing boats painted in reds, blues and yellows. ere is time to browse the local market stalls and perhaps take an Optional Excursion to visit the Blue Grotto, surrounded by turquoise water. Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. (BB) DAY 11 ✈ DEPART MALTA. Bid farewell to this exotic island as you travel to Malta airport for your onward journey. (BB) DAY 5 · REL A XED START EXPLORING ERICE. Venture to the charming hilltop walled town of Erice to walk the labyrinth of quiet alleyways and enjoy sea views from the gardens next to the Castle of Venus. ℓ At a farm near Trapani, sample some of the island's freshest olive oil and savour a tasting of Sicilian wine, followed by a light lunch of delicious local produce. Back in Palermo the evening is at your leisure. (BB) (LW) DAY 6 CEFALU AND THE TAORMINA RIVIERA. Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. See the imposing cathedral, stroll to the stone fountain and seek out the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the harbour. Maybe try the restaurants by the beach, before continuing on to the Taormina Riviera? (BB) Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera. | Contemporary DAY 7 · REL A XED START TAORMINA AND THE DAWN COAST OF EUROPE. Early risers may experience why D.H. Lawrence christened this 'e Dawn Coast of Europe.' Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Mount Etna and Savoca? Visit the old town, clinging to the side of Mount Tauro with sea and mountain views. With your Local Expert, visit the Greek theatre and absorb the view. Stroll to Palazzo Corvaja and along the Corso Umberto to the Piazza IX Aprile. ℓ At a local restaurant, rejoice with your new- found friends over your Celebration Dinner of delicious, freshly-prepared Farm-to-Table cuisine, accompanied with exquisite Italian wines. (BB) (DW) DAY 8 ✈ DEPART CATANIA OR CONTINUE TO MALTA. Appreciate the vistas of Mount Etna one last time on your departure transfer to Catania Airport. Transfers arrive at the airport at 06:30 and 08:30. (BB) DAY 1 Ƙ WELCOME TO SICILY. On arrival at Catania airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 10:00, 12:30 and 15:30. Meet your Local Expert at 17:30 for an exploration of this bustling port town. See the magnificent Duomo and Piazza and the elegant noble buildings of the Palazzo Senatorio. ℓ Join your Travel Director at a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelling companions during your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Il Principe Hotel, Catania. | Historic | ∂ DAY 2 ANCIENT SYRACUSE EN ROUTE TO RAGUSA. Your Local Expert takes you to Syracuse's Paradise Quarry with its Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped grotto with an unusual echo. Continue to the superb Greek theatre, one of the largest of the ancient world. ere is time to explore the Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces. Continue around the southeastern corner of Sicily to Ragusa. (BB) Mediterraneo Palace, Ragusa. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 3 EXPLORE THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES AND ON TO PALERMO. Journey along the southern coast of the island to explore the Valley of the Temples with a Local Expert. See the massive Temple of Concordia and the clifftop Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Your travels continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. (BB) (DW) Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel, Palermo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 4 PALERMO & THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE NORMANS. Your Local Expert shows you the highlights of the city. Pass through the Baroque Quattro Canti and see the Fountain of Shame. Visit Palermo Cathedral with its unique blend of architectural styles and explore Monreale Cathedral, a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art. ℓ For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of local restaurants on your Dine- Around Evening, each with their own ambience and cuisine. (BB) (DW) Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, trip styles and itinerary icons. YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 OR 11 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY |7 BRE AKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 9 INCLUDED E XPERIENCES 139 ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY A$587

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