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Island in the Sun - Splendors of Sicily Gay Tour

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Island in the Sun
Splendors of Sicily Gay Tour

Palermo, Monreale, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Siracusa, Taormina & more!

10 Days from Palermo to Taormina, Sicily (Italy)

April 24 – May 3, 2019

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Sicily Etna gay tourSicily is the largest island in all the Mediterranean Sea, a sun-kissed land with warm breezes and rich volcanic soil that once made it truly a paradise on earth. The land and sea offered up in abundance fresh seafood, olive trees, orange groves, lemon trees, date palms, almond fields, grape vineyards, rolling wheat fields, and dense forests. Although largely deforested over the centuries in all but the northeastern corner, the island is still one of Italy’s great breadbaskets.

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Writers, poets, historian, and even a few locals have claimed that the gods personally took part in the creation of Sicily. One look and the first-time visitor will know what they mean. The world’s first multicultural society, Sicily is more than just an island full of art, archaeology, history, folklore, scenery and great food. It is a world unto itself.


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Island in the Sun - Splendors of Sicily Gay Tour Highlights

• Arab-Norman city of Palermo *
• Cathedral of Monreale *
• Selinunte, 7th century Greek city
• Architectural Area of Agrigento *
• Villa Romana del Casale *
• Baroque town of Ragusa *
• Siracusa, ancient Greek center *
• Taormina
• Mt. Etna *

* UNESCO World Heritage Site


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Island in the Sun - Splendors of Sicily Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Welcome to Palermo, Sicily
Palermo, Sicily gay tourArrange your international flights to arrive by 4pm today in Palermo. Use the airport code PMO when researching your best routes. Upon arrival, make your way to our hotel. Transfer options will be described in Final Documents emailed prior to departure.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel room and enjoy some free time to explore. This evening we gather in the hotel for introductions over drinks, then proceed to a local restaurant for our Welcome Dinner

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Principe di Villafranca Hotel, Palermo, 4*


Day 2 - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Palermo / Monreale
Sicily gay tour - MonrealeEnjoy a panoramic tour of Palermo, seeing the rich and varied buildings and monuments which give the city its flavor.

Later visit Monreale, a town located on the slopes of Mount Caputo overlooking the Conca d’Oro, the beautiful valley just beyond Palermo. Monreale is world-renowned for its UNESCO-listed cathedral, a dazzling mixture of Arab, Byzantine and Norman artistic styles framed by traditional Romanesque architecture. This is a perfect start to our trip, as it provides a context for the multicultural melting pot that Sicily has been for centuries.

The afternoon and evening are free to explore Palermo in more depth on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Principe di Villafranca Hotel, Palermo, 4*


Day 3 - Friday, April 26, 2019
Selinunte / Agrigento
Sicily gay tour - SelinunteAfter breakfast, we check out of our hotel and depart Palermo. Our first stop is Selinunte, an abandoned ancient Greek city, founded in the 7th century B.C., with ruins of an acropolis and numerous temples. We enjoy a guided tour of the primary archaeological areas here.

After a break for lunch, continue on to Agrigento, located on a plateau overlooking the southern coast of Sicily. We visit the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples, seeing the remains of several ancient Greek temples overlooking the coast, and enjoy what we hope will be a spectacular sunset.

Dinner is included this evening. Overnight in Agrigento.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Hotel della Valle Wellness and Spa, Agrigento, 4*


Day 4 - Saturday, April 27, 2019
Piazza Armerina / Ragusa
Sicily gay tour - Casale mosaicDepart our hotel after breakfast and cross the center of the island to Piazza Armerina, where we visit the UNESCO-listed Roman Villa Romana del Casale. The villa, dating to the 4th century, contains over 35,000 square feet of mosaic flooring, featuring some of the finest examples to have come to light. Enjoy a guided tour of this incredible site.

This afternoon, we continue deep into the countryside to the Baroque UNESCO-listed city of Ragusa for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Mediterraneo Palace Hotel, Ragusa


Day 5 - Sunday, April 28, 2019
Ragusa / Siracusa
Gay Sicily tour - RagusaTake a guided walking tour through the labyrinthine lanes of Ragusa this morning. Badly damaged in the massive earthquake of 1697, a new Ragusa, known as Ragusa Superiore, was rebuilt in the years that followed on the highest part of the hill. Lower down, the local aristocracy refused to leave their decrepit palazzi and rebuilt many of them on the spot in what became known as Ragusa Ibla over the ruins. See the Duomo, dedicated to St. George, the lovely Piazza del Duomo, and the heart of the old town.

Following free time for lunch, we cross to the east coast, and the UNESCO-listed city of Siracusa for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Grand Hotel Ortigia, Siracusa


Day 6 - Monday, April 29, 2019
Siracusa / Taormina
Sicily gay tour - SiracusaIn ancient times, Siracusa was the city of Archimedes, Pindar and Aeschylus, founded in the 8th century BC, and for a time it rivaled Athens as the most important city of the Greek world.

Visit the Archaelogical Park of Neapolis, comprising the Greek Theatre, one of the best preserved anywhere in the world, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Altar of Ierone, some 650 feet long, and the so-called Ear of Dionysius, where limestone was quarried in antiquity.

Then cross to the older quarter, on the island of Ortigia, mentioned by Virgil in The Aeneid. Visit the Cathedral, built around a temple dedicated to Athena first erected 2500 years ago and visible between the newer walls, and see the Fountain of Aretusa, a freshwater spring just yards from the sea, where papyrus still grows.

Following lunch, drive north along the coast, passing Mount Etna on the way to Sicily’s most elegant town, Taormina.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina, 4*


Day 7 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Taormina gay tour - amphitheatreLocated on a wide plateau beneath Mount Tauro, for which it is named, Taormina is Sicily’s most famous resort town. It was a 19th century haunt of the English aristocracy, including D.H. Lawrence, who wrote Lady Chatterly’s Lover here. Taormina's most famous gay resident, Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, helped to put the place on the map for gays in the late 1800s with his famous photographs of local youths.

Enjoy a morning orientation walk through the vibrant town, seeing the botanical gardens, the Greek Theatre, the Corso Umberto I and the main square of Taormina, Piazza IX Aprile, for fantastic views of Mt. Etna.

Reconvene in the late afternoon to take minibuses up to Castelmola, a village at the top of the mountain, viewing what we hope will be a spectacular sunset, and visiting the famous Bar Turrisi.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina, 4*


Day 8 - Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Taormina / Mount Etna
Sicily gay tour - Mount EtnaOn this morning’s excursion we ascend UNESCO-listed Mount Etna, Sicily’s greatest natural attraction, its highest mountain and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Weather permitting, we travel by cable car and 4-wheel drive to get as close to the 10,902 foot crater as safety allows. The volcano has undergone major eruptions several times in the last twenty years, but it is considered safe as lava is constantly escaping.

Returning to Taormina in the early afternoon, the rest of the day is free to stroll the winding medieval passages and atmospheric streets and explore secluded gardens hidden by stone walls or seaside terraces.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina, 4*


Day 9 - Thursday, May 2, 2019
Taormina, Sicily gay tourToday is completely free in Taormina for shopping, sightseeing, lazing around the hotel or heading down to the beach.

Meet up again at one of the town’s most famous restaurants for a special farewell dinner tonight.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina, 4*


Day 10 - Friday, May 3, 2019
The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning. We will organize small group transfers to the Catania, Sicily (CTA) airport by public taxis (not included). If you wish to extend your stay in Taormina, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night.

Meals: Breakfast


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• 9 nights hotel accommodations:
- 2 nights at Principe di Villafranca Hotel in Palermo;
- 1 night at Hotel della Valle Wellness and Spa in Agrigento
- 1 night at Mediterraneo Palace Hotel in Ragusa
- 1 night at Grand Hotel Ortigia in Siracusa
- 4 nights at Villa Diodoro Hotel in Taormina
• Hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners;
• Other meals as specified in the itinerary;
• Ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach;
• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary.
• This is a fully guided and escorted tour.


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Not Included:

• International airfare to Palermo, Sicily (PMO) and returning from Catania, Sicily (CTA);
• Hotel transfers;
• Ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);
• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;
• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
Travel Insurance
• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.


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Tour Hotels

Principe di Villafranca Hotel, Palermo

Principe di Villafranca Hotel, PalermoPrincipe di Villafranca is a luxurious 4-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Palermo. Local tourist attractions such as Teatro Politeama, Piazza Politeama and City Centre Palermo are not far from the hotel. Also easily within reach are Villa Malfitano, Teatro Massimo (Palermo) and Chiesa di Sant'Agostino (Palermo).

Dining facilities at the hotel include a restaurant. There is also room service available. The hotel boasts a 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also available. Public areas at Principe di Villafranca are comfortably air-conditioned. Hotel guests will appreciate the welcoming services of our multilingual staff. Other hotel amenities include fireplace in lobby, library and tennis court(s).

Principe di Villafranca Hotel roomRoom facilities include climate control and in-room safe. Other room amenities include minibar. Bathroom amenities include hair dryer. Entertainment: In-room entertainment options at Principe di Villafranca include LCD television and satellite television service. Internet connection options: Additional charges are applied for wireless high-speed Internet access. Housekeeping services are also available.


Hotel della Valle Wellness and Spa, Agrigento

Hotel della Valle Wellness and Spa, AgrigentoThe 4-star hotel has 112 comfortable rooms and suites, the Valle Hotel is within easy reach of the Valley of the Temples, but also close to the old town center, once called Akragas. Valley of the Temples is the archaeological park characterized by the exceptional state of preservation of the Doric temples, since 1997 UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the midst of beautiful gardens, Hotel Della Valle offers comfortable, elegant and air-conditioned accommodation. Facilities include a bar, 2 restaurants and an outdoor swimming pool.

Hotel della Valle roomIn both restaurants, lovers of fine food can enjoy the best of international cuisine, and traditional Sicilian dishes. One restaurant is located in the splendid park, and the other offers views of the swimming pool.

All rooms at the Della Valle are simply decorated and modern, offering air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with toiletries. Some feature views of the Valley of Temples.


Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina

Villa Diodoro Hotel, TaorminaHotel Villa Diodoro boasts a hillside position and an outdoor pool with panoramic sea views, a 5-minute walk from the historical centre of Taormina. Its elegant garden restaurant serves Sicilian and international dishes.

The hotel is just 200 m from the town's Greek-Roman Theatre. Mount Etna Regional Park is 40 minutes away by car.

Villa Diodoro Hotel roomRooms at Villa Diodoro are air conditioned and bright. Each includes a minibar and private bathroom. Some have views over Mount Etna or the Bay of Naxos.

Guests can relax with a cocktail or a glass of Sicilian wine at one of 2 bars. There is also a Technogym area, a sun terrace and 2 relaxation rooms for aromatherapy treatments.


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Trip Notes

Entry Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need visas for entry into Sicily, Italy, or any other country in the European Union for stays up to 60 days. A valid passport is all that is required.

Immunizations & Health
No immunizations are currently required for travel to Sicily, but it is wise to have your inoculations up-to-date. Is your tetanus booster current?

Exit Requirements
There is currently no separate departure tax required of visitors leaving Sicily other than that included with the cost of your airline ticket.

Making Travel Arrangements to Italy
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Palermo (PMO), Sicily, and from Catania, Sicily, back home. You will need to arrive in Palermo by 4:00 pm on April 24, 2019. Depart from Catania (CTA) on any convenient flight on May 3, 2019.

What to Bring
In April, average daily temperatures in Sicily range from 50 to 65 degrees. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual, but you will want nice outfits for dinners. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.

Money Matters
The Euro (EUR) is the standardized monetary currency of Sicily. Major credit cards are accepted widely and may be used at most hotels, restaurants and major shops, but you will need cash at local markets and small shops.

Tipping in Italy
Italy is for exceptional service, and there are not standard rules. A service charge on the restaurant bill probably will not go to the waiter. If you are pleased, leave a few Euros to show your appreciation. Tip a porter for carrying your bags, and even a small amount to a taxi driver is greatly appreciated. We present collective tips to guides and drivers throughout the tour and will suggest a per-person amount for the group tip contribution before departure.


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Island in the Sun - Splendors of Sicily Gay Tour Prices

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$ 4,500

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)

$ 4,950

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Prices are per person in USD.

Min. Deposit: $600. Balance Due before February 3, 2019

Price does not include payment card charges.


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