Grand Tour of Egypt and Sicily
A Grand 12 - Day Mediterranean Dream
Palermo - Cefalù - Capo D'Orlando
- Taormina - Catania - Mt.Etna - Siracusa - Noto - Ragusa
Modica - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento - Selinunte - Segesta - Monreale
Then Fly over the Mediterranean to Egypt and the Nile : Cairo , Giza
The Charming Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan Egypt , overlooking the Nile
weekly on Saturday : Apr - Oct.
Choose a Private departure with a minimum of 5 guests in your party
with Italy as
part of a Mediterranean Cruise
Sicily , a farm house, a private villa , or la cucina! This tour
covers the highlights of Sicily, including the most classical sites
of Sicily and the historical and artistic sites. Accommodation is in
charming hotels . in Sicily Half board basis (dinner is included ) with
exception on the day of arrival. Cruise
Egypt : you tour the highlights of Egypt . You'll start with the
throbbing capital of Egypt, and an exploration of the key sites both
within the city and nearby. Then it's on to the old-new land of Luxor,
the Ancient Capital of the first United Kingdom ( Egypt was originally
divided into two kingdoms, that got united by Ahmos I ) thus creating
a United Kingdom in the Nile Valley.
DAY 1 - Saturday ARRIVAL IN Sicily-Palermo
Weekly: Apr- Oct (D)
Arrive at Catania Airport, our local rep will meet you and assist with
your transfer to your hotel .
Welcome drink Dinner is served at the hotel .Evening at leisure.
- Sunday: PALERMO
- CEFALU' - CAPO D'ORLANDO - REGGIO CALABRIA - MESSINA
After a buffet breakfast, drive along the Thyrrenian coast. Stop in
Cefalù, a pleasant resort well known for its beautiful Norman
Cathedral and medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Capo
d’Orlando for lunch. Continue to Messina. Sea conditions permitting,
embark to Reggio Calabria and visit the famous “Bronzi di Riace”.
Jolly Hotel Messina. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner
and overnight stay .
3 - Monday:
CATANIA - MT. ETNA with lunch in a farmhouse - CATANIA
After a buffet breakfast, weather conditions permitting, excursion to
Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Across fascinating
landscape, we will reach a height of 2000 metres, where we will enjoy
a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Lunch in a farmhouse on the slopes
of Etna and wine tasting of local production. Back to Catania, the town
known for its original baroque style and for its streets built with
black lava stone from mount Etna. Walking tour through Via Etnea, the
Baroque street ?Via Crociferi?, the Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral
and the ?Liotru? statue, symbol of the city, the roman Amphitheatre,
the Opera House (only on the outside), the University, and the noble
Palace of Biscari ( does not include entry into the Palace ). Dinner
and overnight in your Hotel.
4 - Tuesday : CATANIA - SIRACUSA - NOTO - RAGUSA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the most beautiful
Greek colony of Sicily. Visit of the archaeological area including the
of the Paradise, the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Dyonisios
?Ear?. Visit the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre
of Siracusa, built by theAragonians: here you can admire the Cathedral
and the ?Fontana Aretusa?. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon,
depart to Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned
for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style and today declared a
World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Proceed to Ragusa, a city that is divided
into two parts: the upper part built after the earthquake in 1693 and
the lower part that is called Ragusa Ibla, famous for its Baroque architecture.
Enjoy an aperitif in a nice bar in the main square by the Dome, ?Basilica
diSan Giorgio?. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel Mediterraneo
RAGUSA - MODICA - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, stop in Modica, one of the most picturesque
cities in the province and of all Sicily, mainly to the appearance late
Baroque, rich of important churches such as San Giorgio and San Pietro.
Stop in a chocolate shop to have a taste of the famous Modica?s chocolate
still made the same way the ancient Aztecs made chocolate in Mexico.
Depart to Piazza Armerina and visit the worldwide known Villa Romana
del Casale: it is the richest, largest and most+ complex collection
of late Roman mosaics in the world Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue
to Agrigento: visit of the Valley of the Temples including the Temple
of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux that represent
the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Dinner
at Hotel Della Valle. After dinner enjoy an unforgettable panoramic
tour of the Valley of the Temples illuminated.
Overnight in Agrigento.
6 - Thursday: AGRIGENTO - SELINUNTE with lunch in a farmhouse - SEGESTA
After a buffet breakfast, depart to the Archaeological park of Selinunte,
the largest in the Mediterranean area with the impressive Temples and
Acropolis. After the visit stop in a local farmhouse (famous for olive
oil production) where before lunch it will be possible to have a wine
and oil tasting of local production. Proceed to Segesta to visit the
Doric Temple which keeps in its stones the weight of a long history,
surrounded by a unique landscape. Proceed to Palermo. Accommodation,
dinner and overnight at Grande Albergo Sole.
- Friday : PALERMO
- MONREALE - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast. morning visit of the
Capital of Sicily, one of the richest towns in the island for history
and art: the Cathedral, the ?Palatina? Chapel, and panoramic tour of
the town (the Quattro Canti , the Opera House, the Pretoria Square).
We will continue to Monreale to admire the Cathedral with its splendid
12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery
with Moorish architecture. Lunch in your Hotel. Afternoon
excursion to Erice, a medieval
town full of myth, history and art which sits on top of Mt. Erice, overlooking
the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Panoramic tour of the salt-woks
of Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.
8- Saturday: Palermo /
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport, connect to Rome and on to Cairo.
Air fare is included in our rate in economy class , tax included . Upon
arrival in Cairo , our local rep. meets you at Cairo airport after you
exit the terminal and escorts you to your hotel.
will be issued upon arrival in Cairo for American, Australian, NZ, EU
, Canadian, Singaporean & Japanese citizens, please pay for the
visa in CASH $ 15 in USD or Euros ( exact change, the Visa Desk doesnt
have cash back policy ! ) . Please have exact amount ready . No photos
required. your passport must be valid at least for 6 month beyond the
date of arrival.
pays a surprise visit to Caesar
After he landed in Egypt
9 - Sunday - CAIRO- Home Hosted Dinner (cBLD)
We start with the best of Cairo: the Egyptian Museum, Manial Palace
of the former Crown Prince Mohamed Ali, Citadel of Saladin and its
Alabaster Mosque. After lunch , we walk the narrow streets of
Old Cairo, once a Roman fort, later the Jewish Quarter, then
the Coptic Christian Quarter. We visit the Coptic churches of
Abu Serghius and Al Molaka, the Coptic Museum, and Ben
Ezra synagogue. Finally, we wander through the alleys of Khan
el-Khalili bazaar in search of souvenirs.
is included at a local home:
Meet the locals,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (
T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town):
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! You'll be invited to
a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way
of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your
new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background.
Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy dinner in a quiet restaurant with your travel companions, by letting
us know your preferences.
10 - Monday - CAIRO (cBLD)
In the morning, we visit the majestic pyramids of Giza, the Valley
Temple and the timeless Sphinx. After lunch we drive to Dahshour,
the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo. We visit several ancient
structures, including the great pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops.
The "Discovery" of Dahshour:
For almost half a century, the great field of huge pyramids near the
desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo, has been off limits
to the public. Confined within the perimeter of a military base were
many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old pyramid built by Senfru,
father of Cheops. Senfru's pyramid, the largest in Egypt until his son
built Giza's Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape: it tapers more distinctly
on its upper half. All the pyramids were coated in thick plaster at
one time. Most have lost these protective, decorative sheaths, but Senfru's--miraculously--is
still in place.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant or at your hotel.
11- Tuesday - LUXOR (cBLD)
Early morning breakfast before we fly to Luxor , upon arrival ,proceed
to cross the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi
of Memnon. After lunch in Luxor, we tour the Great Temple
of Amon at Karnak, and visit the Sacred Lake . We have a
quick look at the great temple of Amon Ra at Luxor on
our way to the airport for our flight back to Cairo, and our hotel.
12 - Wednesday - DEPARTURE (cB)
After breakfast, our staff escorts you to the airport for your flight
home. Bon Voyage
RATES per person in $ US
ticket , Palermo / Rome (or Milan) / Cairo/ Luxor / Cairo , economy
class. Tax included
/Escorted sightseeing and all ground transportation ( air conditioned
) as indicated, with an English speaking driver-tour escort (please
ask us for other languages) from the 2nd to 7th day.
as indicated from pre-set menu (B = breakfast: , L = lunch , D = dinner
, first class 4 stars Jolly hotels in Sicily , rooms are with private
bathroom facilities . But 5 stars hotel in Cairo : Ramses Hilton
/ Sheraton or similar
tax, service charges & continental breakfast daily .
Airport transfers, including porterage at the airport & hotel
for one piece of luggage.
and Egypt and travel guide book.
Sample hotels in Sicily : Subject to change : Accommodation at 4 Stars
Hotels (Palermo: Grande Albergo Sole or similar / Catania: Htl Katane
Palace or similar / Ragusa : Htl Mediterraneo Palace or similar /
Agrigento: Htl Della Valle or similar)
expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically included.
for local personnel
air fare from/to your home country
will be issued upon arrival in Cairo for American, Australian, NZ,
EU , Canadian, Singaporean & Japanese citizens, please pay for
the visa in CASH $ 15 in USD or Euros . Please have exact amount ready
. No photos required. your passport must be valid at least for 6 month
beyond the date of arrival.
and for the Independent traveler
8 -day ( 7- nights ) for the Independent traveler .Sicily with your
Own Private car or van and your own chauffeur !!
. A Friends Abroad tm tour.
Want to go at your own speed, as you like? We'll make the basic arrangements
for an 8 -day stay, and you can take it from there. It's like having
your own good friends in Sicily ! Compare
with the 9 day stay in Sicily, or
the 10-day private tour of Sicily .
Houses & Villas in Sicily
have the pleasure of presenting you with some of the most charming accommodation
in Sicily. Our "Aziende Agrituristiche" are characterized
by their location; in natural setting with spectacular landscapes where
you can be in touch with nature and with the typical sicilian flore
and fauna. Some of the "Aziende Agrituristiche" are located
in historical buildings where you can still feel the echoes of the past.
Traditional Sicilian cuisine is another aspect which distinguishes these
accommodations and properties , where restaurants, dishes of our typical
regional cuisines are carefully prepared.