Catania, Mt Etna and Modica day tour
Sicily excursion from Malta by catamaran
Visit Sicily whilst on holiday in Malta. An opportunity not to be missed! You will be picked up from your hotel, transported on board the luxurious Virtu High Speed Catamaran ferry to Sicily and, then, by fully air-conditioned luxury coach from Pozzallo to Taormina and Mt.Etna. Return to Malta around 11.00 pm!
The catamaran departs Malta at approximately *0700hrs for the 90 minute crossing to Sicily. Arrival at Pozzallo, a typical Sicilian fishing village, with its imposing Cabrera Tower from the 15th century. Time for a coffee and departure for Catania with your local guide in an air-condtioned luxury coach. On the way we pass Noto, the baroque capital of Sicily; Siracusa, with its world renowned Greek and Roman monuments.
Catania: Catania is the second city in Sicily after Palermo although many will argue it is the first. A short stop in Piazza Duomo, surrounded on all sides by baroque monuments and the central lava Fontana dell'Elefante, the symbol of the City and a walk up the bustling Via Etnea wll prove the point. Shops of every description, an impressive outdoor market and a food market that can only be in Sicily are all within minutes of each other.
Enough time for lunch (not included in the price), you are spoilt for choice. Then, drive up to Mt. Etna
Mt. Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe. The climb to the crater takes us through picturesque villages and an ever-changing landscape. The lower slopes of the volcano are extremely fertile with groves of oranges, lemons and other Mediterranean flora and of course vines which produce Sicily's best wines. A scenic drive takes us to the Silvstri crater and the Rifugio Sapienza 2,000 meters up. Time for souvenir shopping or just relax with a panoramic view of the vast base of Etna and the effects of the more recent eruptions.
• * You have the opportunity to take a cable car ride, (€26.00), for a further 500 meters, where you can have a snack, and if you wish, something typically Sicilian.
• * The more adventurous can further take a 4X4 drive (€25.00) after using the cable car, to reach the summit at 2,900 meters.
* Cable car and 4x4 vehicle are subject to weather conditions and are not recommended for wheelchair bound passengers, or passengers having heart and/or blood circulation medical conditions. The prices are subject to change without notice.
From Mt Etna we cross the Iblei Mountain Range for the baroque city of Modica. Modica is one of Sicily's baroque gems now enlisted as Unesco World Heritage sites. Guided tour of the city and free time in the main street, "il Corso", a typical Italian meeting place with cafés and majestic buildings. Don't miss the opportunity to taste delicious local sweets and chocolate made from an Aztec recipe brought over by the Spaniards!ype the text here
Then, we drive to Pozzallo by crossing two of the most spectacular bridges in Europe with a bird's eye view of Modica Alta and Bassa hanging on the mountain side down the valley. Departure back to Malta by high speed catamaran at 21:30hrs. On arrival in Malta, your transport will be waiting to return you back to your hotel