Mt Etna and Modica
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, October 17th through March 31st. Depart Malta at 7 AM, return to Malta at 9 PM.
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 producing the best wines of Sicily. Further up, we go through forests of chestnut trees, which give way to oak, beech, birch, then pine.
Modica: This proud, prosperous and ancient city is one of Sicily's Baroque gems. The main street, "Il Corso," is a typical Italian meeting place with cafes and majestic buildings. The church of San Giorgio is an impressive monument, built after the earthquake of 1693, surrounded by a flight of 250 steps to further enhance the scenic beauty of its fine facade.
- Arrival at Pozzallo - a typical Sicilian fishing village.
- Met by fully air-conditioned coaches, accompanied by guides.
- On the way to Mt. Etna, we sample some typical Sicilian delicacies, including wines, cheeses, almond sweets and honey. These Sicilian specialties are also available to buy, if desired.
- Drive up to Sylvester Craters of Mt. Etna having time for lunch (not included in price) and souvenir shopping.
- Depart Mt. Etna for the baroque city of Modica to enjoy some free time in the city center.
- Depart Modica for Pozzallo, with a running commentary by the guide.
- Our last stop is Pozzallo. The imposing Cabrera Tower, the symbol of Pozzallo, is a 15th century silo. Free time for a coffee on the Corso, where there are some excellent shops, or a stroll on the promenade along the vast sandy beach.
Rates Adults: $140 per person Children (age 4 to 14): $89 per person Youth (age 14 to 25): $111 per person Seniors (65 and up): $111 per person The ferry operator may introduce a fuel surcharge from time to time at their discression.