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Our History and Mission Established in 1997 and privately owned, Ignas Tour has been making a difference to our client’s group traveling experiences for two decades. In 1999 opening of a sister company in Hungary, adding a new destination to the company’s portfolio. Since 2001 IGNAS TOUR is also part of TUI Travel plc. Last addition to the company’s umbrella is the office in Slovakia opened in 2014, consolidating Ignas Tours presence in the Eastern European market and expanding and diversifying even more the product line. Ignas Tour maintains an uncompromising commitment to offer the highest standards of product integrity and leisure experience by providing competitive travel services. Trust, reliability, financial stability, passion and attention to details are key aspects Ignas Tour is known for. The company prides itself on a long-term vision and strategy and keeps in sync with the latest market trends in order to develop new products and solutions. About Us Ignas Tour: Established in 1997 in Egna (South Tyrol, Italy) Guaranteed quality: 97% satisfaction post trip survey Local offices: Egna (South Tyrol, Italy), Bratislava (Slovakia), Győr (Hungary), Lisbon (Portugal), Chongqing (China) Financial stability: Privately owned and managed by the same family for 20 years Our Services We provide an array of group travel services from incentives, leisure travel, team building, theme based itineraries in special interest destinations, conferences and events throughout Italy at highly competitive rates. Introducing a dedicated Small groups brand “The Five Senses” with suggested itineraries for the discerning travelers starting as low as 8 paying passengers and a LGBT dedicated product line. Staff “You can train someone but you can’t teach someone to care” Our creative and dedicated staff has decades of experience, is passionate, attentive and committed to provide our clients the highest standard of service. 80 employees and 15 languages spoken 24/7 service and after hours assistance Why Ignas Tour • 20 years of experience in group travel • Fully integrated online offline distribution channel • Expert and knowledgeable Tour directors • Hand picked and carefully selected hotels, restaurants and guides to guarantee an authentic Italian experience • Vast selection of accommodations of all categories from B&B to luxury hotels in both art cities and resorts • Theme-based small groups brand “The Five Senses” carefully designed to enhance client’s sensory experience • LGBT dedicated product line • Client’s satisfaction: our Tours receive 97% rating in post-trip survey Key facts Groups operated per year 2500 Hotel contracts 4600 Passengers per year 500.000

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Largo C. Battisti, 26 - I-39044 - Egna (BZ) ITALY Tel. (+39) 0471 806 600 - Fax (+39) 0471 806 700 - www.ignastour.com Bike & Sail in Veneto 10 days – 9 nights From € 2150,00 Itinerary Thursday: Venice Arrival at Venice airport. Private transfer to your hotel. Overnight at you hotel. Friday: Lagoon Island tour Breakfast at your hotel. Morning tour to visit the islandS of Murano and Burano. During this fascinating tour you will discover the best of Murano and Burano, what to visit, their traditions and the most special places, on a relaxing boat while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Venetian lagoon.The first stop of the boat ride from Venice to Murano and Burano will include the homeland of glass: the old Murano glassworks guard secrets that have been handed down from generation to generation. The Venice boat trip to Murano will allow you to have the opportunity to purchase original and unique beautiful works of glass art, with the certainty of it being an authentic piece! The visit to Murano and Burano will then continue on to the island of Burano, where you can stroll through unique streets of brightly coloured houses and discover the small masterpieces of lace made by expert teachers on the island. After the tour return to Venice. Saturday: Skip the line visit of the Doge’s Palace Brerakfast at the hotel. Our fascinating Palazzo Ducale Venice Tour takes you to the most important places of the ancient Republic of Venice, the richly decorated rooms of the Doge’s Apartment with its large enclosed courtyard, up to the Armoury, the terrible dungeons and the famous Venice Bridge of sighs: a complete visit to learn and fully appreciate the splendid Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy. Thanks to this fascinating Venice Doge’s Palace tour, you will be transported back in time to the centuries when Venice was at its golden age and the Doge’s Palace was the centre of the political power of the Serenissima. In the afternoon private transfer to board to embark your Ave Maria River cruise. The cabins are available from 4.30 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 p.m. Saturday: Venice walking tour In the morning a local guide will let you discover the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands. Sunday: Venice–Chioggia (18 miles) Cruising out of Venice at a gentle pace, we start our bike and boat adventure on the Lido, the first of the two islands we explore today. Fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. A short island-hop takes us to Pellestrina, where we cycle towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve, past the fishermen’s cottages and boats. Here, where we rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as “Little Venice”. Monday: Chioggia–Porto Viro–Adria (25 miles) A morning stroll through Chioggia’s fish market is recommended and, time allowing, a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. Our cycling resumes southbound, into the delta of the imposing Po. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We overnight in Adria, an ancient Greek port once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, also renowned for its Etruscan and Roman heritage. Tuesday: Adria–Ferrara–Zelo (18 miles by bike + 18 miles by bus). After a short cruise we saddle our bikes and, following the Po through farmland and hamlets, we reach Ferrara. Under its overlords, the Este family, this ancient City State attracted influential architects and artists for centuries. A private bus takes us back to our floating hotel in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po. Wednesday: Zelo–Mantua (31 miles). After just a few kilometers on the bike we reach the village of Bergantino for a visit of the Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Following the river through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to Governolo Lock. Once a vital staging post for local navigation, this is where theRiver Mincio flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. Leaving the Po behind, we reach Mantua through a magnificent navigation in the afternoon. Thursday. Mantua round tour (25 miles) An entire day dedicated to the discovery of this little visited cultural gem, its three picturesque “lakes” formed by the Mincio, and its surrounding countryside – once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town. Day 10. Mantua. Departure after breakfast.

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What to expect: NAVIGATION The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/ Bianco canal, which runs parallel to the Po and connects Mantua to the Adriatic Sea. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays. These decisions are taken by the boat’s captain. BIKE ROUTE This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 18 to 34 miles – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads. The boat is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the bikes in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths. BICYCLES Unisex bikes with 27-gears Shimano Deore, fully equipped with 1 side-bag, 1 water bottle, 1 padlock. E-Bike (electro bike) available at extra fee. CABINS FEATURES: The barge gathers 10 double standard cabins (11 sqm ca), 4 double superior cabins (11 sqm ca), 2/4 single cabins (7.5 sqm ca). Maximum capacity 36/42 people. • Most cabins can be arranged either as a double or a twin • All cabins are en-suite • Bed size: 80x200 cm / 31,5x78,75” • Ample storage space below each bed (110x32x80 cm / 43,3x12,6x31,5”) • Independent air conditioning • Closet plus hooks and hanging area • Three 220V sockets in each cabin (Types L and F) • Large safe, suitable for devices up to 15” • Hair dryer • Welcome kit (manual with practical information, welcome cookies) • Vanity kit (shampoo, shower gel, soap, conditioner) • Towels (shower, hands, face cloth, bath mat) • Two pillows per bed available if required RESTAURANT The on-board catering is simple but subtle, with a good selection of local wines and excellent service. The Ave Maria chefs boast plenty of experience and, in the words of our clients, their dishes alone are worth the trip. Prices Rates p/p Standard cabin Season 1 €2150,00 Season 2 €2250,00 Season 3 €2200,00 Single Supplement €1035,00 €1150,00 €1050,00 Superior cabin supplement Helmet E-bike supplement €160,00 €20,00 €109,00 €160,00 €20,00 €109,00 €160,00 €20,00 €109,00 Departures Season 1: April 6, April 20, May 4, June 29, July 1, Oct 5, Oct 19 Season 2: May 18. June 1, June 15, Sep 9, Sep 21 Season 3: July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21 Included features • Arrival private tranfer from Venice airport to hotel with English speaking assistant. 1 piece of luggage included • 2 nights at 4*Hotel Rialto (or similar) in double occupancy with daily breakfast • Half day sightseeing tour to the lagoon island (Murano and Burano) • Skip the line guided tour to the Doge’s Palace • 7 overnights on Ave Maria Barge in full board (breakfast, dinner and a self- made packed lunch), • Tour Leader on board and during bike excursions • Cycling Guide, roadbook & maps (1:75.000), sheets and towels, route description and maps, • Bus transfer Ferrara–Adria/Ferrara–Zelo, harbour charges, coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board, - - Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change, guided • Guided visit in Venice and Mantua and visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Not included: Beverages, entrance fees unless specified, one ferry-boat stage in Pellestrina (about 9 €), tips, everything not included in the section “included in the price”. Do you like this itinerary but would like to customize it? Contact us at info@ignastour.com

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Largo C. Battisti, 26 - I-39044 - Egna (BZ) ITALY Tel. (+39) 0471 806 600 - Fax (+39) 0471 806 700 - www.ignastour.com Bike & Sail in Sicily 10 days – 9 nights From € 2150,00 Itinerary Wednesday: Catania Arrival at Catania airport. Private transfer to your hotel in Giardini Naxos. Overnight at you hotel. 3*Hotel Palladio or similar. Thursday: Etna Bike tour Breakfast at your hotel. Pick up your hotel and transfer to the meeting point where you will meet your guide and the rest of the group. During this excursion to Etna we bike through natural trails inside the Parc of Etna untill the altitude of 2000 meters. Starting from lava flows, you will visit extinct craters and the belvedere of the majestic Caldera of Valle del Bove. You will visit the inside the crater visiting a lava cave with helmet and torches. Our guides will show you the numerous natural aspects of the biggest volcano of Europe, nominated heritage UNESCO from 2013. Excursion includes transfers also by 4x4 jeep making it easy and accessible to everybody. Departure time: 9.00 am from our meeting point - Return estimated at 1.30. Friday: Taormina hop on hop off Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leasure to relax on the beach or take advantage of the 24 hours hop on hop off ticket and enjoy a scenic route that takes in 4 different villages, following the coast to Letojanni, through Taormina, and ending at the cliffside resort of Castelmola. Admire panoramic views of the Sicilian coast along the way. Take in the entire route without hopping off in 115 minutes. Buses depart every hour from 10:00 through 19:00. Listen to an audio commentary as you drive. Rest of the day at leisure. Optional tours available. Saturday: Cooking class Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a morning in Taormina learning how to prepare delicious Sicilian recipes with a master chef. After cooking, you will taste your creations and discuss them over a cheerful lunch. The day starts with a guided tour of the town’s market and buying the ingredients for the class with an explanation from the chef. The market is within walking distance from the Porta Messina Arch meeting point. Back at the restaurant, Nettuno da Siciliano, the chef will explain the dishes that you will make featuring hand-made pasta, and you will start to prepare and cook the food. A professional sommelier will be on hand to tell you about the history and culture of wine in Sicily. After all the food is prepared, you will get to taste what you have created, accompanied by two selected wines, one white and one red. Before leaving, you will receive an official certificate and an apron as a souvenir of this special day. Embarkation at 6.00pm at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo (Me), accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo. Sunday: Milazzo (9 miles cycling, +/-328 ft) Departure by bike to reach Capo Milazzo (Milazzo Cape). Possibility of bathing in the wonderful “Venus Pool”, a protected natural sea pool at the very end of the cape. Return to Milazzo and possibility of visiting the Castle and its ancient bourg. Return to the Marina of Milazzo, dinner and night in port. Monday: Vulcano (12 miles cycling,+/-1312 ft) Breakfast and navigation towards the island of Vulcano, the “Sulphur Island”. Today you will discover by bike the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, ideal place to admire an amazing panorama. Free time in the afternoon. We suggest one of the following activities to discover the volcanic activity of the island: you can walk up to the crater of the volcano (400 mt), you can have a mud bath in the sulphur beach of the island, you can swing among underwater fumaroles. Dinner on board and overnight in port in Vulcano. Tuesday: Panarea and Stromboli (3h30 walking, +/- 1312t) After breakfast navigation towards Panarea. We will stop for a swim close to the little islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara and Dattilo, where the volcanic activity is still clearly visible and vapours rise up through the cracks between the rocks. Once arrived in Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, lunch break at anchor in a nice bay. Navigation towards Stromboli with a superb view on the Sciara del Fuoco. In the late afternoon, walking trip till 400m. above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Pic nic dinner in a nice panoramic point. Return on board, overnight in roadstead in Stromboli. Wednesday: Stromboli – Panarea (2h30 walking, flat) – Salina Breakfast on board and navigation towards Panarea. We stop at anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro. Nice relaxed walk in the morning visit the little village of Panarea, the Drautto beach and the prehistoric village. Picnic lunch at Cala Junco and return on board.Navigation up the Island of Salina with a break for a swim. Disembarkation in Salina and visit to a local shop, with a chance to taste several local products. Return on board, dinner and night in port in Salina. Thursday: Salina (13.6 miles cycling, +/-984 ft) – Lipari Departure from the port and great cycling trip on the biggest island of the Aeolian Archipelago. From Santa Marina, on the East coast, you will reach Pollara, a panoramic point on the western coast. Visit of the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste the very good “granita” of Alfredo. Return on board and navigation until Lipari. Dinner on board and overnight in the port of Lipari.

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What to expect: BIKE ROUTE Elevation: between 0 and 600 m per day. The daily distance is between 15 and 35 km. Several breaks during the day to get off the bike and walk around. Level: medium ««- It is necessary to have an average fitness level. Not suitable for children under 12 years old. BICYCLES Unisex bikes with 21-gears Shimano. E-Bike (electro bike) available at extra fee. ABOUT THE BOAT: Caicco Sundial Comfort:4* 6 double cabins with private facilities, shower and WC 12 places Sundial is a 24,5 meters long and 6,25 meters wide Turkish caique. It was built in the shipyard Vedat Sungul of Bodrum in Turkey, using the ancient art of the Turks shipwrights still in use. The solid structure in pine and mahogany woods makes the navigation really comfortable. CABIN FEATURES: The caique has been completely renovated in 2012 and gathers 6 double cabins: it can accommodate up to 12 people. All cabins are equipped with private services with hot and cold water and shower and a little wardrobe with enough space to place bags and luggage (please exclude rigid luggage). The whole caique is furbished with air conditioning and comfortable inner spaces such as the spacious dinette. The guests can also relax on comfortable beach mattresses on the large solarium deck, enjoying the sound of the sea.The stern deck has a wide and elegant lounge. Friday: Lipari (15 miles cycling +/- 1968 ft) After breakfast we will start a fantastic coast to coast by bike. Starting from the village of Lipari, we will pass along the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. We will reach the pumice quarries and the nice beach of Acquacalda (a swim is possible). Picnic lunch at the panoramic point of Quattrocchi and return back to the historical centre rich in shops and restaurants. Return to the caique. Navigation up to MIlazzo. Dinner on board and overnight in port. Saturday: departure Disembarkation at 09 am and collective transfer to Catania airport. End of the services. Prices Rates p/p Standard cabin Season 1 €2150,00 Season 2 €2250,00 Season 3 €2200,00 Single Supplement €1035,00 €1150,00 €1050,00 E-bike supplement €109,00 €109,00 €109,00 Departures Season 1: May 24 - May 31- June 7 – June 14 – September 13 Season 2: August 23 Season 3: August 30 - September 6 Included features • Arrival private tranfer from Catania airport to hotel in Giardini Naxos area • 3 nights at 3*Hotel Palladio (or similar) in double occupancy with daily breakfast • Half day bike tour with english speaking guide, bike rental, jeep transfer and tasting of local products included • Hop on hop off tour of Taormina • Cooking class followed by lunch in Taormina • Private tranfer from hotel to Milazzo port • Accommodation in double cabin with private facilities, on full board from the dinner of day 1, to the breakfast of day 8 • (picnic lunches or lunch on board) • Italian/English speaking guide • sheets and towels (1 change per week) • 6 nights in port and 1 night in roadstead. • Collective transfer from Milazzo port to Catania airport Not included: Beverages, entrance fees unless specified, everything not included in the section “included in the price”. Do you like this itinerary but would like to customize it? Contact us at info@ignastour.com

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Largo C. Battisti, 26 - I-39044 - Egna (BZ) ITALY Tel. (+39) 0471 806 600 - Fax (+39) 0471 806 700 - www.ignastour.com Hiking among Italy’s Famous Five Cinque Terre — Gulf of Poets — Palmaria Island — Portofino 8 days – 7 nights From € 1390,00 • Tour operated with a min of 2 pax • Charming and central hotels • 8 meals (7 B, 1 Welcome D) • Daily English speaking tour guide Highlights • Hike among the Gulf of Poets and Palmaria Island • Discover the vineyards around Manarola and its wine • Genoa Farmers Market visit and pesto making class • Portofino and San Fruttuoso Abbey Itinerary Day 1: Genoa airport - Sestri Arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay. (Hotel Gran dei Castelli or similar), dinner and overnight stay. Meals: D Day 2: Gulf of Poets - La Spezia, Portovenere and Palmaria Island Breakfast at your hotel. Morning departure by train to La Spezia where we will board the ferry to Palmaria Island, the biggest island of the Ligurian Sea. We will take a circular tour of this little gem characterized by a lush Mediterranean vegetation. Depending on the period of the year, you will be able to experience the stunning blooming of cistus, the blooming of rare orchids or the beauty of colorful woods and their foliage. We will embark the ferry back to Portovenere and have a walking tour together with your guide that will illustrate the history and point out the hightlights of this pretty town. Bus transfer to La Spezia and train to Sestri. Overnight. Meals: B Walks: 3 hours Grade: medium Day 3: Cinque Terre Unesco Natural Park Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia Breakfast at your hotel. Morning departure by train to Monterosso, after visit of the village, we begin our hike direction Vernazza, important and historical village being the only natural harbor of the Cinque Terre that we will reach after a steep ascent. From Vernazza we will walk along the olive groves, enjoying beautiful views over the sea and reach the village of Corniglia. Free time for own discovery and then train to Sestri. Overnight. Meals: B Walks: 3.5 Grade: medium Day 4: The Vineyards of Manarola Breakfast at your hotel. Today we will board the train to Corniglia and start an excursion that will reveal the wine tradition of the Cinque Terre. From Corniglia train station we will take the famous Lardarina staircase (400 steps) that will take us to the only borgo not touched by water. We will leave behind the roof tops and enter the lush woods until terraces of vinyards will start approching. We’ll reach the village of Volasta, the ancient village of olive oil. Stop and visit of a local vineyards that produced the Cinque Terre Doc and the Buccia wine. Visit the cellar followed by a wine tasting. Continue our excursion along a pleasent path passing century old olive oil trees and in about half an hour reach Manarola. Free time to visit the village and return to Sestri by train. Overnight. Meals: B Walks: 4 hours Grade: intermediate Day 5: San Fruttuoso - Portofino Breakfast at your hotel. Morning transfer from Sestri to Rapallo where we will board the ferry that will take us to San Fruttuoso from where we will enjoy a fantastic view of the bay and the Benedectine Abbey. We will continue and reach Portofino by hiking along the promenade surrounded by lush mediterranean vegetation and breathtaking views. In Portofino some free time and then we’ll board the ferry to Rapallo and return by train to our hotel in Camogli. Overnight.(Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi or similar). Meals B Walks: 2 hours Grade: intermediate Day 6: Day at leisure Breakfast at your hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy laying at the beach or relax by the pool, or take a walk and visit the village of Camogli. Meals B

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Day 7: Genoa and pesto making class Breakfast at your hotel. Today together with your English speaking guide, you will reach Morning visit of Genoa also known as “The Proud”. The birth town of explorer Sir Christopher Columbus, the city has a rich maritime history, and you’ll learn about its past on a tour of the fully restored Ancient Port of Genoa. Visit of the historic center, with its narrow little lanes, known in Genoese as “carrugi”, where the Renaissance Cathedral of San Lorenzo can be found. Together with your tour guide reach a small food market where a ligurian expert will welcome you to teach you how to make pesto the famous green sauce using mortar and pestle, as the tradition wants. After the demonstration tasting and free time fo own discoveries. Meals: B Lenght; 1 hour. Pantalica 3hours ½ med/high Level: easy Day 8 : Genoa airport Breakfast, transfer to Genoa airport and end of tour. Meals: B Ignas Tour Hotel Collection Sestri Levante 4*Hotel Gran dei Castelli or similar Camogli 4*Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi or similar Prices Rates p/p Double/twin room from 8-16 pax Double/twin room from 6-8 pax Double/twin room from 4-6 pax Double/twin room from 2-3 pax Single supplement Season 1 €1390,00 €1435,00 €1635,00 €2229,00 €350,00 Season 2 €1780,00 €1835,00 €2035,00 €2635,00 €350,00 Season 3 €1600,00 €1655,00 €1855,00 €2455,00 €350,00 Included features • 7 nights in b/b in centrally and charming hotels • Transfer from Genoa airport to Sestri • Transfer from Sestri to Camogli (Day 5) • Transfer from Camogli to Genoa Airport • English speaking tour leader from Day 2, 3, 4,5 • 1 Welcome dinner in Sestri (including ½ water and ½ wine) • 1 Pesto making class followed by tasting • Visit to a winery in Manarola followed by wine tasting • English speaking guide for tour of Genoa (Day 7) • Day 2 train Sestri-La Spezia - Sestri and Ferry La Spezia Palmaria island – Portovenere/La Spezia • Day 3 Train Sestri – Monterosso, Corniglia - Sestri • Day 4 Train Sestri – Corniglia, Manarola – Sestri • Day 5 Boat Rapallo – San Fruttuoso, Ferry Portofino-Rapallo, train Rapallo Camogli • Day 7 Train Camogli-Genova-Camogli Not included: • Tips • Personal extras • Assistant to airport transfers • Everything else which does not come under the heading “the fee includes”. Do you like this itinerary but would like to customize it? Contact us at info@ignastour.com

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Largo C. Battisti, 26 - I-39044 - Egna (BZ) ITALY Tel. (+39) 0471 806 600 - Fax (+39) 0471 806 700 - www.ignastour.com Hike & Wine in Eastern Sicily 8 days – 7 nights From € 1850,00 • Tour operated with a min of 2 pax • Charming famhouses and central hotels • 15 meals (8 B, 5 D, 2 L with drinks) • English speaking trekking guide Highlights • Hike on Mount Etna, Europe highest volcano • Discover Noto, the capital of Baroque • Cooking class in agriturismo • Wine tasting local wineries Itinerary Day 1: Catania Meet at Catania airport (or pick-up at hotel) and short drive to Mount Etna. Stop for a welcome drink at a local winery, located in Linguaglossa. Visit of the vineyards with a family member, plus tasting of their wines and olive oil. Get settled in at your hotel (Il Tanaceto, Agriturismo San Marco or similar), dinner and overnight stay. Meals: D Day 2: Mount Etna – Cooking class Today we’ll hike for a few hours starting from the North access to Mount Etna, walking through lava flows dating back from different periods, observing how the landscape changes and learning a few facts about this amazing volcano, Europe’s highest. We’ll offer you a picnic with genuine local products at lunchtime, whereas we will be back to the hotel for a cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight stay. Meals: B - D Lenght: 3 hours Level: easy to medium Day 3: Ricotta maker visit Morning walk up an abandoned secondary road and then along the ridge of the coastal hills, with spectacular views over Taormina to the North and the whole Eastern coast to the south. Visit to a ricotta-maker with light lunch included, in the middle of the countryside – it cannot get fresher than this! Back to the hotel to relax (or optional afternoon hike around the Alcantara valley with its geometric volcanic formations, which remain partly mysterious to this day) and have dinner. Meals: B -D Lenght: 3 hours ½. Alcantara 2hours, medium Level: medium Day 4: Taormina - Noto Morning trip to the world-known town of Taormina. Walk up to Castelmola, which will reward us with a spectacular view over the Northern part of Sicily’s East coast. Lunch together at a local restaurant and free time to sightsee Taormina. Afternoon van ride to Noto and check-in at the hotel (Porta Reale or similar), located at the centre of this “jewel of Baroque”, as the town is called. Dinner on your own in one of the numerous local restaurants. Meals: B -L Lenght: 2 hours Level: medium with uphills Day 5: Vendicari Reserve - Wine tasting Marzamemi Morning walk through the peaceful natural reserve of Vendicari, a shelter for birds and rare local species. Visit to a local winery (Feudo Ramaddini), located within the facilities where all the wine produced along this part of the coast used to be collected and stored, with tasting of 5 different wines accompanied by local products. Some time on your own to have coffee and enjoy some free time in the tiny and very picturesque fishermen’s village of Marzamemi. After lunch, van ride back to Noto and after a guided walk through its major monuments, some more free time to explore this marvellous town. Dinner and overnight stay. Meals B – D Lenght: 3 hours Level: medium Day 6: Noto Antica - Siracusa Hike through the impressive natural canyons of Noto Antica and stop there for a lunch at a very good local restaurant. Drive to Siracusa, the most important outpost of Greek civilisation in Sicily and still one of the most charming areas on the island. Check-in at the hotel (Gutwoski or similar) in the historical centre of Ortigia and guided

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