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Yaya Jewish Tours 2021, Summer Vacation in Malta, Italy

15 DAYS: APRIL 25TH – MAY 9TH, 2021

DAY 1

SUNDAY, APRIL 25TH
MALTA – VALLETTA, HAGAR QIM, MARSAXLOKK & MDINA

Overnight: 5 ★Malta

We will start our tour as soon as we clear our airport check out. Our tour will start in the UNESCO Hagar Qim temples & visitor’s centre. Next we will tour Rabat: St Paul’s Catacombs and St Paul’s Grotto. Walk along Rabat’s quaint main street to arrive at the public garden outside Mdina, where we will have our picnic lunch. After lunch we will continue to our Mdina Medieval City walking tour. At 17:00 we will check-in to our Hotel to freshen up before dinner at a Kosher Restaurant in Malta

 
 

DAY 2

MONDAY, APRIL 26TH- MALTA

Overnight: 4 ★ Pozzallo. Sicily

Our day will start with a Harbour Cruise; a great way of seeing Grand Harbour and the different creeks. We will continue to Birgu, the Maritime City, which includes the Jewish quarter / Jewish Street, walk through Colacchio, past Inquisitor’s Palace, Main Square and the elegant Birgu Waterfront. Lunch break will be spend in the Upper Barrakka gardens Valletta. Once we are done we will embark on our Valletta walking tour from the Upper Barrakka gardens, past St John’s co-Cathedral, Grandmaster’s Palace (ext viewing) and down to Jews Sally Port. The Tour ends at 1700hrs at Virtu Terminal, where we will take our ferry to Pozzallo.

 
 

DAY 3

TUESDAY, APRIL 27TH
MODICA, RAGUSA AND NOTO – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Overnight: 5 ★ Taormina, Sicily

Our day will start by exploring the South-eastern part of the Island starting with a walking tour of the town of Modica. Here, we will enjoy a tasting and explanation session of the famous chocolates of the area.

We will then visit Ragusa a hilltop city in the Southeast of Sicily. It is built on a wide limestone hill between two valleys; Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica.

The last town of the day will be the beautiful Baroque town of Noto, before continuing to Taormina where we will check-in into our Hotel.

 
 

DAY 4

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH
TAORMINA AND BOAT RIDE TO ISOLA BELLA

Overnight: 5 ★ Taormina Sicily

Our day will start by a tour of what remains of Taormina’s Golden Age, including the Greek theatre, Roman ‘Naumachia’, 10th century Palazzo, 13th century Cathedral and its ancient ruins.

We will then walk through the life of Taormina’s Jewish quarter and enjoy shopping in its boutique shops before enjoying a fabulous two-hour private boat ride along the bay of Taormina and Isola Bella. This will include a visit to the breathtaking, astonishing and famous ‘Blue Caves’.

 
 

DAY 5

THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH
MOUNT ETNA AND CATANIA

Overnight: 5 ★ Taormina Sicily

The day will start in the stunning Mount Etna; a famous volcano in the midst of a series of eruptions that began in 2001.

This will follow with a tour around the area of Piano Provenzano, located 2000 meters up Mount Etna, where we will enjoy a panoramic drive with photo stops and admiring the lava flows from an eruption in 2002.

Next we will discover the city of Catania with its rich Jewish history. Catania has risen from the ashes and rebuilt itself from the lava rock that once destroyed it. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Duomo and Ursino Castle, where two “Menorahs” have been inserted into the castle’s tower. Next we will enjoy some free time to sit in a coffee shop, enjoy some free time shopping or visit one of the beautiful museums in the city.

 
 

DAY 6

FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH
SIRACUSA

Overnight: 5 ★ Taormina Sicily

Our tour will embark in Siracusa; where a third of the population used to be Jewish before their expulsion in 1492, before touring the Island of Ortigia, which joins the mainland of Siracusa, via three bridges.

We will walk through the narrow streets of Ortigia’s Jewish Quarter, which includes the sites of the Synagogue and the Mikveh that dates back to the 7th Century. We will finish the tour with a visit to the Catacombs of San Giovanni as well as the crypt of San Marciano, where a number of Jewish Catacombs were explored before going back to the Hotel for Shabbat preparations.

Kabbalat Shabbat.

 
 

DAY 7

SATURDAY, MAY 1ST
DAY OF RELAXATION

Overnight: 5 ★ Taormina Sicily

Enjoy the Sicilian Shabbat vibes in our fabueles hotel.

 

DAY 8

SUNDAY, MAY 2ND
VILLA ROMANA AND CHEFALU

Overnight: 4 ★ Palermo

Explore the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; with the monument of great historical and artistic value of the late Roman Empire and home to magnificent Roman mosaics. Next we will drive to Chefalu – the fishing town, where we will visit and explore the small town and its little allies. Next we will depart to our Hotel in Palermo.

 
 

DAY 9

MONDAY, MAY 3RD
PALERMO

Overnight: 5 ★ Mazara del Vallo

We will explore Sicily’s largest city; the famous Palermo, a spectacular repository of medieval culture. Our guide will shepherd us through the city’s centre, combining a series of visits to historic landmarks with others to exclusively Jewish sites such as the synagogue, known as “Masquita” and the Jewish Quarter. We will see the grand 12th century Zias Castle, built in Norman Arab style, that still preserves Hebrew inscriptions on its walls. The tour will finish with a visit the Jewish quarter of Palermo where we will start appreciating the Jewish influence on this area.

Drive to our next hotel where we will stay for 6 nights!

 
 

DAY 10

TUESDAY, MAY 4TH
AGRIGENTO AND THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES

Overnight: 5 ★ Mazara del Vallo

We will start our day by exploring Agrigento; home of Sicily’s most fascinating archaeological sites where we will discover a selection of Greek ruins in the Valley of the Temples.

Next we will embark on a stroll through the archaeological complex and take in the overwhelming views as well as the impressive Doric temples.

 

DAY 11

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH
ERICE AND MAZARA

Overnight: 5 ★ Mazara del Vallo

Our Tour will start in Erice; a small mountain-top village containing medieval architecture and overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast. This will include a walk in the city’s Jewish quarter and exploration of the Jewish tomb that the city still conserves. We will then taste the Almond biscuits that Erice is known for.

Next we will enjoy a visit to the beautiful and historical city of Mazara – right next to our hotel.

We will make a stop in the Museum of the Dancing Satyr, the Duomo and the Kasbah area, before going back to our Hotel.

 

DAY 12

THURSDAY, MAY 6TH
ISLAND OF MOZIA AND MARSALA 

Overnight: 5 ★ Mazara del Vallo

Our day will start in the Phoenician Island of Mozia;which was an important colony of Carthage, the Phoenician-founded city in north Africa. The Carthaginians were crucial in the ancient history of Sicily, building, conquering and losing settlements, generally fighting (though sometimes allied) with the various Greek cities in Sicily.

Drive through the Marsala salt way and visit the Salt Museum, which the owners go back to three generations. Here, we will be explained how they used to mine salt.

Continue to the city of Marsala for a short visit and exploration of the medieval Tapestries museum where the Jewish wars are represented.

Enjoy some free time to explore the city.

 

DAY 13

FRIDAY, MAY 7TH
DELLO ZINGARO NATURE PARK

Overnight: 5 ★ Mazara del Vallo

We will then embark on a hike in the Dello Zingaro where sea and wild nature meets and one of the most admirable natural gems in Sicily and enjoy a boat ride and view the wild natured mountains from a different perspective. In the afternoon we will have a cooking show by our Chef Emmanuela, who will teach us how to cook some Sicilian delicacies.

 

DAY 14

SHABBAT, MAY 8TH
RELAX AND ENJOY

Overnight: 5 ★ Mazara del Vallo

Relax and enjoy the Surroundings. Evening activities around the hotel.

 

DAY 15

SUNDAY, MAY 9TH
DEPARTURE AND TRANSFER TO PALERMO AIRPORT

After breakfast, we will provide transfers to the airport according to the time of departure.

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