Art & History
48 hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket with a third day for free. Take in the highlights of Ireland’s vibrant capital on a 24 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour of Dublin. Combine the ease of a tour with the flexibility of independent travel and see the city sights at your own pace. This comprehensive tour passes all the city’s most popular attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and Aviva Stadium. Listen to the live commentary on-board or jump off to explore the Temple Bar district or browse the shops on O’Connell Street.
Take in the highlights of Ireland’s vibrant capital on a 24 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour of Dublin. Combine the ease of a tour with the flexibility of independent travel and see the city sights at your own pace. This comprehensive tour passes all the city’s most popular attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and Aviva Stadium. Listen to the live commentary on-board or jump off to explore the Temple Bar district or browse the shops on O’Connell Street. Discover Dublin, built on centuries of history and surrounded by diverse culture and craft. With 29 stops throughout the city visiting all the top sights on one route, this will be an extensive hop-on hop-off tour. Expert guides will explain in comfort all the sights of historic Dublin from closed top, open top and vintage coaches Discover what inspired the minds of Dublin’s poets, sample the delights of its vibrant nightlife, immerse yourself in its rich and varied history or simply take a stroll. You’ll find just some of the main attractions and landmarks on the tour route, with some hidden gems in between. Visit the Guinness storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, O'Connell Street, the Aviva Stadium and Temple Bar but to name a few.
Our excursion will begin with a walk through nature to discover the most beautiful places of Etna. The first stop will be the Rifugio Sapienza (1.986 mt) where it will be possible to enjoy a walk amongst the old Silvestri craters of the eruption of 1892. The excursion will continue with the visit of a cave of lava flow, formed in 1792. Then we will stop in Zafferana Etnea, where we will visit one of the most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical products such as honey, wine, etc. After the tasting, we will move to Taormina, but first we will stop at the wonderful “Isola Bella”, a Wildlife Reserve considered the “pearl of the Ionian sea” for its natural beauty, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. From here it is possible to admire the bay, and the promontories of Capo S. Andrea, that hosts the renowned Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Cave), and of Capo Taormina. It is possible to bathe in these marvelous crystal clear waters. For lunchtime everyone is free. After lunch (not included) we will visit the pictur-esque town of Taormina. Along the main road of this town, Corso Umberto, with the Messina Gate below and the Catania Gate on the mountain side, we will admire the most important monuments: Palazzo Corvaja (The Corvaja Palace) (Museum of Arts and Folk Traditions*), the Teatro Antico* (The Old Thea-tre),Piazza IX Aprile, the Torre dell’orologio (The Clock Tower), the Cattedrale Fortezza (The Fortress Cathedral), theBadia Vecchia (The Old Abbey), and the Palazzo Duca di Santo Stefano (The Duke of Saint Stephen Palace), and much more. It will also be possible to go shopping in the exclusive shops among the shops selling handicrafts.
The first stop will be the Sapienza Refuge (1.986 mt), where we will explore the last eruptions and the old Silvestri Craters. Then we will trek through a Nature Path of Etna Park and will enjoy the breathtaking view over the Bove Valley. The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave and the last stop will be Zafferana, where we will visit one of the most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical products such as honey, wine, etc. We will return to the Hotel in the early afternoon. Arrival at Rifugio Sapienza: Visit of Crateri Silvestri (1892) - Trekking through natural path of Parco dell'Etna with view on Bove Valley - Visit of a lava cave with helmets and lamps - Sampling of typical products in a biological farm.
Italy has no shortage of ancient ruins to admire, from Rome’s famous archeological park including the Colosseum and Forums to the massive Pompeii. Visitors flock to these incredible locations, testaments to a fascinating past that is so far away, yet remarkably present. No visitor to Rome should leave without taking a short day trip to one such site: the stunningly preserved yet lesser-known ruins of Ostia Antica. Join our expert guide on a brief journey by local train and prepare yourself to experience one of the most vivid surviving examples of daily life in an ancient Roman city. Today, experts are calling Ostia Antica “The Better Pompeii”. Once you have arrived, it’s easy to understand why. After a brief, 30-minute ride on a local train in the company of your capable guide, you’ll arrive at ‘Ostia Antica’ or Ancient Ostia. This ancient city was founded in the 4th C BC and was once inhabited by over 100,000 people. The astonishing well-preserved condition of Ostia’s buildings makes a walk through this archeological park a true step back in time. Structures included taverns, baths, apartments, markets, and theatres – and their intact state so strikingly exceeds that of the Forums and Pompeii, that it doesn’t seem correct to call them ‘ruins’. At Ostia Antica, it’s easy to forget the modern world -- in this once bustling Roman town the ruins are so isolated that houses, roads, and telephone wires are rarely visible. Walk the main street, the Decumanus Maximus, while your tour guide invites you to imagine a day in the life of a merchant in this active portal city. The Roman statues that line the walkways are in such good condition you might feel as though you are walking amongst the ancient Romans themselves! You’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to take a dip in the Baths of Neptune (the community bathhouse), which is crowned by an impressively intact mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a four-horse chariot. You needn’t be a fan of the theatre to appreciate Ancient Ostia’s impressive amphitheater. The surviving structure is still so stable that you will be able to take your place in the stands as 3,500 ancient spectators once did back in 12BC when it was first constructed. Ostia’s ruins are so extensive that they cover 50 hectares, and your guide will play a fundamental role in navigating the ruins to reveal only the best that Ostia has to offer. Her insight will play a crucial role in bringing history to life around you as you learn about the fascinating details of what life was really like for the residents and merchants who passed through the prosperous ancient commercial port of Rome. At the conclusion of your tour, you can choose to remain at the archeological site, explore the modern town and nearby beach of Ostia, or simply head back to Rome by train with your guide. The price of your tour includes an open train ticket back to Rome, which you can select to use at your leisure.