SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY - 2017
SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY - 2017

Day 1: Overnight Flight
Join us in exploring the hidden treasures of southern Italy and Sicily. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine.

Day 2: Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring traditional Sicilian cuisine.
Today Dinner is included.

Day 3: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
A cultural tour of Palermo features the lovely squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Note the exotic mixture of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles that make this city special. View the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral which houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit the 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or perhaps visit the city’s museums and shops..
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 4: Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager offers up a few key phrases of the native language before traveling through the beautiful countryside with rolling hills and working farms towards the town of Agrigento. Upon arrival, visit the stunning Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. From ancient times to the present day, the Valley of the Temples’ ruins, landscape and colors have inspired poets, writers and painters. Here you get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos, the “garden of Sicily,” for your three-night stay.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 5: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos
This morning, travel to beautiful Taormina, known for its charming atmosphere, significant monuments and flowering gardens. Join a local guide for a tour introducing you to the city. You will see Corso Umberto and the bountiful public gardens and visit the Greek Amphitheater. Enjoy some free time to explore this delightful town.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos
Journey to vibrant Catania where a local guide will share its history. Visit the cathedral and view the main sites of this historic and Baroque city (UNESCO). Witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce when you visit the local market. Or visit the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum). This fascinating museum is dedicated to the Allied landing on the southern coast of Sicily in 1943. Later, discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert and take in the spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Matera
Travel to Messina where you will take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Travel through the beautiful and unspoiled region of Calabria and into the Basilicata region. This afternoon you’ll visit one of the area’s local wineries for a wine tasting and informative walk through the cellars and vineyards. Linger over a delicious regional dinner in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 8: Matera - Alberobello - Matera
Today, explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings, both modern and ancient. A local guide will help you learn the history of this site and why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Afterwards, stop at a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce. Enjoy some free time in Matera to browse the shops or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. See some of the most unusually built homes (UNESCO), known as “trulli,” that have cone-shaped roofs. Surprisingly, no mortar is used to hold the stones together. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 9: Matera - Salerno - Sorrento Peninsula
Today, travel towards Campania and the Bay of Naples, one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy. Make a stop in Salerno to explore the historical city center at leisure. Take a moment to gaze at its impressive cathedral, considered to be the most beautiful medieval church in Italy. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon. Sit back and take in the views of this magical place.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 10: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula
Take time to explore the lovely seaside resort town of Sorrento on your own. Then, begin your adventure exploring the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Make a special stop in the charming town of Amalfi where you will have time to explore. Then it’s off to Minori where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. You’ll also enjoy a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Your evening is at leisure.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 11: Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome
Drive along the Bay of Naples and experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Soak in the history of the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local guide will provide an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeological site. Later, travel to Rome where you will spend your last evening. Celebrate the end of your journey with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. Today Breakfast is included.

Tour Itinerary may be in reverse order on some dates.

 

Call for availabe guaranteed departure dates!

Highlights...
Palermo • Monreale Cathedral • Giardini NaxosTaorminaCatania CathedralMt. Etna National ParkMessinaWinery wine tastingSassi di MateraAlberolloSalernoSorrento Amalfi Coast • limoncelloPompeii

  • Ancient Greek culture comes to life during a guided tour of Agrigento's Valley of the Temples.
  • Spend a day exploring the jewel of Sicily, the historic hilltop town of Taormina.
  • Enjoy regional wine with every included dinner.
  • Visit the “Sassi di Matera” and experience how people lived in their cave dwellings.
  • View the amazing “trulli” in Alberobello.
  • History comes alive during a guided visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
  • Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.

12 Days • 17 Meals:
10 Breakfasts • 7 Dinners

Starting at $1,999*

*per person, land only, double occupancy.
Call for airfare from your gateway.


YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1
Overnight Flight
DAYS 2, 3
Grand Hotel FredericoII, Palermo
DAYS 4 - 6
Hellenia Yachting Inn, Giardini Naxos
DAYS 7, 8
Hilton Garden Inn Matera
DAYS 9, 10
Crowne Plaza Stabiae or Towers Hotel, Sorrento Coast or Cetus Hotel, Amalfi Coast
DAY 11
DonnaPalace Hotel, Rome

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.


Optional Excursions


For more information call Pam Adair at 216.751.8301 or 888.878.8187


Please Note:
• This tour includes moderate physical activity. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate vacation. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.
• Italy is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
• Please note that most shops and businesses in Italy are closed on Sundays and on National/Religious holidays.
• Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
• To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing airfare from us with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
• Passport is required.

 

Vacation updated: 12/27/2016 1:42:03 PM