Enjoy an 11-day Escorted Land Tour of the Amalfi Coast and Sicily
September 29 - October 9, 2018
This small group (minimum 14 persons, maximum 20 persons) escorted tour will explore the sights, countryside, history, cuisine and wines located in these two regions of Italy. The price per person will be between $3895.00 to $4535.00 (land only) depending on the number of people attending.
September 29 – WELCOME TO SORRENTO
Arrive at Naples airport. Meet your local tour escort and transfer to your hotel in Sorrento. Welcome dinner at the hotel. D
September 30 – AMALFI COAST
After breakfast, depart for a tour of the Amalfi coast. You will visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. There will be stops in each town and along the coast on the most panoramic spots. Lunch at leisure along the coast. Return at your hotel and free time for dinner on your own. B
October 1 – CAPRI
Full day tour to Capri. Depart by private boat and tour the island of Capri. You will have time to enjoy the water; swim and sun bathe as well as visit the island on foot by walking, lunch on your own. In the afternoon we will include a visit to the Blue Grotto if the weather will allow. Return to Sorrento in the evening and dinner at leisure. B
October 2 – DEPARTURE FROM SORRENTO, WELCOME TO SICILY
Transfer to Naples and local flight (not included) to Catania.
Arrival in Catania and transfer by private bus with assistant to Taormina
Accommodation at Grand Hotel Miramare 4*, in sea view room Oct 2-5 (3 nights).
Dinner at hotel, B,D
October 3 – THE SPLENDOR OF SIRACUSA
Travel to Siracusa to experience highlights of the city, including the archaeological park, home of the Greek Theater and the Ear of Dyonisius.
Return to Taormina and have a special dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region. B,D
October 4 – MOUNT ETNA AND “THE GODFATHER”
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center, including the Greek/Roman amphitheater.
Next, ascend 1800 meters up Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, to the inactive Silvestri Craters. En route back to Taormina, you may choose to take a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to the villages used by Francis Ford Coppola in “The Godfather.” B
October 5 – GREEK RUINS IN AGRIGENTO
Check out and transfer to Agrigento.
Agrigento is home to some of the most impressive Greek ruins in the Mediterranean. Within the Valley of the Temples, you’ll tour the temples of Juno and Concordia, in addition to a beautiful garden. After the visit, continue on to Palermo.
Accommodation at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4*, Oct. 5-9 (4 nights) Dinner at leisure. B
October 6 – EXPLORE PALERMO
Enjoy a morning tour of Palermo, the capital of Sicily that is full of character. Visit the Quattro Canti, the Palace of the Normans, and the Cathedral before taking a trip to nearby Monreale, home to the famous Benedictine Abbey, a 12th Century cathedral housing very fine mosaics. Spend the rest of the day in Palermo at your leisure or opt for an excursion to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant at leisure. B
October 7 – SEGESTA AND SEASIDE MARSALA
Journey to Segesta to admire the town’s large archaeological zone, in particular the Doric Temple dating from 420 BC. Continue to the sea town of Marsala, where you will visit a wine cellar and sample some of the town’s namesake vino. Drive along the Trapani coastline and stop for lunch at leisure, returning to Palermo for the evening. B
October 8 – THE SICILIAN MAFIA
Enjoy a day dedicated to Sicily’s most famous social phenomenon: the Mafia. Ascend the inland mountains to Corleone, the birthplace of the Mafia, where you will participate in a cooking lesson featuring traditional Sicilian dishes and then settle in for an informative lecture about the Mafia and Corleone’s fight against it. Visit the Mafia Museum in Corleone before coming back to Palermo. B,L Lunch is included here with the cooking class.
October 9 - CIAO SICILIA!
Buffet breakfast at your hotel and check out.
Transfer to Palermo Airport for your return flight home. End of the tour. B