Italy's Southern Charm

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Sicily, Amalfi & Calabria
"Italy's Southern Charm"
September 24 - October 5, 2015

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*  17 meals are included -
10 breakfasts  and 7 dinners.
*  The Valley of the Temples - Juno, Hercules and Jupiter & more.
*  Spectacular landscapes of Mount Etna National Park.
*  The charming town of Amalfi, on the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
*  Pompeii  - the excavated ruins at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius.


SEP 24 - THU - DEPART LOS ANGELES.  Overnight flight to Palermo.

Arrive in Palermo, the capital of Sicily.  This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner of traditional Sicilian cuisine.  HOTEL PALAZZO SITANO [D]  

SEP 26 - MONREALE.  Visit the lovely squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria & Piazza Bellini, with its exotic mixture of Moorish, Norman & Spanish Baroque styles.  Then to the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana Church & the Cathedral where the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon is kept.  In Monreale, an awe-inspiring, 12th- century cathedral, with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics & cloister.  Afternoon is free.  HOTEL PALAZZO SITANO [B] 

SEP 27 - PALERMO/AGRIGENTO.  Greece does not have a monoply on ancient Greek temples.  Just wait 'til you see the Valley of the Temples
(UNESCO World Heritage site), where several Greek/Roman gods were honored!  Founded in 6 B.C., Agrigento was one of the centers of Greek civilization for many generations before being taken over by the Romans.  Stroll among the temples of Juno, Hercules, Jupiter and more, that have survived for over 2,000 years!  HOTEL DELLA VALLE [BD]

Catania (UNESCO World Heritage site), this Baroque city has survived earthquakes and the active volcano that looms over it!  Then, get the volcano’s point of view at Mt. Etna Volcano National Park.  Arrive in Giardini Naxos, the “Garden of Sicily.”   HELLENIA YACHTING HOTEL [BD]

SEP 29 - TAORMINA/GIARDINI NAXOS.  Visit the beautiful Public Gardens of Taormina and its own Greek Amphitheater.  Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring the Corso Umberto - vibrant main street of Taormina, with its many shops, restaurants and boutiques.  [B]

SEP 30 - GIARDINI NAXOS/SAN GIOVANNI.  From Messina we take a ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni.  This afternoon we visit the local wineries for a wine tasting & a tour through the cellars and vineyards.  A delicious dinner in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant.  HILTON GARDEN INN [BD]

OCT 01 - GIARDINI NAXOS/MATERA.  Explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings.  Free time, then return to our hotel for an Italian dinner with all the local favorites & a pasta-making demonstration.  [BD]

OCT 02 - MATERA/ALBEROBELLO/SORRENTO PENINSULA.  To Alberobello with its unusually built homes called “trulli” with cone shaped roofs and no mortar to hold the stones together.  To our hotel on Bay of Naples on the Sorrento Peninsula.   TOWERS HOTEL [BD]

OCT 03 - SORRENTO PENINSULA/AMALFI COAST.  Drive the breathtaking Amalfi coast, stopping in Minori for some of the locally-made limoncello, a regional specialty.  [B]

OCT 04 - SORRENTO/POMPEII/ROME - Visit historic Pompeii in the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius to see the excavated ruins of Pompeii.  Drive to Rome for the evening & our farewell dinner, a memorable way to end “Italy’s Southern Charm” tour.  CARDINAL HOTEL ST PETER [BD]

OCT 05 - MON - ROME. 
Tour disbands after breakfast.  Flights from Rome to Los Angeles are included.  [B]


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