DC Travel Bureau Inc presents
Southern Italy & Sicily
October 15-26, 2015
12 Days • 17 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
Highlights: Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Catania, Mt. Etna Volcano, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Matera, Alberobello, Sorrento, Amafi Coast, and Pompeii.
Itinerary at a glance:
Day 1 – Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 – Hotel Palazzo Sitano, Palermo
Day 4 – Hotel della Valle, Agrigento
Days 5, 6 – Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos
Days 7,8 – Hilton Garden Inn Matera, Matera
Days 9,10 – Towers Hotel, Sorrento
Day 11 – Cardinal Hotel St. Peter, Rome
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Book before April 1st 2015 • Double: $4,099*; Single: $4,599; Triple: $4,069;
Book after April 1st, 2015 • Regular rates: Double: $4,299; Single: $4,799; Triple: $4,269;
Included in price: Round trip air from J.F.Kennedy International, Air taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers.
*All rates are Per person and are subject to change.
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Day 1: Thursday, October 15, 2015 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: Friday, October 16, 2015 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. (D)
Day 3: Saturday, October 17, 2015 Palermo – Monreale – Palermo A Palermo cultural tour 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. Also, 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. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to visit some of the city’s great museums and shops. (B)
Day 4: Sunday, October 18, 2015 Palermo – Agrigento 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. (B, D)
Day 5: Monday, October 19, 2015 Agrigento – Catania – Mt. Etna – Giardini Naxos Depart Agrigento and travel across Sicily, with its spectacular landscapes and picturesque towns. Arrive in 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. Later, visit Mt. Etna Volcano National Park to see the spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Arrive in Giardini Naxos, the “garden of Sicily,” for your two-night stay. (B, D)
Day 6: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Giardini Naxos – Taormina – Giardini Naxos This morning you visit beautiful Taormina, known for its charming atmosphere, significant monuments and flowering gardens. During a guided tour you will be viewing Corso Umberto and the bountiful Public Gardens and visiting the Greek Amphitheater. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to further explore this delightful town. (B)
Day 7: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 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. (B, D)
Day 8: Thursday, October 22, 2015 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. Then, enjoy free time before returning to your hotel for a special Italian evening. Tonight’s dinner will include a pasta-making demonstration and an extensive dinner with all the local favorites. (B, D)
For more information contact:
Grace Cutri, DC Travel Bureau Inc.
at 201-653-1600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org