Southern Italy & Sicily

Southern Italy & Sicily

Taormina, Matera, Alberobello and the Amalfi Coast

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Taormina, Matera, Alberobello and the Amalfi Coast

Highlights…Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Giardini Naxos,

 Catania, Taormina, Choice on Tour, Mt. Etna Volcano, Matera,

Alberobello, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Pompeii

This journey will take you through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Begin your travels in Sicily. Uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Continue on to fascinating Southern Italy. Make a stop at a local winery for an agriturismo experience complete with wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of “Sassi di Matera,” known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. In evocative Pompeii, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans who perished in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.

Collette Experiences

  • Be amazed by the Greek Theatre in Taormina.

  • Sample fine wine during a vineyard tour

  • Journey to “Sassi di Matera,” the ancient town known for its cave dwellings.

Must See Inclusions

  • Marvel at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Venture to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast

  • Experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.

Culinary Inclusions

  • Wine is included with every meal.

  • Indulge in a delicious regional dinner inside a winery’s “agriturismo” restaurant.

  • Sample some local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory.

 

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Departure Date:

Tuesday, April 28 - Saturday, May 9, 2020

Tuesday, April 28

Overnight Flight
The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it is here that you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine.

Wednesday, April 29

Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.

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Thursday, April 30

Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Acquaint yourself with Palermo on a tour of its lovely squares - the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini - and discover an exotic mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque architecture along the way. See the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit a 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to peruse the city’s shops and museums, or simply take some time to relax.

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Friday, May 1

Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos
Travel over the countryside’s rolling hills, past peaceful farmland toward the town of Agrigento. Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), where you’ll 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 3-night stay.

B, D

Saturday, May 2

Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos
Journey to vibrant Catania where it’s your choice! Join a local guide to visit the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city (UNESCO); then witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce at the local market -OR- explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum), an emotionally moving museum dedicated to the Allied troops who landed on the southern coast in 1943. Later, gather to discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening.

B

Sunday, May 3

Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos
Set out for beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments and flowering gardens. Alongside an expert local guide, see Corso Umberto, view the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the city’s well-preserved Greek Theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore.

B

Monday, May 4

Giardini Naxos - Matera
Venture to Messina for a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Pass through the unspoiled, beautiful region of Calabria into the Basilicata region. Make a stop at one of the area’s local wineries where you’ll join an expert on a walk through the cellars and vineyards before sampling wines during a special tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner tonight in the winery’s own "agriturismo" restaurant.

B, D

Tuesday, May 5

Matera - Alberobello - Matera
Explore the "Sassi di Matera," an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history of the site and reasons why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Continue to a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce. Enjoy free time in Matera to browse the boutiques or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. Marvel at some of the town’s most uniquely built homes (UNESCO) known as trulli, and their distinct, cone-shaped roofs.

B, D

Wednesday, May 6

Matera - Vietri Sul Mare - Sorrento Peninsula
Travel towards one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy: Campania and the Bay of Naples. Stop in Vietri Sul Mare, the "gateway to the Amalfi Coast," for time to explore independently. Here, generations of inhabitants have been producing precious majolicas, representing stories of their daily life. Remember to take a moment to admire the 17th-century Church of St. John the Baptist with its beautiful ceramic dome. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon, then sit back and take in the views of this magical place.

B, D

Thursday, May 7

Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Amalfi - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula
Savor time this morning in the lovely seaside resort town of Sorrento. Then begin your adventure traversing the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Stop in the charming town of Amalfi and spend time exploring its striking provincial beauty before heading to Minori. Use this opportunity to sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Later, sit down for a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

B

Friday, May 8

Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome
Drive along the Bay of Naples to the excavated ruins of Pompeii, nestled at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. A local guide gives you an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeologic site, where you’ll become immersed in history as you explore the preserved buildings of this 2,000 year-old Roman town. Later, travel to Rome to celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner.

B, D

Saturday, May 9

Rome - Tour Ends

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Cost Per Person

$4199.00 pp Double Occupancy

$4149.00 pp Triple Occupancy

$4949.00 Single Occupancy

For bookings made after October 29, 2019, please call for rates.

 

 

Package Includes:

  • Round trip Motorcoach Transportation to Philadelphia Int’l Airport

  • Round trip air from Philadelphia Int’l Airport

  • Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges (subject to increase until paid in full)

  • Hotel Transfers

  • Hotel Accommodations/Hotel Taxes

-          Day 2, 3 – Hotel Federico II Central Palace, Palermo

-          Day 4 - 6 – Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos

-          Day 7, 8 – MH Matera Hotel, Matera

-          Day 9, 10 – Towers Hotel, Sorrento

-          Day 11 – Hotel Degli Aranci, Rome

(On Some dates alternate hotels may be uses)

  • Sightseeing and Admission Charges (as outlined in itinerary)

  • Baggage Handling

  • 10 Breakfasts

  • 6 Dinners

  • Tour Escorted by a Collette Vacations Tour Manager

     

If interested please call or stop in for a more detailed itinerary!

 

 

***Collette Vacations optional Cancellation Waiver and Insurance $315.00 PP

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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R & J Lot R & J Lot, RT 183, Cressona, PA
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