SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY – 12 Days | September 12, 2020

  • Winnipeg Departure

  • Double $5,749*
  • Single $6,399*
  • Triple $5,699*
12 Days | Sep 12
Your Package Includes: • Palermo • Monreale • Agrigento • Valley of the Temples • Giardini Naxos • Taormina • Catania • Choice on Tour • Mt. Etna Volcano • Matera • Alberobello • Amalfi Coast • Sorrento • Pompeii

Meals Include: • 10 Breakfasts • 6 Dinners
   

*plus applicable taxes
For bookings made after Mar 13, 2020, call for rates.

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Winnipeg Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $170 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers.

Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $369 per person

*All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from YWG

Deposit Amount: $500 per person is due upon reservation.

Final Payment Due: July 14, 2020

Tour Presentation: February 3, 2020, at 2:00 PM. Please call or email to RSVP.

Tour Operated by Collette

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Southern Italy & Sicily featuring Taormina, Matera, Alberobello and the Amalfi Coast. Open the door to a world of amazing destinations. Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures. This itinerary offers an inspiring and easy way to experience Southern Italy, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.

Experience It! The Valley of the TemplesTravel to the Valley of the Temples, in Agrigento, Sicily, where you’ll see some of the best preserved ruins of ancient Greece. Among the countryside full of blooming almond trees are wonderful ruins of the temples that, in the course of time, kept intact their architectural magnificence. Seven major temples are found in this valley. The temples have a Doric style, with six majestic columns on the front side, except for the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The most impressive is the Temple of Concordia, built in 440 B.C. It is nearly perfectly preserved and has continued to be used over time. At night the illuminated temple is a sight to behold. Come see why the Greeks chose this site on a cliff a few miles from the ocean. Experience the beautiful ocean view and the soft, cool breezes.

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS:

  • Venture to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
  • Experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Journey to “Sassi di Matera,” the ancient town known for its cave dwellings.

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.

COLLETTE EXPERIENCES:

  • Be amazed by the Greek Theatre in Taormina.
  • Sample fine wine during a vineyard tour.
  • Experience Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Catania, Choice on Tour, Mt. Etna Volcano, Matera, Alberobello, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Pompeii

MEALS: 10 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

Day 1: Saturday, September 12, 2020 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.

Day 2: Sunday, September 13, 2020 Palermo, Sicily – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine. (D)

Day 3: Monday, September 14, 2020 Palermo – Monreale – Palermo Acquaint yourself with Palermo on a panoramic tour and discover an exotic mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque and Neo Classical architecture. Along the way, view the Politeama Concert Hall, the Massimo Opera House, and the medieval ruins of Castello a Mare – Palermo’s seaside fortification once protecting La Cala port. Drive by the Spanish Walls and City Gates and the University’s Botanical Gardens. Visit Palermo’s Cathedral and admire the imposing exterior of the Palace of the Normans. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit a 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicoloured 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. (B)

Day 4: Tuesday, September 15, 2020Palermo – 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)

Day 5: Wednesday, September 16, 2020Giardini 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)

Day 6: Thursday, September 17, 2020Giardini 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)

Day 7: Friday, September 18, 2020 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 in the winery’s own agriturismo restaurant. (B, D)

Day 8: Saturday, September 19, 2020 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)

Day 9: Sunday, September 20, 2020 Matera – Vietri Sul Mare – Sorrento Peninsula
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 it’s beautiful ceramic dome. (B, D)

Day 10: Monday, September 21, 2020Sorrento – Amalfi Coast Drive – Amalfi – Minori – Sorrento Peninsula
Savour 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)

Day 11: Tuesday, September 22, 2020Sorrento 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)

Day 12: Wednesday, September 23, 2020Rome – Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Luxury Motorcoach
  • Quality Accommodations
  • Passport Required
  • Airport Transfers