2 Nights Palermo, 5 nights Cefalù, 3 nights Taormina & 1-night Rome. 11 nights from $4,450*
DAY 1: SUN, OCT. 11, 2020 WELCOME TO SICILY On arrival at Palermo airport, take your group transfer to your hotel. Flight arrival time permitting, join your Travel Director and a Local Expert for an exploration of Sicily’s capital. Visit the Santuario di Santa Rosalia and the Cathedrale Monreale. In the evening, get to know your fellow traveling companions during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. restaurant. Meals: Welcome Dinner with Wine Hotel: Grand Hotel Wagner, Palermo, 2 nights
DAY 2: MON, OCT. 12, 2020 PALAZZO GANGI AND FREE TIME Today, visit Valguarnera Gangi, considered the most sumptuous private residence in Sicily which became almost legendary when Luchino Visconti decided to film the magnificient ballroom scene of “Il Gattopardo” there in 1963. The rest of the day is free. Meal: Breakfast
DAY 3: TUE, OCT. 13, 2020 PALERMO – CEFALU Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu and enjoy a walking exploration with a Local Expert. Wander through its narrow streets and visit the Duomo. See the Osterio Magno and Porta Terra Square. With the rest of the day free, perhaps take a relaxing walk along the beach or visit the nice little boutiques. In the evening, join together for dinner at the Ostaria del Duomo. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine Hotel: Hotel Le Calette, Cefalu 5 nights
DAY 4: WED, OCT. 14, 2020 CRUISE TO PANAREA AND STROMBOLI In the early evening, cruise to Panarea, the smallest and most glamorous of the Aeolian islands, frequently visited by VIPs who love its sea and beaches. Then cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano. Keep your eyes peeled for the crater of Sciara del Fuoco, known to light up the sky with its jet-like eruptions. Later, we return to Cefalu. Meal: Breakfast
DAY 5: THU, OCT. 15, 2020 CEFALU FREE TIME The day is free for you to explore Cefalu at your own pace. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to the southern coast of the island to visit the Valley of the Temples. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6: FRI, OCT. 16, 2020 LIPARI EXCURSION This morning, we travel to Milazzo and board an hour long ferry ride to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands. After an orientation with your Travel Director, spend some time wandering its pretty streets and harbors. Then take a ferry to Vulcano. Just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the port is Fanghi di Vulcano (mud baths) that is said to greatly relieve certain skin ailments. Later, return to Cefalu. [Entrance to mud baths not included.] Meal: Breakfast
DAY 7: SAT, OCT. 17, 2020 CEFALU FREE TIME Spend the full day free to do as you wish. Maybe discover family roots by visiting Contessa Entellina or Ustica, or perhaps join Wayne and Melinda as they have their wedding blessed for their 25th wedding anniversary. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Le Terme Ristorante. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 8: SUN, OCT. 18, 2020 CEFALU – TAORMINA Our journey continues to Taormina, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek Theater and absorb the view. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja and along the Corso Umberto to the Piazza IX Aprile. Tonight, try your hands at creating the perfect pizza and cannoli during your hands on cooking class. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine Hotel: Eurostars Monte Tauro, Taormina, 3 nights
DAY 9: MON, OCT. 19, 2020 MOUNT ETNA WINETASTING AND FREE TIME Travel to the foothills of Mount Etna for a tasting of wines produced in this volcanic landscape. The rest of the day is free. Meal: Breakfast
DAY 10: TUE, OCT. 20, 2020 NOTO EXCURSION AND DINNER IN THE CLOUDS Travel south to the beautiful town of Noto. With a Local Expert, explore this limestone-colored village that is a masterwork of baroque architecture. Tonight, experience dinner in the clouds. After one of the most incredible rides of your lives, you will arrive high above the sea, a world apart from the areas that tourists tread. You’ll arrive in your terraced authentic local restaurant for a truly educational meal of delicious regional specialties, with accompanying local wines. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 11: WED, OCT. 21, 2020 TAORMINA – ROME This morning, drive to Catania to board your flight to Rome [internal flight not included]. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the ‘Eternal City’. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful Celebration Dinner with wine and music! Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine Hotel: Sofitel Villa Borghese, Rome, 1 night
DAY 12: THU, OCT. 22, 2020 DEPART ROME Your journey draws to end. Take your group transfer to Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Private transfers for additional charge can also be arranged. Meal: Breakfast
At the Le Calette, we have 5 room types, and the TOTAL vacation price varies: Classic (5) $4,450, Premier (2) $4,580, Deluxe (7) $4,880, Prestige (3) $5,245 and Suites (5) $5970. The number in the parentheses is the number of rooms available.
Deposit of $500 per person due as soon as possible to guarantee rate & availability. Space is limited.
P.S. If you can stay longer in Italy, I will be going on a Uniworld River Cruise from Venice following this journey.