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Sicily & Southern Italy

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DAY 1: SUN, SEPT. 6, 2020 WELCOME TO SICILY
On arrival at Palermo airport, take your group transfer to your hotel. Later, 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. 
(WD) Hotel: Villa Igiea or similar (2 nights)

DAY 2: MON, SEPT. 7, 2020 PALERMO AT LEISURE
Spend a full day at leisure to explore Palermo at your own pace. Maybe discover family roots by visiting Contessa Entellina or Ustica. (B)

DAY 3: TUE, SEPT. 8, 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. (B, D) Hotel: Hotel Le Calette or similar (7 nights)

DAY 4: WED, SEPT. 9, 2020 CEFALU CRUISE
Enjoy a private cruise to admire the scenery of the Cefalu coast. Take in the spectacular vision of this seaside village and the cathedral that dominates the skyline. Food and drinks are available onboard. (B)

DAY 5: THU, SEPT. 10, 2020 CEFALU COOKING CLASS Spend the morning at leisure. Later, learn the secrets of Sicilian cooking during a hands-on cooking class. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor along with some local wines. (B, D)

DAY 6: FRI, SEPT. 11, 2020 LIPARI EXCURSION
This morning, we travel to Milazzo and board an hour long boat 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 diseases and rheumatic suffering. Later, return to Cefalu. (B)

DAY 7: SAT, SEPT. 12, 2020 CEFALU FREE TIME
Spend the full day free to do as you wish. Perhaps join Wayne and Melinda as they have their wedding blessed for their 25th wedding anniversary. (B)

 

DAY 8: SUN, SEPT. 13, 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. (B)

DAY 9: MON, SEPT. 14, 2020 WINE MAKING EXCURSIONAvailability permitting, discover traditional wine-making methods as you a enjoy a possible grape stomping excursion and crush grapes like the Romans did. The rest of the day is free. (B)

DAY 10: TUE, SEPT. 15, 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. (B) Hotel: Villa Diadoro or similar (3nights)

DAY 11: WED, SEPT. 16, 2020 NOTO EXCURSION AND WINETASTING
Travel south to the beautiful town of Noto. With a Local Expert, explore this limestone-colored village that is a masterwork of baroque architecture. Then continue to the foothills of Mount Etna for a tasting of wines produced in this volcanic landscape. (B)

DAY 12: THU, SEPT. 17, 2020 TAORMINA FREE TIME AND DINNER IN THE CLOUDS
The day is free to explore Taormina at your leisure. 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. (B, D)

DAY 13: FRI, SEPT. 18, 2020 TAORMINA – ROME
This morning, drive to Catania to board your flight to Rome (internal flight booked on own). The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the ‘Eternal City’. (B)

DAY 14: SAT, SEPT. 19, 2020 ROME FREE TIME
Spend another day enjoying Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the mighty Coliseum. Enjoy a wonderful Celebration Dinner with wine and music!(B, D)

DAY 15: SUN, SEPT. 20, 2020 DEPART ROME for your journey home