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    Magna Graecia Tour of Italy

    Magna Graecia Tour of Italy – 14 Days

    DEPARTURES

    October 19 to November 1, 2015

    • Return flight for the itinerary to Naples and returning from Catania
    • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
    • Accommodation in superior tourist class hotels
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Wine and mineral water at dinner
    • Excursions and entrance fees as per the above itinerary
    • Tips for local guides, tour escort and bus driver
    ****Airfare from other Canadian or American gateways are available. (please inquire)

    PRICING DETAILS

    Double rate per person:
    $3,995.00 plus taxes $605.00 CAD Total: $4,600.00
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    Single rate per person:
    $4,695.00 plus taxes $605.00 CAD Total: $5,300.00
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    ***Land only rates are available also.***

    Calabria & Sicilia

    ITINERARY

    Day 1: TORONTO – ITALY
    Departure for Naples, Italy with Alitalia via Rome. (D)

    Day 2: NAPLES – SORRENTO
    We arrive in Naples where we will meet our bus driver for our drive to Sorrento, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy which overlooks the Bay of Naples. Arrive at our hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

    Day 3: SORRENTO
    After breakfast we enjoy the famous “Amalfi Drive” connecting Sorrento to Salerno by a narrow road that threads along the high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea. We include a stop in the town of Ravello, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    We return to Sorrrento to enjoy an evening at leisure. Dinner included at your hotel. (B-D)

    Day 4: SORRENTO
    Today we visit one of the most beautiful and most infamous islands in the world: Capri. We will visit the town of Capri and Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Belvedere of Tragara (a high promenade lined with villas), the “Faraglioni” – limestone crags that project from the sea and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas. Lunch will be included today.
    We return to Sorrento for dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)

    Day 5: SORRENTO
    We continue to explore this beautiful region, with a panoramic visit of the capital city, Naples, a word meaning “new city” but one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The city played a key role in the merging of Greek culture into Roman society. The city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We enjoy a lunch stop for a taste of the famous Neopolitan pizza.
    We stop to visit the city of Pompeii, an ancient Roman town which was destroyed and buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
    Dinner and overnight in Sorrento. (B-L-D)

    Day 6: SORRENTO – SIDERNO
    Following breakfast, we leave the region of Campania and travel south to the region of Calabria.
    We arrive on the “Riviera die Gelsomini” in the afternoon, in the town of Siderno.
    The particular geographical position of this coastline allows to a mild and moderate climate with long days and low rainfall. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight. (B-D)

    Day 7: LOCRI – GERACE
    Breakfast. We meet our English speaking local tour guide and our day begins with a visit of the archaeological excavations of Locri, named after a region of ancient Greece. We visit the Museum, the Temple of Marasa’ and the Necropolis. We return to our hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we depart for the town of Gerace, the most perfectly preserved medieval town of the region of Calabria. Our visit will include: the Cathedral (sec. XI) and the Church of S. Francesco (sec. XIII), and the temples and squares which add to the charm and art of Gerace. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)

    Day 8: REGGIO CALABRIA – SCILLA
    Breakfast. Our guide returns today and takes us on an excursion of the two Seas of the region. We first visit the National Museum of Reggio Calabria, home of the famous Bronzes of Riace, two giant warrior bronzes found again near the sea of Riace after 1500 years. They represent the most interesting existing example of the Greek Bronze age. We enjoy a walk along the promenade defined as “the most beautiful kilometre in Italy”. Lunch in a local restaurant. Our drive continues to Scilla, an ancient suburb which lies in front of the Strait of Messina and boasts the wonderful beach of Marina Grande. Afterwards we continue to Mount S. Elia defined as the “Balcony on the Tyrrhenian Sea” offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Violet Coast. We return to Siderno, travelling through the Aspromonte mountain range. Dinner, dancing and overnight stay.
    (B-L-D)

    Day 9: CIMINA’ – STILO
    After breakfast we depart for Cimina’,a small medieval village and home to a local company that produces typical cheese which has been officially certified by the Slow Food Consortium. We take a tour, learning about the cheese production and of course, including a tasting! We continue on to visit a farm which grow citrus fruits, olives, nuts, prickly pears, vineyards, other fruit trees and roses. The company also owns a small pig farm which produces the traditional Calabrian salami.
    We return to our hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we depart for Stilo, a “Byzantine town” and a promontory of Cape Stilo. Stilo is one of the most important Byzantine centres of Calabria, as well as the birthplace of Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella. We visit the famous 9th century church of “Cattolica di Stilo” a magnificent example of Byzantine art.
    We later visit a plantation of Bergamot including a tasting of the product.
    Tonight, a Gala dinner including a Folklore show with typical Calabrian folk dancing. (B-L-D)

    Day 10: SIDERNO – TAORMINA
    We leave Calabria crossing the Strait of Messina into one of the most beautiful, cultural and historical regions in Italy Sicily.
    Our destination is the charming hillside town of Taormina.Time for lunch before we visit the the most remarkable monument – the Ancient Greek theatre one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily on account of the preservation and its beautiful location.
    Evening at leisure. (B-D)

    Day 11: TAORMINA – MT. ETNA
    After breakfast we visit Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. We enjoy a lovely lunch and wine tasting at the Gambino Winery. We return to our hotel for dinner. (B-L-D)

    Day 12: TAORMINA – SYRACUSE
    We depart this morning for Syracuse ( Siracusa) one of the finest cities in Sicily and the most important for history and archaeology. In the afternoon, visit to the city centre of Ortigia, a small island which is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse. The island is also known as “Citta’ Vecchia” or Old City and contains many historical landmarks. The name originates from the Ancient Greek word which means “Quail”.
    Dinner and overnight in Taormina. (B-D)

    Day 13: TAORMINA – CALTAGIRONE
    Following breakfast we depart for Caltagirone, famous for the production of ceramics and pottery. Visit to a ceramics manufacturer with opportunity for some souvenir shopping. Following some free time for lunch, our next stop is Piazza Armerina to visit the Villa Romana del Casale famous for its rich collection of Roman mosaics.
    Tonight our farewell dinner in Taormina. (B-D)

    Day 14: TAORMINA – CATANIA
    After breakfast, we transfer to the Catania Airport for our return home. (B)