Highlights: *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. *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. *Wine is included with every meal. *Indulge in a delicious regional dinner inside a winery's agritursmo restaurant. *Sample some local specialities at a family owned limoncello factory.
Day 2-3 Hotel Federico II Central Palace, Palermo (4 Star)
Day 4-6 Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos (4 Star)
Day 7-8 MH Matera Hotel, Matera (4 Star)
Day 9-10 Towers Hotel, Sorrento (4 Star)
Day 11 A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel, Rome (4 Star)
Welcome aboard! Today we make our way down to Melbourne Airport for our flight to Palermo. We will transit through Abu Dhabi and Rome before arriving into Palermo.
When you arrive in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian Cuisine.
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 the 12th century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multi coloured marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to peruse the citys shops and museums, or simply take some time to relax.
Travel over the countrysides rolling hills, past peaceful farmland towards the town of Agrigento. Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), where you will get an up close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue onto Giardini Naxos the garden of Sicily for your 3 Night Stay.
Set out for beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments and flowering gardens. Alongside an expect local guide, see Corso Umberto and the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the citys well preserved Greek Theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore.
Journey to vibrant Catania where its your choice! Join a local guide to visit the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city (UNESCO); the witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce at the local market OR explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum), and emotionally moving museum thats 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 parks spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening.
Venture to Messina for a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italys mainland. Pass through the unspoiled, beautiful region of Calabria on Italys mainland. Pass through the unspoiled, beautiful region of Calabria into the Basilicata region. Make stop at one of the areas local wineries where you will 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 winerys own agriturismo restaurant.
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 towns most uniquely built homes (UNESCO) know as trulli, and their distinct, cone shaped roof.
Travel towards one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy: Campania and the bay of Naples. Stop in Salerno, where you will have the chance to explore the historic city centre independently. Remember to take a moment to gaze at Salernos impressive cathedral, considered to be the most beautiful medieval church in all of Italy. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon, then sit back and take in the views of this magical place.
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 specialities at a family owned limocello factory. Later, sit down for a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local cafe and pastry shop. Enjoy and evening at leisure.
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 will 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.
This morning you will have a little bit of free time in Rome, before heading to the airport.
Once you arrive back into Australia, Cardwells will take you back to your original locations.