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Enna, Sicily
The lake of Pozzillo, with volcano Etna in background
Stunning View of Marsaxlokk Harbour in Malta
Piazza Amerina, Sicily

The Kingdom of the Sun - South of Italy Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria with Sicily Educational Experience for Travel Agents and Professionals October 27 to November 9 2019 Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01207
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Departs from : Bari
  • Meeting Place : Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla

Description

Each year we bring people in the travel industry to experience incredible interesting places in Italy and the Mediterranean.  

This year one of our most thrilling adventures is going to offer a rich and rewarding learning experience through Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily and Malta.   Throughout our journey each day you will experience the incredible wonders of these unique regions and visit a variety of properties that we use during our custom travel experiences and escorted tours.

You will learn about the complexities of organizing travel arrangements that are unique to some of these areas in Italy and enjoy meeting a variety of local operators who provide wonderful excursions, interesting dining experiences and of course the fines foods and wines of southern Italy.  

For the complete description of this tour, see the daily itinerary below and note that we will be visiting various businesses and properties most days on this trip. 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Bari - Polignano a Mare - Monopoli - Welcome dinner at the Villa

Where we visit : Bari, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli
Meeting Location : Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla

We are truly happy to welcome you today. Arrived to Bari Pope Karol Wojtyla airport where you will be driven to check in to our marvelous hotel/villa we have chosen for you.  We will take the coastal road and immediately you will get to experience the beautiful towns of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli.

You will check into a wonderful villa where an evening of fun awaits you for a Pugliese welcome dinner with a local chef and live music entertainment with Gianfranco and Giò Patti.

Overnight at the villa Marzalossa in Fasano. 

Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Grotte di Castellana - Alberbello - Ostuni - Depature at 9 AM

Where we visit : Grotte di Castellana, Alberobello, Ostuni

This morning your tour will start underground in the stunning and ancient Castellana Caves, followed by the charming UNESCO Heritage Site of Alberobello. You will have time for lunch on your own, followed by a tour of the town and its fascinating trulli, before we head to the 'White Town' of Ostuni.  You will be free to explore the town that is so loved by foreign visitors to the region and have time to enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Return to the villa and overnight here.

Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 3 - South of Puglia - Lecce and Otranto

Where we visit : Lecce, Otranto

A full day awaits you after breakfast at 8 AM as you depart for the Salento area in the heel of Italy's boot.

Your first stop will be in the town of Lecce, known as the 'Florence of the South' for its own distinctive Baroque architecture carving from the local limestone.  A local guide will show you some of the most beautiful monuments and walk you through the history to the early Greek settlers.

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Otranto, a popular port town.  Discover the story of the 800 'Martyrs of Otranto' in the towns cathedral and return to teh Villa in Fasano.


Overnight at Villa Marsalossa.

Meals : Breakfast, Wine Tasting
 

Day 4 - Exploring Basilicata with Matera and get into Calabria

Where we visit : Puglia, Matera, Tortora

Today we are ready to drive through Puglia to pass into Calabria which is another part of an important southern area of Italy. Leaving at 8:30 AM on the way to Calabria we will stop in the region of Basilicata which is well known for the towns of Matera and Maratea where the owner of the tour operator Jesse Andrews has written a book about the mermaid of Maratea.

Matera as been recognized as the most Cultural Italian Town in the 2019 with its beautiful surroundings that look like a nativity. We will experience the sassi of Matera tour and after that we will get to the region of Calabria.
We will then check in to our hotel in Tortora located in the region of Calabria.  Unforgettable aperitif and dinner with live music entertained by Gianfranco and Giò Patti the Italian singer.

Overnight at Italy Education & Retreat Center
La Loggia

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 5 - Beginning to visit Calabria through the pearls of the region and site inspections at two famous properties

Where we visit : Tortora, Praia a Mare

This morning at 9 AM we will depart to have a site inspection at one our laxury hotels we work with in the area and then explore Maratea and see its Cristo Redentore which is a huge statue of Gesù so outstanding to look from the sea. We will drive along the beautiful coast of Basilicata which is very close to the border with Calabria region and may have an opportunity to meet with the Mayer of Maratea in the town that recently was celebrated as the cultural City of 2019.
We will have Calabrian pizza for lunch in Maratea and then go to the town of Praia a Mare to visit Italy's largest church inside a cave known as Madonna Della Grotta.
In the afternoon, we will drive along the coast to admire Dino’s island and its Blue Grotto “L’arco Magno”. This island is so famous throughout Italy for many national events that were recently organized here. 
As we are driving more south, our next destination will be San Nicola Arcella which is a pretty town of Riviera dei Cedri so populated in the summer.
You can eat  a light dinner here if you wish and return to Hotel.

Overnight at Italy Education & Retreat Center

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 6 - The South of Calabria: Tropea and check in to Agriturismo Etna- Sicily

Where we visit : Tropea, Mt. Etna
Today we are ready to depart by 8 AM, it will be a long day but very excited to move further south of Calabria driving along the beautiful Cedri Riviera such as Diamante famous for the Peperoncino Festival in September.
we will make a beautiful and interesting stop in Tropea famed for magical beaches and a particular type of sweet red onion.  You'll have free time 2 hours approximately for lunch and walk at leisure. Then we will  head to Villa San Giovanni, the seaport area to embark on the ferry and pass the strict of Messina that separates Calabria to Sicily. Once in Sicily we will get to Riposto in the area of Mountain Etna for dinner on your own at the Agriturismo that has delicious and fresh food with full body wine to serve. Overnight here.

Overnight at Agriturismo dell’Etna.


 
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 7 - Morning at leisure and half day trip to God Father area

Where we visit : Savoca, Forza D'Agro

Today we will depart at 12 AM, we are taking a little bit easier and go for lunch on your own in Forza D' Agrò where the god father movie was filmed. Then we will go to the village of Savoca as well where much of The Godfather films were shot.  After visiting some of the films' most iconic locations, including the church where Michael and Apollonia married, you will head down to Castel Mola .

Return to the Agriturismo in the late afternoon for the overnight there.

Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 8 - Private tour of Mount Etna & wine tasting with lunch at Gambino winery and visit of Taormina

Where we visit : Mt. Etna, Taormina

This morning we will depart at 9 AM and drive north towards to the shadow of Europe's highest volcano, Mount Etna to visit this incredible Volcano  with an official guide and then stop to taste some of the local wines at the welcoming Gambino Winery. where you will dine a light lunch as well.

After that we will admire the famous theater in the town of Taormina and discover the City as well.
Return to the Agriturismo Etna in the late afternoon for leisure and overnight there.
 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 9 - Tindari Sanctuary, Cefal√Ļ with guide & Mondello at leisure with a site inspection

Where we visit : Cefalu, Tindari, Mondello
This morning at 8 AM you are enjoying the Northern part of Sicily stopping at Tindary Sanctuary and get a guided tour of Cefalù with an official guide.

Once you have arrived in Mondello we will check into Villa Esperia a property which we work with in the northwest of the island. Leisure in the afternoon with site inspection at Mondello design and resort located in Mondello and Pizza dinner and overnight in Mondello. 

Overnight ag Villa Esperia.
 
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 10 - Palermo & Monreale Full day Guided Tour !!!

Where we visit : Palermo, Monreale

After breakfast by 8:30 AM we will depart for an half day private guided tour of Palermo. We will start the visit from the old part of the city with the Martorana Cathedral and other major sites. Afterwards you will visit  Monreale, an ancient royal town with spectacular views over the countryside towards the sea, where there will be time to visit the beautiful Cathedral here and some of the City's main attractions.

In the early afternoon we will go all the way up to Monte Pellegrino in Palermo (The Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, the Saint and patron of the City and have some spare time to enjoy the religious area. Return to Mondello and evening at leisure.

Overnight at Villa Esperia 

Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 11 - Segesta temples - Erice - Marsala

Where we visit : Segesta, Erice, Marsala
Today at 9 AM we will continue on our itinerary by heading to Segesta on of the most beautiful rappresentation of Greek Temples with its anphiteather and then head to Erice, a small mountain top medieval village in western Sicily that has changed little since Sixth Century BC.  Stop at a bakery shop to taste the typical local almond pastry and enjoy the stunning overlooking view of the west coast of Sicily.  

Proceed on to Marsala famous for its liquor and historical buildings where you will visit its pretty downtown.
We will head back to Mondello for leisure and overnight there.

Live event with Gianfranco e Giò Patti 

Overnight at hotel Esperia.
Meals : Breakfast, Wine Tasting
 

Day 12 - Private tour of Piazza Armerina mosaics with overnight in Modica

Where we visit : Piazza Armerina, Modica

This morning we leave Mondello by 8:30 AM for Piazza Armerina private tour and then lunch at local restaurant with arrival to Modica for leisure. 
We will travel to the south of Sicily, stopping along the way in another wonderful World Heritage Sites such as the mosaics at Villa Armerina which are among the finest, and  most extensive, in the world, depicting aspects of the Roman world, from daily life, to fantastic animals and the famous 'bikini girls'.

Later you will arrive into Modica where you will check in to hotel FERRO and afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be on your own in this lovely lighted up town with overnight here.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 13 - Private tour of Siracusa with farewell dinner in Ragusa Ibla

Where we visit : Siracusa, Ragusa Ibla

This morning you will be departing at 8 AM for Siracusa, one of the most interesting archeological sites of the island. Here you will enjoy a private guided tour of the Archeological park, The Roman Amphitheater, the Greek Theater, The Ear of Dionysus, the cave of Cordari and the Island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning Cathedral. According to timing we may have a chance to site inspect the hotel San Giorgio Palace in Ragusa Ibla.
Farewell dinner in Ragusa Ibla and overnight in Modica.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 14 - Depart for home

Where we visit :

This morning we will say ARRIVEDERCI Sicily and ITALIA; who are going to extend the trip to Malta we are more than welcome to help arranging your private transfer to Catania airport in order to reach Malta early in the morning as well as for those who are ending the tour in Sicily and fly back home.

Private transfers are not included and can be paid directly to the us or drivers.

Thank you to share this part of Italy with us.
We are looking forward to sell the Kingdom of the Sun and individual areas of south of Italy with you in future.

Thank you
Italy Vacation Specialists 

Meals : Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 4 star hotels in great locations
  2. Accommodation in superior four star hotels throughout
  3. All entrance fees to sites and museums
  4. All hotel taxes and service charges
  5. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  6. Detailed explanation of sites
  7. Dinners where indicated with wine included
  8. English speaking guide and driver
  9. English speaking tour escort for the duration of the tour
  10. Road Tolls

What's Not Included

  1. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. International fights
  4. Personal Expenses or Extras at hotels
  5. Travel Insurance
  6. Two optional additional nights in Malta

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