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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 Sicily and Malta

Beginning from Palermo on Sicily's Western Coast, we circle the south-western part of the island exploring many towns and then heading over to the Maltese islands which is approximately 1.5 hours by high speed ferry  We spend a few days in Malta before heading back to Sicily where we will venture north up the eastern part of the island to Taormina

This is a nearly a full circle tour of the entire island of Sicily and includes some of the region's most beautiful and historic towns including Agrigento, Noto, Erice, Monreale and many others.  This is a wonderful opportunity for travel professionals to familiarize themselves with the region of Sicily which is home to more UNESCO world heritage site per square mile than any other region in Europe.  

The region of Sicily is known for its incredible landscapes as well as phenomenal cuisine that is steeped in century-old traditions.  Some people to say to understand Italy you must go to Sicily and for some it is considered to be the cradle of the Mediterranean for all cultures in the Mediterranean basin converged on this small Island.

This educational trip through Sicily is an opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about Sicily to come and experience the territory with expert local guides.

 

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.

Overnight at the villa Marzalossa in Fasano. 

Meals : Cooking Class
 

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.


Overnight in the villa.

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 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 dinner and overnight here.

Overnight at Italy Education & Retreat Center

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 5 - Beginning to visit Calabria with the pearl of the pearls - Praia a Mare

Where we visit : Tortora, Praia a Mare

This morning at 10 AM we will explore the town of Praia a Mare. We will visit and enjoy Italy's largest church inside a cave known as Madonna Della Grotta with a local tour guide. After a light lunch, we continue our tour visiting Maratea and its Cristo Redentore which is located in the region of Basilicata but still close to Calabria on the border. If weather conditions allow us we may visit the island of Dino with its Blue Grottoes this island is famous throughout Italy for.
Dinner in Praia a Mare at one of our recommended local restaurants. Return to Tortora.

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, stopping for a site inspection at the wonderful clifftop Palazzo del Capo as well as 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 Riposto Sicily in the area of Mountain Etna for overnight there. 

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 Castelmola .

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 and Taormina

Where we visit : Mt. Etna, Taormina

This morning we will 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 lunch as well.

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

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 9 - Tindari Sanctuary, Cefalù with guide & Mondello at leisure

Where we visit : Cefalu, Tindari, Mondello
This morning at 8:30 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 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 afternoon there you will explore Palermo at your leisure or arrange an optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino (The Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia).

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.

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 9:30/10 AM for Piazza Armerina private tour then get to Modica for leisure. 
We will travel to the south of Sicily, stopping along the way at 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 and afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be on your own in the 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. Farewell dinner in Ragusa Ibla and overnight in Modica.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 14 - Depart for home

Where we visit :

This morning for those who are opting for the extended trip, we are ready to get on the ferry and reach Malta early in the morning. When you arrive in Malta, you will check into the hotel in Sliema with lunch and the afternoon visit Saint Julien and Valletta, the capital of Malta with the Fort of St Angelo located in the harbor area http://heritagemalta.org/museums-sites/fort-st-angelo/

For those ending the tour in Sicily, we will arrange a private transfer to Catania to fly back to the United States.
Private transfer not included.

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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