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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 & Optional 2 nights trip to Malta beautifully combined Island - Educational Experience for Travel Agents and Professionals October 27 to November 11, 2019 Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01207
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 16 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 - Benvenuti to Italy !!! Arrival to International Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport with an immersion into Alberobello's Trulli

Where we visit : Bari, Alberobello, Martina Franca
Meeting Location : Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla

We are truly happy to welcome you today. Arrived to Bari Pope Karol Wojtyla airport you will be driven to check in to our marvelous hotel we have chosen for you in Alberobello the town of the Trulli which are little houses built with a particular white marble in bricks uniquely produced in the region of Puglia where you will have a tour of in the afternoon.
Welcome dinner in Martina Franca with a pleasant walk surrounded marvelous architecture surrounded by down town.
Return to Alberobello and overnight here.

Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Grotte di Castellana, Polignano a Mare & Monopoli

Where we visit : Grotte di Castellana, Monopoli, Ostuni

You are beginning this amazing educational at 9 AM after breakfast with the Castellana Grottos and the towns of Polignano a Mare where you will have lunch on your own and get ready to go exploring Monopoli and Ostuni in the afternoon; today will be so many towns intriguing your interest and desire to explore and learn the culture and traditions of those areas in Puglia. Return to Alberobello and overnight here.

Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 3 - South of Puglia - Lecce and Otranto

Where we visit : Lecce, Otranto, Torre dell' Orso

A full day awaits you after breakfast at 8 AM. First depart for Lecce and Otranto to then check in to the Belvedere Hotel located in Torre dell' Orso (The Bear Tower). Here in the evening dinner will be served with a great selection of local wines. Overnight in Torre dell' Orso.


 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting
 

Day 4 - Exploring Basilicata with Matera & Maratea and finally 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. After a short tour of Matera we will stop in Maratea with its Cristo Redentore and learn more about this small region of Basilicata. 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 some of the local shops 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 to Dino Island where we will experience the Blue Grottoes this island is famous throughout Italy for. In the afternoon there will be some time to enjoy the beach and shopping at leisure. Dinner in Praia a Mare at one of our recommended local restaurants. Return to Tortora.

Overnight at Italy Education & Retreat Center

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 6 - The south of Calabria with visiting Scalea, Diamante & Tropea with its sweet onion unmissable to taste

Where we visit : Scalea, Diamante, Tropea
Today we are ready by 8 AM getting excited to move more south of Calabria driving through Diamante and Scalea are two towns along the Cedri Riviera which are absolutely beautiful.  Diamante is known as the city of murals and is colorful testament to creativity in Calabria and well worth a visit.  It is also home to the ruins at Cirella which were a part of the Magna Grecia legacy i.e. the expansion of Greater Greece.

Scalea has a beautful historic town and offers great beaches, wonderful cafe's and great shopping.

After this wonderful visit we will check into Tropea the famous City of the sweet onion.
Here we will have dinner and enjoy this splendors. Overnight here in Tropea.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 7 - Get over the Strait of Messina by ferry reaching Sicily and find yourself in a unbelievable island

Where we visit : Tropea, Messina, Taormina

Today at 9 :30 AM we will take a short walk in Tropea for shopping and buy some souvenirs and then drive down the deepest south of Italy more precisely and preciously in Sicily by getting over the strait of Messina by ferry. Once we are in Sicily we will check into our hotel Miramare located in Taormina and have a wonderful dinner down town. Overnight here.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 8 - Enjoyable day in Taormina & Mount Etna

Where we visit : Taormina, Mt. Etna

Today after breakfast at 9 AM you will enjoy Taormina with our official tour guide taking you to the Greek and Roman Theater and wonderful place for walking around, fine shopping, wonderful beaches and just about anything you could wish for in terms of fine-dining. In the early afternoon you will go visiting Mount Etna and the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Relax over, dinner and then get some well- deserved rest.

Overnight in Taormina at Grand Hotel Miramare.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 9 - Cefalu, Tindari Sanctuary & Mondello Tour

Where we visit : Cefalu, Tindari, Mondello
This morning at 9:30 AM you are enjoying the Northern part of Sicily stopping in Cefalù and Tindary Sanctuary on the way to Mondello with lunch at one of our recommended restaurants. Once you have arrived in Mondello we will check into Mondello Resort or Mondello Design properties which are the two hotels with work with in the northwest of the island. Dinner on your own in the central town and overnight in Mondello beach resort.
 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

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 Royal Palace, the Palatina Chapel and the Cathedral. 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). Dinner down town at one of our recommended restaurants and overnight at the Mondello Resort. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 11 - Exploration day of the farthest point of the Sicilian island facing to Africa

Where we visit : Erice, San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani
Today at 9 AM we will continue on our schedule itinerary by heading 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 the Donna Fugata winery, one of the largest in the Island where you will have an unforgettable wine tasting. In the afternoon you will get back to the hotel in San Vito Lo Capo known City for its Couscous Festival running around the end of September as well as the "Riserva dello Zingaro" which is a rare rocks area recognized as PATRIMONIO UNESCO. We will spend the evening in Trapani to taste the delicious Ravioli with the fish soup expressively cooked and served only in this City and admire its medieval districts situated on the headland pointing out to the sea. Return to Mondello. Overnight here.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting
 

Day 12 - Temples of Agrigento guided tour - Modica - Ragusa Ibla

Where we visit : Agrigento, Modica, Ragusa Ibla

Following breakfast by 8 AM, you will depart for Agrigento to admire the "Valley of the Temples" where you can admire the temple of Juno, Concorde, Ercuoules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux and see the splendor of the Roman-Greek ancient time. Followed by that we will continue to Modica for lunch and see the town in the afternoon with its breathtaking ancient City and beautiful Saracen place colonized by many Worldwide nationalities.

We will check in to hotel la Dimora di Spartivento in Ragusa and have dinner on your own in Ragusa Ibla which is a stunning town that you will be admired and impressed by. Overnight in Ragusa.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 13 - Full day guided tour of Noto & Siracusa

Where we visit : Noto, Siracusa, Ragusa

This morning you will be departing at 8 AM to get to Noto which is a wonderful town to discover the beautiful Sicilian baroque style and then on to Siracusa, one of the most interesting archeological site of the island.  Guided tour of the Archeological park, The Roman Amphitheater, the Greek Theater, The Ear of Dionysus, the cave of Cordari, island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning Cathedral. Return to Ragusa and dinner here. Overnight at Dimora di Spartivento.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 14 - Depart for Malta island and enjoy Valletta

Where we visit : Sliema, St. Julians, Valletta

This morning for those who have decided to extend their trip (please inform us about that in advance with an email and the extra payment) we are ready to get on the Ferry and rich Malta early in the morning. We will 
departure from Pozzallo at 9 PM (almost 2 hours navigating) and arrive to Malta to check into hotel in Sliema with lunch and the afternoon visiting Saint Julien and Valletta the capital of Malta. For those you have decided unfortunately to leave us and go back home we will arrange a private transfer to Catania to fly back to the United States.
Evening at leisure in Malta and overnight at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 15 - Islands of Gozo and Comino Boat tour

Where we visit : Gozo, Comino, Sliema
Today after a delicious buffet breakfast by 8:30 AM, you will have a spectacular and memorable day in Gozo and Comino. You will be getting on a ferry to reach Gozo which is an island just in front of Malta where you absolutely need to inform about to your travelers. You will be driven around by admiring the beauty of this island and taken to the Blue Grotto. After an aperitif we will do an inspection at the Ferrieha Farmhouse managed by our dear friend Marcello who moved from Milan 12 years ago then you will go to Comino which is another smaller island 10 minutes by boat from Gozo. From here we will head back to Malta for a farewell dinner and overnight at Grand Palace hotel.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 16 - Breakfast and departure from Malta international airport to the United States

Where we visit : Valletta
This morning is the departure's day so we will eat breakfast and be taken to the airport.
We are so happy for been having you here in Italy to explore, discover and most importantly learn about the South of this Peninsula that I was born in and it is still intriguing as much as exciting me to visit more and more without never getting bored as giving human been a wonderful and pleasant knowledge of what ITALY is like !!!

Thank you so much ....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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