Scotland

EdinburghJoin us on an incredible journey through the lush landscapes, historical marvels and contemporary delights of the UK’s northernmost country. You will visit Glasgow, Ayrshire, Aviemore, Inverness, Fife and Edinburgh exploring famous landmarks such as the Cathedral of St. Mungo, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Culloden Battlefield and the ruins of St. Andrews Castle.

Your tour also includes a cruise on Loch Ness where you can look for signs of the fabled sea monster “Nessie”.

You will be accommodated in good 4 star hotels. Breakfast is included each day as well as 2 dinners. A full sightseeing itinerary is listed. Compared with other Scottish tours, Travac’s Scotland offers excellent value. This tour is sure to sell out- booking early is your only guarantee of space on this unforgettable holiday!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Overnight flight

Overnight Flight from Ottawa.


Day 2: Welcome to Scotland

Upon your arrival in Glasgow, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be able to check your baggage. Check in itself will not be available until mid-afternoon. Your tour director will provide you with options as to morning and afternoon activities.

Dinner at your hotel this evening. (D)


Day 3: Glasgow

Begin your day by enjoying a panoramic tour of Glasgow.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country’s west central lowlands. Glasgow grew from the medieval Bishopric of Glasgow and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow, which became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment. From the 18th century the city grew as one of Europe’s main hubs of transatlantic trade with the Americas. With the Industrial Revolution, the city and surrounding region shifted to become one of the world’s pre-eminent centres of engineering and shipbuilding, constructing many innovative and famous vessels. Glasgow was known as the “Second City of the British Empire” for much of the Victorian era and Edwardian period. Today it is one of Europe’s top twenty financial centres and is home to many of Scotland’s leading businesses. Your panoramic tour includes the Merchant City, the regenerated Waterfront and the bohemian West End.Following your city tour, visit the Glasgow Cathedral of St. Mungo. Glasgow’s St Mungo Cathedral stands majestically in the heart of Scotland’s largest city. It is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the Protestant Reformation of 1560 virtually intact. To its south sits a thriving burgh that sprang up under episcopal patronage. That burgh has since expanded into the great metropolis we now see. Finally, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally significant. They include natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements from different periods of history and much more.

Overnight at hotel in Glasgow. (B)


Day 4: Ayrshire

Today you will travel south of Glasgow to the historic county of Ayrshire. Located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire is one of the most agriculturally fertile regions in Scotland known for its breath-taking vistas. Upon arrival in Ayrshire, you will visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument, the gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works. Next you will visit Culzean Castle. Standing on a dramatic cliff top overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Culzean Castle has been associated with the Kennedy family since the 14th century. Discover the best features of the castle, including Adam’s masterpiece- the oval staircase- as well as the fine collection of paintings and exquisite furniture. The property is set in nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and miles of waymarked paths that lead through majestic woodlands. After your visit to Culzean Castle, you will return to Glasgow in time for dinner. Overnight in Glasgow. (B)


Day 5: Glasgow to Aviemore

This morning you will depart your hotel in Glasgow and will travel to the town of Aviemore. Aviemore is located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, it is one of the most treasured holiday escapes in Scotland. First visit Stirling Castle. One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297 and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314. Situated on a volcanic outcrop guarding the lowest crossing point of the River Forth, Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish Independence and a source of enduring national pride. The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. It has seen many royal dramas and witnessed the lives and deaths of almost every Scottish monarch up to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

Continue to your hotel in Inverness and check in. (B).


Day 6: Inverness

This morning you will enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness.

Known worldwide for its illustrious sea monster inhabitant Nessie, Loch Ness is a beautiful freshwater loch located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Your cruise will take you across the water, offering striking views of the lake and of its surrounding mountains. Don’t forget to look out for Nessie!

Following the cruise, you will visit Urquhart Castle. Magnificently situated overlooking Loch Ness, Urquhart is one of the largest castles in Scotland boasting a long and colourful history. Built in the 1230s, seized by the English in 1296, sacked by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles in 1545 and left to fall into decay after 1689, most of the existing buildings date from the 14th century and include the Grant Tower (16th century), the best-preserved part of the complex. Enjoy some free time in Inverness before returning to your hotel. (B).


Day 7

This morning you will visit the Culloden Battlefield.

Witness the setting of the historic 1746 Battle of Culloden between the Jacobite and British armies. As the last battle fought on British soil, Culloden marks the beginning of the dismantlement of the structures of Highland society. This site also features an interactive exhibition that allows you to immerse yourself in the history of Culloden’s events while you explore the grounds. Following your trip to the Culloden Battlefield you will visit the Glenfiddich Distillery. Set in the heart of the Highlands, Glenfiddich (meaning ‘Valley of the Deer’ in Gaelic) is a place of breath-taking beauty. Glenfiddich is little changed since 1886, when William Grant and his nine children built the distillery. These same silent warehouses and steamy mash rooms produce the world’s favourite single malt Scotch whisky today. Experience one of their traditional warehouses whose earthen floors, stone walls and age-old atmosphere nurture this famous whisky to life. You will be able to sample some whisky before departing for your hotel. (B).


Day 8: Fife

Today you will depart your hotel in Inverness and travel to the charming region of Fife. A countryside scattered with beautifully rustic towns, Fife is best known for its impressive ruins – most especially those of St. Andrew’s. Begin your day with a visit to Glamis Castle. Admire the stunning architecture, enjoy the surrounding beauty of the grounds and gardens and explore the fascinating and exciting history of Glamis Castle. It has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, when King Robert II (the first of the Stuart Kings) of Scotland gave the castle to Sir John Lyon. Legends and myths have grown around the castle. King Malcolm II was said to have been murdered here in the 11th century. Lady Janet Douglas, widow of Lord Glamis, was burned at the stake as a witch in 1540 by James V. It is said there is a secret room where a nobleman played cards with the devil himself. Glamis today looks more like a French Chateau than a medieval fortress after it was extensively restored in the 17th and 18th centuries. It has close connections with the present Royal Family, being the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret was born here in 1930.

After visiting Glamis Castle, you will continue on to the town of St. Andrews. Dating back to the 13th century, St. Andrews Castle is a captivating ruin situated on the coastal Royal Burgh of St. Andrews. Tour the bottle-dungeon and unique mine tunnelled during a siege that followed the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546 while exploring the

site that was once a bishop’s palace, fortress, and state prison during its 450-year history. Following your visit to St. Andrews Castle you will continue on to St. Andrews Cathedral, the remains of the largest medieval cathedral in Scotland. Climb to the top of St. Rule’s Tower to enjoy spectacular views and enjoy the Cathedral Museum which houses an outstanding collection of early and later medieval sculpture and relics found on site including the magnificent St. Andrew’s Sarcophagus.

Overnight in Dundee. (B).


Day 9: Dundee to Edinburgh

This morning you will depart Dundee and travel to Edinburgh via the renowned Forth Road Bridge, from which you can see the Firth of Forth Bridge. Regarded as an engineering marvel and recognized the world over, the Firth of Forth Bridge is a remarkable cantilever structure built to carry the two tracks of the North British Railway across the Firth of Forth. Before arriving in Edinburgh you will stop at Rosslyn Chapel located in the village of Roslin. Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel is a magnificent building noted for its ornate carvings and the beauty of its setting. Its stonework and symbolism have inspired artists for centuries, and the many theories, myths and legends associated with the chapel continue to intrigue locals and visitors alike. Following your visit to Rosslyn Chapel, continue to Edinburgh to enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Perched upon a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags, Scotland’s capital city is both historic and cosmopolitan. Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and from its ramparts you can look down onto medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history within their structures. Simultaneously modern and dynamic, the many festivals, galleries and restaurants that define Edinburgh create a lively atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish flavour. After your city tour you will check into your hotel in Edinburgh. (B, D).


Day 10 and 11: Edinburgh

Days 10 and 11 are free days to explore Edinburgh. You may choose to use your Royal Edinburgh Ticket to explore the city. The Royal Edinburgh Ticket gives you unlimited travel on board Edinburgh Bus Tours’ four city tours for 48 hours. It also gives you fast track admission to Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Your Travac Tours Director will also offer suggestions to enhance your experience in Edinburgh.

Overnight in Edinburgh. (B).


Day 12

Transfer to Glasgow Airport for your return flight home.

**Itinerary Subject to Change**


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Hotel Information


Glasgow: Dakota Deluxe Glasgow (or similar)

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179 W Regent St
Glasgow, UK
G2 4DP
+44 141 404 3680


Inverness: Pentahotel Inverness (or similar)

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63 Academy St
Inverness, UK
IV1 1LU
+44 1463 228850


Dundee: Malmaison Dundee (or similar)

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44 Whitehall Crescent
Dundee, UK
DD1 4AY
+44 1382 339715


Edinburgh: Dakota Edinburgh (or similar)

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Ferrymuir
Edinburgh , UK
EH30 9QZ
+44 131 319 3690



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Irish Delight

Dunguaire Castle, Ireland

It is often said that each day in Ireland is like a festival. Ireland is after all a country bustling with activity. Activity that ranges from cultural to traditional and from music to theatre and dance. Ireland is also a country of ancient landscapes that are ever changing. In fact, it is a country that boasts “40 shades of green”.

Join us on a delightful journey to the Emerald Isle. Your visit will take you to some of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks: You will visit Dublin; Blarney Castle, famous for its Blarney Stone; the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. You will even visit Galway Bay!

You will be accommodated in good 3 star hotels. Breakfast is also included each day. Previous tours to Ireland sold out very quickly. Booking early therefore is your only guarantee of space on this holiday!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Ottawa to Ireland

This afternoon you will depart on your overnight flights from Ottawa to Dublin.


Day 2: Dublin Airport, Kildare & Kilkenny

Ceád Mile Fáilte – “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes” to Ireland! 

Your tour commences at Dublin Airport where you will meet your local guide. Traveling south you will stop in Newbridge County Kildare where you will visit the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre and the Museum of Style Icons. The museum boasts a world class collection of some of the greatest style and cinema memorabilia including garments worn by Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe & the Beatles.

Your final destination today is Kilkenny City. Located in the heart if Ireland’s Ancient East, the medieval city of Kilkenny is named after a 6th century monk called Saint Canice. His memory lives on in the beautifully preserved St. Canice’s Cathedral built overlooking the city in the 13th century.

Visit Kilkenny Castle – The Normans arrived in the 12th century and their legacy remains in the superb and fully restored Kilkenny Castle and in the thriving and cosmopolitan merchant city. The 17th century was a time of great social and political turmoil for Kilkenny. It was the seat of national parliament for a six year period. The famous Oliver Cromwell invaded the city in 1650 and Kilkenny College was attended by such luminaries as Jonathan Swift and Bishop Berkeley. The 20th century saw Kilkenny’s rise as a creative centre and the city is home to many craft and design shops, including the famous Kilkenny Design Centre and workshops located opposite Kilkenny Castle.

Overnight at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny.


Day 3: Waterford, Middleton & Kinsale

After a full Irish breakfast, you will travel south to Waterford City. Waterford is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic cities. The walled city withstood siege on several occasions in the past but fell to the Normans in 1170 AD. It prospered under the Normans and emerged as the second city of Ireland after Dublin. The city was the chief port of Ireland throughout the middle ages.

Visit the House of Crystal, a prime location near the River Suir and the city’s main quay bordering the city’s Viking Triangle area. The factory tour gives you an up close and personal insight into the centuries old tradition of Waterford Crystal making. The House of Waterford range that is produced includes trophies for prestigious sporting events, bowls and vases from the museum, heritage and designer collections, and also the special order stemware collection.

In the afternoon visit the Jameson Experience at the Old Middleton Distillery, Cork. The original buildings at the Middleton Distillery date back as far as the 1800s, and were used to mature Cork Distillery Whiskey (now known as Paddy Whiskey). Visitors come face to face with original kilns and pot stills from that time and explore warehouses that have matured whiskey for more than 2 centuries. Enjoy a signature drink of Jameson at the end of the tour.

The group’s final destination today is Kinsale. The town is renowned for its fresh seafood and gourmet cooking, as well as its numerous ‘cozy’ pubs!

Overnight at Trident Hotel in Kinsale.


Day 4: Cork City & Blarney

This morning you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork and learn the history of Ireland’s third city known as the Rebel City. The city’s origins lie early in the seventh century when St. Finbarr, founder and patron saint, founded a small monastic community close to where Gilabbey Street now stands, and it grew into an extensive and wealthy establishment. It attracted the attention of the Viking sea-pirates who raided and burned the infa nt city, but returned in later years to settle and trade. The Anglo-Norman invasion in 1172 resulted in both the Danish lords and local MacCarthy chiefs having to submit to Henry II, but Cork has always had a reputation for independence and stubborn resistance – it came to be known as “Rebel Cork”.

In the afternoon visit Blarney and kiss the Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power on conferring eloquence on all who kiss it! The word ‘Blarney’ means pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The battlements crowning the castle keep are typically Irish in form. Having climbed more than 100 steps, the famous Stone is set in the wall below the parapet, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements. You can also visit the Blarney Woolen mills for some fine quality Irish produce.

Overnight at Trident Hotel in Kinsale.


Day 5: Bunratty, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Galway City

Travel to County Clare and visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Bunratty Castle is one of Europe’s finest. Pride of more than 100 castles built by the McNamara chieftains in 15th century Clare, it is faithfully restored and refurnished. Built in 1425, it is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries and works of art from the period. In the shadow of the castle is Bunratty Folk Park set on 26 acres, illustrating 19th century Irish life from grand manor houses to peasant dwelling and from farm activities to cobble-stone village streets.

In the afternoon visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 600ft above the ground at their highest point and 5 miles long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Travel through the Burren – The Burren takes its name from the Irish word ‘bhoireann’ meaning, ‘a stony place’ or ‘a rocky place’, which is a good description for this 350 sq kilometres limestone plateau in North Clare. The rough, intriguing and attractive landscape was formed 320 million years ago under a tropical sea. Later it was shaped by ice, hard weather and, of course, man and his beasts. The many wedge tombs and megalithic tombs prove that people have been living in the Burren for more than 5000 years.

Continue to Galway City. Galway nestles at the neck of Galway Bay and is reputed to have been Columbus’ final point of departure on his epoch-making voyage of discovery. The city was founded on the east bank of the river late in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman family de Burgo. It attracted many Welsh and Norman merchants who enclosed the city within a defensive wall. Under the control of the fourteen leading families, known as the ‘tribes’ an extensive trade developed, not only with the continent, importing French and Spanish wine, but also with the West Indies. See the famous Spanish Arch, located on the left bank of the Corrib, where Galway’s river meets the sea. The Spanish Arch was originally a 16th century bastion, which was added to Galway’s town walls to protect merchant ships from looting. Its current name “Spanish Arch” refers to former merchant trade with Spain, whose galleons often docked here.

Overnight at Wyatt Hotel in Westport.


Day 6: Connemara Tour

Today you can explore some of the beautiful countryside of Connemara, with its rolling hills, flowing rivers and coastal landscapes. Connemara is a wild and beautiful region of mountains, lakes, tumbling streams undulating bog, unspoiled beaches and panoramic views. It is a Gaelic- speaking region and has attracted many artisans, who can be visited at work in their studios. The centre of Connemara is composed of mountain peaks, the Twelve Bens or Pins which culminate in Benbaun. The sharp grey peaks of quartzite rock which is resistant to weathering are too steep and hard to be clothed in blanket bog. The region is now largely uninhabited, although in the past the more fertile lowlands were cultivated and the uplands were used as pasture for cattle and sheep.

Stop and visit Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. Kylemore Abbey is the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. The Abbey was acquired by the nuns in 1920. Set in the heart of Connemara, this unique Abbey offers the warmth and hospitality of its peaceful environs. Its enchanting history is interpreted in detail in rooms at the Abbey. It was originally built by Mitchell Henry, M.P. for County Galway (a native of Manchester city) as a gift for his wife. The Gothic Church, set in the grounds of the Abbey, is the jewel in the crown of Kylemore. It has been lovingly restored and any visit would not be complete without seeing it. Explore the magical 6 acre Victorian walled garden, where Victorian varieties of flowers and vegetables are grown. Vegetables and herbs from the garden are used in the café where they offer traditional home cooked food made to the recipes of the Benedictine nuns.

In 1951 John Ford’s greatest movie “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald was made. It was set in the beautiful west of Ireland with filming being centered in the village of Cong on the Mayo-Galway border.

Overnight at Wyatt Hotel in Westport.


Day 7: Midlands & the Royal County

Bid farewell to the City of the Tribes and travel east to the midlands of Ireland. Stop and visit the Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. The Kilbeggan Experience offers a unique opportunity to see a fully operational traditional Irish pot still whiskey distillery, while enjoying a historical tour of the old distillery which includes the waterwheel and original distillery machinery. The old distillery has been maintained as a museum just as it was during John Locke’s ownership in the 19th Century. The current distillery contains the oldest working pot still in the world. The original whitewashed walls, weathered slate roof, brick chimney stack and creaking timber water wheel remain intact thanks to a labour of love from the locals. Each tour ends with a complimentary sample of the award-winning Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.

Continue further east to Bru Na Boinne Visitor Centre –the name given to one of the World’s most important archaeological landscapes, dominated by the spectacular prehistoric passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Constructed during the late Stone Age, the passage tombs are over 5000 years old.

Later this afternoon, visit the historic ruins of Monasterboice in County Louth. The ruins are of an early Christian settlement founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buite who died around 521, and was an important centre of religion and learning. On the site, visitors can discover an old graveyard, two

churches and a sundial. Monasterboice is most famous for its spectacular high crosses especially the cross of Muineadach an outstanding example of high crosses of the early Christian period, noted as being the tallest in Ireland. It is monolith, 5 metres high, which features many detailed scenes from the Bible. The crosses stand in the shadow of a magnificent Round Tower, about 30 metres high.

Overnight at City North Hotel in County Meath.


Day 8: Transfer to Dublin Hotel

Transfer from County Meath to Dublin.

FREE DAY

Overnight at Buswells Hotel in Dublin.


Day 9: Free day in Dublin

Overnight at Buswells Hotel in Dublin.


Day 10: Ireland to Ottawa

Alas it is time to depart. The driver will transfer the group to Dublin Airport and depart for home on your Transatlantic Flights to Ottawa.


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Hotel Information


Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel or similar

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Ormonde Street
Kilkenny, Ireland,

+353 56 7750200


Trident Hotel or similar

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The Wyatt Hotel or similar

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The Octagon, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
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+353 98 25027


City North Hotel or similar

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Buswells Hotel

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27 Molesworth St, Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 1 614 6500



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Important information


Itinerary subject to change.

Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required.




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Italy: The Amalfi Coast and Sicily

amalfi-coast

A Cultural Escapade into Amalfi and Sicily 2018 

Amalfi is a special place. Left to us by the Gods of the ancient world, Zeus and Poseidon, it has been fashioned with dramatic landscapes and vistas that are truly awe inspiring. Your time in Sorrento will include many escapes, including one of the great drives along the jagged cliffs of this ancient coast. You will also have a chance to visit the island of love, Capri, known for its magical beauty. Another excursion will take you to the ruins of Pompeii, set against the backdrop of Mount Vesuvius.

Travelling south, your holiday will take you to Sicily. Located in the midst of the Mediterranean, this island has a personality of its own, full of flavour and teeming with cultural architecture dating back thousands of years. Ruins from both the Greek and Roman period are said to be the best in Europe. Each day will be filled with unexpected riches that are sure to enhance your experience.

Attractively priced at $4049 per person based on double occupancy ($3359 per person + taxes of $690), this holiday will sell out quickly. Early booking is essential.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Flight Canada to Naples. You will meet your Travac Tours Director at the Westgate Mall for your private transfer to the Montreal airport for your flights to Naples. Onboard you will be served a dinner and a continental breakfast. (D-on aircraft)


Day 2

Upon arrival in Naples you will meet your Travac Tours Director in the baggage claim area. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Sorrento. The balance of your day will be free to explore this charming hillside town. (D)


Day 3

This morning we will explore Naples and the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii. This fascinating tour will be led by a local guide. We will begin with a short city tour of Naples passing by its Royal Palace and the Grand Cathedral. Afterwards, we will journey to Pompeii to explore the largest archeological site in Europe, visiting the Forum, Thermal Baths, ‘Lupanare’ the Pompeii brothel and more. Your trip will conclude in the late afternoon. (B,D)


Day 4

Today you are totally free to explore all the wonders that can be found in Sorrento. (B,D)


Day 5

Amalfi Coast

It is difficult not to fall in love with the Amalfi coast. Your tour today will show you why the Amalfi coast has, for several decades, become the playground of the rich and famous. You’ll pass by Positano and of course the village of Amalfi itself. Along the way you will have plenty of time to explore and revel in the richness of these iconic gems. (B,D)


Day 6

You are again at liberty to enjoy the flavours of Sorrento on your own. (B,D)


Day 7

As an option today you may wish to visit the alluring island of Capri. This holiday includes a boat trip around the island to soak up the views of the unique coastal formations. You will also have time to visit Capri’s old town, where you can stroll around the cobbled streets of Piazza Umbreto. (B,D)


Day 8

After breakfast we will depart Amalfi and make our way to Sicily and our first stop in Catania. Expect to arrive in the early evening. (B,D)


Day 9

Catania has its own magnetic pull and youthful energy. The city itself is over 2700 years old and is full of UNESCO listed sites. Today our tour will afford you ample time to explore the historic sites of this city while at the same time enjoying its extraordinary cuisine. Our tour will also visit the nearby picturesque villages of Acicastello and Acireale. (B)


Day 10

Mount Etna

Today you will travel to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna. Indeed, it is the highest peak south of the Alps. The region is famous for its wines and of course its spectacular vistas. While on Etna we will stop at one of the local wineries. To complete your tour, we will visit the town of Taormino. This town is spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Sicily. Founded in the 4th century BC, Taormino enjoyed great prosperity first under the Greeks and then the Romans. Their presence is still felt throughout the town which adds to its charm. (B)


Day 11

Noto, Italy

Tour of Syracuse. After breakfast we will make our way to Syracuse. More than any other city in Sicily, Syracuse captures the timeless beauty of this land. Today ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards. The city itself dates back to 734 BC and at one point it was the most important city in the ancient world. Syracuse is filled with medieval piazzas and small cafes that can be found everywhere on its cobbled streets. Our journey will also take you to Noto. This baroque town is home to one of Sicily’s most beautiful historic centres. (B)


Day 12

After breakfast we will be leaving Catania and travelling to Palermo. Our route will take us through Villa Romana del Casale. This Roman villa is famous for its ancient mosaics considered to be among the best in the world. From here you will make your way to Palermo. After checking into our hotel the balance of your day will be free. (B)


Day 13

Tour of Palermo. Palermo is at the edge of Europe and the centre of the ancient world. Your tour of Palermo will cover a lot of ground illuminating some of the city’s fabulous UNESCO sites and its history throughout the ages. Palermo is famous for its eateries. You will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the cuisine while falling in love with the setting. Our tour of Palermo will also include a visit to Monreale, famous for its Cathedral and incredible panoramic views of Palermo. (B)


Day 14

Free day. (B)


Day 15

Valley of the Temples, Italy

Valley of the Temples. Sicily’s most enthralling archaeological site encompasses the ruined ancient city of Akragas, highlighted by the stunningly well-preserved Tempio della Concordia, one of several ridge-top temples that once served as beacons for homecoming sailors. (B,D)


Day 16

Flight home.  Your tour director will advise you of your return times.

Tour Pace 

Like many destinations in Europe, this tour requires participants to be able to walk for long periods of time. Much of the terrain at archeological sites is uneven and is not paved. Most of the streets in the old towns are cobbled. The tour is therefore not recommended for people with walking disabilities or limitations.


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Hotel Information


Hotel Bristol, Sorrento

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Via Capo, 22, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
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+39 081 878 4522


NH Catania Centro, Catania

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Piazza Trento, 13, 95129 Catania CT, Italy
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+39 095 316933


Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo

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Via dei Cartari, 18, 90133 Palermo, Italy
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+39 091 320075



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