A Cultural Escapade into Amalfi and Sicily
April 14-29, 2023
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.
International flight from 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.
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)
Today you are totally free to explore all the wonders that can be found in Sorrento. (B,D)
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)
You are again at liberty to enjoy the flavors of Sorrento on your own. (B,D)
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 stop at 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)
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 Umberto. (B,D)
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)
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)
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)
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. (B)
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)
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)
Free day. (B)
Explore the beautiful Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, famous for its golden stone Doric temples left by the Greeks. Learn about the myths of Hercules, Juno, Castor and Pollux. Relive the glories of the people who founded Sicily, colonizing its cities from the 8th century BC. The temples were constructed some 300 years later and remain the largest collection of early Greek architecture outside of Greece. The Temple of Concord and Temple of Zeus, believed to have been the 3rd largest temple the Greeks ever built. (B, D)
Flight home. Your tour director will advise you of your return times.
Hotel Bristol, Sorrento
Hotel AddressVia Capo, 22, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
+39 081 878 4522
Romano House, Catania
Hotel AddressVia Giovanni di Prima, 20, 95131 Catania CT, Italy
+39 095 352 0611
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo
Hotel AddressVia dei Cartari, 18, 90133 Palermo, Italy
+39 091 320075