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Puglia, Calabria & Sicily… 11 days – 9 nights

MAY 07-17 2017

Mashpee Chamber 2017 and Ambassador Travel present:

HIDDEN SECRETS OF SOUTHERN ITALY

Day 1 Wed MAY 7 Depart USA Evening departure. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 Thu MAY 8 Puglia – Bari – Martina Franca Morning arrival at Naples Airport, met your tour Director and Driver for transfer to your hotel in Martina Franca. Balance of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, meet your tour director for a welcome drink followed by special welcome dinner at a local restaurant (D)

4 nights Martina Franca Park Hotel San Michele or Similar

Day 3 Fri MAY 9 Alberobello Morning tour of Alberobello known for the world famous “Trulli”, picturesque cone shaped houses that take us back in time to a traditional countryside life. Needless to say, also Alberobello is a UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy lunch at a local retsurant. In the afternoon visit an olive oil farm in Cisternino. Return to the hotel, overnight (B)

Day 4 Sat MAY 10 Otranto – Galatina – Lecce

Today we explore the gate from the east of Italy, Otranto. Visit city center and famous Arogonese Castle. Our tour continues Galatina that before the unification of Italy was called San Pietro in Galatina. Visit the medieval city center with the late Romanesque church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, built in 1390. Time for lunch, in the afternoon we visit Lecce. One of Puglia’s most important cities. Founded by Greeks but today best baroque architecture preserved in the region. Visit the historical city center on a guided walking tour. Late afternoon return to Martina Franca in time for dinner (B,D)

 Day 5 Sun MAY 11 Trani – Bari Excursion to Northern Puglia to visit Trani famous fishing village. Continue to Bari for guided tour of the historical center, the Cathedral of Saint Sabino and the Basilica of Saint Nicolas. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by an included wine tasting session at a local winery. (B,L)

 Day 6 Mon MAY 12 Matera – Calabria Morning departure for Calabria. En route excursion to Matera to visit this unique village Carved in the lime stone also movie set for the “Passion of Christ”. In the afternoon, continue along the southern Italian peninsula to Calabria. Late afternoon arrive on the Jasmine Riviera of the Ionian coast of Calabria. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. (B,D)

2 nights Marina di Gioiosa Jonica Hotel Miramare or similar

Day 7 Tue MAY 13 Gerace Morning departure for a guided tour of the medieval hill town of Gerace, which is known as one of the most picturesque & historical centers in the region. Here you will visit a famous Norman Cathedral considered to be the largest in Southern Italy, dated 11th Century A.D. Today enjoy an exclusive home hosted lunch at a Calabrese family. This afternoon time at leisure to relax. Dinner & overnight at your hotel. (B/L)

Day 8 Wed MAY 14 Calabria – Taormina This morning our journey continues to explore the very southern point of the Italian peninsula before boarding the ferry crossing the straits of Messina to reach Taormina. Stop in Reggio Calabria and visit of its Museum, where are kept the famous Greek statues “Bronzi di Riace”. Late afternoon check in to your hotel in Taormina, followed by dinner. (B,D)

3 Nights Taormina Hotel Villa Diodoro or similar

Day 9 Thu MAY 15 Taormina – Morning Cooking Class This Morning enjoy a private cooking class session starting at the local market in Taormina followed by lunch that will be the outcome of your included Sicilian culinary experience. In the afternoon enjoy Taormina’s charming city center that includes the Greek/Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Taormina. (B,L)

Day 10 Fri MAY 16 Taormina / Mt Etna Explore the slopes of Mt. Etna that also includes an interesting honey-tasting session in Zafferana, wine tasting session. Continue climbing to 6,000 feet, where you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. In the afternoon return to Taormina for time at leisure. Tonight enjoy a special farewell dinner to bid arrivederci to Italy and your new friends (B,D)

 Day 11 Sat MAY 17 Catania Morning transfer to Catania Airport for your early connecting return flight Meals and refreshments served on board. (B)

 

Included features:

  • Hotel accommodation for 9 nights
  • Included meals consisting of :
  • Daily buffet breakfasts
  • 3 local Lunches
  • 6 – dinners including special Welcome and farewell dinner as per program
  • Wine for Welcome and farewell dinner
  • 1 wine tastings
  • Touring by private, air conditioned motorcoach
  • Professional multi-lingual Tour Director
  • Cooking class
  • Sightseeing as indicated including local guides and entrance fees in bold
  • All transfers
  • Tipping for included restaurants and hotels
  • Not included: suggested gratuities Motor coach Driver € 2-3 euro per person per day Local on site Guides: € 1 to 2 euro per person per tour Tour Director: € 3 to 5 euro per person per day
  • Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double-bedded room.
  • NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $200.00 PER PERSON DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING BAL DUE 15 JUL 2016
  • AIR AND LAND ONLY RATE $3487.00 PER PERSON(check only) (includes taxes)
  • Single Room Supplement is $ 480.00 air tax could fluctuate very slightly

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