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Winter in Southern Italy

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When the weather turns cold in the Northeast of Italy, we invite you to come enjoy one of the best times to visit Southern Italy. You will be pleasantly surprised at the balmy daytime temperature and cool evenings. Take this opportunity to experience all that Southern Italy has to offer in comfort and at tremendous savings.

Taormina will be free of the summer tourists, so you will have wonderful opportunities to visit the sites, without crowds, take advantage of sale prices and outstanding culinary experiences. Come and find one of the best kept secrets; Sicily in Winter is a unique and unforgettable experience!

Day by day itinerary

Day 1 / Departure from US
Day 1 / Departure from US.
Day 2 / Taormina
Arrival in Catania and transfer to hotel in Taormina. Check in at Hotel Continental. In the afternoon orientation meeting and presentation of program.
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 / Taormina
After breakfast, join your guide for a private guided visit of Taormina, including the Roman-Greek Theater with on-site lecture. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to hotel. Rest of the day free time.
Dinner on own.
Day 4 / Syracuse and Isle of Ortigia
Full day excursion to Syracuse and Isle of Ortigia to visit the Archeologic Park. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 5 / Cooking Class
Visit to the local market with Chef Massimo, hands on cooking lesson followed by lunch. • Appetizer: Fresh anchovies in a “Beccafico style” • First course: fresh ravioli stuffed with pistaccio • Main course: Fresh catch of the day in a “Ghiotta” or Messina way The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Taormina, shop the many fine ceramic shops, try the reknowned café and pastry shops.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6 /Alacante Gorges/Randazzo/Adrano
Deeparture to >b>Alcantara gorges, deep incisions in volcanic rocks and cliffs, caused by the eruptions of Mount Etna. Lunch on on your pwn. Transfer to Randazzo, a medieval village with a rich Byzantine and Arab origin. Circumetnea train to Adrano Village. Return to hotel.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with folk music.
Day 7 / Return to US
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Catania airport for your return flight to the USA.

Dates and Price details

Dates Price details Participants
New York/JFK Jan. 15 – 21, 2017 Land Only $1,189.00 per person
Single Supplement $299.00
SOLD OUT

*Minimum of 25 participants required

New York/JFK Feb. 12 – 18, 2017 Land Only $1,189.00 per person
Single Supplement $299.00
SOLD OUT

*Minimum of 25 participants required

Boston March 13 – 19, 2017 Land only $1,269.00 per person
Single Supplement $299.00
SOLD OUT

*Minimum of 25 participants required

Packages include

  • Round-trip trans-Atlantic flights from New York-JFK/Boston
  • Arrival transfer, by private car and driver, from Catania airport to hotel in Taormina
  • 5 night accommodation in Taormina at superior tourist class, Hotel Continental
  • Guided visit of Taormina, including Roman-Greek Theater, with on site historical lecture
  • Full day excursion to Siracusa and the Isle of Ortigia, including the Archeological Park
  • Taormina market excursion followed by Sicilian cooking class with Chef Massimo
  • Departure transfer by private car and driver, from hotel in Taormina to Catania Airport
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners at local restaurant including farewell dinner with folkloristic, entertainment, including wine at all dinners
  • Cooking Class
  • Hotel Tax

Package does not include

  • International Taxes, fuel charges, or security fee, Typically, $ 650.00 per person, subject to change until tickets are issued
  • Tips to guides, transfer personnel or anything of a personal nature
  • Terms and conditions apply

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