The morning after your arrival in Palermo, we will embark upon a walking tour of the city with a local historian. Many of Palermo’s treasures are immediately accessible with a pleasant stroll, including the Palermo Theater (pictured), a fascinating street market, the Cathedral, the Norman Palace and Pretorian Fountain. You’ll quickly navigate Palermo like a local! Before dinner, we will enjoy a show by a local puppet master.
Day Three: Winery and Cooking Class
In the Southwest corner of the island, we’ll enjoy a wine tour and tasting at a Sicilian winery. From there we will enjoy an afternoon learning to cook Sicilian style and enjoy our dinner together with the wines from the tasting.
Day Four: Petralia Soprana and Taormina
On our way from Palermo to the East coast of Sicily, we will enjoy lunch in Petralia Soprana, charming mountain town that is the home of Phase 3 of Stone and Compass. From there, we will continue on to the coastal town of Taormina and begin to explore the Greek history of Sicily. The Greek theater (pictured) is a well-kept archaeological treasure sitting at one side of Taormina. From there, the town has a beautiful promenade with all sorts of shops and restaurants where we will enjoy dinner.
Day Five: Syracuse and Ortigia
Today we will travel south to Syracuse, sight of the largest Greek theater in Sicily, along with a Roman Amphitheatre and several ancient caves that are all part of a huge archaeological site in the middle of the city. Then we will go to the coastal peninsula, Ortigia, where we will enjoy lunch and explore the catacombs under a cathedral (pictured) at Piazza Duomo that were once an ancient temple to the goddess Athena.
Day Six: Amalfi Coast and Sorrento
Welcome to the Amalfi Coast! Today we head to Sorrento. We also get to stop at Pompeii and view this ancient Roman City before enjoying a late afternoon stroll around Sorrento and a dinner by the sea.
Day Seven: Positano
Today we head up to the picturesque town that is built right into the hillsides. Famous for its pastel colored houses, Positano will leave lasting memories.
Day Eight: Amalfi and Atrani
Today we head to the beach! Or should we say beaches . . . Amalfi and Atrani share beautiful pebble beaches that are worth a stroll and opportunity to step into the warm Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon, we will explore the side streets and cafes.
Day Nine: Zagreb, Croatia
Today we fly to and enjoy this capital city. Walk through the colorful Tkalciceva district and enjoy quaint cafes and craft shops. From here, head off to Jelacic Square, stone gate, the Gothic Cathedral and the quirky “museum of broken relationships”. Finish the day with a wonderful dinner. (Pictured: Zagreb Cathedral and city skyline)
Day Ten: Pula
We awake to a wonderful breakfast and head to the ancient city of Pula, home of the 6th largest Roman Colosseum in the world. Visiting the temple of Augustus and the arch of Sergius, the tour meanders through thousands of years of history ending at the cathedral and waterfront. (Pictured: aerial view of Pula, centered on the Roman Colosseum)
Day Eleven: Zadar
On this day, we head to the seaside city of Zadar. Sit along the waters edge at the famed Morske Orgulie (Sea Organ), pass through the ancient city gates and watch the sunset along the Paeo Maritime.
Day Twelve: Split
Today we visit Diocletian’s Palace (pictured) in the city of Split. This incredible ancient wonder begins our journey into the old section of Split with its Romanesque architecture. Our day is completed with a visit to Putalj Winery and olive plantation.
Day Thirteen: Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, a true highlight of the trip, this morning we head to the famous seaside port of Dubrovnik. Stroll along the ancient walls, enjoy a ride on Dubrovnik cable cars, sit and have lunch in the old city and bask in the sights of the Mediterranean gem.
Day Fourteen: Fly home
Over the last two weeks, we have traveled through Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Croatia. Our journey started with the mixed Muslim and Greek history of Sicily, both of which they’ve managed to thoroughly embrace. From there, we enjoyed the relaxed, ocean-side vistas of the Amalfi Coast and history of Pompei. Finally, we ended with a thorough examination of Croatia and its coastal culture and history. We hope this experience leaves you enriched, fulfilled and excited to consider what to explore next year!