Sicily, Amalfi Coast and Croatia September 4 - 17, 2019
Sicily, Amalfi Coast and Croatia September 4 - 17, 2019
Travel through the coastal regions of Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Croatia. Through this 14-day trip you will become intimately familiar with the food, architecture, history and culture of three distinct areas of the central Mediterranean Sea.
The full amount $3,875.00 is due by May 1, 2019.
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This tour is focused entirely on Southern Italy and Croatia. During this 14-day tour you will explore the island of Sicily, visit the famed Amalfi Coast, and then fly off to enjoy Croatia. Visitors will gain a thorough appreciation for the deep and colorful history of Sicily that is unique from that of the rest of Italy. First, with a historical review of the entire island conducted in a walking tour of Palermo. Then we visit a winery, with a tasting of several delicious Sicilian wines in Mazara del Vallo. An afternoon is spent learning how to cook and enjoy the delicacies of Sicily together with the favorite wines from our tasting. We also get to visit the third phase of Stone and Compass in Petralia Soprana, an amazing mountain town where we are building another international travel center. From there, the group travels on to stay in Taormina, where we will experience more of the Greek history of Sicily, first with the Greek Theater. Then it is off to explore the ancient Greek ruins in Syracuse and stroll the beautiful seaside port peninsula of Ortigia. The next stop takes us to the ruins of Pompei. Then we continue on to the colorful Amalfi Coast, first with a stay in Sorrento. The next day we enjoy the hillside town of Positano. We finish the Amalfi Coastal portion of our trip at the beaches of Amalfi and Atrani. Then we fly to Croatia. After arriving in the capital, Zagreb, we spend the next several days traipsing along the Adriatic coast through Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.
$3,875.00 All inclusive (flights are out of Boston Logan Airport) An additional fee of $150 will be added for any participant who needs to fly out of any other major airport in the USA.
All inclusive includes:
Flights, ALL hotels, ALL meals, translator, site visits, museum & historical site admissions, transportation, and tour guides.
Day 1: Fly to Palermo, Sicily
Day 2: Palermo
Day 3: Palermo (Mazara del Vallo)
Day 4: Petralia Soprana/Taormina
Day 5: Syracuse/Ortigia
Day 6: Pompei/Sorrento
Day 7: Positano
Day 8: Amalfi/Atrani
Day 9: Zagreb, Croatia
Day 10: Pula
Day 11: Zadar
Day 12: Split
Day 13: Dubrovnik
Day 14: Return
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!