October 30, 2018

Cultural Tours

CLASSICAL ITALY TOUR
Italy's main historical sites
in one journey
7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrival at the airport. Meeting with the tour leader and transfer to Venice by bus. Transfer by vaporetto boat (water bus) to Venice downtown. Lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon, guided tour of the city. After the visits, boat to Tronchetto and departure for Padua. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight.

Breakfast in hotel. Free visit of the Basilica of St. Anthony. Departure for Florence with stopover in Bologna. Lunch in restaurant. Walking tour of the historical centre and departure for Florence. Arrival in Florence at the end of the afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight.

Breakfast in hotel. Guided visit of Florence. Lunch in restaurant. Departure for Siena and visit of the town. Departure for Assisi. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight.

Breakfast in hotel. Guided half day visit of Assisi. Lunch in restaurant and departure for Rome. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to St. Peter Square for the Pope’s blessing. Lunch in restaurant. Walking tour of the city and panoramic city tour by bus. In the afternoon visit of the rest of the city, including Catacombs of San Callisto and the Crypt of Santa Cecilia. Transfer to the restaurant for a farewell dinner with music show. Overnight in hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Visit of the Vatican Museums. Lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon, walking tour of downtown Rome. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. After dinner, “Rome by Night” tour. Overnight in hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure.

WATER TOUR
Sea, lakes and rivers
in Northern Italy
7 Days / 6 Nights

Upon arrival at Venice airport, board your coach and transfer to Treviso for a guided tour of the city centre. Then transfer to your hotel in the Venice area and overnight.

After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Venice for a full day guided tour of the city built on water. Board the vaporetto to sail along the Grand Canal. Then enjoy a guided walking tour in the heart of Venice with a local guide. Time at leisure to make the most of your day in Venice, during which you’ll have the chance to take a gondola cruise. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, go on a boat cruise from Venice to Padua, following the path of the 18th-century burchiello veneziano, among the villas that line the Brenta Canal.

After breakfast head to Verona and enjoy a guided walking tour of the city with a local guide: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, the Arena (entrance ticket is included). Move on to Lake Garda and visit the resort town of Sirmione. Transfer to your hotel in the Lake Garda area, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast in hotel, leave for the wine region of Franciacorta. Discover this land of vineyards overlooking the Alps and Lago d’Iseo, also by tasting the great variety of local wines and learning about their production process. Then continue on to the Cinque Terre region. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast in hotel, start your full day private guided tour of Cinque Terre: Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Riomaggiore. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast in hotel, leave for Milan and have a guided tour of the city. Then transfer to Milan airport for your return flight.                                                            

ROME & ABRUZZO
The Eternal City and the land between mountains and sea
10 Days / 9 Nights

Upon arrival at Rome airport, be met by our local tour manager, board the coach and transfer to your hotel located in the city centre. Check in your rooms and have some time to relax before a welcome drink with your tour manager for an orientation briefing. Then, transfer to a restaurant for a welcome dinner. Overnight Rome.

In the morning, you’ll be visiting the Vatican with Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of the most famous squares, fountains and palaces of the baroque art (Spanish Steps,Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, etc.). At the end of the tour, return to the hotel by private coach and enjoy a free evening and dinner. Overnight Rome.

Breakfast in hotel. This morning get ready for a guided tour of the Ancient Rome: Colosseum (skip-the-line tickets included), Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, etc. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Overnight Rome.

After breakfast board the coach and transfer to Abruzzo. Crossing the Apennines, you will stop at the tiny village of Castelli famous for maiolica ware ceramics, where you will visit some artisans using traditional techniques. After an independent lunch you will arrive at the village of Civitella del Tronto – which will be your base for the next 2 nights. A private visit of the fortress has been arranged. There is time to stroll through the village before a welcome to Abruzzo dinner.

This morning you will discover more of Civitella del Tronto’s history. Then enjoy a private truffle hunt with local hunters. A truffle degustation lunch will follow. In the afternoon you will meet a local olive oil producer to learn all about the extra virgin and olive oils and taste his prized extra virgin olive oil. Return to your accommodation and enjoy a free evening.

Head to the Adriatic coast and stop for a coffee or a gelato at the seaside town of San Vito Chietino. Visit a Benedictine Abbey and admire the view over the Adriatic coast and the Gulf of Venus. After a seafood lunch in a panoramic local restaurant, you will head towards the Majella National Park where you will take a stroll along a mountain path with a spectacular view of the Adriatic coastline. Enjoy a welcome drink at your nearby boutique accommodation.

Today go on an excursion to some important sites in the eastern Apennines. Firstly visit the village of Palombaro. Then enjoy a short walk to Fara San Martino in the Majella National Park and visit a 9th century Benedictine monastery. During the excursion you will have lunch in a local trattoria with traditional dishes. Drive back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

This morning transfer to Sulmona and visit the city center. Then there’s time to sample the specialties of Sulmona as we visit Confetti producers. Dinner at a local restaurant tonight and overnight Sulmona.

Today visit the medieval castle of Rocca Calascio, in the Gran Sasso National Park. Weather permitting, enjoy a picnic lunch with some local specialties paired with local wines, otherwise lunch will be served in a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit in the medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Here you will also enjoy a farewell medieval dinner. Return to the hotel in Sulmona and overnight.

This morning transfer to Rome airport for your return flight.

ABRUZZO
Surprising art, religion
and nature
4 Days / 3 Nights

Arrival in Montesilvano, accommodation in hotel and lunch. In the afternoon, guided tour of Pescara. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast, departure for Lanciano. Time at disposal to visit the town. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue on to Chieti and guided tour of the city. Then, make your way on to L’Aquila. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast, guided excursion to Gran Sasso and Laga Mounts. We will continue our trip to Campo Imperatore, the most extended plateau in Abruzzo. Typical lunch near L’Aquila. In the afternoon, guided tour of L’Aquila. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

After breakfast, departure for a guided tour of Sulmona, famous for the production of “confetti”, sugar-coated almonds. Lunch at a local restaurant in Sulmona. In the afternoon, departure for your country of origin.

PUGLIA & BASILICATA
7 Days / 6 Nights

On arrival at Bari Airport transfer to your hotel near Alberobello. Once arrived, enjoy some free time to relax followed by dinner at your hotel.

Today you will visit villages such as Alberobello that feature buildings designed in the iconic trullo style. You will enjoy lunch together in a typical farm house of the region. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast this morning we include a full-day tour of Matera, whose “Sassi” houses are carved into the hillside. They are Basilicata’s most famous site and the town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

After breakfast in hotel depart for an excursion to visit Ostuni. You will also have the opportunity to sample the olive oil that is produced in this region.

Today’s excursion takes you to Lecce, “the Florence of the South” thanks to its splendid Baroque architecture. View the city’s highlights in the company of a local guide.

Today, full-day excursion to the coastal town of Trani and to the medieval fortress of Castel del Monte.

After breakfast transfer to Bari Airport for your return flight.

ROME & SORRENTO
7 Days / 6 Nights

Upon arrival at Rome Airport, be met by our local tour manager and transfer to Rome city centre for a guided tour of the Ancient Rome (Colosseum skip-the-line tickets are included). Independent lunch during the visits. Transfer to your hotel in Rome. Check in your rooms and have some time to relax before a welcome dinner at a restaurant in Rome.

In the morning, you’ll be visiting the Vatican with Vatican Museum and the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of the most famous squares, fountains and palaces of the Baroque art (Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, etc.). At the end of the tour, return to the hotel by private coach and enjoy a free evening and dinner. Overnight Rome.

After breakfast in hotel, board the coach and depart for Sorrento, stopping on the way at Pompeii archeological site. In the afternoon transfer to Sorrento and check in your hotel. After dinner, make your way to the historic Teatro Tasso in Sorrento city centre for an evening performance of the “Sorrento Musical”, which depicts life and traditions on the Sorrentine Peninsula in the past centuries through traditional southern Italian folk songs and dances, including the Tarantella. Overnight Sorrento.

After breakfast in hotel, meet your local guide and transfer to the port where you will catch the hydrofoil to Capri. The musts while in Capri are to walk through the famous “Piazzetta” and a boat trip to the Blue Grotto. After the walking and the boat tours, return to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast in hotel, get ready for a tour of the Amalfi Coast. Your driver will bring you along the spectacular Amalfi Drive that brings you from Sorrento to Amalfi. Start your tour in Positano, where you’ll have some free time to take a stroll and visit some handicraft shops. Then move to Amalfi and visit the town. Return to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast board the bus and transfer to Naples for a guided tour of all the city highlights. At the end of the tour enjoy a traditional pizza in a pizzeria. In the afternoon return to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight.

EASTERN SICILY
8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive at Catania Airport where you’ll be met by your driver and travel to Siracusa for a 3-night stay. Welcome dinner is included in a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Siracusa.

Breakfast in hotel. In the morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Unesco site Siracusa. After an included street food experience at the local market, you will cruise along the Ortigia Grand Harbour. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. This morning a full day journey with our driver and tour guide takes you to discover the Baroque towns of Ragusa with its ancient Ibla disctrict and Modica, Unesco World Heritage sites. In the latter a visit to a local confectionery to sample the chocolate Modicano is included. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Taormina area. On the way you will discover Catania. You will then travel along the panoramic Cyclops Riviera to reach the fishing village of Giardini Naxos. Check in hotel, dinner and overnight Giardini Naxos.

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the historical Taormina, including the ancient Greek Theatre. Enjoy some free time in Taormina before returning to Giardini Naxos for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, explore Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe and one of the world’s most active. You will ascend to 7,000 ft and take a walk to visit the Silvestri Craters. Afterwards, you will descend to the village of Linguaglossa to visit a well-known Sicilian vineyard, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and a light lunch. Return to Giardini Naxos for dinner and overnight.

You will begin your day with a short morning drive to the medieval mountain village of Savoca. The village’s main claim to fame is its association with the Godfather film, since some scenes were shot here.  a cool lemon granita (crushed-ice drink). Afterwards, you will continue to the village of Forza d’Agrò, where you will enjoy a Sicilian farewell dinner in a local tavern. Overnight stay in Giardini Naxos.

After breakfast transfer to Catania Airport for your return flight.

WESTERN SICILY
7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive in Palermo International Airport and travel to the city for a two nights stay. Welcome dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant. Overnight in Palermo.

Breakfast in hotel. An included guided tour will help you discover the highlights of Palermo, the Sicilian capital, a true crossroads of history. After an included street food experience at the market, you will head towards Monreale to visit its Norman cathedral. Here you will also experience a mosaic demonstration. Dinner and overnight Palermo.

A wonderful journey takes you today to visit the famous Greek temple of Segesta, the hilltop town of Erice and the salt sands capital town Trapani. Lunch is included today in a typical local tavern in Erice. In the afternoon you will descend to sea level to the west coast town of Marsala where you will be staying for two nights. Dinner and overnight Marsala.

Today we begin touring Western Sicily with an included visit to Marsala. A local tour guide will take you on an orientation tour of the town followed by a visit to a winery with tasting. Then drive to the Greek archeological site of Selinunte. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Dinner and overnight in Marsala.

After breakfast, you will drive along the panoramic south-west coast to reach Agrigento, where you will visit the archeological site called “Valley of the Temples”. Independent lunch. This afternoon we will visit the Archaeological Museum. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel.

Today leave for Cefalù, where you will see the ruins of the Villa Romana del Casale. Later, time at leisure for lunch or shopping. This afternoon we will drive to the fishing village of Cefalù for our last night stay. This evening join the typical Sicilian passeggiata along the seafront promenade as only Sicilians do. Dinner and overnight Cefalù.

Morning transfer to Palermo Airport for your flight home.

LAKE GARDA, VENICE & VERONA
with a wine experience in the Franciacorta region
6 Days / 5 Nights

On arrival a coach will take you to Verona’s city centre for a guided tour, including the ancient Roman arena and Juliet’s House. Continue on to Lake Garda and check in the hotel.  Dinner and overnight Lake Garda.

Today you will have a tour of the lake. Stopover at Salò and continue on to Sirmione at the lake’s southern tip. Today you will also see lush groves of olives, citrus trees and of course vines used for making the Bardolino wines. Indipendent lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Today head north to the Dolomite Mountains. You have plenty of stops today as well as the opportunity to ascend on a cable car (subject to seasonal operation) to enjoy panoramic views of the whole area. Indipendent lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Today transfer to the famous wine producing area of Franciacorta, where you will visit a wine cellar to learn all about the Franciacorta together with the tasting of the best wines combined with local cheeses and salami. Transfer into a classy restaurant with tasting menu and pair wines. In the afternoon return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

After an early breakfast you will take the drive to Venice. Once arrived, take a walking tour to see all the highlights of “La Serenissima” (Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and Square, the Campanile, etc.). Then, for art lovers there is Accademia, housing the finest Renaissance work, or the Guggenheim with exhibits by the main modern and contemporary artists. For lunch, away from St. Mark’s Square, small restaurants offer three course meals at reasonable prices. Later, what better than taking a trip on a gondola? A short ride on one of them is a lovely and peaceful way to explore the backwaters of the city. In the late afternoon, board your coach and return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast in hotel transfer to the airport for your return flight.

SPAIN & PORTUGAL
A crossroads
of cultures and styles
9 Days / 8 Nights

Arrive Tangeri and transfer to the port to board you ferry to Tarifa. Upon arrival meet your coach and transfer to Gibraltar. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a tour with minivans and audioguides of the Nature Reserve. At the end of the tour proceed to Torremolinos. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Torremolinos.

After breakfast depart for Granada. Upon arrival enjoy a half day guided tour of Alhambra and Generalife Palace. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon have a guided tour of a local farm to see how the horses are raised and then a small demonstration of the equestrian show with two amazons. Tapas dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Granada.

After breakfast depart for Cordoba. Upon arrival enjoy a half day guided tour of the city including the entrance to the Mezquita. Afternoon full of fun at Aquasierra water park! Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cordoba.

After breakfast depart for Seville. Upon arrival free time for shopping. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a half day guided tour of the city including the entrance to the Giralda, the famous bell tower of the Seville Cathedral. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Seville.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning do kayak in the river Guadalquivir. The activity will be supervised by specialised instructors. Dinner at a local restaurant accompanied by traditional and suggestive Flamenco Show. Overnight at the hotel in Seville.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will visit a century old farm for breeding in order to know the life of bulls and that of people who work and live there. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon continue on to Albufeira. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Albufeira.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will depart for Albufeira and head to Carvoeiro Beach on a 2.5-hour cruise along the coast. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Albufeira.

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning full of fun at the beach in Albufeira and lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon leave Albufeira to Faro, where you will enjoy a half day guided tour of the city. Late in the afternoon a cooking class and dinner with the prepared dishes will take place in a traditional farm. Overnight at the hotel in Faro.

Transfer from the hotel to Faro Airport for your return flight.

CALABRIA BETWEEN ART
AND NATURE
6 Days / 5 Nights

Arrival in the afternoon in Cosenza and walking tour of the city center. Transfer to Amantea. Dinner and overnight hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Guided excursion in Sila National Park. Typical lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continuation to the tourist station of Lorica and to San Giovanni in Fiore. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast in hotel, departure for Reggio Calabria and guided tour of the city. A special visit will be dedicated to the National Archeological Museum, which hosts the famous Riace Bronzes. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Scilla. Continue on to Bagnara and visit the Aragonese Tower. Dinner and overnight hotel.

 

Breakfast in hotel. Guided excursion in Locri and visit of the ancient excavations of Locri Epizefiri. Continuation to the medieval towns of Gerace and Stilo. Typical lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast in hotel, departure to visit Le Castella with its famous Aragonese Castle and Isola di Capo Rizzuto. Fish lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continuation to Crotone: visit its medieval castle and its museum. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast in hotel, visit beautiful Tropea. Lunch at a local restaurant. The, enjoy a panoramic tour of Capo Vaticano. In the afternoon, departure for your country of origin.

CALABRIA,
A LAND TO DISCOVER
6 Days / 5 Nights

Upon your arrival in Civita, enjoy a stroll in the historic center. After a typical lunch in Altomonte, visit of ancient Balbia. In the evening, transfer to your hotel in Cosenza. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast, departure to visit the ancient fishermen villages of Scilla and Chianalea. Lunch in Villa San Giovanni. In the afternoon, arrival in Reggio Calabria. After a walk along the seafront, have dinner at a local restaurant. Return to Villa San Giovanni and overnight hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to the Ionian Coast and visit to Roman villa of Casignana. Lunch in Gerace and guided tour of this medieval town. In the evening, dinner in Vibo Valentia and overnight hotel.

After breakfast, depart for Tropea and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Pizzo Calabro and possibility to take a panoramic walk to Piedigrotta Church. In the evening, arrival in Cosenza. Dinner and overnight hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the medieval town of Santa Severina for a guided tour of its historic center. After lunch at a local restaurant, departure to Sila National Park for a panoramic tour. In the evening, dinner and overnight hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Rossano Calabro and guided tour of the town. After lunch, departure for your country of origin.

BASILICATA
Beautiful discovery
5 Days / 4 Nights

Arrival in Matera and guided tour of the historic center of Matera and Sasso Barisano. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

After breakfast, departure for a half day guided excursion in Venosa. At the end, transfer to Melfi and lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Castle of Melfi and Lagopesole. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, departure to visit Metaponto. Transfer to Nova Siri Marina, lunch and accommodation in hotel. In the afternoon, visit Policoro and the National Museum of Siritide. Dinner and overnight hotel.

After breakfast, departure for a guided excursion in Pollino National Park. Lunch at a local restaurant in Rotonda. In the afternoon, visit of Rotonda historic center and Pollino Paleontological Museum. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

After breakfast, depart for Marateaand ascend to Monte San Biagio where the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer is located. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, departure for your country of origin.