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Tour of the Two Sicilies

Tour of the Two Sicilies

In collaboration with Viatour Travel www.viatour.com.au, the two departures of 23 days have been planned to discover the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Although its name dates back to 1816-1861 the Kingdom was founded in the twelfth century. It combined the largest two states of Italy, before the Unification of Italy, which encompassed the union of the Kingdom of Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples.

This tour will give you the chance to discover the southern part of mainland Italy and the Island of Sicily.

Our tour highlights include visits to more than 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites. These areas contain some of the most spectacular archaeological and architectural treasures in Italy: the once buried city of Pompeii, the ancient city of Matera (European Capital of Culture for 2019), Lecce, commonly nicknamed "the Florence of the South", the stunning Greek theatre at Taormina, the Greek city of Agrigento, Palermo and many charming medieval hilltop towns.

We continue to renowned religious sites such as the Vatican Museums with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo and other great masters, St Peter’s Basilica where we admire the exquisite statue “La Pieta” and not to be missed is another Michelangelo masterpiece, the giant statue of Moses in the Church of St Peters in Chains. Your holiday will provide the ultimate cultural experience, as with likeminded companions, you explore the best of the Mediterranean’s most alluring sites, all to be enhanced by the delicious and diverse gourmet flavours awaiting you.

 

day 01

Depart Australia Depart from your local international airport for your flight to Catania, via Dubai, with Emirates Airlines.

day 02

Arrive Catania - Siracusa Met on arrival in Catania and transferred to our hotel in Siracusa. At leisure until dinner in the evening.

day 03

Siracusa Breakfast, then with our local guide we stroll around the charming historical centre of Ortigia. Afternoon and evening free. Optional: visit the archaeological site of the ancient Greek settlement founded by Corinthians in 734 bC.

day 04

Siracusa - Modica - Scala dei Turchi - Agrigento This morning we travel through the Val di Noto to the baroque city of Modica. Meet our local guide and visit the historical centre. Then continue to the Valley of the Temples, guided tour of this colossal site. Time permitting we drive to Scala dei Turchi for an amazing panoramic view.

day 05

Agrigento - Mozia - Erice - Segesta - Palermo On our way to visit Marsala, where we board the vessel to the tiny historical Island of Mozia. Then continue to Erice and enjoy the magnificent views after the visit. View the stunning Doric Temple at Segesta. Evening arrival in Palermo. (B, D)

day 06

Palermo - Monreale - Cefalu’ - Palermo Our guide will be with us all day to visit the historic sites of Palermo, and the Cathedral and Cloister at Monreale. Excursion to Cefalu’ with its huge Norman Cathedral. (B, D)

day 07

Palermo - Piazza Armerina - Taormina We stop for a guided visit of the famous mosaics at the “Villa Romana del Casale” at Piazza Armerina on our way to Taormina. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. (B, D)

day 08

Taormina Guided excursion to Mt Etna. Stops on our return include Forza d’Agro’. Optional: visit the Greek Theatre. (B, D)

day 09

Taormina - Messina - Reggio di Calabria On our way to the port, we stop for a panoramic of Messina city centre. Then we cross the Straights to Reggio. After check in we visit the historic centre of the city and ultimately the National Museum of Magna Grecia with its famous giants: the “Bronze Statues of Riace’”. (B, D)

day 10

Reggio di Calabria - Metaponto Several panoramic stops will be enjoyed on our way to historic Metaponto which dates 6" century bC. (B, D)

day 11

Metaponto - Bernalda - Polignano We complete our panoramic drive around Metaponto, time permitting also Bernalda. These areas have left a rich cultural legacy as we will note from the extensive archaeological parks and extraordinary Temple. Evening arrival at Polignano al Mare. (B, D)

day 12

Polignano - Lecce - Otranto - Polignano Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". This city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been the Cretans in Greek records. Our morning city tour with our local guide will highlight the history of this city. Visit Otranto on our return to base. (B, D)

Furthermore, this tour includes three days in Rome, to revisit your favourite sites or discover the unique monumental sites such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the views from Palatine Hill. Roam through Campo dei Fiori, the most famous Piazzas, such as Navona, Spagna and of course the amazing Trevi, the beautiful end result of an engineering feat, namely the Aqua Virgo an ancient aqueduct still functioning today.


 

 

day 13

Polignano - Alberobello - Matera

Matera: “European Capital of Culture for 2019” Visit the cone shaped Trulli at Alberobello on our way to Matera. Known as "la Citta Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City). Since the 10" millennium bC, Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. With our guide we explore the historic centre in depth and visit some of the Cave dwellings. This area has been the backdrop of famous films such as “The Gospel according to St Matthew’ (Pasolini 1964), “King David” (Bruce Beresford 1985), “The Passion of the Christ” (Gibson 2004) and the “Nativity story” (Hardwicke 2006). (B, D)

day 14  

Matera - Venosa - Melfi - Potenza
After a short drive we reach Venosa with its imposing Aragon Castle. Then to Melfi, also with its commanding castle perched on the hilltop. Considered an important town in Basilicata's Culture, interesting tourist venue and economic centre. Panoramic of Potenza perched at over 800m commanding amazing views of surrounding valleys. (D, B).

day 15

Potenza - Pertosa Caves - Paestum -Sorrento 
 On a guided visit we explore the Caves of Pertosa, also known as the Angel Caves. Afternoon guided visit of the archaeological site of Paestum, famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are very well-preserved. (B, D)

day 16

Sorrento - Amalfi - Ravello - Positano - Sorrento 
Today we visit the jewels of the “Costa Divina’. We visit Amalfi, drive up to Scala and Ravello perched between the sky and the sea. Finally a photo stop Positano. (B,D)

day 17

Sorrento - Pompeii - Caserta - Naples
In Pompei our guide will give us an insight of this ancient Roman city before the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. We continue to Caserta to visit the stunning Royal Palace and gardens. Our day ends with dinner at our hotel in Naples. (B, D)

day 18

Naples
We meet our local guide to visit this fascinating city flanked by Mt Vesuvius and Castel dell’Ovo. Afternoon free, peruse the National Archaeological Museum, visit the Capodimonte Royal Palace or the ceramic workshop. (B, D)

day 19

Naples - Frascati - Rome
On our way to Rome we enjoy a panoramic of Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo and a stop in Frascati for independent lunch. Late afternoon arrival in Rome city centre. (B, D)  

day 20

Rome
Morning guided visit of the Vatican Museums with the famous Sistine Chapel (entrance fees included). (B, D)

day 21

Rome - Tivoli
We drive to Tivoli to visit Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana, renowned for its gardens and fountains (entrance fees included). Afternoon at leisure in Rome. (B, D)

day 22

Rome - Departure
 After breakfast we transfer to Fiumicino

day 23

Arrive Australia
Our tour comes to an end upon arrival at your home city.
 
 

Costs: $7580.00 per person sharing a double or twin bedded room (single room occupancy on request) Booking Conditions:

• A deposit of $1500 will hold your booking. The balance: 10 weeks prior.

• Costs are based on present rates and are subject to change according to possible increases, particularly pertinent to Airlines and airport taxes

• City taxes in Italy are to be paid directly to hotels

• Participants names must be submitted exactly as per passport together with passport numbers, date and place of birth. • Cancellations and changes: once the booking has been accepted a penalty may apply in case of cancellation. Also relevant to change of dates of travel or names, after ticketing will attract a re-issue fee

• Cancellations: a scale of penalties will apply in accordance to the date of cancellation. From 28days prior to the start of tour no refund will apply.

• Luggage: Airlines will allow the standard suitcase plus 1 carry-on baggage

• Any baggage exceeding 3m in length will be considered and charged as cargo, it will not be accepted as checked in luggage.

• Insurance: we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover against; medical, loss of luggage, cancellation fees, etc.

• Responsibility: Viatour inform that they act as agents for whom ever provides the means of travel, accommodation etc. all receipts, tickets and vouchers are issued subject to the terms & conditions under which the services are provided. Viatour will not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity that may be caused to person or property, during any tour under its management. Viatour Travel Pty Ltd - abn 60001105193