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Southern Italy & Sicily Featuring Taormina, Matera and the Amalfi Coast
12 Days / 11 Nights
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March 8 - 20, 2022
$3,374* CAD per person
BONUS: Save 10% - Savings of $750 per couple!
Book by April 23, 2021

PLUS, book confidently knowing you can change your tour or departure date – for any reason – up to 60 days before departure**. Add Collette's Travel Protection Plan and get a full money-back refund† if you need to cancel – up to 24 hours before departure***


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Journey through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Uncover Sicily’s capital Palermo and its Moorish and Norman influences. Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and agriturismo dinner. Venture to the ancient cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera. Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the excavated Pompeii. Allow the unique culture to capture your heart and get a glimpse into an age-old heritage composed of ancient monuments and cultivated lands.

IT'S YOUR CHOICE
- Embark on a walking tour of Palermo's historic city ceter OR tour the Teatro Massimo Opera House, seen in the Godfather Part III
- Enjoy free time to explore Matera's scattered rock churches OR head to Alberobello (UNESCO) and see the whimsical trulli homes.

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS
- Venture along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
- Experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
- Journey to Sassi di Matera, known for its cave dwellings.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS
- Sample Sicilian snacks at a popular 19th-century eatery.
- Indulge in a delicious regional dinner inside a winery's agriturismo restaurant.
- Sample some local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. 

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
- Stand in awe before the ancient Greek theatre in Taormina.
- Tour a vineyard and cellar with an expert guide.
- Experience Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert.



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MEALS
17 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 6 Dinners

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ITINERARY
Day 1
Overnight Flight
The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it’s here you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages, and iconic cuisine.

Day 2
Dinner 
Hotel Garibaldi
Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins
Your Italian sojourn opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Discover the city’s vibrant culture as you take in its picturesque harbors, cobblestone piazzas, and captivating energy. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.

Day 3
Breakfast & Lunch 
Hotel Garibaldi
Palermo
Get to know “Palermo in a Nutshell” and discover the city’s Moorish, Norman, and Spanish architecture on a walking tour. Explore the Kalsa district - home to Mafia legends and lush gardens - before tasting local snacks at a 19th-century eatery. Decide how you spend your afternoon because it’s your choice! Embark on a walking tour of the historic city center and visit La Martorana church, Fontana Pretoria, and more -OR- tour the Teatro Massimo Opera House, the third largest in Europe and seen in The Godfather Part III.

Day 4

Breakfast 
Hotel Garibaldi
Palermo - Optional Excursion
The entire day is yours! Maybe you’ll peruse the open-air markets, shop in cozy boutiques, or relax in an outdoor café. Or perhaps you will join an optional excursion to medieval Cefalù (UNESCO) with a local guide before visiting a nearby farm for a ricotta cheese demonstration* and farm-to-table meal, made with family recipes.

Day 5
Breakfast & Dinner 
Baia Di Ulisse
Palermo - Monreale - Agrigento - Valley of the Temples
Visit the nearby town of Monreale (UNESCO) and wander along the paintings, mosaics, and cloisters of its 12th-century cathedral. Travel over rolling hills and peaceful farmland to the town of Agrigento. As the sun begins to set, explore the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), one of the world’s most esteemed archaeological sites, and get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules.

Day 6
Breakfast & Dinner 
Una Hotel Naxos Beach Sicilia
Agrigento - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos
Journey east to Sicily’s Ionian Coast. En route, discover the impressive Mt. Etna (UNESCO) Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Later this afternoon, continue on to Giardini Naxos – the “Garden of Sicily” – for your 2-night stay.

Day 7
Breakfast  
Una Hotel Naxos Beach Sicilia
Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos
Set out for beautiful Taormina, home to ancient relics, rocky hills, and charming gardens. With an expert local guide, you’ll see Corso Umberto, the verdant public gardens, and the city’s well-preserved Greek theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore on your own. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening.

Day 8
Breakfast & Dinner 
Mh Matera Hotel
Giardini Naxos - Matera
Take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni, located on Italy’s mainland. Pass through the unspoiled region of Calabria to the Basilicata region. Wander through the twisting vines of a local winery before joining an expert for a tour of the cellar with a tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner in the winery’s restaurant.

Day 9
Breakfast & Dinner 
Mh Matera Hotel
Matera
Explore the Sassi di Matera (UNESCO), an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history and explains why film producers are seeking out this unique landscape. Visit a local shop and get a taste of regional specialties. This afternoon decide how you explore because it’s your choice! Discover more of Matera with a guided tour of an underground cistern followed by free time to browse the city’s stores and cave churches -OR- head to Alberobello (UNESCO) and marvel at the town’s whimsical trulli homes, known for their distinct, cone-shaped roofs.

Day 10
Breakfast 
Hotel Michelangelo
Matera - Pompeii - Sorrento Peninsula
After a stop in Vietri Sul Mare, famous for its precious majolica pottery, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii (UNESCO). A local guide gives you an in-depth look into this 2,000-year-old Roman town, nestled in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Step into another time as you explore its preserved buildings and imagine life in the 1st century. End your day along the Sorrento Peninsula, where you’ll settle in for a 2-night stay.

Day 11
Breakfast & Dinner 
Hotel Michelangelo
Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Sorrento Peninsula
Discover the seaside resort town of Sorrento and learn about the local tradition of wood marquetry. Sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory before winding your way along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast (UNESCO). Gaze out over the deep blue hues of the sea paired with the bright citrus fruits lining the hillsides. Celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner.

Day 12
Sorrento Peninsula - Tour Ends
Say arriverderci to Italy as your tour comes to a close today.


*Terms & Conditions:
Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect ALL applicable savings. Land only. Airfare extra. Additional conditions apply. Prices were valid at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice. Promotional offer may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and Conditions may apply.

Offer valid on new retail bookings only made 04/12/2021 - 04/23/2021 for travel 5/1/2021 - 08/31/2022. Free changes up to 60-days prior to departure, land & flex air (excluding Oberammergau Departures), for bookings made through 4/23/2021 for travel through 04/30/2022. Any price differentials due to a change of date would be the responsibility of the guest. Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Space is on a first come, first served basis. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings. Offers are combinable with member benefits only and are not combinable with any other offers. Discount level and availability varies by destination and month of travel. Other restrictions may apply. Offer valid on new bookings only and can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Savings amount will vary by tour and departure date, and is only available on select departures. Promotional pricing may remain in effect after the expiration date.

**Free changes up to 60-days prior to departure, land & flex air, for bookings made through 4/23/21 for travel through 8/31/2022.
***Visit collette.com/travelprotection for full details of insurance policy and benefits. †If you choose to cancel your tour, a refund will be issued in the original form of payment, minus the cost of the Travel Protection Plan. Other restrictions may apply.
****Price Protection (for date cancellation) – land only, for travel on like departures (to be determined by Collette) to future departures through 8/31/2022