Sicily & the Amalfi Coast
When: November 07, 2014 - November 16, 2014 (iCal)
“Very much enjoyed this trip - Saw and learned a lot about Sicily.”
Join us to visit Sicily and its natural beauty, impressive man-made creations seemingly untouched by time, fascinating culture, and vast history. We will discover sun-bleached Greek temples, stately Roman ruins, and ancient amphitheaters with near-perfect acoustics in Taormina, Agrigento, and Syracuse. Then, we will journey across the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy and its incomparable Amalfi Coast, where mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down their sides. Here we will witness the region’s many treasures, including the vertical town of Positano. Travel back in time as we roam through the remains of Pompeii, stop in idyllic Naples and Sorrento, the towns of Amalfi, and the Isle of Capri.
Activity Level: Active
Featuring Faculty Host
Price From: $3,545
Includes land only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Day 1: In Transit
Today we depart for Catania, Sicily.
Day 2: Taormina Mare
Upon arrival we will transfer to Taormina Mare and the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace. Tonight, we will meet for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Day 3: Taormina Mare
Today we will explore Taormina, situated high atop Monte Tauro, and marvel at spectacular views of the Mediterranean and majestic Mount Etna. The afternoon is at leisure to delight in Taormina’s many treasures. We will also have the opportunity to watch a cooking demonstration given by a local chef.
Day 4: Agrigento
Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples is one of Western Europe’s most impressive classical sites. We will see the ancient Temple of Hercules, the well-preserved Doric Temple of Concord, and the unfinished Temple of Jupiter.
Day 5: Syracuse
On the island of Ortygia, we will explore Syracuse’s medieval and baroque Old Town. Then, discover the exceptional ancient Greek and Roman ruins in the Neapolis Archaeological Park, including the well-preserved Greek amphitheater.
Day 6: Taormina Mare/Salerno/Vietri sul Mare
We bid farewell to Sicily and take a ferry across the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy. Our lunch is at a local restaurant and we will stop near Salerno and see where Allied troops landed during World War II. Then we will continue to Vietri sul Mare and check in to the Hotel Raito.
Day 7: Amalfi Coast
Our coastal experience begins with a scenic drive to the town of Amalfi, followed by a walking tour through the town, its piazza, and Duomo di Sant’Andrea. Then, continue by boat to Positano, built on the rocky coastline, and considered to be the most vertical town in Italy. Positano boasts pastel-colored houses, magnificent terraces and steep hillside gardens.
Day 8: Pompeii/Naples
Today we head to Pompeii, a fascinating historical site that provides insight into life on the fateful day of Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption. The Forum, the baths, and many houses, some with elaborate mosaics and frescoes, remain well preserved. After our stop at Pompeii, we will tour the old and new quarters of Naples and see beautiful squares, castles, and monumental palaces, with stunning panoramic view across the Bay of Naples from the Posillipo hilltop.
Day 9: Sorrento/Capri
Built atop a coastal cliff, Sorrento has long been heralded by poets for its beauty. We will visit its vibrant gardens, lively main square and winding streets. There is time at leisure in Sorrento for some independent exploration and to have lunch on our own. After lunch we will board a hydrofoil for Capri, the Enchanted Isle of Dreams. Here we will have leisure time to independently explore this beautiful island. Tonight, we will meet for a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony, and Farewell Dinner.
Day 10: In Transit
Today we transfer to the Naples airport for the return flight to our gateway city.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change