SICILY & SOUTHERN ITALY HAS COMPLETED ITS TOUR UP THE BOOT! MHT was proud to offer another in our 75th Anniversary of WWII Battlefields with our return to Italy for the invasion of Sicily & "The Boot!” Sorry you missed movement as we explore the Italian Campaign from Sicily to Rome and all of the culture and history in between.
This MHT journey will take you through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Begin your travels in Sicily. Uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina.
Continue on to fascinating Southern Italy. Make a stop at a local winery for an agriturismo experience complete with wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of “Sassi di Matera,” known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. In evocative Pompeii, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans who perished in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
The unique MHT “in-depth” approach includes extensive pre-departure research, utilizing a vast resource of maps and other source material, ensuring the finest possible experience. Our Tour Leaders and Historians are among the most knowledgeable on WWII. In-depth, but easily understood, briefings are conducted on each battle and other historic sites. For those wanting to go into more detail, the onsite staff is available.
All of these things, along with the most experienced staff of Tour Leaders and Historians will combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls, letters or e-mails to discuss this expedition with one of our Battlefield Specialists. Call us at (703) 590-1295 M-F 9:30AM-5:30PM or e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!
Tour Price $ 4,499*
Per person, based on double occupancy
Single Supplement $ 500
*- Please Note: This is a MHT exclusive. Rates are based on 38-44 paxs. With 30-37 add $180 per pax, 25-29 add $220 per pax & 19-24 add $630 per pax.
- Airfare from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Sicily & Return to IAD from Rome.
- Superior 3 & 4 Star Hotel Accommodations
- Air-Conditioned Motorcoach
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- MHT Trip Kit containing Ball Cap, Bag Tags, Name Badge and Travel Info
- MHT “Field Guide” Information Packet, containing Maps and Other Information
- Admission Fees to all Sites, Museums and Special Attractions Liste
- Services of Experienced MHT Tour Leaders & English-Speaking Local Guides.
Optional Pre Night – Hotel Federico II Central Palace
Located in the Palermo City center in the restored Palace of Prince Grantelli, this hotel is situated between The Politeama Garibaldi Theatre and the Massimo Theatre. Explore the surroundings of the hotel, and at the end of the day choose a restaurant to enjoy great Sicilian food.
Day 1 – Overnight Flight
The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it is here that you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine.
Day 2 – Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine. Hotel: Federico Ii Central Palace Meals: Dinner-D
Day 3 – Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Acquaint yourself with Palermo on a panoramic tour and discover an exotic mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque and Neo Classical architecture. Along the way, view the Politeama Concert Hall, the Massimo Opera House, and the medieval ruins of Castello a Mare – Palermo’s seaside fortification once protecting La Cala port. Drive by the Spanish Walls and City Gates and the University’s Botanical Gardens. Visit Palermo’s Cathedral and admire the imposing exterior of the Palace of the Normans. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit a 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to peruse the city’s shops and museums, or simply take some time to relax. Hotel: Federico Ii Central Palace Meals: Breakfast-B
Day 4 – Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos
Travel over the countryside’s rolling hills, past peaceful farmland toward the town of Agrigento. Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), where you’ll get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos – the “garden of Sicily” – for your 3-night stay. Hotel: Hellenia Yachting Hotel Meals: B & D
Day 5 – Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos
Journey to vibrant Catania where it’s your choice! Join a local guide to visit the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city (UNESCO); then witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce at the local market -OR- explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum), an emotionally moving museum dedicated to the Allied troops who landed on the southern coast in 1943. Later, gather to discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening. Hotel: Hellenia Yachting Hotel Meals: B
Day 6 – Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos
Set out for beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments and flowering gardens. Alongside an expert local guide, see Corso Umberto, view the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the city’s well-preserved Greek Theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore. Hotel: Hellenia Yachting Hotel Meals: B
Day 7 – Giardini Naxos - Matera
Venture to Messina for a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Pass through the unspoiled, beautiful region of Calabria into the Basilicata region. Make a stop at one of the area’s local wineries where you’ll join an expert on a walk through the cellars and vineyards before sampling wines during a special tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner tonight in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant. Hotel: Mh Matera Hotel Meals: B & D
Day 8 – Matera - Alberobello - Matera
Explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history of the site and reasons why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Continue to a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce. Enjoy free time in Matera to browse the boutiques or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. Marvel at some of the town’s most uniquely built homes (UNESCO) known as trulli, and their distinct, cone-shaped roofs. Hotel: Mh Matera Hotel Meals: B & D
Day 9 – Matera - Vietri Sul Mare - Sorrento Peninsula
Travel towards one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy: Campania and the Bay of Naples. Stop in Vietri Sul Mare, the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast,” for time to explore independently. Here, generations of inhabitants have been producing precious majolicas, representing stories of their daily life. Remember to take a moment to admire the 17th-century Church of St. John the Baptist with its beautiful ceramic dome. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon, then sit back and take in the views of this magical place. Hotel: Michelangelo Meals: B & D
Day 10 – Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Amalfi - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula
Savor time this morning in the lovely seaside resort town of Sorrento. Then begin your adventure traversing the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Stop in the charming town of Amalfi and spend time exploring its striking provincial beauty before heading to Minori. Use this opportunity to sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Later, sit down for a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Enjoy an evening at leisure. Hotel: Michelangelo Meals: B
Day 11 – Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome
Drive along the Bay of Naples to the excavated ruins of Pompeii, nestled at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. A local guide gives you an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeologic site, where you’ll become immersed in history as you explore the preserved buildings of this 2,000 year-old Roman town. Later, travel to Rome to celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner. Hotel: A.roma Lifestyle Hotel Meals: B & D
Day 12 – Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. Meals: B
Optional Post Night Rome – A.Roma Lifestyle hotel. Would you like to end your vacation with an additional Hotel in Rome?
Southern Italy & Sicily (25 Sep - 6 Oct 2021)
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