Sicily: A Cultural Journey with Santa Clara University OLLI

with Rome extension
Sep 22-Oct 3, 2016 / 12 DAYS

The Sicilian sun shines light on a different side of Italy.

In the midst of the Mediterranean, discover an island with personality all its own—full of flavor and teeming with one-of-a-kind art and architecture.…

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    **Tour pace:** You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads, at high altitudes.



    Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

    Sep 22: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Palermo today.

    Palermo / 3 NIGHTS

    Sep 23: Arrival in Palermo

    Included meals: Dinner

    Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in, then meet your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Sep 24: Sightseeing tour of Palermo & Monreale

    Included meals: Breakfast

    This morning, you’ll embark on a guided tour of bayside Palermo, situated at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. • Visit the architecturally diverse Palermo Cathedral and see the stunning artwork of the Cappella Palatina • Continue on to nearby Monreale where you’ll pay a visit one of the town’s magnificent cathedrals

    Sep 25: Free day in Palermo

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a full free day in Palermo or add an excursion.

    Agrigento / 1 NIGHT

    Sep 26: Sightseeing tour of Agrigento

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel south through the Sicilian countryside to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the city’s fascinating Greek ruins.

    Syracuse / 3 NIGHTS

    Sep 27: Syracuse via Piazza Amerina

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    On the way to Syracuse, stop for a guided tour of Piazza Amerina, viewing the stunning mosaics in Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Sep 28: Sightseeing tour of Syracuse

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Embark on a guided tour of Syracuse, a historic city known for its rich Greek history. • Visit the Greek theater, the most complete ancient Greek theater still in existence • Tour the massive Paradise Quarry and gardens, featuring the cave that Caravaggio dubbed “The Ear of Dionysius” for its unique acoustics • Visit the Roman amphitheater, then cross a bridge to the Island of Ortygia to see the Temple of Apollo and Syracuse Cathedral

    Sep 29: Free day in Syracuse

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a full free day in Syracuse or add an excursion.

    Taormina Region / 3 NIGHTS

    Sep 30: Sightseeing tour of Taormina

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Transfer to Taormina, where a local guide introduces you to this scenic town perched high above the sea. • Enjoy views of Mount Etna, Taormina Cathedral and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament • Visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater Enjoy a free evening in the Taormina region or add an excursion.

    Oct 01: Free day in Taormina Region

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Enjoy a full free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion. This evening, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

    Oct 02: Free day in Taormina Region

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Spend another full free day in the Taormina region or add an excursion.

    Oct 03: Departure

    Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Rome.

    Extension / Starting from $409 pp

    Rome / 2 NIGHTS

    Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

    Oct 03: Transfer to Rome

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Fly to Rome and check in to your hotel, then follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a guided tour of the Eternal City. • Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Rome and the Temple of Venus • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

    Oct 04: Free day in Rome

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add excursions.

    Oct 05: Departure

    Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


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