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Ancient Islands: Sicily: An extraordinary land apart
November 3rd-11th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Although in full view of mainland Italy, even Sicilians talk of “going to Italy,” and consider their island an extraordinary land apart. We’ll enter the life of this gorgeous and mysterious island in the capital, Palermo before moving on to Agrigento and Taormina, a lovely seaside town on the east coast of Sicily. We’ll explore the surrounding countryside and visit a stunning collection of medieval towns that each vies for the title of “Most Beautiful.” We’ll visit Agrigento, with its dramatic ancient ruins, the world-famous 4th-century mosaics at Piazza Armerina, and the magnificent site at Syracuse—all dominated by majestic Mount Etna, looming over the island landscape. With a balance of guided excursions and leisure time to explore at your own pace, you’ll have an opportunity to experience Sicily’s winding medieval streets, glittering beaches, and the rare and unique ecosystem at Mount Etna.
Christmas Markets of Italy: A German Tradition with Italian Flavor
December 1st-9th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Whereas Christmas Markets are usually associated with Germany, they certainly do not have a monopoly on the concept in that country. Italy has embraced the idea with open arms - and even taken it to new heights. After all, at an Italian Christmas Market the food is, well, Italian! Christmas is taken very seriously and is widely celebrated in Italy, so when you combine this with the natural Italian love of market shopping, the results are often spectacular. For this tour, we are going to focus on the region of Tuscany, where the Christmas Market tradition is well established, and make a base for our excursions at the lovely spa town of Montecatini Terme, just outside Florence. From here we’ll explore the coast of the Cinque Terre, spend a day in Florence, and visit the ancient medieval towns of Siena and Lucca.
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sorrento & The Amalfi Coast: adventures around the bay of naples
May 4th-12th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
The wonders of nature, from Mount Vesuvius to the azure grotto of Capri; classical landmarks from both Greek and Roman eras; villas and gardens of delightful villages of the cliff-hung Amalfi Coast; the splendid cuisine of the region; and coastal cities suffused with art and architecture all await. Described by Charles Dickens as “one succession of delights”, this dramatic area provides sustenance for both body and soul. The Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast have long been a playground for the rich and famous, and with very good reason. The mountains tumble down into the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea providing breathtaking views around every bend in the road. The Island of Capri glistens like a jewel set in the Bay of Naples; it is small wonder that Roman emperors made this their “home away from Rome.” Scenic landscapes, ancient towns, and sculpture filled gardens on this exploration of southern Italy.
Across the Alps
October 1st-14th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Starting in the Bavarian capital of Munich and wending our way south Across the Alps to the fabulous Italian Lake District, playground of the rich and famous, this tour stays in fabulous hotels, and enjoys a leisurely pace. We’ll explore the city of Munich and take a full day excursion out to visit the surrounding countryside before heading south. Crossing the border we enter the region known as the Tyrol: these are the Austrian Alps and we’ll make a stop or two as we pass through. Next come the Italian Alps, leading down into the Dolomites, home of most of the chic Italian skiing areas, and then down to the plains of the Veneto. We’ll stay a couple of nights in Merano, beautifully located in the upper valley of the Adige river. Finally we explore the Italian Lake District, tucked into the foothills of the Italian Alps, from Verona to Lake Como. We’ll wander the streets of Romeo and Juliet, visit magnificent villas and gorgeous gardens, and enjoy the natural beauty of this spectacular region.
The Italian Kitchen: Gastronomic masterpieces of the emilia romagna and piedmont regions
October 5th-14th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
When you think of soul-satisfyingly good food, you think of Italy. Bowls of heaping semolina pasta as yellow as the sun. Seafood right off the hook, grilled and served to perfection. Vegetables plucked from the earth just moments before they grace your plate. Wine, ever flowing, rich and robust. Take a journey from farm to table in the Piedmont and Emilia Romagna regions of Italy. In a country where food is royalty, these regions are king. From the frenzy of white truffle season, to the majestic grapes that are aged into the Barolos and Barbarescos, and cheese crafted with perfection, we will loosen our belt buckles and explore the gastronomic masterpieces, as we soak up the history and culture of this famed region.
Corsica & Sardinia
October 25th-November 3rd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
These bucolic islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy, are known for their beautiful light, medicinal plants, primeval landscape of rocks, sculpted by the wind and sea, and clear blue waters. They have, for the most part, managed to escape the influx of tourism that has plagued the Mediterranean in the past twenty years. We will visit prehistoric monuments dating from around 1,500-500 BCE; ports of historic importance such as Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, and ride along coastal roads with spectacular views. You will experience a timelessness, as if looking back through the centuries, catching a glimpse of a simpler way of life connected to land surrounded by sea.