Itinerary & Cost ~ “Dreamy Island Escape” to Sicily, Aeolian Islands, Malta and Ponza {AUGUST 2013}

Buongiorno ~ if you are dreaming of an unforgettable, energizing, fun getaway for this summer 2013, I’m delighted to share with you all details and cost for the “Dreamy Island Escape” I will be leading this August 2013 to Sicily, Aeolian Islands, Malta and Ponza.

TO SECURE YOUR SPOT – you must only put a deposit down as soon as possible.  Spots are limited, so let me know as soon as possible!  I’m so excited to be traveling with you to the islands of my origins….some of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean basin…….mille grazie e a presto!

Dreamy Island Escape2013 – August 19-30, 2013

Day 1   Monday, August 19, 2013 Depart for Malta

International flights to Valletta, Malta

Day 2   Tuesday, August 20, 2013  Valletta, Malta

Arrive Valletta, Malta.  Private  transfer to hotel.  Relax.  Time at leisure or maybe a stroll through the Barrakka Gardens.  Dinner and overnight.  PT/H/D

Day 3  Wednesday, August 21, 2013  Valletta, Malta

Breakfast at hotel.  Morning guided tour with English speaking guide.  Valletta is the official capital of the Island of Malta.  Of all European capitals, Valletta is the smallest and is considered a World Heritage Site.  Valletta was originally established as a refuge for soldiers returning from the Crusades in 1565 by the religious order of St. John.  Today is dedicated to the exploration of Mdina, The Tarxien Temples and Hypogeum.  You will have a break for lunch and afternoon at leisure.  Return to hotel to refresh before dinner.  Overnight in Valletta.  B/H/G/D/PD

Valletta By Night

Day 4  Thursday, August 22, 2013 Valletta

Breakfast at hotel.  Again today we will meet with our personal English speaking guide.  Today is dedicated to the exploration of St. John’s Cathedral, The Museum of Archaeology, Marsaxlokk and Ghar Dalaam.  In the afternoon, you may wish to visit the nearby beach or relax by the pool with a good book.  Dinner and overnight in Valetta. B/G/H/PD/D

Day 5  Friday, August 23, 2013  Valetta, Catania, Taormina, Lipari

Breakfast at hotel. Early morning transfer to the international port of Valetta for ferry boat ride to Catania, Sicily.  From here we will transfer to the resort city of Taormina in order to enjoy a 2 hour walking tour of this upscale Sicilian Jewel. Our guided tour will include the Teatro Greco built in 300 BC by the Ancient Greeks and then expanded and further detailed by the Romans upon their arrival centuries later.  Always a very lively and attractive spot in town, the Teatro offers its modern day visitors a simultaneously spectacular view of sea, coastline and smoking volcano.   From here we will stroll through Corso Umberto, the main street which snakes through the elegant city center.   After our tour, we will stop at Pasticceria Roberto for a sampling of the scrumptious pastries this humble artisan is known for.  Remainder of day at leisure.  Early evening transfer to the Island of Lipari which is part of the breathtaking Aeolian Islands in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight. B/H/G/TSTG/ET/D/PD/BR

Day 6  Saturday, August 24, 2013 Lipari

Breakfast at hotel.  Welcome to the Aeolian Islands, an Archipelago complex which is comprised of the islands of Lipari, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Alicudi and Filicudi. Entire day at leisure for rest and relaxation.  This is also the perfect day to spend at the beach or visit the Museo Archeologico delle Isole Eolie (The Archeological Museum of the Aeolian Islands) the only one in the entire archipelago that documents the history of all the sister islands. Dinner and Overnight in Lipari.  B/H/D

Lipari

Day 7 Sunday, August 25, 2013 Lipari (Aeolian Islands)

Breakfast at hotel.  Today we will go on a private boat ride in order to visit the spectacular Aeolian Islands.  The boat ride will include a few stops on the most prominent islands as well as time for swimming.  Be sure to wear/bring your bathing suits today!  The boat ride will also include lunch.  Return to Lipari for dinner and overnight.  B/L/BR/H/D

Day 8  Monday, August 26, 2013 Lipari, Cefalu’, Ponza

Breakfast at hotel. Today is a transitional day. Early morning departure for the quaint maritime town of Cefalu’ for a leisurely walk and lunch. The invasions of various cultures from the past are evident in the Arabesque style of Architecture which is still evident today as well as the Normand influence on the main cathedral.  The pastry here is amazing as well as the views of the sea.  Late afternoon transfer to the Island of Ponza or Roma for those with early departure option. Overnight in Ponza.  B/PD/BR/L/H/flight

ADD ON – OPTION

Day 9  Tuesday, August 27, 2013  Ponza

Welcome to Ponza!  Breakfast at hotel and entire day at leisure on a private boat to explore the island of Ponza and its surrounding sister islands.  Lunch on the boat.  Remember to wear your bathing suits!  Return to Ponza to refresh and then for dinner.  After dinner we will do as the Italians and enjoy a leisurely passegiata along the main avenue. Overnight in Ponza.  B/H/BR/L/D

Ponza Bellina

Day 10 Wednesday, August 28, 2013  Ponza

Breakfast at hotel and then entire day at leisure to relax and explore the island.  Dinner and then overnight in Ponza.  B/H/D

Day 11 Thursday, August 29, 2013 Ponza, Rome

Breakfast at hotel.  Morning ferry to Rome.  In the afternoon, we will meet our private bilingual guide for a walking tour of Roma Antica.  The tour will include the Coliseum, Foro Romano, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna.  Time at leisure before dinner. “Arrivederci” dinner in Rome and overnight.  B/BR/G/D/H

 Day 12  Friday, August 30, 2013 Depart Rome

Breakfast and then private transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport for International Flights.  Arrivederci meravigliose Isole Italiane {gorgeous Italian Islands}….!!   B/PT

 Your Custom Dreamy Island Escape Inlcudes the following:

10 Breakfasts

3 Lunches with wine

9 Dinners with wine

10 Nights stay in 3 and 4 star superior hotels

4 Certified Bilingual Guides

1 Entrance ticket to the Teatro Greco in Taormina

1 Pastry tasting

5 Boat/Ferry rides

1 Inter-Italy Flight

All transportation within Italy and on the Islands

2 Private transfers: On Day 2 upon arrival at the airport in Valletta to the Hotel and on Day 12 upon departure from Hotel in Roma to FCO Roma International Airport

Price per person based upon double occupancy for Land Portion of this journey is:

3628.00 with 10 participants

3425.00 with 12 participants

3245.00 with 14 participants

3040.00 with 16 participants

**Single room supplement is $445.00

Extended Island Add On (PONZA) $928.00/per person based on double occupancy.  Single room supplement $120.00

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosa Lombardo says:

    Hello Francesca, I am interested in securing a spot and putting down a deposit. I have a few questions too.We met at the book signing at the Italian American Museum in Little Italy

    1. Ciao Rosa!!! I remember you — please send me your phone number privately at mignosafrancesca@gmail.com and I will contact you Monday!! Thank you so much!!! So excited you’ll be joining me!!!

  2. Ron Andujar says:

    Hello Francesca. I am a friend of Rosa Lombardo. Rosa and I had dinner on Friday and she told me all about the trip. I’d love to join in. What would be the next steps?

    Ron Andujar
    randujar@yahoo.com
    or Ron Andujar on Facebook.

    1. Hi Ron: I will send you an email with all details today. Thank you so much for your interest!! Look forward to traveling to the Mediterranean Islands with you also!!!Ciao ciao, Francesca

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