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Ancient Islands: Sicily: An Extraordinary Land Apart
October 25th-November 2nd, 2019 | 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.
Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast: Adventures around the bay of naples
November 2nd-10th, 2019 | 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 10-day discovery of southern Italy.
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Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy: Exploring Puglia & the Amalfi Coast
April 2nd-11th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
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.” You may have been here before, but if you have, the chances are you’ll be keen to return. Not many people, on the other hand, visit the province of Puglia, also known by its Roman name of Apulia. This is the “heel” of Italy’s “boot.” It is a region that has a long, proud and often tumultuous history, but in modern times has become more of an agricultural backwater, largely bypassed by modern industry – and therein lies its charm. Join us as we explore the hidden treasures of southern Italy!
Venice to Lucerne: Lakes and gardens of Italy & Switzerland
May 7th-16th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Ringed by alpine peaks, the sparkling waters of the Italian and Swiss lakes command a landscape where mountains descend to meet the shores and grand hotels rise up in pretty lakeside towns. Here at the convergence of Italy and Switzerland is an area graced with shocking beauty and extraordinary diversity, where each lake with its own charms and treasures unfolds against a backdrop of semitropical gardens, gracious old villas, and vibrant villages. This unique itinerary highlights the gardens, historic sites, and landscape of this region. The pace is never frantic, yet the days are pleasantly full and there are bound to be some unexpected diversions and adventures along the way. Join Discover Europe on an unforgettable journey from Venice, at (or sometimes below) sea level, up into the Alpine majesty of northern Italy and Switzerland.