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Magna Grecia 12 days / 11 nights

12 days / 11 nights   September 10 - September 21   2016

DAY 1 - Catanzaro  (2 nights)
Arrival at Lamezia airport and transfer to hotel. Welcome cocktails will be served whilst our tour escort will brief you on the tour ahead. (D)
DAY 2 - Crotone, Roccelletta
Crotone, (Kroton) was founded around the 7th century BC by Greek colonists.  We visit the Castle and the National Archaeological Museum before continuing to the Archaeological Park of Scolacium, to see its mixture of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains.  We then visit the Museum of Roccelletta which houses some of the finest examples of Roman sculpture along with other interesting artefacts. (B, D)
DAY 3 - Locri, Gerace, Siderno (1 night)
We travel to Locri Epizephyrii, an ancient Greek city founded in 7th century BC. Visit the archaeological excavations and the Museum. Continue to Gerace, the medieval town once called the "Florence of the South" and visit the Cathedral, Church of San Francesco. Enjoy an evening of wining and dining with a Calabrian family, followed by music and dancing. (B, D)
DAY 4 - Reggio, Scilla, Taormina (2 nights)
We take an excursion to the two seas and Reggio di Calabria (Rhegion), which was founded by the ancient Greeks in 734 BC.  We visit the world famous National Museum of Reggio Calabria where the "Bronzi di Riace" are kept, followed by a walk along the Lungomare "the most beautiful kilometre in Italy" and from where you can gaze across the Straits of Messina towards Sicily.   We then visit mythical Scilla, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and meander through the narrow streets of the enchanting “Chianalea” district before departing for Sicily and checking-in at the hotel in Taormina. (B, D)
DAY 5 - Taormina
Today is dedicated to the lovely resort town of Taormina (Tauromenion) founded by the survivors of Naxos in 358 BC. We visit the well preserved Greco-Roman theatre, the Odeon and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Etna. Lunch is in a local restaurant and the afternoon is spent discovering Taormina at your leisure. (B, L)
DAY 6 - Catania, Syracuse (1 night)
After breakfast, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Catania, (Katane), which was founded in 729 BC by the Chalcidians of Greece and is known for its amazing mix of contrasting architecture. We move on to Syracuse and check-in at the hotel. The afternoon is spent visiting the medieval quarter of Ortigia, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
DAY 7 - Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento (2 nights)
The morning is dedicated to discovering Syracuse (Syrako). Founded by the Corinthians in 734 BC, and the birthplace of Archimedes, it once surpassed Athens for its beauty and power. We visit the Greek temple of Apollo and The Ear of Dionysius in the archaeological park of Neopolis. We continue to Piazza Armerina and visit the best preserved example of a Roman villa "The Imperial Villa Del Casale", which is famous for its mosaics. Built between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, it is the most notable testimony to Roman Sicily. (B, D)
DAY 8 - Agrigento
Agrigento (Akragas) was founded by the Geolans in 580 BC and is home to structures dating back to 520 BC.  We will visit the "Valley of the Temples", an archaeological site containing the Temples of Jupiter, Castor, Hercules and Concordia's Temple, the symbol of Agrigento. (B, D)
DAY 9 - Selinunte, Segesta, Palermo (3 nights)
Visit the ancient Greek city of Selinunte, founded in 650 BC.  The city's majestic ruins of Temples and the remains of its once powerful walls and fortifications make it the most important Archaeological Park in the Mediterranean. We move on to Segesta, founded in the 7th century BC by the Elymi, to visit the Greek Theatre and the Temple of Segesta, which is perhaps the finest example of Doric architecture in the ancient Greek world.  We then make our way to Palermo and check-in at the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 10 - Palermo, Monreale
We visit the capital of Sicily, Palermo, which derives its name from the ancient Greek name Panormos, meaning "All Port'. The artistic splendour of the city reflects the island's fascinating past with an eclectic mix of Arab and Norman architecture. We take a tour of the major sites of Palermo including a visit to the Cathedral, Teatro Massimo and the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. We visit Monreale and the Duomo, “the most beautiful temple in the world”, built in the 12th century by the Norman King William II after he had a vision of the Virgin Mary asking him to build a church. We will also visit the Royal Palace and the Benedictine Monastery. (B, D)
DAY 11 - Palermo
After breakfast we visit the heart of Palermo, stroll through the open-air market and take in many of its flavours and colours.  The afternoon is free at your leisure. (B, D)
DAY 12 - Departure
Transfer to Palermo Airport. (B)
 
(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner
Tour Costs - per person $Aud
$4,490 -  Single Supplement $590
 

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