Sicily: Land. & Trad.

    Day 1

    Day 1 - September 20, 2015 - Sunday - Depart USA; Flight to Rome, Italy

    Overseas Adventure Travel

    Sicily's Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions

    Maurizio Caminita

    The hummingbird feeders have been taken down and the last beautiful blooms of summer are fading. The songbirds, deer, raccoons, bears, and bobcats will...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - September 21, 2015 - Monday - Arrive Palermo, Italy; Orientation Walk; Welcome Drink, Welcome Dinner

    When our Delta A330 arrived in Atlanta the gate agents said there would be a slight delay because the previous passengers had partied hardy and trashed the economy class cabin on the...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - September 22, 2015 - Tuesday - Explore Province of Palermo; Monreale 12th Century Cathedral; Historic Quarter, Discussion of Sicilian Cosa Nostra

    There were several people who were on late arriving flights last night so Maurizio scheduled our departure for 9:00 am. The sun was bright and...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - September 23, 2015 - Wednesday - Palermo; Optional Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour; La Rocca; Madonie Mountains

    We joined our whole group of OATers for the optional day tour to Cefalù & Castelbuono on Sicily’s northern coast. It was unusual to have every one involved in an...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - September 24, 2015 - Thursday - Leave for Erice; Visit Segesta Doric Temples; Drive to Mazara del Vallo

    This morning after breakfast, we boarded our large 50-passenger bus with our driver Pepé. The luggage was packed under the bay and we had plenty of seats inside the...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - September 25, 2015 - Friday - Mazara Walking Tour; Visit Mazara Kasbah Quarter; Couscous Lunch; Sicilian Cooking Lesson

    Pepé picked us up at 9:00 to begin our day in Mazara, the port city about 20 minutes from our hotel. The day was designed as a walking tour...

    Day 7

    Day 7 - September 26, 2015 - Saturday - Boat Ride to Mozia Island; Marsala Wine Tasting

    After breakfast we took a little stroll in the garden area. The aroma of the jasmine from the hedges by the fountains was almost overpowering. The temperature was 72 degrees and the humidity...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - September 27, 2015 - Sunday - Drive to the Valley of Temples; Visit Agrigento; Agriturismo in Piazza Armerina

    We woke to another beautiful morning. This travel day was the longest of the tour so we got an early start leaving at 8:30 am for Piazza Armerina.


    Day 9

    Day 9 - September 28, 2015 - Monday - Early Morning to Villa Romana del Casale; UNESCO WHS; Upper & Lower Ragusa; Sicilian Finger Dinner

    At 8:30 we left the Agriturismo Gigliotto and Pepé stopped so we could take one last photo of this beautiful region. The rolling hills were...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - September 29, 2015 - Old Town Ragusa; Duomo di San Giorgio; Journey to and Explore Modica

    After our breakfast we met Grazielle at 9:15, our local guide and set off to walk to the Lower Town of Ragusa Ibla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grazielle told us...

    Day 11

    Day 11- September 30, 2015 - Wednesday - Portopalo di Capopassero; A Day in the Life of a Sicilian Fishing Village; Immigrants; Home Lunch

    Today we experienced the original "A Day in the Life", an OAT opportunity to really get to know a family in their home setting. At 8:00...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - October 1, 2015 - Thursday - Syracuse & Archimedes; Explore Ortigia and History; Boat Ortigia Bay; Drive to Catania

    Our bags were packed and outside the door by 7:30. The bus was parked on the bridge so we walked the few short blocks to meet Pepé for...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - October 2, 2015 - Friday - Guided Tour of Catania; WWII Museum; Local Fish Market; Optional Taormina Tour

    When we met in the lobby this morning all conversations were centered around the tragic Oregon shootings yesterday. Not surprisingly, Maurizio took the teaching opportunity to explain the gun...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - October 3, 2015 - Saturday - Ride to Linguaglossa; Visit Piano Provenzana; Donkey Ride at Mount Etna; BBQ Lunch; Farewell Drink and Dinner

    This morning the aroma of fresh baked croissants greeted us when we opened our window at 7:00 am. The skies were blue and the...

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