Language and Culture Studies
Wednesday 1st May to Thursday 16th May 2019
Sicilians build things like they will live forever and eat like they will die tomorrow.
This itinerary is designed for travelers who are passionate about the Italian language and culture, who want to experience the “real” Italian life. We will see some of the scenery and visit locations featured in the popular TV series "Inspector Montalbano", we will visit the town of Savoca, which became famous after some scenes of "Il Padrino" movie were filmed. Moreover we will visit places where the internationally known film "Il Postino" was filmed. The trip will comprise a small group of 10 to 15 people. We will have Italian lessons focused on the day topic; we will sometimes use public transport for a short period of time in order to encourage you to practise your Italian.
Please be aware ITALIANS EAT A LOT!!
The motto of the tour is
SPEAK, EAT, DRINK AND..... LAUGH!!!!
Day 1 - Wednesday 1st May 2019
ARRIVAL IN CATANIA
After arrival at Catania Airport we will travel to Taormina and check-in at our accommodation. We will have time to rest before dinner and Italian conversation lesson. Buona notte!
Day 2 - Thursday 2nd May 2019
TAORMINA AND GREEK THEATRE
After breakfast we will have a nice walk to discover this beautiful medieval town. We will stop at a famous local Bar where you will have time to rest and, if you like, to enjoy a typical Italian pausa caffe.
You will have some time at leisure for shopping before going back to our accommodation in Taormina where we will have our Italian conversation lesson. After a lovely dinner you will enjoy the rest of the night as you prefer.
Day 3 - Friday 3rd May 2019
After breakfast we will go up Mount Etna, the 'Fire Giant'.
We will stop for local produce tasting on the way.
We will then drive to 2000 metres (7000 feet) and leisurely explore the volcano. We will have the opportunity of continuing the excursion to 3000 metres (extra fees apply).
You will then have some free time to enjoy the views and if you wish some lunch. On the way back to Taormina we will visit a Wine Producer. At the hotel we will have our Italian conversation lesson before dinner. The evening will be at your leisure.
Day 4 - Saturday 4th May 2019
RIVIERA DEI CICLOPI / CATANIA
This morning, after breakfast, our first destination will be Riviera dei Ciclopi. On the way we will stop to take some pictures of the magnificent views. We will then continue our trip to Catania to admire the famous fish market, with the opportunity to see the Cathedral and explore the town!
You will have some free time for lunch before heading back to Taormina where we will have our Italian conversation lesson and dinner.
Day 5 - Sunday 5th May 2019
Today we will have breakfast and leave the hotel to travel to Syracuse, the Ancient Greek colony. We will have a guided tour at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, where we will admire the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ierone Altar and the curious Ear of Dyonisius. We will then visit Ortigia Island with its Temple of Apollo, the Aretusa Spring and the splendid and unique Cathedral.
You will enjoy some free time for lunch before travelling back to the hotel.
After dinner you will have time at your leisure.
Day 6 - Monday 6th May 2019
NAXOS GARDENS / COOKING LESSON
This morning we will have breakfast before catching the bus to Naxos Gardens.There, we will go grocery shopping with the Chef. At the Chef's house we will have a Cooking Lesson and enjoy the meals we prepared.
We will then catch the bus back to Taormina where we will have an Italian conversation lesson before dinner.
Day 7 - Tuesday 7th May 2019
Today we will have breakfast then leave to visit Ragusa. We will discover Ibla's historical centre, and have a tasting of a typical produce of this area.
We will continue with the visit of the town with its wonderful view overlooking the valley. We will admire some of the scenery and visit locations featured in the popular TV series "Inspector Montalbano".
We will have some free time for lunch before going back to the accommodation for our Italian conversation lesson and dinner.
Day 8 - Wednesday 8th May 2019
Today after breakfast we will check out and travel to Cefalu. On the way we will stop in a small town that became famous after some scenes of Il Padrino movie were filmed.
We will have lunch before arriving in Cefalu.
We will check in at our new accommodation, have dinner and some time at leisure.
Day 9 - Thursday 9th May 2019
Today we will travel to the heart of 'Madonie'.
We will visit a Medieval Castle and taste some of the typical produce. We will then walk through the historical centre.
Back in Cefalu' you will have some free time at leisure.
Day 10 - Friday 10th May 2019
After breakfast we will travel to Palermo.
We will enjoy a City sightseeing tour and have an historic centre guided visit.
You will have some free time for lunch and some shopping.
Back in Cefalù we will have our Italian conversation lesson and dinner.
Day 11 - Saturday 11th May 2019
Our destination today is the Valley of the Temples, a magnificent archaeological site, ranked among the most important architectural specimens of the Greek classical Age.
We will have some free time for lunch.
On our way back we will stop to visit the Villa Romana del Casale di Piazza Armerina.
Back in Cefalu' we will have dinner and some time at leisure.
Day 12 - Sunday 12th May 2019
Today after breakfast the day will be free for you to venture out on your own, shop or go for Marsala tasting in one of the typical cellars. The choice is yours.
Day 13 - Monday 13th May 2019
After breakfast we will travel to Erice, a picturesque medieval town, at the top of San Giuliano Mountain.
We will enjoy a nice walking tour to discover the beautiful and attractive sights of the village and the enchanting view overlooking Trapani, the Mediterranean Sea and the Egadi Islands.
We will taste some of the famous Erice produce. We will then travel back to Cefalu' for our Italian conversation lesson and Dinner.
Day 14 - Tuesday 14th May
MADONIE MOUNTAINS / COOKING CLASS
Today after breakfast our last destination of our Language Holiday will be the Madonie mountains.
We will spend the day in a farm house where we will taste some fresh ricotta and learn everything about it. We will have a hands-on cooking lesson and enjoy a wonderful lunch.
Back in Cefalu' we will have some free time before Dinner.
Day 15 - Wednesday 15th May
After breakfast we will travel to the Aeolian Islands, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our destination is one of the Aeolian Island where the film Il Postino, an enormous international success, was mostly filmed.
We will wander around to discover this green and fertile land, characterised by its twin (inactive) volcanoes.
Back to our hotel late in the evening for dinner.
Day 16 - Thursday 16th May
After breakfast we will check-out and ........
Changes to dates and itinerary may be made if necessary
PRICE PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - $ 5490
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - $990
(Only limited single rooms available. First in best dressed)
15 nights Accommodation / 15 Breakfasts / 13 dinners as per itinerary / Briefing and Welcome aperitif / All accommodation taxes and gratuities / Tour leadership / Wine and typical produce tasting as listed in the itinerary / 1 Cooking Class as per itinerary / Italian conversation classes as listed in the itinerary / Interactive discussions with local experts / Guided tours as per itinerary / Self discovery visits as listed in the itinerary / All ground transportation as listed in the itinerary.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Your Airfare/Passport and visa fees/Travel insurance ( compulsory )/International airport taxes /Food and Beverages not specified in the itinerary/General expenses not specified in the itinerary/Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary/Items of a personal nature/Telephone expenses/Personal spending money/Additional Beverages/Luggage excess fees/Porterage.
Full payment at booking.
Prices are based on participation of a minimum of 10 people.
Prices are calculated at exchange rate 1AUD=0.65 EURO. We reserve the right to amend pricing due to currency fluctuations. Variations will not be charged after full payment has been received.
Changes to dates, accommodation and the day to day itinerary may be made if deemed necessary for numerous reasons.
The price is based on a minimum of 10 paying participants. If the minimum number of passengers in not reached the tour might be cancelled in which case full deposit refund is guaranteed. If the minimum number of passengers in not reached and all paying participants agree to pay extra money to cover extra costs, the tour will still go ahead.
In the event of a client cancelling a confirmed tour booking, the following cancellation charges apply:
Your passport must have at least 6 months validity beyond your return date which means it must be valid until at least November 2019. Australian Passport holders do not require visas for travel to Italy. If you will be travelling on another passport please let us know so we can confirm your requirements.
MPLCS is unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside its control.
Travel Insurance is not included in your tour cost and is compulsory. In case of cancellation due to sickness or any other causes and any other unforseen event that may occur you must be covered for cancellation expenses and any medical costs. We are unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside our control.
MPLCS will be happy to assist you with all travel arrangements should you require