Culinary Adventures through Rustic Italy: Sicily & Southern Italy with Queen's Alumni

with Naples extension
Sep 14-26, 2019 / 13 DAYS

Eating in this region is truly a Mediterranean experience.

Fresh and bright, Southern Italian cuisine is a direct offshoot of the region’s pleasant weather, Mediterranean influences, and laid-back lifestyle. L…

Your package includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 7 three-course dinners
  • 1 cooking class
  • 5 wine tastings
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Avola wine region, Italian contessa dinner, Baroque Noto, Sassi di Matera cave dwellings, Campanian cooking lesson, Taurasi wine tasting, Paestum ruin…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and sta…

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 14: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Catania today.

Catania / 3 NIGHTS

Sep 15: Arrival in Catania

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Sicily! Gather with your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Sep 16: Sightseeing tour of Catania & Etna wine region tasting

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Boxed lunch

Meet your local guide and set out to discover Catania, which sits at the base of Mount Etna.  • Discover Catania’s historic city centre  • Explore the world-famous fish market held near the Baroque Catania Cathedral  This evening, travel to the Etna wine region for a traditional Sicilian dinner and wine tasting on the grounds of a local vineyard estate. You’ll sip on Etna Rosso blends made of the sleek nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio grapes while in view of the majestic Mount Etna.

Sep 17: Sightseeing tour of Noto & the Avola wine region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Baroque city of Noto and the Avola wine region.  • Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, visiting Noto Cathedral and sampling Sicilian pastries along the way  • Head to the Avola wine region for a light snack and Nero d’Avola wine tasting  • Transfer to Azienda Casabianca, home to an Italian contessa, for an included countryside dinner at a Sicilian villa

Tropea Region / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 18: The Tropea Region via Messina & Calabria

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Messina this morning. Then, take a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Calabria. Here, you’ll view the iconic Riace Bronzes inside the National Museum of Magna Graecia before continuing on to the Tropea Region.

Sep 19: Sightseeing tour of Tropea & Pizzo

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the region on a guided sightseeing tour.  • View the spectacular Santa Maria dell’Isola monastery perched high above the sea in Tropea  • Stop for a tasting of local pecorino sheep’s cheese, salami, and cipolla rossa, the sweet red onions for which Tropea is famous  • Continue on to the coastal town of Pizzo to sample handmade gelato

Matera / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 20: Transfer to Matera

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, pass through the Calabrian countryside to Matera.

Sep 21: Sightseeing tour of Matera

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Matera, known as “the Subterranean City,” with a local guide.  • View the incredible Sassi di Matera cave dwellings  • Tour Palazzo del Sedile, Ruins of the Castle, Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and Chiese Rupestri  • Taste regional cheese, bread, and peperoni cruschi  Journey to the scenic Puglia region to tour a local vineyard, learn about its production, and taste vintages of Aglianico. You’ll sample the varietals in a limestone wine cellar before enjoying a meal of local specialties.

Benevento Region / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 22: San Marco dei Cavoti

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to the Benevento region. Once you arrive, visit the town of San Marco dei Cavoti to learn the art of making chocolate and other sweets. Then, enjoy a tasting.

Sep 23: Sightseeing tour of Benevento & vineyard visit

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, discover more of the Benevento region’s local on a tour with a local guide. Then, enjoy a cooking class and dinner.  • Discover Benevento, viewing the Arch of Trajan and Benevento Cathedral, and entering the UNESCO-recognized Church of Santa Sofia  • Explore a vineyard on foot and sample Janare wines  • Stroll the mediaeval streets of Guardia Sanframondi and Cerreto Sannita  • Learn to craft traditional Campanian flavours in a cooking class and dinner

Salerno / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 24: Salerno via Taurasi wine region

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit the Taurasi wine region, where you’ll visit a local vineyard to learn about wine production and taste local varietals. Then, continue on to Salerno, a lively port town steeped in cultural tradition.

Sep 25: Mozzarella farm & Paestum

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the Cilento region, home to the Mediterranean diet, stopping to visit a mozzarella farm and archaeological museum.  • Tour a local organic dairy farm and savor farm-fresh mozzarella during a light lunch and tasting  • Travel to nearby Paestum for a guided tour of the Greek and Roman ruins  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Paestum to see the famous frescoes of the Tomb of the Diver  Celebrate your trip with your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner this evening.

Sep 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Naples.

Extension / Starting from $399 pp

Naples / 2 NIGHTS

Add 2 nights in Naples

Sep 26: Sightseeing tour of Naples

Included meals: Breakfast

After a short ride to Naples, set off on an afternoon tasting tour in the city with a local guide.  • Walk through Piazza del Gesù to view the Church of Gesù Nuovo  • Enter the Basilica of Santa Chiara to see the unique and ornate cloister  • Taste Neapolitan arancini and fried eggplant along the Decumano  • Sample sfogliatella, a flaky pastry, near the Church of San Domenico Maggiore  • Enter Cappella Sansevero, the Baroque chapel full of notable Italian artwork

Sep 27: Herculaneum & pizza-making demonstration

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, take a guided tour of Herculaneum, one of the Lost Cities that was glazed over by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  • See the city’s well-preserved frescoes and mosaics  • Walk along the narrow streets that characterize the area  • Visit the buildings that were once wine shops, villas, temples, and gymnasiums  • Enjoy free time to peruse the nearby shops  Then, visit one of Naples’ most famous pizzerias for a demonstration of the local art of pizza-making and a tasting of the final product.  Enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members this evening.

Sep 28: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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