A rare and unexpected tour opportunity to visit a combination of Mediterranean Islands that are not easily accessible.
The Italian islands of Sicily, with its well-known Mt Etna, and Sardinia, (known as the Blue Zone), with its clear pristine water and beaches. Malta with a history that once visited leaves an indelible and long-lasting memory. Rugged Corsica, where Napolean was born, and which still retains its connection with France.
Combine this with a visit to one of Italy’s most visited southern highlights - Naples the home of the pizza and cameo jewellery – The buried city of Pompeii still being uncovered plus Sorrento and the famed Amalfi Coast.
An evening departure on Emirates Airlines, change planes and depart for Rome.
Arrive midday before an evening meet and greet and welcome dinner.
Today starts with a walking tour (mini bus between areas) of the Colosseum & Imperial Forum, then on to Pantheon area for a walking tour of the historic centre including Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Later in the afternoon travel by coach to Naples.
Today, explore Pompeii the partially buried Roman town-city which was destroyed and completely buried during a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in the year AD 79, and rediscovered in 1749. Following this, visit a boutique winery for a light lunch including local wines. Return to Naples for a guided walking tour.
After breakfast there is a full day coastal excursion along the spectacular Amalfi Coast, with leisure time in Amalfi and Ravello.
The day starts with a visit to a local historical olive grove and organic lemon-farm. Learn about production and traditional farming techniques before sampling the farm’s products: homemade jams, extra virgin olive oil in different flavourings, on home-made bread plus sample their Limoncello. Onto a nearby organic farm and we observe the Mozzarella making and enjoy a tasting accompanied by a glass of a local organic wine. Time in Sorrento before returning to Naples to board an overnight ferry to Palermo.
On arrival at the port, you will transfer to the hotel, before departing on a tour of historical Palermo, capital of ancient Sicily. Experience the markets where you will have the opportunity to taste “panelle”, “arancini” and visit one of the most renowned pastry shops in town. Rest of the day free to explore.
On the way to Catania, visit Monreale, famous for the of XII century Cathedral decorated with Byzantine mosaics. In the afternoon a walking tour of Catania - the ancient port city with its historic city center, fine baroque architecture and bustling markets.
A full day excursion starting with the 4th century B.C, town of Taormina, located on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, with panoramic views of the bays and Mount Etna. Explore Taormina’s Greek amphitheatre and historic centre. Then continue to Mt Etna for a guided excursion of the highest active volcano in Europe. A journey by Jeep will take you to the summit.
A guided tour of Neapolis Archaeological Park, featuring the town’s most important attractions, the Teatro Greco, one of the great theatres of the classical period, the Altar of Hieron II, the Ear of Dionysius grotto, and the Roman Amphitheater, then return to the historic centre of Ortigia. This evening, dine at leisure in one of Ortigia’s wonderful restaurants.
One of the centres of ancient Western civilization, Ortigia, the ancient part of Siracusa (Syracuse) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking the Mediterranean. Of all the Greek cities of antiquity that flourished on the coast of Sicily, Siracusa (Syracuse) was the most important, a formidable competitor of Athens. In its heyday, it dared take on Carthage and even Rome. Colonists from Corinth founded Siracusa on the Ionian Sea in about 735 B.C.
Another day excursion to discover the Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa, before continuing on to Pozzallo and a late afternoon ferry to Valletta, Malta for a four-night stay.
Noto, set amid olive groves and almond trees on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro Valley, dates from the 9th century. Ragusa, often described as two towns in one: Ragusa Superiore, created after a devastating earthquake in 1693, and Ragusa Ibla designated a UNESCO World Heritage, it is one of the best-preserved historic towns in Sicily.
La Valletta the capital city of Malta is often described as an ‘open-air museum’. Visit the 16th century St John’s Cathedral and view Caravaggio’s most famous masterpiece “The Beheading of St John”. The tour includes Upper Barakka Gardens, with unparalleled views of the Grand Harbour, and Valletta’s most prominent Square, St George . Rest of the afternoon free to roam around, explore and take in the city’s heritage.
Today, explore the wonders of Gozo, Malta’s sister island. A 4-kilometer ferry ride divides Malta from Gozo. It appears more rural, less developed, and greener than Malta. The tour includes the Ġgantija Megalithic Temples, the northern region of the island, the ancient Roman’s salt pans of Qbajja and its stunning inland sea. A walking tour of Victoria, the island’s main town to explore its charming narrow streets, markets, and shops before the ferry back to Valletta. Lunch is at Marsalforn.
A full day excursion by coach to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk to admire its traditional market and typical colored boats. In the afternoon, a stop at the panoramic point from which you can admire the famous Blue Grotto of Malta, then on to the ancient capital of Mdina to discover one of the best viewpoints on the island.
Transfer to the airport and depart on Air Malta, change planes at Rome and continue to Cagliari. On arrival a transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.
A drive takes you to the pink flamingoes natural habitat, the salt marshes, an incredible natural show not to be missed. Then to the archaeological site of Nora for a guided visit of the Roman ruins and a visit to beaches that are considered to be some of the, best in the world.
Journey through the heart of Sardinia. First stop for a true in-depth experience of Sardinia will be in Mamoiada. Then onto the colourful village of Bosa, an ancient Phoenician settlement nestled among lush green valleys and later taken over by the Romans, and famous for its handicraft traditions and the quality of its oil and wines .
Alghero is a true jewel overlooking the sea and to this day has preserved the traditions and language of Catalonia, which ruled it for centuries. On a walking tour along the cobbled streets you will have no difficulty coming across the elderly women of the villages who, to this day, still wear the traditional costume known as “su hustumene”. Afternoon at leisure
From Alghero, travel north and explore the Stintino area that features more beautiful beaches of Sardinia then onto Santa Teresa di Gallura village where a late ferry will cross to Bonifacio, the French island of Corsica.
From Bonifacio travel to Ajaccio the capital of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. A pristine shoreline with exquisite powder sand coves, calm turquoise waters and rugged islands, are backed by imposing snow-capped mountains. Enjoy a city tour this afternoon.
On the drive through the heart of the island, visit Venaco where you can admire the Pont du Vecchio rail bridge built by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. (Eiffel Tower fame). Then, a stop in Corte the ancient capital of Corsica. A historic fortress town located in central Corsica at the foot of the island’s highest mountains.
Cape Corse Peninsula is located at the north-east, its road is Corsica’s signature scenic drive recognized worldwide for an incredibly diverse range of attractions. The gently sloping hilly east coast is washed by clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea with small fishing ports indented by idyllic coves. The west coast scenery becomes wilder with sheer cliffs plunging into crashing waves of the Mediterranean. Farewell dinner tonight
Depart Bastia airport on Air Corsica to Rome. Change Planes for flight to Dubai.
Arrive Dubai change planes.
A mid morning arrival in Auckland
• Return economy airfares with Emirates Auckland – Dubai – Rome // Rome – Dubai – Auckland
• Interisland ferry and flights included
• 21 nights in 4 star accommodation
• English speaking guided tours throughout
• Headphones on city tours
• Daily cooked breakfast
• 10 dinners and 4 lunches
• Guided excursion of Mt Etna
• Entrance fees included
• All sightseeing, walking tours, excursions as detailed in the itinerary.
• Romi Patel as Tour escort, subject to 15people travelling
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• Full payment is due no later than 26 July 2024
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Romi Patel - Tour Escort
Travel has been Romi’s lifelong passion. He has roamed the world extensively for pleasure, business, and operational missions with the New Zealand Navy. He has also escorted groups on a variety of international and domestic tours for Pukekohe Travel. Romi has a particular passion for Italy. He attended school there, visits regularly, and speaks Italian and loves the food.
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• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
• No visa is required for New Zealand Passport holders
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Temperatures ˚c Max Min
Rome. 27 15
Sicily 24 20
Malta 25 20
Sardinia 27 15
Corsca. 25. 12
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It is essential you can manage your own suitcase. We recommend under 20kgs. A bag with wheels is an advantage when travelling through airports and onto ferrys.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you and Others in the group a good standard of fitness is required. The ability to negotiate stairs, spend time on your feet and walk the many and unevened cobbled streets this is important to ensure an enjoyable experience. We except you will arrive on tour fit, healthy and ready to travel.
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* Itinerary subject to change