Tyler Jo Smith, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology

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$3,595 per person, double occupancy, land only

Price including Air Program from Washington Dulles $5,524
Other gateway cities are available

A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available at a supplement of $695 to the per person rate

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Strategically situated between Europe and Africa, the island of Sicily is a cultural crossroads 2014_sicily_pic1paved by legendary Mediterranean civilizations. Its natural beauty is embellished by man-made creations seemingly untouched by time. Discover sun-bleached Greek temples, Roman ruins and ancient theaters amidst lively towns. Then continue to the divine Amalfi Coast, where mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down their sides. Travel the Amalfi Road, the fabled, serpentine ribbon of road that bridges unforgettable destinations. Along the way, gain historical perspectives and take in the breathtaking views that have inspired countless artists and poets throughout time.

Program Highlights

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  • Marvel at the breadth of Italy’s prodigious history. See five UNESCO World Heritage sites: the archaeological area of Agrigento, the ancient city of Syracuse, the Amalfi Coast, the historic city center of Naples and the archaeological site of Pompeii.
  • Explore lovely Taormina and see its famous Greek amphitheater.
  • Meet a family that runs an olive mill in the Calabrian countryside and learn about olive oil processing.
  • Admire the spectacular cliffside town of Positano.
  • Discover the idyllic town of Sorrento and its beautiful gardens, winding streets and groves of lemon trees.
  • See the World War II landing beaches near Agrigento.


Tyler Jo Smith, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology

Tyler Jo Smith is an Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at U.Va., and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program. Her current research focuses on the relationship between art and religion in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. She is the author of Komast Dancers in Archaic Greek Art (Oxford 2010) and co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Greek Art (2012). She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for both teaching and research, including fellowships from Harvard University at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC and the Institute of Classical Studies in London, and grants from the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust and the Center for International Studies, U.Va. As an active field archaeologist, Tyler Jo has participated on projects in Greece, Sicily, Turkey, and England.

Tyler Jo led a Cavalier Travels trip to Greece and on the Aegean Sea in 2008 and Turkey and the Turquoise Coast in 2009.


Day 1 - Friday, June 13

Depart for Catania, Sicily

* Provided for Air Program participants. 2014_sicily_pic4


Day 2 - Saturday, June 14


Upon arrival, transfer to Taormina and the Hotel Villa Diodoro. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner with fellow travelers.

“Were I to name a place that possesses every grand and beauteous qualification for the forming of a picture…Taormina would be the object of my choice.”
~ Henry Swinburne
(1743-1803), English writer

Day 3 - Sunday, June 15


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel each day.

Explore Taormina, situated high atop Monte Tauro, and marvel at spectacular views of the Mediterranean and majestic Mount Etna. See the ancient Greek theater, rebuilt by the Romans in about A.D. 200. It features Sicily & the Amalfi Coastnear-perfect acoustics and is still in use today.

Sicilian Cuisine. Watch a cooking demonstration given by a local chef, then enjoy lunch. Independent Exploration: Delight in Taormina’s many treasures during an afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 - Monday, June 16


Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, founded by the Greeks around 582 B.C., is one of Western Europe’s most impressive classical sites. See the Temple of Hercules, the oldest; the well preserved Doric Temple of Concord; and the unfinished Temple of Jupiter. Then see the beaches where Allied troops landed during World War II.

Excursion and Educational Focus: World War II’s Operation Husky.
Examine the events of Operation Husky, the World War II battle during which more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on Sicily’s southeastern beaches.

Day 5 - Tuesday, June 17


On the island of Ortygia, explore Syracuse’s medieval and 2014_sicily_pic6baroque Old Town. Stroll the elegant Piazza del Duomo and enter the Duomo.
Continue to the Archaeological Park, home of the city’s ancient ruins, including the Teatro Greco, one of the largest and best-preserved theaters in Sicily.

“I had often heard that Syracuse was the largest of the Greek cities, and the most beautiful of them all. Its fame is not undeserved.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 B.C.), Roman politician and philosopher

Day 6 - Wednesday, June 18

Altomont/ Vietri sul Mare

Bid farewell to Sicily and take a ferry across the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy. Stop in Altomont and at a family-run olive mill to learn about olive oil processing. Continue to Vietri sul Mare and check in to the Hotel Raito.

Day 7 - Thursday, June 19


Educational Focus: The Amalfi Inspiration2014_sicily_pic7
Your coastal experience begins with a scenic drive to the charming town of Amalfi. Enjoy a walking tour through the town and admire its piazza and Duomo di Sant’Andrea. Continue by boat to Positano, built on the rocky coastline. Considered to be the most vertical town in Italy, Positano boasts pastel-colored houses, magnificent terraces and steep hillside gardens.

Day 8 - Friday, June 20


Excursion: Pompeii. Visit Pompeii, which was buried in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. The excavated site provides insight to what life was like on that fateful day. The Forum, the baths and many houses remain well preserved.

Excursion: Naples. Tour the old and new quarters of Naples and see beautiful squares, castles and monumental palaces. Take in a stunning panoramic view across the Bay of Naples from the Posillipo hilltop.
Educational Focus: The Horror and Splendor of Mount Vesuvius.

“Nothing is wanting but the inhabitants. Still, a morning’s walk through the solemn silent streets of Pompeii, will give you a livelier idea of their modes of life, than all the books in the world.”
~ Henry Matthews
(1789-1828), British lawmaker, “Diary of an Invalid,” 1820

Day 9 - Saturday, June 21

Sorrento/Isle of Capri

Excursion: Sorrento. Built atop a coastal cliff, Sorrento has 2014_sicily_pic8long been heralded by poets for its beauty. Admire its gardens, lively main square and winding streets.

Enjoy time at leisure in Sorrento.

Board a hydrofoil for Capri, the Enchanted Isle of Dreams. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this beautiful island. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Day 10 - Sunday, June 22

Naples/ U.S.A.

Transfer to the Naples airport for the return flight to your gateway city. *

A NOTE: The information presented is preliminary. Itineraries, included features and schedules are subject to change. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.


Hotel Villa Diodoro, Taormina, Sicily

Enjoy the splendor of the Sicilian coast at Hotel Villa Diodoro, perched on a cliff next to the Ionian Sea. Wake up to the warm colors and gentle breezes of the Mediterranean. Walk into the historic center of Taormina and its public gardens. Soak in the sun and views of Mount Etna from the outdoor pool, or walk along the hotel’s private pebbled beach. Savor local cuisine in the restaurant, and sample a full range of Sicilian wines in the hotel’s two element bars. Each spacious, comfortable guest room affords lovely views of the sea, mountain or gardens.

Hotel Raito, Vietri sul Mare, Italy
Situated on the Amalfi Coast above the peaceful village of Vietri sul Mare, the luxurious Hotel Raito overlooks the sparkling Bay of Salerno and is surrounded by verdant gardens, 2014_sicily_pic3and olive groves, woods and rugged mountains. In addition to its own sun-drenched beach, the hotel has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa with a full range of face and body treatments. Its restaurant is one of the most famous along the coast and offers a selection of fine local specialties. The guest rooms are beautifully decorated and feature a wealth of amenities.


Eight breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners; Tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner; Welcome and closing receptions; Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants; Take advantage of leisure time to try the local cuisine independently

Program Fees

$3,595 per person, double occupancy, land only.  

A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available at a supplement of $695 to the per person rate

Price includes:

• First class and deluxe accomodations as listed

• Meals as indicated in the itinerary including opening and closing receptions and dinners; sample authentic regional specialties at featured local restaurants.

• All deluxe motor coach transfers in the Land program itinerary and baggage handling on these transfers are included.

• Informative educational programs, presented by U.Va. faculty and local experts, to enhance your insight into the region.

• Personal VOX listening devices allow you to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guides.

• Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.

• All listed excursions.

Does not include:

– European Value Added Tax (VAT), currently $295 per person.

– Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees;personal gratuities; laundry and dry cleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.

– Anything not specifically listed as Included.

$5,524 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles.  Other gateway cities are available.
In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

• Arrival and Departure Transfers including baggage handling.
• Price Guarantee — protect yourself from fare and fuel surcharge increases.
• Advance Seat Assignments on most airlines.
• Group Discount Business Class Prices on most airlines.

General Terms & Conditions

Please note: Any payment to AHI International constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.

NOT INCLUDED-Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees; personal gratuities; laundry and dry cleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.

MOBILITY AND FITNESS TO TRAVEL-The right is retained to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of AHI Travel is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subject only to the requirement that the portion of the total amount paid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodations be refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance.

AIR TRANSPORTATION-The price of air transportation offered by AHI Travel is based on Advance Purchase Excursion fares. After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticket price may be levied. If connecting flights are requested, special promotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of as much as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or canceled after ticketing. After departure, if the reservations are changed, you will be charged the higher, all year Economy class fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITINERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. Passengers who choose to make their own airline reservations independently will be wholly responsible for any airline fees or penalties incurred as a result of program cancellation and/or change in travel dates, or airline schedule(s).

CANCELLATION-In addition to airline cancellation penalties, all cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $250 per person administrative fee. [Please note that you may choose, at the time of cancellation, to apply the withheld administrative fee to a future AHI travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following.] Cancellation from 120-76 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 10% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 75-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellation from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI International Corporation.

BAGGAGE-Baggage restrictions vary according to the airline policy and the class of service flown. Details will be provided with your pre-departure information. Baggage allowances are subject to change by the carrier without notice. Excess baggage charges for additional or oversized/overweight pieces are expensive and not included in your trip price; plan your wardrobe accordingly. Transport of baggage and personal effects is at the owner’s risk throughout the travel program.

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RESPONSIBILITY-AHI Travel does not own or operate any entity which provides goods or services for this program, and acts only as the agent for the independent suppliers of travel conveyance, transport, accommodations or other services. All such persons or entities are independent contractors. As a result, AHI Travel is not liable for any negligence or willful act of any such person or entity or any third person. In addition and without limitation, AHI Travel is not responsible for any delays, delayed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, death, damage or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or for any substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. Dates, Program Details and Tour costs, although given in good faith and based on tariffs, exchange rates and other information current at the time of printing, are subject to change at or before the time of departure. No revisions of the printed itinerary or its included features are anticipated; however, the right is reserved to make any changes, with or without notice, that might become necessary, with the mutual understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the individual passenger. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. If the entire program is cancelled for any reason, participants shall have no claim other than for a full refund. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she has no physical, mental or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers and accepts the terms of this contract set out herein and in more specific pre-departure passenger information. The airlines and other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances. The passage contract in use, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the company(ies) and the passenger and/or purchaser of this trip.