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$4,595 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$4,895 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from New York, plus $479 airline taxes and fees.

$5,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $479 airline taxes and fees. Airfare from other cities can be arranged.

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Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the stunning Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, enjoying Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and unique, well-located hotels.2014_sicily_pic1 Begin your 15-day journey in Taormina, where you experience Sicily’s intriguing cultural heritage. Visit Agrigento’s impressive Grecian temples in the “Valley of Temples.” Venture to Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna, stopping for lunch at a local farm. Tour Matera’s cave dwellings and Alberobello’s medieval whitewashed buildings, both UNESCO sites. Discover Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Tour the evocative UNESCO site of Pompeii, and enjoy a Neapolitan cuisine cooking lesson in Sorrento. Take a day trip to the storied Isle of Capri and embark on a breathtaking Amalfi Coast drive before bidding “arrivederci” to Italy at a farewell dinner. Explore eternal Rome on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

  • Explore Agrigento’s stunning “Valley of the Temples”SicilyAmalfi14
  • Experience Sicily with a Mt. Etna excursion and lunch at a Sicilian farmhouse
  • Tour three UNESCO sites: Matera’s cave dwellings, Alberobello’s trulli, and Pompeii’s ancient ruins
  • Enjoy a Neapolitan cooking demonstration and dinner
  • Visit Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” in the fascinating Apulia region
  • Take a drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast
  • Embark on a day trip to the storied Isle of Capri


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Day 1 - Sunday, October 14

Depart U.S. for Taormina (Catania), Sicily

DAY 2 - Monday, October 15

Arrive Taormina

We arrive today in Catania on Italy’s autonomous island of Sicily then transfer by motorcoach to Taormina and our boutique hotel overlooking the Ionian Sea. Tonight we gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Villa Angela

DAY 3 - Tuesday, October 16


Highlights of our morning walking tour of this delightful medieval town include the spectacular ancient Greek theater dating to the 3rd century BCE, the popular 13th-century cathedral, and grand Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. This afternoon is at leisure; perhaps to relax by the hotel pool; visit a lovely Taormina beach; or stroll along Corso Umberto, lined with shops and restaurants. With lunch and dinner on our own today, perhaps a culinary adventure is in order … and thanks to Sicily’s strategic Mediterranean location that lured many invaders, Sicilian food incorporates Italian, Arabic, and African influences into a singular,and delicious, cuisine.
Villa Angela

DAY 4 - Wednesday, October 17


On today’s excursion we visit the “Valley of the Temples,” the archaeological zone of Agrigento, whose Doric temples and sanctuaries date to Greek rule in the 5th century BCE. Known in its heyday as the “most beautiful city of mortals,” Agrigento’s highlight is the stunning, well-preserved Temple of Concordia (c. 430 BCE). A visit to the museum here lends context to our explorations. Late this afternoon we return to our hotel, where we dine tonight.
Villa Angela
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DAY 5 - Thursday, October 18

Taormina/Mount Etna

ITALY 2018 AetnaThis morning’s tour ventures to Europe’s largest active volcano. The ancients believed Mt. Etna to be the forge of Vulcan, god of fire; today, modern-day Sicilians have a very personal relationship with the volcano, which frequently erupts but is seldom destructive. Centuries of lava flows have resulted in a rich, fertile landscape where citrus groves and vineyards thrive. Mid-day we enjoy a small group highlight: lunch at a family-run working farm amidst acres of lemon and kiwi. After returning to our hotel mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Villa Angela
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DAY 6 - Friday, October 19


We leave Sicily today for the mainland region of Basilicata, a day-long transfer that includes a ferry ride from Sicily to Calabria. Late this afternoon we reach Matera, whose historic troglodyte churches and dwellings (Sassi) have been designated a UNESCO site and where our hotel is a renovated cave dwelling in the city’s historic district.
Locanda di San Martino
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DAY 7 - Saturday, October 20


Today we explore this city of art and folklore, with its unique ancient urban structure still intact. Home to more than 100 rock churches, Matera resembles ancient Jerusalem and has been used by international film directors as a stand-in for the holy city. Following a guided walking tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently before dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Locanda di San Martino
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Day 8 - Sunday, October 21


ITALY 2018 MarketDeparting Matera this morning, we stop in Alberobello, whose 400 or so trulli – whitewashed conical houses with grey-stone roofs – rank as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We take a walking tour along the pristine cobblestone alleys, stepping inside an artisan’s workshop or trullo tipico, a recreation of an inhabited home. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on to Lecce, capital of Apulia’s southern Lecci province (in Italy’s “boot heel”), in time for dinner together at our hotel.
Patria Palace Hotel
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Day 9 - Monday, October 22


We discover the “Florence of the South” on this morning’s tour, so named for the unique decorative style for which Lecce is known: barocco leccese, the ornate and intricate sandstone carvings of cherubs and monsters, fruits and flowers that adorn local buildings from top to bottom. We see Palazzo Vescovile (c. 1632), the exuberantly decorated church of Santa Croce, and the Duomo with its lovely piazza. This afternoon is at leisure to explore this town of 100 churches as we wish; tonight we enjoy dinner together.
Patria Palace Hotel
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Day 10 - Tuesday, October 23


Today’s excursion takes us to the beautiful walled town of Otranto, overlooking the Adriatic. On a walking tour here we see the imposing 15th-century Aragonese castle with its traditional moat, and the Romanesque cathedral whose impressive wall-to-wall mosaic floor was created in 1166. We continue on to a local winery for a tasting and lunch then return to Lecce mid-afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own.
Patria Palace Hotel
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Day 11 - Wednesday, October 24


This morning we depart by coach for Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. En route we stop for a traditional trattoria lunch in the small town of Polignano a Mare. Dinner tonight is on our own in lively seaside Sorrento.
Hotel Antiche Mura
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Day 12 - Thursday, October 25


Today we visit the excavated ruins at the evocative UNESCO site of Pompeii for a guided tour of the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE (the city was accidentally rediscovered in 1749). Late this afternoon we gather for a hands-on Neapolitan cuisine cooking lesson, followed by dinner to savor the fruits of our labors.
Hotel Antiche Mura
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Day 13 - Friday, October 26


Today we travel by hydrofoil to the storied Isle of Capri, a popular resort since Roman times. We explore cozy Capri town; visit the terraced Gardens of Augustus with stunning views of the azure sea; then enjoy free time for lunch and to explore on our own before we return to Sorrento early afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this city with views of Mt. Vesuvius as we wish. Dinner tonight is on our own in Sorrento.
Hotel Antiche Mura

Day 14 - Saturday, October 27

Sorrento/Amalfi Coast

We embark this morning on a breathtaking drive along the winding, cliff-top Amalfi Coast road between Sorrento and Amalfi above the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea – with stops for photos along the way. This afternoon is at leisure; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.
Hotel Antiche Mura
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Day 15 - Sunday, October 28

Depart for U.S.

This morning we transfer to Naples airport, where we connect with our return flight to the U.S.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking uphill and on uneven or cobblestone streets, and sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this tour to the fullest.


  • Taormina – Villa Angela
  • Matera – Locanda di San Martino
  • Lecce – Patria Palace Hotel
  • Sorrento – Hotel Antiche Mura


26 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$4,595 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$4,895 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from New York, plus $479 airline taxes and fees. Airfare from other cities can be arranged.

$5,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $479 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,895 per person;
Premium Economy: $895 per person.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking uphill and on uneven or cobblestone streets, and sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this tour to the fullest.

Optional Post-Tour Extension
Rome – On Your Own, October 28-31, 2018
4 days/3 nights for $695 total price (Single supplement: $295)

Included in Extension Price: Air transportation Naples/Rome, inclusive of airline taxes and fee; 3 nights’ accommodations at Empire Palace Hotel (Superior First Class); 3 meals: 3 breakfasts; transfer to/from airport

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646, or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 110 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made by personal check or credit card. Our tour operator, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., reserves the right to cancel any reservation that are not paid in full at any time after final payment is due. If you make your reservation after the final payment date, payment in full will be required upon reservation.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Cavalier Travels reserves the right to use photos that might include you in marketing materials and other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (December 30, 2017) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 13 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon the University of Virginia’s receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; cancel 94-65 days before departure: 25% of tour price; cancel 64-45 days before departure: 50% of tour price; cancel 44-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; cancel 29-0 days before departure: no refund. If you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, as well as your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, and restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, or of their employees, agents, servants, or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including, without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise lines, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in this University of Virginia tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motor coaches and boats on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that our itineraries cannot accommodate wheelchairs. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities, and contracts with those airlines the company feels provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air schedule approximately 2½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, Land Only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.