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Fire & Ice – The Wonders of Sicily, Italy & Austria

This grand journey of discovery captures Europe’s most spectacular volcanoes, glaciers and

ancient wonders, plus the 'the eternal' city of Rome.

Day 1

Local departure by coach

or Door-to-Door service, then to

northern France for an

overnight stay.

Day 2

To the Parma area for an

overnight stay.

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Day 3

Continue south, past Rome,

to reach the Sorrento Peninsula for

a three-night stay.

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Day 4

Pompeii & Vesuvius

Included

excursion to see the haunting ruins

at Pompeii, which was buried in the

eruption of Mount Vesuvius in

79AD, then drive up to Mount

Vesuvius itself, which commands

spectacular views over Naples.

You can walk the final kilometre to

the summit to view the crater which

is usually still smouldering (there is

a local charge of approx. €10 to visit

the crater).

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Day 5

Sorrento or Isle of Capri

Included excursion into the resort

centre of Sorrento, one of the most

popular resorts on the Neapolitan

Riviera. From here you may wish to

join our optional excursion to the

Isle of Capri. Sail across the Bay of

Naples to this lovely island where

Gracie Fields once lived, and see

the whitewashed houses, smart

villas, colourful gardens and open-

air cafés. Take in the views back to

the mainland and, in particular, the

imposing site of the cone of Mount

Vesuvius.

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Day 6

To Sicily for a five-night stay.

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Day 7

Mount Etna & Taormina

Today’s included excursion takes us

to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest

active volcano at 3350 metres.

Our coach takes us to within 1900

metres and, if the weather is good,

you can visit the summit by local

bus (optional). Later, enjoy free time

in Taormina.

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Day 8

Free Time

Enjoy a free day to

relax in resort.

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Day 9

Stromboli

Enjoy a fantastic,

full-day optional excursion, starting

with a boat trip from Milazzo to the

island of Panarea. There will be free

time for you to explore or perhaps

go swimming at Zimmari beach.

In the evening, the boat leaves for

the island of Stromboli to view the

mighty volcano at night – the best

time to see the mountain’s fiery

explosions. We watch from

offshore, before returning by sea

to Milazzo.

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Day 10

Syracuse

Optional

excursion with a guide to enjoy

the delights of perhaps the most

beautiful town in Sicily, Syracuse,

once the most powerful of all

Mediterranean cities and home of

the famous Archimedes.

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Day 11

To Fiuggi near Rome for an

overnight stay.

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Day 12

Rome

To Rome, where you

can join our optional, guided

sightseeing tour by coach and on

foot, seeing the Colosseum

(admission extra), Trevi Fountain

and many other famous sights.

Continue to our overnight hotel in

Tuscany.

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Day 13

To the Austrian Tyrol for a

two-night stay.

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Taormina, with views across to Mount Etna

GRAND EXPLORER

Grossglockner Glacier, Austria