Mon

MONDAY 24 APRIL - AUSTRALIA TO ROME

24

MORNING
AFTERNOON
EVENING

Depart home cities this evening on Emirates via Dubai, arriving in Rome the following afternoon.

Tue

TUESDAY 25 APRIL - ARRIVE SICILY

25

MORNING
AFTERNOON

Arrive into Rome this afternoon and connect on to the flight to Catania. On arrival in Catania you will be met and transferred to the hotel in Syracuse.

EVENING

Welcome Dinner
Enjoy a casual dinner with your fellow delegates in the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa, Syracuse
Meals: Dinner

Wed

WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL - SYRACUSE

26

MORNING

Enjoy a walking tour of Ortigia this morning, the historical heart of Syracuse.

AFTERNOON

This afternoon, visit the Syracuse Archaeological Park.  This vast archaeological park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains Syracuse’s greatest concentration of ruins, the most famous of which is its Ancient Greek theatre. There is also a Roman amphitheatre, a sanctuary to Apollo and an altar to Sicilian King Hieron II. The impressive remains of this ancient city date as far back as the eighth century BC.

EVENING

This evening is at leisure (dinner at own expense).

Overnight: Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa, Syracuse
Meals: Breakfast

Thu

THURSDAY 27 APRIL - CATANIA

27

MORNING

Depart Syracuse this morning to Piazza Armerina for a tour of the Villa Romana del Casale. The villa is one of the most luxurious of its kind and sumptuous even by decadent Roman standards. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room; they are the finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world.

AFTERNOON

This afternoon, continue on to Catania where you will enjoy a city tour on arrival.  The city has a rich culture and history, hosting many museums, restaurants, churches, parks and theatres.

EVENING

This evening is at leisure (dinner at own expense).

Overnight: Romano House, Catania
Meals: Breakfast

Fri

FRIDAY 28 APRIL - TAORMINA

28

MORNING

Explore Europe’s largest active volcano today on this tour to the summit of Mt Etna. On arrival at the station at 1,900m, proceed by cable car to 2,500m where you will meet your mountain guide. Continue by Unimog jeep and then on foot for a guided walking tour of the summit craters, located at 3,000m. Admire the spectacular views from the summit and keep an eye out for loose black magma stone which you can take home as a souvenir.

AFTERNOON

Return to Taormina late afternoon.

EVENING

This evening is at leisure (dinner at own expense).

Overnight: NH Collection, Taormina
Meals: Breakfast

 

Sat

SATURDAY 29 APRIL - TAORMINA

29

MORNING

Morning conference sessions.

AFTERNOON

Join a guided walking tour of Taormina this afternoon. Taormina has become famous around the world not only for its beautiful scenery and views of Etna but for the extravagant and famous visitors who have been here such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. Visit the Teatro Greco, a well-preserved Ancient Greek amphitheatre set in a breathtaking location with an unbeatable view of Mt Etna and the beautiful coastline of the Ionian Sea. See the beautiful Palazzo Corvaja and the Odeon, a small Roman theatre and walk through Vicolo Stretto and Corso Umberto. Reach Piazza IX Aprile, the main square with a magnificent view of the majestic profile of Etna and the coast of the Bay of Giardini Naxos stretching up the hill to the Greek amphitheatre.

EVENING

This evening is at leisure (dinner at own expense).

Overnight: NH Collection, Taormina
Meals: Breakfast

Sun

SUNDAY 30 APRIL - TAORMINA

30

MORNING

Morning conference sessions.

AFTERNOON

This afternoon is at leisure or you may wish to join one of the optional tours on offer including the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of ‘The Godfather’.

EVENING

Farewell Dinner
This evening enjoy dinner at the San Domenico Palace Hotel.

Overnight: NH Collection, Taormina
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Mon

MONDAY 1 MAY - TAORMINA TO ROME

1

MORNING

Transfer to Catania for the flight to Rome this morning, arriving late morning. On arrival in Rome you will be met and transferred to the Westin Excelsior hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

AFTERNOON
EVENING