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Travel to Italy in 2019 with WCF alumni and friends

Walker College Foundation has scheduled the 2019 trip with alumni and friends to Southern Italy and Sicily for April 6-18, 2019. The 12-day trip begins in Catania, Sicily and ends in Salerno, Italy. Tours are included in each city with plenty of free time to explore on your own or book an optional excursion.

Eating in this region is truly a Mediterranean experience and this tour focuses on the food and wine that makes this region great. Fresh and bright, Southern Italian cuisine is a direct offshoot of the region’s pleasant weather, Mediterranean influences, and laid-back lifestyle. Long summers bring bountiful tomato harvests—and the red sauces, pizzas, and salads that most diners associate with Italian cooking. Explore the region’s best tastes in the undiscovered coastal towns and tucked-away villages where staples like olive oil and wine are lovingly produced.

Highlights of the trip include the Avola wine region, Italian contessa dinner, Baroque Noto, Sassi di Matera cave dwellings, Campanian cooking lesson, Taurasi wine tasting, and a tour of the Paestum ruins. The base cost of the trip is approximately $4,564 per person for double occupancy. Optional daily excursions and an optional three-day extension to Naples are additional costs. The base price includes airfare, 11 nights in handpicked hotels, breakfast daily, one lunch, five (5) three-course dinners with beer or wine, three wine tastings, a group tour director, private deluxe motor coach, and guided sightseeing and select entrance fees. A detailed itinerary with trip costs and a link to enroll may be found online at https://www.hollytrawicksi.grouptoursite.com or on the Walker College Foundation website - www.wcfdn.org.

The itinerary for the trip includes:
Day 1: Flight to Sicily.
Day 2: Arrive in Catania, meet tour director at welcome dinner.
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Catania which sits at the base of Mount Etna.
Day 4: Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Baroque city of Noto and the Avola wine region including the Noto Cathedral and a Nero d’Avola wine tasting. Transfer to Azienda Casabianca for an included countryside dinner at a Sicilian villa.
Day 5: Travel to Messina then take a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Calabria.
Day 6: Get to know the Tropea Region on a guided sightseeing tour including the Santa Maria dell’Isola monastery. Continue on to the coastal town of Pizzo.
Day 7: Travel through the Calabrian countryside to Matera.
Day 8: Tour Matera and the incredible Sassi di Matera cave dwellings, Palazzo del Sedile, Ruins of the Castle, Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Chiese Rupestri.
Day 9: Transfer to the Benevento region and visit the town of San Marco dei Cavoti to learn the art of making chocolate and other sweets.
Day 10: Tour more of the Benevento region on a tour with a local guide including the Arch of Trajan, Benevento Cathedral, and the UNESCO-recognized Church of Santa Sofia. Then, enjoy a cooking class and dinner.
Day 11: Visit the Taurasi wine region and learn about wine production and taste local varietals. Continue on to Salerno, a lively port town steeped in cultural tradition.
Day 12: Explore the Cilento region, home to the Mediterranean diet, stopping to visit a mozzarella farm, the famous Greek and Roman ruins of Paestum and the Archaeological Museum of Paestum.
Day 13: Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Naples for two days.

For any of our trips, Go Ahead Tours offers a convenient payment plan, an online account for access to trip details at any time, and the option of customizing flight plans. Discounts are available for previous EF Go Ahead travelers. Participants may enroll online or by phone at 800-206-9871. For more information, contact Holly Trawick at 205-310-3189 or htrawick@wcfdn.org.


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