Sicily Milan North of Italy and a Small Taste of Switzerland

SUMMER TOUR OF SICILY, MILAN, LAKES MAGGIORE AND COMO, ENDING WITH A TASTE OF THE SWISS ALPS

9-18 July 2019

10 days tour

Monday, July 8- recommend flight:
Alitalia AZ609 16:25 JFK -FCO Rome Fiumicino Alitalia AZ1777 8:30 FCO – 9:35 PMO Palermo
Arrival: Tuesday July 9, 2019
Day 1
Tuesday, July 9
Welcome to Sicily, Palermo

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Taormina

Meeting at Palermo Airport 9:35

After a short breakfast and a good Italian Cappuccino, we will meet our guide and depart for a tour of Palermo’s main historical monuments: the Piazza Pretoria and its famous “four corners”; the Via Maqueda, the Massimo Theatre Opera House and Politeama Theatre.

We will then visit the Jewish quarter of Palermo and hear about the Jewish influence on this area. We will enjoy a guided tour of the archives, the Old & New Synagogue and the Hidden Mikvah.

Ending the day with a drive to our Hotel in Taormina (3 hours drive) where we will dine and rest.

Day 2
Wednesday, July 10
Siracusa, Ortigia island and the amazing Mikveh

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Taormina

After Breakfast an hour drive will bring us to Siracusa where the island of Ortigia joins the mainland through three bridges. We will explore Ortigia, walk through the narrow streets of Giudecca – the ancient Jewish Quarter – and visit the underground Mikveh which dates back to the 7th century. Discover the magnificent city of Siracusa – once Athens’ main rivals – and visit the catacombs of San Giovanni and the crypt of San Marciano who was killed by the Jews of the city. During the afternoon we will explore the city of Catania, discovering Catania’s rich Jewish history.
A guided walking tour will follow, including the famous Duomo and Ursino Castle, where two “Menorahs” have been inserted into the castle’s tower.

Day 3
Thursday, July 11
Volcanic Mt. Etna and a visit to Taormina

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Taormina

Depart hotel to Mount Etna in Private 4X4 luxury Jeeps for a full day excursion of the famous volcano. Our first stop will be in Milo for an introduction of Mount Etna. Our next stop will be at 6,000 feet height where we will walk through a lava grotto tunnel created along the centuries. Continue through a lava road to an upper position in order to reach the area of Piano Provenzano where we will enjoy a short hike around the Sarturius craters to watch the lava flows of 2001. The afternoon will be spent in Taormina (1 hour drive) where we will explore the Jewish Quarter and the amphitheater.

Finally we will have time to stroll in the alleys and shop before returning to our Hotel.

Day 4
Friday, July 12
Welcome to Milan

Overnight: 5 ★  Hotel, Milan

Check out from the hotel and make our way to Catania airport where we will take our Flight to Milan – Alitalia 10:40 Catania-12:30 Milan.

After lunch in one of the Kosher restaurants in Milan, we will explore the city of Milan. We will have some free time for shopping, before arriving to our Hotel for Shabbat preparation.

Kabala Shabbat in the Chabad Synagogue followed by Friday night Dinner

Day 5
Shabbat, July 13
Relaxed Shabbat, Synagogue and walking tour of city center

Overnight: 5 ★  Hotel, Milan

Shabbat morning will be spent with the Jewish Community of Milan for prayers at the Chabad center. Kidush and Saturday buffet lunch will followed by a good rest. An afternoon walking tour will complete our relaxed Shabbat.

Motzae Shabbat activity TBC.

Day 6
Sunday July 14
Exploring Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella

Overnight: 5 ★  Hotel, Stresa

Our day will begin with a short visit to the Shoa Mamorial center in Milan before leaving towards the majestic lake of Maggiore where our next Hotel is located.

Drop our luggage and have a light Lunch before starting our adventure.

We will start with a boat ride to the incredible Isola Bella One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore. Isola Bella charms visitors with its magnificent Baroque palace and terraced gardens slanting the lake. We will return to our private boat to explore more hidden places before arriving to the shore for a bicycle tour! 1.5-2 hours of a relaxed bicycle tour around the lake.

Day 7
Monday, July 15
Visiting Lake Como with its Picturesque surroundings

Overnight: 5 ★  Hotel, Stresa

We will spend our day exploring Lake Como and the towns surrounding it. A little less than 2 hours drive will bring us to our first stop, the village of Varenna, a less touristy experience than some of the other lakeside communities. We will take its wonderful path called the Passeggiate Degli Innamorati, or Lover’s walk, that hugs the coast and allows great views of the lake. Its cobblestone streets and narrow alleys will eventually lead us to the historic center of Varenna, and the Church of San Giorgio with its clock tower rising above the town. Within eyesight of Bellagio and Menaggio, it’s the perfect location for exploring the mid-section of Lake Como, From here we will take a 15 minute Ferry to Ballagio – the “pearl of the lake”, a chic and glamorous town, home of the rich and famous. This beautiful and very interesting area loaded with charm and character. We will walk by the coastline, climb up the hill to the heart of the town, and explore ancient churches, shopped in narrow alleys. Another 45 minutes Ferry will take us to the legendary town of Como, where we will take the funicular (cable-car) up the mountain to a place called Brunate, where we will have the most magnificent views of the Lake. We will come then back to explore Como before taking a 1.15 hour drive, back to our hotel on Lake Maggorie.

Day 8
Tuesday, July 16
100 Valley Train to Switzerland and Lucerne city center

Overnight: 4 ★  Hotel, Lucern

This morning we will take the famous Centovaili (hundred Valises) Railway for a ride from Stresa over to the magnificent city of Locarno, after a short visit and a Cappuccino we will join our bus and continue to Lucerne where our next 2 night will be spent.

We will arrive early afternoon, to start exploring this beautiful city with all its historic and majestic monuments like: the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, the old town, the city ramparts and the famous Lion Monument.

Finally we will arrive to our hotel for dinner

Day 9
Wednesday, July 17
Adventure in the Swiss Alps

Overnight: 4 ★  Hotel, Lucern

A day tour discovering some of Switzerland’s most magnificent Alpine villages and surroundings. We will experience a day as a swiss local and enjoy typical adventures such as hiking, local cheese farm production and cable-car (funicular) along with incredible scenery. You will end this day eager to experience life in the Alps even further.

We will return to Lucerne for a gala dinner.

Day 10
Thursday, July 18
Arrivederci !

After a good Breakfast we will have a bus transport to Zurich airport.

Delta 13:40 Zurich- 16:45 JFK

The price Includes:
  • All accommodation costs as stated or alike
  •  Kosher, with a SHOMER on board
  • Breakfasts, light lunches and full evening meals with wines
  • All land transport costs
  • Entrance fee to the monuments specified in the itinerary
Costs not included:
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local service providers. $180 will be collected at the beginning of the trip
  • Shows and evening entertainment

All clients should be aware that while all efforts are made to avoid any problems before, during or after your trip, Yaya Food and Travel carries no insurance for your health or luggage. While using the services only of registered suppliers, we recommend that you purchase fully comprehensive travel insurance, to include cancellation, as Yaya Food and Travel cannot be held liable for any mishaps during your stay.

Price:

$6150

per person based on a couple sharing a room, AND 20 GUESTS.

Single Supplement $2000

Room upgrade is optional.