Past Tours

Photo: Colosseum

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Past Tours

Vietnam and Cambodia 2011
Kenya and Tanzania 2010
Egypt and Jordan 2010
UK and Northern France 2010
Turkey and Greece 2010
Italy and Sicily 2010
Egypt 09
Canada 09
Egypt 08
Italy 08
Vietnam 08
Egypt 07

Italy and Sicily 2010

Our Italy and Sicily trip in May 2010 was just wonderful. After experiencing a few dodgy hotels in our 2008 trip, we went up a star and had 4 star hotels throughout the trip and what a difference a star makes. We arrived at our first hotel in Venice, Hotel Cavelletto like rock stars by water taxi.


There was a gondola station right outside our hotel so it was great to sit and watch the gondoliers go about their daily work and to see the gondolas moored there each night. Our hotel was only about 30 metres from Piazza San Marco so very central to everything and we were able to go out each night and enjoy the ambience in the square without having to worry about getting back to the hotel late at night. The tour this year was a slower paced tour with free days in most of the cities we stayed in. This allowed the ladies time to catch up on some rest or to explore further afield or revisit places of interest we had been to on our tours. In each city we would have a walking or bus tour of the highlights with a local guide and then time to explore on our own.


We had great guides this year with some real standouts such as Mario in Rome. We were fortunate enough to have Alessandra as our English speaking assistant again throughout the tour and all of the girls quickly became fond of her crazy sense of humour but also enjoyed the history and cultural information that she gave us each day. Our itinerary took us all throughout Italy and we visited several regions including Umbria, Veneto, Lombardy, Campania, Sicily and of course beautiful Tuscany.


There were so many highlights of this tour but some of the most memorable ones were the cooking class at Castello di Casigliano, a 16th century castle in Umbria, the walking tour of Venice, picnics in Ravello and Lucca, the David in Florence, a visit to the Vatican Necropolis in Rome, the Blue Grotto on the Amalfi Coast, the boat ride on Lake Como including a visit to Bellagio AND our impromptu visit over the border into Switzerland for a couple of hours to buy Swiss Chocolate!! For the first time our Italy trip also included the island of Sicily. Sicily has many ancient sites to visit as throughout its history it has been ruled by the Romans, the Greeks, the Arabs and the Normans.


We visited some of the most important places such as The Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, the Greek amphitheatre at Taormina, the Greek and Roman amphitheatres at the Neapolis Archeological Park at Siracusa, and Mt Etna which at 3,350m above sea level is Europe’s highest active volcano. As well as absorbing the history we made sure we tasted the culinary delights of Sicily including Brioche con Gelato (a gelato sandwich), Cannoli (a crust filled with cream), Ameretto, Cassata and Arancine (Rice Balls). So much food and so little time.


We had a wonderful group of ladies, many of which have formed lasting friendships. Read their testimonials on the testimonials page. Our next planned trip to Italy and Sicily is in May of 2012.

Photo: Alessandra


Photo: Blue Grotto

"Blue Grotto"

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