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Sicily and Sardinia
Commences Rome 03 September and ends Rome 22 September 2017

  • Enjoying Cefalu
    Enjoying Cefalu
  • Agrigento, Sicily
    Agrigento, Sicily
  • Su Nuraxi, Sardinia
    Su Nuraxi, Sardinia
  • Palazzo dei Normani, Sicily
    Palazzo dei Normani, Sicily
  • Taormina, Sicily
    Taormina, Sicily
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price AUD 9,290
  • Program Code GCTSS17
  • Single Supplement AUD 798
  • Program Leader Hugh Morgan
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 19 Nights
    • 1 - Rome
    • 1 - Milazzo
    • 4 - Acireale
    • 1 - Ragusa
    • 4 - Erice Mare
    • 3 - Cagliari
    • 1 - Fonni
    • 3 - Olbia
    • 1 - Rome

Commences Rome 03 September and ends Rome 22 September 2017

Tour Highlights

  • The dramatic architecture of cities such as Syracuse, Nota, Catania and Taormina
  • The stunning scenery of Mt Etna and the volcanic Aeolian islands
  • The lively port of Palermo with the Mediaeval city of Erice
  • The outstanding Greek temples at Agrigento and the amazing Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina
  • The ancient Nuragic and Roman sites of Sardinia
  • The charming ports of Cagliari and Olbia
  • The brooding mountainous interior of Sardinia around Fonni

Tour Overview

Sicily is the Mediterranean's largest island and has suffered from its strategic position as an island in the Mediterranean - 'the middle of the world'. Its history recounts stories of constant invasion and colonisation and its cultural heritage has been shaped by the many different peoples who have occupied it over the centuries. Its natural features range from the lofty, smouldering Mount Etna to the fertile central plains where we discover many examples of former civilisations. 

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean but remains surprisingly unexplored. It has rugged mountainous interiors with stunning coastal scenery as well as quaint hilltop towns and pretty fishing ports. It has a rich Neolithic history and the island still boasts over 7,000 nuraghi, fortified tower houses from a prehistoric civilisation. Later the island was settled by the Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines and Saracens. In the Middle Ages, the island was fought over by the Pisans and Genoese before falling to the Spanish in 1295. Part of the Kingdom of Sardinia under Vittorio Amedeo of Savoy, Sardinia finally became part of the unified Italy in 1861. Many say that the island offers an almost primeval landscape of rocks sculpted by the wind and sea. D H Lawrence noted that Sardinia was “left outside time and history”.

Tour Inclusions

  • 19 nights en-suite accommodation
  • All local flights between Rome, Sicily and Sardinia
  • Typical breakfast  and dinner daily
  • Touring by comfortable  and modern  coach
  • Transport and field trips as indicated
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

Post Tour Combinations

Our Provincial France tour can easily be followed by the following tours:

Malta Extension - COMMENCES MALTA 26 SEPTEMBER AND ENDS MALTA 01 OCTOBER 2017

Golden Compass Tour Leader Hugh Morgan
Hugh Morgan

Hugh Morgan holds a BA in European History, German, Italian and Spanish from the University of Sydney and has also studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Lueneburg and Berlin, Italian in Perugia, Spanish in Salamanca and Russian in St Petersburg.

Hugh joined Qantas in 1966 and his twenty-five year career with the airline was primarily spent in sales and marketing. He was posted overseas a number of times, escorted groups and travelled widely. As Product Manager for Qantas Connections for UK, Europe and Africa, Hugh scoured his area to compile directories featuring interesting hotels, tours and attractions. His skills were recognised formally with the presentation of a bronze medal by the British Tourist Authority for exceptional services in the promotion of Britain - the first time an Australian has received this coveted award.

After leaving Qantas Hugh completed his BA whilst running a travel consultancy and has led over fifty small groups to various parts of the world. Recent tours have included Mongolia, Siberia, Russia and the Baltic States; Iberia and Morocco; the islands of the Western Mediterranean; and various journeys through Italy, the Alps and the Adriatic.

A member of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Trust, Hugh now has more time to pursue his interest in art, architecture, archaeology, genealogy ... and travel.

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 151, Albion Park, NSW 2527, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.