A 10-Day Journey Through Sicily with Rem at Italy4Real – Memories of a Lifetime
September 18-27, 2024 Only
Day 01: Depart USA = September 18
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Although airfare is not included in your Italy4Real package, we offer a complimentary airfare research and booking service, exclusively designed for our esteemed clients. You’ll be working one-on-one with our dedicated airfare specialist, who will meticulously research the best routes and prices tailored to your needs.
🌟 Why Choose Our Airfare Service?
- Zero Costs: There is absolutely no charge for this service; you pay only the airfare, with no added costs.
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Prepare to embark on a Sicilian adventure curated to tantalize your senses and fulfill your travel dreams. With Italy4Real, you are not just a tourist; you’re a privileged traveler who will experience Italy as it should be—authentic, intimate, and utterly unforgettable.
Day 02: Arrival in Palermo, Sicily
As your plane touches down on the Sicilian soil at Palermo Airport, the sense of excitement and wonder is palpable. The promise of delectable cuisine, rich history, and awe-inspiring art fills the air.
🚗 Seamless Transfer to Hotel Piazza Borsa
Upon arrival, your private driver will be eagerly awaiting you. Revel in the luxury of a personalized and direct transfer to your carefully selected 4-star accommodation—Hotel Piazza Borsa. Your driver will handle your luggage, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic drive to the heart of Palermo.
🏨 Deluxe Stay in Historic Palermo
Your stay in Palermo will be nothing short of exquisite, with a Deluxe room booked for you at Hotel Piazza Borsa. Here, elegance meets comfort, ensuring a restful haven after your day’s adventures. The hotel is situated in the historic center of Palermo, placing you at the doorstep of the city’s rich past and vibrant present.
🎨 Immerse Yourself in the Kalsa Neighborhood
Your hotel is nestled in the lively Kalsa neighborhood, a cultural treasure trove just waiting to be explored. From the Renaissance art adorning the 15th-century Palazzo Abatellis to the awe-inspiring Byzantine mosaics in the 12th-century church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, you’re surrounded by centuries of artistic and architectural splendors.
🍴 Culinary Adventures and Local Crafts
Whether you’re a foodie at heart or a lover of fine art and craftsmanship, the Kalsa neighborhood has something for everyone. Indulge in authentic Sicilian street food, or opt for a gourmet dining experience at one of the many local restaurants. The narrow, bustling alleyways are lined with artisan shops offering handmade ceramics, intricate woodwork, and beautiful textiles—a feast for the senses.
Your Day 2 in Palermo is not just another day; it’s the beginning of an intimate journey into the soul of Sicily. As you settle into your luxurious accommodations and explore the cultural riches of the Kalsa neighborhood, know that you’re experiencing Palermo the way it was meant to be—through the eyes of a discerning traveler. Welcome to the Italy4Real experience.
🥂 Evening with Rem: Welcome Cocktail & Dinner Reservations
As the sun begins to set on your first day in Palermo, your Italy4Real tour host Rem has planned a delightful start to your evening—a welcome cocktail at the Hotel Piazza Borsa. This will be a casual yet elegant affair, where you can mingle with fellow travelers and set the tone for the incredible days to come.
Following the cocktail, Rem will have dinner reservations set up for you at a distinguished local spot in Palermo. The best part? Meals are paid locally, allowing you greater flexibility in your dining choices. Unlike many tours that pre-include multi-course fixed menus, we understand that flexibility is key to a fulfilling travel experience. Feel free to order what tempts your palate or opt for a lighter meal if you wish.
Your Day 2 in Palermo wraps up with a hint of Sicilian flavors and the promise of more mesmerizing experiences to come. As you enjoy your first night in this enchanting city, savor the freedom to dine as you wish, making each meal an adventure in itself. With Italy4Real, you’re not merely sightseeing; you’re living the Italian dream to its fullest.
Overnight in Palermo.
Day 03: Exploring Palermo's Historic Heart and Leisure Time
As dawn breaks on your third day, the anticipation for what lies ahead fills the air. Your day begins in the most delightful way, with a sumptuous breakfast at Hotel Piazza Borsa.
🥐 Morning Indulgences: Breakfast at the Hotel
Enjoy a lovely breakfast spread featuring an array of local pastries that melt in your mouth, freshly squeezed juices to invigorate your senses, and of course, that famous Italian coffee that kick-starts your day like no other. Savor each bite and sip, as today is destined to be another day of unforgettable experiences.
🚶♀️ Guided Walking Tour of Palermo
Post-breakfast, join a knowledgeable local guide for a walking tour through the beating heart of Palermo. The morning’s itinerary is filled with iconic landmarks that tell the story of this multifaceted city:
- Palermo Cathedral: An architectural marvel that has stood through the ages, bearing the influences of various cultures, from the Normans to the Moors.
- Palazzo dei Normanni: The Royal Palace of Palermo, a stunning example of Norman architecture, replete with history and grandeur.
- Palatine Chapel: Located within the Palazzo dei Normanni, this chapel is a masterclass in Byzantine mosaics, capturing the essence of divine beauty.
🛍️ Afternoon at Leisure
The latter half of your day is yours to shape as you wish. Whether you choose to explore Palermo on your own, indulge in some retail therapy, or simply relax, the options are plentiful. Perhaps revisit one of the morning’s attractions at your own pace, or discover a cozy café where you can enjoy an authentic Italian espresso.
🌙 Overnight Stay and Dinner On Your Own
As the day winds down, you’ll return to the comforts of your Deluxe room at Hotel Piazza Borsa for another restful night. Dinner is on your own, giving you yet another opportunity to explore Palermo’s culinary landscape. With restaurants ranging from traditional trattorias to modern gourmet eateries, there’s a palate-pleasing option for every type of food lover.
Day 3 encapsulates the essence of what Italy4Real is all about—structured exploration combined with the liberty to discover personal joys. As you lay down to rest, take a moment to reflect on the beauty and diversity you’ve witnessed, knowing that this is just the beginning of your intimate Sicilian escapade.
🗺️ Free Time Ideas with Your Host, Rem
As the afternoon stretches out before you, don’t miss the opportunity to tap into the expertise of your tour host, Rem. More than just a guide, Rem is a connoisseur of all things Palermo, passionately dedicated to revealing the city’s hidden gems to his clients.
📌 Personalized Suggestions
If you prefer a solo adventure, Rem is more than happy to offer personalized recommendations based on your interests—be it art, history, or gastronomy. These curated suggestions will help you explore the nooks and crannies of Palermo that may not be part of the typical tourist route but are equally enriching.
🌟 Exclusive Experience: The Capuchin’s Catacombs
For those looking for something truly unique, Rem can accompany you on a visit to the Capuchin’s Catacombs. This isn’t your average tourist attraction; it’s a journey into a world that most people seldom get to see. Home to the largest collection of mummies in the world, the catacombs present a haunting yet fascinating tableau.
As you traverse the labyrinthine corridors, you’ll come face-to-face with over 8,000 of Palermo’s mummified residents, some of whom date back over 500 years. Dressed in their finest, they offer a chilling yet intriguing glimpse into the cultural and religious practices of a bygone era.
Your Day 3 in Palermo offers the perfect balance of structured tours and free time, enhanced by Rem’s local expertise. Whether you choose to spend your afternoon leisurely exploring the city or delving deep into its mysterious past with Rem, you’re guaranteed an enriching experience that you’ll cherish forever. Welcome to another day of living your Italian dream with Italy4Real.
Day 04: Journey to Monreale and Cefalù - A Tapestry of Arab-Norman Splendor
As you wake up to another beautiful Sicilian morning, your spirits are high in anticipation of the day’s adventures. Breakfast awaits you at the Hotel Piazza Borsa, offering another delightful spread of local delicacies to start your day on a sumptuous note.
🥐 Morning Feast: Breakfast at the Hotel
Begin your day with a generous breakfast spread featuring local Sicilian pastries, fresh fruit, and the robust coffee that Italy is famed for. As you savor each delicious moment, feel the excitement building for another day of awe-inspiring discoveries.
🏰 Morning Excursion to Monreale
Following breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Monreale, a beautiful town perched in a panoramic position not far from Palermo. Here you’ll visit the breathtaking Monreale Cathedral, an architectural marvel that boasts some of the most exquisite mosaics in the world. These stunning works of art portray scenes from both the Old and New Testaments, captivating all who gaze upon them.
The significance of Monreale is further elevated by its inclusion, along with Palermo and Cefalù, in the UNESCO World Heritage List for the Arab-Norman itinerary. The visit to this cathedral serves not only as a feast for the eyes but also a deep dive into a blended culture that has shaped the region for centuries.
🌊 Afternoon Excursion to Cefalù
The journey continues in the afternoon as you depart for Cefalù, another jewel on the northern coast of Sicily. The centerpiece of your visit here will be the Norman Cathedral, an awe-inspiring structure with a rich history. Explore the medieval lavatory made from stones and get lost, figuratively speaking, in the narrow, charming streets of this picturesque town.
As you walk through Cefalù, the town’s labyrinthine lanes and stunning sea views provide a compelling contrast to the morning’s experience, yet both are unified in their testament to Sicily’s rich and diverse heritage.
🌙 Return to Palermo and Overnight Stay
As dusk settles, you’ll return to Palermo and the welcoming embrace of Hotel Piazza Borsa. As you unwind and prepare for another comfortable overnight stay, take some time to reflect on the day’s experiences, knowing that each moment has added another layer to your understanding and appreciation of this incredible island.
Day 4 perfectly encapsulates what Italy4Real offers—meticulously planned yet soul-enriching experiences that tap into the unique character of each locale. Tonight, as you drift off to sleep, you’ll do so with a heart full of gratitude for the beauty you’ve witnessed and the memories you’ve created. Evening free on your own.
Day 05: Agrigento to Syracuse – Ancient Marvels and Coastal Elegance
As the sun rises over Palermo, Day 5 kicks off with an air of exhilarating anticipation. Your hotel’s morning spread of Italian breakfast delights sets the culinary tone for a day filled with enriching and mouthwatering experiences.
🍳 Morning Bliss: Breakfast at the Hotel
Start your day with an alluring breakfast at the hotel. With a delightful array of Sicilian pastries, fresh fruits, and fine Italian espresso, it’s a prelude to the day’s grand journey.
🚌 Journey to Agrigento
After breakfast, depart by private coach for Agrigento. Famous for its wealth of ancient Greek ruins and stunning landscapes, even the journey itself is a visual treat.
🏛️ The Valley of the Temples: An Odyssey in Time
Arriving in early afternoon, a local guide will lead you through the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s most important archaeological landmarks, and its ancient Greek temples stand as magnificent tributes to a long-lost era.
🌅 Arrival at the 5 Star Grand Hotel Des Etrangers in Syracuse
Your next destination is the extraordinary Grand Hotel Des Etrangers, situated in the heart of Ortigia Island. The hotel doesn’t just offer luxurious, air-conditioned rooms and suites with international TV channels and wooden floors; it presents an experience. Your rooms come with a majestic sea view.
The hotel’s restaurant is a haven for gourmands, specializing in national cuisine that highlights the finest Italian dishes. Imagine starting your day in the breakfast room, which offers panoramic views of Siracusa’s coastline. For alfresco dining, the Roof Garden offers a splendid terrace that epitomizes the hotel’s exquisite balance between tradition and modernity. Each space within the hotel is distinct, yet all share a unified atmosphere of peace and luxury.
🍷 Evening with Rem: Wine and Dine in Syracuse
As dusk settles, your tour host Rem takes the lead. Embark on an evening stroll through the charming streets of Siracusa, pausing to savor some delectable Sicilian wines. Dinner reservations have been made at a local seafood haven. As meals are paid locally, you have the freedom to choose from a range of fresh catches and local specialties.
Day 5 offers an exquisite blend of ancient history, coastal allure, and culinary satisfaction. As you retire for the night in the serene opulence of Grand Hotel Des Etrangers, reflect on the unforgettable moments crafted by Italy4Real, designed to enrich both the mind and the soul.
Day 06: Syracuse – A Symphony of Ancient Wonders and Seaside Serenity
The sixth day of your Italian sojourn begins as you greet the morning sun from the majestic Grand Hotel Des Etrangers. Today promises an immersive exploration of Syracuse, an ancient city that beckons with its rich tapestry of history and natural beauty.
☕ Morning Panorama: Cappuccino by the Sea
Imagine starting your day with what could possibly be the best cappuccino you’ve ever had. Savor each sip as you overlook the shimmering sea, letting the moment seep into your soul. The hotel’s breakfast room, offering sweeping views of Siracusa’s coastline, provides the perfect backdrop for this morning ritual.
🚶♀️ Ortigia Walking Tour: The Cathedral and the Fountain of Aretusa
Post-breakfast, a local guide will accompany you on a walking tour through the historical heart of Siracusa: Ortigia. Marvel at the grandeur of the Cathedral, a remarkable structure that encapsulates various eras of architecture and religious history. Nearby, the Fountain of Aretusa offers a poetic contrast, where fresh spring water and papyrus plants exist side by side in an island setting.
🚌 Archaeological Odyssey: Greek Theatre, Grottos, and More
A private coach will then whisk you away to the archaeological area that houses some of Siracusa’s most important ancient sites. Take a journey back in time as you visit the Greek Theatre, an engineering marvel that once served as the cultural epicenter of the city. Don’t miss the Grottos of Dionysius and Cordari, mystical caves that reverberate with intriguing echoes and tales of antiquity.
🌙 Evening at Leisure
With such a robust day of exploration, the evening is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Whether you wish to sample more of the local cuisine, take a leisurely stroll along the coast, or simply revel in the amenities of your luxurious hotel, the choice is entirely yours.
As you tuck in for the night, reflect on the marvelous day you’ve had, courtesy of Italy4Real. Every twist and turn in Syracuse has offered something extraordinary, enriching your vacation in ways that go beyond mere sightseeing to touch the very essence of this ancient, captivating city.
Day 07: Syracuse – A Day to Discover, Dine, and Delight
On the seventh day of your Italian adventure, the agenda is as open as the beautiful Sicilian sky. After a leisurely breakfast at the Grand Hotel Des Etrangers, the day is entirely yours to explore, unwind, and revel in the diverse offerings of Syracuse.
☕ Morning Indulgence: Breakfast at the Hotel
Begin your day the Italian way—breakfast at your lavish hotel. From freshly-baked pastries to Sicilian fruits and, of course, the iconic Italian cappuccino, your palate will be pleasantly awakened for the day ahead.
🗺️ Ideas for Your Free Day in Syracuse
- 🎭 Piazza del Duomo: A Feast for the Eyes
Head to the Piazza del Duomo for people-watching or to soak in the incredible architecture around you. This bustling square is the perfect place to feel the city’s pulse.
- 🏖️ A Beach Day on Ortigia Island
If sun and sea are calling your name, the beaches of Ortigia Island are within walking distance. Grab a towel and a good book for a day of relaxation.
- 🍝 Food and Wine Tasting
What’s a trip to Sicily without indulging in the local gastronomy? There are numerous cafes and eateries within walking distance, offering anything from street food to gourmet meals.
- 🛍️ Shopping for Souvenirs
Via Roma and Corso Matteotti are the main shopping streets in Syracuse, perfect for picking up some artisanal souvenirs or high-end Italian fashion.
- 🎨 Art and History Museums
For those who crave a dose of culture, consider visiting the Bellomo Art Museum or the Archaeological Museum Paolo Orsi, both conveniently located within the city.
- 🌿 Giardino Bellini
For a peaceful afternoon, the gardens of Giardino Bellini offer a lush respite. Stroll through the manicured paths, dotted with statues and fountains.
- 🌊 Lungomare Alfeo: A Romantic Stroll
This seafront promenade offers stunning views and is a perfect way to spend a romantic evening.
- 🌇 Sunset from Maniace Castle
End your day with a spectacular sunset view from Maniace Castle, a vantage point that offers a panoramic glimpse of the city’s unique skyline.
🌙 Evening at Leisure
With no set plans, the evening is yours to savor. Whether you wish to venture out for another gourmet meal, or prefer a quiet evening enjoying the hotel’s amenities, the night is yours to design.
Day 7 is all about you—your interests, your pace, your delights, all wrapped up in the unmatched beauty and culture of Syracuse. As you close out another magical day in Italy, rest assured that every experience is a tailored memory crafted by Italy4Real.
Day 08: From Volcanic Slopes to Vibrant Taormina – A Symphony of Sicilian Wonders
Your eighth day promises to be a spectacular blend of nature, luxury, and culinary excellence, filled with experiences that can only be crafted by Italy4Real.
☕ Morning Indulgence: Breakfast at Grand Hotel Des Etrangers
Kick-start your day with an exquisite breakfast while enjoying breathtaking views of the sea, fortifying you for the epic journey ahead.
🌋 Mount Etna: A Volcanic Adventure
Aboard your private coach, ascend toward the majestic Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Your adventure begins with a pause at 1,900 meters above sea level, allowing you to absorb the awe-inspiring scenery and the quiet grandeur of this geological giant.
🍷 Wine and Dine on the Slopes of Etna
Next, you’ll be taken to a remarkable winery situated on the volcano’s slopes. Here, you’ll relish a sumptuous lunch featuring local ingredients, all accompanied by unique wines nurtured from Etna’s volcanic soil. It’s a sensory experience that intertwines the tale of the land with the craft of winemaking.
🌅 Arrival in Taormina: The Jewel of Sicily
Your day continues with a transfer to the enchanting town of Taormina. Perched high above the Ionian Sea, its beauty is legendary.
🛏️ Check-in at Villa Diodoro: A World of Comfort and Elegance
Experience the epitome of Sicilian luxury as you check into your Double Deluxe room at the 4-star Hotel Villa Diodoro. This magnificent hotel is not only nestled in a panoramic hillside position but also features an outdoor pool with sweeping sea views. Just a short stroll from Taormina’s historic center and the Greek-Roman Theater, Villa Diodoro is an oasis of tranquility and style. Rooms are plush and air-conditioned, each fitted with a minibar and a private bathroom.
🏊 Afternoon at Leisure: A Dive into Relaxation
Unwind this afternoon with your choice of activities—take a refreshing dip in the pool, luxuriate with an aromatherapy treatment, or simply relax on the sun terrace.
🍴 An Evening in Taormina with Rem
As the sun sets, your tour host Rem will arrange dinner reservations at a charming local spot. Immerse yourself in the culinary brilliance of Taormina, with a meal paid locally, and toast to yet another unforgettable day on your Italian journey.
🌙 Overnight in Taormina
As you retire for the night, let the tranquil Sicilian air lull you to sleep, wrapping up a day that can best be described as a masterpiece of experiences, all thoughtfully curated by Italy4Real.
Day 09: Taormina at Your Fingertips – A Symphony of Choices
Ah, Day 9 – a day devoted entirely to you. Whether you’re an early riser eager to catch the morning sun painting the sky or you’d rather indulge in a morning lie-in, today offers the gift of time and freedom.
☕ Morning: Breakfast and Sunrises at Villa Diodoro
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Opt for an early start to capture the Sicilian sunrise, or enjoy a leisurely morning, letting the sun’s rays greet you as you finally step out of your comfortable bed.
🏝️ Exploring Taormina: A Palette of Possibilities
Taormina has plenty to offer within walking distance, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in its richness. Here are some activities you can enjoy without the need for transportation:
- 🏰 Castello di Taormina: A fair walk uphill but worth every step for the stunning vistas. This medieval castle offers breathtaking panoramic views.
- 🎭 Greek Theatre: Just a short walk from the hotel, explore this ancient wonder, remarkably well-preserved and still used for performances today.
- 🌹 Public Gardens: These beautiful gardens provide a tranquil escape. Wander through the labyrinth of pathways, taking in exotic flora and charming pergolas.
- 🛍️ Corso Umberto: Taormina’s main street is a shopper’s paradise. Here, you’ll find everything from luxury Italian brands to quaint local boutiques.
- 📸 Isola Bella: This tiny island close to the beach is accessible by foot and is a perfect spot for photography.
- 🍷 Wine Tasting: There are numerous enotecas around town where you can sample local wines.
- 🍝 Culinary Adventure: From pizzerias to fine dining, experience the gastronomic diversity by simply wandering the streets and following the alluring aromas.
- ⛪ Church of San Pancrazio: Built on the ruins of a Greek temple, this church is both a religious and historical landmark.
- 🎨 Art Galleries: Dive into the local art scene with a visit to one of the town’s intimate galleries.
- 💆 Spa Day: Many local spas offer a day pass, perfect for a day of ultimate relaxation.
🌆 Evening at Leisure: The Night is Yours
Conclude your day as you wish; perhaps a final stroll through the enchanting streets of Taormina, a romantic dinner, or simply relaxing at the hotel’s luxurious facilities. With no set plans, the evening is a blank canvas waiting for you to make your mark.
Day 10: A Fond Farewell to Sicily – On to New Horizons
The time has come to say “Arrivederci” to the magical island of Sicily. As you take in your last Sicilian breakfast at Villa Diodoro, perhaps savoring one last bite of Cannoli or sipping your final authentic Italian cappuccino, you’ll no doubt feel a blend of melancholy and gratitude. Melancholy for the end of an unforgettable journey, and gratitude for the memories you’ve created, which are now a part of you.
🍳 Morning: Last Breakfast in Paradise
Indulge in a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the journey ahead. Perhaps share a toast with your fellow travelers, cherishing the friendships and connections made during this incredible journey.
🛄 Transfer to Catania Airport
Your private coach will arrive to whisk you away to Catania Airport. As you make your way through the picturesque landscapes one last time, you might find yourself already dreaming of your next Italy4Real adventure.
✈️ Journey Home
Upon reaching Catania Airport, you’ll proceed to board your flight, marking the end of Italy4Real’s exquisite services. While the adventure concludes here, the memories and experiences you’ve gathered will accompany you long after you’ve returned home.
🌹 Thank You and Arrivederci
Thank you for entrusting Italy4Real with your Sicilian adventure. As you return to your everyday life, may you always carry a piece of Sicily in your heart. Until we meet again on another captivating journey.
Departure Dates 2024
September 18-27, 2024 Only
Price Per Person: Euro € 5,950
Early bird Discount: $1000 OFF if you place your deposit before Nov 30, 2023
Why Are Our Prices in Euro?
At Italy4Real, we pride ourselves on providing a genuinely authentic experience, and that extends right down to the currency in which our trips are priced. Here are a few reasons why our prices are in Euro:
- Local Partnerships: We work closely with local vendors, from the hotels you’ll be staying in to the private coaches and specialized guides we employ. These costs are naturally incurred in the local currency, which is the Euro.
- Stable Pricing: Using the Euro allows us to provide you with the most stable and straightforward pricing, without having to factor in the fluctuations of exchange rates.
- Transparency: By pricing our packages in Euro, you’ll know exactly what you are paying for, with no hidden costs or conversion fees. It helps to paint a clearer financial picture for you as you plan your trip.
- Financial Integrity: The Euro is a strong, stable currency respected worldwide, which helps in maintaining the high level of financial integrity that we uphold at Italy4Real.
- Authentic Experience: Right from the moment you begin planning your journey with us, we aim to immerse you in a truly European experience, starting with the currency.
Remember, you’ll be receiving a high level of service, quality, and attention to detail when you travel with Italy4Real. Our prices reflect our commitment to delivering an unparalleled travel experience. Thank you for choosing us for your custom-tailored Sicilian adventure! 🇮🇹✨
How to Book Your Unforgettable Tour with Italy4Real
Embarking on a journey with Italy4Real is a seamless and straightforward process. We’ve streamlined the initial steps to ensure your peace of mind as you prepare for the adventure that awaits. Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Register Your Trip
First and foremost, let’s get you officially registered. Simply navigate to our registration page and fill out the requisite information to help us serve you better.
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Step 2: Secure Your Spot with a Deposit
Once you’re registered, it’s time to place your deposit to confirm your spot on this dream tour. Our secure online payment gateway ensures your financial details are kept confidential.
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Key Payment Details
- Deposit Amount: A deposit of $450 per person is required to secure your place.
- Non-Refundable but 100% Applied: While the deposit is non-refundable, rest assured that it will be 100% applied to your trip’s final balance.
- Final Payment: Please note that the final payment for your trip is due 90 days prior to the departure date.
Your journey of discovery, culture, and unparalleled hospitality is just a couple of clicks away. By booking with Italy4Real, you’re securing more than just a vacation; you’re ensuring an experience drenched in authenticity, enriched with personal connections, and executed with a level of detail and care that only we can provide. Secure your spot today and begin the countdown to a journey you will treasure for a lifetime. 🌟✈️🇮🇹
🌟 Meet Rem Malloy: The Heart and Soul Behind Italy4Real
Embarking on a journey with Italy4Real means you are stepping into a legacy of extraordinary travel experiences curated by a team led by Rem Malloy. With over 27 years in the travel industry, Rem has a special affinity for Italy, a place he considers not just a destination, but a part of his identity.
Rem also is a historical who was a presenter on the show Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel.
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Pacific Northwest-based travel company’s owner; Rem Malloy tells the “Shrimpy Sonar” story on Season 12 Episode 11 of the wildly popular travel show
👩👦 A Family Legacy
Rem, alongside his mother Deborah de Maio, founded Italy4Real in 1995 with the ethos of offering more than just vacations—instead, they aimed for transformative travel experiences. As de Maio poignantly stated, “It’s the people that make the experience, not the monuments.” Sadly, Rem lost his mother in April of 2022, but his dedication to continue her legacy remains stronger than ever.
🛫 The Journey Begins
The story of Italy4Real began after a family trip to Italy to connect with relatives that de Maio hadn’t seen in years and whom Rem had never met. This emotional and enriching reunion sparked a desire in them to offer deeper, more meaningful travel experiences to others.
📺 In the Limelight
Rem’s expertise in travel and history has been acknowledged in mainstream media. He was featured in an episode of “Mysteries at the Museum” on the Travel Channel, discussing a World War II episode, highlighting his depth of knowledge in European history.
🎙️ Voice of Experience
Over the years, Rem has also become a seasoned guide for historic tours across Europe, providing insights that go beyond guidebooks and touch the very essence of the places you visit.
🌍 Why Choose Rem Malloy and Italy4Real?
When you travel with Italy4Real, you’re not just a tourist; you’re an explorer seeking the essence of Italy and Europe. Rem Malloy is not just your tour host but a passionate storyteller, a bridge between you and the rich tapestry of history, culture, and people that you will encounter.
In choosing to travel with Rem and Italy4Real, you’re choosing to honor a mother’s legacy, to become part of a community that values depth over breadth, and to experience a journey that will enrich your soul.
So, ready to turn your travel dreams into cherished memories? With Rem Malloy at the helm, your journey promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. 🇮🇹✨
🇮🇹 Italy4Real: Your Passport to Authentic European Travel
At Italy4Real, we don’t just offer trips; we craft life-altering experiences. Founded over 27 years ago by a passionate mother-son duo, Deborah de Maio and Rem Malloy, Italy4Real is a bespoke travel service specializing in customized and small group tours. While the heart of our services beats strongly for Italy, our arms reach out to all of Western Europe.
🌟 What Sets Us Apart
- Personal Touch: Rem Malloy, your expert tour host and guide, infuses his rich knowledge and love for the country into every itinerary.
- Quality Over Quantity: We focus on comprehensive travel packages of 7 days or longer, which include accommodation, sightseeing, and ground transportation. No a-la-carte services here—just tailored experiences.
- Bespoke Experiences: Our itineraries are as unique as you are. From private coaches and knowledgeable local guides to meticulously inspected accommodations, each element is handpicked.
- Attention to Detail: We offer a high level of service, right down to providing private and group sightseeing options, ground transportation, and car and driver services.
Stay in 4-star and 5-star hotels that we’ve personally inspected, ensuring they meet our high standards for quality and location. Whether it’s a room overlooking the sea in Siracusa or a luxurious suite in the heart of Palermo, your comfort is our priority.
- Guided Tours: Discover the stories behind landmarks with our local guides. Visit the cathedrals of Palermo, roam through ancient Greek ruins in Agrigento, or explore the charming streets of Taormina.
- Gourmet Experiences: Enjoy a winery lunch on the slopes of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Taste wines grown in volcanic soil and savor local ingredients.
- Free Time: Your tour host Rem will offer plenty of free time ideas to explore hidden gems or simply relax and absorb the atmosphere.
🌐 Service Areas
While Italy is our forte, we also offer travel experiences throughout all of Western Europe.
📅 Booking Guidelines
We take bookings for trips scheduled at least 2 months in advance.
All prices are provided in Euro, as we aim to offer an authentic European experience, starting from the planning stages.
💌 Customer Service
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When you choose Italy4Real, you’re not just booking a trip; you’re investing in a wealth of experiences, curated by experts who are passionate about travel and deeply rooted in the culture of Italy and Western Europe. It’s not just a journey; it’s a narrative—one where you are the protagonist, and each day writes a new chapter in your story. 🌟✈️
If you are looking for an unforgettable small group tour of Sicily, explore the most important cities of the island with a Travel Channel Expert!. We’ll take you on a small group tour of some of the classic Sicilian cities like Palermo, Agrigento, Syracuse and more! It is simply a trip of a lifetime; you will leave with Sicily in your heart forever.
What’s Included in Your Sicilian Adventure:
Prepare to embark on an Italian sojourn that promises to leave you spellbound. Your tour is not merely a vacation; it’s an elegantly woven tapestry of experiences, accommodation, and culinary delights that epitomize the beauty of Sicily. Here is an overview of what’s included in your package.
- Minibus at Disposal: For your arrival transfer, all planned visits, and your scenic tour across Sicily, as laid out in your itinerary.
You will reside in hand-picked, centrally located 4- and 5-star hotels that offer comfort and luxury to enhance your Sicilian experience.
- 3 Nights at Hotel Piazza Borsa 4* (or similar) in a Deluxe Room in Palermo
- 3 Nights at Grand Hotel Des Etrangers 5* (or similar) in a Sea View Superior Room in Syracuse
- 2 Nights at Hotel Villa Diodoro 4* (or similar) in a Double Deluxe Room in Taormina
All accommodations include a daily breakfast featuring an array of delectable local produce and baked goods.
🍇 Culinary Experience
- Winery Lunch and Wine Tasting: On the slopes of Mount Etna, you’ll indulge in a gastronomic journey, savoring a lavish lunch and tasting wines that capture the unique terroir of volcanic soil.
🎤 Local Guide Service
Enjoy the expertise and in-depth knowledge of local guides to enrich your sightseeing experience:
- Palermo: 1 Half Day + 1 Full Day
- Agrigento: 1 Half Day
- Syracuse: 1 Full Day
🌟 Assistance from Rem Malloy
- Personalized Guidance: Rem Malloy, your expert guide and the owner of Italy4Real, will be there to ensure your trip is nothing less than extraordinary.
As you can see, every aspect of this tour has been meticulously curated to provide you with an immersive experience of Sicilian culture, history, and natural beauty. All that’s left is for you to arrive and let Italy4Real guide you through the vacation of a lifetime. 🇮🇹✨
🌟 What’s Not Included in Your Sicilian Journey:
While Italy4Real’s tour packages are designed to offer a luxurious and hassle-free experience, there are certain elements that are not included in your package. This ensures that you have the flexibility to tailor certain aspects of your journey to your specific needs and desires.
- Airfare to and from Italy is not included, although we do provide a complimentary airfare research and booking service exclusively for our clients.
🛡️ Travel Insurance
- We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances.
- Apart from the winery lunch on Mount Etna, other lunches and dinners are not included. This allows you to explore the myriad of dining options that Sicily offers at your own pace.
- Baggage handling at airports and hotels is not included.
💶 Local City Taxes
- A local city tax ranging from 4-7 euros per person per day will be applied. This tax cannot be pre-included and must be paid directly to each hotel during your stay.
💰 Tips and Gratuities
- Tips for service providers like guides and drivers are not included and are at your discretion.
🎁 Personal Extras
- Any personal expenses or extras like room service, spa treatments, and additional activities are not included.
📜 Other Exclusions
- Any services or amenities not explicitly mentioned in the “What’s Included” section are not a part of the package.
By understanding what is and isn’t included, you can better plan for an extraordinary trip that fits your unique tastes and preferences. We aim to provide a delightful journey, leaving you to immerse yourself in the splendors of Sicily, assured that every detail has been carefully considered and planned for. 🇮🇹✨
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