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Italy's a Blast: From Etna to Vesuvius - A Family Odyssey

Program Number: 18207RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/30/2015 - 7/10/2015;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,293.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs
Meals: 26; 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 11 - 13 years of age.

With a treasure trove of archaeological sites and the incomparable Pompeii, the Italian coastal region of Campania and the island of Sicily offer the perfect combination of adventure and history. Mount Etna is the backdrop for the mythology of the Cyclops, Polyphemus, who captured Ulysses and his men; Etna was also the forge of the Greek god Hephaestus whom the Romans called Vulcanus. From classical mythology to modern science at seismological centers, join experts at the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum as they explain what happened that fateful day in August 79 CE when Vesuvius erupted. See the cities literally frozen in time for a unique glimpse of life in ancient times.


• A ride to a vent rim of Sicily’s Mount Etna, a hike on a portion of Mt. Vesuvius' crater and a visit to a seismology center are just the “tip of the volcano” in this active learning adventure.
• In Cumae, the first Greek settlement near Naples, visit the cave sanctuary of the mythological prophetess Sibyl. See also the Solfatara Caldera, an alien landscape of bubbling mud pits and spewing steam vents.
• Learn about life in Roman times as you explore the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried by the eruption in August of 79 CE.

Activity Particulars

Elevation 5,000-10,000 feet in volcanic areas; walk on tended path incline with flowerbed-size lava pebbles. At archaeological sites, walk about two miles a day on uneven cobblestone pavement.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Catania, coach to Giardini-Naxos, 4 nights; overnight ferry to the port of Naples, 1 night; coach to Sorrento, 4 nights; coach to Naples for departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Giardini-Naxos
5 nights

Discover the mythological stories set in Sicily, from Ulysses and the Cyclops Polyphemus, who lived in caves near Etna, to Vulcan the god of the forge, who made lightening bolts. After a lecture on volcanic soil, agriculture and geology, explore an inactive crater and ride toward the summit of Mount Etna. In Taormina, visit an open-air Greek theater with the expansive volcanic slope in the background.

Overnight ferry to the port of Naples
1 night
Coach to Sorrento
5 nights

After sailing between Capri and Sorrento into the Bay of Naples, enjoy watching Mount Vesuvius rise in the distance. Ride up its summit, have lunch on its slopes, learn about the devastating eruption in 79 CE and visit the seismic laboratory to view the instruments in use today. Join experts for an exploration of the archaeological wonders of Pompeii, a middle- and working-class city, and Herculaneum, a luxury resort town. See the gladiators’ barracks and walk into the amphitheater to see where they fought. Walk along the main street, V. dell’Abbondanza, and observe first-century political graffiti and old billboards. In the Naples Archaeological Museum, view the treasures and artifacts recovered from the cities, including plaster casts of the deceased; bronze statues; the famed Alexander Mosaic and the Farnese Bull, a 12 foot tall grouping sculptured from one solid block of marble.


“Dolce far niente,” the “sweetness of doing nothing.” This ode to leisure is a distinctly Italian phrase, and yet the expression does not do justice to the hard-work ethos of the nation’s inhabitants. The monuments, art and civilization bequeathed to the people of modern Italy are a testament to the industry of their forebearers, and the legacy lives on in today’s Italians, who work hard to better enjoy the sweetness of repose.

Giardini-Naxos: Four-star beach front hotel with swimming pool. Overnight ferry: Clean, comfortable (but small) berths with private bath and shower. Sorrento: Four-star hotel in the heart of the city with roof top swimming pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hellenia Yachting Hotel
  Giardini-Naxos, Italy 4 nights
   TTT Lines
  Overnight Ferry, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento
  Sorrento, Italy 4 nights
 Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hellenia Yachting Hotel is located on the sea in a quiet summer resort area 3 miles from the hill town of Taormina. The spacious lounge opens out to the poolside lounge. The hotel has its own private beach. Bring a swimsuit if you want to test the waters of the Mediterranean.
  Contact info: Via Jannuzzo, 41
Giardini-Naxos, NA 98035 Italy
phone: +39 0942 51737
  Room amenities: Each room is equipped with private bath, a television set, mini bar, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, and safe box for valuables.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has a large formal dining room. Situated on the shore of Giardini-Naxos, the hotel has a small private beach for its guests. The swimming pool is open May to September. Elevators to all floors. Free Wi-Fi connectivity in the lobby, rooms and on the terrace. For checking emails, an internet point is located in the lobby. Laundry service available (not self-service).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies by season You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online consolidator services such as or Expedia.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 TTT Lines
Type: Cabin
  Description: The boat carries 75 cars and has a capacity for 950 passengers. Sitting lounge, restaurant and observation decks.
  Ship Information: Built in 2002. Italian flag, 22 knot max speed. Length is 186.50 m, max width 26,60 mt, Capacity 950 passengers. Lounging chairs, 78 cabins, all with private bath and shower.
  Contact info: xxx
Catania,   Italy
phone: +xxx
  Room amenities: cabins are small. Bunk beds and small desk.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, snack bar, lounge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: shower stall
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Michelangelo is a 4 star facility, located in the heart of Sorrento, with a spacious lobby, restaurant, conference room, pool, free Wi-Fi in the lobby and internet point, snack bar and roof garden.
  Contact info: Corso Italia, 275
Sorrento,  80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 878 48 44
  Room amenities: private bathroom, air conditioning, room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, satellite TV.
  Facility amenities: private bathroom, air conditioning, room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, satellite TV.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: varies by season contact the hotel directly to book additional nights.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in lobby at 4:00 for neighborhood walk You will be staying at Hellenia Yachting Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
after breakfast, transfers to airport. Hotel check out by 11:00 am You will be staying at Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Bus service from Catania Airport to a stop near the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Giardini-Naxos
  Nearest city or town:  Catania
  Nearest highway: Autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Catania Fontanarossa Airport
  Transportation to site: To reach the program site on your own, there are two options - taxi or public bus. Taxi fare direct from the airport to the hotel is approx. EUR 100. More economical option is public shuttle bus operated by ETNA TRASPORTI Service runs hourly from Catania airport to Giardini Naxos. The depot with ticket booth is to the right of the terminal exit. Once in the depot area, ask the ticket operator where the Giardini Naxos platform is. The stop closest to the hotel is "Recanati". The ride should take just over one hour. Buses leave every hour from 7:00 am to 7:45 pm, reduced service on Sundays and holidays. Fare is about EUR 10 per person including luggage. When you get off at Recanati and get your luggage from the storage compartment in the belly of the bus, walk in the direction the bus was going, turn right at the corner and the hotel is about 100 yards on the left side of the street. Prices are valid as of April 2015 and subject to change.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Sorrento
  Nearest city or town:  Sorrento
  Nearest highway: Autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Naples
  Transportation from site: To reach the Naples airport on your own, you have two options. The first is with public bus: Curreri Co. buses leave from the the train station in Sorrento to the Naples airport. The ticket (EUR 10 pp) can be purchased on board the bus. The ride takes about 1.5 hours with various stops along the way. The second option, a private transfer direct from the hotel to the airport can be arranged through the hotel. Fare is approx. EUR 150 for private car and driver service.
Elevation Note: On Etna day, coach to 6500 ft above sea level

Equipment Requirements: Sneakers with good traction for excursions to Mount Etna and Vesuvius.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures from points in North America
(Tuesday, June 30)

Note: Suggest sleeping on transatlantic flight and staying awake the next day; makes adjusting to the new time zone easier.

 Depart From: Depart from points in North America
 In Transit: Overnight flights across the Atlantic Ocean arrive in Sicily the following day.

Day 2: Welcome to Giardini Naxos \ Check-in \ Welcome Reception
(Wednesday, July 1)

Note: Some fatigue from a long flight and hour long transfer to the hotel. Get your first view of Mt. Etna to the west as you travel toward Giardini-Naxos.

 Lunch: At the hotel. The full southern Italian experience includes eating like a local; lunch is considered the main meal of the day and will consist of multiple courses.
 Afternoon: After lunch, spend time in the pool or at the private beach and swim in the Ionian Sea--watch out for Sirenes, the mythological sea nymphs who swam those waters and enticed Ulysses. At the scheduled time, gather in the hotel meeting room for a briefing that will go over logistics and recommendations for a safe visit; after that enjoy a welcome refreshment, meet the group leaders and your fellow travelers in an informal gathering.
 Dinner: At the hotel. As is the custom in Sicily, dinners begin at 8:30 pm and will include a first course (appetizer or pasta) and main course of meat or fish, a vegetable side dish and dessert of a sweet or fresh fruit.
Accommodations: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Free Time \ Hands on Activity \ Mythology Lecture
(Thursday, July 2)

Note: Light activities

 Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel. Select from an egg dish, breads, yogurt, pastries, cake, cereals and muesli, fresh fruit, sliced cheeses, sliced cold cuts, and some gluten free products as well as a selection of hot and cold beverages.
 Morning: A more detailed briefing on the excursions. A local expert gives insight on the science of volcanoes.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: A classroom session learn about the Greco-Roman pantheon of gods and on the mythological stories set in Sicily - from Ulysses and Polyphemus in the caves of Etna to Vulcan/Hephaestus who used the volcanoes as a forge to make Jupiter/Zeus's lightening bolts. Make a model of a volcano and have a small eruption in a classroom hands on construction.
 Dinner: At the hotel restaurant. Fixed menu; plated table service.
Accommodations: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Taormina and Greek Theater \ Boat Ride around Isola Bella \ Presentation of Greek Colonization in Sicily
(Friday, July 3)

Note: Taormina is a located on a hill-top and the Greek theater is at the top. Uneven terrain and steps in the ancient theater.

 Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.
 Morning: Board coach to Taormina where the local expert will explain how the original Greek theater changed once the Romans took over. Enjoy the spectacular view of Etna as a backdrop of the ruins. Expert continues through the town expounding on the fortunes of the UNESCO city. Taormina was founded by refugees of the original city of Naxos who were scattered by invading army.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant sample some traditional Sicilian dishes.
 Afternoon: After lunch and a little free time, meet at the sky lift and ride down the hill, board a private boat to sail around Isola Bella, a beautiful island in the gulf. The boat drops us off at the dock near the hotel, a couple of hundred yards away. Relax by the pool or room. Gather at the appointed hour before dinner for an illustrated presentation and review about the ancient Greek and Roman colonies in Sicily. Nearby are the ruins of Naxos, the oldest colony on Sicily, dating to 535 BCE.
 Dinner: At the hotel. Fixed menu with plated table service.
Accommodations: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mount Etna Excursion and Learning Center
(Saturday, July 4)

Note: Uneven terrain on trails. Helmets are provided for side crater exploration. Wear closed shoes, bring jacket or fleece. Expect a different microclimate on the higher elevations of the mountain compared to the shore.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Coach to the slopes of Mt. Etna to explore inactive side vent craters. Weather and seismic conditions permitting, a park ranger leads a walk along the edge of one of the inactive side craters. Etna is typically snow capped 11 months of the year. Elevation may reach 6000-8000 feet.
 Lunch: At a trattoria on the slopes of Mt. Etna. Traditional menu with local fresh produce.
 Afternoon: Excursion continues on Mt. Etna. A park ranger leads the day's activities. Stop at a learning center and see models of Etna, learn about eruptions, types of lava, safety measures and precautions and the fertility of volcanic soil. Coach back to the hotel. A little time for a refreshing swim before dinner.
 Dinner: At the hotel; fixed menu with plated table service.
Accommodations: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Catania \ Lunch at an Agriturismo Working Farm \ Board Ferry for Overnight passage to Naples
(Sunday, July 5)

Note: Minimal walking

 Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.
 Morning: Prepare luggage for departure, one last swim in the Ionian Sea. Board coach to an agriturismo, or working farm for a home-cooked meal. Savor ingredients grown on site and prepared by skilled cooks. Walk around the gardens with the owner, ask him where the lava from the 1384 eruption of Etna can be seen.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Sicilian farm to table meal at the family run farm and restaurant.
 Afternoon: Board coach toward the port of Catania, arrive in time for 5:30 boarding. Find berth and settle in. Each berth sleeps 4 on bunk beds and is equipped with a toilet, sink and shower. This is a large ferry capable of transporting buses, tractor trailers, cars and cargo. There are large lounges with reclining chairs and tables, TVs and snack bars. Store luggage in the cabin under the bunk or shelf.
 Dinner: On board the ferry, self-service style dinner. Choices include an antipasto, first course, second course, side dish, cheese, fruit or dessert. You can have bottled water or a soft drink; beer or wine for the adults.
 Evening: Ferry sets sail at 7 PM, over the open water, enjoy (weather permitting) the expanse of the stars. Passing the Straits of Messina, look out for Scylla and Charybdis the mythological monsters of the sea current vortex, read their description in Homer's Odyssey Book XII.
Accommodations: TTT Lines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Welcome to Naples / First Greek Settlement of Cumae / Phlegrean Fields
(Monday, July 6)

Note: Handle own luggage from ferry to coach. Uneven terrain in Cumae and at Solfatara in the Phlegreian Fields

 Breakfast: The breakfast on board the ferry is a simple snack consisting of a fruit juice and packaged croissant.
 Morning: Sail past the island of Capri and observe Vesuvius rising in the distance. Disembark in Naples. Coach from the port of Naples to Cumae. With an expert visit the cave sanctuary of the mythological Sibyl prophetess who predicted the future. She is depicted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Continue to other remains and take in the panoramic sight of the Bay of Naples from the Temple of Apollo.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Coach continues to the Phlegreian Fields. Visit the caldaras of Solfatara, site of a collapsed volcano where pools of bubbling mud indicate fissures and steam vents spew forth an odor of sulfur, as the name of the Solfatara suggests. The word "conflagration" meaning large fire is related to a mythological character Phlegyas and lends his name to the area. Following the visit, coach to Sorrento and check in to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel, dinner is plated table service with multiple courses, water and dessert. Adults can order wine or beer; young people can order a soft drink and charge it to their room. Settle extra expenses with the front desk before departure.
 Evening: After dinner go for a short neighborhood walk to see the main piazza in Sorrento, locate ATMs, pharmacies and stores.
Accommodations: Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Vesuvius Observatory Station \ Ride to Crater of Vesuvius
(Tuesday, July 7)

Note: Uneven Terrain on the Slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.

 Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel. Items include an egg dish, bread, cereal, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, pastries, cake, cold cuts, cheese platter, assortment of jams and honey. Choose American coffee, espresso, cappuccino, or hot water (for tea) at the beverage dispenser - available only in the morning. In the afternoon and evening, you can order a cold beverage at the poolside bar or lounge in the lobby.
 Morning: Coach to the slope of Mount Vesuvius. At the observatory, the local guide/ranger illustrates the seismic instruments. Ride to the crest for panoramic views of the bay. Weather permitting, it is possible to walk around a portion of the crater.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant on the slope of Mt. Vesuvius. A kid friendly meal consists of various fritters, a second course, French fries and gelato. The adults will enjoy a second course and fruit or sweet dessert.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel for a rest period or go to the roof and enjoy a dip in the pool. There is a clear view of Vesuvius. At the designated time, meet in the lecture hall for an illustrated Lecture on the Eruption of 79 CE.
 Dinner: On your own. The group leader will have suggestions for various tastes and budgets.
Accommodations: Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Discover Pompeii
(Wednesday, July 8)

Note: Extensive walking and standing during the expert-led visit to the vast archaeological site of Pompeii.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Guided visit of Pompeii archaeological site. Wander the streets of the city frozen in time in August of 79 CE. Walk into the amphitheater, see where the gladiators trained, walk down Via Abbondanza, the main street, observe 1st century political grafitti. Notice the similarities between Pompeii, where bars, restaurants, shops and bakeries line the streets, and that in any modern city in Italy.
 Lunch: Light lunch at a restaurant in the archaeological park. A dessert of gelato will help you cool off.
 Afternoon: After a long day in the sun, return to the hotel for some down time, swim in the pool or take a stroll in the commercial center of Sorrento. Later in the afternoon, board a coach to a spot in the countryside.
 Dinner: Dinner at an agriturismo or working farm serving a regional menu of seasonal food including cheeses made onsite. At the conclusion, coach back to Sorrento.
Accommodations: Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Herculaneum / National Archeological Museum in Naples
(Thursday, July 9)

Note: Extended walking and standing during the expert-led visit to the archaeological site of Herculaneum and in the museum

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to Herculaneum, the upper class city destroyed by the intense pyroclastic mud flow from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. The expert will talk about the differences of the Pompeii and this city. The Villa of the Papyri was discovered and was recreated for the Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Naples where you can try some Neapolitan dishes.
 Afternoon: Expert-led visit the Archaeological Museum in Naples which houses treasures and artifacts found in Pompeii and Herculaneum, including the famed Alexander Mosaic, the Farnese Bull, gold jewelry, plaster casts of the deceased and bronze sculptures of dancing women from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel consists of multiple courses, plated table service with a special dessert.
Accommodations: Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to Naples Airport
(Friday, July 10)

Note: Board coach for the Naples airport in time for check-in. Handle own luggage from coach to counter.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departures.
 Morning: Coach to and Depart from Naples airport
Meals Included: Breakfast
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