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Golden Eagle Danube Express:
Sicilian Odyssey

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

The Tour

Your holiday begins and
ends with two nights each at
romantic, five-star hotels in
Venice and Sicily. In between,
spend eight days and seven
nights exploring 17 cities and
and provinces in northern and
southern Italy and in Sicily. The
Golden Eagle Danube Express is
your luxurious "five-star hotel
on wheels."

The ITInerary

Day 1: Venice
Welcome to romantic Venice.
Your home is the iconic five-star
Hotel Danieli. Ideally situated,
it's just a short stroll from St.
Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace
and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a
welcome dinner at the Danieli.
Day 2: Venice
Guided walking tour, or explore
Venice on your own. This evening, private piano concert at
Palazzetto Bru Zane.
Day 3: Cremona & Verona
Morning transfer by boat to
Santa Lucia station. Board your
private train, Golden Eagle Danube Express. Our train threads its
way onto the 3-mile causeway
over the Venice Lagoon and
along the Po River to Cremona.
Browse the city's impressive
13th-century piazza, then enjoy
a private tour of the fabled
Stradivari Museum devoted

to violins and other stringed
instruments. Next stop, Verona,
famed setting of Shakespeare's
Romeo and Juliet, where we'll
enjoy a short but informative
walking tour.
Day 4: Bologna, Rimini &
San Marino
Arrive Bologna, Italy's food
capital. It's beautiful from nearly
all angles, as we'll see first-hand
during our morning tour. Then
it's on to Rimini, where you get
to choose. Visit the Ferrari factory in nearby Maranello to take
a test drive. Or explore San Marino, a UNESCO World Heritage
center, and see Mount Titano.
Dinner includes the famed Torta
Tre Monti or "Cake of the Three
Towers."
Day 5: Bari
Depart Rimini and enjoy stunning coastal views as your
train hugs the eastern Italian
seaboard. Arrive Bari and enjoy
a guided tour of the old town,
fortress and castle that has
stood guard since the 12th
century. Enjoy optional olive oil
mill tour and tasting. Dinner in
the diner tonight as our train
crosses central Italy.
Day 6 Herculaneum & Pompeii
Today visit the crumbling ruins
of Herculaneum and Pompeii,
destroyed by volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. Next, we stop

at Michelin-starred restaurant
President to sample local wine
and taste a few delicious Piennolo tomatoes. Then, take a
spectacularly scenic rail journey
through mountains, forests,
rivers and creeks all the way to
mainland Italy's southern tip.
Day 7 Palermo, Sicily
Today cross to Sicily on one
of the world's last train ferries.
First stop: flamboyant, feisty
Palermo, capital of Sicily. Enjoy
gentle city tour on foot, finishing with an aperitif and small
concert at stunning Teatro Massimo. Later, continue touring
Palermo, or visit nearby Corleone, made famous by Francis
Ford Coppola's The Godfather.
Day 8: Agrigento &
Ragusa, Sicily
Today visit the Valle Dei Templi,
Italy's most impressive ancient
Greek ruins. Next tour pictureperfect Ragusa. Then enjoy a
cooking demonstration of local
delicacies and a brief walking
tour of the historic old town.
Day 9: Syracuse &
Caltagirone, Sicily
Today visit Syracuse, birthplace
of the Byzantine empire, and
tour the Island of Ortigia. Then
see local ceramic workshop in
quaint hilltop town of Caltagirone, famed producer of
exquisite pottery since the 10th
century. Next tour Villa Romana
del Casale, one of the world's
best-preserved Roman Villas.
Special dinner tonight deep in
Sicilian countryside at famed
restaurant, Al Fogher.

Day 10: Catania & Taormina
Enjoy leisurely breakfast on
board, and admire the passing Sicilian landscapes. Later,
explore beautiful Catania. Next,
take part in a tasty, hands-on
pastry-cooking class. Continue
by train to Taormina, and Hotel
San Domenico Palace.
Day 11: Taormina, Sicily
Today, a local volcanologist
leads your private tour of Mount
Etna. Next sample local wines
and enjoy lunch amongst surrounding vineyards. Tonight,
toast our tour with champagne
at our farewell dinner at the
hotel.
Day 12: Taormina, Sicily
After breakfast, transfer to the
airport for onward departure.

The hIghlIghTs

* See Italy and Sicily on luxurious
Golden Eagle Danube Express
* City tours: Venice, Verona, Bologna, Bari, Palermo, Caltagirone,
* Visit the famous Stradivari Museum of stringed instruments
* Tour crumbling ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii
* Tour the ancient Greek city of
Valle Dei Templi
* Option to explore historic city
center of San Marino
* Tour Mount Etna and its museum with local volcanologist
* Authentic Sicilian cooking
demonstration, pastry lesson
* Local wine tastings
* 2 nights in five-star Hotel Danieli in Venice
* 2 nights in five-star Hotel San
Domenico Palace in Taormina
* Fully inclusive meals, drinks,
gratuities, touring, transfers

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