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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Granny Franny's Trip to Europe























































































I Cantori di Carmel

CONCERT TOUR

to
Croatia and Italy

June 16- July 3, 2006



Friday, June 16


San Francisco:
En route






11:15 am Assemble at the San Francisco Airport and check in for your
Lufthansa flight # 455 to Frankfurt.



2:00 pm Lufthansa flight #455 departs San Francisco.



Meals served on board the transatlantic flight.

Saturday, June 17



150 kms
93 miles Zagreb, CROATIA/

Opatija





9:35 am Arrive Frankfurt. Proceed to your connecting Lufthansa flight #
3482 to Zagreb.



12:20 pm Lufthansa flight #3482 departs Frankfurt.



1:45 pm Arrive at the Zagreb Airport. Claim your luggage and clear
customs. Meet your Ambassador Tours escort and coach driver. Load
luggage on coach.



Board coach and depart for Opatija, located on the Adriatic coast (about
a 1 ½ hour drive).



Upon arrival in Opatija, check into your hotel.



7:00 pm (tent) Dinner at your hotel.

Opatija

Sunday, June 18





7:00-10:00 am Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel.



Entire day at leisure to relax by the water.



OPTIONAL Riviera Boat Excursion to nearby islands. Additional cost US$25
to be paid to Ambassador Tour::



10:30 am Depart by boat from Opatija. Stops will be made at Lovran and
Moščenička Draga. The entire tour will last approximately three hours
and includes a welcome drink and small snack on board the boat.



2:00 pm Return to Opatija.



Afternoon Independent lunch (for those staying in Opatija).



Afternoon at leisure.



TBA Board coach for transfer to St. Jacob’s Church.



6:00 pm Time for set up and short rehearsal.



7:00 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will sing during mass (confirmed).



8:00 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will give a full concert performance
following mass (confirmed).



9:00 pm Return transfer to your hotel.



9:30 pm (tent) Dinner at your hotel.


Monday, June 19 270 miles
434 kms Opatija


Dubrovnik


7:00-9:00 am Breakfast at your hotel.



Text Box: DUBROVNIK HOTEL Hotel IVKA Put Sr. Mihajla 21 20000 Dubrovnik
Croatia Tel.: (011-385) 20 36 26 00 Fax: (011-385) 20 36 26 60 http://www.hotel-ivka.com

9:00 am Board coach and depart Opatija. You will travel along the
beautiful Dalmatian Coast, south to Dubrovnik. George Bernard Shaw
wrote: “The gods wanted to crown their creation and on the last day they
turned tears, stars and the sea breeze into the isles of Kornati.” This
would apply to the Kornati islands and, indeed, the entire Dalmatian
coastline. You will have views of unfathomable beauty, dramatic
mountains as a backdrop to the cleanest and clearest waters in the
Mediterranean.



Afternoon A stop will be made en route for an independent lunch.



Other stops will be made en route for photo opportunities.



6:00 pm (appx) Arrive in Dubrovnik. Check into your hotel.



TBA Dinner at your hotel.


Tuesday, June 20 Dubrovnik





7:00-9:30 am Breakfast at your leisure at the
hotel.



9:30 am Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Board coach for transfer to
the historic town center to begin your walking tour of old Dubrovnik,
Stari Grad. You will see the city's main street, Stradun, the Rector’s
Palace, the church of St. Vlaho, the Cathedral, the Dominican and
Franciscan Monasteries, , the Custom's Office and the City Hall.



Afternoon Independent lunch.



Remainder of day at leisure for independent exploration.



(A return coach transfer to your hotel will be scheduled for the
afternoon.)



7:00 pm (tent) Dinner at your hotel.



TBA Board coach for transfer to St. Blaise Church.



9:00 pm Time for set up and short rehearsal.



9:30 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will give an evening concert at St. Blaise
Church (confirmed).



Return transfer to your hotel following the performance.


Wednesday, June 21 Dubrovnik


Bari, Italy by overnight cruise





7:00-10:00 am Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel.



Load your luggage onto the coach.



10:00 am Meet your guide and transfer by coach into the historic city
center. Begin a second tour of Dubrovnik. This tour will concentrate on
the religious monuments of the city, including the Cathedral, the
Orthodox Church, and the Synagogue, attesting to the city’s continued
ethnic and religious tolerance.



Afternoon Independent lunch.



Remainder of day and evening at leisure to enjoy this fantastic city.



Evening Independent dinner.



TBA Reassemble at a predetermined place and transfer to the ferry dock.




TBA Board the ship and depart for your nine-hour overnight cruise across
the Adriatic Sea to Pescara, Italy. Accommodations in exterior 2-berthed
cabins with lavatory.


Thursday, June 22 315 kms/196 miles Bari, ITALY

Amantea


AMANTEA HOTEL Tyrrenian Park Hotel Via
Stromboli 227 87032 Amantea Italy Tel.: (011-390) 98 24 16 73 Fax:
(011-390) 98 24 28 737 http://www.tyrrenian.it/
Morning Breakfast served
on board the ship.

TBA Arrive at the port of Bari, Italy.



Board coach and depart Bari. You will travel south toward Taranto and
then skirt along the coast of the Golf of Taranto. Then you will cross
over to the Tyrrhenian Sea and continue south.



Afternoon A stop will be made en route for an independent lunch.



Late afternoon arrival at your hotel on the coast in Amantea. Check into
your rooms.



Remainder of day at leisure for relaxation.



Evening Independent dinner.


Friday, June 23 Amantea


Morning Breakfast at your hotel.



Entire day at leisure for independent exploration and/or relaxation.



OPTIONAL An optional excursion may be offered to the perched villages of
Maratea and Rivello. This will involve a 90-minute drive each way along
the unblemished Tyrrhenian coast to the Gulf of Policastro. Maratea is a
small port beneath the old center which straddles the flank of a hill.
Rivello, afew miles further north, once had a largely Greek population.
Byzantine influences can be seen in the churches.



Afternoon Independent lunch.



7:00 pm Dinner at your hotel.



TBA Transfer to the city center.



9:30 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will give an evening outdoor concert at the
Giardini della Villa Comunale (confirmed).



Return transfer to your hotel following the performance.


Saturday, June 24 313 kms/194 miles Amantea/Siracusa



Text Box: SIRACUSA HOTEL Hotel del Santuario Via del Santuario 1 96100 Siracusa, Italy Ph: (011 390) 931 465656 Fx: (011 390) 931 465565 www.hoteldelsantuario.it 7:30 am Breakfast at your hotel.
8:30 am Board coach and depart Amantea. You will travel to the tip of the Italian boot.

At Reggio Calabria, you will board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to the island of Sicily.

Reboard your coach and head south for the two hours drive to Siracusa, traveling along a scenic route with the Ionian Sea of Taormina to your left and the massive presence of Mount Etna to your right.

Afternoon A stop will be made en route for an independent lunch (possibly in Taormina).


3:00 pm (appx) Arrive in Siracusa. (Time permitting, check into your hotel rooms.)


4:00 pm Meet your guides and begin a tour of the ancient sites of Siracusa: the Latomie area and the Dioniso Cave, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Greek Theater, one of the most important examples of ancient theatre architecture anywhere.


7:00 pm Return to your hotel.

8:30 pm Dinner at your hotel.


Sunday, June 25 Siracusa


8:00 am Breakfast at your hotel.



9:00 am Meet your guide and walk together to the Ortygia area, always
considered the focal point of Siracusa. The island of Ortygia separates
the city’s two harbors and is now linked to the mainland by a bridge.
You will see the history of Siracusa through its historic monuments –
from the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo to the Baroque masterpieces
such as the Cathedral.



Afternoon Independent lunch.



Afternoon at leisure for independent exploration. You may want to visit
Regional Archaeological Museum which regroups the enormous quantity of
material excavated from digs throughout southeastern Sicily.



Reassemble at your hotel.



6:30 pm Dinner at your hotel.



8:15 pm Board coach for transfer to the Parrocchia Immacolata Church.



8:30 pm Rehearsal and set up at church.



9:30 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will give an evening concert at the
Parrocchia Immacolata (confirmed).



Return transfer to your hotel following the performance.


Monday, June 26 236 kms/146 miles Siracusa/

Piazza Armerina/Agrigento



AGRIGENTO HOTEL Hotel Akrabello Villaggio Mose 92100 Agrigento, Italy Ph: (011 390) 922 606 277 Fx: (011 390) 922 606186 www.akrabello.com
8:00 am Breakfast at your hotel.

9:00 am Board coach and depart Siracusa. You will travel inland through the mountainous interior of the island.

11:30 am Independent lunch in Piazza Armerina, an active provincial town with interesting medieval and Baroque architecture.


2:00 pm Then transfer to the Villa Romana del Casale. It is thought this sumptuous villa belonged to Maximianus Herculeus, Diocletian’s co-emperor from AD 286 to 305. The villa contained public halls, private quarters, baths, and courtyards. Most interesting are the series of beautiful ornamental mosaics, some of the finest surviving mosaics of Roman antiquity. You will have a guided tour of the villa.


3:30 pm Then continue on to Agrigento. Time permitting, a stop may be made in Caltagirone.

Check into your hotel.

8:00 pm Dinner at your hotel.
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Tuesday, June 27 157 kms/97 miles Agrigento/

Monreale/Palermo


7:30 am Breakfast at your hotel.



8:15 am Board coach for transfer to the Valley of the Temples.



PALERMO HOTEL Ai Cavalieri Hotel Via Sant’Oliva, 8 90141
Palermo, Italy Ph: (011 390) 91 583282 Fx: (011 390) 91 6126589
www.aicavalierihotel.it
8:30 am Meet your licensed guide at the Ristoro
dei Templi and begin a guided tour of the ancient site of Agrigento, an
extraordinary archaeological zone and excellent archaeological museum.
Agrigento represents one of the most impressive complexes of ancient
Greek architecture outside of Greece. Founded in 581 BC, the population
grew to 200,000 and the Greek poet Pindar described it as the “fairest
city inhabited by mortals.” The Valley of Temples is the site of the
main temples, minor shrines and the museum.



10:00 am Then board coach and depart Agrigento.



1:00 pm Arrive in Monreale. Time for independent lunch in the village.



3:00 pm Reassemble at the entrance to the Cathedral. Meet your guide and
begin a tour of the famous Cathedral and Benedictine Abbey.



4:00 pm Time for a coffee in one of the restaurants overlooking the
valley below or for shopping.



5:30 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will sing during mass at Monreale Cathedral
(confirmed).



6:30 pm Continue on the short distance to Palermo.



7:30 pm Check into your hotel.



8:30 pm Dinner at your hotel.


Wednesday, June 28 Palermo


8:00 am Breakfast at your hotel.



9:00 am Meet your licensed guide and commence a tour of Palermo. The
city’s name originated in Phoenician times from the word “parnormos” or
port. The town prospered under Rome’s rule but its golden age was during
Arab domination when it rivaled Cordoba and Cairo in beauty. Remnants of
the Middle Eastern influence can still be found in the city. Its other
period of splendor was the Baroque period (17th-18th centuries).



Afternoon Independent lunch in Palermo.



Free time to relax and prepare for your evening concert.



7:00 pm Dinner at your hotel.



8:15 pm Walk together the short distance to the Chiesa Valdese.



8:30 pm Time for set up and rehearsal



9:30 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will give a concert at the Chiesa Valdese in
Palermo (confirmed).


Thursday, June 29 Palermo
Naples

overnight ship crossing


Morning Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel.



Check out of your rooms and load luggage onto coach.



Entire day at leisure to enjoy this fantastic city. There is much to
see! You may want to visit some of the beautiful Baroque churches,
Norman palaces (the Palazzo Abatellis has some exquisite art), the
Archaeological Museum, the Ethnographic Museum (4,000 exhibits
documenting Sicilian life), the Art Gallery. Or just stroll through the
many piazzi and gardens. Or visit the souk-like Vucciria or Soto Market.



Afternoon Independent lunch.



Afternoon at leisure in Palermo.



Evening Independent dinner.



Reassemble at the boat dock.



8:00 pm Ship departs on overnight cruise to Naples.


Friday, June 30 287 kms/178 miles Naples/

Pompeii/Rome






6:00 am Arrive at the Naples harbor.



Walk to a nearby café for breakfast.



Then board coach and depart Naples.



ROME HOTEL Hotel Cicerone Via Cicerone, 55/C, Rome, Italy -
00193 Ph: 011 39 06 3576 Fx: 011 39 06 3235385 www.ciceronehotel.com

9:00 am A stop will be made at the ancient site of Pompeii. You will
have a guided tour of the architectural site (entrance included). When
Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, the ruined Roman city lay beneath volcanic
ash and pumice stone. After a long sleep, Pompeii was again brought to
life in the late 16th century. However, it was in the mid-18th century
that large-scale excavations were undertaken.



11:00 am Depart Pompeii for Rome.



Afternoon A stop will be made en route for an independent lunch.



Then continue on to Rome.



5:00 pm Meet your guide at Colle Oppio and begin the first of two
sightseeing tours of the city (the other will be on Day 16). During
these two tours you will see the Collosseum, the Roman Forum, the
Palatine, the Pantheon, some of the city’s beautiful churches, and the
Spanish Steps. The exact program for each tour will be determined by
your licensed tour guides and in compliance with the new city traffic
regulations.



7:00 pm Check into your centrally-located hotel.



8:30 pm Dinner at a nearby restaurant.


Saturday, July 1 Rome





7:00 am Breakfast at your hotel.



8:00 am Meet your guide in the hotel lobby, board coach and transfer to
the Vatican City.



Begin a guided tour of the Vatican and the Vatican Museums, including
the Sistine Chapel (entrance included).



1:00 pm Independent lunch.



Afternoon at leisure for independent activities. You may want to visit
the Sant’Angelo Castle, the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, the
beautiful churches, the Trevi Fountain, or the Spanish Steps. Or go
shopping along via del Corso or Via Cola di Rienzo.



Evening Independent dinner.






























Sunday, July 2 Rome


8:00 am Breakfast at your hotel.



9:00 am Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Board coach and begin the
second of your city sightseeing tours.



12:00 pm Tour will end back at your hotel.



Afternoon Independent lunch.



Afternoon at leisure.



4:00 pm Reassemble at hotel lobby and transfer to the Vatican.



5:30 pm I CANTORI DI CARMEL will perform during the Mass in St. Peter’s
Basilica (confirmed).



Return transfer to your hotel.



8:00 pm Festive Farewell Dinner at a typical Italian restaurant.


Monday, July 3 Rome


Charlie, Lisa and Mom stay in Rome
Tuesday, July 4, Rome

Wednesday, July 5


Frances returns to US via San Francisco