Adventure Tours

 ITALY May 14-25, 2018

Every year Summerset Adventure Tours takes a group of wine loving, adventure seeking individuals off the beaten paths of Europe. This year we are going to Italy! We’ll be traveling to the Amalfi coast and Sicily  MAY 14 – 25, 2018. For all our upcoming Trip info, join our mailing list!

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Sicily, Italy with a touch of Naples & Rome

May 14-25 2018 (12 Days / 10 Nights)

Summerset Adventure Tours is headed back to Italy May 14-25, 2018. We’ll be focusing on the region of Sicily with stops in Naples & Rome. Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot”. Know as the eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, the gorgeous island of Sicily continues to seduce travellers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures.

  • Saturday January 13th 2:00pm at Summerset Winery RSVP Here

What's included

  • AIR TRANSPORTATION: Round trip economy class air travel on United Airlines/Lufthansa from Des Moines to Naples (via Chicago and Frankfurt), and from Rome to Des Monies (via Chicago) including taxes, fuel surcharges and ticketing fees (free luggage allowance of 1 piece of checked luggage up to 50 lbs. + 1 carry on)
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 10 (ten) nights in shared double occupancy at 4*/ 3* hotels (VAT taxes and tourist city tax included where applicable) as follows: 15-17 MAY (2 nights) SORRENTO
    • 17-18 MAY (1 night) VIETRI SUL MARE (Salerno area)
    • 18-20 MAY (2 nights)          TAORMINA
    • 20-23 MAY (3 nights)          PALERMO
    • 23-25 MAY (2 nights)          ROME
  • PORTERAGE of 1 piece of luggage per person included at the hotels only in/out
  • MEALS* included as follows:
    • Continental buffet style breakfast daily at the hotels
    • Welcome lunch and tour of Cantine Vesuvio on May 15th
    • 3 dinners at the hotels 1 in Sorrento, 1 in Vietri and 1 in Palermo
    • 2 Lunches and wine tasting in Sicily: Barone di Villagrande estate on Mt. Etna and Donnafugata near Marsala
    • Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Rome on May 24th
    • *Lunches and dinner include limited beverages: 1/2 lt. mineral water + ¼ lt. wine + coffee/tea
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS & ENTRANCE FEES included as follows:
    • Private guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum + visit Pompeii Archaeological park on May 16th
    • Amalfi Coast tour with local guide, with stop in Amalfi on May 17th
    • Excursion on Mt. Etna to Barone di Villagrande wine estate + orientation city tour of Taormina on May 19th
    • Orientation city tour of Cefalu’ on May 20th
    • Private guided tour of Monreale and Palermo, including entrance fees to the Cloister, Cappella Palatina and Catacombs on May 21st
    • Excursion to Marsala to Donnafugata wine estate. En route visit salt Mills or Trapani, and also stop in Segesta to see the Ancient Greek Temple on May 22nd
    • Orientation city tour of Monumental Rome on May 23rd (Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, etc.)
    • Full day private guided tour of Rome: Ancient Rome tour, including entrance to Coliseum + Vatican Museum tour with Sistine Chapel on May 24th
  • TRANSPORTATION by private air conditioned motor coach, road taxes, parking fees + meals and accommodations for driver when necessary, included as per itinerary + FERRY BOAT in Villa San Giovanni (from Calabria to Sicily)
  • PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH SPEAKING TOUR ESCORT throughout, including meals and accommodations where necessar


PRICE NET PER PERSON (sharing double occupancy)
$4,899.00 $3,405.00
Single Supplement $670.00 (limited availability)



  • Optional Group Deluxe travel protection plan
  • Meals and beverages other than specified
  • Sightseeing tours and entrance fees other than specified
  • Porterage at airports, gratuities and extras
  • Anything not mentioned in “Price includes”


Booked on Lufthansa/United Airlines on the following flight schedule. *Flights subject to change.


Flight                Date                  Origin                                     Destination                Departure              Arrival

UA 426            14 MAY 18            DES MOINES DSM             CHICAGO ORD                 11:23                        12:48

LH 431            14 MAY 18           CHICAGO ORD                    FRANKFURT FRA          16:05        07:20(next day)

LH 334           15 MAY 18           FRANKFURT FRA                        NAPLES NAP                   10:05                    11:55


UA971            25 MAY 18            ROME FCO                                 CHICAGO ORD                           12:40                        16:15

UA1250         25 MAY 18            CHICAGO ORD               DES MOINES DSM         19:15                    20:26

Trip details

 *Trip details subject to change

May 14 –(Mon) Departure from USA

Transfer on your own to Des Moines airport for your flight to Frankfurt with connection in Chicago, arriving in Frankfurt at 7:20AM (next morning). Meals will be served on the intercontinental flight.

May 15 – (Tue) Arrival in Naples (with connection in Frankfurt airport)

Mt. Vesuvius – Sorrento

7:20AM Arrive at Frankfurt airport, clear passport control and proceed to gate for your connecting flight to Naples. 10:05AM flight LH334 departs from Frankfurt. 11:55AM Arrival at Naples airport. Outside the luggage claim area meet your private English speaking tour escort. Together board your private bus and transfer to “Cantine Vesuvio”
for a tour of the winery estate and welcome lunch.  Later continue onto your hotel in Sorrento. Balance of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

May 16th (Wed) – Sorrento – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento )

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.  This morning depart on a full day excursion to Naples and Pompeii. Tour of Archaeological Museum in Naples, and free time for lunch on your own.  Afternoon guided tour of the Archeological Park of Pompeii, then return transfer to your hotel Sorrento. Dinner on your own.

May 17th (Thu) – Sorrento – Amalfi Coast tour – Vietri sul Mare

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a tour on the Amalfi Coast, including stop in Amalfi.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Vietri. Here enjoy the unique experience of visiting this eno-agricultural establishment not only because of its ancient history, but also for its particular biodynamic approach in winemaking. It dedicates
itself to the land with energy and love, reflecting this passion in the high quality of its wine.

May 18th (Fri) – Vietri – drive thru Calabria region – Taormina

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer day. Time for lunch and stretch a bit.  Continuation onto Taormina, via ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina.  Dinner on own and overnight in Taormina.

May 19th (Sat) – Taormina – Mt. Etna – Taormina

Mid morning transfer to Mt. Etna to Silvestri craters.  Afterwards visit wine producer Barone di VillaGrande for wine tasting and lunch. Afternoon return to Taormina for free afternoon to visit at your own pace.  Dinner on own.

May 20th (Sun) – Taormina – Cefalu’ – Palermo

Morning departure from Taormina and transfer to Cefalu’.  Orientation tour and free time for lunch on own,then continue onto your hotel in Palermo.  Dinner and overnight.  Dinner on own.

May 21st (Mon) – Palermo – Monreale – Palermo

Full day tour including Monreale Cloister and Palatine Chapel in Palermo, as well as visit to the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo. Lunch and dinner on your own.  Overnight in Palermo

May 22nd (Tue) – Palermo – Marsala – Trapani – Palermo

Full day excursion to Marsala to visit the wine producer Donnafugata. Wine tasting and lunch.  En route visit also the Salt Pans of Trapani. Return to your hotel in Palermo with
stop in Segesta to see the ancient Greek temple. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Palermo.

May 23rd (Wed) – Palermo – Rome

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Palermo airport for flight to Rome.  – Arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport and transfer to hotel in Rome city center.  Late morning arrival e free time for lunch on own. Afternoon tour of Baroque Rome with its fountains and squares (Trevi fountains, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, etc.).
Dinner on own. Overnight in Rome.

May 24th (Thu) – Rome: Vatican Museums and Coliseum

Morning guided tour of Vatican Museums + Afternoon guided tour of Ancient Rome with Coliseum.  Farewell dinner

May 25th (Fri) – Rome airport – return flight to USA

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Rome airport for your return flight to USA  (flight LH334 departing at 12:40PM .  Connecting in
Chicago, before arriving in Des Moines)

Important information

Please kindly note the following IMPORTANT information:

1). There are no refunds for any unused portion of the tour that you decide not to participate in.

2). The sightseeing is subject to change in concomitance with the opening hours of the various sites included in the program, and depending on local conditions.

3). General gratuities to restaurants and hotels’ maids are included in your package price, EXCEPT to your escort, driver and local guides. It is customary for the tour participants to tip, on a personal basis, the tour escort, driver and local guides based on the satisfaction of the services received.

Please use the following as a guideline:

  • Tour Escort:   Euros 5,00 per person/per day;
  • Driver:            Euros 3,00 per person/per day;
  • Local guides: Euros 2,00 per person/per guided tour (half-day)

How to join the trip

Simply fill out the ‘simple agreement’ attached to the trip flyer below and send it Summerset Winery via email or snail mail, along with the first payment.


Summerset Winery
Attn: Adventure Tours
15101 Fairfax Street
Indianola IA 50125



Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How many bags can I take? One checked bag is free up to 50 pounds. You are responsible for carrying all your bags. Travel light!!! Only bring what you are comfortable carrying/transporting.
    • One personal item on plane: No charge
    • One bag carry-on: No charge
    • One bag checked: No charge
    • Size and Weight Per Bag Allowed* 45 in/ (carry-on) 62 in (checked) 50 lbs (checked)
  1. How much money do I need? The prices in Europe are similar to the United States. The Euro fluctuates daily. Check on-line for conversations. You’ll be responsible for most lunches and dinners. Almost every place will accept credit cards, but you should also purchase Euro’s. We recommend bringing a credit card or debit card and getting some cash at an ATM machine. ATM machines give you the most current rate of exchange. There are ATM machines everywhere. Call your credit card company and debit card company before you leave to let them know you are leaving the country. Ask them what your fees and charges will be.
  2. What clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes. Clothing is casual, anything you normally wear is fine. A lightweight scarf for men and women is very useful. Be sure you bring a light jacket and clothes you can layer. Bring a pair of gloves and an umbrella. The weather can change quickly. Jeans are OK, or khaki slacks. Shorts are not allowed in churches, and women must cover bare shoulders. Be prepared for possible temperature fluctuations from 50’s at night to 80’s during the day.
  3. What are the physical requirements? Be prepared to walk A LOT! Elevators are almost non-existent on tours, so you must be able to climb stairs. You must be able to walk and/or stand normally for 30-45 minutes AND be able to climb up to 3 flights of stairs AND be able to walk on uneven surfaces AND be able to climb uneven stairs. AND possibly do this more than once a day.
  4. Are there bathrooms available? Bathroom breaks will be given at regular intervals during tours, but sometimes because of traffic or location, you may have to wait up to 2 hours or more for a restroom.
  5. How do I get a Passport? If you don’t have a passport, go to the US post office to get one or go online for more information:
  6. Do I need travel insurance? Travel insurance is generally affordable. We offer insurance through our agent. If you purchase insurance, we suggest you understand completely what is covered and what isn’t. Read the fine print
  7. Do I tip in Europe? Tipping is usually around 10% at restaurants. Sometimes a service charge has been added to your bill. The service charge has nothing to do with the tip. Tips are included for maids and any meals included in your package.
  8. Do I tip my tour guide, driver, and day guides? Yes, of course you do. There is a recommended tip chart on your information sheet. Please make sure you have enough money to tip at the end of the trip. Sometimes we’ll have a new driver half way through our tour, but our guide will make sure you know that the driver will be leaving. Your tour guide will be with you every day and we think you’ll really enjoy him (or her). We suggest setting aside money early or prior to your trip for tipping.
  9. How do I make phone calls to the United States? Contact your cell phone company to set your phone to make calls from Europe.
  10. What if we are making our own flight arrangements? How do we find our group? If you are flying separately arrive before the rest of the group. Our group name will be Summerset, and our guide will meet us at the airport and have a sign. Make sure you know the group travel arrival information so you can make your way to the terminal and gate where the group is waiting. Be prepared to find your own transportation to the hotel if arriving later than the group.
  11. Will my hair dryer work in Europe? Europe uses 220 volts of electricity, which will burn up your hair dryer or curling iron (and maybe your hair!!). Our hotels will have hair dryers because we are staying in 4 star hotels. Make sure your appliance has a switch for 110 or 220. If not, you can purchase a converter (110-220) at Target or Walmart.
  12. Is a 4-star hotel the same as in the United States? No. But they are much better than 2 star or 3 star hotels!
  13. Will I be able to do laundry? Bring clothes you can rinse out in your room. There are also laundry-mats available. Also, the hotels will have laundry services. It’s ok to wear clothes more than once, remember – travel light!
  14. Will my valuables be safe in the hotel? Most hotels will have a safe. You may be required to leave a deposit to use the safe. We suggest you leave valuables and jewelry at home.
  15. What should I carry on the plane with me? Bring any medicine, money and valuables in your carry-on bag. We suggest a change of clothes (just in case), and any personal items you need. We may be starting the tour before we arrive at the hotel, so be prepared with any items you may need.
  16. I’m afraid of people who aren’t like me. You need to be comfortable around people who speak other languages and have different cultures. You should act comfortable with people who do not look like you.
  17. I don’t have a roommate. You should consider bringing your own friend/partner or paying the single supplement fee. Summerset is not responsible for finding you a roommate and we do not guarantee that you will get along. If you do find a roommate during Summerset’s informational meetings, we suggest you spend some time getting to know the person to see if you are compatible. We suggest going out for coffee and asking if the other person snores, gets up early, stays up late, uses a noise machine, needs the TV on, needs a nightlight, needs total silence, total darkness, likes to talk a lot, doesn’t like to talk, likes to read late, likes to drink alot, doesn’t drink at all, is messy, is neat, etc.
  18. Be prepared for your own emergencies. Examples: snacks, weak bladder, medicines…
  19. I have a special diet. Please let Summerset Adventure Tours know early in the planning stages so you have the proper meals you need. Examples: Peanut allergy, Gluten-free, vegetarian.
  20. Please listen to the tour guide. Yes, they DO know more than you! For the safety of everyone, please be quiet and listen to the guide for information and instructions.
  21. Yes, you are representing the United States! Please respect the culture and customs of the places you visit.
  22. Don’t forget to have a great time!


Check out where we’ve previously traveled!

Photo Gallery: Spain & Portugal
Photo Gallery: Summerset Adventure Tours
Spain & Portugal 2014

Check out how much fun we had traveling through Spain & Portugal! 

Photo Gallery: Italy
Photo Gallery: Summerset Adventure Tours
Italy 2011-2013

Check out how much fun we had traveling through Italy! 

Video: Spain & Portugal
Summerset Adventure Tours
Video: Spain & Portugal 

Check out a video of exactly where we went on our trip to Spain & Portugal!

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