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Treasures of Sicily with the Dentist Learning Center - Fall 2019
September 7 - September 13, 2019


Treasures of Sicily with the Dentist Learning Center – Fall 2019

Famous for its Greek and Roman ruins, fascinating history, exotic food and delicious wines, Sicily is a land of treasures.

Your Sicilian sojourn will include a visit to the villages starred in the Padrino movie, the ancient Villa del Casale with its staggering mosaics, the well preserved Greek ruins at Agrigento, and a very special wine tasting on Mount Etna.

This small-group journey was designed especially for the Dentist Learning Center and includes 8 CE Credits of Dentistry Classes.



*Please click on each day to view daily itinerary.

DAY 0 - September 6- Friday

Fly from the US to Catania, Sicily

DAY 1 - September 7 - Saturday - Catania

Upon your arrival to Catania airport, you’ll be transfer to our hotel just outside Taormina. Enjoy the majestic view of the Ionian Sea and enjoy strolling along the seaside in Giardini di Naxos. We’ll meet at 6:30pm for our welcome talk, followed by a delicious dinner of local specialties. Sleep in Giardini di Naxos.

DAY 2 - September 8 - Sunday - Mount Etna & Taormina by night

This morning, we’ll visit the villages starred in the Padrino movie. We’ll then continue on to a very scenic winery on the slopes of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. While overlooking the Mediterranean sea, we’ll sample Sicilian wines and eat very tasty local specialties. We’ll reach Taormina and its colorful cobblestone streets just in time to catch the sunset over its historic Greek theatre and refresh ourselves with granita, a Sicilian semi-frozen dessert. Sleep in Giardini di Naxos.

DAY 3 - September 9 - Monday - Dentistry Class and Free Time

This morning, you’ll have your dentistry class. People who do not need to attend it can enjoy a walk through Taormina's colorful cobblestone streets, which are lined with hanging gardens, a visit to Taormina’s historic Greek theatre with its outstanding views of Mount Etna, or a visit to the nearby village of Castelmola. Built around the ruins of a Norman castle, Castemola offers its visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline and Mount Etna. While there, be sure not to miss the chance to taste a glass of almond wine. In the afternoon, you can relax at the beautiful beach close to your hotel – Don’t miss dinner though, as it will be delectable! Sleep in Giardini di Naxos.

DAY 4 - September 10 - Tuesday - Villa del Casale

Today, we’ll transfer to Agrigento. On our way, we’ll stop at Villa del Casale, one of Sicliy’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, for a visit of its beautifully preserved roman mosaics - one of the richest, largest, and varied collections in the world. The villa and artwork contained within date back to the early 4th century AD. After checking-in at our hotel in Agrigento, we’ll enjoy a fun group dinner nearby. Sleep in Agrigento.

DAY 5 - September 11 - Wednesday - Dentistry Class and Valley of the Temples

This morning, you’ll have your second and final dentistry class. People who don’t need to attend the class can enjoy a visit of the city center of Agrigento, visit its cathedral, and shop for artisanal crafts. Otherwise, one of the many Agrigento’s beaches will surely enchant you with its white sand and crystal clear water. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Ancient Valley of the Temples World Heritage site, one of the richest archaeological areas of the world. A passionate and knowledgeable art historian will take us on a tour among the remains of several ancient temples constructed in the Doric style in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. Now excavated and partially restored, they constitute some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece. We’ll then enjoy a special seafood dinner by the beach. Sleep in Agrigento.

DAY 6 - September 12 - Thursday - Palermo

Today, we’ll transfer to Palermo where we’ll meet with our local guide that will walk us through Palermo’s narrow streets and alleys to a market packed with produce, fish, and merchandise from all parts of the Mediterranean and beyond. We’ll also visit Palermo's great cathedral and the magnificent Palatine Chapel with its luminous mosaics. If there is time, we’ll stroll to the Piazza Pretoria to see its unforgettable fountain. Our farewell dinner will feature the local cuisine, which will surely enchant you! Sleep in Palermo.

DAY 7 - September 13 - Friday - Departure

This morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to the US or choose to extend your flight.

DAY 7 EXTENSION - September 13 - Friday - Rome

Upon your arrival to Rome airport, you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel. You’ll meet your local guide for a walking tour of Rome’s most iconic milestones. Once called “Caput Mundi” (capital of the world), Rome has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years and became the center of the civilized world after the fall of ancient Greece. Rome has never changed; it has only grown upon itself a thousand times. Sleep in Rome.

DAY 8 EXTENSION - September 14 - Saturday - Vatican Museums

In the morning, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican museums which display works from the immense collection amassed by the Popes throughout the centuries, including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world, like the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo and The Raphael Rooms. The afternoon is yours to relax and shop in Rome’s many boutiques and famous stylists’ shops. Sleep in Rome

DAY 9 EXTENSION - September 15 - Sunday - Cooking Class

Today is your opportunity to learn the secrets of some iconic Roman dishes during your cooking class! After the cooking class, you can relax and wander on your own or visit the Colosseum and the archeological site of Fori Romani. Sleep in Rome.

Day 10 EXTENSION - September 16 - Monday - departure

Today, You'll be transferred to the airpot to catch your flight back to the US or Canada.


Trip Details:
3 nights in Giardini di Naxos
2 nights in Agrigento
1 night in Palermo

Price: 3,450 USD per person, double occupancy (min 10 participants) – extension NOT included
Single room supplement: 480 USD. Information about the price of the extension upon request.

Deposit: 500 USD
If you pay by credit card, there is a service fee of 2.5% that will be added to all of your payment.
Please send your deposit by January 15, 2019

What is included in the trip

  • All double-occupancy accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels and country inns with breakfast ($380 supplement for single room)
  • Professional tour leading, tour leader accommodation, transportation cost and expenses, local guides when needed
  • Food and accommodation for the bus driver throughout the trip
  • 5 quality meals (several courses) including water, wine, and coffee
  • All sightseeing and guided tours as per the itinerary
  • A great wine tasting on the slope of Mount Etna
  • A great tasting in Taormina
  • All transportation in a deluxe bus with air conditioning, parking fees, tolls, city entry taxes as per the itinerary
  • All entrances as per the itinerary
  • Transfer from Catania airport on DAY 1 and transfer to Palermo airport on DAY 7

What is not included

  • International airfare from and back to the US
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guides, tour leader, and drivers
  • Dentistry Class

Information About Dentistry Class

Target Audience
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Auxiliary Staff, Laboratory Technicians and owners

Program Purpose and Objectives
Making dental images and knowing how to utilize them are a major element in expanding cosmetic, laboratory communication and other elective dental services. Dental photography allows the practice to provide better treatment planning, legal documentation, patient education and record keeping.

Most course attendees understand the basic benefits of digital images, but don’t understand the power of the procedural steps or skills in place to achieve them. Step by step procedures and the live demonstration of the course help make clear the process from procurement to presentation to benefits.

New image technology in laboratory shade communication and using images for marketing and social media will also be emphasized.

What is provided
Digital Photography Made Simple workbook (Yours to keep), Presentation template software.

Students need
Not required but you may bring your own dental camera and mirror/retractor set


    • Learn to improve your recreational photography
    • Learn technology integration
    • See digital camera essential. Choosing the right camera, how to set your camera for optimal results
    • Learn Laboratory photography techniques and computerized shade analysis
    • Learn keys to good portraits
    • Experience Close-up series: Natural smile, retracted anterior, upper/lower occlusal, buccal corridor lateral views
    • Learn keys to good portraits
    • See how to Import, store, organize, edit, retrieve, annotate and present images to your patient
    • Understanding how to grow your practice with Social media and keys to building your brand

Cost and Credit
8 CE Credits

Course Fees:
$795 for Dentists
$550 for Dental Staff or Laboratory Personnel


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