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Land Only

14 Day Southern Italy & Sicily

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Rome, Catania-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Naples-Palermo
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Rome
    • 3 nights Sorrento
    • 2 nights Palermo
    • 1 night Agrigento
    • 3 nights Taormina-Giardini Naxos
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 19 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Evening Walking Tour of Rome
  • Forum & Colosseum, Rome
  • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, Rome
  • Dinner with Opera Singers, Rome
  • Visit to the excavations at Pompeii
  • Scenic Amalfi Drive
  • Norman Cathedral, Monreale
  • Old City of Palermo
  • Wine Tasting in Marsala
  • Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
  • Visit to Mt. Etna
  • Greek Theatre, Taormina
  • Wine & mineral water with all dinners
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Italy. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Rome
Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your tour escort, followed by a welcome dinner
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Tour Ancient Rome
This morning, a historic tour of "ancient Rome" takes you to the Roman Forum, the political center during the Roman Republic, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire. Afternoon at leisure
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Today begins with the visit to the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade, to visit St. Peter's Basilica, where you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion and is considered to be among the most compelling of all works of art in the Western world. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music, then enjoy an illuminated tour of the city
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento
Drive south, passing by the famous Monte Cassino Abbey, founded by St. Benedict of Norcia in 529. Destroyed on four separate occasions, it was last rebuilt after being the site of fierce fighting during the Second World War. View Mt. Vesuvius in passing the Bay of Naples, before reaching Pompeii. Visit the ruins of this best preserved Roman city, including the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. Continue to Sorrento
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Full Day in Sorrento
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Sorrento. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Full Day Capri
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Scenic Amalfi Drive
Today, enjoy panoramic views of the enchanting towns along the scenic Amalfi Coast. Pass the distinctive white Moorish homes of Positano on this legendary road overlooking the Mediterranean, to reach the coastal town of Amalfi: a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Flight to Palermo
Transfer to the airport in Naples for your flight to Palermo. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy a dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Monreale Cathedral & Palermo Old City Tour
This morning, travel to Monreale and visit the Norman Cathedral, famous for its Byzantine and Sicilian mosaics. Continue to visit the Old City of Palermo, where you will admire such sights as the Norman Palace and the Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure to explore Palermo on your own
Optional: Cefalu Tour (PM)
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Erice, Marsala Tour & Wine Tasting
This morning depart Palermo and drive to Erice. En route, view the famous Temple of Segesta, constructed in the 5th century B.C. which now stands as one of the world's most perfectly preserved temples of antiquity. Travel on to Marsala, a city famous for its namesake Marsala wine. View the island's landmark windmills and salt mines before a wine tasting in one of the area's historic wineries. Finally, continue to Agrigento
Overnight: Agrigento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Valley of the Temples Tour, Travel to Taormina-Giardini Naxos
Today, visit the area's most celebrated site, the Valley of the Temples, where you will see some of the largest and best preserved temple ruins outside of mainland Greece. Continue to Piazza Armerina to view the intricate mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the popular coastal city of Taormina
Overnight: Taormina-Giardini Naxos
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Mount Etna & Taormina Tour
Begin the day with a visit to the slopes of Mount Etna -- the highest active volcano in Europe. Ascend the Mount to reach the Silvestri Craters where you may walk about the varied layers of lava which have solidified over the centuries. In the afternoon visit Taormina, a famous tourist center of Sicily. Start off with a panoramic tour including a visit of the Greek Theater, one of the most celebrated ruins of Sicily, from which you can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Finally, enjoy time at leisure in the upper town of Taormina to browse the city's shops and favored sites
Overnight: Taormina-Giardini Naxos
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Taormina-Giardini Naxos
Full day at leisure to explore the area on your own. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel
Optional: Siracusa Tour
Overnight: Taormina-Giardini Naxos
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport in Catania for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Piazzas of Rome

    Day #3 01 May 2013 - 30 Apr 2014         $44
    This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Full Day Capri

    Day #6 01 May 2013 - 30 Apr 2014         $114
    Enjoy a full day journey to the colorful Isle of Capri by boat. Visit the lovely Anacapri and explore the charming shops and chic boutiques as you stroll the island's narrow streets. Continue to see "La Piazzetta," the social heart of the island, on your way to the open-air Gardens of Augustus, from where you will appreciate breathtaking views of the famous Faraglioni rocks. Tour includes: local guide, round trip transportation to port, round trip transportation by fast boat, minibus or cable car transportation on the island. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Cefalu Tour

    Day #9 01 May 2013 - 31 Mar 2015         $59
    Cefal├╣ is first mentioned in 396 BC by the Scholar Diodoro Siculo and today the town distinguishes itself by its medieval settings. Starting from Piazza Garibaldi, following Corso Ruggero until reaching the magnificent Piazza del Duomo, where you will experience the splendidly intact atmosphere of this pearl of the Mediterranean Sea. The beautiful Norman/Byzantine cathedral dates to the 12th century, when King Roger II of Sicily had it built to make Cefal├╣ the center of the Norman power together with Palermo. Of particular charm is the Fisherman Village with its ancient houses facing the sea on one of Sicily's most beautiful sand beaches. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Naples to Palermo.

    A few departures may be accommodated at the Hotel Cristina in Sorrento.

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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