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Best of Italy and Sicily

Duration 15 days

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Ancient history and fabulous food are the cornerstones of this colourful Italy and Sicily trip. You’ll enjoy all the local seafood flavours in Sicily’s fishing villages, follow the shadow of Mount Etna as you travel around the island and admire the Leaning Tower in Pisa’s Square of Miracles.

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DAY 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome – once the capital of the world and today the vibrant Italian capital, which you’ll have an opportunity to explore before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening. Your introduction to Rome will see you embark on an orientation drive to admire some of the city highlights.
Hotel: Il Cantico
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
We visit the Vatican City this morning, joining an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist to see Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Walk in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims to St. Peters Square before continuing to Ancient Rome. Imagine the exhilarating cries of thousands of spectators cheering their favourites to victory at Circus Maximus and visit the impressive Colosseum where gladiators and slaves once fought to their deaths. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city on your own, or simply relax on the Spanish Steps watching the world go by.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Rome – Pisa – Florence
We venture north to Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles with its medieval Cathedral, Romanesque Baptistery and see the Leaning Tower. A short drive takes us to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, once a vibrant republic under the rule of the dynamic Medici family whose love for art and antiquities created one of the world’s most cultural cities.
Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Florence Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)
The magnificent marble Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria feature on our walking tour with a Local Specialist through Florence’s streets. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, enjoy a leisurely evening soaking up the atmosphere of the Queen of the Adriatic or consider an Optional Experience, navigating the city’s elegant canals from the comfort of a traditional gondola.
Hotel: Le Boulevard
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Venice Orientation and Free Time
‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Embark on an orientation cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. See the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of the city’s sights.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Venice – Assisi
We drive south through the golden fields of Umbria to the green heart of Italy, stopping at the mystical medieval hilltop town of Assisi, most famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis. Join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the town, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to view its magnificent frescoes and carvings.
Hotel: Grand
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 7

Assisi – Cassino – Pompeii – Naples – At Sea
We pay homage to the thousands of brave souls who lost their lives during the Battle of Monte Cassino, stopping at the Commonwealth War Cemetery en route to the tragic city of Pompeii, which was engulfed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. For centuries, the city was lost to the world – its rediscovery in the 18th-century revealing a time capsule of well-preserved ruins that provides insights into the day-to-day life of a Roman city centuries ago. Join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s history before travelling to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily’s fiery capital.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

At Sea – Palermo – Excursion to Monreale
We arrive this morning in Palermo, known for its lavish architecture and gardens. We join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and Piazza Bellini, located in the heart of the city. We continue to the town of Monreale on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking the orange, olive and almond groves of La Conca d’Oro, where we’ll visit the magnificent 12th-century Norman Cathedral before returning to Palermo this afternoon.
Hotel: Mercure Centro
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Palermo – Mondello – Agrigento
Visit the lively seaside town of Mondello before continuing your journey to Agrigento. Join a Local Specialist to tour the impressive Greek Valley of Temples dating back to 6th-century BC. This evening we dine in our hotel.
Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 10

Agrigento – Taormina (2 Nights)
We travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy spectacular vistas and a taste of la dolce vita in this hillside town, enjoying free time on arrival.
Hotel: Villa Esperia
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Taormina Free Day
Spend the day relaxing at your chic Sicilian resort. Dive into the warm Mediterranean waters, shop for exquisite handmade lace on Via Corso Umberto or indulge in a mulberry granita. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by ‘The Godfather’, and Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna. This evening, ‘Connect With Locals’ during a Be My Guest dinner hosted at a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 12

Taormina – Sorrento (2 Nights)
Today we cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to our hotel in Sorrento where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Hotel: La Residenza
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 13

Isle of Capri Excursion
We cruise to the Isle of Capri where we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri Town with a Local Specialist. Stroll through its stylish lanes, window shop along Via Camerelle and watch the beautiful people in the Piazzetta, before returning to Sorrento, where you will have the evening at leisure to indulge in a little limoncello at Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14

Sorrento – Rome – Vatican Experience
Admire the dramatic coastline, driving north from Sorrento to the Eternal City of Rome. This afternoon, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ gaining priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take us on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent 16th century frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and see the array of exquisite artefacts at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844. You’ll also enjoy an exclusive al fresco Farewell Dinner against the spectacular backdrop of St. Peter’s.
Hotel: Sheraton Parco de’ Medici
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 15

Depart Rome
For now it’s a fond Ciao Roma as we prepare to depart for our journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento, Assisi and Capri
  • ORIENTATION of Venice, Taormina and Sorrento
  • VISIT St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Basilica of St. Francis, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, Monreale Cathedral, Mondello, the Valley of the Temples, the Isle of Capri and the Sistine Chapel
  • CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and sail to the Isle of Capri
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Palermo Cathedral and the fortress town of Enna and the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino

Dining Highlights

  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Overnight cruise from Naples to Palermo
  • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Best of Italy and Sicily

Ancient history and fabulous food are the cornerstones of this colourful Italy and Sicily trip. You’ll enjoy all the local seafood flavours in Sicily’s fishing villages, follow the shadow of Mount Etna as you travel around the island and admire the Leaning Tower in Pisa’s Square of Miracles.

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