FIRST CLASS HOTELS centrally located
3 overnights in Rome at Hotel Imperial Palace 4*Sup or similar
3 overnights in Sorrento at Hotel Hilton 4*Sup or similar
3 overnights in Taormina at Hotel Villa Diodoro 4*Sup or similar
1 overnight in Ragusa at Hotel Locanda Don Serafino 4*Sup or similar
2 overnights in Cefalù at Hotel Le Calette 4* or similar
1 overnight in Palermo at Hotel Excelsior Palace 4*sup or similar
The quote does include:
First-class or boutique hotels for 13 nights
Hotel and service charge
Hotel porterage service
Daily buffet breakfast
2 Gourmet Lunches
4 Gourmet Dinners
1 Wine tasting
Touring by luxury Mercedes Benz minivan or minibus as per program
Private arrival transfer from Rome airport to Hotel
Private departure transfer from Hotel in Sorrento to Naples Airport
Meet & Greet in Catania Airport
Private arrival transfer from Catania airport to Hotel in Taormina
Private transfer from Hotel in Palermo to Palermo Airport
Parking fees, Motorway tools, City permits fees, Fuel, VAT
Boat tour to Capri
Domestic flight Naples-Catania
Local Guide where mentioned
Professional Tour Director/Assistant during your stay
Sightseeing as indicated
All that is not mentioned in “included” . The schedule is subject to change. An update will be given at the end of each day for the next day’s activities. Your escort will be available throughout the tour for any questions or assistance.
The quote does include:
Day 1: Rome [D]
Meet your driver. Transfer to the Hotel in Rome downtown area. From your Hotel, you will start your walking tour from Trevi Fountain, the symbol of “La dolce Vita” of Fellini, where Anita Ekberg bathe in. You will have the chance to toss the coin into its waters to ensure you will return to Rome, according to traditional legend. From the Trevi, you will continue walking trough the historical paths of the ancient Rome and reach the Pantheon. Finish your walk at Piazza Navona, the living room of Rome, where you will admire Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s greatest works. Free time for the rest of the day for shopping. Dinner at traditional local restaurant.
Day 2: Rome – Ancient Rome – Vatican City[B]
8.15am In the morning meet driver at your hotel for your transfer to take a tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter Basilica.
Continue to the site of Ancient Rome for a guided visit of the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Capitoline Hill.
Enjoy your rest of the day at leisure for a walk of Rome’s famous piazzas and shops. Dinner at one of traditional restaurant in Trastevere or in by Navona Square suggested.
Day 3: Rome [B]
Day at leisure. **Optional tours available on request, as Tivoli, Catacombs or Assisi.
Day 4: Rome to Sorrento – Pompei on route [B,D] 3 nights
8.30am Transfer to your hotel in Sorrento. Drive along the spectacular coast road of the Bay of Naples to Sorrento. Reached Pompeii at 11.00am you will visit and explore with our local guide the archeological park. Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried in up to 20 ft of ash and pumice from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
It was rediscovered in 1749. Since then its excavation has uncovered an extraordinarily preserved insight to life in a city at the height of the Roman Empire. The balance of the day is at leisure. The center of Sorrento’s life is focused at the Piazza Tasso, where you’ll find restaurants, pizzerias, cafes, and shops that will satisfy every person’s search for La Dolce Vita. Tonight experience a special welcome dinner at a local Neapolitan restaurant.
Day 5: Sorrento – Capri Island [B]
9.00am Meet your guide in the lobby Transfer to the harbor and board hydrofoil to Capri. The island of Capri is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, rich of natural beauty and breathtaking panoramic views. You will sail across the Tyrrhenian sea by hydrofoil and approaching the pier of Capri you will surround and admire the massive cliffs from the bottom and appreciate the crystalline water of the island. You will dock at Marina Grande, than take the funicular to the famous Piazzetta, center of town. Walking along the narrow streets you will reach the Caesar Augustus Gardens.
Get your Kodak moment of “i Faraglioni”. Free time for lunch and shopping before returning to the pier by funicular to board the hydrofoil back to Sorrento.
Day 6, July 2nd – Sorrento – Positano, Ravello, Amalfi [B]
9.30am Meet your driver in the lobby. Full day on the Amalfi coast, a natural Unesco Site, known worldwide for its breathtaking road on high cliffs overlooking the sea. Stop in Amalfi, visit St Andrew’s Church and the maritime Museum of Ancient Republic of Amalfi. Do not miss the chance to get the famous Amalfi paper as souvenir. Taste some “Limoncello” at one of local small factory.
Continue to the village of Ravello, famous for the music festival. Suggested visit to the wonderful gardens of Villa Cimbrone and its amazing view of the coastline. Lunch suggested in Ravello at Ristorante “Da Salvatore”. Return to Sorrento.
Day 7: Sorrento to Catania/Taormina [B]
Morning at leisure in Sorrento.
3.00pm Transfer to Naples’ Capodichino Airport for your flight to Sicily: 1 hour flight
After arrival, claim your luggage and than proceed to exit, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Orientation walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center and suggested dinner at local restaurant.
Day 8: Taormina – Mountain Etna [B, L]
9.30am Explore the slopes of Mt. Etna with its ancient volcanic eruptions and stop for an interesting honey-tasting session in Zafferana. On the way back to Taormina, stop at famous winery for a wine tasting followed by lunch on the terrace of this incredible location, facing the Ionian sea and the region of Calabria, immersed into the chestnuts forest and surrounded by vineyards of Nerello Mascalese and Nero d’Avola grapes.
Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Taormina.
** Wine Tasting include winery visit in english, wine tasting of 4 wines, local appetizer with mixed cheeses, grilled meet or sausage, dessert and coffe.
Day 9: Taormina – [B]
Free day in Taormina. Explore the Greek/Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.
Afternoon God Father’s Tour. Take a short trip to the the villages of Forza d’Agro’ and Savoca, where F. F. Coppola filmed his Oscar award winner.
Rest of the day at leisure for shopping and free activities.
Day 10: Taormina – Ragusa Ibla – Modica [B,L] – 1 night
9.00am Transfer to Ragusa Ilba. The beautiful golden hue of Ragusa is unmistakable as you enter this wonderfully constructed Baroque city. Visit of the lower and old part of the city dramatically situated within a jumble of houses and churches clinging onto the side of a most dramatic gorge.
On route drive through a dramatic landscape to the town of Modica. Recognized as one of Europe’s tallest bridges, which joins the old and new centers, Modica is also known as the town of “one hundred churches” and for the beauty of its Baroque architecture. Lunch in Modica included. Enjoy a tasting session of the most traditional Chocolate. Arrival in Ragusa and check in. Evening at leisure.
Day 11: Ragusa Ibla – Agrigento – Cefalù [B, D] – 2 nights
9.00am Departure to Agrigento. Stop for a guided visit of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO Site. Sicily is considered the most concentrated area of Greek temples outside Greece. After visiting the Valley of the Temples, travel to the western Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily.
We will spend our last nights at the untouched and chromatic fisherman’s village of Cefalù. Check in at your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 12: Cefalù [B]
An enjoyable and relaxing day wait for you. Suggested lunch by the corniche of this beautiful medieval town. Rest of the evening at leisure. Happy hour at famous Wine bar facing the sea at the Sunset followed by dinner.
Day 13: Cefalù – Palermo [B,D]
9.00amThis day will be dedicated to a guided tour of the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Visit of Monreale and the famous Benedictine Abbey, with its spectacular golden mosaics dated twelfth century and rap presenting the Old and New Testament.
Than we will continue to the center of Palermo with a visit to the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, the churches of San Cataldo and La Martonara, the famous local flee-market “Mercato del Capo” ending at the Massimo Opera House, considered the 3rd largest Theatre in Europe. Afternoon at leisure for shopping and free activities. Check-in in Palermo. Farewell dinner in Mondello.
Day 14: Palermo airport [B]
8.30am Morning transfer to Palermo Airport for your return flight home.
The Spanish Steps and Spanish square
Piazza Navona and its majestic fountain of four rivers
visit of the Roman Forum – the Coliseum and the Capitoline Hill
the Sistine Chapel
St Peter’s Basilica
Island of Capri
Colors of the mediterranean sea
Funicolar from the port to the famous Piazzetta
Faraglioni and Augustus Gardens
Famous Krupp Street
inlaid wood handcrafts
Ravello / Amalfi coast
St Andrew Church
Pompei archeological parks
Mountain Vesuvio and coral factory
greek and roman theatre
gourmet food, fashion & shopping
Castelmola, the guardian medieval village above
Godfather II, visit of Savoca and Forza d’Agro’
Excursion on top of the Etna Volcano
Honey-tasting session in Zafferana Etnea
Wine Tasting and light lunch at local Winery of Nero Mascalese wine
The ancient Greek city Akragas, a hillside town
The magnificent Valley of the Temples, 5th century B.C, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
squares and gardens
Opera Theatre Massimo
suggestive churches of San Cataldo
San Giovanni Eremiti
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