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Southern Italy and Sicily 2014

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Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, Italy
Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, Italy
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Descending from Rome to Palermo, the south of Italy gives way to the fiery splendours of Sicily and the towering shadow of Italy's largest active volcano, Etna. It's Insider moments like… the smoky richness and deep red of the 'Nerello Mascalese' grape, grown in the volcanic soil at the foot of Mount Etna. It's the taste of the fruit and the land, as you learn how to identify the subtle aromas from an expert local sommelier, and build up an appetite as you stroll through the farm, vineyards and cellars. And it's finding the flavour of the Sicilian sunshine in the rich, heartiness of the cuisine, as you enjoy the freshest grilled vegetable antipasti, homemade pasta and renowned 'Liperus' wine.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore on your own. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and other sights – a perfect introduction to this beautiful city.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: NH Villa Carpegna

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    From Rome, visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino. Your Local Expert takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Parco del Sole

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Watch a Local Speciality demonstration of the art of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during our guided walking tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria and take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and the resort town of Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Mount Tauro overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and the sub-tropical terraced gardens. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax or see the sights of your choice. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight savour a delicious Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 7


    Enjoy spectacular views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your Local Expert takes you to visit the Valley of the Temples - the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Visit the Balio gardens situated at the ruined Venus Castle for breathtaking views of the sea, saltpans, and wooded hillsides. Continue your journey to the Sicilian capital, Palermo.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Federico II

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Meet your Local Expert this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See Piazza Bellini and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d'Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Visit the fishing village of Mondello with its breathtaking beach. Later join your companions and celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Say 'arrivederci' to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Arrive at a spectacular Sicilian winery or 'agriturismo' surrounded by a vast expanse of vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna. Enjoy regional cuisine and savour the delicious wine which you will taste with an explanation from an expert sommelier.
  • Local Expert in Pompeii, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours in Pompeii, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo.
  • Visit the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the castle gardens in Erice, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello.
  • View St Peter's Basilica, the Abbey at Monte Cassino, the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral.
  • Cruise to the Isle of Capri.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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