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Best of Italy and Sicily

15 Days 1 Country 19 Cities

Italy and Sicily's rich heritage is unveiled on this Country Explorer trip through Rome, Venice, Sorrento and more.

"A wonderful taste of Italy"

Maria, Australia

About this trip

Traditional north to passionate south, this odyssey traces the length of Italy, exploring its cultural and geographical diversity by land and sea.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… walking in Agrigento's ruins as our knowledgeable expert casts light on how it became one of the Mediterranean's greatest ancient cities, and searching for marks of enemy fire more than 2,400 years old.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ITIS

14 Nights

accommodation

21 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing

Day 3

Rome – Pisa – Florence

Day 4

Florence Sightseeing and Free Time – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 5

Venice Orientation

St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 6

Venice – Assisi

Day 7

Assisi – Cassino – Pompeii – Naples – At Sea

Day 8

At Sea – Palermo

Day 9

Palermo – Agrigento

Day 10

Agrigento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (2 Nights)

Day 11

Taormina Free Time

Day 12

Taormina (Giardini Naxos) – Sorrento (2 Nights)

Day 13

Isle of Capri Excursion

Day 14

Sorrento – Rome – Vatican Experience

Day 15

Depart Rome

Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the day relaxing. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to the sights which await you.

Hotel

Villafranca

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing

This morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. St. Peter's is a place of pilgrimage and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Adult Price: €61.00

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Day 2

Day 3

Rome – Pisa – Florence

This morning, travel to the town of Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the incredible Leaning Tower and see the medieval Cathedral and Romanesque Baptistery. You will arrive later in the Renaissance city of Florence.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

Day 3

Day 4

Florence Sightseeing and Free Time – Venice (2 Nights)

Experience the incredible sights on your walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Basilica and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy some free time before driving to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola?

Hotel

Best Western Biasutti

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Adult Price: €70.00

Day 4

Day 5

Venice Orientation

Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is spectacular. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight when you watch Venetian craftsmen at work creating masterpieces at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time shopping or relaxing. Consider a boat trip to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

Adult Price: €36.00

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price: €70.00

Day 5

Day 6

Venice – Assisi

Drive south from Venice to Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Later, in the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, visit St. Francis’ Basilica on your walking tour with a Local Specialist.

Hotel

Grand Dei Congressi

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 6

Day 7

Assisi – Cassino – Pompeii – Naples – At Sea

This morning, stop at Cassino to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and view the Benedictine Abbey. Arrive later at the ancient city of Pompeii which was buried beneath volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and lay undiscovered for centuries. Your Local Specialist gives a fascinating account of the excavations during your walking tour. A short journey brings you to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily's capital.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

At Sea – Palermo

Arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the honey-coloured cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d'Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this afternoon.

Hotel

Mercure Centro

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sferracavallo With Lunch Or Dinner

Join us for a drive to the coast of Sicily, where we’ll arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. You’ll have the chance to sample a delicious fishermen’s feast, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.

Adult Price: €60.00

Colours and Traditions of Palermo

A panoramic drive through verdant forest with spectacular views over the city of Palermo brings us to the summit of Mt. Pellegrino. Here we visit the grotto of Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint. Later, with a Local Specialist, we explore and sample the wares at one of the most famous and colourful markets with its stalls of olives and spices. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy picturesque Sicilian everyday life.

Adult Price: €30.00

Day 8

Day 9

Palermo – Agrigento

In Agrigento, your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Dioscuri Bay Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

A Visit to Cefalu

Take a drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalu. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches into the winding Arab streets with your Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €36.00

Day 9

Day 10

Agrigento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (2 Nights)

Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. On arrival enjoy free time to explore the sights.

Hotel

Sant Alphio Garden

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

A fantastic Sicilian evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner of Southern Italian specialities, with musical entertainment.

Adult Price: €64.00

Day 10

Day 11

Taormina Free Time

Spend the day relaxing in this fun Sicilian resort. Perhaps swim and sunbathe or shop for handmade lace on the Corso. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by 'The Godfather', and the crater of Sicily's active volcano, Mount Etna, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. This evening, join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner in a vineyard close to Mount Etna.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Mt Etna, Savoca And The Godfather

Discover rustic village life with your Local Specialist as we visit Savoca, the Sicilian setting for the 'The Godfather'. Enjoy the stunning views before a visit to Vitelli's bar, featured in the film and famous for 'granita di limone'. Later, you’ll journey up Mt Etna, one of the most intriguing volcanoes in the world.

Adult Price: €56.00

Dinner in Castelmola, the Most Dramatically Located Village in Sicily

Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy the best views of this magical part of Sicily. You'll enjoy wandering the cobbled streets with interesting shops and cafes. Then, dine in a restaurant that has the best view in Sicily, with wine included.

Adult Price: €68.00

Day 11

Day 12

Taormina (Giardini Naxos) – Sorrento (2 Nights)

Cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight, relax at your hotel and take in the scenery.

Hotel

La Residenza

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, local artists – including performers who’ll demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance – will take centre stage.

Adult Price: €61.00

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 12

Day 13

Isle of Capri Excursion

Visit an inlaid-wood workshop for a Cultural Insight into a local speciality craft. Take a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri, and enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri Town with a Local Specialist. Appreciate views across the sea and Marina Piccola. Spend free time afterwards exploring this charming island on your own. Later return to Sorrento - famous for the alcoholic digestive Limoncello. Visit Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and shop in boutiques on the Corso Italia.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Experience The Isle Of Capri

Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. In Capri town, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. Or if the weather doesn't allow, we'll take you on a tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit to Villa San Michele.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 13

Day 14

Sorrento – Rome – Vatican Experience

Admire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and join an official representative of the Vatican Museums for a private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum, founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, with its remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. You'll also enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities.

Hotel

Sheraton Parco De Medici

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

Adult Price: €43.00

Day 14

Day 15

Depart Rome

Say 'arrivederci Roma' as you prepare for your journey home with wonderful memories of your holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 15

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento and Capri.

  • Cultural Insights
    Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.

  • Be My Guest
    Dinner at a spectacular Sicilian winery at the foot of Mount Etna.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento, Assisi and Capri

    • Orientation of Venice and Sorrento

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, St. Francis Basilica, the excavations at Pompeii, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples, Taormina, the Isle of Capri, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento and Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Palermo Cathedral and the fortress town of Enna and Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino

    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and sail to the Isle of Capri


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Overnight cruise from Naples to Palermo.

    • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

    • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy.


    Airport Transfers

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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    Service rating : We received wonderful service. Rosella, our tour guide was absolutely fabulous, she was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. You could tell that she took a genuine interest in each and every one of us. She indeed made our trip a wonderful one, as did our amazing bus

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    Tour guide and driver were great. Some hotels were not very good.

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    Service rating : Outstanding, much better than expectedProduct : I enjoyed the art, the history, the architecture, the streets covered with cobble stones, the entire tour was an exceptional experience. I would have liked to spend some extra time at each location. Ex. Spend 2 nights at each place

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    Service rating : In relation to the service Trafalgar directly provided, as provided by our Tour Director, Rosella Roncari, and our driver, Alfredo, the service we received was absolutely fantastic and they played a huge part in making our tour truly a once in a lifetime experience, which it was.

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    Service rating : Excellant by both driver and guide.As vfirst time experience would reccomendProduct : Had a great time,met new friends.

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