Best of Italy and Sicily - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from $4150 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Quality of activities was first rate"
Natalie , Jun 2014

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

It's 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
Trip code:
ITIS

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • 2.

    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. Enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a perfect introduction to this beautiful city.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Cardinal St. Peter

  • 3.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante for a Cultural Insight. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 5.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Experience the incredible sights of Florence on your walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. Visit Piazza della Signoria and enjoy panoramic views over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later drive to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Le Boulevard

  • 6.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    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 seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    VENICE – ASSISI

    Drive south from Venice along the Adriatic coast. 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Grand Roseo

  • 8.

    ASSISI – POMPEII – NAPLES – AT SEA

    The ancient city of Pompeii 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure Palermo Centro

  • 10.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Dioscuri Bay Palace

  • 11.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Sant Alphio Garden

  • 12.

    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 excursion 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 very special Be My Guest dinner in a vineyard close to Mount Etna.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 13.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

    Hotel

    La Residenza

  • 14.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 15.

    SORRENTO – ROME

    Admire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. Stop at Cassino to view the Benedictine Abbey. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Executive Style

  • 16.

    ROME – RETURN HOME

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Arrive in 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.
  • Cultural Insights

    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museum. 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.
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
    Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento and Capri.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento, Assisi and Capri
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri
  • Orientation of Venice and Sorrento
  • View the Roman Forum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica, Palermo Cathedral and the fortress town of Enna
  • 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 and an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento

Dining

  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.
    7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy.
  • Overnight cruise from Naples to Palermo.
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

  • Backstreets, Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow backstreets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain (under restoration) are just two of the fine monuments en route. Later, you'll have free time to eat at the restaurant of your choice in one of the piazzas.
  • Roman Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €60.00 Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.

Florence

  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.
  • Tuscan Hills Dinner At Villa Machiavelli

    Adult Price: €63.00 A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards and sunflower fields, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!

Venice

  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 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.
  • Majestic Venice

    Adult Price: €35.00 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.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks

    Adult Price: €69.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.

Palermo

  • Sferracavallo With Lunch Or Dinner

    Adult Price: €59.00 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.
  • Colours and Traditions of Palermo

    Adult Price: €29.00 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.
  • Cefalu Drive

    Adult Price: €35.00 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.

Taormina

  • Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

    Adult Price: €63.00 A fantastic Sicilian evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner of Southern Italian specialities, with musical entertainment.
  • Sicilian Highlights, Mt Etna, Savoca And The Godfather

    Adult Price: €55.00 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, the only active volcano in the whole of Europe.

Sorrento

  • Traditional Neapolitan Evening

    Adult Price: €48.00 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.
  • Neapolitan Dinner And Dance

    Adult Price: €60.00 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.
  • Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €42.00 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.
  • Experience The Isle Of Capri

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.
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