Best of Italy and Sicily
Sightseeing; Bay of Naples; Monte Cassino; Sistine Chapel; Eternal City; Colosseum; Bridge of Sighs; St. Peter Basilica; Circus Maximus; Doge Palace; Signoria Square; Santa Croce Basilica; Leaning Tower; River Arno; Pitti Palace; Piazzale Michelangelo; Venetian Lagoon; Dorian Temples; Valley of Temples; Southern Hills; Piazza Armerina; Roman Villa of Casale; Piazza Tasso; Isle of Capri;
Enjoy 15 Days Best of Italy and Sicily Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Agrigento, Assisi, Capri, Florence, Palermo, Pisa, Pompeii, Ravenna, Rome, Sorrento, Taormina and Venice.Read Full Description
- Trip Length:
- 15 days
- Best Time to Go:
- April, May, June, July, August, September, October
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Enjoy 15 Days Best of Italy and Sicily Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Agrigento, Assisi, Capri, Florence, Palermo, Pisa, Pompeii, Ravenna, Rome, Sorrento, Taormina and Venice.
Day 1 - On the Plane
Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
Day 2 - Rome
Arrive In Rome, Italy.
On arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Food and Dining
This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Director.
Stay at Sheraton Golf (SF).
Day 3 - Rome
The main highlight today is a guided visit of the Sistine Chapel followed by a tour of impressive St. Peter's Basilica. Then cross the River Tiber to ancient Rome to view the Forum and the Circus Maximus, where “Ben-Hur” style chariot races were held.
Next, visit the mighty Colosseum, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
The rest of the day is free to sightsee further on your own, shop or relax in a little café. (B)
Day 4 - Florence
Rome - Pisa - Florence.
Leave the “Eternal City,” and travel to Pisa to view the famed Leaning Tower. Continue to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance and capital of Tuscany. The balance of the day is free in this delightful city.
You may want to take a walk along the River Arno to the Ponte Vecchio and across to the Pitti Palace or mix with the locals in the shops, cafés, and restaurants. (B)
Stay at Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (F).
Day 5 - Venice
Florence - Venice.
A guided walking tour features Signoria Square, Santa Croce Basilica and the panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, drive to the marvelous floating city of Venice. This evening, why not experience this city from an elegant gondola? (B,D)
Stay at NH Laguna Palace (SF) in Mestre.
Day 6 - Venice
River or Barge Cruise
Savor the sights and sounds of this serene city on a canal cruise by motor launch to St. Mark's Square.
View the Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace before visiting a glassblowing factory. There is free time this afternoon to shop or sightsee on your own.
Food and Dining
Why not discover Burano in the Venetian Lagoon and enjoy a seafood lunch? (B)
Day 7 - Assisi
Venice - Assisi.
Drive along the Adriatic coast and on to visit the Church of St. Apollinarius in Classe.
Continue to the pink-stoned city of Assisi. Here, a walking tour highlights St. Francis' Basilica.
There is also time to visit the Church of St. Clare, and explore this tranquil magical place. (B,D)
Stay at Grand Hotel (F) or Fontebella (F).
Day 8 - At Sea
Assisi - Pompeii - Naples - At Sea.
This morning drive through Umbria to Pompeii, the town both buried and preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. After a walking tour of the excavations, make the short journey to nearby Naples.
Board the steamer for the overnight crossing to Palermo, Sicily's charming capital city. (B,D)
Day 9 - Palermo
At Sea - Palermo.
Arrive in Palermo this morning and board your coach for a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Stop to admire the view of the Conca d''Oro from Monreale, and visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral.
Finally, visit the village of Mondello before returning to Palermo. (B)
Stay at Astoria Palace (F).
Day 10 - Agrigento
Palermo - Selinunte - Agrigento.
Leaving Palermo, your first stop is Selinunte to see the Dorian Temples and the Acropolis. Then travel to Agrigento and visit the nearby Valley of Temples with a local guide. Dating from the 6th century B.C., they rival those of Athens in their Grecian grandeur! (B,D)
Stay at Grand dei Templi (F).
Day 11 - Taormina
Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Enna - Taormina.
Journey through the vineyards of the Southern Hills to Piazza Armerina to see the colorful mosaics in the 4th-century Roman Villa of Casale. Then on to view the fortress town of Enna, high on a mountaintop.
Continue to the inviting seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. (B)
Stay at Caesar Palace (F).
Day 12 - Taormina
A full day to relax in this fun-loving Sicilian resort.
You may want to go for a swim or sunbathe; perhaps stroll through the pedestrian area and shop for handmade lace on the Corso or visit the Church of San Pancrazio.
Food and Dining
An optional excursion to the crater of Sicily's active volcano, Mount Etna, is also available. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 13 - Sorrento
Taormina - Sorrento.
Today begins with a drive along the coast to board the ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy.
Continue through the rustic simplicity of Calabria via Salerno, the landing place of the Allied Armies in 1943, to clifftop Sorrento.
An orientation drive highlights the Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and the Corso Italia with its shops and boutiques. (B,D)
Stay at La Medusa (F) or Parco del Sole (F).
Day 14 - Capri
Arts, Crafts and Antiques
Stop for a visit to an inlaid wood workshop to see a demonstration of this beautiful local craft.
Then board a ferry for a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri (weather permitting).
Take a walking tour in Capri Town to enjoy views across the sea to the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola.
Then there is free time to explore further on your own or perhaps take a chairlift to Anacapri. Later, cruise back to Sorrento. (B,D)
Day 15 - Rome
Sorrento - Rome.
This morning, a spectacular drive along the Bay of Naples, before heading north to view the Abbey of Monte Cassino.
Then back to Rome, with the rest of the day at leisure.
Food and Dining
This evening, savor a Farewell Dinner with your new friends. (B,D)
Day 16 - Rome
Your homebound flight arrives the same day. (B)
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