GLOBUS 2018: Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy (LM)
14 days from Rome to Palermo
Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and ancient history-all of this awaits you on this fabulous vacation with guided tours of Sicily and Southern Italy. If you're interested in Roman history, this tour is certainly for you. You'll stop in Matera, where you'll see one of the Sassi Houses-prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock-thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. You'll also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage. Visit the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC; the ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento; and the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights. History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. A true highlight is a guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo. This is just another out-of-the-ordinary experience included by Globus. For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. You'll visit Sorrento and Capri-both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities. History, amazing scenery, fabulous cuisine, and so much more are waiting for you on this incredible guided Italy tour.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Rome||Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants. (D)|
|Day 2||Sorrento Coast||Look forward to a unique experience: [LF] enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and since October 2016 a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun, to your hotel. (B)|
|Day 3||Sorrento||Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to your hotel. (B)|
|Day 4||Sorrento||Arrive in fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Afternoon at leisure; you may wish to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast. (B)|
|Day 5||Bari||First stop is Naples, a city steeped in volcanic drama, rich archaeological treasures, and castles and churches that rival Rome! A Local Guide will get you acquainted with the many sights during your city tour. Stop in the famous Piazza Plebiscito and then, [LF] savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Drive to Bari for an overnight. (B)|
|Day 6||Alberobello||Follow your Local Guide for a pleasant walk through BARI VECCHIA, the city's oldest district. Next is Lecce, where your guided walking tour reveals why Lecce is called the 'Florence of the South.' Admire its baroque buildings and squares, and [LF] taste pasticciotto with almond-flavored iced coffee. Continue to Alberobello. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Alberobello||In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, and visit one of its unique trulli-whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. Balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian agriturismo. (B)|
|Day 8||Reggio Calabria||Stop in Matera, and enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque Sassi houses. Afterwards, enjoy a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto and stop in Scilla, called the 'Venice of Calabria.' Leaving the coast, arrive in Reggio Calabria and enjoy a guided visit of the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Taormina Riviera||Cross the Strait of Messina by FERRY and start your discovery of the beautiful island of Sicily, the great melting pot of the Mediterranean world. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish have left their marks and contributed to its rich heritage. Arrive in Taormina, a charming hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea, and visit the ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I. Don't miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian Granita (a treat similar to sorbet). (B)|
|Day 10||Taormina Riviera||Two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our exciting optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On Tuesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On Wednesday evening, an included dinner has been organized at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views. (B,D daily)|
|Day 11||Taormina Riviera||Two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our exciting optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On Tuesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On Wednesday evening, an included dinner has been organized at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views. (B,D daily)|
|Day 12||Palermo||Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your Local Guide through the breathtaking VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Arrive at your hotel in Palermo. (B)|
|Day 13||Palermo||Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and the CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Later, [LF] visit an original SICILIAN FARM, Antica Masseria Barone di Salvo, in Tumminia. Meet the casaro (cheese-maker), see how he prepares a fresh ricotta, and enjoy your exclusive farewell dinner with local specialties and wine, the perfect way to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation. (B,D)|
|Day 14||Palermo||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $649Triple room reduction per person: $106Extra nights per person in Rome:in single room $124-$230, in twin $83-$154, in triple $75-$127Extra nights per person in Palermo:in single room $155-$166, in twin $93-$101, in triple $73-$85
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