Best of Italy and Sicily Summer 2020

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain 2020

Embark on a Sicilian adventure through ancient cities and seaside villages before the monuments of Rome, Romanesque architecture of Pisa and Venetian glassblowing grab your attention.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • ORIENTATION of Taormina, Sorrento and Venice
  • VISIT the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples, the Isle of Capri, the excavations at Pompeii, the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Roman Colosseum
  • VIEW Palermo Cathedral, the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • SCENIC CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and St. Mark's Square in Venice
Dining Highlights
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2019
Duration
15 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1PalermoArrive Palermo (2 Nights): The multicultural capital of Palermo launches your journey across Sicily and Italy. You'll have some free time before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's attractions, so why not head straight out to explore its fascinating history on your own?
Mercure Centro
Day 2PalermoPalermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale: Join your?'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and old 'La Cala' harbour. Then travel to Monreale on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking the almond, olive and orange groves of La Conca d'Oro. Here you'll visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Day 3AgrigentoPalermo - Mondello - Agrigento: Continue your journey to the pretty fishing village of Mondello, where locals pay tribute to Palermo's patron saint at the Sanctuario di?Santa Rosalia, a unique cave church where the saint's remains were found in the 17th century. Journey to Agrigento to tour the impressive Greek Valley of Temples with a 'Local Specialist', dating back to 6th century BC. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.
Dioscuri Bay Palace
Day 4TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS)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. Enjoy spectacular vistas and a taste of la dolce vita?in this hillside town, with some free time on arrival.
Caesar Palace
Day 5TaorminaTaormina Free Day: Spend the day relaxing at your chic Sicilian resort. Dive into the warm Mediterranean waters, shop for exquisite handmade lace on Via Corso or indulge in a mulberry granita. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by 'The Godfather', or Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. This evening, 'Connect with Locals' during a 'Be My Guest' dinner hosted at a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Day 6SorrentoTaormina - Pompeii - Sorrento (2 Nights): Today we cross the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to UNESCO-listed Pompeii where a 'Local Specialist' will take you on a walking tour. For centuries, the city was lost to the world - its rediscovery in the 18th century revealed a time capsule of well-preserved ruins that provides insights into the day-to-day life of a Roman city, centuries ago. We continue to our hotel in Sorrento where we'll spend the next two nights.
La Residenza
Day 7Isle of CapriIsle of Capri Excursion: We cruise to the Isle of Capri where we'll enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri town with a?'Local Specialist'. Window-shop along Via Camerelle and watch the beautiful people in the Piazzetta, before returning to Sorrento, where you will have the evening at leisure to indulge in a little limoncello at Piazza Tasso, with its many cafes.
Day 8RomeSorrento - Rome - Vatican Experience (2 Nights): Admire the dramatic coastline, driving north from Sorrento to the 'Eternal City' of Rome. This evening, an exclusive Trafalgar experience will see you 'Dive Into Culture' and enjoy an al fresco dinner against the spectacular backdrop of St. Peter's in Rome. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent 16th-century frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and see the array of exquisite artefacts at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844.
Il Cantico
Day 9RomeRome Sightseeing and Free Time: Rome was once the capital of the world and is a city with an irresistible verve. Join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour to admire the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. Head to the Vatican and see Michelangelo's magnificent Pieta inside St. Peter's Basilica. Your next stop is Ancient Rome, where you'll see Circus Maximus and visit the Colosseum where gladiators and slaves once fought to their deaths. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way.
Day 10AssisiRome - Assisi: Today, we drive north to the mystical medieval hilltop town of Assisi, most famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis. Join a?'Local Specialist'?for a walking tour of the town, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to view its magnificent frescoes and carvings. Tonight, we'll stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - a fully renovated old Franciscan convent.
Cenacolo
Day 11ViareggioAssisi - Pisa - Viareggio: We venture to Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles and view the Leaning Tower that bears this city's name. A short drive north takes us to Viareggio, known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Tonight is free to explore as you wish.
Mercure
Day 12FlorenceViareggio - Cinque Terre - Florence: Join a 'Local Specialist' to visit Cinque Terre, a series of centuries-old seaside villages clinging impossibly to rugged cliffs that plunge into the Ligurian Sea. Continue later to Florence, once a vibrant republic under the rule of the dynamic Medici family, whose love for art and antiquities created one of the world's most cultural cities. You'll have the night off to see the sights on your own.
Grand Mediterraneo
Day 13VeniceFlorence Sightseeing - Venice (2 Nights): The magnificent marble Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria feature on your walking tour with a?'Local Specialist'?through Florence's grand boulevards and narrow lanes. Head north to Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.
Le Boulevard
Day 14VeniceVenice: 'Dive into Culture' and witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Then, embark on an orientation cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square, which Napoleon once called the 'drawing room of Europe'. See the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral and the Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of the sights. Consider an Optional Experience, navigating the city's elegant canals from the comfort of a traditional gondola. Tonight, you'll join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner and toast to shared memories that will linger long after the evening ends.
Day 15VeniceDepart Venice: For now, it's a fond?ciao Venice as you say goodbye to new friends and prepare to depart for our journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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