Winter Special: Jewels of Southern Italy & Sicily

11 Nights & 12 Days

Rome > Naples > Pompeii > Sorrento > Palermo > Monreale > Segesta > Trapani > Agrigento > Piazza Armerina > Catania > Etna > Taormina > Catania > Siracusa > Noto > Messina > Cefalu > Palermo

Slow down and enjoy life, Italian style! Discover the spectacular scenery combined with ancient architectural history through Southern Italy and Sicily. Visit the ruins of Pompeii, the ancient city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, before settling in at charming Sorrento. Explore Sicily on this enchanting journey through the Italian paradise island. Marvel at the islands glorious architecture, and discover the charming villages and coastline!

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO ROME!

Welcome to Rome! After your arrival at the airport (airport transfer available upon request), make your own way to your hotel and then enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 2: ROME > NAPLES > POMPEII > SORRENTO

After breakfast, departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below. Descending towards the port of Mergellina you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius, and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have lunch with Neapolitan pizza! After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: no shorts for men) and an overnight in your new hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: SORRENTO

Breakfast at the hotel and free time to discover Sorrento or, if you want, you may opt for a visit to the island of Capri (not included). Dinner at the hotel (dress code: no shorts) and overnight stay. Meals: B, D

Day 4: SORRENTO > PALERMO

Breakfast at your hotel. Time at your leisure going for shopping or tasting some nice Limoncello. In the afternoon, departure heading to the port of Naples, where you will board on the Tirrenia/Snav regular ferry to Palermo. Overnight in the cabin. Dinner and breakfast are available onboard (not included). Meals: B

Day 5: PALERMO

Arrival early in the morning in the port of Palermo and transfer to your hotel. Meet your group at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay. Meals: D

Day 6: PALERMO > MONREALE > PALERMO

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, departure to Monreale and enjoy the visit of the Cathedral famous for its mosaics as well as the Benedictine Cloister and the Palatine Chapel. Lunch at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to discover the city at your own pace. You may opt for an excursion to Erice, small medieval village in the province of Trapani. Overnight at your hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: PALERMO > SEGESTA > TRAPANI > AGRIGENTO

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Departure to Segesta to visit the Doric Temple surrounded by a splendid landscape. Then the trip continues with a panoramic view of Trapani Saltworks on the way to Selinunte where you will enjoy a special lunch at a local farmhouse including an olive oil tasting. After lunch, departure to Agrigento. Visit of the Valley of the Temples to admire the best-preserved temples. Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: AGRIGENTO > PIAZZA ARMERINA > CATANIA

Buffet breakfast at your hotel and departure to Piazza Armerina, visit the “Villa Romana del Casale” with its splendid Roman mosaics. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afternoon departure to Catania. We will then head to Catania where we will stop in a bar in the city center to taste typical pastries of the region and, then, to do a panoramic walking tour of the city. This city – the most important of the eastern coast – is particularly interesting for its buildings made of volcanic stone from the Etna. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: CATANIA > ETNA > TAORMINA > CATANIA

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and, weather permitting, excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe! The bus will bring you up to the “Rifugio Sapienza” at 1800 meters. Visit of the extinguished Craters of Mounts Silvestri. Wonderful variety of fauna and flora and moony landscapes can be seen on the way. Then, proceed to a farmhouse where you will taste the most special Sicilian dishes. Then the tour continues to Taormina, the elegant and romantic town overlooking the Mediterranean. Free time at your own pace, to visit the famous Greek Theatre with a splendid view of the Mount Etna and the Ionian sea or to do the shopping and stroll through the picturesque lanes of the city centre. Back to Catania. Overnight at the hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: CATANIA > SIRACUSA > NOTO > CATANIA

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Departure to Syracuse and then enjoy a guided tour of this venerable city highlights of the Archaeological Area, the Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and the Cave of Dyonisius’ Ear. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon the tour heads to Noto to admire the Cathedral. Return to Catania. Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: CATANIA > MESSINA > CEFALU > PALERMO

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Messina for a panoramic visit of the city including some beautiful views on the Strait that separates Sicily from the mainland. The journey continues to Cefalù. Lunch at a local restaurant. Cefalù is a splendid fishermen’s village and seaside resort. Visit the huge Norman Cathedral, and enjoy time at leisure to stroll through the narrow lanes of the historic centre full of shops and restaurants. Continue to Palermo. Overnight at the hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: PALERMO

Final breakfast followed by check-out. Arrivederci! Meals: B

Departures

2019 & 2020 Winter Departures: November 14, 28, December 5, January 16, 23, 30, February 20, 27 & March 13, 19

Includes

  • Accommodation in 4 stars hotels and 1 night on a ferry boat
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Monolingual Tour-escort in English
  • Tour of Pompeii with “Skip-the-Line” tickets and 1 lunch with Neapolitan Pizza
  • Entrance Fees to the following sites: Palatine Chapel in Palermo, Cloister in Monreale, Doric Temple in Segesta, Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Archaeological area in Siracusa
  • Visits to Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Palermo, Monreale, Segesta, Trapani, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Catania, Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Noto, Messina and Cefalù
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)
  • Visits with an expert local guide as per itinerary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard to be in touch with family and friends
  • Headsets to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides

Pricing Details

  • All prices are per person
  • Free accommodation for children up to 6 years old sharing the room with their parents
  • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
  • Drinks are not included with meals

Optional Extras

  • Take advantage of our preferred airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway
  • Airport Transfers
  • Pre and Post Accommodation

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