Summary

During this 12-day Italy group tour from Palermo to Rome with one day in Capri, you will discover the beautiful island of Sicily and the South of Italy! A trip to enjoy the UNESCO sites of Sicily and taste the famous street food. You will walk in Rome, the capital of Italy, live the past in Pompeii, enjoy one day in Capri Island and relax in the Amalfi Coast… All in one tour! The best seasons for this tour are spring and summer. The minimum number of persons for this tour is 2. The entrance fees at the attractions and city taxes are not included in the price. Closing date for receipt of group travel requests for this tour is two weeks before the travel date. Departures organized every Tuesday from April 2, 2019 to October 22, 2019.

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Valeria

Valeria

Local travel expert in Italy

I am Valeria and I speak English, Spanish and French. My passion for travel and love for my land will let you discover Sicily and its treasures throughout extraordinary itineraries.

Itinerary


On arrival day, you will arrange by your own the transfer to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo in Sicily (an optional private transfer can be arranged upon request).

In the evening, you will meet the tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Accommodation at the hotel in Palermo.

After breakfast, you will spend the morning in Monreale. Here, you will see the huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the 8th Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry. It is one of the nine structures included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.

Then, you will have a stop in Palermo, that is the cultural, economic and tourism capital of Sicily. While the Baroque predominates in Palermo, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, 17th century squares, including an elegant opera house. You will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Palatine Chapel included in the more UNESCO World Heritage Site mentioned above. In Palermo, you will also enjoy tasting local Sicilian street food. Next, you will stop for a food surprise at the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco and will have free time for lunch. The walk will continue after lunch, and you will have the opportunity to admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square.

After the walk in Palermo, you will travel to Marsala where you will visit a prestigious wine cellar and enjoy a wine tasting.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Marsala.

In the morning, you will continue the tour along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. They are now protected between Trapani and Marsala, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and as important sites of industrial archaeology.

Next, you will depart to Selinunte that was one of the most important of the Greek colonies in Sicily. You will set off on a time travel in the largest Archaeological Park in Europe. The Park of Selinunte is more than just myth, legend, history and culture, it is 270 hectares representing a coffer of treasures still alive of one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The archaeological site contains 7 temples, some in good condition, built according to a strict Doric order, the oldest Greek more architectural style. Here, there are still sanctuaries, necropolis, the caves of Cusa and all the places of interest.

In the afternoon, you will have free time for lunch.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Agrigento where you will visit the Valley of the Temples, one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and one of the main attractions of Sicily, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century and here you will see the “Temple of Heracles” and the “Temple of Concordia”.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Agrigento.

This day you will reach Piazza Armerina where you will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known, for which it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After having free time for lunch in the afternoon, you will depart to Ragusa Ibla and visit its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral. Ragusa, used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, is today stated among the 44 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures.
After tasting local cheese in Ragusa, you will proceed to Catania.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Catania.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have free time to discover the beauties of Catania. According to the flights scheduled for this day, you will depart to Rome and be transferred to the hotel.

Free dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Rome.

In the morning, you will enjoy a three hours walking tour, passing by the most famous places of Rome. The tour will start from Largo di Torre Argentina, in the Campo Marzio area which includes ancient buildings and old temples. It will continue to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, famous for appearing in the Fellini’s movie “La Dolce Vita”. The tour ends at the Spanish steps. You will have time to stroll and visit the capital.

Free dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Rome.

After breakfast, you will depart to Naples. The city center is a mix of overlapping architectural styles, enclosed in about 2800 years of history stated Unesco World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, you will have a walk in the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I and San Carlo Opera House.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a group lunch with beverages included.

After lunch, you will visit Pompeii excavations, UNESCO listed ruins. This ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried and preserved it under a sea of volcanic ash for almost 1700 years. At the end of the tour, you may be given the opportunity to visit a coral and cameo factory, to admire items manufactured with a technique dating back to Ancient Greek times.

You will proceed to Sorrento for dinner and more overnight.

Today’s tour brings us to the island of Capri, home of the “Dolce Vita” and international VIP, as known as the “World living room”. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande. Once on the island you will visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting) and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A minibus will take you up to Anacapri, the second town of the island. Here, you will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go back to Marina Grande to board the ferry to Sorrento.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Sorrento.

In the morning, you will depart in direction of Amalfi to discover the stunning Amalfi Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have free time in the picturesque village of Positano. The town features a mild climate and beautiful views - including the famous Belvedere. This is why Positano has been considered a summer holiday location since Roman empire. You will have time to walk through the narrow streets of the downtown and go shopping in the typical shops. Alternatively, you can laze on the beach or visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Leaving Positano, you will reach Amalfi and have free time at your disposal.

Free dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Amalfi.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a free day for visiting Amalfi on your own. Founded by the Romans, it gives its name to the famous Coast and it is popular for being one of the four Italian Maritime Republics. Its historical center is with good reason considered an outdoor museum, and preserves, almost intact, architectural and urban digs from its rich past. You can also visit the picturesque city of Ravello, with the beautiful Villa Ruffolo and the magnificent gardens of Villa Cimbrone, or you can decide to spend the day on the beach.

Free dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Amalfi.

This day you will have a free morning. You will be transferred to Pompeii where you will join the bus in order to return to Rome.

Free dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Rome.

On departure day, you will arrange your own transfer from the hotel to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can enjoy the morning on your own.

Prices

Travel dates

April 02-09-16-23-30

May 07-14-21-28

June 04-11-18-25

July 02-09-16-23-30

August 06-13-20-27

September 03-10-17-24

October 01-08-15-22

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

4 Pers.

6 Pers.

4* Hotels (April, October)

1969€

1969€

1969€

4* Hotels (May, June, July, August, September)

2045€

2045€

2045€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 4 Pers. 6 Pers.

April 02-09-16-23-30

May 07-14-21-28

June 04-11-18-25

July 02-09-16-23-30

August 06-13-20-27

September 03-10-17-24

October 01-08-15-22

4* Hotels (April, October) 1969€ 1969€ 1969€
4* Hotels (May, June, July, August, September) 2045€ 2045€ 2045€

What's Included

  • 11 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at 4-star hotels;
  • Breakfast at the hotel;
  • Lunch on day 7, 8 of the itinerary (beverages included on day 7);
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 of the itinerary (beverages not included);
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Tasting of local street food in Palermo;
  • Wine tasting at the wine cellar in Marsala;
  • Tasting of local cheeses in Ragusa;
  • Transportation according to the entire itinerary (except flight from Catania to Rome on day 5);
  • Multilingual tour leader;
  • English speaking guide.

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