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Italy and Sicily

14 Nights / 15 Days tour package for USD 3539 per person
Destinations Covered: Rome - Florence - Venice Island - Assisi - Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina Area - Sorrento (LL) / 2013
 

Italy is a country with so much to offer-amazing scenery, ancient ruins, a rich history, sumptuous cuisine, architectural treasures, splendid art, designer shops, and friendly people. On this tour through Italy, you’ll experience some of Italy’s most popular cities and historic sights, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Taormina. You’ll also take an overnight ferry from Naples to Sicily.
Tour highlights include Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! Also visit Taormina, where you’ll see the 3rd-century BC Greek Amphitheater, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights-you must visit them in person! Your time in Sorrento includes a visit to the Isle of Capri with a boat ride across the Bay of Naples and funicular ride to Capri village.
If art is your focus, you’ll be delighted by Michelangelo’s David in Florence. Completed in 1504, the artist worked over thirty months for a mere 400 florins (roughly $50,000 today). He worked even longer on the ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome (painted from 1508 to 1512), which you’ll also see on this tour. Watch glassblowers in action as they create their beautiful art in Venice. Or if historical churches interest you, you’re sure to be delighted by the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics; St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, where St. Francis is buried; Ravenna’s 6th-century Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe, famous for its mosaics; and more.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
10-Mar-2013 24-Mar-2013 USD 3549
 
17-Mar-2013 31-Mar-2013 USD 3589
24-Mar-2013 07-Apr-2013
31-Mar-2013 14-Apr-2013
07-Apr-2013 21-Apr-2013
14-Apr-2013 28-Apr-2013
21-Apr-2013 05-May-2013
28-Apr-2013 12-May-2013
05-May-2013 19-May-2013
12-May-2013 26-May-2013
 
19-May-2013 02-Jun-2013 USD 3589
26-May-2013 09-Jun-2013
02-Jun-2013 16-Jun-2013
09-Jun-2013 23-Jun-2013
16-Jun-2013 30-Jun-2013
23-Jun-2013 07-Jul-2013
30-Jun-2013 14-Jul-2013
07-Jul-2013 21-Jul-2013
14-Jul-2013 28-Jul-2013
21-Jul-2013 04-Aug-2013
28-Jul-2013 11-Aug-2013
 
04-Aug-2013 18-Aug-2013 USD 3539
11-Aug-2013 25-Aug-2013
18-Aug-2013 01-Sep-2013
25-Aug-2013 08-Sep-2013
 
01-Sep-2013 15-Sep-2013 USD 3739
08-Sep-2013 22-Sep-2013
15-Sep-2013 29-Sep-2013
22-Sep-2013 06-Oct-2013
29-Sep-2013 13-Oct-2013
 
06-Oct-2013 20-Oct-2013 USD 3589
 
13-Oct-2013 27-Oct-2013 USD 3549
   
Hotels:

Rome: Albani (F) / Villa Pamphili (F)

Florence: Starhotels Tuscany (F)

Venice Island: Ca’ Alvise (F)

Assisi: Giotto (F)

Palermo: NH Palermo (F)

Agrigento: Della Valle (F)

Taormina Area: Caesar Palace (F) at Giardini Naxos

Sorrento: Michelangelo (F)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy
Time to rest or start exploring the “Eternal City.” At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 2: Rome
Sightseeing with your Local Guide starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber and visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time for independent activities and exciting optional excursion possibilities. (B)

Day 3: Rome – Florence
A smooth drive past the Chianti hills takes you to Florence, capital of Tuscany and “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Afternoon at leisure to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry or to visit one of Florence’s many museums. (B

Day 4: Florence - Venice
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Then, head across the wooded Apennine Mountains to Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Tonight is your chance to sample Venetian fare. (B)

Day 5: Venice
Highlights of your guided walking tour this morning are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Afterwards, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional gondola ride. (B)

Day 6: Venice – Ravenna – Assisi
Along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. In the afternoon, arrive in Assisi and visit the massive 13th-century lower BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the Saint’s grave. Time to enjoy the peaceful town at your own pace. (B,D)

Day 7: Assisi – Pompeii – Naples. Overnight Cruise to Palermo
Meet your Local Guide and enter POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. See patrician houses, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Tonight, board your FERRY in Naples for the overnight cruise to Sicily. (B)

Day 8: Palermo
After disembarkation, start your sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit the ornate Piazza Bellini, the CATHEDRAL, and the Arab-Norman PALATINE CHAPEL in the Royal Palace. After lunch, 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. Your first day in Sicily ends with a visit to the typical and picturesque village of Mondello before returning to Palermo. (B,D)

Day 9: Palermo–Marsala–Agrigento
Along the western coast of Sicily all the way down to the saltbeds, famous since Roman times. Near Marsala, stop to visit a SALT MILL. Then, continue to Agrigento, where your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the 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. (B,D)

Day 10: Agrigento–Taormina Area
Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to the Taormina area. Later, focus on the 3rd-century GREEK AMPHITHEATER, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Situated above the city, it affords spectacular views of the bay and Mount Etna. (B)

Day 11: At Leisure in Taormina Area
In the morning you may wish to join the half-day optional excursion to Mount Etna. Afternoon is at leisure to relax or for individual activities. (B,D)

Day 12: Taormina Area–Sorrento
Today, board a FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land at the toe of the Italian boot in Calabria. Tonight, you are in the charming resort of Sorrento, delightfully situated on the Bay of Naples. (B)

Day 13: Sorrento. Excursion to Capri
Speed across the Bay of Naples by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri, an ancient retreat for Roman emperors and renowned ever since that time for its beauty. 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 Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 14: Sorrento–Rome
Return to Rome. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine in a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)

Day 15: Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 3 nights in Rome
Accommodation for 1 night in Agrigento
Accommodation for 1 night in Florence
Accommodation for 2 nights in Teormina Area
Accommodation for 2 nights in Venice
Accommodation for 2 nights in Sorrento
Accommodation for 1 night in Assisi
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Palermo
Special welcome and farewell dinners with wine in Rome
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary    
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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