Best of Italy and Sicily

Best of Italy and Sicily
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Ancient history and fabulous food are the cornerstones of this colourful Italy and Sicily trip. You'll enjoy all the local seafood flavours in Sicily's fishing villages, follow the shadow of Mount Etna as you travel around the island and admire the Leaning Tower in Pisa's Square of Miracles.

Highlights
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
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
Dining Highlights
14 breakfasts,6 dinners (including Be My Guest)
Destinations
  • Italy
  • Europe
  • Vatican City
  • Sicily
Tour Types
  • Country Explorer
Day 1 Arrive 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?
Meals: Welcome Reception
Locations: Palermo

Day 2 Palermo 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Palermo, Monreale

Day 3 Palermo – Mondello – Agrigento
Continue your journey to the pretty fishing village of Mondello. 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Agrigento

Day 4 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Giardini Naxos

Day 5 Taormina 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Locations: Piedimonte Etneo

Day 6 Taormina – 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Sorrento, Pompeii

Day 7 Isle 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 cafés.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Capri

Day 8 Sorrento – 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Locations: Rome, Vatican City

Day 9 Rome 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 Pietà 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Rome

Day 10 Rome - 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Assisi

Day 11 Assisi – 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Viareggio

Day 12 Viareggio – 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: La Spezia, Florence

Day 13 Florence 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'.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Florence, Venice

Day 14 Venice
'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.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Locations: Venice

Day 15 Depart 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations:

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

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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