Southern Italy & Sicily - Your Daily
Day 01, Monday: U.S.-Italy.
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Catania. Dinner
served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on Day 02.
Day 02, Tuesday: Rome.
arrival, a private transfer to our hotel awaits. Remainder of the day is free
to leisurely enjoy Rome. Overnight in Rome.
Enjoy breakfast, after we are collected from our hotel to
enjoy a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Our tour
jumps the queue and our guide will lead us into the museums where we will
visit one of the most important art collections in the world. (Note that
this tour will not enter the Basilica due to the Papal Audience on Wednesday).
Free time to explore the Vatican at your leisure. Our tour ends at the
Vatican, where we make our own way back to the hotel or explore Rome at
leisure. Dinner will be arranged at a local Trattoria* tonight. Overnight
(*Transfer to/from Trattoria not included. Restaurant will be
walking distance from hotel.)
Day 04, Thursday: Rome - Capri - Sorrento.
Morning collection from our hotel. We travel south along the
Autostrada del Sole. We arrive in Naples and embark to the Island
of Capri. Upon arrival (weather permitting), visit the Blue Grotto, a
miracle of equilibrium. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then back to
Marina Grande, where we board a boat and travel to Sorrento. We arrive in
Sorrento Pier where a private transfer awaits us to bring us to our hotel.
Dinner on our own this evening. Overnight in Sorrento.
After breakfast, we discover the
Amalfi Coast, one of the most scenic drives in Europe. The scenery is superb,
looking out over the Mediterranean and along the coastlines as the road twists
and turns its way towards Positano. The town of Positano looks like a waterfall
cascading down the rocks to the sea. This spectacular journey continues with
fabulous views all the way to Amalfi. Here in Amalfi we have some free
time to enjoy this area independently. We have a lunch stop in the small
village of Scala, with excellent views of Ravello. The journey back to
Sorrento takes us over the hill via the motorway to Castellammare and then back
on the coastal road to Sorrento. Early evening return to the hotel. Dinner
will be arranged at a local restaurant this evening*. Overnight in
Friday: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast.
(*Transfer to/from restaurant not included. Restaurant will be
walking distance from hotel.)
Day 06, Saturday: Sorrento - Catania - Welcome to Sicily.
Private transfer from our Sorrento hotel to Naples airport, where we board a
flight from Napoli Airport to Catania (Note: flight is not included in the
package price and must be purchased separately). Welcome to Sicily! Upon
arrival, we will have a private transfer to our hotel. We enjoy a welcome
cocktail dinner and overnight in Catania.
Sunday: Catania - Sircusa - Ragusa.
After a breakfast, departure for Syracuse and visit the
archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the
Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city
centre of Siracusa. Visit the Cathedral and the Arethuse fountain. Lunch on our
own. Depart for Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”,
with its Baroque stunning palaces and churches. Enjoy a tasting of typical
products of the island locally by the Dome. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.
Day 08, Monday: Ragusa - Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina -
Agrigento..After a breakfast, depart to Caltagirone famous for the
production of ceramics and pottery. Visit a ceramics laboratory with an
opportunity to shop and browse. Continue to Piazza Armerina and visit the
worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale thanks to its well preserved mosaics.
Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen. Depart to Agrigento and
visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord,
Heracles, Zeus and Castor & Pollux. Dinner and overnight in
Day 09, Tuesday: Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale.
After a breakfast, we depart for Palermo. Lunch on our own
today. In the afternoon, visit of Monreale, the Cathedral, one of the most
beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture and the
Benedictine Cloister in Arab-norman style. Continue and visit the
historical center of Palermo, one of the largest of Europe, including the
Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel and the Royal Palace. Dinner at a local
restaurant. Overnight at our Palermo hotel.
Day 10, Wednesday: Palermo - U.S. After buffet breakfast,
private transfer to Palermo Airport, where our tour ends.