Rome Sorrento and Sicily Summer Escorted Tour
11 Days/10 Nights
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, Agrigento, Noto, Siracusa, Taormina, Giardini di Naxos or surroundings, Mount Etna, Savoca, Forza d'Agrò, Catania
DAY 01: ROME
Arrival on your own at your hotel in Rome located within to city center. Explore the Eternal city on your own and don’t miss a visit of the major highlights: Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, the Ancient Rome with the Colosseum and the Roman Forum are just a few treasures of this beautiful city. Dinner on your own and overnight at your hotel in Rome.
DAY 02: ROME, NAPLES, POMPEII, SORRENTO
You'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the motor coach will depart to Naples, traveling along the Sun Route motorway, through the regions of Lazio and Campania. There will be a panoramic city tour of Naples, showing the Mergellina, Castel dell'Ovo, Plebiscito Square, the Royal Palace, Maschio Angioino and the port. You'll enjoy lunch on the way to Pompeii, where you'll visit the famous archeological excavations of the ancient Pompeii, destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption in AD 79. Afterwards, we'll drive along the Sorrentine coast and arrive in Sorrento for dinner and the night.
DAY 03: SORRENTO, CAPRI, SORRENTO
After breakfast, we'll board the ferry to the Isle of Capri (sea conditions permitting), and take the small rowboats to enter the famous Blue Grotto (sea and wheatear conditions permitting). You'll have free time to enjoy this charming island, and lunch with the group in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will return to Sorrento for dinner and overnight at your Hotel accommodation.
DAY 04: SORRENTO, PALERMO with overnight Ferry transfer
You'll enjoy breakfast and free time this morning, to go shopping, enjoy lunch or to write your postcards. In the afternoon, we'll depart to Naples dock where you will board the Ferry (operated by Tirrenia or Snav) to Palermo. Overnight ferry boat transfer from Naples to Palermo in private cabin. Dinner and breakfast are not included during your boat transfer.
DAY 05: PALERMO
Breakfast will be on your own (not included), before the boat docks. You'll arrive in Palermo in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, you'll have the day to yourself, to rest, explore and indulge in this colorful capital of Sicily. Dinner will be had with the group and you'll spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 06: PALERMO, MONREALE
After a nice breakfast, you'll visit the ancient town of Monreale, including its beautiful cathedral and abbey. You'll then return to Palermo, where you'll be taken on a guided tour of the city. The afternoon will be free to do as you please, and you'll return to the hotel for dinner with the group and a good night's sleep.
DAY 07: PALERMO, ERICE, MARSALA, AGRIGENTO
After breakfast, you'll depart for Erice, situated on 700 mt above sea level with breathtaking panoramas and proceed to tour the historical remains of the Phoenicians and the Normans. The tour continues to Marsala, where you will have free time to visit this seaside resort known for its wines growth. We will then pass by the fishing port of Mazara del Vallo and the tour will stop for the day in Agrigento, home to the Valley of the Temples You'll wander the temples of Juno, Concorde, Hercules and Jupiter and marvel at the majesty of the ruins (admission included). You'll have dinner and spend the night in Agrigento.
DAY 08: AGRIGENTO, NOTO, SIRACUSA, TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS or surroundings)
After breakfast, the tour will leave for Noto, an exquisite town full of beautiful churches and baroque buildings. You will have plenty of free time to walk the streets and take pictures. Next, the tour will stop in Siracusa, where you'll visit the Greek Amphitheater, Dionysus Ear and the Roman Theater (admission included). You'll also visit the Island of Ortigia, the baroque and medieval heart of the town. In the afternoon you will arrive in Taormina area, where you will eat dinner and spend the night at your Hotel in the Giardini di Naxos or Letojanni.
DAY 09: TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS or surroundings)
Breakfast will be had with the group and, afterwards, you'll go on an excursion to Mount Etna. The largest active volcano in Europe will excite you as you climb up to 1800 meters on its summit (Weather permitting). You'll return to Taormina and to your Hotel in the surroundings for dinner and a well earned night's sleep.
DAY 10: TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS or surroundings); SAVOCA and FORZA D'AGRÒ, CATANIA
After breakfast, we will drive off the beaten path and discover the atmosphere of the Sicilian small towns. We will visit Savoca and Forza d'Agrò, two small unspoiled villages famous for the Godfather’s movies, where you can discover the slow life and the traditions of the Sicilian inland. Here don’t forget to taste the delicious Sicilian lemon granite. Later we will head to Catania, where after check in at your hotel accommodation, you will have the free afternoon to explore its historical center, listed in the Unesco heritage sites. Last dinner with your travel party and overnight sleep at your new hotel in Catania.
DAY 11: CATANIA
After breakfast, the tour, and our services, will end.