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Tour: 6315 - 2012 (6315) - 2012 / 2014


Visit the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
Visit the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

The Catacombs With a local guide discover the imperial and early Christian Rome by exploring the Eternal city's underground burial chambers with its long winding catacombs and crypts. Two examples of these Catacombs are the "Catacombe of San Callisto" which is one of the biggest with a network of galleries about 17 kms long and 20 meters deep. It contains the crypt of nine popes, early Christian frescoes and paintings. The other Catacomb is "Catacombe of San Domitilla" which has the oldest catacomb and is visited by passing through a 4th century church. One of the highlights of this catacomb is a second century fresco of the Last Supper. Note that the various catacombs have different closing periods so it is not possible to guarantee which will be visited during the excursion. Also included on this excursion is a visit to The Papal Basilica "St. Paul Outside the Walls" . At the beginning of the 4th century the Emperor Constantine ordered the excavation of the place where Christians venerated the memory of Saint Paul the Apostle and above his grave, located ouside the Aurelian Walls surrounding Rome, Constantine built a Basilica which was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324. Every year in the Basilica on the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul i.e. on 25th January, the week of prayer for Christian Unity opens.

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Tivoli with Dinner Departure for this excursion is around 15.30 hrs from the overnight hotel in Rome and it should be noted that local guide and entrance fees to Villa d'Este are not included. The enchanting Villa d'Este in the area of Tivoli is a masterpiece of an Italian garden and is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. The garden includes important ruins of ancient villas as well as zones rich in caves and waterfalls. The imposing construction of the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon and the addition of water evokes the engineering skills of the Romans. After the visit of Villa d'Este proceed to the venue for dinner - a restaurant located on the mountain that dominates the city of Tivoli and Adriana Villa, where from its superior rooms it is possible to admire the dome of S. Pietro in Rome and the sea on a clear evening. The dinner gives you the chance to sample a variety of local dishes with unlimited wine and mineral water plus coffee. During the evening there will be music to add to the atmosphere.

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Treasures of Rome by Night & Dinner An early evening tour will show you other aspects of Rome, perhaps not seen on the included sightseeing tour. Either before or after dinner you will have an orientation drive to probably include Castel Sant' Angelo, Palace of Justice, Mausoleum of Augustus, Aurelian walls, Villa Borghese, Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini and Via Nazionale. Dinner will be taken at one of the local restaurants and you can sample a delicious 3 course menu with dessert including local wine and mineral water plus coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic Roman atmosphere.

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Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel On this fascinating excursion with a local guide you can stroll through the Vatican Museum and marvel at Michaelangelo's famous creation in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum houses over 2000 rooms and 9 miles of the most extensive collections of art in the world. The Museums are brilliantly decorated and brim over with treasures and history and the local guide will share with you the stories and secrets contained within the Museum's walls. In the Sistine Chapel you can marvel at Michaelangelo's masterpiece, which is perhaps the greatest example of art anywhere and certainly the largest contiguous body by one painter. There are also some lesser masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel which are also worth seeing.

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Blue Cruise Enjoy a full day at sea cruising along the coast of the Sorrento peninsula to the southern shores of Capri, with a stop in the crystal waters near the white cave for swimming and to admire the scenery with the fascinating "Faraglioni" rocks, which carve their own niche in the skyline of Capri. The three rocky stacks called "Stella" (star) which is still connected to the mainland, "Faraglione di Mezzo" (in between) and "Scopolo". This latter is the furthest from the land and is famous for its unique blue lizards which are found nowhere else on earth. The cruise then continues passing the marine reserve of "punta Campanella", Nerano bay and "Li Galli" - known as the mermaid islands to Positano. You will then have the choice of either going ashore at Positano and being picked up later by a local transfer boat (cost to be paid yourself) or continuing to Amalfi where you can go ashore and visit this charming town. Return back to Sorrento along the enchanting coastline.

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Naples City Sightseeing Overlooked by the volcano Vesuvius, Naples is southern Italy's most beloved city and on this sightseeing tour with local guide you can discover the most beautiful and picturesque places of this magical city that is rich in history, traditions, art and breathtaking views. The first part of the tour is on foot to visit the Duomo of San Gennaro, Via San Biagio dei Librai, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, Piazza del Gesu and ending in Via Diaz. Then board the coach and drive along Via Caracciolo to Posillipo "cartolina" viewpoint, then on Via Mergellina for a photo stop at Castel dell'Ovo. Disembark from the coach near Piazza Plebiscito and continue with a short walking tour including the Piazza Plebiscito, Galleria Umberto 1 and Teatro San Carlo. You will then have some free time to wander round on your own - perhaps even visit the Royal Palace - before returning back to Sorrento.

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Sorrento Flavours Soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere in one of the typical local restaurants and sit back and enjoy a traditional Italian menu with a mixed starter, pizza and pasta followed by dessert. The meal includes 1/2 litre of wine and 1/2 litre of mineral water per person, plus tea or coffee or instead a delicious "cappuccino" or even better a lemon liqueur for which Sorrento is famous - "Limoncello".

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Sorrento Musical For a really enjoyable evening out in Sorrento, join this excursion which will take you to a local theatre where the traditions of songs and dances are magically changed into a musical. The show tells the daily life of people from the south in different scenes - the market place (where people bargain whilst chatting and exchanging gossip), the sea (where the fishermen make their tasks more pleasant by singing), love (as here in Sorrento is where the most beautiful Neapolitan love songs were created) and finally the feast (where everybody dances and sings to communicate their job of life). At the beginning and end of the evening you will be offered free flowing wine or soft drinks. Return back to the hotel no doubt with your favourite song still playing in your head.

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Sicilian Evening Depart from the hotel around 20.30 hrs and in the beautiful scenery of Naxos bay, enjoy an evening at a popular rustic taverna , where you will experience the magic atmosphere of the true Sicilian traditions. A lively evening of Sicilian and Italian songs, music and sketches will involve all the guests and of course there is chance to dance if you wish. During the evening you will be offered 1/2 litre of local wine per person or a drink of choice accompanied by a wedge of pizza and bruschetta. This lively evening ends around 23.00 hrs.

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Tour Of The Island Whilst staying on this romantic island of Capri, take advantage of a tour of the island with a local guide. Transportation will be carried out with minibuses to Anacapri and Capri or vice versa and will include a chair lift to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view and a visit to the fabulous Villa S. Michele - home of Dr Axel Munthe a Swedish doctor whose best selling book tells of his time on Capri. The villa has a beautiful shady garden with a terrace offering splendid views of the island. The sightseeing tour also includes a visit of the Gardens of Augustus situated towards the top of the island which offer tranquillity and natural beauty. From vantage points of the Gardens one can see the roofs and bell tower of the St. James' Charterhouse, the Faraglioni rocks rising from the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea and far below the harbour of Marina Piccola.

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City Orientation & Dinner One of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean - Palermo - can be seen in a different light with an orientation tour taking in the most important sights as the lights come on. Then cross the lovely "Parco della Favorita" which was part of an estate acquired by Ferdinand of Bourbon who came here when he was driven out of Naples. The land has been laid out according to his rather Victorian taste. Proceed on the motorway towards Sferracavallo - a small seaside village in the suburbs of Palermo. Its origin goes back to the 15th century when a group of fishermen settled in the area to try to make a better living. It has become one of Palermo's best reputed seaside resorts with the economy based on fishing and tourism. The restaurant where we take you for dinner overlooks the sea and the owners wish is show clients Palermo as they see it with its passion, colour and sounds. The menu offers a taste of delicious locally caught fish with free flowing red or white wine and mineral water. At the end of the evening a relaxed drive back to Palermo and the overnight hotel.

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City Sightseeing Palermo is Sicily's cultural, economic and touristic capital, better known as "The Queen of Sicily". It is a city rich in history, culture, art and music and attracts many tourists for its good Mediterranean weather, gastronomy and restaurants. It is said to be over 2,700 years old and was founded by the Phoenicians but named by the Greeks and Ancient Greeks. The afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide, lasting approx. 4 1/2 hours, will start first with a drive to Mount Pellegrino, which is about 600 metres high and offers panoramic views of the city, its surrounding mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is said to be the most beautiful promontory in the world and is home to the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. Continue the sightseeing tour to see the modern and ancient city with a visit of "Quattro Canti", Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Marina and the Garibaldi Garden which has stunning banyan trees along with fig trees and towering palms. Then on to seaside promenade, Palazzo Reale including visit of the Cappella Palatina and a section of the Palace and Cathedral of Palermo. At the end of this really interesting and educational sightseeing tour return back to the hotel.

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Syracuse & Ortigia The territory of the Province of Syracuse boasts one of the richest heritages in Sicily. The Greek colonies who settled here left behind a wealth of historical and archeological sites as well as various museums. On this 3 hour afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide you will be taken first to one of the five historical quarters on the town, Neapolis, where most of the principal monuments of the ancient Syracuse are to be found - the Greek Theatre, Stone Quarries and Roman Amphitheatre. The tour then proceeds through the Umbertino Bridge to the island of Ortigia, where three thousand years of mediterranean civilizations followed one another up to stratifying many different expressions. Here in Ortigia you will be taken to see the Apollo Temple, Cathedral and Aretusa Spring. At the end of this fascinating historical tour you will be taken back to Syracusa.

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