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Southern Italy & Sicily (6315)

16 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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Your vacation begins with three overnights in Rome, the “Eternal City,” and guided sightseeing that includes the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Then, view the Gulf of Naples from the top of Mount Vesuvius and learn about Pompeii, the town that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri and spend two nights enjoying its special flair. Cross the waters to the charming seaside resort of Sorrento, admire the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, then set off toward Sicily, Italy’s biggest island. Visit world-famous Taormina, admire the “bikini girls” Roman mosaics in Piazza Armerina, marvel at Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples with the well-preserved ancient Greek temples and Selinunte’s acropolis. Stay in colorful Palermo, a city bearing evidence of the many invasions during its 3,000-year history. Enjoy a day trip to Erice, an ancient village set on a hill with breathtaking views of the Egadi Islands, and get to know Trapani and Marsala, where you will visit a local salt mine. Jump aboard an overnight ferry to Naples, then motor back to Rome for the finale of your vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Sorrento, Capri, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Palermo, Erice, Marsala

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Trapani, Palermo, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Agrigento archaeological site; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Amalfitan Coast, Bay of Naples, Mount Etna

NOTES:
Some tours may operate with overnights in Sorrento on Days 4 and 5, followed by 2 nights in Capri on Days 7 and 8
March 25 Departure – Easter week

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Archaeological Site of Agrigento
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Historic Centre of Naples
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Costiera Amalfitana
  • Villa Romana del Casale
  • Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
  • Mount Etna
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; boat transfer to Capri; ferry Villa San Giovanni-Messina; overnight ferry Palermo-Naples in 2-berth cabins

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily except Day 15; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring this great city.

Days 2-3 Rome

Two days to get well acquainted with Rome. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. Optional excursions are available to discover more of the “Eternal City.”

BreakfastBreakfast daily

Day 4 Rome–Vesuvius–Pompeii–Capri

South all the way today. First, a stop to enjoy the awe-inspiring sights of one of Europe’s greatest live volcanoes—VESUVIUS! Leave the coach and walk to the top to view its crater. Then, to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Embark on the FERRY to Capri to enjoy two overnights on this charmed island.

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Day 5 Capri

This legendary island is surrounded by a rocky coastline—the crashing sea has formed remarkable caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set, and optional excursions take you to see more of the island. Join Tiberius, Emma Hamilton, and Axel Munthe, historical figures who all fell in love with this exquisite spot. A full day to do exactly what you please. Maybe explore some of the island’s lovely walks or join an optional excursion to see Mount Solaro and the house of Axel Munthe (San Michele).

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Day 6 Capri–Sorrento. Excursion to Amalfitan Coast

Take the FERRY to Sorrento this morning. Few places in the world match the very special charm of Sorrento. This picturesque resort overlooking the Bay of Naples boasts a marvelous climate, beautiful views, trendy shops and boutiques, interesting museums, and a vibrant nightlife. Don’t miss out on the included excursion along the breathtakingly beautiful AMALFITAN COAST

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Days 7-8 Sorrento

Two full days to enjoy this town set on a plateau high above the waters of the Bay of Naples and with truly spectacular views as far as towering Vesuvius. Sorrento’s terraces, adorned with flowers, jut from winding streets and alleys above a small harbor. Streets are filled with shops, cheerful bars, and cafés. Day 7, Day 8

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Day 9 Sorrento–Villa San Giovanni–Ferry Crossing–Taormina Area

Today, by way of the autostrada, travel through the wild and mountainous scenery of Italy’s most southern regions before boarding the FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Only a few more miles to the Taormina area, where you stay for two nights.

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Day 10 Taormina Area. Excursion to Mount Etna

Magnificently situated on a 700-foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Enjoy a visit to the heights of MOUNT ETNA and the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano. Return to the Taormina area in time for dinner.

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Day 11 Taormina Area–Piazza Armerina–Agrigento

Today, drive westwards to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” Next on the agenda is Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological jewels. Visit the DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD, one of the finest examples of Greek civilization existing today, and the hilltop TEMPLE OF JUNO LACINIA. Spend the night in Agrigento.

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Day 12 Agrigento–Selinunte–Palermo

Leave Agrigento for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. Then, head northeast to Palermo, capital of Sicily, for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 Palermo. Excursion to Erice, Trapani & Marsala

Three Sicilian towns are on the agenda today. First is the medieval hilltop town of Erice reached by cable car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle affording breathtaking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the way to the African coast. Next, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city center stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Finally, on the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MINE and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Return to Palermo.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 Palermo (Embarkation)–Overnight Ferry Crossing to Naples

A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to baroque. On the included guided tour, learn more about this city, and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. Evening embarkation for the overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 Naples (Disembarkation)–Rome

North this morning back to the “Eternal City” with plenty of time to enjoy one of the optional excursions, to do last-minute shopping, or maybe to sip a drink in Piazza Navona and watch the world go by.

Day 16 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GIUSEPPE DONATO

Years of Experience: 9

Even though I was born and raised in southern Italy, I'm still awed by its beauty. It's not all about mandolini, pizza, and cannoli...come visit and take a look! The history, flavors, myths, and traditions made my country famous worldwide - and make me proud today to share it with you.

Tour Director - GIUSEPPE DONATO

 Accommodations

ROME Parco Tirreno (ST)
CAPRI San Michele (ST) at Anacapri or La Residenza (F)
SORRENTO Ascot (F) or Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense
TAORMINA AREA Albatros (ST) at Letojanni
AGRIGENTO Kore (F)
PALERMO Politeama (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. 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.

Rome
Capri
Sorrento
Palermo

Rome

Farewell Dinner
Farewell Dinner

Farewell Dinner

Why not round off your Italian experience in the company of new found friends and soak up "la dolce vita" of this romantic but pulsing capital. Dinner will be taken in one of the traditional local Roman restaurants and you can really taste typical Italian specialties with a menu offering a wide choice of both starters and main course and including wine or soft drinks plus mineral water and coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic atmosphere. After dinner a stop will be made at the Spanish Steps for a short visit. This monumental stairway of 138 steps was built around 1724 and the steps climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. They are said to be the widest staircase in Europe. After the stop return back to the overnight hotel.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

The Catacombs
The Catacombs

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 outside 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.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Tivoli with Dinner
Tivoli with Dinner

Tivoli with Dinner

Departure for this excursion is around 3:30 pm 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.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Treasures of Rome By Night & Dinner
Treasures of Rome By Night & Dinner

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.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

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. PLEASE NOTE: On December 8th the Jubilee will start in Rome. We have been informed that the passage linking the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica may be closed. This means that during the optional Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel it may not be possible for the passengers to access the Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person

Capri

Tour of The Island
Tour of The Island

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 tranquility 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 harbor of Marina Piccola.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Sorrento

Blue Cruise
Blue Cruise

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.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Naples City Sightseeing
Naples City Sightseeing

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 a visit of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples with local guide (entrance fee not included). 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.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Sorrento Flavours
Sorrento Flavours

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 liter of wine and 1/2 liter 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".

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Sorrento Musical
Sorrento Musical

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 favorite song still playing in your head.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person

Palermo

City Orientation & Dinner
City Orientation & Dinner

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, color 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.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

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