Southern Italy & Sicily (6315) - 2016

16 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

Southern Italy & Sicily
Visit the ancient Roman Forum
Visit the ancient Roman Forum
Visit the great Colosseum in Rome
Visit the world famous Roman Forum
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Capri is an island off the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Gulf of Naples
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
The Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
Saint Peters Square in Rome

Vacation Overview

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

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

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


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

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

Day 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

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

Days 2-3Rome

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.” (B daily)

Day 4Rome–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. (B,D)

Day 5Capri

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). (B,D)

Day 6Capri–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 (B,D)

Days 7-8Sorrento

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 (B), Day 8 (B,D)

Day 9Sorrento–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. (B,D)

Day 10Taormina 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. (B,D)

Day 11Taormina 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. (B,D)

Day 12Agrigento–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. (B)

Day 13Palermo. 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. (B)

Day 14Palermo (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. (B)

Day 15Naples (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 16Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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

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
PALERMO Politeama (F)

Buffet breakfasts daily except Day 15; 7 dinners

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Southern Italy & Sicily:

  • 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

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