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Rome, Sorrento & Capri with Sicily (6315)

16 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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Rome, Sorrento, and Capri—three of Italy’s most popular cities are waiting for you on this grand Italy vacation. Spend four nights in Rome and two nights each in Capri and Sorrento on this Italy tour at leisurely pace, featuring ancient historical sites, spectacular scenery and some authentic Mediterranean charm. Plus, discover Sicily, a legendary island of breathtaking beauty, rich in history and culture.

History buffs will be thrilled with the included visits to Rome’s Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights took place during the Roman Empire, and the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century. Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life 2,000 years ago at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Sicily, visit the Valley of the Temples to see remains from ancient Greek civilization, as well as the famous mosaic depicting the “bikini girls” in the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. Drive up Mount Vesuvius and take a walk to the top to view its crater. You’ll also visit the heights of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active live volcano. You’ll witness breathtakingly beautiful views on your excursion to the Amalfitan Coast. Following the natural course of the coastline, the winding road features coastal mountains plunging into the sea, dramatic cliffs, inlets, and bays interspersed with picturesque towns—all with the deep-blue water as the background. It is nothing short of spectacular! In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable car to Erice, a charming fortified town overlooking Trapani and the Egadi archipelago.

Enjoy the laid-back town of Sorrento and the charming island of Capri. Both offer breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, enjoy the marvelous Mediterranean climate, wander the maze of streets, shop at the boutiques, and sip a drink in the famous “piazzetta” The majestic St Peter’s square in Rome, the sapphire-blue waters of the strait of Messina, the green orange groves on the flanks of Mount Etna, the friendly smiles of the local people, and much more, will become part of your fond memories of this unique Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius, Capri, Amalfi. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii archaeological site; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Bay of Naples, Amalfitan Coast

NOTES:
Some tours may operate with overnights in Sorrento on Days 4 and 5, followed by 2 nights in Capri on Days 6 and 7
April 14 Departure – Easter

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; boat transfer to Capri

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily except Day 15; 6 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. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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. Plenty of time on your own to discover Rome, or book one of our optional excursions for a deeper insight into the “Eternal City.”

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Day 4 Rome–Vesuvius–Pompeii–Naples–Capri

Drive up one of Europe’s greatest active volcanoes—Vesuvius! Take a walk to the top to view its crater. Then, to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried the city. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Embark on the FERRY to Capri to spend two nights on this charming island.

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Day 5 Capri

This legendary island is surrounded by a rocky coastline—and the crashing sea has formed remarkable caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available.

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Day 6 Capri–Sorrento. Excursion to Amalfitan Coast

Take the FERRY to Sorrento. 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.

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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–Marsala–Palermo

Leave 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. 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. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily.

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Day 13 Palermo. Excursion to Trapani & Erice

Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, 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. Next 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. Return to Palermo.

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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.

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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 NH Villa Carpegna (F)
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 or Kennedy (ST) at Sant'Alessio
AGRIGENTO Kore (F)
PALERMO Politeama (F) or Cristal Palace (ST)

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