Splendors of Italy Tour -Cosmos

The Splendors of Italy with Sicily (6415)

17 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

2018 Tour Details

This colorful and affordable Italy tour showcases a combination of famous cities of the mainland with the highlights of Sicily – the largest island in the Mediterranean.

You’ve heard about Italy’s magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient history, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés. Now it is your turn to experience it with this value-minded Italy tour to explore its most iconic cities and discover its spectacular sights.

This Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time. Imagine what life was like during the classical Greek period when you visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, an archeological jewel. See the Acropolis in Selinunte, a city at the apex of its power before 409 BC.

Immerse yourself in the Roman Empire’s era of gladiators as you see Rome’s Colosseum; and see the Roman Forum – the site of the political, social, and commercial center of the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit the Renaissance gem of Florence for a walking tour featuring on the city’s highlights, including the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century.

On this budget travel to Italy tour, you’ll discover its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterpieces St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a masterpiece and a great example of gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose three revered structures—the Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistery—have been considered central to religious life. In Palermo, you will visit the Cappella Palatina, with its exquisite Byzantine mosaics.

You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to the popular St. Mark’s Square. Watch Venetian glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries, and spend free time admiring Venice’s crisscrossing canals, lovely gondolas passing under the arched bridges, palaces, and quaint piazzas. In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable car to charming Erice, a fortified town overlooking Trapani and the Egadi archipelago.
Breathtaking landscapes, including Tuscany’s rolling hills, the emerald-blue strait of Messina, and lush orange groves on the flanks of Mount Etna – Europe’s tallest active volcano, will create fond memories of this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Orvieto Cathedral, Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti with wine tasting, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, Assisi's St. Francis Basilica, Mount Etna, Piazza Armerina Roman Villa, Agrigento archaeological site, Selinunte Acropolis, Marsala salt mill

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence; Trapani, Palermo, Naples; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Chianti Valley, Apennines

Individual headsets

Notes:

December 21 Departure – Christmas lunch in Florence
December 30 Departure - New Year's Eve in Rome

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; ferry crossing to Sicily; cable car in Erice; overnight ferry Palermo-Naples

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Siena

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 ROME

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–ORVIETO–SIENA

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 4 SIENA–SAN GIMIGNANO–GREVE–MONTECATINI

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some WINE TASTING at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”

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Day 6 MONTECATINI–PISA–VENICE AREA

This morning, drive to Pisa to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

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Day 7 VENICE AREA

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

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Day 8 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

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Day 9 ROME–SORRENTO

Travel to Sorrento, a 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.

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Day 10 SORRENTO–VILLA SAN GIOVANNI–FERRY CROSSING–TAORMINA AREA

Travel through the wild and mountainous scenery of Italy’s southernmost regions before boarding the FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area.

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Day 11 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. Later, ascend 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 (subject to weather conditions).

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Day 12 TAORMINA AREA–PIAZZA ARMERINA–AGRIGENTO

Drive 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.” On to 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.

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Day 13 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 MILL and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily.

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Day 14 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 15 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 featuring a visit of the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA, learn more about this fascinating city. Evening embarkation for the overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples.

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Day 16 NAPLES (DISEMBARKATION)–ROME

Before traveling back to the “Eternal City,” discover the picturesque city of Naples with its many contrasts on the included guided tour.

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Day 17 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.

FLORA ANFUSO

Years of Experience: 11

In my 10 years of experience with Cosmos, I have escorted many multi-country European tours but there's no place like home. I am now proud to share with our passengers the passion that I have for my "bella Italia". Italy is a pleasure for the eyes with its enchanting art and architecture, but also a pleasure for the palate. I love introducing our guests to the flavors of my country through visits to vineyards or rolling olive groves. Come have a taste of Italy!

Tour Director - FLORA ANFUSO

 Accommodations

ROME Fleming (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST) or Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici (F)
SIENA Four Points by Sheraton Siena (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
VENICE Poppi (ST) or Holiday Inn Venezia (ST)
SORRENTO Central Park (TC)
TAORMINA RIVIERA Albatros (TC)
AGRIGENTO Della Valle (F) or Kore (ST)
PALERMO Politeama (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rome
Montecatini
Florence
Venice
Sorrento
Taormina Riviera
Palermo

Rome

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares and a meal in a typical Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Farewell Dinner

Farewell Dinner

Soak up "la dolce vita" of this romantic but pulsing capital to the sound of clinking glasses as you "saluti" your way through the evening enjoying dinner in a typical restaurant. A tour of the city's fountains and majestic squares is included.

Price Range: $$

Montecatini

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

Florence

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art.

Price Range: $

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses.

Price Range: $

Sorrento

Charming Positano

Charming Positano

Don't miss the opportunity to visit this charming village on the Amalfi Coast, which a famous author once said "It is a dream place that is not quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone".

Price Range: $

TaorminaRiviera

Sicilian Evening

Sicilian Evening

Taste a delicious Sicilian style dinner enjoying some folk music and entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Palermo

City Orientation and Dinner

City Orientation and Dinner

Orientation coach tour of this fascinating city takes in some of the most important sights, then dinner in a lovely restaurant on the coast.

Price Range: $$

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