Highlights of Sicily

Palermo Cathedral
10 Days

Fiery Sicily makes an appearance on this ramble through the Italy's south starting in Rome. Take a drive to Mount Etna and gain insight into Agrigento's Greek heritage in the Valley of the Temples before sightseeing in the capital, Palermo.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome. After check-in at your hotel, relax and unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening consider taking a stroll around this fascinating city and soak up the historic atmosphere.
    hotel:Ergife Palace
  3. Journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the city of Naples. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Starhotels Terminus
  4. Drive south via Salerno and through gorgeous Calabrian countryside. Take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and the town of Taormina - your home for the next two nights. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  5. This morning enjoy a visit to Taormina town. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza Nove Aprile for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso. This afternoon take a scenic drive to Mount Etna where you have the option to take a cable car for views of the active volcano which is the largest in Europe. Tonight consider an evening out for some local specialties.
  6. Drive to Agrigento on the southernmost coast of Sicily where the Valley of the Temples once formed part of an ancient Greek colony. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. Meet with a Local Specialist and walk along the fortified ridge stopping at all the main temples. Admire spectacular views from the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. In the afternoon continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo in time for dinner.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Astoria Palace
  7. This morning enjoy time in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the honey-coloured cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d'Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this evening.
  8. Enjoy free time in Palermo this morning for exploration or consider an Optional Experience to visit the famous hilltop town of Erice. This evening board your overnight ferry to Naples.
  9. Travel back to the Italian capital of Rome this morning. There is time on arrival to do some last-minute sightseeing or shop for souvenirs.
  10. This morning say ‘arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and fellow travelers as you prepare to return home with wonderful memories. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

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Meal Summary

8 buffet breakfasts, 3 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the town and enjoy views from Piazza Nove Aprile
  • A drive takes you to the base of Mount Etna for spectacular views of Europe's largest active volcano
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Valley of the Temples
  • Visit the picturesque fishing village
  • Visit inside the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit inside Palermo Cathedral
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
24 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $1,225pp
$1,225 pp
7 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
14 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
21 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
5 May 17 14 May 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
19 May 17 28 May 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
2 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
16 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp
30 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
14 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
28 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
11 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
25 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
8 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
22 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $1,275pp
$1,275 pp
6 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 $1,250pp
$1,250 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $320.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7 am and 9:30 am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. While pizza and pasta are national favorites, few travelers understand just how varied Italy’s cuisine actually is. On your guided vacation, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a delicious array of cheeses, cured meats, seafood, rice dishes, breads, and marinated vegetables. And be sure to try Sicily’s decadent desserts, including the famous cannoli and cassata cake.

    Lunch (pranzo) is traditionally the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then fruit.  Finish with espresso and maybe a splash of liqueur. 

  • Sicily enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. F For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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