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Best of Italy and Sicily

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $3,735 per person

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Giardini Naxos, Piedimonte Etneo, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vatican City, Assisi, Viareggio, La Spezia, Florence, Venice ...more Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Giardini Naxos, Piedimonte Etneo, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vatican City, Assisi, Viareggio, La Spezia, Florence, Venice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Palermo (2 Nights)

    The multicultural capital of Palermo launches your journey across Sicily and Italy. You'll have some free time before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's attractions, so why not head straight out to explore its fascinating history on your own?

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Mercure Centro
  2. Day 2 Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale

    Join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and old 'La Cala' harbour. Then travel to Monreale on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking the almond, olive and orange groves of La Conca d'Oro. Here you'll visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Palermo – Mondello – Agrigento

    Continue your journey to the pretty fishing village of Mondello, where locals pay tribute to Palermo's patron saint at the Sanctuario di Santa Rosalia, a unique cave church where the saint's remains were found in the 17th century. Journey to Agrigento to tour the impressive Greek Valley of Temples with a 'Local Specialist', dating back to 6th century BC. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
  4. Day 4 Agrigento - Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (2 Nights)

    Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy spectacular vistas and a taste of la dolce vita in this hillside town, with some free time on arrival.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Caesar Palace
  5. Day 5 Taormina Free Day

    Spend the day relaxing at your chic Sicilian resort. Dive into the warm Mediterranean waters, shop for exquisite handmade lace on Via Corso or indulge in a mulberry granita. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by 'The Godfather', or Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. This evening, 'Connect with Locals' during a 'Be My Guest' dinner hosted at a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  6. Day 6 Taormina – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

    Today we cross the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to UNESCO-listed Pompeii where a 'Local Specialist' will take you on a walking tour. For centuries, the city was lost to the world - its rediscovery in the 18th century revealed a time capsule of well-preserved ruins that provides insights into the day-to-day life of a Roman city, centuries ago. We continue to our hotel in Sorrento where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel La Residenza
  7. Day 7 Isle of Capri Excursion

    We cruise to the Isle of Capri where we'll enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri town with a 'Local Specialist'. Window-shop along Via Camerelle and watch the beautiful people in the Piazzetta, before returning to Sorrento, where you will have the evening at leisure to indulge in a little limoncello at Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Sorrento – Rome – Vatican Experience (2 Nights)

    Admire the dramatic coastline, driving north from Sorrento to the 'Eternal City' of Rome. This evening, an exclusive Trafalgar experience will see you 'Dive Into Culture' and enjoy an al fresco dinner against the spectacular backdrop of St. Peter's in Rome. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent 16th-century frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and see the array of exquisite artefacts at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Il Cantico
  9. Day 9 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Rome was once the capital of the world and is a city with an irresistible verve. Join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour to admire the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. Head to the Vatican and see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà inside St. Peter's Basilica. Your next stop is Ancient Rome, where you'll see Circus Maximus and visit the Colosseum where gladiators and slaves once fought to their deaths. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Rome - Assisi

    Today, we drive north to the mystical medieval hilltop town of Assisi, most famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis. Join a 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour of the town, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to view its magnificent frescoes and carvings. Tonight, we'll stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - a fully renovated old Franciscan convent.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cenacolo
  11. Day 11 Assisi – Pisa – Viareggio

    We venture to Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles and view the Leaning Tower that bears this city's name. A short drive north takes us to Viareggio, known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Tonight is free to explore as you wish.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure
  12. Day 12 Viareggio – Cinque Terre – Florence

    Join a 'Local Specialist' to visit Cinque Terre, a series of centuries-old seaside villages clinging impossibly to rugged cliffs that plunge into the Ligurian Sea. Continue later to Florence, once a vibrant republic under the rule of the dynamic Medici family, whose love for art and antiquities created one of the world's most cultural cities. You'll have the night off to see the sights on your own.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  13. Day 13 Florence Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)

    The magnificent marble Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria feature on your walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' through Florence's grand boulevards and narrow lanes. Head north to Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Boulevard
  14. Day 14 Venice

    'Dive into Culture' and witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Then, embark on an orientation cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square, which Napoleon once called the 'drawing room of Europe'. See the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral and the Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of the sights. Consider an Optional Experience, navigating the city's elegant canals from the comfort of a traditional gondola. Tonight, you'll join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner and toast to shared memories that will linger long after the evening ends.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  15. Day 15 Depart Venice

    For now, it's a fond ciao Venice as you say goodbye to new friends and prepare to depart for our journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Italy and Sicily
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • ORIENTATION of Taormina, Sorrento and Venice
  • VISIT the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples, the Isle of Capri, the excavations at Pompeii, the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Roman Colosseum
  • VIEW Palermo Cathedral, the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • SCENIC CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and St. Mark's Square in Venice

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.
Adult Price: €61

Florence

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
Adult Price: €65

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: €65

Venice

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxi's will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you’ll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.
Adult Price: €70

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: €70

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power.
Adult Price: €36

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: €72

Palermo

A Visit to Cefalu

Take a drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalu. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches into the winding Arab streets with your Local Specialist.
Adult Price: €36

Colours and Traditions of Palermo

A panoramic drive through verdant forest with spectacular views over the city of Palermo brings us to the summit of Mt. Pellegrino. Here we visit the grotto of Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint. Later, with a Local Specialist, we explore and sample Palermitano street food at one of the most famous and colourful markets with its stalls of olives and spices. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy picturesque Sicilian everyday life.
Adult Price: €30

Sferracavallo With Lunch Or Dinner

Join us for a drive to the coast of Sicily, where we’ll arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. You’ll have the chance to sample a delicious fishermen’s feast, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.
Adult Price: €60

Taormina

Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

A fantastic Sicilian evening, you’ll enjoy a dinner of Southern Italian specialities with musical entertainment.
Adult Price: €64

Mt Etna, Savoca And The Godfather

Discover rustic village life with your Local Specialist as we visit Savoca, the Sicilian setting for 'The Godfather'. Enjoy the stunning views before a visit to Vitelli's bar, featured in the film and famous for 'granita di limone'. Later, you’ll journey up Mt Etna, one of the most intriguing volcanoes in the world.
Adult Price: €56

Dinner in Castelmola, the Most Dramatically Located Village in Sicily

Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy the best views of this magical part of Sicily. You'll enjoy wandering the cobbled streets with interesting shops and cafes. Then, dine in a restaurant that has the best view in Sicily, with wine included.
Adult Price: €68

Sorrento

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. In Capri town, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. Or if the weather doesn't allow, we'll take you on a tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit to Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: €42

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, enjoy a cultural experience performed by local artists who'll take centre stage and demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance.
Adult Price: €61

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.
Adult Price: €49

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
Adult Price: €43

Reviews
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Ursula Bardes
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Service
Trafalgar did an excellent job with this tour. Our guide, Guiseppe Spada was wonderful, and we felt very secure with our driver, Michele Riccio. The optional tours and dinners were great. The only letdown was the final dinner....the destination--Vatican Museum courtyard--was exciting, but it turned out to be a catered meal with no entertainment or "farewell" to all.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you truly experienced the Best of Italy & Sicily on this trip. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your tour, and we thank you for taking the time to write. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
The Trafalgar tour was everything we were expecting!
Mary Watkins
Friday, June 29, 2018
Service
Accessible agent who was willing to answer questions. Courteous and professional tour director. I would use Grand European Teavel again
Vacation
Excellent from start to finish! Just when I thought the scenery, food, experiences, etc, couldn’t get any better or prettier, they did. Wonderful experience
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love hearing about all of your experiences in Italy and Sicily. Thank you for allowing us to help you take your dream trip and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Friday, June 29, 2018
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 8, 2018
Service
Booked thru Grand European because we loved the itinerary - the experience was excellent. they answered every question I had and gave me some helpful tips thru their experience
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing. We're so glad we could help you plan your Italian vacation. Happy travels!
Friday, June 8, 2018
Vacation
Awesome the tour guide and driver were professionals and so knowledgeable
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 18, 2018
Service
I left my ice packs for the medication in Florence. Guiseppe, our guide, made sure that by the time we got to Rome, for our flight home, that my ice packs were there. In the meantime, it was kept in the cooler with the water. He and Eduardo, were very helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear.  Our Travel Directors always go above and beyond to keep our guests happy and comfortable. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Vacation
The price was very good. Plus, you could add on excursions if you wanted to.
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 27, 2017
Service
The very best thing they did was to hire Maite Morelli as our tour guide. She ran a tight ship; however, she was very loving, kind and considerate of each one of us and made it so much fun. She's extremely knowledgeable. Her hard planning work made it easy-peasy for all of us. We just showed up and did what she told us and it was all great. Leonardo, the driver, was safe and courteous and went beyond being helpful. The luxury bus was just that - luxurious. Also, the selection of hotels was very satisfying. Thank you for a fantastic trip.
Vacation
All things considered, it was a fair price. Mostly because everything was done for us. We did not have to worry about details or problems that arose. Maite Morelli was always on top of things.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review of your trip to Italy and Sicily. We are very proud of our Travel Directors and Drivers, and are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time with Maite and Leonardo.  
Monday, October 30, 2017
Rosemarie Hunsucker
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Service
They handled everything flawlessly from beginning to end!
Vacation
The trip was an excellent overview of Italy, we really enjoyed it.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Service
Services were very good. Tour Director was fabulous, One suggestion and it may have not been your fault, but perhaps something to consider. When traveling around on and off a tour bus, perhaps Trafalgar could provide face mask for the people on the bus for those times when someone had a cold and it was spread throughout the bus and so many were victims of this nasty virus. Many of our group were sick and we were stuck on the bus with many people coughing, blowing their noses etc. , and it just was pretty.
Vacation
I truly believe that a tour was an efficient way to see so many sites and experience so many extra excursions of places that those traveling by themselves would not have known where to go to experience them.
Charles Falco
Friday, September 1, 2017
Service
Our tour guide Marina was fabulous. The coach driver was amazing. Her knowledge of the country was fabulous. Would love to do another tour. The specialist we had along the way were wonderful, too. Loved every minute of it!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your tour of Italy and Sicily - Marina is a wonderful addition to our team! We will pass along your suggestions to our product department.  
Friday, September 1, 2017
Vacation
I wish some of the excursions were part of the original tour. We did all of them, but if the tour is going to Venice the gondola ride should be included in the original cost. Like the tour to go to the fountains should of been included also
Greg Bosworth
Friday, June 9, 2017
Service
Grand European is top notch in service,They are very easy to work with, and they stay on top of any last minute changes in your tour, like airline flight cancellations, or other changes to your travel itinerary
Vacation
Destination selection was Great!!! Truly the best of Italy and Sicily
Karen Gullick
Friday, May 26, 2017
Service
From the moment I called to get information about this trip until the moment I left Rome for the airport to fly home i thought the service was excellent.
Vacation
I could not have done a trip like this on my own. I would never had seen as much of Italy and had all the wonderful Italian experiences i had on this trip if I tried to do this on my own. It was great!
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