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Best of Italy and Sicily

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $3,735 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in background, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Mondello, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Rome, Pisa, Assisi, La Spezia, Florence, Venice ...more Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Mondello, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Rome, Pisa, Assisi, La Spezia, Florence, Venice
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Palermo

    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 Enjoy the Views in Monreale

    Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and old 'La Cala' harbour. Later, 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 Journey to Ancient Agrigento

    Continue to the pretty seaside resort of Mondello. Journey to Agrigento to tour the impressive Greek Valley of Temples, dating back to the 6th century BC, with a Local Specialist . This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Scenic Taormina

    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 Giardini Naxos
  5. Day 5 Taormina Your Way

    Spend the day relaxing at your chic Sicilian resort. Dive into the warm Mediterranean waters, shop for exquisite hand-painted ceramics on Corso Umberto 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 over dinner at a Be My Guest experience hosted at a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna. Join Maria Marano for a walking tour through her estate and cellars, and enjoy home-made appetisers accompanied by the local wine.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  6. Day 6 Explore Pompeii’s Ruins and Sorrento

    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 A Day on the Isle of Capri

    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 in one of the town’s many cafés.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 All Roads Lead to Rome

    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. Marvel at 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 Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    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 Off to Historic 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 tour of 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 monastery.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cenacolo
  11. Day 11 Admire Pisa and on to La Spezia

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH La Spezia
  12. Day 12 Enjoy Colourful Cinque Terre and 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 Journey to Venice

    The magnificent marble Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria feature on your walking tour through Florence 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 Lido
  14. Day 14 Cruise the Canals of Venice

    Dive into Culture and witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing. 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 Farewell Venice

    For now, it's a fond ciao Venezia as you say goodbye to new friends and prepare to depart for our journey home.

    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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Palermo, Agrigento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Assisi, Cinque Terre and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Taormina, Sorrento and Venice
  • Visit the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Isle of Capri, the excavations at Pompeii, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and Colosseum in Rome, and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • 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
  • Connect with Locals Visit Maria Marano's wine farm at the foot of Mount Etna for a walking tour through the estate and cellars, and enjoy home-made appetisers accompanied by the local wine. (Day 5)
  • Dive into Culture Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner. (Day 8)Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 14)
  • Stays with Stories Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in Santa Maria deli Angeli. (Day 10)

Dates & Prices

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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.

Palermo

A Visit to Cefalù

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

Sferracavallo with 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 feast of local Palermo specialties, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.
Adult Price: € 60

Colors 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 colorful markets with its stalls of olives and spices. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy picturesque Sicilian everyday life.
Adult Price: € 30

Taormina

Dinner in Castelmola

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, enjoy a tasty Sicilian Dinner with wine and musical entertainment in a characteristic restaurant.
Adult Price: € 75

Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

Join us for a fantastic Sicilian evening where we’ll enjoy a dinner of Southern Italian specialties 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

Sorrento

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way - by boat with a first-class view of this unique coastline. After the cruise, we ascend to Capri town, where there is time to take a stroll in this jet-set haven and enjoy a local treat. In case of inclement weather, we'll take you on a minibus tour of the island to Anacapri, and visit Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: € 42

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, ancient olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is made. Afterward, enjoy the authentic flavors of home-produced cold cuts, marinated vegetables, fresh olives and more - all washed down with the local wine. The atmosphere tonight is informal, as the family is welcoming you into their home.
Adult Price: € 51

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

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

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. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 56

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Italian meal, soaking up The Eternal City's unique atmosphere all the while.
Adult Price: € 62

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 center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Spezia

Winery Visit and Sarzana Visit

Near the ancient Via Aurelia, we'll visit a winery to learn about "vermentino" grapes, the pride of Liguria. We'll taste several wines paired with local morsels and tour the 18th-century country farmhouse. Then, we'll continue exploring the area, as we drive up to Sarzana, a small village found by the Romans with rich history and heritage.
Adult Price: € 49

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, family restaurant in the Tuscan countryside. After a welcome drink in the historic courtyard, the renowned local chef will delight your senses with regional dishes, made with traditional ingredients from the nearby produce markets. The excellent wines come from the Saraceni family vineyards and there's live music and song to complete the atmosphere. In short, a Tuscan dream come true in an authentic setting.
Adult Price: € 65

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards 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 a 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.
Adult Price: € 65

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking 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 that 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 admire magnificent mosaics in one of the most ornate churches in the world.
Adult Price: € 36

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
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
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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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