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15 Day Italy & Sicily Tour from Palermo

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15 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

15 Cities

Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Taormina, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Rome, Vatican, Assisi, Pisa, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice

20 Meals

6 Dinners, 14 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Ancient history and fabulous food are the cornerstones of this colorful journey through Italy and Sicily. You’ll enjoy local seafood in Sicily, follow the shadow of Mount Etna and admire the Leaning Tower in Pisa’s Square of Miracles.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Palermo

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

Cathedral Palermo, Italy
Accommodation Mercure Palermo Centro
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Fountain of Shame in Palermo, Italy
Palermo Orientation

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an introductory orientation of Palermo's highlights. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Enjoy the Views in Monreale

Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and the old 'La Cala' harbor. 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.

Cathedral of Monreale, Italy
Accommodation Mercure Palermo Centro
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Detailed Exterior of Monreale Cathedral in Monreale, Italy
Palermo City Tour

Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Specialist. See Pretoria Square and the 16th-century fountain. View the composite architectural style...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit to Cefalu in Italy
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Sferracavello, Italy
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 d...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Ancient Agrigento

Take it easy this morning or explore further on the Optional Experience taking in different views of the city. Later, journey onwards to Agrigento to tour the impressive Greek Valley of the Temples, dating back to the 6th century BC, with a Local Specialist. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.

Temple of Hercules in Agrigento, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace Agrigento
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Ruins in Agrigento, Italy
Agrigento City Tour

A Local Specialist will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concor...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Fresh food at the market in Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Hidden Palermo and Local Colorful Market

Your local specialist will take you for a stroll through the heart of Palermo with some hidden gems. This discovery will take you to the most excit...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Ruins in Taormina, Italy
Accommodation Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Castelmola, Sicily, Italy
Dinner in Castelmola

Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy a tasty Sicilian Dinner with local wine in a characteristic restaurant with...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Wine tasting and dinner in Catania, Sicily
Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

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

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Optional Experiences

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', and Europe's most active volcano - Mount Etna. This evening, join a Be My Guest experience hosted at a beautiful family owned Sicilian lemon farm overlooking Mount Etna.

Ceramic Art in Taormina, Italy
Accommodation Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Visit a lemon farm and enjoy a guest dinner in Acireale, Italy
Dine on a Family Owned Lemon Farm Overlooking Mount Etna

Join a family-owned lemon farm and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner overlooking Mount Etna.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Enjoy a drive & tour of Mt Etna in Italy
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 befo...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Travel to Sorrento

Today we cross the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria and past Salerno to our hotel in Sorrento where we’ll spend the next two nights. Tonight perhaps consider an Optional Experience to explore the famous culinary culture of Southern Italy.

View of Sorrento, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit a mozarella farm and enjoy a meal in Sorrento, ItalySorrento
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Neapolitan dinner and dance in Florence, Italy
Dinner Neapolitan Style

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialties at one of our favorite family-run restaurants. Savor local dishes all served up with the famous Ne...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Visit the Isle of Capri

Cruise to the Isle of Capri where you’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. This afternoon perhaps consider a drive along the famed Amalfi Coast to Positano, a true Mediterranean gem. You will have the evening at leisure to indulge in a little limoncello in one of Sorrento's many cafés.

Marina Grande in Capri Island, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of boats in the Isle of Capri, Italy
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Capri cruise and tour from Sorrento, Italy
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
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 magnifi...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Explore Pompeii’s Ruins and Rome

This morning, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins of Pompeii where a Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour. For centuries this city was lost to the world, but its rediscovery in the 18th-century revealed a time capsule of well-preserved ruins, providing insights into the day-to-day life of a Roman city centuries ago. Later, admire the dramatic coastline as you drive north from Pompeii to the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Head to the Vatican City and visit the Vatican Museums with works of art collected over the centuries, admire Michaelangelo's spectacular frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. This evening, Roman flavors and ancient ruins take center stage as you dine at Ristorante Pancrazio, built over the ruins of the first-century-BC Theater of Pompey. Indulge in a selection of signature Roman dishes handed down over four generations since 1922.

 

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Ruins in Pompeii, Italy
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Vatican Museums Gallery Maps Vatican City Italy
Study the Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Rome was once the capital of the world and is a city with an irrepressible spirit. Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the magnificent Pietà inside St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. Head to Ancient Rome, where you’ll see Circus Maximus and experience an in-depth walking experience around the walls of the Colosseum. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain on an optional experience discovering piazzas and fountains of Rome with a Local Specialist this afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Rome City Tour

Experience Rome through the eyes of a local, as a passionate Roman guides you past the city's most iconic sites.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
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 Itali...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Off to Historic Assisi

Today, 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. 

Church in Assisi, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Assisi
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Spello, Province of Perugia, Italy
Umbrian Countryside and Spello

Enjoy a drive through the charming Umbrian countryside to Spello, one of the treasures of the region. We'll explore this unspoilt medieval village ...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Pisa, Italy
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Sarzana and enjoy wine tasting, Italy
Wine Tasting 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 lo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in Sarzana, Italy
Sarzana Dinner and Drive

Tonight we'll go off the beaten track to the alluring medieval town of Sarzana, a hidden gem. We’ve chosen an elegant venue, where you’ll enjoy din...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Beautiful Portofino, Genoa, Italy
Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

By private boat we will cruise Portofino's bay. After some free time to explore this Mediterranean gem, we will enjoy a very special Italian aperit...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Enjoy Colorful 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. Tonight perhaps consider dinner in the famed Tuscan Hills.

View of houses in Cinque Terre, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Boats in Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre Visit

Led by your Local Specialist, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Admire the ch...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Journey to Venice

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 historic streets. Later, journey north to Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.

Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Le Boulevard Lido
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 14

Cruise the Canals of Venice

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 Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners would have one last look at their beloved city before facing imprisonment. Next, witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing. Your unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps keep alive this delicate tradition for which Venice is justifiably famous, and you’ll watch in awe as master craftsmen shape molten glass into the exquisite pieces that adorn homes all over the world.The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of the sights or consider an Optional Experience, navigating the city's elegant canals aboard a traditional gondola. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner and toast to shared memories that will linger long after the evening ends.

Canal and footbridge in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Le Boulevard Lido
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills of Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 15

Farewell Venice

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

St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Palermo Orientation

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an introductory orientation of Palermo's highlights. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Palermo City Tour

Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Specialist. See Pretoria Square and the 16th-century fountain. View the composite architectural style...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Agrigento City Tour

A Local Specialist will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concor...

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Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine on a Family Owned Lemon Farm Overlooking Mount Etna

Join a family-owned lemon farm and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner overlooking Mount Etna.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Study the Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rome City Tour

Experience Rome through the eyes of a local, as a passionate Roman guides you past the city's most iconic sites.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cinque Terre Visit

Led by your Local Specialist, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Admire the ch...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills of Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy
Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Fast-track Entry to the Vatican Museums
Explore Palermo, Agrigento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Assisi, Cinque Terre and Florence 
Discover Taormina, Sorrento and Venice
Visit the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Isle of Capri, the excavations at Pompeii, and a glassblowing factory in Venice
View Palermo Cathedral, St Peter's Basilica and 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 by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hidden Palermo and Local Colorful Market

Your local specialist will take you for a stroll through the heart of Palermo with some hidden gems. This discovery will take you to the most excit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Castelmola

Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy a tasty Sicilian Dinner with local wine in a characteristic restaurant with...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 befo...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner Neapolitan Style

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialties at one of our favorite family-run restaurants. Savor local dishes all served up with the famous Ne...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 magnifi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Itali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Umbrian Countryside and Spello

Enjoy a drive through the charming Umbrian countryside to Spello, one of the treasures of the region. We'll explore this unspoilt medieval village ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wine Tasting 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 lo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sarzana Dinner and Drive

Tonight we'll go off the beaten track to the alluring medieval town of Sarzana, a hidden gem. We’ve chosen an elegant venue, where you’ll enjoy din...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

By private boat we will cruise Portofino's bay. After some free time to explore this Mediterranean gem, we will enjoy a very special Italian aperit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Italy

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

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Independent Reviews
Michael Schickler
Review date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Service
Prompt service
Vacation
Excellent tour director paolo but did not get travel map of trip very disappointed Also seating arrangement on bus could be improved
Joann Rago
Review date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Service
Would recommend them highly travel director Rodolfo Gaita was superb
Vacation
Very accommodating rodolfo gaita was by far the best travel director anyone could ask for
Ursula Bardes
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
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