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Kick-start your adventure to Sicily with a brief visit to the Italian capital. A day is a long time on the busy streets of Rome as you’ll come to discover. Turn in a circle and you’ll see ancient, medieval, and modern all in one go. Check in to your hotel and embrace the frenetic pace of this lively city by ditching your siesta and heading out on your own. With a few firm attractions under your belt, you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse of what lies ahead before an optional sightseeing tour of Rome with a light dinner.
Dive right into the bustling streets of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber next, to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites. There's time to explore Rome your way later, or skip the lines with our Optional Experience visit to the Vatican Museums to explore the heart of the Roman Catholic Church and its many treasures.
Begin your journey south this morning, passing the Abbey of Montecassino bound for Naples. A true architectural marvel, the Abbey has been the site of conflict and conquest for many centuries, most notably serving as a backdrop to some of the fiercest fighting in World War II. Arriving in Naples, you’ll have some time to rub shoulders with the bold Neapolitans in their UNESCO-listed city centre. Follow your nose in search of the best Neapolitan pizza in town or join an Optional Experience delving into the city’s fascinating archaeology. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
We leave mainland Italy today, driving south via Salerno through the picture-perfect Calabrian countryside. Hop aboard the ferry crossing the Strait of Messina to Sicily bound for Acireale, a pretty coastal city tumbling down the slopes of Mount Etna into the Ionian Sea. Take a deep breath and savour the fresh sea breeze, admiring the beautiful Baroque buildings that lie at the city’s centre as you go for a wander. Embrace your Mediterranean surroundings and watch the sun set on yet another perfect day in Italy.
Get up close and personal with Mount Etna today. The largest active volcano in Europe and one of the most impressive landmarks on the island, Sicily’s volatile volcano appears to simmer in anticipation of its next eruption. Against its imposing backdrop, you’ll visit the hilltop town of Taormina, strolling along its elegant Baroque and Gothic-lined Corso Umberto to Piazza Nove Aprile. Spend some time in the square at one of the welcoming cafés sipping a cappuccino and people-watching or go shopping for souvenirs and the Sicilian hand-painted ceramics for which the town is so well known. An optional Sicilian dinner with entertainment could be the perfect way for you to end the day.
The kiss of the sun will be as kind to you as it is to Sicily's spectacular landscapes. Soak up all those Mount Etna views as you continue to UNESCO-listed Agrigento, home to the Valley of the Temples, on Sicily's southern coast. Agrigento's seven 6th-century BC Greek temples remain as a testament to the city's former stature as a leading city in the Mediterranean world. Join your Local Specialist for a guided walk along the fortified ridge, stopping at all the main sights. Take some time to admire the spectacular views from the ruins of the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea before spending the evening your way.
Making our way to Palermo, we’ll stop in Erice, the 'Town of a Hundred Churches', then the pretty seaside resort of Mondello, the summer holiday haunt of Palermo’s jet set. This afternoon you’ll tread in the footsteps of merchants, soldiers and monarchs, discovering the city of Palermo, whose centuries-old multi-cultural influences remain to this day. You’ll have the evening to do as you wish, but we know you’ll want to join your new friends for a fun-filled optional dinner.
Start your day in the expert hands of a Local Specialist who will share all the sights and sounds of Palermo. You could choose to visit the city's ancient street markets and, perhaps, continue the adventure with an Optional Experience to the medieval village of Cefalù, renowned for its fortress-like cathedral, glittering mosaics and soaring twin towers. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Grazie Sicily! It's been a grand adventure treading in the footsteps of the ancients across an island that once held the distinction of being one of the Mediterranean's most important crossroads. Say ciao to your fellow travellers as you prepare for your return home with many memorable stories to share. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.
Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.
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.
Available on Day 1
Make the most of your Roman holiday, living la dolce vita as the locals do with a relaxed dinner in a characteristic trattoria. Soak up the atmosphere of the charming city as you dine, sampling typical Italian cuisine and drinks as you enjoy live music. This is the Italian experience you've been dreaming of!
Adult Price: € 55
Available on Day 2
We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for an enlightening tour led by our Local Specialist, which shows not just the remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later, we'll hear tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with a time-saving entrance.
Adult Price: € 90
Available on Day 2
Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares in Rome’s historic centre, stopping to marvel at highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 37
Available on Day 3
In the vibrant heart of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town we'll visit the Monastery Complex of Santa Chiara, a haven of art and ancient history. We'll visit the colourful cloisters with their hand-painted majolica tiles, the famous nativity scene, and the museum which houses historic finds of the whole monastic complex. Later, our 'passeggiata' will provide further local insight and include a special surprise treat!
Adult Price: € 44
Available on Day 4
Join our Local Specialist on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii - the perfectly preserved Roman town that was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. This is an opportunity to travel back in time and catch a glimpse of ancient Roman life and architecture, frozen for almost 2,000 years.
Adult Price: € 49
Available on Day 5
Dive into the authentic culture of Sicily and explore the past by visiting a Sicilian aristocratic estate. Enjoy a tour of the beautiful orangerie and learn all about what they refer to it as the ‘gold of Italy’. Later, we’ll immerse ourselves in the aromatic scents and flavours of Catania with a wine tasting and dinner served inside a charming old winery.
Adult Price: € 61
Available on Day 7
Kick back and relax as we travel to the stunning coast of Sicily, where we’ll arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. Take in the scenery of the charming town, with its crystal-clear waters and charming streets before we sample local Palermitani specialties, accompanied by wine and soft drinks for an unforgettable dinner.
Adult Price: € 60
Available on Day 8
Join us for a scenic drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalu. Take in the sight of striking blue waters, golden beaches and winding Arab streets as you enjoy a leisurely walking tour led by our Local Specialist. One of the most beautiful towns to visit in Palermo, it’s a must for your Sicilian bucket list!
Adult Price: € 36
Available on Day 8
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 Palermitani 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
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