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Highlights of Sicily

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9 Days from $1,250 per person

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Naples, Taormina, Palermo, Mondello ...more Rome, Naples, Taormina, Palermo, Mondello
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (1 Night)

    What better way to kickstart your adventure to Sicily than 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 into your hotel and the frenetic pace of this lively city by ditching your siesta and heading out on your own. A few firm attractions under your belt, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for glimpse of what lies ahead before an optional sightseeing tour of Rome with a light dinner.

    hotel Ergife Palace
  2. Day 2 Rome – Naples (1 Night)

    Begin your journey south this morning, passing the Abbey of Monte Cassino 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn
  3. Day 3 Naples – Ferry to Sicily – Acireale (2 Nights)

    We leave mainland Italy today, driving south via Salerno through the picture-perfect Calabrian countryside. Hop aboard the ferry crossing the straits 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 surrounds and indulge in a local seafood meal on your free evening, watching the sun set on yet another perfect day in Italy.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel President Park
  4. Day 4 Taormina Sightseeing and Excursion to Mount Etna

    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-made lace 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.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Acireale – Agrigento – Palermo (2 Nights)

    The kiss of the sun will be as kind to you as it is to Sicily's spectacular landscapes. Soak it all up 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 continuing your return journey to Palermo in time for dinner with your travel companions.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Astoria Palace
  6. Day 6 Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Mondello

    Tread in the footsteps of merchants, soldiers and monarchs, delving into the tumultuous history of Palermo, whose centuries-old multi-cultural influences remain to this day. Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of the capital's colourful past, including a visit to the honey-hued cathedral. Stroll through the Piazza Bellini, at the heart of the city, keeping a keen eye out for some of the ruins of the city's former walls. Your journey continues to the pretty fishing village of Mondello which has become a favourite summer haunt for the who's who of Palermo. Soak up the holiday atmosphere along its lively seafront promenade, before returning to Palermo for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Palermo Free time – Overnight Ferry to Naples (1 Night)

    You have a full free day in Palermo to do whatever you wish. There's no reason why you shouldn't hang your sightseeing hat up for the day and relax, but should you choose to explore on your own, consider a visit to the city's ancient street markets - Capo, Ballarò, Vucciria and Borgo Vecchio. 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. This evening, board your overnight ferry to Naples, taking one last moment to savour Sicily's beautiful views.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Disembark in Naples – Rome (1 Night)

    We return to Rome today, reflecting on the past week's adventures as we wind our way north from Naples. There's time on arrival to fit in some much-needed retail therapy, last-minute sightseeing or an optional tour of the backstreets, piazze and fountains of Rome. You could also choose to spend your evening with an optional Farewell Dinner at a popular local haunt.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Pinewood
  9. Day 9 Depart Rome

    Grazie Italy! 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. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Sicily
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Agrigento Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Valley of the Temples
  • Mondello Visit the picturesque fishing village
  • Mount Etna A drive takes you to Mount Etna for spectacular views of Europe's largest active volcano
  • Palermo Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit inside Palermo Cathedral
  • Taormina Visit the town and enjoy views from Piazza Nove Aprile

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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

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: €49

Naples

Naples Unveiled

Explore the vibrant heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and we'll visit the Archaeological Museum with our Local Specialist to discover fascinating tales of this unique city. Later, our 'passeggiata' will provide further local insight and include a special surprise treat!
Adult Price: €44

Taormina

Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

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

Palermo

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

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

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

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

Arrivederci Roma

Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savor her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favorite places.
Adult Price: €50

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Lorraine Stacy
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Service
Nothing spoke to the amount of bus riding. Trip should have started in Sicily. Not Rome
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. We do try to clearly indicate the amount of travel required by including a map for each tour and the mode of transportation between cities. We do apologize if this was not made more clear for you.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Vacation
Once in Sicily the tour actually began, starting in Napoli with a great guide thru a dirty city
Joseph Dupont
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Service
Customer service is second to none
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for that vote of confidence!
Monday, July 15, 2019
Vacation
The hotel meals were terrible everything else was great. Naples is a giant ghetto
Helen Mcnamara
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Service
She answered all my questions and concerns, and was very attentive in making my airline reservations.
Vacation
We saw and experienced everything that was described in the GET brochure. It was great. The bus used on the trip was very comfortable
Robert Ciancarelli
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Service
The Itinerary selected was fabulous.The bus was clean and extremely comfortable. Our bus driver Francesco was incredible 5-stars to him. Our tour guide Lidia Bernardin couldn't have done anymore for us.......She was SPECTACULAR!! Lidia rates 10-stars!! By far the BEST tour guide you could ask for hands down.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful to hear that you had such an amazing time on your Sicily vacation. The tour guides and drivers certainly know how to make a travel experience truly special. Thank you for sharing and we'll be sure to pass your comments on to the team. Happy travels!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Vacation
Excellent value for the money. Much more free time which was great. Not as rigid as the other tours we tried. Very relaxing.
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