Europe & Britain First Class 2018: Best of Italy and Sicily Summer 2018

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2018

A full odyssey of Italy and Sicily, from the meandering calle of Venice to the Grecian remains of Agrigento. See the imperial monuments of Rome, the Romanesque architecture of Pisa and Venetian glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Travel through the heart of Italy to Pompeii, Naples and Sorrento before your Sicilian hop to Palermo, Taormina and the Valley of the Temples.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento, Assisi and Capri
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and sail to the Isle of Capri
  • Orientation of Venice, Taormina and Sorrento
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Palermo Cathedral and the fortress town of Enna and Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Roman Colosseum, St. Francis Basilica, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples, the Isle of Capri and the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Dining Highlights
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Overnight cruise from Naples to Palermo
  • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer valid through 3/31/2018
15 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1RomeArrive Rome (2 Nights): Journey to the capital of the world - a city of gods and goddesses, and an irresistible verve that you'll find intoxicating. Explore the Eternal City today before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening. Your introduction to Rome will see you embark on an orientation drive to admire the city's enchanting cityscape which you will have an opportunity to explore tomorrow.Welcome Reception
Day 2RomeRome Sightseeing: We cross Ponte Sant'Angelo into The Vatican, joining an included sightseeing tour with a?Local Specialist?to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pieta inside of St. Peter's Basilica. Walk in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and into the Centre of Christianity to St. Peters Square. Ancient Rome is our next stop. Imagine the enthusiastic cries of thousands of spectators cheering their favourites to victory at Circus Maximus and visit the impressive Colosseum where gladiators and slaves fought to their deaths. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your own, or simply relax on the Spanish Steps watching the world go by.?Buffet Breakfast
Day 3FlorenceRome - Pisa - Florence: We venture north to the town of Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles with its medieval Cathedral, Romanesque Baptistery and the incredible Leaning Tower that bears this city's name. A short drive takes us to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, once a vibrant republic under the rule of the dynamic de'Medici family whose love for art and antiquities created one of the world's most cultural cities.?Buffet Breakfast
Grand Mediterraneo
Day 4VeniceFlorence Sightseeing - Venice (2 Nights): The magnificent marble Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria feature on our walking tour with a?Local Specialist?through Florence's grand boulevards and quaint cobblestone lanes. Spend some time shopping for high-quality leather goods and gold, before leaving Florence for the island city of Venice. This evening, wander through the labyrinthine lanes and quiet?piazze? soaking up the charming atmosphere of the Queen of the Adriatic. Or perhaps glide through its elegant canals from the comfort of a traditional gondola.Buffet Breakfast
Le Boulevard
Day 5VeniceVenice Orientation: 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 ornate Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral and the Bridge of Sighs, before venturing to Giudecca Island for a fascinating?Cultural Insight into the centuries-old craft of glassblowing. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of the sights. Visit the Peggy Guggenheim collection, spend the afternoon shopping in the city's chic boutiques or consider a boat trip to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious local meal. Buffet Breakfast
Day 6AssisiVenice - Assisi: We drive south through the golden fields of Umbria to the green heart of Italy, stopping at 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 include a visit to St. Francis Basilica to view its magnificent frescoes and carvings.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Grand Hotel Assisi
Day 7At SeaAssisi - Cassino - Pompeii - Naples - At Sea: We pay homage to the thousands of brave souls who lost their lives during the Battle of Monte Cassino, stopping at the Commonwealth War Cemetery en route to the tragic city of Pompeii, which was engulfed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. For centuries, the city was lost to the world - its rediscovery in the 17th?century revealing a time capsule of well-preserved ruins that provides unique insights into the day-to-day life of a Roman city so many centuries ago. Join a?Local Specialist?to delve into the fascinating account of the excavations before travelling to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily's fiery capital.?Buffet Breakfast
Day 8PalermoAt Sea - Palermo - Excursion to Monreale and Mondella: We arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo - the city of delights known for its lavish architecture and gardens. We join our?Local Specialist?for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and Piazza Bellini, located in the heart of the city. Travelling to the town of Monreale on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking the orange, olive and almond groves of La Conca d'Oro, we visit the magnificent 12th?century Norman Cathedral. Continue your journey to the beautiful fishing village of Mondello fishing village before returning to Palermo this afternoon.?Buffet Breakfast
Mercure Palermo Centro
Day 9AgrigentoPalermo - Agrigento: Join a?Local Specialist?today in Agrigento, once a leading city in Magna Graecia, to tour the impressive Greek Valley of Temples dating back to 6th century BC. Admire some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens. This evening we dine in our hotel.? Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Dioscuri Bay Palace
Day 10TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS)Agrigento - Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (2 Nights): We travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the charming seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy spectacular vistas and a taste of?la dolce vita? in this quaint hillside town, enjoying free time on arrival to see the sights, including its Duomo and Teatro Antico.?Buffet Breakfast
Sant Alphio Garden
Day 11TaorminaTaormina: Spend the day relaxing in this chic Sicilian resort. Dive into the warm Mediterranean waters, shop for exquisite handmade lace on Via Corso and 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, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. This evening, join your companions for a special?Be My Guest?dinner in a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 12SorrentoTaormina (Giardini Naxos) - Sorrento (2 Nights): Today we cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to our hotel in the charming town of Sorrento where we spend the next two nights. Spend your evening at leisure, soaking up the elegant seaside atmosphere and picturesque water views.?Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
La Residenza
Day 13ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSIONIsle of Capri Excursion: The exquisite craft of inlaid wood is explored today during a?Cultural Insight?in Sorrento before we cruise to the charming Isle of Capri where we will enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri Town with a?Local Specialist. The expansive views across the sea and quaint Marina Piccola provide a stunning backdrop for a day spent in sophistication. Saunter along its glamorous lanes, 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 cafes, and shop in chic boutiques on the Corso Italia.Buffet Breakfast
Day 14RomeSorrento - Rome - Vatican Experience: Admire the dramatic coastline, driving north from Sorrento to the Eternal City of Rome. This afternoon, we gain priority access to the Vatican Museum, where a?Local Specialist?will take us on a fascinating guided tour. Admire the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, pained by Michelangelo in 16th?century and join an official representative of the Vatican Museums for a private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum, founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, with its remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. You'll also enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities.? Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Sheraton Parco De Medici
Day 15Depart RomeDepart Rome: For now it's a fond?Ciao Roma? as we prepare to depart for our journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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