ITALY - Latium - Rome

Mediterranean Tour

  • Cultural Travel , Bus tours , Escorted tour , Tours
  • 11 days / 10 nights
  • Standard 3 / 4 stars
  • As per program

An ideal choice for first time travellers to Southern Italy or anyone desiring a taste of Bel Paese at great value, making the most of their time. This itinerary offers the best of Southern Italy, in the comfort of a deluxe motor coach with English or Spanish/Portuguese guide. Explore historical cities, be amazed by spectacular scenery and enjoy a mosaic of flavours travelling from Rome to Campania and Sicily Regions.  


Regular guaranteed departures in English!
Personalise your vacation: 
customise your trip with additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.

Details

Itinerary: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Capri - Palermo - Monreale - Erice - Marsala - Agrigento - Noto - Siracusa - Taormina - Savoca - Forza D’Agrò - Catania.


DETAILED ITINERARY

1st Day: Rome
Benvenuti a Roma! After you touch down at the airport, make your own way to your hotel. Check in and enjoy your first night in Italy.

2nd Day: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento
After breakfast , pick up at your hotel at 7:00 am approximately. Departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour seeing sites such as the Mergellina, Castel dell’Ovo, Santa Lucia, then heading to Pompeii. Lunch before en tering in Pompeii and then visit the ruins of the famous Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Leaving Pompeii, you will drive along the Sorren- tine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and an overnight in your new hotel.

3rd Day: Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento
After breakfast, get ready for an exciting excursion to the island of Capri: one of the most exclusive summer destinations of the Mediterranean! Depending on weather and sea conditions, you will admire the dreamy Blue Grotto on a small rowboat. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. Once back on the mainland, return to the hotel for dinner and your last overnight in Sorrento.

4th Day: Sorrento - Palermo (overnight on ferry boat)
Breakfast at your hotel, then spend a leisurely morning exploring Sorrento. In the afternoon, you will reach the Port of Naples, where you will board on the Tirrenia/Snav Ferry to Palermo. Let the waves rock you to sleep. Dinner and breakfast are not included on the Ferry.

5th Day: Palermo
Arrive in Palermo and make your own way to your hotel. That night, have dinner in the hotel and rest up for the adventure that lies ahead.

6th Day: Palermo
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then head out on a morning excursion to Monreale, recently included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, as well as for its fine Norman architecture. Visit the elaborate Cathedral of Monreale and then enjoy some shopping of local delicatessen and souvenirs. Back to Palermo and continue with a walking tour of the city. Wander the streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history and discovering attractions like Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the impressive-looking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and mosaics – with an incredible mix of influences coming from several dominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight.

7th Day: Palermo - Erice - Marsala - Agrigento
Early breakfast and departure to Erice, a medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its labyrinth-like twist of lanes is perfect for a cool and pleasant morning amble. Continue to Marsala, a pretty coastal town on the westernmost point of Sicily. Explore at leisure, perhaps shopping for a bottle of local Marsala dessert wine to take home. Return to your coach and travel south, passing Mazara del Vallo – the closest Sicilian city to Africa – before stopping in the town of Agrigento, your final destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) - a UNESCO World Heritage site - and learn about archeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord the Temple of Hercules; the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest Doric-style buildings. Check in to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

8th Day: Agrigento - Noto - Siracusa - Taormina (Giardini Naxos)
Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Visit Cathedral of San Nicolò, recently restored after a earthquake, and then have a nice walk in the town’s center. Continue along the South coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s south eastern tip. Visit “Parco Archeologico della Neapolis”, Syracuse’s famous archeological area, home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Head inside to see impressive landmarks such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to the island of Ortygia – the most ancient part of Syracuse - home to a wealth of Baroque churches and medieval palaces. In the late afternoon arrive in Taormina, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

9th Day: Taormina (Giardini Naxos)
Breakfast at your hotel and then head off to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock that comprises Etna’s landscape. If weather permits, you have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). After, return to Taormina, the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Return to Taormina in the afternoon and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

10th Day: Taormina (Giardini Naxos) - Savoca and Forza D’Agrò - Catania
After breakfast travel to Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, two pretty hillside villages where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy. A visit for cinema lovers but, even if you aren’t a fan, this stop is a fascinating way to visit these unspoiled and typical Sicilian villages with a real insight into the island and the heart of its people. A stop for a “Granita” at Bar Vitelli is a “must” for any visitor in town. It is still run by the family who owned it at the time of the movie shooting and you can see a photo-collection taken while Francis Ford Coppola was filming some scenes of The Godfather II. We also leave you some free time to explore more and really soak up in the atmosphere of this hidden, not-for-tourists Sicilian hill town. After the visit, departure for Catania. In the afternoon, free time to explore Catania’s UNESCO listed historical center with his Baroque palaces and Roman ruins. See Piazza Dante and the Fountain of the Elephant, carved from volcanic rock. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.

11th Day: Catania
Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.


SELECTED HOTELS
Tourist Superior:
Rome: Hotel Santa Costanza 4 stars/Hotel Garden 3 stars
Sorrento: Villa Maria 3 stars
Palermo: Mercure Hotel 4 stars
Agrigento: Hotel Della Valle 4 stars
Taormina Area: Parc Hotels Italia 4 stars
Catania: Hotel Il Principe 4 stars

1st Category:
Rome: Bettoja Hotels 4 stars
Sorrento: Hotel Michelangelo/GH Vesuvio 4 stars
Palermo: Mercure Hotel 4 stars
Agrigento: Hotel Della Valle 4 stars
Taormina Area: Parc Hotels Italia 4 stars
Catania: Hotel Il Principe 4 stars


EXTEND YOUR STAY
With additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.

DEPARTURE DATES
HIGH SEASON
May: 7 21 
June: 4 18
August: 20 
September: 3 17 
October: 1 15


Nota bene:
- Due to technical and/or logistic issues, itineraries could be changed.
- We inform all Clients that rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at the check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.
- In case of loss or damage of the headsets 55 €/device shall be charged

Dates and prices
Price
from 7/17/20 to 12/31/20
price on request
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Including/Excluding

The package includes
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Tour escort in English or Multilingual tour escort in Spanish/Portuguese
- Accommodation in 4 or 3 star hotels
- Entrance to the archaeological site of Pompeii (skip the line)
- Entrance to all the archaeological sites in Sicily
- Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri
- Meals as per itinerary
- Visits with expert local guide as per itinerary


Not included
- International flights
- Transfer in/out
- Italian Visa, if applicable
- Travel insurance
- Tips
- Porterage service
- Drinks during meals
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
- City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
- Anything that is not mentioned in “The package includes”


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