2018: Rome, Sorrento & Capri with Sicily (6315)
16 days from Rome to Rome
Rome, Sorrento, and Capri-three of Italy's most popular cities are waiting for you on this grand Italy vacation. Spend four nights in Rome and two nights each in Capri and on the Neapolitan Riviera on this affordable Italy tour at a leisurely pace, featuring ancient historic sites, spectacular scenery, and authentic Mediterranean charm. Discover Sicily, a legendary island of breathtaking beauty, rich in history and culture.History buffs will love the views of Rome's Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death during the Roman Empire. You'll also see the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century. Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life 2,000 years ago at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Sicily, visit the Valley of the Temples to see remains from ancient Greek civilization, as well as the famous mosaic depicting the 'bikini girls' in the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina. There is no shortage of spectacular scenery throughout your affordable tour of Italy. Drive up Mount Vesuvius and take a walk to the top to view its crater. You'll also visit the heights of Mount Etna - Europe's most active live volcano. You'll witness breathtakingly beautiful views on your excursion to the Amalfitan Coast. Following the natural course of the Amalfi coastline, the winding road features coastal mountains plunging into the sea, dramatic cliffs, inlets, and bays interspersed with picturesque towns-all with the deep-blue water for scenery that is nothing short of spectacular! In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable car to charming Erice, a fortified town overlooking Trapani and the Egadi archipelago.Enjoy visits of the laid-back town of Sorrento and the charming island of Capri. Both offer breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, enjoy the marvelous Mediterranean climate, wander the maze of streets, shop at the boutiques, and sip a drink in the famous 'piazzetta.'The majestic St. Peter's square in Rome, the sapphire-blue waters of the strait of Messina, the lush orange groves on the flanks of Mount Etna, and the friendly smiles of the local people will create lasting, fond memories. You'll cherish this unique Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.
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|Day 1||Rome||Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring this great city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.|
|Day 2||Rome||Two days to get well acquainted with Rome. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo's impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B daily)|
|Day 3||Rome||Two days to get well acquainted with Rome. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo's impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B daily)|
|Day 4||Capri||Drive up one of Europe's greatest active volcanoes-Vesuvius! Take a walk to the top to view its crater. Then, to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried the city. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Embark on the FERRY to Capri to spend two nights on this charming island. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Capri||This legendary island is surrounded by a rocky coastline-and the crashing sea has formed remarkable caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Neapolitan Riviera||Take the FERRY to Sorrento. Few places in the world match the very special charm of Sorrento. This picturesque resort overlooking the Bay of Naples boasts a marvelous climate, beautiful views, trendy shops and boutiques, interesting museums, and a vibrant nightlife. Don't miss out on the included excursion along the breathtakingly beautiful AMALFITAN COAST. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Neapolitan Riviera||Two full days to enjoy Sorrento set on a plateau high above the waters of the Bay of Naples and with truly spectacular views as far as towering Vesuvius. Sorrento's terraces, adorned with flowers, jut from winding streets and alleys above a small harbor. Streets are filled with shops, cheerful bars, and cafes. Day 7 (B), Day 8 (B,D)|
|Day 8||Neapolitan Riviera||Two full days to enjoy Sorrento set on a plateau high above the waters of the Bay of Naples and with truly spectacular views as far as towering Vesuvius. Sorrento's terraces, adorned with flowers, jut from winding streets and alleys above a small harbor. Streets are filled with shops, cheerful bars, and cafes. Day 7 (B), Day 8 (B,D)|
|Day 9||Taormina||Today, by way of the autostrada, travel through the wild and mountainous scenery of Italy's most southern regions before boarding the FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Only a few more miles to the Taormina area, where you stay for two nights. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Taormina||Magnificently situated on a 700-foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Enjoy a visit to the heights of MOUNT ETNA and the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe's largest active volcano. (B)|
|Day 11||Agrigento||Today, drive westwards to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical 'Bikini Girls.' Next on the agenda is Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, one of Italy's archaeological jewels. Visit the DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD, one of the finest examples of Greek civilization existing today, and the hilltop TEMPLE OF JUNO LACINIA. Spend the night in Agrigento. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Palermo||Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MILL and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily. (B)|
|Day 13||Palermo||Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city center stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by cable car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle affording breathtaking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the way to the African coast. Return to Palermo. (B)|
|Day 14||Overnight Ferry Crossing to Naples||A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style-from Moorish to baroque. On the included guided tour, learn more about this city and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. Evening embarkation for the overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples. (B)|
|Day 15||Rome||Get to know Naples with a Local Guide. You'll discover a multifaced city, elegant and decadent at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colorful. Later, return to Rome, the 'Eternal City.'|
|Day 16||Rome||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $830No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in Rome:pre tour: in single room $126-$230; in twin / in triple $83-$128post tour: in single room $124-$144; in twin / in triple $76-$92
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