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Grand Tour of Italy & Sicily

12 day/11 nights

DEPARTURE Rome to Palmero
TOUR TYPE Escorted Tour

                  Florence                                 Venice gondolas                    Palermo
Day 1

Rome - Siena - Florence (322 km)

Departing  at 8.30 from Hotel Villa Pamphili to Siena. Arrival in Siena. Walking tour of the city with your tour escort to admire the Dome (outside), the magnificent square known as Il Campo, where twice a year the Palio race is run on bareback horses. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance", known worldwide for its unequalled treasures. A stop is planned at Michelangelo's square for a first photo opportunity. Dinner and overnight in Florence. (D)

Day 2

Florence - Pisa - Florence (204 km)
    After breakfast guided visit of Florence, including the Cathedral, Giotto's bell tower, the doors of the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Croce, the pantheon of many famous Italian artists. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch proceed to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower (from outside) and the marvellous Piazza dei Miracoli, free time to enjoy shopping and taking pictures. Evening free to stroll through Florence, to find the best leather products or a quaint restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Florence. (B,L)

Day 3
  Florence - Venice (260 km)

After breakfast enjoy some leisure time for shopping or personal discoveries.  Late morning depart for Venice. Overnight in Venice. (B)

Day 4
  Venice - San Marino (160 km)
    After breakfast depart on a guided tour of St Mark's Square and neighbouring sights.  In the early afternoon depart to explore the island of San Marino.  Dinner and overnight in Venice. (B,D)
Day 5
  San Marino - Assisi - Rome (420 km)

After breakfast free time to explore this wonderful town before leaving for Assisi, a great religious town significant of the life of St-Francis. Visit of the great Basilica with its magnificent paintings by Giotto, and of the interesting medieval city. Continue to Rome, driving through splendid Umbria, the "Green Heart" of Italy. Arrival in Rome late afternoon. Special dinner in a typical Roman restaurant. Overnight at hotel nearby the Airport. (B,D)

Day 6
  Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento (270 km)

Optional Pompeii excavations ($)
After breakfast, departure to Sorrentine Peninsula, visit of cameo factory before arrive in Pompeii where you will  take your time for lunch on your own. Possibility of optional tour of excavations (€) of the ancient city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. In the afternoon arrive in Sorrento. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 7
  Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento (50 km)

After breakfast, transfer to the harbour and departure to Capri by hydrofoil. Ticket to the funicular included. The tour Escort can suggest how visit on your own, this marvellous island. Return to Sorrento and free time at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 8   Sorrento - Calabria Region (314 km)
    After breakfast enjoy some free time for shopping and personal discoveries.  In the afternoon depart to the Calabria Region.  Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 9   Calabria Region - Taormina (270 km)
    After breakfast depart for the beautiful town of Taormina, a favourite of tourists worldwide.  Free time for personal discoveries, for shopping, or for a leisurely stroll along the panoramic terrace.  Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 10   Taormina - Etna - Syracuse - Taormina (270 km)
    After breakfast depart for an excursion to Mt Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe - up to the 'Rifugio Sapiensa', 1900 meters above sea level withy time to enjoy the amazing view.  Continue to Syracuse for a guided visit of the Neapolis Greek Theatre, the Roman Ampitheatre and the Ear of Dionysus, an ear shaped grotto.  Dinner and overnight in Taormina. (B,D)
Day 11   Taormina - Wine tasting - Agrigento (215 km)
    After breakfast depart for Agrigento.  On arrival enjoy a guided visit of the splendid Valley of Temples.  Continue for a nearby farm for an amazing tasting of Sicilian products.  Check in at your hotel for Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 12   Agrigento - Monreale - Palermo (150 km)
    After breakfast depart for Palermo.  En-route stop at Monreale for a guided visit of the outstanding Moorish-Normal style Duomo, extensively decorated with mosaics and fine gold.  Today there will be a farewell lunch consisting of typical local products.  Continue to Palermo where you join a panoramic tour of the city.  End of services. (B,L)


  * Deluxe coach * Headset & licensed professional English speaking tour escort for the entire duration of the tour * 11 nights in selected 4 star hotels * 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners * 1 special dinner with wine in Rome * 1 light lunch with wine tasting * Admission fees for - Church of Santa Croce, Florence; -The Archaeological Park, Syracuse; - Temple's Valley, Agrigento; - Dome of Monreale * Baggage handling 1 piece per passenger * Return hydrofoil to Capri * Dedicated and licensed local guides in Florence, Venice, Syracuse, Agrigento, Monreale and Palermo.
  * Tips * Extras * Drinks at meals * Optional excursions * Hotel city taxes (which must be paid direct to the hotel) * Anything not mentioned in 'Inclusions".


For operational reasons, the order of excursions may be changed. Optional excursions not specified in our Itinerary, will be suggested by our tour leader.

Suggested tipping: Driver: 3 euro per person per day: Tour escort: 3 euro per person per day



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