The Best of Italy & Sicily
This traditional grand vacation is perfect for those who wish to see all of Italy, including the Isle of Capri and Sicily. Guided sightseeing and highlight visits are included to St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome; the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s David in Florence; and in Venice, enjoy a guided walking tour featuring the Rialto Bridge, the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, and a visit to St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. Stop in Ravenna, to admire the famous mosaics in the Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe; stay overnight in Assisi and admire St. Francis’ Basilica. After a guided walking tour of Pompeii, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, enjoy a cappuccino and sfogliatella at Grand Café Gambrinus in Naples, before boarding the overnight ferry to Sicily. Here a visit to the Norman Cathedral in Monreale, a wine tasting at the famous Florio wine cellar in Marsala, a guided walk through the spectacular Valley of Temples, and a visit to the Greek Amphitheater in Taormina await you. Board your ferry and cross the Strait of Messina to Calabria. Two nights in Sorrento include a visit to the Isle of Capri by jetfoil across the Bay of Naples and a funicular ride to Capri village. This wonderful vacation ends back in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
ROME Welcome and farewell dinners with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman ForumPISA Marvel at the legendary Leaning TowerLUCCA OrientationFLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria SquareVENICE Private boat ride; [LF] guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge, the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica; glassblower demonstrationRAVENNA Visit St. Apollinaris in ClasseASSISI Visit St. Francis’ BasilicaPOMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavationsNAPLES Enjoy [LF] a cappuccino and sfogliatella at Grand Café GambrinusNAPLES–SICILY Overnight cruise in two-berth cabins with private facilitiesPALERMO Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, the Norman cathedral in MonrealeMARSALAVisit a salt mill; [LF] wine tasting at the Florio wine cellarAGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of TemplesTAORMINA Visit the Greek AmphitheaterSTRAIT OF MESSINA Ferry crossingSORRENTO–CAPRI By jetfoilCAPRI Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular rideHeadsets throughout the tour
ROME Grand Hotel Beverly Hills (F)LUCCA Grand Hotel Guinigi (F)VENICE ISLAND Le Boulevard (F) at Venice LidoASSISI Cenacolo (F)PALERMO Excelsior Hilton (F)AGRIGENTO Della Valle (F)TAORMINA RIVIERA Atahotel Naxos Beach (F) at Giardini NaxosSORRENTO Conca Park (F)ROME Holiday Inn Rome Aurelia (F)
Full buffet breakfast (B); 5 three-course dinners (D), including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private boat ride in Venice; overnight cruise; jetfoil; ferry crossing; funicular ride in Capri