Sicily Discovery

Day 1 - Arrive in Rome, Italy. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Italy's ancient capital. Tonight, meet your local host/Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 - Rome - Sorrento. Travel south along the Highway of the Sun to arrive in the charming bayside resort of Sorrento for an overnight. (B,D)
Day 3 - Sorrento - Villa San Giovanni - Ferry Crossing - Taormina Area. Today, travel by way of the autostrada through the rustic mountainous scenery of Italy's most southern region before boarding the FERRY for a 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Only a few more miles to Taormina, where you stay for two nights. (B,D)
Day 4 - Taormina Area. Excursion to Mount Etna. 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. Return to the Taormina area in time for dinner. (B,D)
Day 5 - Taormina Area - Piazza Armerina - 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 6 - Agrigento - Selinunte - Palermo. Leave Agrigento 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. Then, head northeast to Palermo, capital of Sicily, for two overnights. (B)
Day 7 - Palermo. Excursion to Erice, Trapani & Marsala. Three Sicilian towns are on the agenda today. First 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. Next, 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. Finally, on the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MINE and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Return to Palermo for an overnight. (B)
Day 8 - Palermo (Embarkation) - 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. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more about this city, and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. This evening, embark for an overnight FERRY crossing from Palermo to Naples. (B)
Day 9 - Naples (Disembarkation) - Rome. Travel north this morning and return to the "Eternal City" for plenty of time to enjoy an optional excursion, do last-minute shopping, or maybe sip a drink at Piazza Navona and watch the world go by.
Day 10 - Rome. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Sicily Discovery
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    10 Days
  Start City:   Rome
  End City:   Rome
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Features

  • City Highlights
  • Individual headsets
    Inside visits and special features:
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
    Sightseeing:
    Visits to Sorrento, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Palermo, Erice, Marsala, Naples
  • Guides
  • Local Guides for city sightseeing in Trapani, Palermo; professional Tour Director while touring
  • Launch Date
  • 09/15/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Buffet breakfasts daily except day 9; 4 dinners
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Scenic Highlights:
    Mount Etna
  • Title
  • Sicily Discovery
  • Transportation
  • Transportation:
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; ferry Villa San Giovanni-Messina; overnight ferry Palermo-Naples in 2-berth cabins
 

Hotels

    ROME Parco Tirreno (ST) or Santa Costanza (F)
    SORRENTO Ascot (F) or Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense
    TAORMINA Albatros (ST) at Letojanni
    AGRIGENTO Kore (F)
    PALERMO Politeama (F)
    ROME Parco Tirreno (ST)
 
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